This section of the ICSS website will contain resources for Illinois Social Studies Teachers. Please send any additions to: David McMullen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Frederick C Isele (FC-Isele@wiu.edu).
Thanks to Dr. Frederick C. Isele for information about the following social studies sites.
Shedd Aquarium in Chicago:
Education coordinator and contact for setting up workshops: Jackie Formoso (out of office when called) Her e-mail address is: email@example.com. Her phone number is (312) 692-3165.
Follow website path below to find information about workshops at Shedd Aquarium.
Shedd.org àEducationàEducator Professional Developmentà Workshops on demand
Workshops on Demand are designed for up to 25 educators, cost is $250 and includes C&I materials. To register, download the registration form at this page (http://www.sheddaquarium.org/teacherprogram_listings.html) and fax it to 312-663-1472. Reservations must be made three weeks before the date requested.
Field Museum in Chicago:
Jessica Hankey (school partnerships manager) is the contact to speak to about setting up teacher workshops. I called Special Events at 312-665-7600, was transferred to Education, then transferred to Jessica Hankey who was out of office. Her e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact educators for more information on workshops via e-mail at email@example.com
Follow link below to read more about current workshops for teachers:
Adler Planetarium in Chicago:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 322 0302 to discuss your professional development goals and to start planning your customized experience.
Art Institute of Chicago:
For more information on teacher programs, call (312) 857-7199.
Museum Education Programs (312) 443-3680.
To contact by e-mail, use the contact form provided on the website- link listed below:
Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago:
Contact Pam Barry at 773-753-1393 to set up teacher workshops. Her e-mail address is: Pam.Barry@msichicago.org.
Follow the link below to get information about teacher workshops at MSI
MSI accepts applications for professional development/teacher workshop programs until Mid-September. The programs are held from Sept-May
general information: (773) 684-1414
The Chicago History Museum:
To find out more about workshops, contact Heidi Moisan, school programs manager at 312-799-2152. Heidi develops professional development courses for educators.
You can make reservations for educator programs online at the website listed above.
Lincoln Home in Springfield:
Contact via e-mail using form on website contact page
Visitor Information Phone (217) 391-3226
Visitor information will transfer you to Laura Dundrum, Chief of Interpretation to speak about workshops.
Teacher resources online but no information given about workshops.
Chicago Children’s Museum:
Follow link below for information about professional development
Call Adult programs department to find out more about workshops: (312) 464-7743
Use contact form on website (link above) to find out more about available workshops
Brookfield Zoo outside of Chicago:
Follow the link below to learn more about teacher workshops at Brookfield Zoo.
For questions, contact Lanis Petrik at 708-688-8372 or Lanis.Petrik@czs.org, or Julie Wozniak at 708-688-8367 or Julie.Wozniak@czs.org
Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago:
Contact Leah Melber, director of student and teacher programs, at 312-742-2064. Her e-mail address is: email@example.com.
Follow link below to find out more about Educator Programs at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Call 312-742-2056 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about workshops.
Bronzeville Children’s Museum in Chicago:
(773) 721-9301 to inquire about teacher workshops
email@example.com to inquire about teacher workshops
When calling the number listed above, you will not reach an operator; only a voice recorder.
The National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago:
Throughout the year, our Education Department offers several four-hour workshops focused on the themes and works of art of our temporary exhibitions. Our Saturday Educator Workshops offer a great opportunity for teachers to learn about different elements of Mexican art, history, and culture. Participating teachers (K-12) receive curriculum materials and resources to implement in their classrooms and integrate into their regular curricula.
Workshops are offered on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm at a nominal cost. CPDUs available.
To contact the education department about Saturday workshops, call (312) 738-1503 ext. 3842 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dusable Museum of African American History in Chicago:
Please call Sheila Cotton, Manager of Making History Come Alive through the Arts at 773-420-2742 or email@example.com
Follow the link below to learn more about professional development opportunities at Dusable.
WORKSHOPS: for teachers, parents, students and administrators and community organizations (YMCA, YWCA, BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, ETC.) are planned for your school with the principal, vice principal or program coordinators. The workshops can be scheduled for one to three sessions in any discipline, visual arts, dance, theater or storytelling. Most student workshops are offered for 3 classrooms back to back in one day. Teacher and Parent workshops will be offered either in your school or at the DuSable throughout the year. Each workshop session can be arranged from 45 to 90 minutes.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS AND FULL DAY SEMINARS : our professional development workshops and full day seminars are available throughout the year. Themes include but are not limited to: migration, art and literacy, Bronzeville and special seminars for our changing exhibits and ecology in the Black Diaspora.
Smart Museum of Art in Chicago:
To register for a teacher workshop, e-mail Lisa Davis firstname.lastname@example.org, Manager of Tour and Teacher Initiatives, or call 773.834.1066.
