Conservation Teaching and Learning Studios

As a part of our Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP) program, the CBC organizes Conservation Teaching and Learning Studios to promote opportunities for professional development. Using an action-oriented, participatory approach to conservation education, the studios bring together teams of conservation educators to exchange teaching strategies, train in evidence-based pedagogical approaches, and practice new techniques.

Upcoming Studios:

The next Conservation Teaching and Learning Studio will be held at AMNH on June 21-23, 2017. This year's theme is: Evidence, evidence, evidence! Developing and assessing critical thinking in your students.

In today's world, scientific literacy and the ability to evaluate competing claims based on the available evidence is a critical skill in all students, regardless of major. In this Studio, faculty training will be focused on scientific and evidence-based teaching practices that promote the development of critical thinking skills, as well as aligning assessment techniques to your desired student learning outcomes. Over two and a half days, you will have a chance to learn about effective tools and approaches from peers and investigators leading NSF-funded research on education. You will have a chance to practice and apply these techniques as you work in a team and on topics relevant to your own teaching.  

Educators of undergraduate students are encouraged to apply online. Deadline for applications is April 19, 2017, at 12pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Applicants will be notified in early May. Participants will be selected based on their teaching or research focus and possibly their career stage to ensure a balanced studio event.


Most Recent Studios:

Developing and Assessing Student Skills in Conservation Teaching

Group photo NCEP Studio 2016

NCEP studio at the American Museum of Natural History, June 2016. © Nadav Gazit

Twenty-four educators from the United States, Latin America, and Southeast Asia gathered at AMNH in June 2016 to practice designing assessment approaches that develop and evaluate student professional skills, learn how to apply a variety of active and scientific teaching techniques in their own classrooms, and connect to a community of practice to exchange experiences and lessons learned in evidence-based teaching.

Teaching Tools and Techniques 

NCEP studio participants, July 2015 AMNH

NCEP studio at the American Museum of Natural History, July 2015. © Nadav Gazit

Held at AMNH in July 2015, this studio convened 13 conservation educators and practitioners from 3 countries (USA, Canada, and Jamaica) to develop case study-based exercises. Participants were introduced to and practiced applying active teaching tools and techniques in the context of their own conservation teaching topics. The studio also focused on providing professional development on evidence-based approaches to teaching science, with an emphasis on civic engagement and developing critical thinking skills in students. 

Assessing Student Learning of Socio-Economic Systems 

Participants at the NCEP studio in Annapolis, June 2015.

NCEP studio at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, June 2015. © Nadav Gazit

This studio convened 18 conservation educators and researchers from 13 institutions at the NSF-funded National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, MD, in June 2015. Participants shared insights, created new connections, and identified key questions for further work based on their own experiences, knowledge, and research in systems thinking. 



Learn more about the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP).