We are pleased to offer a Reflecting on Practice Coaching Workshop, designed by educational researchers from Lawrence Hall of Science and led in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences and the Chicago Zoological Society. Reflecting on Practice is a modular professional learning program, specifically designed for informal educators, environmental educators, and interpreters.
The workshop familiarizes leaders with a nationally field-tested curriculum for advancing informal education, and building an organizational culture of reflective practice and incorporating research on learning into everyday work experiences.
During this workshop, you will (a) experience portions of the modular curriculum as a learner, (b) reflect on and problem solve for barriers related to shifting organizational culture, and (c) develop a personalized implementation plan for your own site. You will receive a curriculum binder, a book on coaching teams, and some follow-up support after the workshop is complete.
Apply here for a Reflecting on Practice Coaching Workshop.
January 30 - February 1, 2019 (9:00am - 5:00pm) - St. Louis Zoo, Missouri
- Single Registrant Rate: $250 / person
- Team Registrant Rate: $200 / person
- Some sliding scale scholarships are available
Costs includes a take-home binder, meals during the workshop, and follow-up support.
Programs are available for three to six hours, at the Zoo or at your site. All programs are a mix of hands-on activities and discussion. The following programs are available with a minimum of four weeks’ notice.
Contact Laura Seger at Seger@stlzoo.org for questions and to book a program.
Ladybugs, Leopards, and Literacy
From the smallest backyard residents to the coolest cats in the wild, animals are a great way to get kids interested in literacy and science! Learn ways to integrate animals and nature into all aspects of your curriculum.
The Young Scientist
The smallest children can have the biggest questions. How can you help bring out their inner scientist? Learn how to harness their natural curiosity while introducing science process skills, citizen science, critical thinking and more.
Bring the outdoors in and the classroom outside! Research tells us that when children spend time in nature, they have better attention, are more creative and spend more time collaborating. We will share easy ways to connect to nature in and out of the classroom, no matter where your school is.
Kids love to explore the world around them! Learn easy, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math experiences that naturally fit into an early childhood classroom.
Seasonal Animal Explorations
From changes in nature to animal migration, every season brings something new to explore! Travel through a year of hands-on activities and explorations as we learn about animals through the seasons.
Professional Development Fees
These professional development opportunities start at $100 dollars per contact hour (plus travel costs-if applicable). The fee for these programs depends on materials, participant numbers, and presentation methods. Sessions can run from 2 to 6 hours in length, depending on the need. Multiple day sessions can also be arranged for a more in-depth experience. Please call (314) 646-4530 for more information.
Throughout the school year, the Saint Louis Zoo Education Department can provide tailor-made professional development opportunities to enhance your science curriculum and help you meet your students' needs. Perhaps you are using a textbook and wish to find additional hands-on or inquiry-based activities, or you need supplemental information to properly address Missouri Grade Level Expectations. Maybe you have a kit-based curriculum and need professional development on kit use. The Zoo staff will work with your school or district to provide materials, programs, and training to meet your specific needs.
The Zoo Education Department staff is experienced in providing programs that blend content, methods, and student activities into cross-curricular activities that connect literacy, math, art and social sciences to science topics. Each workshop is designed to improve teacher confidence and raise comfort levels. Groups requesting workshops need to provide detailed information about their wishes in order to properly focus the professional development. All teacher workshops address applicable Missouri Grade Level Expectations.
General Topics Include:
Animal Groups (e.g. birds, insects, etc.)
Classification / Taxonomy
Evolution and Natural Selection
Biomes, Ecosystems, and Communities
Food Chains and Webs
Habitat and Niche
Organisms and Populations
Cross - curricular Applications
Inquiry - based Science
Other topics can be requested.
III. Living Systems
VII. Scientific Inquiry
Professional Development Fees
These professional development opportunities range in cost from $50 to $100 dollars per contact hour (plus travel costs-if applicable). The fee for these programs depends on materials, participant numbers, and presentation methods. Sessions can run from 2 to 6 hours in length, depending on the need. Multiple day sessions can also be arranged for a more in-depth experience. Please call (314) 646-4530 for more information.