The Smart regularly hosts workshops and other programs for art and other teachers interested in integrating aspects of the Museum into their curriculum. Topics generally include teaching with objects, special exhibition themes, and arts integration.
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago:
Follow link below to find information about current workshops.
Please contact Dean and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Dean Bell at email@example.com for questions and information about workshops at Spertus.
Oriental Institute in Chicago:
Follow the link below to learn more about workshops and courses offered at Oriental Institute in Chicago. The workshops currently listed were geared as courses and others labeled as workshops were not for teachers, but adults in general.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about available courses and workshops. Contact adult education department at (773) 702-9507. No answer at phone number.
Orpheum Children’s Science Museum in Champaign:
Contact Katie@orpheumkids.com to find out more about professional development. Workshops were not listed online and the operator was not available.
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago:
Follow the link below to learn more about teacher workshops at the Nature Museum.
The Nature Museum provides hands-on multidisciplinary workshops and off-site trips that apply toward teacher re-certification, meet Illinois Academic Standards, and are engaging for teachers of all levels! An array of workshops is offered to meet your specific needs. Traditional workshops provide in-depth training, curriculum ideas, tools, and more. Saturday Morning Drop-Ins are a quick and convenient. Plus, we can customize workshops specifically to meet your school's needs. Follow the link above to obtain a registration form and application.
Contact email@example.com for more information or fax questions to 773-549-0607.
Each year, 20 teachers from 10 Chicago public schools are selected through a careful admissions process to participate in Intuit’s award-winning professional development program. Through the program, teachers interested in incorporating the work of self-taught artists into their classrooms receive training in how to use the art to supplement learning in the subjects of English, history, social studies, visual art, music and computer science.
There is no information listed online about application procedures for the professional development program. Interested teachers will need to call 312-243-9088 for current information.
Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences in Peoria:
309-686-7000 ext. 113
No teacher workshops available. Workshops for adult and children visitors but not for teachers.
Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Oak Park, Illinois:
Our professional development workshops use Frank Lloyd Wright’s work as the focus for learning and talking about architecture, history, and social change. Learn architectural terms, read a building, ask the questions that get your students excited about architecture. We can provide half-day, full-day, or multi-day sessions. Participants can earn CPDUs. Call the Education Department at 708.725.3829 for fee structure. Recommended for K-8 teachers.
Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois:
Follow the link below to find more information about teacher workshops at the Morton Arboretum.
Early American Museum/Champaign County Forest Preserve District:
This museum has been renamed: The Museum of the Grand Prairie
The Museum and Education Department offers content-based workshops for Continuing Professional Development Unit (CPDU) credit. Please let us know if you are interested in such a workshop and/or would like to be included on our CPDU mailing list. For more information, contact Stacey Clementz at (217) 896-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview, IL:
Follow the link below to learn more about professional development opportunities/workshops at the Kohl Children’s Museum.
Kohl Children’s Museum’s professional development program is designed for teachers, caregivers, parents, and other adults who interact with children ages birth through 8. These are offered both on-site and at the Museum.Each in-service topic is aligned with the Illinois State Learning Standards and NAEYC Early Learning Standards. All involve hands-on exploration and small and whole group discussion.Continuing education credit is available.
Contact the Kohl Children’s Museum Education Department at (847) 832‑6871 for fees and further information regarding Professional Development Training Topics or to customize one of your own.
Garfield Farm Museum
The Garfield Farm Museum does not list specific workshops catered to teachers but that webpage listed below gives a list of current and upcoming seminars and workshops, some of which could be used by a teacher to enhance their lesson plans.
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie/Illinois Department of Natural Resources:
CPDU workshops for teachers, listed at page offered below:
IDNR created the Illinois Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education (ENTICE)
Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, Illinois:
Contact Cahokia at the number and e-mail address below to find out more information about workshops. The Cahokia Mounds website did not give indication that workshops are held at any point in the year.
Chicago Architecture Foundation:
Follow the link below to access information about teacher workshops at the Chicago Architecture Foundation:
Contact Jean Linsner, Vice President of Youth Education, for more information about teacher workshops.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum:
The Aurora Regional Fire Museum provides educational programs for all ages and occasions. Programs last approximately 45 to 60 minutes depending on audience
and age group and can be scheduled weekdays (Tuesday through Friday), and on some select evenings and weekends.
For more information contact Deborah Davis at: (630) 892-1572 ext. 0
or via email: email@example.com.
McLean County Museum:
Contact the Museum Education Department at 309-827-0428, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Museum Staff will work with you to create customized resources or experiences that meet your educational needs.
Jane Adams Hull House Museum:
Contact Lisa Junkin | Education Coordinator for information about future teacher workshop opportunities.
David Davis Mansion State Historic Site:
For additional information, contact Site Manager, (309) 828-1084. No e-mail address provided.
