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|March 28; 8:00 am - 3:30 pm|
Educators' Conference: Natural Connections Pre-K - 3rd Grade
Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:00am - 3:30pm
Natural Connections: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning
Location: Massey Conference Center, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Scroll down or click here for Friday, March 28 online registration*
*If you need to register more than 5 participants and/or make alternative payment arrangements please call the Registrar's office at (804) 262-9887 ext. 322 or 320.
This two-day collaborative conference provides valuable professional development
opportunities for Pre-K – 6th grade educators, administrators, and pre-service teachers.
Join your colleagues for inspiring opportunities to make natural connections using
interdisciplinary teaching approaches. Presenters model ways to blend science, social
studies, language arts, and math standards for authentic learning experiences.
Kaleela Thompson, inspirational young author of Oh Where Oh Where is My Swallowtail?, will join us during the welcome sessions and host book sales and signing.
$40 per day includes workshops, morning coffee, lunch, classroom resources and a gift bag. Space is limited; advanced registration required.
(8 hours professional development points per day)
Friday, March 28, 2014: Pre-K - 3rd Grade
Choose one of four strands:
Elizabeth Edmondson, Ph.D.
Director, VISTA at Virginia Commonwealth University
Supporting Institution: Dominion Power
Explore energy flow throughout the Garden, discover the interdependence
of plants and animals, and uncover new ways to recycle, reuse, and reduce.
Science Teacher Consultant, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Supporting Institution: Agriculture in the Classroom
Take a virtual tour of areas around the globe. Then navigate the Garden grounds
using a magnetic compass to develop mapping skills.
Supervisor of Elementary Science, Portsmouth Public Schools
Supporting Institution: Henricus State Park
Traverse the Garden while geocaching through exciting civilizations and
enjoy engaging activities along the way.
Earth and SpaceCrystal Clark
K-5 Math & Science Coordinator, Math Science Innovation Center
Supporting Institution: NASA and the Science Museum of Virginia
Experience the night sky in a portable planetarium and take a virtual trip
through space. Explore toys in space, light, shadows, moon phases, and more.
Presented by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Association of Science Teachers, Region I, with additional support by the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement, Virginia Resource Use Education Council and the Math Science Innovation Center