Educators' Center of Lake County

New Initiatives

31st Annual Conference on Teaching Mathematics

Southern Illinois University Carbondale will host the 31st Annual Conference on Teaching Mathematics at John A. Logan College (Carterville, IL) on February 18, 2016.  The day will focus on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.  See for more information.

32nd Annual Media and Methods in Art Education Conference


Eastern Illinois University art educators invite you to the 32nd Annual Media and Methods in Art Education Conference on Saturday, March 5, 2016. The 32nd Annual Media and Methods Conference will feature twelve hands-on workshops exploring a variety of art media, art techniques, grade levels, and audiences.  Download descriptions below.  The Conference format allows participants to attend three, one hour and forty-five minute, hands-on workshops — one morning session and two afternoon sessions. All workshops have limited enrollment and we encourage you to register early. In organizing the conference, we try to offer a wide range of workshops incorporating elementary, middle-level and high school media and methods. Content from most workshops can be modified to be appropriate for a particular academic level.

Participants may receive one semester hour of graduate credit or 5.25 CPDHs.

For more information visit the conference website.  Or, click to register.

Download the session descriptions

English Learners Conference at CLC—April 7 - 8, 2016

“Empowering Long-Term English Learners: Implications for Pre-K to College” is the title of an upcoming institute organized by the College of Lake County.  It will begin with a session on Thursday evening which will present strategies and insights into engaging long-term English Learners.  A full day on Friday will be directed by keynote speaker Dr. Kate Kinsella, and will address “Preparing Long-Term English Learners to Construct Competent CCSS-Aligned Responses,”

The cost is $50.Registration closes April 1. There will be no on-site registration.  For more information or to register, visit or contact Dr. Jacinta Thomas at (847) 543-2565 or via email.

“Bullying:  How Schools Can Respond”—Wednesday, October 21, 8 am to 2:30 pm simultaneously in Grayslake and DeKalb


GNHS Voices panel

Visit for more information and to register.

Download the Grayslake schedule

Beyond the Classroom Aquarium

Building on his participation in the Educators’ Center Teaching Enhancement Activities in Math & Science (TEAMS) project in 2005-06, former Waukegan teacher Bob Jakus has a book, Beyond the Classroom Aquarium, available through a print on demand service.  The book includes numerous STEM-related (and fun!)  learning activities that focus on aquatic ecosystems.  More information is available at

Science Outreach Workshop


The Spring 2015 Science Outreach Workshop, co-sponsored by the College of Lake County Science Outreach Program and the University Center of Lake County, was held on Saturday, April 25 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  This free workshop was held in the Earth Science Center (Room A225) on CLC’s Grayslake campus.

“Classroom Activities in Astronomy”
Ms. Marcella Linahan, Carmel High School and Ms. Lynne Zielinski, Yerkes Observatory/National Space Society, NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors shared a few highlights of their trip onboard NASA’s SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) aircraft. They discussed how NASA astronomers use the SOFIA telescope to see beyond the visible light spectrum into infrared and then presented hands-on classroom activities related to infrared light. These classroom activities can be used in any elementary to high school classrooms to help students understand how scientists explore the universe using infrared light and enhance their interests and curiosities in space science.

The Lake County Astronomy Day organized by the Lake County Astronomy Society took place on CLC Grayslake Campus on the same day of our workshop and teachers were encouraged to stay and participate in that event, too.

Spring 2015 Science Outreach Workshop agenda