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Register for an online professional development class through Brookfield Zoo! 

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Join us in March 2023 for two informative online sessions presented by nationally recognized science instructors, Dr. Jason Crean and Kristin Rademaker... 


3-Dimensional Science Teaching and Learning:
Penguin Phenomena & Problem-Solving

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Location: Virtual via Zoom
Targeted Grade Level: Middle School and High School
Professional Development Hours: 3 hours available for participants who attend and participate in both sessions. ISBE number required. 
Cost
General Registration Fee:
$50
Special Rate for Chicago Public School Educators: $25
Special Rate for Teaching Safari alumni: FREE with coupon code

Three-dimensional learning that incorporates the disciplinary core ideas, the science practices and the cross-cutting concepts is the driving force of the Next Generation Science Standards. In order to better integrate the different topics typically taught in the life science classroom, student activities that are coherent and phenomenon-driven have been created so that students can make sense of how science works in the natural world. In these sessions, participants will engage with model activities that make use of authentic data to illustrate how three-dimensional learning can be applied in today's biology instruction and lead to students becoming self-directed learners and thinkers.  Activities include using genetics data to differentiate penguin species, discussing solutions to human impacts on penguins, and how we use data to manage a genetically diverse penguin population in today’s zoos.  
 

3-Dimensional Science Teaching and Learning:
Lion Phenomena & Sensemaking

DSC_1665-Titus(L)-Brutus(R)-Af-LIons-jpg.jpg2-Session Series:  Monday, March 13, 2023 & Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Targeted Grade Level: Middle School and High School
Professional Development Hours: 3 hours available for participants who attend and participate in both sessions. ISBE number required. 

Cost
General Registration Fee:
$50
Special Rate for Chicago Public School Educators: $25
Special Rate for Teaching Safari alumni: FREE with coupon code

Three-dimensional learning that incorporates the disciplinary core ideas, the science practices and the cross-cutting concepts is the driving force of the Next Generation Science Standards. In order to better integrate the different topics typically taught in the life science classroom, student activities that are coherent and phenomenon-driven have been created so that students can make sense of how science works in the natural world. In these sessions, participants will engage with model activities that make use of authentic data to illustrate how three-dimensional learning can be applied in today's biology instruction and lead to students becoming self-directed learners and thinkers.  Activities include using genetics data to differentiate penguin species, discussing solutions to human impacts on penguins, and how we use data to manage a genetically diverse penguin population in today’s zoos.  
 

 
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Learn about Brookfield Zoo's Teaching Safari, a free 35-hour professional learning program for K-12 educators.


Jason Crean MS Bio, EdD Dr. Crean has been a biology instructor for the past 25 years at the high school level and currently is faculty in the Department of Biological Science at Saint Xavier University where he teaches courses including Zoo Biology, Animal Nutrition, as well as preservice science teacher preparation courses in the School of Education. He also acts as consultant to many different scientific institutions including the Chicago Zoological Society, Notebaert Nature Museum, the Wildlife Genetics Laboratory, and others. Crean has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, the highest award a science teacher can receive in the US, by President Obama in 2009, the 2010 High School Science Teacher of the Year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as awards from the National Science Teachers Association, the National Association of Biology Teachers, the Illinois Science Teachers Association, the Golden Apple Foundation, among others. Mostly recently he was awarded the 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award by the National Science Teaching Association. He has served as President for the Illinois Science Teachers Association, President for the Illinois Association of Biology Teachers, and President for the Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching. He is also an invited member of the College Board's National Science Advisory Panel and has chaired their 6-12 Science Development Committee as well as acting as an HHMI Teacher Ambassador where he designs curriculum and leads workshops for Biointeractive.org.


Kristin Rademaker has been involved in education for over twenty years, teaching both science and special education settings. She has worked with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) since their adoption in 2014 and has worked both locally and nationally in helping districts implement their new three-dimensional state standards. Rademaker serves as a Professional Learning Specialist for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). She previously served on Achieve's Peer-Review-Panel and currently serves as a State assessment system reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education. Rademaker is a contributing author to the materials found on the InquiryHub and NextGen Storylines websites and frequently speaks at local, state, and national conferences on instructional shifts toward three-dimensional teaching and learning. Rademaker currently serves as President for the Illinois Science Teaching Association. She received the Robert E Yager Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017 and was named the Yager Scholar for that award year. In 2018, Rademaker received the NSTA Distinguished Teaching Award for her contributions to science education. She is also the co-founder of the NGSS Biology Storylining Working Group that has collaboratively created a full biology course curricular replacement with six coherent storyline units that are now used across the country and internationally. 


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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!