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STEM Teacher Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities

This year we are excited to offer VIRTUAL professional development workshops for both high school (9th-12th grade) educators and middle school (5th-8th grade) educators. Details about each of the workshops, along with registration information, can be found below. All workshops are free and are geared toward practicing educators within College of DuPage District 502. Registration for each workshop is limited to the first 24 participants. Those who complete the registration form after all available slots have filled will be added to the waiting list. Details for material pick up as well as virtual webinar access will be provided via email a week prior to the workshop.

VIRTUAL High School STEM Professional Development

"Seeing the Unseen" through Modeling and Logic
Friday, March 19, 2021 -or- Saturday, March 20, 2021
9 a.m. to noon
VIRTUAL and Independent Work
6.0 CPDH
9th – 12th grade STEM teachers

Not all problems can be solved by making direct observations. Sometimes, indirect data must be used to gain information and draw conclusions (i.e. black holes, CT scans, remote sensing to create maps, knowing where to drill for oil before drilling, image processing to sharpen out-of-focus images, etc). These are the "real-world" problems that don't have answers "in the back of the book," so you really have to rely on modeling and logic to understand the problem as much as possible. In this workshop, participants will explore classroom-ready examples of these real-world modeling problem and collaborate to identify others that could be implemented in their classes. This workshop is designed for high school STEM teachers and will be conducted virtually. Any materials needed for the workshop will be available for pick up the week prior, and CPDH credits will be provided following the completion of independent work for this workshop.

REGISTER FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL WORKSHOP

VIRTUAL Middle School STEM Professional Development

Hands-On Modeling in the STEM Classroom
Friday, October 2, 2020 -or- Saturday, October 3, 2020
9 a.m. to noon
VIRTUAL and Independent Work
6.0 CPDH
5th – 8th grade STEM teachers

Hands-on investigations with simple, concrete objects can help students of all ages make observations, identify patterns, and use those patterns to build mathematical and scientific models. In this workshop, participants will experience several hands-on investigations that help students and teachers experience classroom concepts in new ways to develop a deeper understanding. Then, participants will collaborate to design similar investigations that follow the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) approach for their classrooms. This workshop is designed for middle school STEM teachers and will be conducted virtually. Any materials needed for the workshop will be available for pick up the week prior, and CPDH credits will be provided following the completion of independent work for this workshop. 

REGISTER FOR THE MIDDLE SCHOOL WORKSHOP

Contact Information

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-3210

STEM Outreach Coordinator
Institutional Resource Center (IRC), Room 1062, (630) 942-3021

For College of DuPage Admissions inquiries, call (630) 942-2626 or email admissions@cod.edu.