Teacher Professional Development
Teachers netting invertebrates“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”
—Mark Van Doren

At the Missouri Botanical Garden, we regard teachers as close colleagues. The role they play in our world is simply heroic, and we thank them for their daily, unwavering commitment to creating curious, lifelong learners. To support and strengthen teachers, we offer a diversity of courses, workshops and other experiences in the summer and throughout the school year.

Some schools and districts count Garden professional development toward district-required professional development units. College credit is available for select summer workshops.

For more information, please call (314) 577-0819 or e-mail teachertraining@mobot.org.

 

Thinking Beyond the 3Rs: A Recycling Workshop for K–12 Educators

Recycle symbolSaturday, April 8, 2017; 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
This FREE workshop provides educators from around the region with the resources, tools and knowledge they need to successfully integrate solid-waste related topics such as recycling, composting, household hazardous waste and waste in their classrooms. With this information, educators can help guide students to create changes and reduce waste in the classroom, at their school and throughout the community. Learn more

Sustainability Institute for K–12 Educators

2017 Sustainability Institute for Educators: Change is on the Menu…

June 20–22, 2017
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

At Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS)

Join us for the seventh annual Sustainability Institute for Educators as we focus the conversation on food and our schools. The Institute will feature a mix of special guest speakers, tools and resources, and hands-on workshops.

Who Should Attend?

The Sustainability Institute for Educators is designed for educators from all roles and environments. With that, K–12 School Administrators, Curriculum and Facilities Directors, teachers and student leaders from public, independent and informal learning environments should attend the Institute. While individuals are welcome to participate, we recommend recruiting a team or partner from your school. 

What Will I Gain by Attending?

Each participant will leave with a better understanding of how to build awareness and understanding around the issues, principles and science of sustainability; understand how to construct learning environments that connect to real-world problems; and discover how and when to take action and effect change in school communities.

More Information and Registration: 

$150 registration fee includes speaker fees, breakfast and lunch for all three days.
Graduate credit is available for an additional fee. 

Learn more and register

Questions? Please contact Kat Golden at katherine.golden@mobot.org.

 

Professional Development Outreach

Administrators—Are you looking for professional development opportunities for your staff?

The Missouri Botanical Garden's School Programs team offers topnotch STEM and inquiry training for K–12 that can be incorporated into an established professional development day or offered as an evening or weekend program at your school. Programs typically last 45–60 minutes and serve up to 30 teachers. Additional programs may be scheduled within the same day to serve larger groups.

Outreach costs for professional development programs are:

  • $150 for the first hour and $50 for each additional hour (to take place the same day).
  • $1/mile over 20 miles.

Professional development programs may be uniquely designed for your school upon request. (Additional planning costs may be incurred. These will be discussed with you prior to scheduling.)

Please call (314) 577-0819 or e-mail teachertraining@mobot.org to discuss programming options.

 


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