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TEACHER PROGRAM

Ready to bring the Next Generation Science Standards to your classroom? Let us help!

Science Club Summer Camp is open to third grade teachers working in Chicago Public Schools. Teachers interested in joining the program must complete the online application form and get written permission from their principal prior to participating.

The program requires three weeks of attendance during the summer as well as attendance at professional learning community meetings during the school year. For more information about eligibility criteria and the application process, see the FAQs below.

Applications are now closed for summer 2019.

YOUTH PROGRAM

Science Club Summer Camp is a FREE 10-week day camp program for elementary youth (ages 7-9) enrolled at the Boys & Girls Clubs in either Uptown or Little Village.

To find out more about Boys  & Girls Clubs and Science Club Summer Camp, contact the Boys & Girls Clubs at:

Pedersen-McCormick Club (Uptown): (773) 271-8400
TrueValue Club (Little Village): (773) 247-0700

Youth interested in joining Science Club Summer Camp should contact the Boys & Girls Clubs.

TEACHER PROGRAM
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the Next Generation Science Standards?
Science is the most difficult subject for me to teach. Is this program for me?
When does the Science Club Summer Camp start?
What is the time commitment for teachers?
How will teachers be selected?
Will I receive a stipend for participating?
Will I receive CPDU credits?
What happens during the school year?
How about classroom teaching supplies – will these be provided?
This is an educational research study. What does that mean?
What is Science in Society?
What are the Next Generation Science Standards?

The Next Generation Science Standards are a new approach to teaching science and engineering in schools. NGSS emphasizes student-driven learning, in which students ask questions and then use hands-on investigations to figure out their own answers. Teachers serve as guides for student learning and are no longer responsible for providing all the answers. It’s up to the students to build their understanding.

The new standards are grounded in the National Academy of Science’s and National Science Teacher Association’s Framework for K–12 Science Education, which strives for science proficiency for all students.

The standards were released in 2013 and officially adopted in Illinois in 2014. Chicago Public Schools will be implementing NGSS across all K-12 grades in Fall 2016.

Science is the most difficult subject for me to teach. Is this program for me?

Absolutely yes! Rest assured, you are not alone. Our goal is to help ALL teachers and ALL students understand science concepts and scientific ways of thinking.

When does the Science Club Summer Camp start?

One session will be offered in summer 2019:

Session 1: June 25-July 19, 2018 (July 2-5 off), Amplify Science: Environments and Survival (3rd grade life science)

What is the time commitment for teachers?

Science Club Summer Camp includes three weeks of instruction during the summer plus attendance at 2-4 professional learning community meetings during the school year. Here’s how the schedule breaks down:

Week 1
Monday – Thursday from 9am – 4pm
Location: Northwestern University Evanston Campus, Evanston, IL

Weeks 2 and 3
Monday – Wednesday from either 9am – 12:30pm or 12:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

Thursday from 9am – 4pm
Location: Northwestern University Evanston Campus, Evanston, IL

Approximately 2 PLC meetings will take place during the school year. They will last 60 – 90 minutes each and will be scheduled after school hours.

Teachers are also required to participate in program evaluation activities. More information about the evaluation can be found in this FAQ.

How will teachers be selected?

Teachers must apply via the online application form.

Priority will be given to teachers who meet the following selection criteria:

* Teachers who are currently teaching 3rd-grade science in a CPS neighborhood school and expect to be teaching 3rd grade next academic year (AY 2019-20). At this time we are not accepting applications from teachers in other school districts.

* Preference will be given to teachers who apply in pairs from the same school (developing new skills is a great time to employ the buddy system!).

Will I receive a stipend for participating?

Yes. All teachers who complete the training program will receive a total stipend of $2,000. This will be paid in two installments:  $1,250 upon completion of the summer program and an additional $750 at the completion of the professional learning community sessions during the academic year.

Will I receive CPDU credits?

Yes! Teachers completing the full program will receive up to 45 hours of CPDU credits. All teachers are responsible for registering and logging their hours according to their own school’s protocol.

What happens during the school year?

After completion of the three-week Science Club Summer Camp program, teachers will be expected to implement one of the CPS third grade science curriculum modules. Not to worry- we will teaching you about the curriculum and how to use an NGSS teaching approach.

You will receive support in bringing this new curriculum to your classroom. We will visit your classroom for two of the lessons of your choosing and will be meeting regularly as a professional learning community to share what worked, what didn’t work, and how to adapt the curriculum for your classroom.

How about classroom teaching supplies – will these be provided?

Yes! Kits will be loaned out through the SC2 project team. Rest assured, you will have the supplies you need, when you need them.

This is an educational research study. What does that mean?

This research study addresses the broad need for improved teacher professional development around Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It will determine to what degree a practicum-based teacher professional development program changes elementary school teachers’ understanding of NGSS, their attitudes towards science teaching, and science instruction in their classrooms.

Teachers in Science Club Summer Camp will be asked to complete the following evaluation-related activities:

* Classroom Observations – a Science Club Summer Camp staff member or evaluator will visit your classroom in spring 2018 to observe one of your science lessons. This will serve as a pre-assessment. Another classroom observation will be completed in spring 2019 as a post-assessment. We hope to understand how your teaching practice changes as a result of your participation in the program.

* Surveys and Interviews – Surveys and interviews will be done at the beginning and end of the program. Surveys will be completed online and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Interviews will be scheduled a time convenient to you and will take about 20-30 minutes. The surveys and interviews will help us understand your knowledge and beliefs about inquiry-based science instruction and the Next Generation Science Standards.

* Journaling – Participating in self-reflection and journaling activities every week throughout the summer training sessions and for the PLC meetings.

Participation in the program means that you may be audio and/or video recorded during the interviews and PLC meetings to help document your responses. There is also the possibility that you may be contacted for follow-up interviews and/or surveys after completion of the training program.

All teachers are required to sign a consent form before acceptance to the program. For additional details on the evaluation process, please read our teacher consent form.

If you have any questions about the research study, please contact Dr. Michael Kennedy at m-kennedy@northwestern.edu or 847-467- 3593.

What is Science in Society?

Science in Society is a science education research center at Northwestern University. We run a number of high quality K-12 programs for underserved youth in the Chicago area.

Science in Society developed Science Club Summer Camp in collaboration with Chicago Public Schools and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. We serve as the lead on the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grant from the National Institutes of Health.

More information about Science in Society can be found at sis.northwestern.edu.

Teacher applications for the Summer of 2019 are now closed.

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