Educators' Center of Lake County

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“Bullying:  How Schools Can Respond”—Wednesday, October 26, 8 am to 2:15 pm simultaneously in Grayslake and DeKalb


The goal of this professional development conference is to inform and educate administrators, teachers, counselors, and staff members about how they can respond to the issue of bullying in their schools. This event is sponsored by the NIU College of Education Office of External & Global Programs, NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming and the University Center of Lake County.

Professional Development Hours for licensed educators and Continuing Education Units will be available upon request for those completing the conference.

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Schedule (subject to change):

8 – 8:40 a.m.

8:40 – 8:45 a.m.

8:45 – 10:15 a.m.
Live in DeKalb – Videoconferencing to Grayslake  
Keynote Address: “Expanding Our Approach to Gender-Based Bullying.” Molly Holmes, Director, NIU Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, with Z Nicolazzo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Adult & Higher Education Program, Faculty Associate, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, NIU. 
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Live in DeKalb – Videoconferencing to Grayslake
Preventing and Addressing Cyberbullying: Resources and Tools” by Christine Malecki, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program, Department of Psychology, NIU, with Michelle Demaray, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, NIU.
12:05 – 1:05 p.m.
Networking Lunch

1:10 – 2:10 p.m.
Live in Grayslake – Videoconferencing to DeKalb
Prevention Strategies: From Evidence-Based Practice to the Lived Experience of Students and Parents” by Andy Duran, Executive Director, LEAD/ SpeakUP! Prevention Coalition with parent Micaiah Robinson and College of Lake County students Aileen Aviles and Jessica Quiroz. Please note: the location of this presentation will be at the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake, IL with a live feed to NIU.

2:10 – 2:15 p.m.

Please call or email LA&S External Programming with any questions at 815-753-5200 or or College of Education External and Global Programs at 815-753-6907 or

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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