Welcome to the 
Middle Grade Science (MGS) 

Teacher Resource Page!


Upcoming Events & Announcements

1. The next SEPUP Level I PD will be held Saturday, January 23, 2016.  Registration will be posted soon! Details below in GREEN.

2. The next SEPUP Level II PD will be held Tuesday, January 26, 2016 (please note the new date).  Registration will be available later this year. Details below in BLUE.

3. Interested in learning more about the Lab-Aids "Next Text" option for the SEPUP curriculum?  View a flyer here!  For more information, contact Darin Christianson (darin@lab-aids.com608-320-1750).

Professional Development

 Level I SEPUP PD  

Level I PD is for teachers new to the materials at their grade level.  We will go through each activity in each unit.  Some we will do in quite a bit of depth, some we may only spend a few minutes touching on.  The PD Leaders will also go through with you the various Science and Engineering Practices of the NGSS students will engage in in each activity.  This PD is progressive, each one builds off the previous.  There was a 3 day session in the summer or make-up session in September.  There are then 6 follow-up sessions through the year listed below. Please make sure to bring your student book, journal, and teacher's guide with you each time - if you have them.  If you are unsure if this PD is for you please email Phil Nahlik, pnahlik@luc.edu, with questions.

Save the dates for 2015-2016

September 19, 2015 (Saturday)-Summer Make-up
October 17, 2015 (Saturday)
November 17, 2015 (Tuesday)
January 23, 2016 (Saturday)
February 18, 2016 (Thursday)
March 17, 2016 (Thursday)
April 30, 2016 (Saturday)

Where: Loyola University (map)

Time: 8:30-3:30 (sign-in and a light breakfast will be from 8:00-8:30)

: Please sign-in directly in your PD building!
  • 6th Grade IAES: 
  • 7th Grade IALS: 
  • 8th Grade IAPS: 
Covering on January 23*:
IAES - Unit E: Weather and Atmosphere (Part 2 of 2)

IALS - Unit B: Body Works and NEW! Unit G: Bioengineering

IAPS - Unit D: Energy (Part 2 of 2)

*A 2014-2015 scope and sequence has been posted.  Units have been moved around slightly to better align with the vision of the Next Generation Science Standards, flow of the units, and discussions with the CPS Department of Science.

Notes: Confirmation/Reminder emails will be sent a couple days before.  Check this site for updates and details.

(Directions & Parking: If driving, turn north onto Kenmore Ave. from Sheridan Rd.  Parking is available for $7 in the parking structure [IES is #38, LSB is #24 and parking is P1 on this map] or you may search for street parking for free.)

 Level II SEPUP PD  

It's back!  This is for teachers experienced with the materials at the grade level you are currently teaching - you've taught them for at least 1 full year.  We do not go through each activity individually but instead focus on going deeper in various areas such as assessment, analysis questions, the teacher resource section, literacy strategies, diverse learners, Science and Engineering Practices of the NGSS, etc.  There will also be ample time for teacher-to-teacher discourse as we know this is very valuable and can be a challenge when you are usually the only science teacher in your building!  This PD is progressive because we will be identifying some analysis questions that we will ask all teachers to do and then bring student work in at the next level II PD and take a look at it.  Please make sure to bring your student book, journal, and teacher's guide with you each time.  If you are unsure if this PD is for you please email Phil Nahlik, pnahlik@luc.edu, with questions.

Save the dates for 2015-2016!  
January 26, 2016 (Tuesday)

Where: Loyola University (map)

Time: 8:30-3:30 (sign-in and a light breakfast will be from 8:00-8:30)


Please remember to bring:
  • Teacher's Guide (this can be a hard-copy OR on your laptop) including the Teacher's Resource section/book
  • If you don't have access to your Teacher's Guide, bring a laptop and we will provide it on disc for you
  • Student Book 
  • Journal from Level I

Directions & Parking: 
If driving: the campus address is 1032 W Sheridan. Turn north onto Kenmore Ave. from W. Sheridan Rd.  Parking is available in the P1 parking structure (see map link) for $7.
If taking the CTA:  The Loyola Red Line stop (identified as a blue circle on the map above) is across the street from the Damen Student Center.  For further details click here
Jessica Gayda,
May 19, 2015, 11:34 AM
Jessica Gayda,
Aug 11, 2015, 8:52 AM