High School

The 7th Annual Baxter Symposium

October 9, 2018

The Baxter Symposium is an event designed to excite and inspire teachers to bring cutting-edge life science activities to their classrooms. We accomplish this by providing a day of real-world science and hands-on lab activities that show life sciences in the 21st century are exciting and amazing!

Attendees will have the chance to:

  • Connect with scientists and hear about their cutting-edge research.
  • Try out hands-on, NGSS-aligned curriculum modules led by educators who have successfully used them in their classrooms.
  • Attend a free event for high school & middle school teachers.
  • Receive FREE lab materials for all attendees!
  • Enter lab equipment give-aways!
  • Earn 6 CPDUs.

A Note on Location: This year’s Baxter Symposium will be held at Round Lake Senior High School in Round Lake, Illinois to celebrate the opening of our new Baxter Center North! We are excited to partner with Round Lake to support Lake County science teachers as they create more engaging, skills-based learning experiences for their students. Next year’s symposium will be celebrating 10 years of the Baxter Center for Science Education at Lindblom Math & Science Academy in Chicago!

For the schedule and information from last year's Symposium, CLICK HERE.

CPS High School Leadership Academy

August 13 - 16, 2018

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm, Monday - Thursday

Facilitators: Josh Paschedag, Laura Decker, and Jenny Sarna

Whether you’re new to teaching science or you’re a pro looking for more training, we can help you transform your teaching practices for the NGSS era. Spend four days with the district’s high school science specialists unpacking Ambitious Science Teaching practices designed to ensure your lessons are intellectually rigorous, engaging, and accessible for all of your students.

 

This workshop is an opportunity for individual teachers, course teams, and science departments to explore the new exemplar curriculum developed for the district, practice new strategies for the classroom, and grow as leaders. This will be accomplished through experiencing example lessons as learners, unpacking AST practices, classroom video reflection, a deep dive into the new science framework, and through having the space and time to engage with relevant pedagogy. Participants will receive a stipend of $600 for their time.

 

To apply, please visit: https://goo.gl/forms/H5VhRlwGEyDMv7iq2

Practical Biotech for Life Science Electives

June 28, 2018

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Whitney M. Young Magnet High School)

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Location: Lindblom Math & Science Academy 6130 S. Wolcott Ave. Chicago, IL 60636

This workshop is an opportunity for teachers of upper level high school electives like Biotech, Microbiology, Genetics, and Forensics to try out new hands-on activities selected to introduce students to real-world techniques used in modern laboratories. Participants will learn how to incorporate 21st-century lab skills including pipetting, DNA gel electrophoresis, PCR (polymerase chain reactions), and SDS-PAGE protein analysis into their curriculums in a meaningful way. 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.

Click HERE for more info!

Practical Biotech for AP Biology

June 27, 2018

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Whitney M. Young Magnet High School)

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Location: Lindblom Math & Science Academy 6130 S. Wolcott Ave. Chicago, IL 60636

This workshop is an opportunity for teachers to try out new twists on traditional AP Biology labs as a way to introduce and reinforce the Big Ideas of the course. Participants will learn how to incorporate 21st-century lab skills & practices including pipetting, DNA gel electrophoresis, and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) into their course in a meaningful way. 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.

Click HERE for more info!

Practical Biotech for General Biology

June 26, 2018

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Whitney M. Young Magnet High School)

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Location: Lindblom Math & Science Academy 6130 S. Wolcott Ave. Chicago, IL 60636

This workshop is an opportunity for teachers to explore a variety of NGSS-alignedhands-on labs selected to introduce and reinforce basic concepts in their high school biology classroom. Participants will learn how to incorporate 21st-century lab skills & practices including pipetting, culturing bacteria, and DNA gel electrophoresis into their curriculum in a meaningful way. 

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

Click HERE for more info!

Research Experience for Teachers

July 16 - 27, 2018

 

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.

BioBuilder

July 31 - August 2, 2018

 

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.

Click HERE for more info!

CPS Biology Framework Series - Unit 3 Part 2

March 6, 2018

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. 

CPS Biology Framework Series - Unit 3

January 24, 2018

 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. 

 

CPS Biology Framework Series - Unit 4 Part 2

May 16, 2018

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 38380