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2019 Life Science Institute

  • 01 Mar 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center
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  • A day to join experts and colleagues as we work to implement NGSS-based science. Lunch is not included with this option. No fee for the institute.
  • A day to join experts and colleagues as we work to implement NGSS-based science. No fee for the institute. Lunch included for $10 with this option.

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For any and all teachers of life science!  

Come learnthe truth about NGSS implementation from national and international experts!

Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA) presents:

Friday, March 1, 2019

8:30am – 3:00pm

Please RSVP using the registration link below. 

Featuring high impact, high quality professional development from trained science educators and experts with cutting-edge resources from HHMI and ISTA’s 

NGSS Biology Storylining Working Group

General Session Expert Presenter: 

 General Session Expert Presenter: 

Penguin Conservation

Tim Snyder
Curator of Birds, Chicago Zoological Society

With a special appearance by Pepe the Humboldt Penguin!

Breakout sessions will include learning from the experts in NGSS implementation and storylining as well as exposure to models of coherent storyline units that have been piloted in elementary, middle and high school classrooms.  

All teachers who attend will receive HHMI classroom materials and ISBE PD credits!  

RSVP today!
Click the "Register" button on left to join your colleagues
Seating is limited!

The only cost is the optional lunch for $10.  

Special thanks to our Program Sponsor HHMI’s Biointeractive

And our host – Chicago Zoological Society

Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, Illinois

Please contact Bob Wolffe with questions about lunch payments if not paying through PayPal --

 ISTA Conference Grant Opportunity

 This fund will provide support to attend the 2018 ISTA Annual Conference (October 19-20)   to teachers in need.

 The following must be fulfilled by September 15, 2018 at 11:59pm:

 - A letter of interest from the applying teacher detailing why conference attendance wouldn't     be possible without this grant (300 words),

 - A statement from the applying teacher explaining how they have worked to improve their   classroom instruction through NGSS implementation (showing examples is a plus) (300   words), and 

 - a letter from your administrator explaining the need for substitute teacher   reimbursement     and their support of the applying teacher to attend the conference.

 Please send all of the above in a single document (MS Word or PDF formats   recommended) to Dr. Bridina Lemmer at  Late   applications will not be accepted.  Funds in the amount of $250 (conference registration   and substitute teacher stipend) will be distributed as reimbursement to the applicant's   school district after they have attended the conference on October 19th and/or October   20th.  

Ronald and Charleen Crean raised two sons, both of whom are teachers.  They were 

always dedicated to the education of young people and found it important to support 

teachers everywhere.  This fund will be used to support science teachers via attendance 

at the annual ISTA Conference.  This aligns with the ISTA mission to provide professional 

support to Illinois teachers so they may provide excellence in science education to Illinois 

students state-wide. 

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