Professional Development Mini-Conferences at Brookfield Zoo

K-12 Educators: You are invited!

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! More information on dates and how to register below.

Dates:
Thursday, August 1, 2019, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (CPS and non-CPS PreK - 5th grade educator attendees)
Friday, August 2, 2019, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (CPS and non-CPS 6th - 12th grade educator attendees)
Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (CPS educator attendees only)
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (CPS and non-CPS educator attendees)
 

Breakout sessions include: 

✔ Inquiry-based learning
✔ Best practices in science classrooms
✔ Three-Dimensional teaching strategies
✔ Driving instruction using phenomena
✔ Student-centered learning
✔ Cross-curricular learning
✔ Engineering and NGSS
✔ Differentiation
✔ Science Fair preparation
 

Interested in Presenting?
 

2019 Professional Development Mini-Conferences


 
 
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - PreK through 5th grade Educators

Thursday, August 1, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with check in beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Open to CPS and non-CPS educators to teach Preschool through 5th grade.
Cost: $100 per person | Early Bird rate: $80 per person if you register by June 30, 2019!
5 PDCHs will be provided at the end of training. Lunch will be provided.

Friday, August 2, 2019 - Middle and High School Educators

Friday, August 2, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with check in beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Open to CPS and non-CPS educators who teach 6th through 12th grade.
Cost: $100 per person | Early Bird rate: $80 per person if you register by June 30, 2019!
5 PDCHs will be provided at the end of training. Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - CPS Educators

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
with check in beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Open to CPS educators only
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. Lunch will be provided.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - All Grades, All Districts

Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with check in beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Open to CPS and non-CPS educators
Cost: $100 per person | Early Bird rate: $80 per person if you register by July 31, 2019!
5 PDCHs will be provided at the end of training. Lunch will be provided.

 



 


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

 

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