Educators

Teacher Professional Development Courses

We offer professional development courses to all teachers. Courses focus on botany, ecology, and South Florida natural history, and are designed to increase teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of plants, plant uses, and conservation. Workshops are conducted using a combination of lectures, discussion, guided garden walks, and hands-on activities. Teachers are provided with materials, resources, and curriculum activities to implement in their classrooms. We work closely with the Miami-Dade County Public School system to ensure professional development courses are approved for continuing education credits. 

October 3, 2020     10:00 am – 2:00 pm
School & Home Gardening
A garden is a powerful environmental education tool. Through the mindful practice of gardening, students can learn to become responsible caretakers and have an opportunity to engage in agricultural practices on a small scale. This course will explore the web of interactions among the living and non-living players that sustain life as well as the physics, chemistry, and biology of caring for our potted plants.
Miami Dade County Public School Educators register via mylearningplan.com
All other educators, REGISTER HERE

STEM Project-Based Learning Virtually with Fairchild
October 10, 2020     10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Project-based learning environments offer hands-on experiences that allow students to develop critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and strengthen STEM skills both inside and outside of the classroom. Learn from Fairchild’s successful botany magnet school programs to see how project-based learning can increase your effectiveness to teach science. Due to the current climate, this workshop will be offered virtually via Zoom.
Miami Dade County Public School Educators register via mylearningplan.com
All other educators, REGISTER HERE

Basic Botany for Teachers
October 24,  2020    10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Learn the basics of roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit, with an emphasis on easy strategies to teach students about plant parts and functions. Due to the current climate, this workshop will be offered virtually via zoom.
Miami Dade County Public School Educators register via mylearningplan.com
All other educators, REGISTER HERE

Ceramics and Tropical Botany – “Molding the Future”
November 21,  2020    10:00 am – 2:00 pm
This hands-on virtual course combines art with science and teaches mold-making techniques combined with a botany lesson on native and tropical plants of South Florida. Instructed by local Miami artist Lauren Shapiro and featuring lectures by Fairchild Botanists, participants will create several molds of botanical textures to produce sculptures with clay. Due to the current climate, this workshop will be offered virtually via zoom.
All materials are included with course registration and step-by-step techniques will be demonstrated by the artist while participants follow along to create their own botanically themed artistic creation. 

Miami Dade County Public School Educators register via mylearningplan.com
All other educators,REGISTER HERE

South Florida Plants, Ecosystems, and Invasive Species
December 5, 2020     10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Explore South Florida ecosystems inside and outside the classroom through a hands-on approach to understanding local ecology and conservation issues.  Learn about the threats that invasive species have on our environment. Due to the current climate, this workshop will be offered virtually via zoom.
Miami Dade County Public School Educators register via mylearningplan.com
All other educators, REGISTER HERE

For more information please email Janderson@fairchildgarden.org or call 305-669-4091

 

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