This section of the ICSS website will contain resources for Illinois Social Studies Teachers. Please send any additions to: David McMullen ( or Frederick C Isele (

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: Her phone number is (312) 692-3165.

Please visit the Education Educator Professional Development Workshops on demand to find information about workshops at Shedd Aquarium.

Workshops on Demand are designed for up to 25 educators, cost is $250 and includes C&I materials. To register, download the registration form 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:

Contact educators for more information on workshops via e-mail at

Visit the Field Museum Educator Workshops to read more about current workshops for teachers.

General Info: (312) 922-9410
Schools: (312) 665-7500
Special Events: (312) 665-7600

Adler Planetarium in Chicago

Contact  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 by the Art Institute of Chicago.

Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Contact Pam Barry ( at (773) 753-1393 to set up teacher workshops.

Visit the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago Workshops to get information about teacher workshops.

MSI accepts applications for professional development/teacher workshop programs until Mid-September. The programs are held from Sept-May

Contact Info:
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, or Julie Wozniak at 708-688-8367 or

Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago

Contact Leah Melber, director of student and teacher programs, at 312-742-2064. Her e-mail address is:

Follow link below to find out more about Educator Programs at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Call (312) 742-2056 or email to learn more about workshops.

Bronzeville Children’s Museum in Chicago

(773) 721-9301 or 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

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

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 DAYSEMINARS: 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, 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

Please contact Dean and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Dean Bell at 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 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 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

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 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


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

Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview, IL

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. or


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:

McLean County Museum

Contact the Museum Education Department at 309-827-0428, or by email at, 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, (312) 355.5301, 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 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:

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

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.

Tel: 630.833.1616

General Information:

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.
  • Illinois Old Capitol State Historic Site: no workshops listed. 217-785-9363
  • Illinois Railway Museum: no workshops available.
  • Batavia Depot Museum- no phone number listed. Contact form located here:  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.
  • Discovery Depot Children’s Museum- (309) 344.8876
  • National Veterans Art Museum-no teacher or student workshops referenced. Dan FitzGerald - Programming Coordinator,
  • Quad City Botanical Center: no information about teacher workshops or specific contact given. Education Director Gary Koeller 309-794-0991 ext 25; Education Coordinator Megan Crandall Cooper 309-794-0991 ext 32
  • Donley’s Wild West Town-not the type of location to hold teacher workshops. 815-923-9000 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, for assistance.  

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Ann Arbor

Contact: Lauren Talalay, (734) 647-0441, Associate Director & Curator for Academic Outreach and Exhibits

University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor

Contact the education department at (734) 647.-522 or 


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.