CPS Core Science Courses Series

Beginning with the Class of 2022, all Chicago Public Schools students will be required take one year each of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics with the goal of ensuring all students meet the performance expectations outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards. 

To help accomplish that goal, we’ve been working with CPS to provide professional learning for teachers in the new core sciences curricula being developed by high school teachers from across the district along with experts in the Department of STEM! In this series of workshops created specifically for CPS teachers, we explore lessons and teaching practices designed to help ensure that all core science courses are intellectually rigorous, engaging, and accessible for all students. 

 

What are teachers saying about the new curricula?

“The curriculum really did a good job of addressing 3D learning. All units required students to engage in a variety of different practices (reading, writing, analyzing and interpreting data, making and using models, using evidence to construct explanations, predicting, etc.) to be able to master the performance expectations.”

“The lessons were rooted in students actively using science practices to explain phenomena and figure out science ideas- ie: in doing science.”

 “I used to spend so much time trying to find activities, modify these activities, and write my lessons. Using this curriculum allowed me to spend much more time honing other areas of my teaching craft instead of preparing activities”

There are no upcoming CPS Core Science Courses Series

USING HANDS-ON LABS TO EXPLORE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

June 5, 2017

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry Instructor)

Bring the central dogma to life with labs exploring chromatography, protein modeling, and SDS-PAGE! Under the guidance of experienced high school teachers and Northwestern University scientists, teachers will experience lab activities like Comparative Proteomics, Bradford Assay, GFP Chromotography, Mini Toobers and Fold-It, and GFP SDS-PAGE.

 


HOW DO MATTER AND ENERGY CYCLE ON EARTH?

October 4, 2017

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

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 implementing NGSS-aligned Biology instructional materials which incorporate high-quality instructional practices. Participants will deepen understanding of modeling pedagogy and consider the role of models in constructing explanations about matter and energy cycling.


HOW DO ENERGY AND MATTER CYCLE ON EARTH?

November 29, 2017

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

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 implementing NGSS-aligned Biology instructional materials which incorporate high-quality instructional practices. Participants will deepen understanding of modeling pedagogy and consider the role of models in constructing explanations about matter and energy cycling.


HOW DO WE KNOW THAT ALL LIVING THINGS ARE RELATED?

January 24, 2018

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

 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. 

 


HOW DO WE KNOW THAT ALL LIVING THINGS ARE RELATED?

March 6, 2018

Crane Medical Preparatory High School

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. 


WHY DO WE HAVE DIFFERENT TRAITS?

April 24, 2018

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

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. 


WHY DO WE HAVE DIFFERENT TRAITS?

May 16, 2018

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

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


August 13 - 16, 2018

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

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