On Demand Virtual Workshops

Explore our library of videos and earn CEUs! We might be unable to offer in-person professional development, but we still want youto be able to earn credits! Here’s how it works:

  1. Watch the video.
  2. Write and submit a reflection on how what you watched could be used with your students.
  3. Complete and submit an ISBE evaluation!

Science Lab @Home: Clark's Favorite Remote Learning Science Resources


Mary Clark, a Baxter Center Teacher Leader and instructor of Biotech, Forensics, and Chemistry at Whitney Young Magnet High School, walks us through some of her favorite online discoveries of Spring 2020! Mary shows us some of her favorite sites that she uses in her in-person and virtual classroom including Learn Genetics, HHMI, Cold Spring Harbor, and CSI: the Experience.

Learning in Places: Creating Culturally and Community Relevant Learning for Students, Families and Communities

Professor Megan Bang and her team introduce us to Learning in Places, a project focused on creating culturally and community relevant, field-based learning opportunities for students of all grade levels and their families. These materials--co-designed by families, teachers, community-based organizations, and learning researchers-- were designed to support students and families as they engage in science that matters in the places they live. The materials facilitate families to ask and explore “should we” questions that engage the intersection of natural and social phenomena in our everyday lives. The project is a partnership of Northwestern University, University of Washington Bothell, Seattle Public Schools, and Tilth Alliance.


Science Lab @ Home: School Science Simulations with Gizmos

Jonathan Kamen, a Middle School Science teacher at Round Lake Area Schools, shares how he has used Gizmo's simulations with his students during remote learning. 

From STEM to STEAM: Applying Engineering Design Thinking to your Virtual Science Classroom

Kristen PerkinsEvanston Township High School Partnership Office Coordinator at Northwestern University, introduces us to Mockups! Mockups is a fast-paced game developed at the Delta Lab to challenge people to rapidly brainstorm creative solution to design challenges created around the needs of specific users. Kristen walks us through how Mockups can be used in the classroom to get students engaged and creative! 

Science Lab @ Home: Clark’s Virtual Chemistry Lab with Labster

Mary Clark, a Baxter Center Teacher Leader and instructor of Biotech, Forensics, and Chemistry at Whitney Young Magnet High School, walks us through the Stoichiometric Calculations lab she did with her students using a free trial from Labster offered to teachers bringing courses online because of COVID-19. Mary shares her best tips and tricks for using the simulation with students, including how to support student-to-student dialogue and sense-making with documents shared below.

Science Lab @ Home: Exploring Evolution with Suzanne Fetherling


Suzanne Fetherling, a Baxter Center Teacher Leader and instructor of AP Biology and Dual-Credit Biology at Hoffman Estates High School, shares how she taught evolution to her students virtually. Included is a lab that students can do in their own homes with items found around the house!

Teaching Biotech & Forensics from my Couch


Mary Clark, a Baxter Center Teacher Leader and instructor of Biotech, Forensics, and Chemistry at Whitney Young Magnet High School, walks us through how she is planning to teach her Biotech and Forensics classes remotely. She gives us a look at how she is planning her courses, what resources she is using with her students, and how she is keeping them engaged in a suddenly all virtual environment.

What does education research tell us about principles for remote learning?

Dr. Jennifer Richards, a researcher in Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy, reviews some of the principles that researchers have identifed as being important for successful remote learning. Jen reviewed 25 articles from educational research journals and distilled their recommendations into 5 Key Principles for online teaching in K-12.