Science Inquiry Institute at Riverbend

Posted by Riverbend Environmental Education Center on June 8, 2015

Professional Development Opportunity for School District of Philadelphia K-5th Teachers

August 10th-14th, 2015
Registrations must be received no later than August 4th, 2015

Join Riverbend Environmental Education Center and the Franklin Institute for…
Do you want to do more science in your classroom? Do you want to teach science lessons that are hands-on and inquiry based? Come spend a week engaged in learning how to bring hands-on, inquiry science into your classroom and out in your schoolyard!


Who should attend?
 Kindergarten—5th Grade Teachers in the School District of Philadelphia
 Teachers that are looking to improve their science teaching skills
 Teachers that want to learn more about the many science resources that Philadelphia has to offer them and their students
 Teachers who want to have a fun week, learning about the world around us and how to make it relevant to their students

What will we do?
 Daily visits to science centers in our region, including Riverbend, the Franklin Institute, etc.
 Hands-on nature exploration in streams, ponds, forests, meadows and wetlands
 Practice science skills that you can take back to your classroom
 Network with other educators

ACT 48 Credit Available

What is the Science Inquiry Institute?
This week-long professional development is a space for you to learn how you can bring more science inquiry to your school yard and classroom. Inquiry science education is a pedagogical method of using exploration, discovery and investigative questioning to teach science related content. In the words of one past participant, “The Institute exceeded expectations. I could not have anticipated that one week would effectively model a different process of learning that can be engaging for my students.”

What will the week look like?
Each day we will focus on a BIG IDEA about inquiry science weaving in the content taught through the CORE Science Modules. Each day will also be at a different location around the city. A few weeks before the institute, you will receive more detailed information about locations and directions.

Your Commitment?
To secure a space you will be required to submit via mail a deposit of $75.00. Your deposit will be returned to you on the last day of the workshop in full.

Make checks payable to:
Riverbend Environmental Education Center
1950 Spring Mill Rd.
Gladwyne, PA 19035

Want to Attend?
Contact Stacy Carr-Poole at for a registration form. If you have questions, contact Stacy at 610-527-5234 x108. A small stipend will be provided.

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