Welcome to the 
Middle Grade Science (MGS) 

Teacher Resource Page!


Upcoming Events & Announcements

1. SEPUP Level I PD will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015.  Register here.  Details below in GREEN.

2. SEPUP Level II PD will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015.  Registration will be posted on or around April 1st.  Details below in BLUE.
3. K-5 Science PD - save the dates for 2014-2015!  Qtr 4: March 28.  CLICK HERE for further details and registration.  Print a flier!
4. 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)


NEXT PD is March 28, 2014
IAES - Unit F, "Earth in Space"

IALS - Unit C, "Cell Bio and Disease"

IAPS - Unit E, "Force and Motion"

*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.

Note:  Due to the cancellation of February 19 PD, the following topics previously scheduled for March 28 will be covered on May 16:

IAES - Unit G, "Exploring the Solar System"
IALS - Unit D, "Genetics"
IAPS - Unit F, "Waves"

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
Bring back evidence of your students engaging in one of the practices. This could be a physical artifact, copies of something from their journals, an anecdote... we want to know what's working well and what challenges you're having with engaging students in the 8 Science & Engineering Practices (SEPs) of the NGSS while using SEPUP.

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

Where: Loyola University (map), Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Room 123/124

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

Sign-in: Institute of Environmental Sustainability - 6349 N Kenmore Ave (#38 on this map) - Room 123/124

Please remember to bring your student book, journal from Level I if you have it, and teacher's guide if you can.

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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