Teacher Professional Development
To transform schools and prepare students to address critical environmental issues and succeed in STEM-based careers, there is a growing recognition that strong partnerships between informal and formal education institutions are key. This informs Riverbend’s focus on collaborating with schools to provide tested programs, adapted to individual and district needs.
Riverbend experts will work with you to create a professional development program that supports your teachers in delivering nature-based STEM programs designed to excite students and improve academic outcomes.
Teachers who participate in Riverbend's professional development program will gain skills in integrating nature and STEM topics across disciplines. They will walk away with activites that they can implement in their classrooms.
Riverbend can host professional development sessions at your school or at our 30-acre preserve with indoor facilities in Gladwyne, 10 miles from Philadelphia off the Schuylkill Expressway. Our professional development programs are designed to be cross disciplinary. Major concepts might include life science, environment and ecology and inquiry and design, depending on school subjects. We work with teachers from early childhood through high school and will create a customized program that supports your teachers in your school’s curriculum goals and Pennsylvania academic standards.
DATE CHANGE! Join Riverbend and MCIU for a special professional development training on May 30th
Nature-based STEM is a way to engage all students in STEM, using authentic experiences in nature.
This 1-day training will allow participants to experience a hands-on introduction to Inquiry Based learning and the 5E cycle in nature through building science skills like observation, questioning and collecting evidence.
Participants will conduct hands-on nature based investigations using science practices and nature journaling at Riverbend’s 30-acre nature preserve. After experiencing nature-based STEM in the morning, participants will work in the classroom setting to learn strategies for using nature-based STEM to support existing curriculum goals.
Focus will be placed on strategies for making Nature-Based STEM accessible for ALL students and breaking down barriers that could potentially be in place. Teacher participants will receive access to Riverbend’s Teacher network which includes hands-on science lessons and resources that encourage inquire based lessons in the classroom.
MORNING SESSION: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM here at Riverbend
AFTERNOON SESSION: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at MCIU 2 W. Lafayette St. Norristown, PA 19401
COST: No cost to subscribers - $100 for non-subscribers