Birmingham Audubon Science Teachers’ Workshop
June 27 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pmFree
Birmingham Audubon is excited to offer a new professional-development opportunity for Alabama high-school teachers!
Together, we’ll explore ways to connect your students with Alabama’s biodiversity through data-driven exercises and evolutionary exploration. Led by Birmingham Audubon scientific staff, this free, STIPD-eligible workshop will provide teachers with a rigorous take on topics related to biodiversity, habitat, and evolutionary change.
The application deadline is May 15th.
7:30 a.m. Coffee and introductions at the Birmingham Audubon office
8 a.m. Urban Green Space as an Ecological Classroom: Explore binocular techniques, the basics of bird identification, the ecological role of native plants, and how to read the Alabama landscape through a hands-on exploration of Birmingham’s Avondale Park.
9 a.m. Working with Field Data: Consistency, Analysis, Statistical Approaches (led by Andy Coleman, PhD, Birmingham Audubon Program Director): A critical examination of field-generated data, with introductory analytical techniques suitable for grades 9–12
Noon Lunch with Birmingham Audubon staff
1 p.m. Tree Thinking: A New Approach to Understanding Evolution (led by Ansel Payne, PhD, Birmingham Audubon Outreach Director): A step-by-step approach for teaching phylogenetic concepts to high-school audiences
4 p.m. Optional birding trip in Birmingham
To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “Teacher Workshop.” Include your name, the name of your school, the courses you teach, as well as a brief (<250 word) description of what you try to achieve in the classroom.