Shimer College

Courses for Teachers


Raising Questions:
Teaching STEM and Society

A Free Summer Workshop For High School Teachers

Friday, July 24, 10am - 4pm
Shimer College

Register Here by July 22

This free one-day workshop for certified high school teachers, sponsored by the IIT Global Scholars Program, will introduce materials and methods for engaging students in cross-disciplinary questions that relate STEM subjects to issues in humanities and social studies. The workshop is aligned with CPS Framework for Teaching (see below).

High school teachers will be given first-hand experience at using discussion-based pedagogy, primary source texts, and creative, interdisciplinary questioning to motivate learning. Participants will participate in sample discussion classes using historical texts that cover topics including the nature of learning, the social aspects of changing technologies, the creation of artificial life, and the design and applications of nuclear fission in peace and war. Participating teachers will also attend the closing ceremony of the IIT Global Leaders Summer Program and presentations by students of their “Serving Through STEM” projects.

All course materials, including readings, will be supplied in advance of the workshop. Lunch will be provided. Course materials and lunch are free of charge.

Workshop leaders:

  • Dr. Stuart Patterson, Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at Shimer College, Chicago
  • Dr. Aron Dunlap, Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at Shimer College, Chicago

Register Here by July 22

This workshop is aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching:

1c; 1d

Selecting Instructional Outcomes; Designing Coherent Instruction

2a; 2b; 2d Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport; Establishing a Culture for Learning; Managing Student Behavior
3a; 3b; 3c; 3e Communication with Students; Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; Engaging Students in Learning; Demonstrating Flexibility and Responsiveness
4d Growing and Developing Professionally


All certified high school teachers are invited to register (preference is given to teachers of STEM subjects and those from schools whose students have attended the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy). The workshop will be capped at 25 participants.

Register Here by July 22