Teachers are eligible if they meet the criteria below:
* They will be teaching third grade in a CPS neighborhood school for AY 2017-18. At this time we are not accepting applications from teachers in other school districts.
* They work in a school that serves a population with at least 60% free/reduced price lunch.
We anticipate the number of applicants will exceed our 16 teacher capacity per summer. Thus, priority will be given to teachers with the following criteria:
* Teachers who apply in pairs from the same school (we love the buddy system!).
* Teaching in schools within CPS Networks 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 12. Our goal is to support teachers who are not already supported by PD efforts from other universities (DePaul, UIC, Loyola, etc.). However, third grade teachers from all networks are encouraged to apply.
Teachers will be notified if they are selected for the program or are on the waitlist. We definitely won’t leave spots unfilled!
You will be asked to get signed permission from your principal prior to starting in the program. This permission allows us to visit your classroom for observations.
We will send you these forms after you have been selected for the program.
Science Club Summer Camp is designed as an educational research study, to test whether a mentored, practicum-based PD approach leads to stronger learning gains for teachers. It is funded by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health.
All teachers who would like to apply should read our consent form and understand the commitment we are seeking prior to application. This includes:
* Arranging approval from your Principal to participate
* Arranging for our evaluator to visit your classroom in spring 2017 to get an idea of your teaching style and how you use NGSS pedagogical strategies PRIOR to your training with us. We will also visit your classroom in spring 2018 to learn how your teaching approach changed as a result of the program.
* Completing two web-based surveys per year, and one phone or live interview
You can email Dr. Michael Kennedy, Director of Science in Society at Northwestern University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-467-3593.