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Description: Fermilab educator workshops provide K–12 teachers with proven classroom activities and strategies for teaching challenging topics in an engaging way. Fermilab programs are designed and taught by master teachers, and have been updated to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). As an Illinois State Board of Education approved professional development provider, we use the Standards for Professional Learning in designing all of our programs. A teacher who wishes to bring students in grades 1–8 to Fermilab for the field trip programs must take a workshop to qualify. Registration is required for all workshops. The Fermilab workshop registration deadline is 3 weeks before the workshop. The deadline for Modeling workshops is June 1st. Scholarships for Fermilab workshops and field trip transportation are available from the Fermilab Friends for Science Education if it is difficult for the teacher's school to cover the expense. (Scholarships are not offered for Modeling workshops.) Most workshops are held in the summer. Workshops are:
K-5 6-9
High School: NGSS-focused High School: Modeling
High School: QuarkNet High School: Waubonsee College
March, 2017
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices Institute for Administrators,Informal Educators,Media Specialists,Teachers
 Description: This full day institute provides an opportunity for teachers to; engage in a challenge activity which is a blended physics and life science issue, discuss their own utilization of NGSS science and engineering practices through the challenge activity. Also included are the opportunities to compare the grade level continuum of the SEP throughout the activity, communicate process, data and strategies utilized through their experience in the challenge activity, and interact with a panel of scientists and engineers to discuss the authenticity of these practices in their work and relevance to the classroom. Breakouts may include comparison of templates and resources to translate the challenge activity to your own designs, development of school or district STEM/NGSS vision for teaching and learning, and/or review of STEM instructional materials.
 Time: 8:30 AM-2:00 PM
 Location: Lederman Science Center
 Grades: K-9
 Fee: $20.00
 Registration Deadline: 02/17/2017
 ISBE recertification: 5 PDHs
  
June, 2017
Summer Secondary Biology Institute for Teachers
 Description: The Summer Secondary Science Institutes are one- or two-week workshops on science content and classroom experiments and techniques for high school teachers. None is a prerequisite for any other.

The Summer Secondary Biology Institute is designed to help high school biology teachers actively involve their students in biology concepts. Master teachers will present hands-on activities and proven classroom strategies with a study of major topics in biology. Participant needs will be addressed. Participants will receive and add to a Strategy/Curriculum Notebook. Participants and instructors will explore and develop connections to the NGSS High School Life Science Standards, as well as the Scientific Practices and Crosscutting Concepts from he NRC’s Framework for K-12 Science Education. Teachers may bring their students for field studies of Fermilab's prairie, pond and woods.

 Time: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
 Location:
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $400
 Registration Deadline: 06/16/2017
 Graduate credit: 3 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 37.5 PDHs
  
The Prairie - Our Heartland Teacher Workshop for Teachers
 Description: What was the Midwest like 200 years ago? The Prairie - Our Heartland is both an interdisciplinary ecology program including free field trips to Fermilab for upper elementary students and a professional development workshop for teachers.
For those earning graduate credit, the class will end at 5:20 PM, in order to fulfill the requirements.
 Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (8:00 - 5:20 if taking for credit)
 Location: Lederman Science Center
 Grades: 3-5
 Fee: $175
 Registration Deadline: 06/01/2017
 Graduate credit: 2 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 21 PDHs
  
Summer Secondary Physics Institute - Modern Physics, Fermilab, and NGSS for Teachers
 Description: The Summer Secondary Science Institutes are one- or two-week workshops on science content and classroom experiments and techniques for high school teachers. None is a prerequisite for any other.

We are in the process of updating our high school workshops to better facilitate the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards and adding a Fermilab Field Trip experience to our programs. Check back soon for updates!

