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Upcoming Events & Announcements

1. Summer SEPUP Level I PD will be held on (registration is not yet open):

  • 6th grade (IAES): Monday, August 3rd - Wednesday, August 5th, 2015.    
  • 7th grade (IALS): Wednesday, August 5th - Friday, August 7th, 2015.
  • 8th grade (IAPS): Monday, August 3rd - Wednesday, August 5th, 2015.  
  • Email jline@luc.edu with questions. Details below in GREEN.
2. 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).

3. CPS NGSS Science PD dates announced.  Last one April 25.  Check the CPS Knowledge Center (KC) for details and how to register.


Professional Development

 Level I SEPUP PD  Print a flier!

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 Jessica Line, jline@luc.edu, with questions.

Save the dates for 2014-2015!
Thursday, October 9
Saturday, November 15
Thursday, January 22
Thursday, February 19 - CANCELED
Saturday, March 28
Saturday, May 16

Where: Loyola University (map)

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

Sign-in: Please sign-in directly in your PD building!
  • 6th Grade IAES:  Quinlan Life Science Building (1050 W Sheridan Rd), Room 212
  • 7th Grade IALS:  Institute of Environmental Sustainability (6349 N Kenmore Ave), Room 123/124
  • 8th Grade IAPS:  Quinlan Life Science Building (1050 W Sheridan Rd), Room 412
PLEASE NOTE:  The main parking garage will be unavailable due to commencement!  We strongly recommend public transportation, if possible.  You may also find parking in the garages near N. Sheridan and Arthur -- the Loyola Fordham/Granada parking garage ($7; P2 on this map) or the garage across the street at the CVS.
 
Covering*:
IAES - Unit G, "Exploring the Solar System"

IALS - Unit D, "Genetics"

IAPS - Unit F, "Waves"

*An updated 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  Print a flier!

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 Jessica Line, jline@luc.edu, with questions.

12.16.14 HOMEWORK for 4.23.15
Keep working on engaging students in the SEPs.  Think about what you’re doing so they know they are engaging in them.  What evidence do you have that they are engaging in the SEPs?

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

Save the dates for 2014-2015!  
Tuesday, September 23
Tuesday, December 16
Thursday, April 23

Where: Loyola University (map), Damen Student Center, MPR North

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

Sign-in: Damen Student Center, MPR North

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
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Hethyr Tregerman,
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