Teacher/Professional Development

Black Botanist: Building a Legacy in Your Classroom

 Tuesday, February 23rd, Thursday February 25th and Tuesday, March 2nd

from 6-8 pm on Google Meet

Cost:  $100

Diversity is an important concept in the natural world and in the scientific field. Learn how to incorporate the Growing Black Roots: The Black Botanical Legacy lecture series developed by Holden Forests & Gardens and Black Botanist Week Committee into your classroom to address topics in science, social studies, diversity, careers and environmental justice. The free resources in this project support teachers in incorporating the lecture series into their classroom curriculums. There is a set of unique activities that correspond to each lecture. The activities are targeted at middle/ high school and are to be used after the lectures are viewed. They are interdisciplinary in nature with science, social studies, math, language arts and career connections. The activities are divided into three sections, Comprehend and Connect, To Do, and Follow Up. This variety of options allow you to tailor your connection to the lectures in the way that best enables you to meet your goals and objectives.

1 Semester Hour Graduate Credit is available from Lake Erie College for an additional $100. Register here and enter course code ED5602W.

Teacher in Residence Program

Holden Forests & Gardens’ Teacher in Residence Program offers full-time teachers a unique opportunity for personal enrichment and professional growth. This summer program enables teachers to expand their knowledge and teaching skills through the pursuit of creative teaching ideas and innovative techniques while working in a supportive atmosphere away from the demands of the traditional classroom.

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Personalized Professional Development for Schools

Holden Forests and Gardens is a combination of the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden. The Education Department serves teachers and students at both locations. We have been delivering professional development to teachers in early childhood through high school classrooms for more than 30 years. We specialize in teaching content about the natural world and plants in cooperation with hands-on, engaging activities.

If you do not see what you are looking for we can design something to fit your needs. Contact Sharon Graper, Director of Academic Programs at 440.602.3843 to discuss the possibilities.