Information on educational programs can be found at the link listed below, though there is no mention of professional development or workshops for teachers.
Please contact the education department at email@example.com or 312.915.7604.
Loyola University Museum of Art:
Follow the link below to learn more about teacher programs at LUMA, though there are no teacher workshops referenced.
Follow the link below to learn more about adult outreach programs.
Museum of Broadcast Communications:
No educational programs listed but teacher inquiries are accepted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Yenkin is the Archives Clerk on staff.
Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago:
Teacher workshops: Designed to draw connections between school curricula and the museum’s exhibitions and collection, workshops provide teachers with tools to integrate contemporary art and the creative process into their teaching practice.
MCA teacher programs are free for Illinois teachers. Participants receive CPDUs. Vouchers for free parking in the MCA garage are provided pending availability. Public transportation is recommended.
For more information, please call 312.397.3840, or email@example.com.
Visit the webpage for teacher workshops at the link listed below.
Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, IL:
Follow the link below to find out more on resources for teachers, though no reference to teacher workshops listed.
Contact (309) 799-3482 Ext. 222 for more information about Education Programs.
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art:
No information for teacher workshops given, but the link below provides information about teacher resources.
General Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Lizzadro: Executive Director
Dorothy Asher: Museum Director
Museum Education Services:
Illinois Locations List Below: no information found yet about teacher workshops available.
DuPage Children’s Museum- no teacher workshops referenced.
Chicago Cultural Center- no teacher workshops referenced.
McCormick Bridgehouse@ Chicago River Museum- no teacher workshops referenced.
Museum of Contemporary Photography- no teacher workshops referenced.
Museum of Surgical Science -no teacher workshops referenced.
Batavia Historical Society-no teacher workshops available.
Fox River Trolley Museum- no teacher workshops referenced.
Monticello Railway Museum-no teacher workshops listed or referenced.
Polish Museum of America- no teacher workshops referenced.
Cahokia Mounds- no teacher workshops referenced.
Children’s Discovery Museum in Normal, IL- no teacher workshops listed or referenced.
Scovill Zoo- no teacher workshops referenced.
Wildlife Prairie State Park- no teacher workshops referenced.
Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford: so far all I can tell is that they only provide student workshops; none for teachers.
Naper Settlement—no teacher workshops referenced. 630-420-6010
Chanute Air Museum- no teacher workshops referenced 217-893-1613
Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site-no teacher workshops referenced
Glessner House Museum-no educational opportunities referenced. 312.326.1480
Black Hawk State Historic Site: 309-788-9536 for information. No workshops referenced.
ISM Dickson Mounds: 309-547-3721
Farnsworth House: no information about workshops. This facility is not set up for workshops, seminars, etc.
Tinker Swiss Cottage: no workshops available (only summer day camps). (815) 964-2424
Illinois State Museum: no workshops available
Midwest Museum of Natural History: Ph: 815.895.9777 no information for workshops listed. Need to contact to make sure. http://www.mmnh.org/contact.html
Illinois Old Capitol State Historic Site: no workshops listed. Oldstatecapitol.org 217-785-9363
Illinois Railway Museum: no workshops available.
Batavia Depot Museum- no phone number listed. Contact form located here: http://www.bataviahistoricalsociety.org/ask_us.htm allow 2-4 weeks for response. No workshops referenced.
Elmhurst Art Museum-no information about workshops for children or teachers; no education department. No contact page. http://www.elmhurstartmuseum.org/adult.html?layout=default
Discovery Depot Children’s Museum- (309) 344.8876 email@example.com
National Veterans Art Museum-no teacher or student workshops referenced. Dan FitzGerald - Programming Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Quad City Botanical Center: no information about teacher workshops or specific contact given. http://www.qcgardens.com/Education.html Education Director Gary Koeller 309-794-0991 ext 25 email@example.com; Education Coordinator Megan Crandall Cooper 309-794-0991 ext 32 firstname.lastname@example.org
Donley’s Wild West Town-not the type of location to hold teacher workshops. 815-923-9000 http://www.wildwesttown.com/ contact form to e-mail the wild west town on webpage listed above.
Hauberg Indian Museum- 309-788-9536
The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn:
Contact Paula Gangopadhyay, Director of Education, at 313.982.6001.
Follow the link below to learn more about professional development workshops for teachers:
Exhibit Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor:
Contact Education Director Kira Berman 734-647-8574, email@example.com for assistance.
Kelsey Museum of Archaelogy in Ann Arbor:
Lauren Talalay, Associate Director & Curator for Academic Outreach and Exhibits
University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor:
Contact the education department at
Des Moines Art Center:
Follow the link below to learn more about adult workshops available. There are no teacher workshops listed, though, only courses like ceramics, photography, etc.
Molly Moser, Studio Programs Assistant
via studioartclasses@desmoinesartcenter or 515.271.0306.