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Join informal educators at the California Academy of Sciences as we meet weekly to build a culture of reflection and incorporate research on learning into our teaching practices!

You are invited to our community of practice on Wednesday evenings through May 2018.

Using Prior Knowledge & Creating Conceptual Change

Wednesdays, September 13 - October 11, 2017 
4:00pm - 7:00pm

How can an educator help someone overcome a misconception? Why is it necessary to access, activate, and connect to learners’ prior knowledge? And, how can an informal educator nimbly do that within the various contexts that they teach within? Educators dive into research on prior knowledge and conceptual change, and consider what can be learned from listening closely to learners. During this series educators participate in activities to explore what learning research looks like in practice, and use videos of themselves teaching to reflect upon and brainstorm ways to strengthen their interactions with learners.

Facilitating Conversations & Enhancing Learning

Wednesdays, January 10 - February 7, 2018
4:00pm - 7:00pm

What role does talking have in enhancing learning? How can informal educators design and facilitate conversations that help learners transfer their learning from an abstract idea into a concrete concept? Educators will explore how talking helps people transfer knowledge into long-term storage areas of the brain. They will then build off of proven strategies for facilitating conversations and how they can be adapted to their unique teaching environments. During this series educators participate in activities to explore what learning research looks like in practice, and use videos of themselves teaching to reflect upon and brainstorm ways to strengthen their interactions with learners.

Engagement in Learning & Unique Objects

Wednesdays, April 11 - May 9, 2018
4:00pm - 7:00pm

Museums have unique objects from specimens to planetariums that can engage learners in complex topics. How can educators use these objects to build deep engagement in topics? What methods are most successful in helping learners build personal connections and feelings towards topics? How does this create longer-term motivation and curiosity? During this series educators participate in activities to explore what learning research looks like in practice, and use videos of themselves teaching to reflect upon and brainstorm ways to strengthen their interactions with learners.

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Reflecting on Practice is comprised of nationally recognized informal educator workshops that give educators a time and a place to focus on how people learn. The goal of the program is to build a culture of reflection and help educators take advantage of structures that allow them to incorporate research on learning into their teaching practices. The curriculum organizes knowledge from the learning sciences into three topic areas for participants to explore.

Educators need to commit to all five sessions in a single series, and can do just one series, or all of them.

The cost is $50 per person per series, and scholarships are available. All sessions take place at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Supported by NSF-DRL #1612515

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