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:

Summer 2021, dates to be determined

Participants attend both weeks.