Teacher classes

 

2019 - 2020 Classes


All classes offer PDH. 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.
 



Those who register for all five of the following 2019 classes will be eligible for one optional graduate credit from Dominican University:

✔ NGSS Science & Engineering Practices (October 16)
✔ Unpacking the NGSS Cross-Cutting Concepts (October 30)
✔ NGSS: Practical Steps to an NGSS-Aligned Lesson (November 6)
✔ Aligning Cookbook Labs to NGSS & Inquiry (November 20)
✔ Utilizing Technology in the Classroom (December 5)

 


Those who register for all five of the following 2020 classes will be eligible for one optional graduate credit from Dominican University:

✔ Differentiation & NGSS Lesson Planning (March 11)
✔ Reflections on Classroom Practices (March 25)
✔ Argumentation & Discussion in the Classroom (April 15)
✔ Active Assessment in the Classroom (April 29)
✔ Taking the Learning Outside: Utilizing Nature in an NGSS Aligned Classroom (May 14)

 
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October 5: Professional Development Mini Conference for all grades

Saturday, October 5 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) check in begins at 8:30
Cost: $100 | Early Bird Rate: $80 per person if you register by July 31, 2019!
5 PDHs will be provided at the end of training. Lunch will be provided.

Attention K-12 Educators! In 2019, the Brookfield Zoo will be hosting three Professional Development “Mini-Conferences.” Join us for engaging sessions about inquiry-based learning, engineering, NGSS, differentiation, meaningful classroom conversations, accommodations for English-language learners, phenomena-based instruction, and so much more! Participants earn PDCHs (IEIN number required) at the conclusion of each training. We hope that you can join us for one (or more) of these professional development learning opportunities!

October 16: NGSS Science & Engineering Practices: Teaching Through Inquiry

Wednesday, October 16 (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
All grades | $45 | 2 PDHs will be provided at the end of training.

Take away class set of materials included!

Still struggling with NGSS? This class will help you better understand the NGSS Science & Engineering Practices so you can incorporate them into your own classroom setting. Activities include actively engaging in an inquiry exploration and integrating literacy strategies that assist students in scaffolding their learning. You will spend time reflecting upon how it feels to be an engaged, active learner.

October 30: Unpacking the NGSS Cross-Cutting Concepts

Wednesday, October 30 (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
All grades | $35 | 2 PDHs will be provided at the end of training.

Enhance your knowledge, use, and implementation of the Cross-Cutting Concepts in your classroom through a variety of activities Multiple content areas are explored through critical thinking strategies that will allow you to gain a better understanding of phenomenon-based learning and open questioning techniques.

November 6: NGSS- Practical Steps to an NGSS-Aligned Lesson

Wednesday, November 6 (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
All grades | $35 | 2 PDHs will be provided at the end of training.

Gain an understanding of how to read the NGSS, including the Performance Expectations, Science & Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Cross-Cutting Concepts, Essential Questions, Grade Progressions, and Common Core Connections. Through this deeper review, you will have a starting point for creating a student-centered lesson. Time will be provided to work in grade bands on creating lesson plans. Please bring an existing lesson with you to this training.

November 20: Aligning Cookbook Labs to NGSS & Inquiry

Wednesday, November 20 (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
All grades | $35 | 2 PDHs will be provided at the end of training.

Think like teacher and student in this workshop. Practical tips to incorporate existing labs will be provided to increase alignment with NGSS and inquiry. Engage in a lab from the student perspective and in various parts of the lab process to identify techniques that increase student investment in their learning.

December 5: Utilizing Technology in the Classroom

Thursday, December 5 (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
All grades | $45 | 2 PDHs will be provided at the end of training.

Take away class set of materials included!

Technology in the classroom is commonplace with many schools having a 1 to 1 ratio. In this session, learn how Google Science Journal and Flipgrid, along with applications to your classroom, can make learning more interactive, collaborative, and more than just a replacement for paper.

December 7: Learning Through the Arts

Saturday, December 7 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
All grades | $80 | 7 PDHs will be provided at the end of training.

Since opening its doors in 1934, Brookfield Zoo has been home to various forms of artwork. From the original art deco signage and buildings, to the murals, paintings, and sculptures that are present throughout the zoo’s 216 acres. By utilizing the inquiry process, engage in various forms of artful learning activities and use your discoveries to plan ways to incorporate the arts in your classroom units.

