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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.


Course Catalog

Three-Day Teacher Professional Development on Sustainability

QBG offers a three day workshop integrating STEM, literacy, and mathematics under the umbrella focus of sustainability. Increase your own understanding of sustainability while engaging in common core related work that can be brought back to your own classroom. As we the explore overall concepts related to sustainability, a special focus will be placed on energy, water, and waste. Teachers who attend this workshop will receive materials for classroom use.

For more information please contact TeacherEducation@queensbotanical.org

Using Explorations into Botany and Outdoor Spaces to Further Your Teaching Practice 
Teachers Grades K-8
Summer 2015

Monday through Saturday, 9am – 4pm
36 Hours – 3 “P” credits

Explore the outdoors and learn some basic botanical concepts at the Queens Botanical Garden this summer!  Learn about botany and ecology via hands-on, interdisciplinary activities.  This P-credit, educator class includes garden-based explorations, classroom sessions, and a few walking trips.   The course is imbued with various common core-aligned activities as well as formative assessments and addresses a number of Danielson’s competencies.  New York City teachers may register for P-credits by visiting https://www.nycenet.edu/aspdp. The course fee includes a $200 registration and materials fee (does not include $125 ASPDP fee).

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
  • Trees
  • 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.

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