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.


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