Professional Development Course Catalog
Covering myriad topics from botany and ecology to sustainability, QBG's Professional Development courses equip teachers with skills and lessons to enliven their classrooms and engage their students.
Courses cover a variety of science practices and follow a "Science Immersion Model for Professional Learning." Teachers engage in hands-on activities that align with current science standards, the NGSS, and Common Core Literacy and Math.
Depending on topic, workshops run 1/2 to over 5 days in length.
All courses can be customized to meet your group's needs.
For more information on Professional Development at Queens Botanical Garden, contact TeacherEducation@queensbotanical.org or (718) 886 3800 ext 371.
Using Plants to Teach
Teachers Grades K-8
July 6-11, 2015
Monday through Saturday, 9am – 4pm
36 Hours – 3 “P” credits
Fee: $200 (includes materials, handouts, plants and more)
3 P credits available for additional $125 fee
Explore plants, plant diversity and ecology via inquiry-based & project based science teaching to: 1) increase your science knowledge and 2) reflect upon the pedagogical models used within the course to better your own teaching practice. Use an immersion method for learning to learn about botany and ecology and then stop and examine the ways in which your learning took place.
***Note: DO NOT REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE IF YOU HAVE TAKEN PREVIOUS P-CREDIT COURSES AT QBG ***
Registration must be completed online through both QBG's registration system and the NYC DOE's After-School Professional Development Program.
Please contact Marnie Rackmill for more information - MRackmill@queensbotanical.org.
Customized Workshops Available for Groups of Educators
Work with our professional development staff to customize a program best suited to the needs of your staff. Choose from one of the topics below or suggest your own.
Half day or Day Long Workshops
Easy and Exciting Classroom Gardening
Observations with Plants – How do Scientists Think?
Exploring Botany and Ecology
The Waste Stream
Using the Garden as a Basis for Math and ELA (day long or multiple session)
Multiple Session Workshops
Ecology in the Urban Environment – from microbes to macrobes
Sustainability in the Community
Urban School Gardening
Contact Marnie Rackmill for more information.