Scholarship Programs

 CITY GARDENS CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS

For New York City Public School Educators

The City Gardens Club of New York City, Inc. (CGC) is a 95-year-old non-profit organization that offers a limited number of scholarships for activity-oriented, science-related summer workshops to New York City public school teachers.

 

Applications are now being accepted for 2018 Scholarships.

Deadlines:  May 4, 2018 (April 6 for Hog Island)

Below are the educator workshops to which Scholarships will be offered in 2018:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

What Did a Plant Ever Do For You?

This hands-on course provides an introduction to the science and art of botany and horticulture taught in the context of the diverse indoor and outdoor plant collections of Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) for teachers of students in elementary, middle and high school grades. An understanding of the value of plants in natural and human history will emerge through an inquiry-based approach to learning how plants are built, how they work, and how they interact with the living and non-living components of the natural environments they inhabit. Emphasis is placed on experiential, authentic learning that participants can readily bring back to their own classroom settings to engage students with diverse learning styles. Tours of the Garden will provide teachers with skills that they can apply to plan and implement their own outdoor explorations of the plant collections in their schoolyards or in their school communities as well as at BBG. Participants will keep science journals and learn how to use student journals to assess student comprehension of science facts and concepts—a practice that supports the Common Core Reading and Writing Standards as well as the New York State Science Core Curriculum Standards.

The CGC scholarship for this Brooklyn Botanic Garden program covers the $200 fees for the course and all materials needed for it, as well as the $125 fee for the “P” in-service credits. The course will be given at 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn. If you have any questions please contact Lauren Bell, Teacher Education Coordinator, at 718-623-7381 or lbell@bbg.org.

Program Provider: Brooklyn Botanic Garden (http://www.bbg.org/)
Intended Audience:  Teachers Pre-K – grade 12 teachers
Date and Time: Tuesday-Thursday, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, four weeks in a row: July 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31-Aug. 2, 2018
Credits: 36 hours – 3 “P” credits

National Audubon Society

Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week

Designed for both science and non-science educators, this session will generate exciting ideas for creating and incorporating environmental education activities into your curriculum and teaching. Your instructors will be sharing their favorite approaches, methods, and activities for engaging children with nature, whether during a field trip or a presentation. Workshops and field experiences will teach techniques in field biology, art, music, photography, theater, journaling and other disciplines. Participants will visit the restored Atlantic Puffin and seabird colony nearby, explore Hog Island’s magnificent spruce forest and rich intertidal zones and have the options for other explorations. This is a very social, rich, and well-designed program.

The scholarship for this course covers the $1095 fee for the course, including room, board and materials, as well as the $20 cost of the CEU credits. It does not include transportation to and from Maine. For more information about this and other educational programming offered at Hog Island, go to http://hogisland.audubon.org. You may also call the Hog Island Audubon Camp Program Manager, Eva Matthews, at 607-257-7308 ext 314 or email her at hogisland@audubon.org.

Program Provider: National Audubon Society: Hog Island Audubon Camp – Maine (http://www.hogisland.audubon.org)
Intended Audience: Teachers Grades K – 12
Date and Time: July 15-20, 2018: Sunday-Friday, residential
Credits: 45 hours – 4.5 CEU’s available from the University of Southern Maine

 

Queens Botanical Garden

Exploring Science Teaching at the Queens Botanical Garden

Join us as we use the grounds and collections of the Queens Botanical Garden to explore best practices in science pedagogy. This course is aimed at teachers of students in grades 3-5 who wish to explore hands-on and minds-on learning in science. As we use authentic observation, examination, experimentation, journaling, reading, and writing we will enhance our understandings of various science concepts. This course will be taught with a focus on the use the Science Practices from the Next Generation Science Standards / New York State Standards. Teachers will regularly reflect upon their own learning and engage in discussions about the pedagogical methodologies used in the course. By the end of the course teachers will have an understanding of the 5E model of science teaching as developed by Rodger Bybee, will be able to utilize formative assessments to support student learning and will have some familiarity with the New York State Science Standards. Teachers will create a backwards-design driven lesson unit that engages students and meets their learning needs.

