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Teacher Professional Development

Summer Teacher Institute

Summer 2022

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is inviting elementary school teachers to a six-day workshop to enhance their existing science curriculum. Hands- on, inquiry-based learning experiences will address Next Generation Science Standards and move students from knowing to understanding.

Registration will open Spring 2022
Climate Justice: Exploring the Science of Climate Change in Your Classroom
Oct. 7, 8, 9

NOAA Planet Stewards and the Detroit Zoological Society are hosting a three- day workshop for Detroit educators to explore how global climate change is affecting the metro Detroit region, and how they can engage their students in taking action to address this global phenomena.

Registration will open Spring 2022
Humane Education Workshops

The world becomes what we teach! Humane education is an approach to education that prepares students to take action to help people, animals, and the environment. On a regular basis, the DZS Berman Academy for Humane Education hosts humane education workshops by the Institute for Humane Education, Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers, and other experts in the field.

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Citizen Science: Science in the Classroom and at Home

Citizen Science, also known as Participatory Science, Community Science and Collaborative Science, is a gateway to building student interest in science concepts and STEM Literacy. The Detroit Zoological Society has curated a selection of projects that fit in with mandated science curriculum and can easily be extended to learning in out-of- school time. For additional support, or to share a project you are already working on, email us at

Registration will open Spring 2022
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Citizen Science: Science in the Classroom
Fall 2022

A hybrid, multiple workshop course will support teachers who would like to increase their effectiveness at teaching authentic science in their classrooms. Citizen Science projects that are simple to implement and engaging for all learners will be highlighted with ongoing support to implement them with students.

Registration opens Summer 2022