Professional Development

The 2014 Schuylkill Center Teacher Training Institute

Greening STEM: Environment and experience enhancing education!

Earn Act 48 credit hours

Teachers & Environmental Educators

Join Us Thursday, July 24th and Friday, July 25th

Don't miss this FREE opportunity

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are deeply woven into the real world. Gaining skills and knowledge in each of these content areas greatly supports learning and cognitive growth. The environment and nature provide a perfect source for curriculum development, bridging the connection between these content areas in a way that students can relate to.

This exciting 2-day workshop is open to educators and teachers from early childhood to high school with breakout sessions available for a variety of age ranges and students Teachers will get the benefit of ideas and lessons to incorporate into their own classroom and what tools to use (even with limited access to nature).

Local teachers, administrators, and other individuals in the environmental profession come together at the Schuylkill Center to share inspirational lessons, methods, strategies and resources with each other.

Throughout the two day workshop, you will:

  • Learn strategies for integrating natural materials and using the environment as a base for lesson planning and programming;
  • Gather ideas and strategies for integrating green technologies into your STEM lessons;
  • Be inspired by our Greening Panel of STEM educators and have the opportunity to share ideas and ask questions in small breakout groups;
  • Choose sessions based on your teaching level with choices emphasizing early childhood to elementary and upper elementary through high school;
  • Meet natural resource agency personnel and learn about their programs in our local area including the Philadelphia Water Department, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Game Commission and the Schuylkill Center’s own suite of outreach programs;
  • See presentations that highlight the innovative lessons and ideas of local private and public schools including:
    • The Miquon School, highlighting their stream-based ecology lessons
    • Germantown Academy will be sharing their nature-based curriculum focusing on construction, engineering, and design
    • Cooke-Wissahickon, a Philadelphia public elementary school that is in the process of “greening” their school grounds and finding ways to integrate the greening process into the learning of their students
    • The Workshop School, a public high school whose mission is to unleash the creative and intellectual potential of young people to solve the world’s toughest problems;

Call 215-482-7300, x110 to register. Participants will have the option of ordering lunch for $15.00 from our favorite local and sustainable deli, Mugshots.

The Schuylkill Center Teacher Training Institute is supported by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. We greatly appreciate their support, which allows us to offer this workshop at no cost.

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