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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 prior to the first day of the workshop.

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.

Fermilab Workshops for Grade K–5 Teachers Fermilab Workshops for Grade 6–9 Teachers
Fermilab Workshops for High School Teachers: NGSS-focused
Fermilab Workshops for High School Teachers: QuarkNet High School: Waubonsee College  
September, 2019
TRC Give-Away for Administrators,Media Specialists,Teachers
 Description: Back by popular (and space) demands! Those of you who use the wealth of PreK-12 math, science and technology resources in the Fermilab TRC know how fast we grow and how quickly resources exceed our space. We keep on top by weeding materials such as educational software that is no longer available or old editions of curriculum. We know that creative, innovative educators may find a use for these materials. Come and see what's available before it's out the door. One day only. Due to the extent of materials available we are not able to detail all that is offered. Come and see. Event is free, but registration is required!
To register online use the link "Register Online" in the Scheduled Sessions below..
 Time: 9:30 AM-11:00 AM
 Location: Lederman Science Center
 Grades: K-12
 Fee: $0
 Registration Deadline: 09/23/2019
June, 2020
Summer Secondary Physics Institute - Modern Physics, NGSS, and Fermilab 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 Next Generation Science Standards through effective pedagogy and laboratory experiences. Laboratory experiences will include work with both traditional equipment, computer-based data-taking devices, and several make and takes for use in your physics classes! Participants will tour selected Fermilab sites and participate in discussions with Fermilab physicists and engineers.

Click here to register online for our workshops.

Graduate credit is available through the University of St. Francis. More information about graduate credit is available here.

Click here to register for graduate credit only. It is highly recommended to register for graduate credit prior to the first day of the workshop. A direct registration link will be provided closer to the date of the workshop.

 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
  
Summer Secondary Physics Institute - Engineering Applications 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.

This institute offers physics content and laboratory experiments with and emphasis on the Next Generation Science Standards Engineering components.

The workshop is a blend of discussion, hands-on, laboratory-based experiences, and "make and take" equipment for your own classroom. Teachers will develop and enhance their knowledge and understanding of engineering applications for high school physics content, explore and refine classroom pedagogy and laboratory techniques, and synthesize the knowledge and experiences described above in a way that will allow the student to use engineering applications effectively in their setting.

Instructors will lead discussions and explorations designed to address curriculum connections, potential misconceptions, safety issues, and other topics of participant interest. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to tour selected Fermilab sites and engage in discussions with Fermilab physicists and engineers.

Click here to register online for our workshops.

Graduate credit is available through the University of St. Francis. More information about graduate credit is available here.

Click here to register for graduate credit only. It is highly recommended to register for graduate credit prior to the first day of the workshop. A direct registration link will be provided closer to the date of the workshop.

 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
  
Summer Secondary Chemistry 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 Chemistry Institute will provide participants with the opportunity to align their chemistry instruction with the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards. Master teachers will lead discussion and activities designed to engage students in the crosscutting concepts and science & engineering practices of the NGSS in order to teach high school chemistry content. Each teacher will leave the workshop with two, NGSS aligned, chemistry units of instruction.

Click here to register online for our workshops.

Graduate credit is available through the University of St. Francis. More information about graduate credit is available here.

Click here to register for graduate credit only. It is highly recommended to register for graduate credit prior to the first day of the workshop. A direct link will be provided closer to the date of the workshop.

 Time: 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
 Location: TBD
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $400
 Graduate credit: 2 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 30 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. 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 the NRC’s Framework for K-12 Science Education.

Participant needs will be addressed. Participants will receive and add to a Strategy/Curriculum Notebook. Teachers may bring their students for field studies of Fermilab's prairie, pond and woods.

Click here to register online for our workshops.

Graduate credit is available through the University of St. Francis. More information about graduate credit is available here.

Click here to register for graduate credit only. It is highly recommended to register for graduate credit prior to the first day of the workshop. A direct registration link will be provided closer to the workshop date.

 Time: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
 Location: Glenbard West High School
 Grades: 9-12
 Fee: $400
 Graduate credit: 3 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 37.5 PDHs
  
July, 2020
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 provides students with the opportunity to experience authentic science by using scientific practices and crosscutting concepts from the Next Generation Science Standards. 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
  
Phriendly Physics Teacher Workshops Grades K-2 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.

Align your K–2 physical science instruction to the Next Generation Science Standards. Topics will focus on force and motion, light and color, and structure and properties of matter. Participant needs will also be addressed. Learn how to use anchoring phenomenon throughout your unit while incorporating the science and engineering practices into your classroom. Discussion will also focus on the importance of storylining and using literacy to link your science instruction.

Participants will have the opportunity to tour Fermilab and ask scientists and engineers your questions. By participating in our workshop you will be able to bring your students on free field trips to the lab!

 Time: 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
 Location: Lederman Science Center
 Grades: K-2
 Fee: $110
 Graduate credit: 1 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 15 PDHs
  
Phriendly Physics Teacher Workshops Grades 3-5 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.

Align your 3–5 physical science instruction to the Next Generation Science Standards. Topics will focus on force and motion, electricity and magnetism, light and color, and structure and properties of matter. Participant needs will also be addressed. Learn how to use anchoring phenomenon throughout your unit while incorporating the science and engineering practices into your classroom. Discussion will also focus on the importance of storylining and using literacy to link your science instruction.

Participants will have the opportunity to tour Fermilab and ask scientists and engineers your questions. By participating in our workshop you will be able to bring your students on free field trips to the lab!

 Time: 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
 Location: Lederman Science Center
 Grades: 3-5
 Fee: $175
 Graduate credit: 2 semester hours can be arranged.
 ISBE recertification: 22 PDHs
  
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