Habitat Ecology for Educators

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This P-Credit and CTLE course for elementary and middle school teachers is a creative way to integrate multiple subjects and research-based pedagogical strategies to teach science! Learning experiences align with NYS Elementary Science Standards and Common Core Learning Standards, to help teachers strengthen their content knowledge of animal habitats, evolution, biology, and ecology. Teachers will also develop pedagogical skills like utilizing inquiry-based learning and teaching for conceptual change to enhance students’ understanding of life science. In addition, teachers will develop specific strategies to highlight the impact that human activities can have on wildlife and wild places in a way that inspires students to take conservation action. Finally, teachers will learn how to utilize the exhibit spaces at the zoo to support authentic learning. Each teacher will receive WCS Curriculum and supplemental resources to help encourage students to explore the richness of ecology– both in the classroom and in a local park, nature center, or zoo.

Location: Prospect Park Zoo
Date & Time: April 22-27, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Price: $250

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For more information about On-Site Professional Development, please contact: teacherinfo@wcs.org or (718) 220-5136

Meet Your Instructor

Christine DeMauro

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Christine DeMauro has a passion for wildlife conservation that she hopes to inspire within you and your students. Christine obtained her M.S. in Biology at Hofstra University, doing research on the behavior and physiology of seastars - sparking a love for marine invertebrates. During this time, while an adjunct instructor at Hofstra University, she obtained a graduate degree in education and became a licensed NYS secondary education biology teacher. After working briefly for the Department of Education as a teacher, Christine joined WCS in 2011.

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