Teacher classes

 

Teacher Classes

Important information about teacher classes during Covid-19: Please note that due to ongoing Covid-19 developments, all teacher professional development opportunities will be offered online. Although the zoo may open to the public, in-person group sessions are not being planned. We are continually adapting our courses to best meet the needs of educators. Courses may be taught over multiple days and include larger breaks in the middle of the day for hands-on asynchronous learning experiences. All courses will be taught with the knowledge that the activities being shared can be used remotely with students or in-person when schools reopen. Along with the content of the course, we will also highlight tools and techniques to assist in remote learning. Our philosophy is still focused on student-centered learning, even if virtual! Below, please find an updated schedule of our courses and we hope to “see” you soon!
 



All classes offer PDHs. Graduate credit through Dominican University is optional for most classes. Dominican University will accept up to 6 hours of credit from these class options as electives in their MaEd program. See below for more details and how to qualify for graduate credit.


Teacher Thursdays: Sense-Making in the Science Classroom
 

Thursdays in June
6 - 8 p.m.

All grades | $25 each session with optional $50 asynchronous activity package| 2 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of each session (8 total). | 1 optional graduate credit*: $100 through Dominican University, course number EDU 850

June 3: Sense-making
June 10: Selecting Affective Phenomena
June 17: Authentic Data Sets for Student Use
June 24: Putting it all Together: Lesson planning

*Graduate credit available only if you sign up for all four sessions PLUS the asynchronous activity package (approx. 7 addtional hours; 15 total). This includes an asynchronous assignment after each week's class as well as a final project due two weeks after the final class.
 


Science Through GIFs and Memes
 

June 16-18
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

All grades | $140 | 15 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. | 1 optional graduate credit: $100 through Dominican University, course number EDU 852

A picture is worth a thousand words. An internet meme is worth a thousand shares. Take a stroll through the world wide web as we evaluate scientific accuracy and safety through GIFs and memes. Learn more about digital citizenship and the importance of digital literacy.

Conservation Watch: Involving Students in New Ways
 

June 23-25
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

All grades | $140| 15 PDH (CPDU) will be provided at the end of training. | 1 optional graduate credit: $100 through Dominican University, course number EDU 853

Building empathy in children is the entrypoint to creating a generation of conservationists. Learning small actions leads to big change. In this class, we will examine conservation programs that can be done at schools or in your own backyard.

Collaborating & Creating NGSS Storylines
 

July 12-16
9 a.m. - 12 noon

All grades | $280| 30 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. | 2 optional graduate credits: $200 through Dominican University, course number EDU 815

Building coherence around phenomena that exist in our world is critical to implementing a three-dimensional classroom. When students see how and why science ideas are relevant, they are more apt to be engaged and make sense of the natural world. Participants in this course will be immersed in a life science storyline as an example to demonstrate how to plan their own curricula by launching with effective phenomena.  Participants will also learn more about how these storyline units are created so that this model can be used to potentially create new storylines for their own classes. By working through a storyline unit, participants will learn how to help their students connect to traditionally isolated ideas and make more coherent connections.
 

Advanced Implementation of NGSS Storylines
 

July 12-16
1 - 4 p.m.

All grades | $280| 30 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. | 2 optional graduate credits: $200 through Dominican University, course number edu 856

This course more deeply examines the implementation of storylines in the classroom.  Key ideas that are addressed include embedded formative assessment, teacher questioning, spiraling of core ideas, and the true integration of the Three Dimensions.
 

Jobs You Never Thought You Could Have in a Zoo
 

July 21-23
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

All grades | $140| 15 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. | 1 optional graduate credit: $100 through Dominican University, course number EDU 853

Teacher, writer, accountant, OH MY! Zoos need a wide variety of professionals who do more than just care for the animals day-to-day. No matter a person’s job at the zoo, they are all scientists in their own way. We will discuss the various scientists that help keep a zoo running.
 


Citizen Science
 

July 28-30
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

All grades | $140| 15 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. | 1 optional graduate credit: $100 through Dominican University, course number EDU 854

Student-centered science classrooms are key for buy in and excitement to learn. Learn how to participate in citizen science programs in your area that make a difference around the world. We will also look at ways to start your own citizen science program for your classroom, school, or district.
 

Surviving in Nature: Brookfield Zoo Style
 

Hybrid Learning:
October 4 & 23: 9 a.m. - noon | online
October 16: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | in person

All grades
| $110| 10 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. | 1 optional graduate credit: $100 through Dominican University, course number EDU 855

Since 1934 the Brookfield Zoo has been on the cutting edge of animal exhibitry, welfare, and animal nutrition. In this class we will look at how we ensure our animal residents survive in style and how you can too. By dining on some of our residents' meals, you’ll discover what it takes to survive at Brookfield Zoo.
 


Science and Pop Culture
 

Hybrid Learning:
November 6 & 13: 9 a.m. - noon | online
November 20, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | in person

All grades
| $110| 10 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. | 1 optional graduate credit: $100 through Dominican University, course number EDU 857

Superheros, nature shows, and music all rely on science to connect and entertain. Join us as we examine the science behind Spiderman, The Wild Kratts, and Big Yellow Taxi and how they impact scientific smarts.
 


Science and Culture
 

Hybrid Learning:
December 6, 13, & 20 will be 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. | online
December 11 will be 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | in person

 

All grades | $110| 10 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. | 1 optional graduate credit: $100 through Dominican University, course number EDU 856

What is science to different cultures? How do beliefs impact scientific understanding? Through an analysis of cryptozoology, dragons, pets, and food, we will look at the intersection of science and culture around the world.


Looking for other professional development opportunities or topics?
 

We would love to work with you to create a customized experience for your school or district. We can offer ongoing mentorship, customized programming and content, and classroom support for you and your colleagues. 



 

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Cancellations, Rescheduling, and Refund Policy:
The following policies are in place because making our Teacher Classes the best possible experience they can be requires months of planning, preparation, and investment of staff resources. Upon making a reservation, we reserve a space for you. In doing so, we are barring others from signing up as we have limited seats available. All class fees include a 25% non-refundable deposit. Class fees, minus the non-refundable deposit, can be refunded or transferred to another teacher class if we receive notice of this request at least 14 calendar days prior to the date of the original class. Participants who do not show up for their registered class or choose to leave early on one or more days will not be granted a refund.

During registration, you agreed to and paid a processing fee. The total processing fee imposed by The ACTIVE Network, LLC or its applicable subsidiary, (collectively ACTIVE) includes sums charged by ACTIVE as consideration for providing its software and services (including without limitation promotional and marketing services) to the activity organizer (Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo). These sums, as part of the total processing fee, are in addition to any actual costs incurred by ACTIVE from third party providers for each transaction. These fees are nonrefundable as they do not belong to the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo.

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Curious about carnivores? Wild about water? Interested in inquiry? Join us for our all-new Adult Education series featuring a variety of topics and specialties designed to inspire and engage. These multi-day classes feature industry professionals and hands-on learning. Some classes take place right here at Brookfield Zoo and feature presentations by our zoo professionals and offer unique perspectives on the exhibits you already know and love. Some classes also involve exciting field trips and inspiring "in-situ" learning opportunities. If you are a teacher, you can even earn Professional Development Clock Hours (PDCHs) from these courses. Click on the name of each course below to learn more about each of these exciting series. 



 
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The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) is a conservation-focused, inquiry-driven learning experience that combines web-based graduate courses through Miami University with exciting face-to-face experiential and field study at Brookfield Zoo. Students in this national degree program contribute to social and ecological change in their communities. The opportunity to earn credits from international travel is another exciting part of the program. And the best news of all – it’s affordable!