Calendar: Educator Programs

June 11, 2015

STEAMin’ it up in the Cultural District!

Professional development for K-12 educators

Location: Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
Keynote speaker: M. Brooke Byerley, Ph.D., Editor, Botanist, & Living Roof Coordinator at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Cost: $40
Lunch will be provided.

Who should apply? K-12 science educators and administrators from homeschool, classroom, and preservice settings, as well as gifted and talented teachers.
Participants will receive seven Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours, Gifted/Talented renewal hours, digital images, electronic resources, and classroom activities.

Join educators from five Fort Worth institutions for a day-long professional development workshop that explores biodiversity and how you can use it in your science classroom!

Presentations include:

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Using Images in a Science Classroom
Explore visual literacy strategies to incorporate images in your daily curriculum.

Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Soil: Where Biodiversity Begins!
Gain a greater understanding of the impact this abiotic factor has on all ecosystems throughout the world, including your backyard.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Planting a Drought-Tolerant Naturescape
Use principles of garden design to add drought-tolerant native and adapted plants to your naturescape.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Engineer It: Naturescape
Learn more about the engineering design process to plan a naturescape for your school.

Fort Worth Zoo
Who’s Been in My Garden/Naturescape
Identify the good, the bad, and the ugly animals in your garden/naturescape.

For more information, including how to register, visit Completed registrations must be received by May 29, 2015.

Questions? Email Tracy Friday at

July 16, 2015

Observe, Describe, Analyze, Interpret Part 2

Educator Workshop

Back by popular demand! Analyze, describe, evaluate, infer, interpret, and observe? Inquiry-based method or dialogical approach? What does it all mean and how can teachers help students understand how to do it? Using artworks from the museum’s collections and special exhibitions, Amon Carter educators explain and model all of these visual literacy strategies. Participants have the opportunity to practice using these techniques and collaborate with other teachers to create lessons that encourage dialogue and reflection. Attendance at Observe, Describe, Analyze, Interpret Part 1 is not required as new artworks, activities, and visual literacy strategies will be included.

Art, language arts, science, and social studies teachers from classroom and homeschool settings and preservice teachers are encouraged to attend, although others may benefit and are welcome to register.

Contact Melinda Casey at 817.740.3629 or for registration and pricing information.

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