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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. All are taught by master teachers. Our mid-level workshops also prepare educators to teach Fermilab classroom units. A mid-level teacher who wishes to bring students to Fermilab for the field trip programs—Beauty and Charm, Particles and Prairies, Phriendly Physics, and The Prairie, Our Heartland (which replaced From Beneath the Ashes)—must take a workshop to qualify. Registration is required for all workshops. 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.
June, 2014
The Prairie - Our Heartland Teacher Workshop for Teachers
 Description: What was the Midwest like 200 years ago? Tens of thousands of square miles of glorious color, waves of grass, and diverse animal populations inhabited what we now call home. How—and why—has this amazing ecosystem changed? Using observation, experience, inquiry, and critical thinking, convey the story of the prairie and westward expansion to your students. This program incorporates science, language arts, mathematics, social science, and more! Immerse yourself in The Prairie, Our Heartland. Awaken to a whole new world!

Participants who are not getting credit will leave at 3:00 PM.

 Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (8:00 - 5:20 if taking for credit)
 Grades: 3-5
 Fee: $175
 Graduate credit: 2 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 6 CEUs 18 CPDUs
  
Summer Secondary Physics Institute - Engineering Applications for Teachers
 Description:

Master teachers will lead discussion and exploration of engineering applications of high school physics, as well as effective pedagogy and laboratory experiences for use in participants' own classrooms. Participants and instructors will explore and develop connections to the NGSS High School Physical Science and Engineering Design Standards, as well as the Engineering Practices and Cross-Cutting Concepts from the NRC's Framework for K-12 Science Education. 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
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $400
 Graduate credit: 2 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 6 CEUs 30 CPDUs
  
Modeling Biology for Teachers, Full
 Description: Secondary-level biology teachers will participate in 60 hours of training in Biology: Modeling Instruction. The course will focus on the traditional topics of a first- semester general biology course (Experimental Design, Characteristics of Life, Classification, Evolution and Energy). The Modeling Method has been shown to be a highly effective extension of the traditional three-step learning cycle (observe, generalize, apply). The modeling cycle addresses the deficiencies of the learning cycle by assisting students to construct understanding from observations, by confronting student preconceptions, by examining student thought processes through the process of “whiteboarding” and Socratic dialoguing. Participants will receive both printed and electronically stored versions of the Modeling Handbook, as well as ancillary materials. Participants are not eligible for FFSE Scholarships.
 Time: 7:30 AM-2:00 PM
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $280
 Graduate credit: 4 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 12 CEUs 60 CPDUs
  
Modeling Chemistry for Teachers, Full
 Description: Secondary-level chemistry teachers will participate in 60 hours of training in Chemistry: Modeling Instruction. The course will focus on the traditional topics of a first-semester general chemistry course (essentially ending with stoichiometry). The Modeling Method has been shown to be a highly effective extension of the traditional three-step learning cycle (observe, generalize, apply). The modeling cycle addresses the deficiencies of the learning cycle by assisting students to construct understanding from observations, by confronting student preconceptions, by examining student thought processes through the process of “whiteboarding” and Socratic dialoguing. Participants will receive both printed and electronically stored versions of the Modeling Handbook, as well as ancillary materials. Participants are not eligible for FFSE Scholarships.
 Time: 7:30 AM-2:00 PM
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $280
 Graduate credit: 4 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 12 CEUs 60 CPDUs
  
Modeling Physics: Mechanics for Teachers, Full
 Description: Secondary-level physics teachers will participate in 60 hours of training in Physics: Modeling Instruction. The course will focus on the traditional topics of a first-semester mechanics course (motion in one and two dimensions, force, energy and momentum). The Modeling Method has been shown to be a highly effective extension of the traditional three-step learning cycle (observe, generalize, apply). The modeling cycle addresses the deficiencies of the learning cycle by assisting students to construct understanding from observations, by confronting student preconceptions, by examining student thought processes through the process of “whiteboarding” and Socratic dialoguing. Participants will receive both printed and electronically stored versions of the Modeling Handbook, as well as ancillary materials. Participants are not eligible for FFSE Scholarships.
 Time: 7:30 AM-2:00 PM
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $280
 Graduate credit: 4 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 12 CEUs 60 CPDUs
  
