Teacher Professional Development Series

HOW DO WE KNOW THAT ALL LIVING THINGS ARE RELATED?

January 24, 2018

TBD

Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm 

Facilitators: Jenny Sarna & Joshua Paschedag, Chicago Public SchoolsDepartment of STEM

HS Biology teachers across the district are invited to participate in day-long learning around strategies to support students with exploring multiple sets of data to construct an explanation about evolution. Participants will gain experience with NGSS-aligned Biology instructional materials which incorporate high-quality instructional practices. 

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Public Schools Department of Science for CPS teachers. Substitute coverage will be made available for CPS teachers. 

Registration is open for CPS teachers through the Learning Hub: Course Code 38377

Student Level: High School

IDENTIFY PATIENT ZERO OF THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

February 15, 2018

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

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Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm 

Facilitator: Mary Clark, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

Explore the spread of a zombie virus through your classroom with this hands-on lab! We'll use the power of an ELISA assay to see who got "zombified," and to identify the first zombie in the workshop. The specific nature of antibodies in the ELISA assay enables the testing of almost any biological molecule that elicits an immune response, so you can use this same lab to study disease transmission of Ebola, HIV, H1N1, etc. 

This workshop is perfect for teachers of General Biology, AP Biology, Health Sciences, Forensics, or Biotechnology students. 

We'll have pizza and drinks, and will be giving away a free kit and other goodies!  

This workshop is presented in conjunction with Bio-Rad.

 

Student Level: High School

WHY DO WE HAVE DIFFERENT TRAITS?

March 6, 2018

TBD

Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm 

Facilitators: Jenny Sarna & Joshua Paschedag, Chicago Public SchoolsDepartment of STEM

HS Biology teachers across the district are invited to participate in day-long learning around strategies to deepen understanding of how to use real-world phenomena to engage students with core ideas about inheritance and variation. Participants will gain experience with NGSS-aligned Biology instructional materials which incorporate high-quality instructional practices. 

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Public Schools Department of Science for CPS teachers. Substitute coverage will be made available for CPS teachers. 

Registration is open for CPS teachers through the Learning Hub: Course Code 38378

Student Level: High School

WHAT DOES DNA HAVE TO DO WITH US GETTING SICK?

April 24, 2018

TBD

Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm 

Facilitators: Jenny Sarna & Joshua Paschedag, Chicago Public SchoolsDepartment of STEM

HS Biology teachers across the district are invited to participate in day-long learning around strategies to facilitate a model-based inquiry unit that connects DNA and homeostasis. Participants will gain experience with NGSS-aligned Biology instructional materials which incorporate high-quality instructional practices. Participants will deepen understanding of how to use real-world phenomena to engage students with core ideas in biology.

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Public Schools Department of Science for CPS teachers. Substitute coverage will be made available for CPS teachers. 

Registration is open for CPS teachers through the Learning Hub: Course Code 38379


WHAT ARE HUMANS DOING TO THE CLIMATE?

May 16, 2018

TBD

Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm 

Facilitators: Jenny Sarna & Joshua Paschedag, Chicago Public SchoolsDepartment of STEM

HS Biology teachers across the district are invited to participate in day-long learning around strategies to incorporate engineering design to support students with exploring impacts of and solutions to climate change. Participants will gain experience with NGSS-aligned Biology instructional materials which incorporate high-quality instructional practices. Participants will deepen understanding of how to use real-world phenomena to engage students with core ideas in biology.

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Public Schools Department of Science for CPS teachers. Substitute coverage will be made available for CPS teachers. 

Registration is open for CPS teachers through the Learning Hub: Course Code TBD


21st-Century Lab Skills for the Biology Classroom

Coming Summer 2018!

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

 

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry Instructor)

This introductory workshop, led by an expert teacher and facilitated by Northwestern University, is designed to be a quick and easy introduction to 21st-century lab skills including pipetting, culturing bacteria, and DNA gel electrophoresis. Teachers expand their knowledge of current biological research and explore new ways to teach general biology topics with hands-on, inquiry-based, NGSS-aligned labs.

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the Baxter Box program.


Laboratory Investigations Using DNA

Coming Summer 2018!

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry Instructor)

In this intermediate-level workshop, teachers try out open-ended, inquiry-based, NGSS-aligned labs that explore DNA. Under the guidance of an expert teacher and scientists from Northwestern University, teachers learn DNA-based techniques including DNA gel electrophoresis and PCR (polymerase chain reaction). With a focus on understanding the science behind the techniques, teachers are trained to troubleshoot and modify labs on the fly, and to feel confident in their general lab skills.

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the  Baxter Box program.

Student Level: High School

Hands-on Labs Exploring Proteins & Proteomics

Coming Summer 2018!

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry Instructor)

In this advanced-level workshop, teachers explore hands-on, inquiry-based, NGSS-aligned labs that use proteins to examine structure and function. Led by an expert teacher and Northwestern scientists, teachers are trained in protein-based techniques including chromatography, SDS-PAGE, and colorimetric assays. Teachers learn to troubleshoot and modify labs on the fly, and to feel confident in their general lab skills.

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the Baxter Box program.


TRANSLATING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH FOR THE CLASSROOM

Coming Summer 2018!

Northwestern University, Evanston Campus

 

Northwestern Facilitators: Jewett Lab members, Ashley Walter & Emily Ferrin

Location: Northwestern University's Evanston campus

Five outstanding teachers will be selected to gain hands-on lab experience working alongside scientists in a Northwestern University research laboratory. Teachers will split their time between experiments “at the bench” and developing their own curriculum materials based on their research.

Student Level: High School

A BCSE GUEST WORKSHOP EXPLORING SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

Coming Summer 2018!

Northwestern University, Evanston Campus

 

Facilitators: Tom Martinez (Glenbard East High School) & Jessica Stark (Northwestern University)

This three-day professional development opportunity is designed to prepare educators to bring biological engineering and synthetic biology into their classrooms and laboratories. The workshop includes lectures that connect the STEM aspects of these fields, labs and classroom activities available at www.BioBuilder.org, lunchtime discussions with members of the synthetic biology community, and activities that address the nuts and bolts of running an iGEM team.

Student Level: High School

21ST-CENTURY LAB SKILLS FOR YOUR CLASSROOM

Coming Summer 2018!

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Facilitator: Liz Martinez (Illinois Math & Science Academy)

This professional development workshop, led by an expert teacher and facilitated by Northwestern University, is for middle school science teachers looking for ways to incorporate 21st-century biology skills and practices into their science curriculum. Teachers try out lab activities designed to provide an exciting, level-appropriate introduction to the world of biotech that will pave the way for further exploration at the high school level.

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the Baxter Box program.