The Great Lakes Science badging program is an inspiring and engaging professional development opportunity for educators!
This online program allows you to work at your own pace as you accomplish “missions” (activities) related to Great Lakes environmental literacy, science literacy and 21st-century skills. Teachers are awarded digital badges for their missions and skill building, which can be displayed on resumes and social networks.
There are three ways to participate in this program:
Continuous Learning: this track allows you to participate for free and at your own pace without time restrictions. Upon completion you will receive a letter that can be shared with your school administration.
Clock Hours: Illinois teachers registered for this track will receive 20 Clock Hours upon completion as well as a letter that can be shared with your school administration. The program must be completed within one year of your registered start date. Program fee: $10.
Teachers, interested in participating in a Harvard research study on science teacher professional development? If so, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details. The study asks you to complete a pre and post survey (about 15-20 minutes each). The results will help to inform and continuously improve PD experiences for science teachers. For participating and completing the study, you will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
Graduate Credit: Shedd Aquarium has partnered with National Louis University to bring students participating in the Great Lakes Badging experience an opportunity to earn one semester hour of graduate credit. To receive credit, students must complete their badging requirements during an NLU academic term. Please refer to NLU’s academic calendar for term start and end dates. Summer 2016: June 27 - September 4. Tuition is $148 per semester hour. For more information, visit National Louis’ Center for Professional Development or call 847-947-5247.
Eligible states for NLU graduate credit.
This program is open to in-service and pre-service teachers.