Teacher Classes

Ready for a change of pace? Take a teacher class at Brookfield Zoo!
Our expert educators will inform, entertain, and engage you as you explore a wide range of topics. Classes address the Next Generation Science Standards. All classes carry PDCHs at no additional charge and many provide optional graduate credit for an additional fee. However, all participants must complete assigned homework in order to receive PDCHs or graduate credit.

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Fall 2017 Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo

October 13 & 14: Animal Connections

Friday, October 13 (4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.) and Saturday, October 14 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
All Grades, $175, 1 optional graduate credits ($100 through Aurora University. Aurora number OEDC 5401)

Make a day at Brookfield Zoo even more meaningful! Experience the Zoo as a learner and participate in activities designed to connect your classroom to the Zoo either through a virtual or a live field trip. This class will not only utilize animal habitats, nature trails, and our extensive collection of animal biofacts but will also provide you with a toolkit to bring the Zoo experience to your classroom! See how these connections will provide you with learning opportunities to last an entire school year!

NGSS LS2A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
NGSS LS4C: Adaptation
NGSS LS1A: Structure and Function

November 10 & 11: Inquiry in the Classroom

Friday, November 10 (4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.) at Brookfield Zoo and Saturday, November 11 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
All Grades, $175, 1 optional graduate credits ($100 through Aurora University.)

You are invited to become a scientist during this class. Scientists are empirical and skeptical. They test many ideas about what’s happening in nature. Come explore the cycle of inquiry by doing hands-on experiments, form hypotheses, experiment and explore some more and observe and make conclusions about the animals and plants at Brookfield Zoo.

NGSS K-ESS3-1 Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.
NGSS 2-LS4-1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habits.
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices Developing and using models; analyzing and interpreting data; obtaining, evaluating and communicating information.

December 1 & 2: Inclusion in the Day-to-Day Classroom

Friday, December 1 (4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.) and Saturday, December 2 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
All Grades, $175, 1 optional graduate credits ($100 through Aurora University. Aurora number OEDC 5400)

This course will examine what inclusion means in various educational settings and provide insight into a more diverse outlook. We will discuss what inclusion is in terms of: who/what it involves, “dos and don’ts”, tips/strategies for managing challenging situations, and adapting lessons based on abilities. The class will also include hands-on activities that embraces involvement of students at all levels and a walk through the zoo to get a feel of what the Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield Zoo) is doing to make the overall experience more inclusive.

Please contact Julie Wozniak at 708-688-8367 to register for this class.

December 15 & 16: NGSS: All Three Dimensions

Friday, December 15 (4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.) and Saturday, December 16 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
All Grades, $175, 1 optional graduate credits ($100 through Aurora University.)

Have you been working to integrate NGSS into your classroom and are you ready for the next steps? Come learn as a “student” and a “teacher” what it feels like to be in a three-dimensional classroom. Participants will engage in hands-on activities both in the classroom and out in the Zoo that focus on all three dimensions of NGSS: Science & Engineering Practices, Cross-Cutting Concepts, and Disciplinary core Ideas. There will be a brief review of how to read NGSS but this class will focus more on the next steps for integrating NGSS within and across disciplines to connect all learning throughout the day.

NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns; Cause and Effect; Scale Proportion and Quality Systems and System Models; Energy and Matter; Structure and Function; and Stability and Change.
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions; Developing and Using Models; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations; Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking; Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions; Engaging in Argument from Evidence; Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.

Have questions?
Contact Agnes Kovacs at 708-688-8223 or Agnes.Kovacs@czs.org or Julie Wozniak at 708-688-8367 or Julie.Wozniak@czs.org.

Refund Policy
All class fees include a $70 nonrefundable registration fee for 1-hour graduate classes and a $105 nonrefundable registration fee for 3-hour graduate classes. Class fees, minus the nonrefundable registration fee, can be refunded or transferred to another teacher class if we receive notice of this request at least two weeks prior to the date of the original class.