February 15: Amping up Amplify

Saturday, February 15 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
All grades | $80 | 7 PDHs will be provided at the end of training.

Many school districts have recently adopted the Amplify science curriculum that is aligned to The Next Generation Science Standards. During the training, work within grade bands to learn about ways this curriculum can come to life. We will demonstrate hands-on activities which complement the content. Please bring your amplify curriculum to this training.

March 11: Differentiation & NGSS Lesson Planning

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)
All grades | $45 | 2 PDHs will be provided at the end of training.

Take away class set of materials included!

Learn methods to vary instruction at the individual and group level. During the training, you will conduct an activity from multiple learner perspectives. Ample time for reflecting as both a "student" and as a "teacher" when thinking about how their individual needs were met while keeping the rigor high. You will also learn about resources that are available to assist with class discussions of readings in a multi-ability classroom.

March 21: Seuss Inspired Science

Saturday, March 21, 2020 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
All grades | $80 | 7 PDHs will be provided at the end of training.

Take away class set of materials included!

Love to use picture books and storybooks in your classroom? Learn how Dr. Seuss books and other children’s conservation books can help you expand content knowledge in science with learning literacy skills. Incorporate science, literacy, social sciences, and math in your curriculum while having a great time with time-honored literary characters.

March 25: Reflections on Classroom Practices

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)
All grades | $35 | 2 PDHs will be provided at the end of training.

A large majority of teacher evaluations and observations are devoted to Charlotte Danielson’s Framework within Domain 3: Instruction. This session devotes time for you to self-analyze your own practices, set goals to reach your ideal balance for incorporating different teaching strategies in your classroom, and ways to coach your colleagues.

April 15: Argumentation & Discussion in the Classroom

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)
All grades | $45 | 2 PDHs will be provided at the end of training.

Take away class set of materials included!

Learn new strategies to enhance student discussions in your classroom! This training will focus on building classroom culture, making decisions, and arguing with evidence (both written and verbal). We will cover best practices to facilitate small and large group reporting, individual and large group reflection, listening and waiting turns to speak, teamwork/collaboration, individual accountability, synthesizing evidence, drawing others into conversation, asking questions, and recognizing balanced versus unbalanced discussions.

April 25: Brookfield Zoo Mini-Conference

Saturday, April 25, 2020 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
All grades | $80 | 5 PDHs will be provided at the end of training.

Lunch will be provided.

Attention K-12 Educators! Spring is here! Reenergize yourself and bring some new techniques back to your classroom! Sessions will be presented by both CZS staff and specialists from other local organizations. These will focus on inquiry-based learning, engineering, NGSS, differentiation, meaningful classroom conversations, accommodations for English-language learners, phenomena-based instruction, holistic learning, and so much more!

April 29: Active Assessment in the Classroom

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)
All grades | $35 | 2 PDHs will be provided at the end of training.

Take away class set of materials included!

Effective assessment practices in the classroom function both for the teacher and the learner. Learn how to actively evaluate your students and how to better engage students in the assessment process. These methods create ownership and show students how to learn from mistakes and engage as a learning community in the school. By the end of this session, you will choose 3-5 new formative assessment strategies to use in your classroom and focus on ways to incorporate the student voice in assessment practices.

May 2: NGSS & Student-Centered Learning

Saturday, May 2, 2020 (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
All grades | $80 | 5.5 PDHs will be provided at the end of training.

Take away class set of materials included!

Learn pedagogical strategies that are directly related to the Next Generation Science Standards. This training focuses on collaboration that will assist you with finding ways in which to emphasize best practices. You will reflect both as a "student" and as a "teacher" throughout the day in order to learn best practices that you can immediately implement in your classrooms.

May 14: Taking the Learning Outside: Utilizing Nature in an NGSS Aligned Classroom

Thursday, May 14, 2020 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)
All grades | $45 | 2 PDHs will be provided at the end of training.

Take away class set of materials included!

Science is everywhere - especially in nature! Learn techniques that emphasize skills and approaches to link your classroom to the natural world through exploration and observations.

 

Have questions?
Contact Jennifer Noncek-Eastman at 708-688-8437 or jennifer.noncek-eastman@czs.org or Julie Wozniak at 708-688-8367 or julie.wozniak@czs.org.

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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.

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.

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.

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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 specialities 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 own zoo professionals and offer unique perspectives on the exhibits you already know and love. Some classes also involve exciting field trips and inspring "in-situ" learning opportunties. 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!