Modeling Physics: Electricity and Magnetism for Teachers, Full
 Description: Secondary-level physics teachers will participate in 60 hours of training in Physics: Modeling Instruction for Electricity and Magnetism. The course will focus on the traditional topics of a second-semester electricity and magnetism course (electrostatic force, electrostatic field, electric potential energy, electric potential, circuits, magnetic field, electromagnetic induction). The Modeling Method has been shown to be a highly effective extension of the traditional three-step learning cycle (observe, generalize, apply). The modeling cycle addresses the deficiencies of the learning cycle by assisting students to construct understanding from observations, by confronting student preconceptions, by examining student thought processes through the process of “whiteboarding” and Socratic dialoguing. Participants will receive both printed and electronically stored versions of the Modeling Handbook, as well as ancillary materials. Participants are not eligible for FFSE Scholarships.
 Time: 7:30 AM-2:00 PM
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $280
 Graduate credit: 4 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 12 CEUs 60 CPDUs
  
Insects at Work in Our World for Teachers
 Description: Discover the world of insects and inspire future entomologists! 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 - 4:15 PM
 Grades: 1-2
 Fee: $110
 Graduate credit: 1 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 3 CEUs 15 CPDUs
  
Summer Secondary Biology Institute for Teachers
 Description: The Summer Secondary Biology Institute is a two-week workshop 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 will study how and when to use technology and engaged learning techniques to help students learn. Topics of discussion will also include questioning skills and the appropriate updating of traditional lab activities. There will be a follow-up session in January.
 Time: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $400
 Graduate credit: 3 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 6 CEUs 30 CPDUs
  
Summer Secondary Physics Institutes - Electricity and Magnetism for Teachers
 Description: This institute is one of four on physics 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 electricity and magnetism 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
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $400
 Graduate credit: 2 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 6 CEUs 30 CPDUs
  
July, 2014
Beauty and Charm Teacher Workshop for Teachers
 Description: Beauty and Charm at Fermilab is an engaging, exciting unit of study for grades 6-9 that culminates in a field trip to Fermilab. The unit is aligned with the Learning Standards and the National Science Education Standards, and feature themes such as "Methods of Science," "Seeing the Unseen," and the "Human Element" of science. In the Beauty and Charm workshop, instructors will provide ideas for teaching the unit and suggestions for supplementary materials. 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
 Grades: 6-9
 Fee: $275
 Graduate credit: 2 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 6 CEUs 30 CPDUs
  
Particles and Prairies Teacher Workshop for Teachers
 Description: Three ecosystems in one workshop: prairie, savanna and stream. Look at abiotic and biotic aspects of these three systems. Learn biological principles and how to use standard ecologic measurement techiniques to teach students to assess and compare these different habitats. 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 a docent-led field trip. This is a great way to get motivated for a new school year.
 Time: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM (8:00 - 4:30 if taking for credit)
 Grades: 6-8
 Fee: $275
 Graduate credit: 3 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 9 CEUs 30 CPDUs
  
Phriendly Physics Teacher Workshops for Teachers
 Description: The goal of the five-day Phriendly Physics workshop is to help K–5 teachers understand and feel comfortable with concepts of the physical sciences through faciliated exploration of a series of simple, open-ended experiments, and through discussion and reflection with a master elementary school teacher and Fermilab scientists. Through this process participants gain a deeper understanding of the concepts and new approaches in teaching and learning through the scientific method and scientific journaling. Participants will also receive equipment and supplies so that they can continue to explore these concepts with their students. Topics and themes for Phriendly Physics are based on the National Science Education Standards and the Illinois Learning Standards.
 Time: 8:00 AM-3:30 PM
 Grades: K-5
 Fee: $275
 Graduate credit: 2 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 6 CEUs 30 CPDUs
  
August, 2014
Modeling Chemistry for Teachers
 Description: Secondary-level chemistry teachers will participate in 60 hours of training in Chemistry: Modeling Instruction. The course will focus on the traditional topics of a first-semester general chemistry course (essentially ending with stoichiometry). The Modeling Method has been shown to be a highly effective extension of the traditional three-step learning cycle (observe, generalize, apply). The modeling cycle addresses the deficiencies of the learning cycle by assisting students to construct understanding from observations, by confronting student preconceptions, by examining student thought processes through the process of “whiteboarding” and Socratic dialoguing. Participants will receive both printed and electronically stored versions of the Modeling Handbook, as well as ancillary materials. Participants are not eligible for FFSE Scholarships.
 Time: 7:30 AM-2:00 PM
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $280
 Graduate credit: 4 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 12 CEUs 60 CPDUs
  
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