Teacher classes


All classes offer PDCH. 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.

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 $100 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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2019 Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo


We are planning for a great year! Check back regularly as we add more classes to our 2019 schedule.
 

March 1 & 2: NGSS: Storylining

Friday, March 1 (4:30 – 10:00 p.m.) and Saturday, March 2 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
All Grades, $195, 13 PDCHs, 1 optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 813)

Presented by staff/members of the Illinois Science Teachers Association

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 world. Participants in this course will see how to plan their curricula by looking at the big picture and creating lessons that build on one another. By developing storyline units, participants will help their students connect traditionally isolated ideas into coherent connections.

Goal 1: Develop an understanding of the use of phenomenon-driven units to lead instruction.
Goal 2: Apply knowledge of three-dimensional learning to unit planning.
NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Structure and Function, and Stability and Change.
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions; Developing and Using Models; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations; Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions; Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.

March 9: Professional Development Mini Conference

Saturday, March 9 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Cost: $100 | Early Bird Rate: $80 per person if you register by February 28, 2019!
5 PDCHs will be provided at the end of training. Breakfast and 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!

Register for a mini conference today!

April 5 & 6: NGSS: 3-Dimensional Assessment

Friday, April 5 (4:30 – 10:00 p.m.) and Saturday, April 6 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
All Grades, $195, 13 PDCHs, 1 optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 812)

Presented by staff/members of the Illinois Science Teachers Association

Three-dimensional learning not only involves understanding science content, but also how to discover and apply the cross-cutting concepts. Effective assessment strategies must also involve all three of these dimensions. Participants will see models of three-dimensional assessments and better understand how to shift their assessment methods to obtain a deeper, richer look at student learning and performance

Goal 1: Identify key characteristics of effective three-dimensional assessment.
Goal 2: Apply knowledge of three-dimensional learning to assessment strategies.
NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts: PCause and Effect; Systems and System Models: and Stability and Change.
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions; Developing and Using Models; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations; Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions; Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.

August 14: Professional Development Mini Conference for CPS Educators

Wednesday, August 14 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Cost: $25 - Due to a generous donation from our sponsors, this registration fee is refundable upon attendance.
5 PDCHs will be provided at the end of training. Breakfast and 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 5: Professional Development Mini Conference

Saturday, October 5 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Cost: $100 | Early Bird Rate: $80 per person if you register by July 31, 2019!
5 PDCHs will be provided at the end of training. Breakfast and 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!

 

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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Brookfield Zoo has developed many tools to assist educators in sharing information about animals, science, and caring - the things that form the basis of conservation at the zoo and in the wild. We encourage educators to use the information gathered by the zoo to share concepts about data gathering and scientific research, and to use the zoo's charismatic animals to help inspire excitement for learning. Be informed, entertained, and engaged by special classes just for teachers. Plus you can earn PDCHs and optional graduate credit through Dominican University.

 

 
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