The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History was awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the 2012-2014 school years to deliver a teacher professional development program in ecology and environmental science, the Peabody Teachers Collaborative on Global Change (CGC). This project grows out of the Museum’s 2009 National Leadership Grant, the "Peabody Event-Based Teachers Collaborative," in which the development of standards-based curricula for the classroom took place through a unique collaboration between teachers and the museum.
The project begins with a traveling exhibition, Seasons of Change (on view December 15, 2012 through February 24, 2013), with associated activities for K–12 groups and Museum visitors. The major activities in Year 1 are curriculum writing by a team of experienced science educators, two summer institutes for 20 teachers each, and the production of classroom materials that include Museum objects and specimens. Teachers who participate in the summer institutes will receive year-round support the following year through a variety of means.
The content focus of the project is on Connecticut Science Standard 4.2: All organisms depend on the living and non-living features of the environment for survival. The standard will be addressed with a focus on Global Change, including climate change and its many associated effects on ecosystems and living things. This topic is well-suited to the Peabody collaborative approach, and will also enable us to employ an event-based science curriculum model. The project will enable us to make excellent use of our exhibits, particularly the world-renowned diorama halls and our outdoor spaces.
CGC will develop two products that will be widely disseminated: