A CTLE Certificates can be provided to NYS Teachers for completing any of the science training webinars listed below. Send a copy of your completion certificate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Only live webinars qualify for CTLE hours.

CHS Student on the Outdoor Classroom TrailCornell's K-12 Education Program offers professional science learning opportunities for NYS Teachers as they look for relevant and engaging ideas for teaching inquiry and meeting Science Learning Standards.

Each webinar is roughly 50 minutes with 10 minutes allocated for questions. You must register on the Cornell website, After you participate in the interactive webinar, NYS Teachers can request a CTLE certificate from the Cortland County Teacher Center for your professional development hours. 

March – Life Cycles with Birds

Explore the world of nesting birds through observing wild nests, building nest boxes, and participating in citizen science. Then talk to an expert about the do’s and don’ts of observing nesting birds.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn facts and myths about nesting birds.
  • Explore the NestWatch citizen-science project and learn how to participate.
  • Discover simple activities to do with youth that support nesting birds.

This webinar is free and open to all educators, but the content is targeted to K-8 grade educators. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

April – Discover Evolutionary Diversity

From Darwin’s finches to the Birds-of-Paradise, Birds are the ideal animals to study when teaching topics such as natural and sexual selection and speciation. Utilizing online interactives from the Bird Academy’s website and our Evolution in Paradise lessons, we will explore natural and sexual selection and how it’s contributed to the diversity of birds through behavioral and anatomical adaptations.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Tour Bird Academy’s online interactives related to diversity, evolution, and anatomy.
  • Review the Evolution in Paradise lessons and discuss implementation and extension opportunities in the classroom.
  • Learn the difference between natural and sexual selection and how it influences birds’ appearance and behavior.

This webinar is free and open to all educators, but the content is targeted to 6-12 grade educators. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

May – Get Outside for Summer!

Get kids outside and ready for summer exploration! We’ll share simple activities that can connect kids to nature through birds.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Discuss the importance of outdoor learning.
  • Discover simple activities to implement in summer camps and other informal programs.

This webinar is free and open to all educators, but the content is targeted to 3-8 grade educators. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

Center For The Arts of Homer BuildingNYSTC map 2
72 S. Main Street, Homer NY 13077
607-444-2186
teachercenter(at)cortlandschools(dot)org 

Cortland County is part of NYS Southern Tier Teacher Center Network.

 

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