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2020 Classes

Please note that due to ongoing Covid-19 developments, our class offerings and dates are subject to change without notice. If you are registered for a class that is cancelled or rescheduled, we will reach out to you via email to communicate next steps and options avaiable to you. Our staff are working remotely at this time so we encourage you to please communicate any questions or concerns by email for quickest response. You can reach Jenn at jennifer.noncek-eastman@czs.org or Julie at julie.wozniak@czs.org. Thank you for your understanding. Above all, please be safe and be well!


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 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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May 2: Amping up Amplify

Saturday, May 2 (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.

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 | $35 | 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.

June 16-17: Animals with Bad Wraps

Tuesday, June 16 - Wednesday, June 17, 2020 (9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days)
All grades | $140 | 15 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. One optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 837)

Vultures, Bats, Snakes, and Spiders. All of these animals evoke a response that more often than not, is negative. Whether this comes from movies, literature, or a personal experiences, these animals all provide something to the world we live in. Join us as we dissect these ‘bad wraps’, where they came from, and learn from the experts about these animals so we can share this knowledge with students, the larger community, and design solutions to protect these species.

June 22-25 or June 29-July 2: Foundations of Inquiry

Monday-Thursday, June 22-25, 2020 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day) OR
Monday-Thursday, June 29-July 2, 2020 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day) 
All grades | $250 | 24 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. (Dominican University graduate credit not available for this course.)

The course will provide participants with the tools needed to make science a fun, enjoyable learning experience for students while further increasing their competence and confidence in science. The course will include pre-inquiry assessment tools, individual inquiry investigations, interdisciplinary learning and inquiry techniques, and critical thinking skills. Participants will carry out original inquiry investigations.

 
June 30: Educator Professional Development Mini-Conference

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
All grades | $80 | 6 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. (Dominican University graduate credit not available for this course.)

The school year is over and you are ready to relax but being the dedicated teacher you are, you are still thinking about how to make your classes exciting for your students and aligned to the standards. Why not have the best of both worlds? A variety of 90-minute sessions throughout the day will look at the science behind bath bombs, the bacteria that makes sourdough perfectly sour, how yoga can be used to improve classroom focus and behavior management, and so much more! Sessions presented by both CZS staff and specialists from other local organizations.

July 9-10: Climate Change with SkyDay

Thursday & Friday, July 9-10, 2020 (9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
All grades | $140 | 15 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. One optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 842)

Climate Change is a topic that we as educators struggle to teach as it often leaves students feeling helpless. Through the use of science and engineering practices, we will focus on the functioning of the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee’s ecosystem and examine the effect change has on the Bee population. We will also examine the changing patterns in our climate and how to apply understanding to predict the effects of Climate Change has on the species that rely on the ecosystem. Learning is extended into our Zoo’s living classroom as we focus on actionable solutions to address the decline of this keystone species.

On Friday, July 10, please feel free to stay and relax at the zoo after class for our “Summer Nights“ for no additional fee. You can check out the scheduled of entertainment here: Summer Nights schedule.

July 13-16: Great Lakes Ecosystems

Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, 2020 (9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.)
All grades | $250 | 24 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. (Dominican University graduate credit not available for this course.)

The focus of this laboratory-based course is the study of the Great Lakes watershed area. It combines classroom work with field science. Course methods include investigations, lecture, discussion, and selected readings. Students investigate the history, geology, flora, fauna, varied ecosystems, and human influence on the Great Lakes area. Field trips are made to Fort Sheridan, Indiana Dunes, Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, and TARP Mainstream Pumping Station and one face-to-face day at Brookfield Zoo

This course requires local travel and a large amount of walking and step climbing. Students must be able to meet this participation requirement. 2020 Itinerary:

Day 1 - Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods, IL.
Day 2 - Indiana Dunes, Porter, IN.
Day 3 - Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL.
Day 4 - Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, Stickney, IL. and the TARP Mainstream Pumping Station, Hodgkins, IL.

July 21-23: STEAM at the Zoo

Your choice: Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday, July 21-23, 2020 (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day)
All grades | $50/day or $140 for all 3 days | 5 PDHs (CPDUs) per day will be provided at the end of training. If you complete all 3 days, you are eligible for one optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 838)

Take a field trip around the Zoo in three days! Bring the Zoo back to your classroom and explore all the educational resources available to complement your classroom instruction! Come to one, two, or three days of this A La Carte class! Registration per day is $50 or $140 for all three. You must attend all three for optional graduate credit. Itinerary:

7/21: Early Childhood
7/22: Elementary School
7/23: Secondary

July 27-30: Regional Ecology

Monday-Thursday, July 27-30, 2020 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day)
All grades | $250 | 28 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. (Dominican University graduate credit not available for this course.)

Through field-based experiences and in-class discussions, students will explore the rich diversity of ecosystems found in Northern Illinois and major conservation issues that threaten their biodiversity. In-situ exploration of high-quality regional woods, wetlands, and prairies provides insight into the interdependence and diversity among the Northern Illinois ecosystems and its biodiversity.

This course requires local travel and a large amount of walking and step climbing. Students must be able to meet this participation requirement. 2020 Itinerary:

Day 1 - Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL.
Day 2 - Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve, Lake Forest, IL.
Day 3 - Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes, Hennepin Township, IL.
Day 4 - Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Wilmington, IL.

July 30-31: Debunking Misconceptions with STEAM

Thursday-Friday, July 30-31, 2020 (9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
All grades | $140 | 15 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. One optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 839)

Presented by staff of the Illinois Digital Educators Alliance in conjunction with CZS staff
Will butterflies die if their wings are touched? Will turtles feel pain through their shell? Is respiration breathing? Where are your taste buds located? Do we only have five senses? Are water atoms expanding or changing when ice melts? Do we experience seasons because of Earth’s changing distance from the Sun–––closer in summer, farther in winter? Join us for this interactive class where we look at common misconceptions and how to address them in the classroom through STEAM!


*We will be utilizing technology throughout these two days and recommend that you bring a laptop*

On Friday, July 31, please feel free to stay and relax at the zoo after class for our “Summer Nights“ for no additional fee. You can check out the scheduled of entertainment here: Summer Nights schedule.

August 4: Educator Professional Development Mini-Conference

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
All grades | $80 | 6 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. One optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: TBD)

A new school season is upon us, and what better way to begin the year than with some great resources! Join us for our Back-to-School mini conference with a variety of 90-minute sessions delivered by CZS staff and specialists from other local organizations. These will focus on phenomena-based instruction, inquiry-based learning, engineering, differentiation, meaningful classroom conversations, accommodations for English-language learners, holistic learning, and so much more!

August 6-7: ISTE Standards in the Zoo!

Thursday & Friday, August 6-7, 2020 (9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days)
All grades | $140 | 15 PDHs (CPDUs) will be provided at the end of training. One optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 841)

The International Society for Technology in Education or ISTE, believe in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in education. In this class, we are applying the educator standard strands of Learner, Leader, Citizen, Collaborator, Designer, Facilitator, and Analyst to the Zoo! See how you can use technology in a variety of ways to improve your practice and to challenge your students in a fun, student-centered way!

On Friday, August 7, please feel free to stay and relax at the zoo after class for our “Summer Nights“ for no additional fee. You can check out the scheduled of entertainment here: Summer Nights schedule.

 

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!