Professional Development


    Reflecting on Practice: Coaching Workshop
    May 15-17 2018
    Cost: $250
    Location: San Francisco
    California Academy of Sciences

    Costs includes a take-home binder, meals during the workshop, and follow-up support. 

    We highly recommend sending 2 or more people from your organization to this workshop.

    We are pleased to offer a Reflecting on Practice Coaching Workshop, designed by educational researchers from Lawrence Hall of Science and led in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences. Reflecting on Practice is a modular professional learning program, specifically designed for informal educators, environmental educators, and interpreters.

    The workshop familiarizes leaders with a nationally field-tested curriculum for advancing informal education, and building an organizational culture of reflective practice and incorporating research on learning into everyday work experiences.

    During this workshop, you will (a) experience portions of the modular curriculum as a learner, (b) reflect on and problem solve for barriers related to shifting organizational culture, and (c) develop a personalized implementation plan for your own site. You will receive a curriculum binder, a book on coaching teams, and some follow-up support after the workshop is complete.

    Pacific Northwest Wilderness Stewardship Skills Training

    Organization: Mt. Adams Institute
    Dates: June 8th – 10th

    Location: Trout Lake, WA

    The Wilderness Act was established by Congress in 1964 to preserve the wilderness character of specific areas for the benefit of current and future generations. The goal of this training is to build a community of wilderness stewards to help care for these special places.

    Participants have the opportunity to choose one of the following five training modules: Wilderness Skills Introduction, Visitor Contacts, Wilderness Monitoring, Wilderness Restoration, and Primitive Field Skills. Each module offers over two days of skills development and experience that gives participants the tools and knowledge to become better stewards. Experienced Wilderness Rangers and Wilderness Stewards from all over the Pacific Northwest come to this event to instruct the modules.

    Spaces available for this training are limited. Please apply by April 6th for priority registration. Due to space limitations, not all who apply are guaranteed a spot. Applicant participation will be confirmed by April 20th.


    Foundations of Inquiry

    Organization: Woodland Park Zoo
    Location: Seattle, WA
    Dates: Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13, 2018 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
    Registration: Online registration opens March 1, 2018
    Registration due dates: March 30, 2018 (for those taking the course for credit); July 2, 2018 (for all others).

    Course fee for 3 graduate credits: $1,425 Miami University / Woodland Park Zoo course fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 3 graduate semester credits, including zoo admission, materials and snacks.

    Course fee for 30 STEM clock hours/audit: $390 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and Washington state-approved STEM clock hours.

    This course will engage participants in exploring the foundations of inquiry-based teaching and learning while gaining a new familiarity with Woodland Park Zoo as an informal science education setting. Through making observations on zoo grounds, developing comparative questions, creating scientific investigations and communicating results, participants will experience the full inquiry process and will learn how to facilitate this process with their audiences. Course activities will demonstrate the applications of inquiry in the classroom, on zoo grounds, in the schoolyard and other outdoor settings. We will also discuss case studies that illustrate the effectiveness of inquiry in improving science learning and engaging people as leaders in their communities. Through this course, participants will develop the investigation, critical reflection, and collaboration skills needed to lead and assess inquiry‐driven learning for diverse communities. Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through early August.

    Northwest Wildlife Conservation: Restoring Habitats and Species in Washington's Northwest Coast Ecoregion
    , Monday, August 6 to Friday, August 10, 2018
    Course fee for 30 STEM clock hours/audit: $705  (off-site course see details)

    Next Gen Science @ Woodland Park Zoo, Tuesday, August 21, 2018
    Course fee for 6 STEM clock hours/audit: $78


    Systems Thinking: Developing Capacity for Thinking, Leading and Learning

    July 24 @ 8:00 am–July 26 @ 4:00 pm PDT

    Organization: The Waters Foundation
    Location: Puget Sound ESD, Renton WA
    Cost: $599

    Objectives: This three-day workshop will provide an introduction to systems thinking Habits, concepts and tools that can be directly applied to leadership development, organizational learning and district and school improvement.

    Participants will:

    • Learn and be able to apply the 14 Habits of a Systems Thinker.
    • Increase understanding of how mental models are developed over time and how to productively utilize the diverse perspectives people hold about systems of interest.
    • Identify the causal interdependencies that influence the behavior of complex systems and use that deeper understanding to effectively identify leverage actions.
    • Develop insights about short-term, long-term and unintended consequences of decisions and actions.
    • Each create a plan to apply systems thinking to the achievement of workplace goals