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Teacher Courses

Gain science content and teaching strategies directly relevant to your classroom curriculum through the Museum’s free science teacher education courses.

Updates for AY 2020-21

We will offer Energy: Transfer and Transformations in Systems, as a virtual experience with a planned start in mid-January. We are working to deliver the same high-quality programming and support to our school partners while following health and safety recommendations from state and local authorities. Following research on virtual professional development sessions, we’ll use weekly, late-afternoon sessions instead of full day virtual experiences. Lessons that are used within the PD are intended to be used with students in a virtual environment, but participants will also be given access to the in-person version of the lessons for support of a return-to-classroom-based teaching. Please email IQST@msichicago.org with questions.

Course Offerings (Grades 3 through 8)

Explore how a deeper understanding of energy transfer and transformation allows us to effectively explain phenomena, predict change, and identify solutions in natural and designed systems. AY 2020-21, Summer 2021.

Explore how a deeper understanding of energy transfer and transformation allows us to effectively explain phenomena, predict change, and identify solutions in natural and designed systems. AY 2020-21, Summer 2021.

Teachers enhance their capacity to integrate Next Generation Science Standards-aligned instruction across grade levels. Summer 2021.

anatomy and life science

All About You

Master unifying themes in life science and relate them to the human body through activities on cells, genetics, organ systems, health and wellness, and evolution. Next session TBA.

Explore and study global and regional ecology and ecosystems concepts, and increase your knowledge of resource management and sustainability issues. Next Session TBA.

Explore how a deeper understanding of energy transfer and transformation allows us to effectively explain phenomena, predict change, and identify solutions in natural and designed systems. AY 2020-21, Summer 2021.

Teachers enhance their capacity to integrate Next Generation Science Standards-aligned instruction across grade levels. Summer 2021.

earth systems science

Great Lakes Rocks

Explore how the Earth is a system of systems interconnected through energy and matter cycling, and learn about our constantly changing world through our Great Lakes perspective. Next session TBA.

space science and engineering

Our Place in Space

Investigate universal laws of force and motion, engage in the engineering design and science inquiry cycles and more. Next session TBA.

Engage with engineering practices and real-world, energy-related problems to gain a deeper understanding of energy flow in systems. AY 2020-21 (Dates TBD).

Our FREE teacher courses help reduce barriers to quality science teaching for all students. Teachers experience phenomenon-based, three-dimensional instruction while engaging in professional reflections and collaboration – all with the support of MSI's dedicated professional educators.

Through active participation in our courses, you will:

  • Build upon your current understanding of scientific knowledge, processes and applications.
  • Refine your current strategies for teaching science based on best practices in science pedagogy.
  • Amplify your attention to teaching behaviors and attitudes that promote equity in learning science.
  • Increase your focus on planning for instruction that engages students in science and engineering practices and the application of crosscutting concepts to deepen their understanding of disciplinary core ideas.
  • Normalize your engagement in continuous self-reflection about your practice to strengthen your science teaching capacity.

Courses target 3rd- through 8th-grade educators with limited experience teaching science in high-needs schools and are offered at no cost to teachers selected to participate.

During the course, you’ll experience:

  • Continuous support from MSI’s professional educators and fellow participants to enhance professional growth.
  • Phenomenon-based, 3D lessons that can be implemented in your classroom.
  • Professional reflection and collaboration with the intent of increasing your self of self-efficacy in teaching science.

During the course, you’ll receive:

  • Lesson plans, editable print materials, and all of the equipment needed to implement the lessons you experience.
  • Reimbursement for a substitute teacher on session days.
  • ISBE clock hours in Illinois or CEUs in Indiana.
  • Field trip buses for your students to visit MSI.

Applications open in mid-July for academic year courses and early May for summer courses.