Conversations – Wildlife and Finding Hope

For teachers who want to use science stories that cultivate hope and optimism in students. This member exclusive PD is on-demand so that you can learn anytime, anywhere. Suitable for primary or secondary science teachers.

Program Description

This one hour on-demand PD is exclusive for Zoos Victoria members so you can learn anytime. It is hosted in Flipgrid and includes interesting videos, interactive activities, teaching tips and resources you can use right away. 

You’ll meet Dr Jenny Gray (CEO of Zoos Victoria) and Dr Sally Sherwen (Director of Wildlife Conservation and Science). Their conversation will delve into the challenges of recent events and how they have pushed people to adapt and innovate. Hear stories of survival and humanity, and think about what the future holds for animal conservation.  

You will learn: 

  • How cognitive bias affects optimism and pessimism 
  • Stories of hope from the 2020 bushfires 
  • What happened at the zoo during the start of Covid-19 
  • Future plans to help animals and wildlife 

This PD supports the teaching of the Victorian Curriculum levels F-6 and 7-12Science 

Professional Standards

This PD is accredited for the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: 

Standard 2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area(s) 

You will be supported to teach optimism and hope in your curriculum 

Standard 3.4 Select and use resources 

You will be provided with a video and discussion questions that you can use in your teaching 

You will receive a certificate for one hour of professional development. 

Get Started

Zoos Victoria hosts its PD on Flipgrid, which is powered by Microsoft. Flipgrid is a global learning platform designed for students and teachers. 

You don’t need a Flipgrid account to participate. Click on the button below to go straight there.