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Science Teaching Network


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Summer 2017 Teacher Professional Development

We are looking for collaborative teams of Chicago Public School teachers in Grade K-1 and 4-5 that are interested in implementing an NGSS-aligned curriculum. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s Science Teaching Network (STN) is a grant-funded program focusing on teacher professional development built around best practices in science instruction, including the Next Generation Science Standards and local nature and science topics.

  • Animal Secrets

     (Grades K-1)
     August 8-11 or August 15-18, 2017

    What can humans learn by studying how living things survive throughout the seasons? Explore how Midwestern plants and animals adjust to seasonal changes.

  • Chicago’s Nature Network

     (Grades 4-5)
     July 25-28, 2017

    How do plants and animals interact with their environment? Learn how living things around Chicago are connected with each other and the environment.

Professional Development Highlights

  • Receive up to $150 stipend and 32 professional development clock hours.
  • Receive a nine lesson unit with all curriculum and implementation materials provided
  • Take a free field trip to the Nature Museum with a full bus reimbursement.
  • Observe one Nature Museum Educator-taught lesson in your classroom
  • Attend the Summer Institute (3 ½ days) at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to explore an NGSS-aligned curriculum and make connections to local ecosystems.
  • Attend two fall reconvene workshops to support curriculum implementation (Saturday, Sept 23 and Saturday, Oct 28).

Please click the button below to fill out the application.

2017 Science Teaching Network Application     Science Teaching Network 2017 Flyer

The priority application deadline is June 1st. If you have any questions, please e-mail

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