2015-16 Science Teacher Education Courses
MSI's courses target 4th- through 8th-grade educators with limited experience teaching science. You'll attend six daylong sessions throughout the school year. These courses are offered at no cost, and content is aligned with state and national learning standards in science (NGSS). You can receive clock hours in Illinois or CEUs in Indiana and can also earn graduate credit from university partners.
Teachers must apply in pairs, and each teacher must submit a separate application. Applications are due at 10 p.m. on September 11, 2015.
During the 2015-16 school year courses, MSI will conduct an experimental research study about the course’s impact on teachers and their students. The study’s experimental design requires the use of Treatment and Control Groups. After applications are processed, all teachers accepted into the program will be randomly assigned to either the Treatment or Control Group. The Treatment Group will be admitted into the course and will receive course benefits and a $50 cash incentive for participating in the research study.
The Control Group will not be admitted to the course this school year, but will be asked to participate in the research study. Control Group participants will receive: a $50 cash incentive, plus an added $50 gift card to a curriculum materials website; priority admission into an MSI course in summer 2016 or the 2016-17 school year; and one free bus to bring students on a field trip to the Museum.
Both Treatment and Control Group teachers will be asked to take individual online surveys, as well provide take home surveys to their students, at the start and end of the school year. Surveys cover course content as well as questions about science attitudes and demographic backgrounds.
Participation in the research study is required for admittance into the program this school year. All feedback gathered through the study will strictly anonymous and not linked to individuals or schools. A copy of the surveys, plus more information about details of the study, is available in advance by e-mailing msiresearch(at)msichicago.org. This study is pending approval by the Chicago Public Schools Research Review Board.
Support of Lake County teacher outreach is generously provided by Takeda.