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Professional Learning

NYBG’s Professional Learning Institutes for Teachers provide educators with an immersive experience at the New York Botanical Garden. Teachers learn how to use Garden resources to engage children with plants and nature across the curriculum, with connections to science, literacy, math, and art. Participants can earn CTLE hours from The New York State Education Department.

P credits from the New York City Department of Education are available for all Institutes. Visit The After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP) website to apply (additional registration fees required).

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Upcoming Programs

  1. November 2, 2021 (Tuesday)
    9 a.m.–1 p.m.

    We will explore sustainable practices being done at the Garden and model ways to incorporate the content into your classroom. Sustainability topics will include green waste, storm water management and carbon uptake by trees.

    This course offers 4 hours of CTLE credit.

    Cost: $35

    Register

  2. April 3, 10, 24, May 8, 15, 2022 (Sundays)
    Online

    Advocate for, plan, create, or revive a school garden. Hone skills for designing, budgeting, and incorporating the garden across the curriculum, utilizing the resources of the school community.

    2 P-credits and up to 30 CTLE hours from the New York City Department of Education are available for this course.

    Cost: $200

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  3. April 23–May 14, 2022
    Online, Asynchronous Course

    Engage with natural objects and outdoor environments near you through facilitated routines of observation and reflection. Use curated readings and research to highlight disproportionate access to nature, reflect on personal experiences, and plan for equitable learning opportunities in the science classroom.

    1 P-credit and up to 15 CTLE hours from the New York City Department of Education are available for this course.

    Note that this course will take place fully online in an asynchronous format.

    Cost: $100

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  4. July 18–23, 2022 (Monday–Saturday)
    9 a.m.–1 p.m.

    Strengthen science instruction using inquiry-based activities that bridge curricular connections between math and literacy for early learners.

    3 P-credits and up to 45 CTLE hours from the New York City Department of Education are available for this course.

    Cost: $250

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  5. July 25–30, 2022 (Monday–Saturday)
    9 a.m.–1 p.m.

    Whether your school garden is plants on your windowsill or in the schoolyard, participate in hands-on gardening methods to build your background knowledge. Topics include pest management, soil quality monitoring, pollinator interactions and more!

    3 P-credits and up to 45 CTLE hours from the New York City Department of Education are available for this course.

    Cost: $250

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  6. August 8–13, 2022 (Monday–Saturday)

    The relationship between people and plants have shaped foodways for thousands of years. Examine human and plant connections at the intersection of history, food, and culture. Develop strategies for engaging student-driven scientific investigations utilizing plants and food.

    3 P-credits and up to 45 CTLE hours from the New York City Department of Education are available for this course.

    Cost: $250

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Acknowledgments

Support provided by Cynthia D. Brodsky, The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Laura J. Niles Foundation, Inc., and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.