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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 registration deadline for Fermilab workshops is three weeks before the first day of the workshop.
The registration deadline for Wheaton Warrenville South Modeling workshops is June 1st.

Scholarships are offered by Fermilab Friends for Science Education to help teachers participate in Fermilab workshops or to defray the cost of field trip transportation if it is difficult for the teacher's school to cover the expense.
Scholarships are not available for Modeling workshops.

Fermilab Workshops for Grade K–5 Teachers Fermilab Workshops for Grade 6–9 Teachers
Fermilab Workshops for High School Teachers: NGSS-focused Wheaton Warrenville South Modeling Workshops
Fermilab Workshops for High School Teachers: QuarkNet High School: Waubonsee College  
June, 2017
Modeling Biology for Teachers
 Description: These workshops are offered by Wheaton Warrenville South High School for physics, chemistry, and biology teachers nationwide who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms. The workshops are taught using the pedagogy of Modeling Instruction, which was developed at Arizona State University. (Because these workshops are not offered by Fermilab, they are not eligible for scholarships through Fermilab Friends for Science Education.)
 Time: 7:30 AM-2:00 PM
 Location: Wheaton Warrenville South High School
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $300
 Registration Deadline: 06/12/2017
 Graduate credit: 4 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 60 PDHs
  
Modeling Chemistry for Teachers
 Description: These workshops are offered by Wheaton Warrenville South High School for physics, chemistry, and biology teachers nationwide who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms. The workshops are taught using the pedagogy of Modeling Instruction, which was developed at Arizona State University. (Because these workshops are not offered by Fermilab, they are not eligible for scholarships through Fermilab Friends for Science Education.)
 Time: 7:30 AM-2:00 PM
 Location: Wheaton Warrenville South High School
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $300
 Registration Deadline: 06/12/2017
 Graduate credit: 4 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 60 PDHs
  
Modeling Physics: Mechanics for Teachers
 Description: These workshops are offered by Wheaton Warrenville South High School for physics, chemistry, and biology teachers nationwide who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms. The workshops are taught using the pedagogy of Modeling Instruction, which was developed at Arizona State University. (Because these workshops are not offered by Fermilab, they are not eligible for scholarships through Fermilab Friends for Science Education.)
 Time: 7:30 AM-2:00 PM
 Location: Wheaton Warrenville South High School
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $300
 Registration Deadline: 06/12/2017
 Graduate credit: 4 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 60 PDHs
  
Modeling Middle School Science for Teachers
 Description: These workshops are offered by Wheaton Warrenville South High School for physics, chemistry, and biology teachers nationwide who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms. The workshops are taught using the pedagogy of Modeling Instruction, which was developed at Arizona State University. (Because these workshops are not offered by Fermilab, they are not eligible for scholarships through Fermilab Friends for Science Education.)
 Time: 7:30 AM-2:00 PM
 Location: Wheaton Warrenville South High School
 Grades: 6-8
 Fee: $300
 Registration Deadline: 06/12/2017
 Graduate credit: 4 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 60 PDHs
  
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: Glenbard West High School
 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.

Learn how to connect your classroom to the physics of Fermilab and the NGSS! Master Teachers will lead discussion and exploration of the NGSS DCI 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. Classroom connections to the NGSS DCI will be made through tours of selected Fermilab sites and discussions with Fermilab physicists and engineers.

 Time: 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
 Location: Fermilab
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $400
 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
 Graduate credit: 2 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 30 PDHs
  
July, 2017
Taking Research into your Classroom for Science Teachers for Teachers
 Description:

Engage with physicists from Fermilab and the CMS Experiment in a 2-day workshop to analyze data taken at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. Teachers will learn and experience first hand the practices of scientists in the context of Particle Physics through activities taken and adapted from the Quarknet data portfolio. Teachers will look at actual data from the CMS experiment to re-discover some of the elementary particles: J/psi, W, Z, and the recently discovered Higgs boson. Teachers will gain an insight into the research process by seeing how the decisions they make when categorizing and analyzing the data can affect the end results, and how statistics come into play. They will gain a better appreciation of the numerous choices that need to be made in the research process and how innovation plays an important part in making discoveries.

The Quarknet activities have been developed by teachers and tested in classrooms to bring out some of the concepts covered during the workshop, like model building, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations, and statistics. The activities description includes a discussion of the various NGSS science and engineering practices that are built into them. Teachers will reflect on the concepts learned and will discuss how best to adapt the material to their classrooms.

We will also have presentations from CMS physicists. Teachers from the Quarknet Program will help you bring the experience to students in your classroom.

To participate, you must be teaching currently. You will receive a $200 stipend for full attendance.

Please register before June 23rd.

For questions, contact Harry Cheung (cheung@fnal.gov) or Pratima Jindal (pjindal@waubonsee.edu).

 Time: 9am-5pm
 Location: Waubonsee Community College
 Grades: 9-12
 Registration Deadline: 06/23/2017
 ISBE recertification: 12 PDHs
  
Modeling Physics: Electricity and Magnetism for Teachers
 Description: These workshops are offered by Wheaton Warrenville South High School for physics, chemistry, and biology teachers nationwide who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms. The workshops are taught using the pedagogy of Modeling Instruction, which was developed at Arizona State University. (Because these workshops are not offered by Fermilab, they are not eligible for scholarships through Fermilab Friends for Science Education.)
 Time: 7:30 AM-2:00 PM
 Location: Fermilab
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $300
 Registration Deadline: 07/10/2017
 Graduate credit: 4 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 60 PDHs
  
Beauty and Charm Teacher Workshop for Teachers
 Description: How do you study something too small to see? Beauty and Charm is both an exploratory physical science program including a Fermilab field trip for midlevel students and a professional development workshop for teachers.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
 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 physical science program including field trips to the Lederman Science Center for elementary students and a professional development program for teachers.

Attend a five-day workshop covering topics for K–5 physical science including force and motion, electricity and magnetism, light and heat. Gain a deeper understanding of the physics concepts and of new approaches in teaching and learning using the scientific method and scientific journaling. Learn through facilitated exploration of a series of simple open-ended experiments and through discussion and reflection with a master teacher and Fermilab scientists. You can schedule a field trip led by Fermilab docents.

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