Philadelphia Children Access Nature (P-CAN) is a sustainable model for bringing developmentally appropriate STEM education to K-5th grade classrooms in the School District of Philadelphia. The P-CAN program works directly with teachers to improve their science teaching skills and strengthening their science content. Through professional development, modeling, mentoring and networking, teachers will cultivate their skills to provide high-quality and stimulating inquiry science and gain familiarity and comfort with science content to deliver it in a hands-on engaging manner.
program has two important parts, a professional development open to all Philadelphia teachers and a P-CAN Fellows program for teachers that are dedicated to improving their science teaching.
In partnership with The Franklin Institute, Riverbend provides one week of professional development for K-5th teachers. Immersed in science education, teachers improve their science teaching skills and learn about the many science resources that Philadelphia has to offer. They learn about the world around them and how to make it relevant to their students. Teachers that participate in the week-long institute can submit an application to become a P-CAN Fellow.
P-CAN Fellows work closely with Riverbend staff to improve science in their classrooms. As a P-CAN Fellow, teachers receive many benefits, including:
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