Professional Development

Exploring the Collections Teacher Professional Development Programs

What do fossil horse teeth, weird legless animals, and water-storing frogs have in common? They are all intriguing museum specimens you can use to help your students understand the concepts of evolution. Get together on Zoom with other curious learners and try out activities that will bring clear examples of evolution to your in-person or virtual classroom through 3D-printed specimens and curated digital images.

Each three-hour program will cover one classroom activity in its entirety, allowing participants to gain a full understanding of the content, procedures, and technology needed to successfully use the lesson with their students. Participants will first experience the lesson as a learner, and then analyze the components with fellow educators to discuss different approaches to the activity. The descriptions reflect what students will ultimately be doing in the classroom or remotely.

We will be offering more professional development programs staring in January 2021. Sign up for our teacher enews to keep updated about these opportunities.


2020 Dec 02

Evolution and Adaptation of Frogs

Wed - Thu, Dec 2 to Dec 3, 4:00pm - 5:30pm



Middle School Educators

Students will examine 3D models of frog specimens from the Museum of Comparative Zoology collections in order to observe and understand adaptations that reflect the environment in which they evolved, and to propose how the process of evolution through natural selection resulted in each species’ morphology.

Session is free but a refundable deposit of $50 is required.

Registration is now closed.

Stipends and free programs:

Each participant will receive a $50 stipend upon...

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2020 Dec 05

Is it a Snake? Convergent Evolution in Reptiles and Amphibians

9:00am to 12:00pm



December 5 (Saturday) 9:00 am–12:00 pm or

December 9 and 10 (Wednesday and Thursday) 3:30–5:00 pm

Middle School Educators, may be suitable for High School Educators

Through careful inspection and data collection using digital images of Museum of Comparative Zoology specimens, students will explore the concept...

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