Professional Development for Educators
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is committed to providing high-quality professional development opportunities for educators. There are three basic types of training we offer: scheduled workshops, on-demand video trainings, and school or district inservices.
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We host a number of in-person trainings throughout the year. Examples include one hour webinars, Saturday hands-on workshops, a week-long immersion program and presentations at various education conferences.
Check out the calendar below for information about our upcoming workshops:
On-Demand Video Trainings
We recognize that scheduled workshops may not always be convenient for you. As a result, we now offer a video collection of archived webinars and presentations that can be accessed at your leisure. After completing a short assignment, we will email you a certificate for a pre-determined number of continuing education credits. It’s that easy! We currently offer the following on-demand videos:
- Bald Eagles of the Southwest – Learn about bald eagle biology, status and management as well as some unique ways to bring this content into your classroom. (1.5 hours)
- Know No Boundaries: Amazing Wildlife Migrations – Learn about some of the amazing migrations that occur in and through Arizona and the struggles these journeys provide for wildlife managers. (1 hour)
- On the Right Track – Learn about the different techniques that wildlife biologists use to track wildlife populations and how you can bring these skills into your classroom. (1 hour)
- Using the Conservation Education Scope and Sequence – Learn about this powerful new tool that will guide you through sequential learning about fish and wildlife in relation to content standards and performance objectives. (1 hour)
To participate, complete the registration form. Within a few days, you will receive an email with all of the information you need to earn your continuing education credits.
School or District Inservices
We can come to you! Whether it is a college class for preservice teachers or a district wide inservice, our workshops are hands-on and full of resources that teachers can take back to their classroom immediately. Workshops are offered in a variety of formats, can last from 1 to 16 hours, and cover single, multiple, or all grade levels. Popular workshops include:
- Focus Wild Arizona Overview: Do you want to learn more about our wildlife education program and all of the resources available to teachers? Let us show you with an engaging hands-on experience. Appropriate for all grade levels. Usually 1-8 hours.
- Outdoor Observations and Inquiry Skills: Have you been looking for ways to incorporate inquiry into your ecology teaching? This workshop will help you explore various techniques to bring these skills into your classroom. Appropriate for upper elementary, middle and high school. Usually 4-16 hours.
- Building Literacy through Wildlife: Are you looking for ways to integrate language arts into your science instruction? This workshop will provide you with a number of successful strategies and activities that you can implement tomorrow. Appropriate for elementary and middle school. Usually 2-8 hours.
- Technology for Field Investigations: What types of technology are used by wildlife biologist? This interactive workshop will introduce you to the common tools used to study wildlife populations. Appropriate for all grade levels. Usually 2-8 hours.
- Using Primary Sources to Understand Wildlife Management: What can primary source documents tell us about our past and how will this help us manage wildlife today? This unique and engaging workshop will help you bring journals, photographs and more documents into your classroom. Usually 2-8 hours.
We can also create completely customized workshops to suit your specific needs. We usually require a minimum of ten teachers, and we can help you get those numbers if necessary. To schedule a free teacher inservice, contact Eric Proctor at email@example.com or 623-236-7243.
The Department hosts a variety of great events. Some of these are educator-specific, like the workshops described above. Other events are open to the public but still provide valuable information to educators. Check out the calendar below for a selection of upcoming events. Click on each event for more information.