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, as well as online animal webcams, 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: Online
Date & Time: July 20-August 1
Price: $250
This course is eligible for: 45 CTLE Hours & 3 P-Credits

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


Meet Your Instructor

Daniel O'Shoney

Daniel is passionate about creating a culture of high-quality, student-centered science education in New York City. As a former middle school science and high school chemistry teacher, Daniel is committed to providing professional development opportunities that are meaningful and applicable for teachers working in a variety of grade levels and settings. His goal as a Coordinator for Professional Development at the Wildlife Conservation society is to help teachers bring science to life for their students using resources available right here in New York City.

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