Professional Development Workshops

We provide FREE training for teachers to implement authentic and innovative life science programs in their schools with a focus on hands-on, inquiry-based activities aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


All of our workshops are designed and led by expert teachers and scientists from Northwestern University. Participating in a workshop allows teachers to gain access to the Baxter Box Loaner Program and Classroom Support. We can't wait to work with you!

Looking for ways to engage your students in authentic science experiences from home?

Join the Baxter Center for a virtual workshop and receive materials and equipment to test out labs in their own home and plan with a community of educators. Training and support will be provided by Baxter Center staff.

1 CEU earned per hour spent in the program.

Simply put, the term “biotechnology” means applied life sciences. You take what you know from biology, chemistry, and everything in between and apply that knowledge to create a product or solve a problem. Put that way, it sounds simple, but it can be intimidating to implement in the classroom. This workshop series is intended to help teachers integrate biotech concepts and practices into their curriculum in a meaningful way. Through practice and support, we will help teachers feel comfortable trying new activities that use 21st century lab skills with their students.

The Baxter Symposium is an event full of real-world science and hands-on lab activities that delve into 21st-century life science ideas and technology.

Gain real-life lab experience working alongside scientists in a Northwestern University research laboratory and develop your own curriculum materials based on their research.

Let’s get together (virtually) and plan!

We know teachers work best when they work together. We also know you don’t always have a course team to work with, so we’re providing the space and resources for teachers across the Chicago area to get together and talk about teaching this fall.

Science Course Meetup Subjects:

  • Biotech
  • Forensics / Criminology
  • Middle School Science
  • Diverse Learners in Science

1 CEU earned per hour of meeting.

Let’s learn about science from the experts (virtually)!

We've heard over and over from teachers that they love hearing about cutting edge research because it reinvigorates their love for scienece. To keep that passion going, once a month we will invite a scientist or educational researcher to speak with us about something from their field. A short talk will be followed with Q&A. 

1 CEU earned per hour of meeting.