Professional Development

The World Becomes What We Teach: A Humane Education Workshop

Whether you’re an educator, educational leader or concerned citizen, The World Becomes What We Teach: A Humane Education Workshop will help you channel your passion for a better world into effectively educating and inspiring others. This workshop is specifically designed to help you bring global ethical issues into your classroom or community through innovative activities and approaches that enable others to become solutionaries: effective problem solvers for a more humane, peaceable and healthy world for people, animals and the environment.

You’ll learn to guide your students and audiences to:

  • Acquire knowledge by preparing them to be effective researchers able to obtain accurate information about interconnected global challenges and discern fact from conjecture;
  • Think deeply by developing their critical-, creative-, strategic- and systems-thinking skills;
  • Make compassionate and responsible choices by fostering wonder and appreciation for the natural world, empathy for people and animals and a commitment to doing the most good and least harm; and
  • Focus on solutions by offering opportunities to collaboratively engage in problem-solving, implement ideas and assess and improve upon them.

The workshop will be facilitated by Zoe Weil, president of the Institute for Humane Education. It is recommended for all classroom teachers and community educators, but is also open to students and other persons interested in humane education. For an overview of the vision that informs this workshop, please watch Zoe Weil’s TEDx talk: The World Becomes What You Teach.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Detroit Zoo. Registration is free and includes lunch and a copy of Zoe Weil’s book The World Becomes What We Teach. SCECHs will be available.

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Teachers in a hands-on workshop

Summer Teacher Institute

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. DZS education staff will co-facilitate the workshop with inquiry-based learning expert, Dr. Rebecca Dyasi.

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. DZS education staff will co-facilitate the workshop with inquiry-based learning expert, Dr. Rebecca Dyasi.

Participants will:

  • Participate in hands-on and inquiry-based learning activities at the Detroit Zoo
  • Practice using phenomena to engage and excite students
  • Understand and address common student misconceptions
  • Create lessons to take back to the classroom for immediate implementation
  • Be a part of a continuing network of support through virtual and in-person meet-ups at the Zoo throughout the school year
  • Participate with a colleague to provide a daily support network for each other
  • Discover how to use the Zoo as an extension of the classroom, bringing learning to life
  • Earn SCECHs
  • Spend time at the wildest place in town!

The workshops will take place:

Summer 2020, dates to be determined

Participants attend both weeks.


Group photo of participants

Educator Open House

Join us in the fall of 2020 for the next Educator Open House to explore resources, programs and experiences the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) has to offer you and your students.

The DZS education staff will be at various locations around the Zoo to share programs, activities and resources available for teachers and students, from pre-K to high school, and teacher professional development opportunities.

All educators need to pre-register for the event and bring a valid teacher/educator ID with them for free admission and parking. Non-educator guests are welcome to attend by purchasing an admission ticket or using a valid DZS membership.

Pre-register for the Open House

Join us in the fall of 2020 for the next Educator Open House to explore resources, programs and experiences the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) has to offer you and your students.

The DZS education staff will be at various locations around the Zoo to share programs, activities and resources available for teachers and students, from pre-K to high school, and teacher professional development opportunities.

All educators need to pre-register for the event and bring a valid teacher/educator ID with them for free admission and parking. Non-educator guests are welcome to attend by purchasing an admission ticket or using a valid DZS membership.

Pre-register for the Open House