The course fee includes a $225 QBG fee and a $125 P-credit fee. For more information, please call Marnie Rackmill, Professional Development Manager at 718-886-3800 x371 or email her at mrackmill@queensbotanical.org.

Program Provider: Queens Botanical Garden (http://queensbotanical.org/)
Intended Audience: Teachers Grades 3-5
Date and Time: Monday July 9 – Saturday July 14, 2018, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Credits: 36 Hours – 3 “P” credits

 

Shelburne Farms

The Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability

Spend five rich days with colleagues from around the country at an informative and restorative institute created to give you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of Education for Sustainability. This week is part conference, part workshop, part retreat.

Designed to be dynamic and democratic, the Institute offers teachers the time and space to develop projects of personal interest while providing opportunities to learn from colleagues and other leaders in field of Education for Sustainability. Interactive sessions will feature a blend of individual work time, peer-to-peer feedback, resource sharing, hands-on learning experiences, and large and small group discussions. Our overall goal is to ensure participants have the opportunity to develop connections between curriculum and community, work and dialogue together, and reflect in an inspiring setting that models sustainability and systems-thinking.

Educators attending this course will:

  • Gain familiarity with and practice the skills to apply Education for Sustainability as a unifying framework for education that helps students contribute to creating a healthy economic, social and environmental future for their communities.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the concept of sustainability, promising practices and big ideas (concepts) and its application in formal and non-formal education settings to address social, environmental and economic issues.
  • Understand and practice the strategies and pedagogies employed for integrating sustainability into schools (curriculum development, campus ecology, collaboration, and community partnerships).
  • Build knowledge about community sustainability efforts, resources, and opportunities to integrate them into curriculum.

The scholarship for this course covers $600 for the course fee, light breakfast and lunch and accommodations at $65/night double occupancy for a total of $860. It does not include transportation to and from Vermont or dinner cost. For information about this and other educational programming offered at Shelburne Farms go to http://www.shelburnefarms.org. For registration information you may also call Amy Rougier at 802-985-0302 or email her at registration@shelburnefarms.org. For institute questions, please contact Jen Cirillo at jcirillo@shelburnefarms.org or 802-985-0315.

Program Provider: Shelburne Farms (http://www.shelburnefarms.org)
Intended Audience: Teachers Grade K – 12
Date and Time: July 23-27, 2018: Monday-Friday, residential
Credits: 3 Graduate credits available Johnson State University/Northern Vermont University for an additional cost of $555 (not included)

 

The Horticultural Society of New York

The Joy of Vegetables: Where Gardening Meets Nutrition

This hands-on course will explore vegetables from the ground to our plates and promote a symbiosis between healthy plants and healthy people. To maximize student learning, we will connect science standards with real world applications whether in a school garden or classroom window box. Participants will learn how to get a jumpstart on the growing season, to purchase cheap seedlings and how to make vegetable projects financially sustainable. Teachers will plant vegetable seeds, transplant seedlings, investigate plant structure, define botanical functions, conduct scientific experiments and produce tasty, unique veggie dishes every day. Additionally, activities that involve battling obesity, promoting physically activity and consuming fresh veggies will be investigated. Each session will teach strategies for delivering differentiated instruction to address some of the many types of learners, especially the auditory, visual, tactile and kinesthetic learners. For more information, please email Pamela Ito at pam@thehort.org.

This course will be held at The Horticultural Society of New York Headquarters, 148 West 37th St., Floor 13 (3 blocks north of Macy’s).

Course Provider:  The Horticultural Society
Intended Audience:  Grades 3-8
Dates:  July 9-14, 2018 (Monday-Saturday)
Course Code:  P17-257

 

Beyond the Lima Bean:  An Interdisciplinary Approach to Plant Science

This hands-on course will delve into plant parts with an innovative, interdisciplinary and sensory focus.  We will connect basic botany with mathematics, art and literacy aspects of the elementary school curriculum, to maximize student learning.  The science of plant parts will be the primary teaching topic as we observe stem transportation, dissect flowers (a component of the city-wide 4th grade science test), investigate seed function and analyze leaf shapes.  The six main parts of the plant will then be happily united with visual, culinary, and musical arts as participants sketch hairy roots, create playful “plant chants,” design miniature floral arrangements and learn how to make chocolate from cacao seeds.  Additionally, educational links with practical mathematics and relevant literacy techniques will be implemented.  Each session will teach strategies for delivering differentiated instruction to address some of the many types of learners, especially the auditory, visual, tactile and kinesthetic learners.    As a culminating project, participants will create an integrated botany portfolio to use as a teaching tool in their classrooms. For more information, please email Pamela Ito at pam@thehort.org.

