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The Baxter Symposium

Registration for the 2024 Symposium has closed!

Teachers, join us for a special event this Spring! Each year we host over 100 high school and middle school science teachers from Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago region for a day of learning, exploring cutting-edge science activities to bring back to the classroom, completely free of charge. In doing so, we hope that educators will feel empowered to bring the new tools they learned back into the classroom to enrich student experiences. 


  • Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024
  • Times: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm 
  • Location: Northwestern University (Evanston)
  • Audience: Chicago area Middle and High School Science Teachers 
  • Cost: Free!
  • Perks: Participants will receive a free breakfast, lunch, and giveaways!

As an attendant, you will have the chance to:

  • Hear from our keynote speaker, Dr. Daniel Morales-Doyle, an Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of Illinois Chicago.
  • Learn about hands-on lab activities from educators who have successfully used them in their classrooms. 
  • Meet other science teachers from the greater Chicago area.
  • Receive science goody bags for attending and enter lab equipment giveaways!
  • Earn up to 5 ISBE professional development credits for attendance. 

Introducing our 2024 Baxter Symposium Keynote Speaker, Dr. Daniel Morales-Doyle from University of Illinois Chicago!

Dr. Daniel Morales-Doyle is an associate professor of science education and coordinator of the licensure strand of the MEd Science Education program. His research examines the potential for science education to act as a catalyst for alternative futures. Specifically, Dr. Morales-Doyle's work focuses on the sociopolitical dimensions of science curriculum, teaching, and teacher education. He was a high school teacher in the Chicago Public Schools for more than a decade before coming to UIC. The courses he has taught include: ED 217: STEM, Education, and Society; CI 531:Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Equity in Secondary Science Education; CI 551: Practitioner Research in Science Contexts; and CI 566: Research on Science Curriculum. Dr. Morales-Doyle will also be releasing a book in April 2024 titled Transformative Science Teaching, which reveals his vision for science education that supports meaningful learning in the sciences. In this sensible and sensitive assessment of science instruction in the United States, Dr. Morales-Doyle outlines both what science education is and what it could be. He suggests that a judicious shift in the field's goals and methods—for example, incorporating practice-based teacher education, justice-centered science pedagogy, and youth participatory science—could give all students, not just those preparing for STEM careers, opportunities to be engaged with the sciences, with their communities, and in the world. 

We look forward to welcoming you at The Baxter Symposium on April 18th!