STEM Professional Development Opportunities with Woodland Park Zoo
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We'd like to share some STEM-focused professional development opportunities from Woodland Park Zoo.
The Zoo's programs for educators are focused on empowering educators with a strong foundation in ecological literacy, skills in inquiry-based learning and principles of field investigation. Their professional development programs provide educators with necessary knowledge, skills and resources to bring meaningful environmental and sustainability education to their students or other audiences. All program activities and materials provided are designed to support Washington state’s academic learning requirements, to address national standards for inquiry-based science learning, and to advance the zoo’s mission by inspiring and cultivating an informed community of conservation stewards.
Educator Professional Development – Spring 2018
Courses are open to all educators and other professionals. Washington state-approved STEM clock hours will be available to those participants not taking the course for credit. The courses are held at Woodland Park Zoo (unless otherwise noted) and include presentations by guest speakers, tours of zoo grounds, group discussions and hands-on activities.
SCIENCE IN THE OUTDOORS: Hidden Food Webs
Saturday, January 20, 2018 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) at Woodland Park Zoo
Most appropriate for teachers of grades K-8
6 Washington-state approved STEM clock hours will be available
SCIENCE ACTION CLUB (SAC): Activity Leader Training – Bug Safari
Saturday, February 17, 2018 (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) at Woodland Park Zoo)
Most appropriate for afterschool educators of students in grades 5-8
5 Washington-state approved STEM clock hours or STARS continuing education hours will be available
PERSPECTIVES IN ENVIRONMENT & CULTURE: Wildlife in Our Communities
Three courses sessions (participants are required to attend all sessions):
Saturday, March 3, 2018 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo)
Monday, March 12, 2016 (7:00 to 9:30 p.m. for the National Geographic Live presentation “The Wild Life” with Bertie Gregory, Photographer and Filmmaker, at Benaroya Hall, Seattle) (https://events.nationalgeographic.com/talks/wild-life/benaroya-hall) and Saturday, March 17, 2018 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo)
Most appropriate for educators in a variety of settings (classroom, informal, etc.)
2 graduate credits or 14.5 Washington state-approved STEM clock hours will be available
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