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STEM Teacher Professional Development

K-12 Teacher Exclusive Events and Opportunities

On occasion, we have events and opportunities which are only open to our local educators. These include special meet-and-greets with speakers, participation in our STEM think tank, professional development opportunities (see more information below), and our back-to-school teacher reception. Please see below for further details or reach out to our STEM Outreach Coordinator with questions. 

Professional Development Opportunities

This year we are excited to offer professional development workshops for both high school (9th-12th grade) educators and middle school (5th-8th grade) educators. Details about each of the workshops, along with registration information, can be found below. All workshops are free as part of the Perkins grant and are geared toward practicing educators within College of DuPage District 502. Registration for each workshop is limited to the first 24 participants. Those who complete the registration form after all available slots have filled will be added to the waiting list. If you already registered, please plan to arrive no later than 8:15 a.m. to allow adequate time to find parking. Building and Parking maps can be found here.

High School STEM Professional Development

Hands-On Modeling in the STEM Classroom
Friday, February 7, 2020
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Institutional Resource Center (IRC), Room 1020
6.0 CPDH
9th - 12th grade teachers

This workshop is FULL. Please contact the STEM Outreach Coordinator to be added to the waiting list.

Hands-on investigations with simple, concrete objects can help students of all ages make observations, identify patterns, and use those patterns to build mathematical and scientific models. In this workshop, participants will experience several hands-on investigations that help students and teachers experience classroom concepts in new ways in order to develop a deeper understanding. Then, participants will collaborate to design similar investigations that follow the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) approach for their classrooms.


Middle School STEM Professional Development

Escape Games for your Classroom
Friday, February 28, 2020
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Institutional Resource Center (IRC), Room 1020
6.0 CPDH
5th - 8th grade teachers

This workshop is FULL. Please contact the STEM Outreach Coordinator to be added to the waitlist.

Join us for the DuPage County Teacher Institute Training Day where we will explore how to bring the excitement of escape games into your classroom. In recent years, escape rooms have become a popular form of entertainment, as friends, colleagues and groups of strangers attempt to solve a series of puzzles that will eventually allow them to unlock the door and escape the room before time runs out. In order to be successful, teams have to use teamwork, communication, creative problem-solving, perseverance, critical thinking, observation, and analysis – all of the characteristics that teachers want to develop in students!

In this workshop, you will learn how to increase rigor and transform your classroom culture by incorporating escape games into your classroom. You will begin by exploring several examples of STEM-focused classroom escape games, designed for a variety of grade levels. Then, you will learn best practices for implementing classroom escape games in a way that aligns with research-based instructional practices and ensures that your students will get the most they can from the experience. Finally, you will have a chance to get creative, brainstorm with other workshop participants, and design your very own escape game puzzle to take back to your classroom! 


This event is funded pursuant to a grant from the Illinois Community College Board and funded partially through the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).

Contact Information

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-3210

STEM Outreach Coordinator
Institutional Resource Center (IRC), Room 1062, (630) 942-3021

For College of DuPage Admissions inquiries, call (630) 942-2626 or email