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March 24, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Specimens, Artifacts and Adventure: Supporting All Learners During Pandemic Disruptions


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Specimens, Artifacts and Adventure: Supporting All Learners During Pandemic Disruptions


March 24, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT







English-Language Learners (ELL), Gifted and Talented, Students with Disabilities
Grade Level PreK, Grades K-12, Professional Development

About This Webinar

Two years ago, as Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) and partner educational organizations experienced lockdowns, staff furloughs, and other COVID-19 related disruptions, continued communication with the teachers and other educators we had long served informed decisions about necessary and frequently drastic program adjustments.

In this three-segment session, presenters from CMNH and Tree Pittsburgh, an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the city’s urban forest, will share lessons learned about engaging neuro-atypical learners in virtual space, overcoming the challenge of gaining and retaining the attention of scattered remote audience members, and how the primacy of authentic objects in learning is not diminished through a virtual interface. Time for participant questions will be provided.


Joe Stavish

Joe helps to coordinate the Tree Tender Certification courses for adults as well as many youth programs in the community. Joe schedules and/or teaches many programs including garden club talks, visits to schools, summer camps, hosting scout programs, tabling at festivals, leading tree identification walks, and hosting nursery tours. He has presented at national and regional conferences including the Arbor Day Foundation’s Partners in Community Forestry Conference, and the Pennsylvania Delaware chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He has instructed facilities and grounds crew trainings at universities including Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, and the University of Pittsburgh. He is passionate about nature and incorporates insects, birds, amphibians, and mammals into many of the programs he facilitates.

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Education and Support Professionals

At Carnegie Museum of Natural History, McShea currently works for both the Marketing Department and the Education Department.

An English Major by formal training, he has worked for the Museum since 1985, managing the an extensive educational loan program during his entire tenure, and directing the teacher workshop program between 1988 and 2004. He has been the Museum’s coordinator for collaborative education projects with both the Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx Zoo), and World Wildlife Fund, and has collaborated with fellow educators at organizations throughout western Pennsylvania to plan and present teacher workshops.

His professional service includes serving as a grant proposal field reviewer for the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and organizing a teacher workshop as part of the 2010 International Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. McShea’s volunteer contributions include ten years of service on the Steering Council of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Math & Science Collaborative, and nine years of service on the Board of Directors of the Allegheny Land Trust ( including terms as Secretary and Vice President for Stewardship.

In 2020 he was recognized with a Hermes Creative Award for blog writing.

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Educational Organization / Business Professional
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Education and Support Professionals
Professional Credit

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is now a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements and an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved Professional Development provider.



slide deck part 1.pptx

March 24, 2022
11.49 MB

slide deck part 2.pptx

March 24, 2022
11.7 MB

slide deck part 3.pptx

March 24, 2022
8.88 MB

slide deck part 4.pptx

March 24, 2022
10.88 MB

List of URLS for Resources--add individually on SML.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
March 24, 2022
70.28 KB
1 Reviews
I love museums!
It was pretty kool when I saw that the Carnegie Museum of Natural History was presenting because I follow them on TikTok!! Tree Pittsburg presents as well. Give it a watch and see how you can connect your students to our natural world.
Kathryn Fairbanks
March 31, 2022