University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professional Development

As part of Project NEURON, we offer a number of different professional development opportunities for educators. Our opportunities range from sessions at national conferences to more intensive week-long workshops at the University of Illinois. 

NGSS Posters

Because of high demand from teachers, we're providing a set of three posters that highlight the three NGSS strands: Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and the Disciplinary Core Ideas. Print and laminate the posters...take a photo of them in your classroom and send it to us! Each poster is 24" by 36" (61 cm by 91.5 cm).

teachers interacting with each other

Conference Workshops

Project NEURON frequently holds short (hour long) workshops at national professional development conferences such as those for the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) and the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). These workshops typically include hands-on experience with selected activities, samples of our free materials, and discussions on integrating our lessons into exisitng curricula and education standards. Our sessions are open to anyone attending the conferences, so if you'd like a taste of Project NEURON lessons, be sure to visit us! You can view a list of upcoming sessions we have planned and access materials from past workshops.

Workshop Presentation Materials (2014)

Our workshops are now over for summer 2014. Below you can access presentations and materials from this year's workshops.

"How do small things make a big difference?" Workshop for Science Teachers (Westchester, IL - July 2014)

Summer NEURON Teachers' Institute (NTI)

We are not offering the NTI for the summer of 2015. However, if you would like to know about other professional development opportunities, please contact Barbara Hug through the website contact form.

In the past and possibly in the future, we have offered a series of week-long summer NTI workshops that address core neuroscience and biology concepts in the National Science Education Standards and the new Framework for K-12 Science Education. A core group of Project NEURON teachers pilot our materials in their classrooms and generate essential feedback that we use to inform revisions of our curriculum materials as well as ideas for new materials. These teachers receive a stipend, CPDUs, free materials and resources, and a strong support community for their participation.

Saturday Institutes

During the school year, lead teachers come to the University of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana for four Saturday Institutes where attendees share their enactment experiences, discuss revisions, and continue to develop community. These sessions are for a core set of teachers who are piloting our draft materials.