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Professional Learning Opportunities for Educators

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National Geographic Educator Certification challenges educators to teach students about the world in innovative and interdisciplinary ways. You will connect to inspiring educators and support one another's professional growth as you generate classroom activities centered around real-world problems and experiences at local, regional, and global scales. Participants gain an understanding of the National Geographic Learning Framework, a standards-aligned tool designed to develop an explorer’s mindset in students of any age. Throughout the course, you will contribute to discussions, write reflections, and develop a project to showcase your growth and your students' learning. The experience will provide professional recognition and development; lifelong community with like-minded educators; and relationships, resources, perks, and opportunities with National Geographic. This is a self-paced course.

 

Audience: Formal and informal educators—any grade, any subject
Length: 12 weeks
Registration is now open.
Next Course Begins: September 10, 2018

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National Geographic’s Geo-Inquiry Process is an instructional strategy that helps students develop the attitudes, skills, knowledge, and tools of a geographer. It provides a systematic way for students to investigate and understand the world through the patterns, processes, and interactions between human and natural systems, take action on issues they identify, and make a difference in their communities. In this course, you will learn the Geo-Inquiry Process, specific and practical strategies and tools to use or adapt, and how to implement the Geo-Inquiry Process in your classrooms. The course includes videos featuring the exciting work of National Geographic Explorers.

Audience: Formal and informal educators—any grade, any subject
Length: 7 weeks
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Next Course Begins: October 10, 2018

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Integrating Service With Your Learning Goals

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National Geographic empowers educators to teach kids about the world and to equip students with the knowledge and skills to succeed and change the world. By integrating community service into their academic curriculum, educators can engage students with real-world challenges and help them become agents of change in their own communities.  In this course, you will build background knowledge and acquire the tools necessary to facilitate successful service-learning projects with your students. You will also develop an action plan that will tie service learning to your curriculum goals so  you will be prepared to implement service learning in your classrooms in the future. Through service learning, teachers can impact the world and inspire students to see connections between their own actions, the health of their community, and the well-being of the entire world.

Audience: All formal and informal educators with a focus on grade 5-9 subject areas
Length: 5 weeks
Registration Opens: October 6, 2018
Next Course Begins: November 6, 2018

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Teaching Global Climate Change in Your Classroom

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Earth’s global climate is changing—Scientific instruments around the world show that our global temperature increased by close to 2oF during the second half of the 20th century. Consequences of this observed warming include substantial melting of glaciers, rising sea levels, and increased risk of drought, wildfires, and plant and animal extinctions. This course incorporates engaging and effective instructional strategies for the middle school classroom, including how to use scientific modeling as a tool to assess student understanding of topics and processes that lead to global climate change. The course includes videos featuring the exciting work of National Geographic Explorers.

Audience: Middle school science educators
Length: 7 weeks
Registration Opens: January 2019
This course is scheduled to begin in February 2019.

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