Professional Development

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:

  • July 23-25, 2019 – Engage and Inspire: Activities and hands-on experiences
  • July 30-August 1, 2019 – Apply and Create: Supported by DZS staff and Dr. Dyasi, teachers will apply what they’ve learned by creating lessons for their classrooms

Participants attend both weeks.

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Educator Open House

Join us on Saturday, October 12, 2019, 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.

Join us on Saturday, October 12, 2019, 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.