At Roger Williams Park Zoo, we take pride in assisting schools AND teachers. We can help make learning easier and more exciting for both your students and for you, by bringing subjects like science and environmental education to life. Explore the professional development opportunities and online resources below, and check back often for valuable new opportunities and information that'll help you make learning a "wild" endeavor in your classroom!
The Zoo's knowledgeable school programs team can facilitate professional development for your school or district on a variety of topics including Next Generation Science Standards, Inquiry, Climate Change, and Engaging in Outdoor Education.
Program Recap: 2009 Summer Field Institute
Presented by Roger Williams Park Zoo with support from the Rhode Island Foundation
In July, 2009 we hosted our first ever Teacher Field Institute, with nine teachers from throughout the state. RWPZ Conservation Programs Coordinator Lou Perrotti and Manager of School Programs Carrie Hawthorne spent a week in the field with the teachers, introducing them to field biology and conservation with the ultimate goal of bringing those lessons back to the classroom. The program covered a variety of topics, including New England biodiversity, endangered species and citizen science. We're thrilled to report that the week was a huge success!
The teachers left with a new appreciation for what being a field biologist is all about, what it takes to save an endangered species, and a plan for taking all that back to their students this fall! And that's not all - we will be working with these teachers for the entirety of the 2009-2010 school year as they integrate the American Burying Beetle and Karner Blue Butterfly into their science and English curriculums, as well as bringing their students to the Zoo and having the Zoomobile go to them!
Check out how much fun we had - visit our Shutterfly “share site” to see some pictures and read some participant comments: http://rwpzooteacherinstitute2009.shutterfly.com/
No Child Left Inside Coalition
The No Child Left Inside Coalition is a broad-based organization with tens of millions of members represented. The NCLI Coalition speaks for a diverse group of Americans who believe young people should receive a strong education about their natural world. The Coalition's focus is passage of the federal No Child Left Inside Act. This legislation would authorize major new funding for states to provide high-quality, environmental instruction. Funds would support outdoor learning activities both at school and in non-formal environmental education centers, teacher training, and the creation of state environmental literacy plans.
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Rhode Island Environmental Education Association
The Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) is a group of people committed to environmentally oriented education. The membership includes teachers, naturalists, environmental organizations, and educators from universities, recreation centers, and state, federal, and non-profit agencies.
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New England Environmental Education Alliance
The mission of the New England EnvironmentalEducation Alliance (NEEEA) is to promote quality environmental education across New England in partnership with the state environmental education organizations.
North American Association of Environmental Education
Celebrating 36 years of promoting excellence in environmental education, NAAEE is the professional association for environmental education. Its members promote professional excellence in nonformal organizations, K-12 classrooms, universities, government agencies, and corporate settings throughout North America and beyond.
National Science Teacher Association
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is a member-driven organization, 55,000-strong. They publish books and journals for science teachers from kindergarten through college, hold regional and national conferences and provide ways for science teachers to connect with one another. They also inform Congress and the public on vital questions affecting science literacy and a well-educated workforce.
Association of Zoos & Aquariums
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of accredited zoos and aquariums in the areas of animal care, wildlife conservation, education and science.