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 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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2019 Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo


 

July 9, July 10, & July 11: Biomes

Tuesday, July 9; Wednesday, July 10, and/or Thursday, July 11 (9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each day)
All Grades, $50 per day or $140 for all three days, 5 PDCHs per day (max 15), 1 optional graduate credit if you attend all three days ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 828)

Take a field trip around the world in three days! Come explore various biomes at the Zoo and investigate one in depth per day. 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.

July 9: Extremes - Explore the extremes in temperature: hot (desert) and cold (arctic & Antarctic)
July 10: Rainforests - explore the topic of habitat loss as well as engineer solutions to help Golden Lion Tamarins
July 11: Prairies & Rivers - Don’t forget the local ecosystems that dominate Illinois. Come explore how to observe local animals as well as conduct simple experiments outdoors.

NGSS LS2.A : Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
NGSS LS2.C: Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience
NGSS ESS2.A: Earth materials and systems

July 15-16 and 18-19: NGSS: Collaborating & Creating NGSS Storylines

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day)
All Grades, $280, 35 PDCHs, 2 optional graduate credit ($200 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 815)

Presented by staff/members of the Illinois Science Teachers Association

In this course, participants will engage in understanding the process of NGSS implementation through the creation of an NGSS storyline unit. Through collaborative work over the course of this class, participants will design a phenomenon-driven investigation using the three dimensions as prescribed by the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will gain greater confidence in their understanding by applying their knowledge of three-dimensional learning to build coherence within a carefully designed unit of instruction. This will enable more effective and engaging pedagogy as well as enhanced learning experience for students. Developing an understanding of how to build curriculum coherence around a central phenomenon will be a central focus.

On Friday, July 19, 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 schedule of entertainment here.

July 17: Habitat Design

Wednesday, July 17 (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
All Grades, $80, 4 PDCHs

Enter the world of exhibit planners. It's more complicated than you might think. Teams of experts must consider the needs of the animals, the needs of the animal care staff, and the needs of the visitors as they plan the design of zoo habitats. Explore all that goes into exhibit design as you learn the tricks of the trade. This eye-opening class complements curricula and projects about building and designing zoo exhibits.

NGSS ETS1.B: Developing possible solutions
NGSS: ESS3.A: Earth and human activity: natural resources
NGSS: LS2: Ecosystems: interactions, energy and dynamics

July 23 & 24: Connecting Engineering

Tuesday, July 23 & Wednesday, July 24 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. both days)
All Grades, $140, 15 PDCHs, 1 optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 823)

Watch your classroom come to life as your student’s design, build, test, and revise solutions to problems using simple and inexpensive materials and experience real-world science and engineering issues.

NGSS ETS1.A: Defining and delimiting engineering problems
NGSS: ETS1.B: Developing possible solutions
NGSS: ETS1.C: Optimizing the design solution

July 25 & 26: Animal Grossology: The Fascinating World of Feces

Thursday, July 25 & Friday, July 26 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. both days)
All Grades, $140, 15 PDCHs, 1 optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 807)

Poop, feces, scat, number two. There are just as many names for poop as there are uses of it in the Animal Kingdom. Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of poop and become a “scat-ologist.” Discover the amazing ways animals use poop as well as how humans can use excrement to learn all about animals.

NGSS LS2.A: Defining and delimiting engineering problems
NGSS: LS.4.C: Developing possible solutions
NGSS: LS.1.A: Optimizing the design solution

On Friday, July 26, 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 schedule of entertainment here.

August 1: Professional Development Mini Conference for Preschool through Fifth Grade

Thursday, August 1 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) check in begins at 8:30
Cost: $100 | 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.

Join us for engaging breakout sessions geared specifically for Elementary school educators! Spend the day choosing sessions that you want to know more about and will help you get ready for the upcoming school year! Topics include but are not limited to 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 the day. We hope you can join us for these incredible breakout sessions!

August 2: Professional Development Mini Conference for Middle and High School

Friday, August 2 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) check in begins at 8:30
Cost: $100 | 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.

Join us for engaging breakout sessions geared specifically for Middle and High School Educators! Spend the day choosing sessions that you want to know more about and will help you get ready for the upcoming school year! Topics include but are not limited to 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 the day. We hope you can join us for these incredible breakout sessions!

On Friday, August 2, 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 schedule of entertainment here.

August 8: Inspire Great Lakes Literacy and Stewardship - Stipend Available!

Thursday, August 8 (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Details: Grades 4 - 12, 15 PDCHs, 1 optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 829)
Cost: FREE with $400 stipend | Space is limited and a $25 registration fee is required to reserve your seat. This fee will be refunded upon attendance.

Presented by Terri Hallesy, Education Coordinator of IL-IN Sea Grant and the Center for Great Lakes Literacy in conjunction with CZS staff.

This is a FREE, workshop offered through IL-IN Sea Grant and the Center for Great Lakes Literacy (www.cgll.org). Participants will meet at Brookfield Zoo and learn about critical environmental issues and how to engage students in practices that value and promote a sustainable watershed.

Educators will be introduced to a new Teacher Mentor Model and learn about a $400 STIPEND opportunity for completing a local stewardship project. Educators will gain competency and confidence with Great Lakes sciences through hands-on activities to improve watershed knowledge and enhance student leadership skills as future decision-makers. A minimum of 6.0 hours must be given to completion of this project to fulfill PDCH requirements. A light breakfast will be served at 8:30. Lunch in the park is on your own.

NGSS: This workshop is aligned with all three dimensions of NGSS.

August 8 & 9: STEMM: Putting Body Movement in STEM (The Zoo-Mazing Race)

Thursday, August 8 & Friday, August 9 (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. both days)
Details: Grades K-12, $140, 15 PDCHs, 1 optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 830)

Get your students moving! Help your students to make deeper connections with your curriculum with their whole bodies. Come learn how to teach STEM using active strategies that engage your kinesthetic learners.

NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns; Cause and Effect; Systems and System Models
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Planning and carrying out investigations; Using mathematics and computational thinking; Engaging in argument from evidence; 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.) check in begins at 8:30
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.

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 for all grades

Saturday, October 5 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) check in begins at 8:30
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. 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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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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