for North, West, and South Cook Educators
Annually school districts who enroll a student receiving services under the McKinney-Vento Act are encouraged to complete and submit a Common Form (83-04L) to the local Intermediate Service Center. This forms can be submitted to a central collection email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your cooperation and for all that you do for our at-risk, homeless youth.
Download: Common Core Form (83-04L)
1. Illinois Prairies Coloring Poster
The Illinois Prairies Coloring Poster from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) Division of Education has been reprinted. It may be ordered at http://dnr.state.il.us/teachkids.
2. New Poster from the IDNR and Illinois Audubon Society
Illinois Birds: Volume II, Wood-warblers is the second poster produced as a cooperative effort between the IDNR Division of Education and the Illinois Audubon Society. This 24” x 36” poster has photographs of all the wood-warblers known to nest in the state as well as information about each species. Available now, you can order the poster at http://dnr.state.il.us/teachkids.
3. Looking for Field Trip Funding?
The IDNR Division of Education in cooperation with the Illinois Conservation Foundation offers Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants for teachers in Illinois. Grants are to be used to take students on a field trip to study the natural resources of the state. For complete details, visit http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/grants.htm. The maximum grant award per teacher is $500. The application deadline is January 31, 2012. Funding is provided by the Independence Tube Corporation of Chicago and the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation of Skokie.
4. Earth Day in the Parks
Get ready to complete your application for the 2012 Earth Day in the Parks program from the IDNR Division of Education! Applications will be accepted from January 1-February 28, 2012. Earth Day in the Parks is a natural resources stewardship event for students held at Illinois state parks. Access the complete instructions and application form at http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/EDITPinstruct.htm. Grants from the Illinois Conservation Foundation and Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund help to fund Earth Day in the Parks.
5. Register Now for Upcoming ENTICE Workshops from the IDNR
ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) educator workshops from the IDNR offer background information, hands-on activities, lessons, supplemental resources, Continuing Professional Development Units and the opportunity to work with natural resources professionals. Upcoming workshops are listed below.
- Prying into Prions: Investigating Chronic Wasting Disease (online), January 9-22, 2012
- Tracks, Scats and Habitats, Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook, January 19, 2012
- Illinois’ Urban Wildlife, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, February 11, 2012
- Mammals from Illinois’ Past (online), February 13-26, 2012
- Lake Michigan Fishes (online), March 12-25, 2012
- Illinois Birds, Fermilab, Batavia, March 17, 2012
- Invasive Exotic Plants, Hamilton County High School, McLeansboro, March 31, 2012
- The Sangamon River: A Sense of Place (online), April 16-29, 2012
- The Effects of Climate Change on Illinois Plants, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, April 28, 2012
- The Microscopic World, II: Ecology, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, May 5, 2012
- Illinois Biodiversity Basics, Fermilab, Batavia, May 12, 2012
- Invasive Exotic Plants, Illinois Audubon Society, Springfield, May 19, 2012
- Through the Eyes of a Pollinator, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, June 16, 2012
For more information and to register, visit https://www.enticeworkshops.com.
6. State Parks Magazines
Are you looking for literature to distribute at an event or to provide to the public from your office, school or library? Why not consider the Illinois State Parks Magazine? This free publication is available in cases of 100 copies and shipping on this item is free, too. Visit the Publications page at http://dnr.state.il.us/teachkids and look under the “Park Brochures” tab.
7. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to Offer AGED 500: Illinois Natural Resources for Teachers
AGED 500: Illinois’ Natural Resources for Teachers is a graduate-level course developed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the IDNR. It is designed to provide teachers and other educators with an introduction to the natural heritage of the state as well as assisting them with incorporating the information into their teaching. Registration is now open. The course description and registration information can be accessed at http://oce.illinois.edu/section/53801/120121. Additional information about how to register as a “non-degree seeking” student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign can be found at http://oce.illinois.edu/Registration/SemesterBasedCourses/HowToRegister_NonDegree. Questions may be addressed to Anna Mehl, Online Program Coordinator, at email@example.com or 217-244-7023.
8. University of Illinois Springfield Offering Aquatic Ecology for Teachers Online Graduate-level Course in Spring 2012
The IDNR Division of Education and the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) are offering online courses for graduate credit (4 hours) or Continuing Professional Development Units (60 CPDUs) through the UIS Master of Teacher Leadership program. Designed for teachers and other educators, these courses provide information about Illinois’ natural resources as well as discussions on how to implement the information. For Spring Semester 2012, EDL 591 Introduction to Illinois' Aquatic Ecology for Teachers will be offered. Registration is now open. To be eligible to register, students must contact UIS Admissions at 1-217-206-8259. Once students have been admitted to UIS, they may contact Ryan Williams at 1-217-206-7516 or www.uis.edu/mtl to receive permission to register for the class.