Course Provider:  The Horticultural Society
Intended Audience:  Grades 3-5
Dates:  July 23-28, 2018 (Monday-Saturday)
PLEASE NOTE:  This class will be held in our greenhouse in Riverbank State Park (enter West 145th St.), with free on-site parking. The Saturday, July 28 session will culminate in a participant-run farm stand.
Course Code:  P17-236

The CGC scholarships for The Horticultural Society of New York programs cover the $250 fee for each program and related materials, as well as the $125 fee for the “P” in-service credits.

 

The New York Botanical Garden

Seedlings Summer Institute

Created for teachers of Grades PreK-2, the Seedlings Summer Institute provides a weeklong immersion in nature and plant science with an emphasis on hands-on strategies and management techniques for teaching science inside and outside of the classroom. Teachers discover how to make the garden an extension of their classroom, while enriching their curriculum with resources and the opportunity to share ideas with colleagues.  If you have questions not answered here please call Judith Hutton, Manager of Teacher Professional Development, at
718-817-8140 or email her at jhutton@nybg.org.

This course involves extensive, outdoor walking.

Program Provider: New York Botanical Garden (http://www.nybg.org/)
Intended Audience: Teachers Grades PreK–2
Date and Time: July 9-14, 2018: Monday-Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Credits: 36 Hours – 3 “P” credits

Plant, Learn and Grow!  Gardening 201

Plant, Learn and Grow!  Gardening 201  is designed to provide classroom teachers with strategies to support student learning through the integration of a garden project into their curriculum. Participants learn related earth and life science content while exploring the skills to support and maintain a garden or outdoor learning space. Sessions emphasize relevant state and local standards while providing cross-curricular connections between literacy and science.  Teachers will gain new ideas and collaboratively create lesson plans that are engaging and fun for students. If you have questions not answered here, please contact Judith Hutton, Manager of Teacher Professional Development, at 718-817-8140 or jhutton@nybg.org.  

This course involves extensive, outdoor walking.

Program Provider: The New York Botanical Garden (http://www.nybg.org/)
Intended Audience: Teachers Grades 3 – 8
Date and Time: July 30 – Aug. 4, 2018: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Credits: 36 Hours – 3 “P” credits

The Art of Science

Discover how to help your students experience the wonder of the outdoors through both art and science. Participants will hone their observation skills and ask questions using the backdrop of the garden grounds at the New York Botanical Garden. We will explore how the physical beauty of nature can enhance students’ natural curiosity and provide an inquiry-based framework for learning. Sessions provide cross-curriculum connections which emphasize the relationship between science and art. If you have questions not answered here, please contact Judith Hutton, Manager of Teacher Professional Development, 718-817-8140 or jhutton@nybg.org.

This course involves extensive, outdoor walking.

Program Provider: New York Botanical Garden (http://www.nybg.org/)
Intended Audience: Teachers Grades K-8
Date and Time: July 23-28, 2018:  Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Credits: 36 Hours – 3 “P” credits

The CGC scholarships cover the $200 fee for each program at the New York Botanical Garden and related materials as well as the $125 fee for the “P” in-service credits. All courses will be given in M232 in the Watson Building, 2900 Southern Blvd. in the Bronx. For additional information about any of these programs and The New York Botanical Garden’s other courses, download their School and Teacher Program Guide at: https://www.nybg.org/content/uploads/2017/08/CE_School-Teacher-Catalog_2017.pdf. If you have questions not answered there, please contact Judith Hutton, Manager of Teacher Professional Development, at 718-817-8140 or jhutton@nybg.org.

Questions about programs should be directed to the program providers noted in the program descriptions above. Questions about the scholarships themselves may be sent to info.cgc.sc@gmail.com.

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