Science Club Summer Camp is recruiting CPS teachers! This new, practical approach to teacher professional development helps third-grade teachers incorporate scientific thinking and creative investigations across the curriculum.
Science Club Summer Camp, or SC2, is designed to support teachers transitioning to Next Generation Science Standards and the new core CPS science curriculum, and connect teachers with expert CPS educators and real-world scientists at Northwestern University. Participating teachers will receive 40+ hours of science-focused professional development and a stipend for participation.
Over the summer, participating teachers will spend a week on Northwestern’s Chicago campus working with hands-on science modules; dissecting a new CPS science curriculum unit; meeting a range of Northwestern researchers; and learning from expert elementary science and engineering teachers.
Then, for two weeks, the participants will co-lead science sessions at a fun, informal summer camp, with help from CPS master teachers, Northwestern scientists and Boys & Girls Club staff.
This supported, practical staging-ground will hone participants’ science skills and confidence working with eager, age-appropriate learners and contribute to free, fun summer activities for Chicago youth.
After the summer practicum, in-school support visits and team meetings will strengthen integration back in the classroom.
The first cohort of teachers will start the program in spring 2016. Third-grad teachers from Chicago Public Schools are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to pairs of teachers applying from the same school.
Interested teachers can find out more and access the application form through the dedicated Science Club Summer Camp website. Applications close March 1, 2016.
This new professional development program is funded for five years through a $1.2m National Institute for Health (NIH) Science Education Partnerships Award. It is spearheaded by Science in Society, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Science and the informal learning and youth development professionals at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.