A little uncomfortable teaching science?
Unsure about the Next Generation Science Standards?

This program is for you.

Science Club Summer Camp is designed to help third-grade teachers improve their science teaching practice. Learn the three-dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) using authentic CPS core curricula. Integrate science instruction with Common Core math and language arts. Led by CPS master teachers and Northwestern scientists.

How Science Club Summer Camp Works

Our program has two components:
1. An immersive, practicum-based, 3-week summer PD curriculum
2. Academic year implementation, support, reflection, and revision.

Summer: 3 Weeks of Practicum-Based PD

Week 1: Authentic Science and NGSS

The first week of professional development includes workshops and seminars connecting the 3rd-grade science curriculum to the real world. You’ll visit research labs at Northwestern (and meet the really cool scientists working there), dissect one of the new CPS curricular units, and work with elementary science experts to explore NGSS, and what it means for your classroom.

Weeks 2-3: Apply Your Training!

Weeks 2 and 3 of our summer PD are about putting your science learning into practice. You and a fellow teacher will co-lead two weeks of summer summer science camp at a Boys & Girls Club site. Curriculum will be drawn from core CPS curricular units. You’ll implement curricular plans developed in the first week, with “classroom” support from our master teachers and scientists

Summer camp will run half days, Monday-Wednesday. On Thursdays, you’ll return to Northwestern for day-long workshops to review challenges, share ideas, and celebrate successes with your fellow teachers.

Academic Year: Implementation

Classroom Support

Not only will our team help ensure you’ll have access to the curricular supplies you need when you need them, we’ll also provide in-class support for a lesson of your choosing during classroom implementation.

This could be the first lesson, or a lab activity with which you’d like some additional support. It’s totally up to you!

Professional Learning Community Mtgs

There’s no better support than sharing tips & tricks with your fellow teachers. We’ll organize a series of evening meetings with your fellow teachers, led by Science in Society teaching & scientific staff.

PLC meetings will occur in the weeks leading up to, during, and after implementation. You’ll be supported from start to finish.

Interested in a detailed PD summer schedule?

SUMMER 2019 SESSIONS & CURRICULAR TOPICS

SESSION 1:
June 24-July 18, 2019
(July 1-5 off)

Amplify Science: Environments & Survival

SESSION 2:
July 22 – August 8, 2019
Forces & Interactions (NGSS adapted)

* These are planned session dates. Teachers may sign up for one session per summer. Priority will be given to teachers signing up in pairs (two teachers from same school).

PROGRAM LOCATIONS

Week 1: Teachers meet at Northwestern’s Evanston campus (and on Thursdays in weeks 2 & 3)
Location: Chambers Hall, Suite 130, Evanston, IL 60208
Weeks 2 & 3: Teachers will lead summer camp at one of two Boys & Girls Club sites
Locations: Uptown (4835 N Sheridan, Chicago) & Little Village (2950 West 25th Street, Chicago)

FREQUENT QUESTIONS

Remind me again: what is NGSS?
Science is the most difficult subject for me to teach. Is this program for me?
When does the 2019 summer program start?
What is the time commitment for teachers?
This is an educational research study. What does that mean?
How will teachers be selected?
Will I receive a stipend for participating?
Will I receive CPDU credits?
How about classroom teaching supplies – will these be provided?
Remind me again: what is NGSS?

NGSS is an acronym for Next Generation Science Standards, released in 2013. 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.

Chicago Public Schools is in the process of implementing NGSS across all K-12 grades.

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 2019 summer program start?

The 3-week summer program runs twice in summer 2019, with similar pedagogical training grounded in a different NGSS unit

June 24 – July 18 (July 1-5 off), Amplify Environments and Survival
July 22 – August 8, 2019, Forces & Interactions (NGSS adapted)

Sessions will run Monday-Thursday.

What is the time commitment for teachers?

SPRING 2019 (April/May)
A member of our evaluation team will visit your classroom to observe one of your science lessons (~1 hr)

SUMMER 2019
Week 1:
Monday-Thursday: 9am-4pm at Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus (7 hrs/day)

Week 2:
Monday-Wednesday: 1/2 day at the Boys & Girls Club, 1/2 day prep & debrief (7 hrs/day)
Thursday: 9am-4pm at Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus (7 hrs/day)

Week 3:
Monday-Wednesday: 1/2 day at the Boys & Girls Club, 1/2 day prep & debrief (7 hrs/day)
Thursday: 9am-4pm at Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus (7 hrs/day)

ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-20

A member of our teaching staff will visit your school for up to two sessions of your choosing to help with implementation (~1 hr each)

Professional learning communities, comprised of your fellow CPS teachers, and SiS Master Teaching/scientist staff members, will meet approximately twice for pre- and post-implementation discussion, feedback and workshopping over dinner (1.5 hrs each, 3 hrs total).

All together that’s more than 80 hours of hands-on professional development!

For additional details on the evaluation process, please read our teacher consent form.

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

The 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.

Your commitment to participating in this study includes:

* Attending three-weeks of professional development during the summer at the Northwestern University campus and at a Boys & Girls Club site in Chicago. Training sessions run from 9a-4p on Monday through Thursday.

* A commitment to implement one module from the CPS science curriculum in your classroom during the 2019-20 academic year.

* Participation in approximately two PLC meetings during the school year. Meetings will last 60-90 minutes and will take place outside of school hours.

* Participating in classroom observations, interviews and surveys two times during the year, once at the beginning of the program and again at the end. The interviews can be done at the Boys & Girls Clubs or Northwestern University. Surveys can be done online at a time convenient for your schedule. Each evaluation activity will take approximately 30 minutes.

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

* Being audio and/or video recorded during the interviews and PLC meetings to help document your responses.

* The possibility that you may be contacted for follow-up interviews and/or surveys after completion of the training program.

How will teachers be selected?

Teachers must apply via the online application form by March 8, 2019.

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

  • Teachers who are currently teaching 3rd grade or who expect to be teaching 3rd-grade science in a CPS neighborhood school for AY 2019-20. At this time we are not accepting applications from teachers in other school districts.
  • Teachers at schools in Networks 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 12. We especially want to support teachers who are not already supported by PD efforts from other universities (DePaul, UIC, Loyola, etc.). Teachers in networks already receiving university-level PD trainings (2, 3, 7, 9, 11, and 13) are welcome to apply, though.

Preference will be given to teachers who meet the above criteria and 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 2019-20 academic year.

Will I receive CPDU credits?

Yes! Teachers completing the program will complete at least 40 hours of CPDU credits, with an additional CPDUs available for academic professional learning community meetings once the team meeting schedules are defined.

All teachers are responsible for registering and logging their hours according to their own school’s protocol.

How about classroom teaching supplies – will these be provided?

Yes! We will provide kits directly managed by the SC2 project team. Rest assured, you will have the supplies you need, when you need them.

I’M SOLD. WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

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 2019 to get an idea of your teaching style and how you use NGSS pedagogical strategies PRIOR to your training with us
  • Completing two web-based surveys per year, and one phone or live interview

We anticipate the number of applicants will exceed our 16 teacher capacity for summer 2019 (8 teachers for each of sessions 1 and 2). Thus, priority will be given to teachers with the following criteria:

  • Teachers who anticipate they will be teaching science in a CPS neighborhood school for AY 2019-20. At this time we are not accepting applications from teachers in other school districts.
  • Teachers who apply in pairs from the same school. We love the buddy system!

Applications for Summer 2019 are now closed.

Deadline: March 8, 2019

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