 Time: 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
 Location: Fermilab
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $400
 Registration Deadline: 06/16/2017
 Graduate credit: 2 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 30 PDHs
  
Insects at Work in Our World for Teachers
 Description: What roles do insects play in our environment? Insects at Work in Our World is a multidisciplinary inquiry-based program including free field trips to Fermilab for first and second grade students.Explore three diverse areas - wetlands, prairie and woodlands - in search of insects and their relatives. Learn to identify and sort insects and how insects grow, change and work. Make your own collection for your classroom. Using observation, science inquiry and journaling, explore the fascinating world of insects with your apprentice entomologists. On the free field trips, students will net and hunt for insects from three different habitats.
 Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 Location: Lederman Science Center
 Grades: 1-2
 Fee: $110
 Graduate credit: 1 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 15 PDHs
  
Summer Secondary Physics Institute - Waves, Sound, and Optics for Teachers
 Description: The Summer Secondary Science Institutes are one- or two-week workshops on science content and classroom experiments and techniques for high school teachers. None is a prerequisite for any other.

Master teachers will lead discussion and exploration of wave mechanics and effective pedagogy and laboratory experiences for use in participants' own classrooms. Laboratory experiments will include work with both traditional equipment and computer-based data-taking devices. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to learn from Fermilab physicists and tour selected Fermilab sites. This institute will be especially useful for new teachers and teachers teaching out-of field.

 Time: 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
 Location: Fermilab
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $400
 Registration Deadline: 06/23/2017
 Graduate credit: 2 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 30 PDHs
  
July, 2017
Beauty and Charm Teacher Workshop for Teachers
 Description: Beauty & Charm is an engaging, exciting, exploratory physical science program for grades 6-9 that culminates in a free field trip to Fermilab.

Beauty & Charm provides students with the opportunity to experience authentic science by using scientific practices and crosscutting concepts from the Next Generation Science Standards. The program includes an instructional unit, a professional development workshop, and a free docent-led field trip experience at Fermilab. Themes include "Methods of Science," "Seeing the Unseen," and the "Human Element". After attending the workshop and teaching the unit, participants may bring their students to Fermilab for a field trip to the Lederman Science Center and a special guided tour of Wilson Hall, the Linear Accelerator building, and the Main Control Room. Each field trip also includes a question-and-answer session with a Fermilab scientist.

 Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 Location: Lederman Science Center
 Grades: 6-9
 Fee: $275
 Registration Deadline: 06/21/2017
 Graduate credit: 2 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 30 PDHs
  
Energy and Ecosystems Teacher Workshop for Teachers
 Description: What do compass plants, bumble bees and dragonfly nymphs have in common? How is the natural world beneficial to the human population? Energy and Ecosystems is both a field-studies program at Fermilab for midlevel students and a professional development workshop for teachers.

Three ecosystems in one workshop: prairie, water and woods. Look at abiotic and biotic aspects of these three systems. Learn biological principles and how to use standard ecologic measurement techniques to teach students to assess and compare these different habitats. Explore how to incorporate engineering and ecosystem services into your life science curriculum. In-depth background information and hands-on classroom activities will give the teacher confidence to use this unit in the classroom. Participants of this workshop are eligible to bring their students to Fermilab for docent-led field trips.

For those earning graduate credit, the class will end at 4:30 PM. in order to fulfill the requirements.
 Time: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (8:00 - 4:30 if taking for credit)
 Location: Lederman Science Center
 Grades: 6-8
 Fee: $275
 Graduate credit: 3 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 35 PDHs
  
Phriendly Physics Teacher Workshops for Teachers
 Description: Phriendly Physics is a Next Generation Science Standards infused physical science program for K-5 teachers. Participants in the workshop may bring their students on a free field trip to the Lederman Science Center.

Phriendly Physics is a program designed for participants to learn through facilitated exploration of a series of simple, open-ended experiments and through discussion and reflection with a master teacher and Fermilab scientists. Through this process participants gain a deeper understanding of concepts, new approaches in teaching and learning, and will receive new equipment and supplies in order to continue exploration of these concepts with their students. Topics include force & motion, electricity & magnetism, and light & heat.

 Time: 8:00 AM-3:30 PM
 Location: Lederman Science Center
 Grades: K-5
 Fee: $275
 Registration Deadline: 07/26/2017
 Graduate credit: 2 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 32.5 PDHs
  
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