Prof. Dev.

Conferences, Meetings, Electronic

Professional development for K-16 science educators through conferences, workshops, and electronic sharing of information.

Local Focus

Urban Schools in Chicago Area

NISE Welcomes all educators to attend our events but NISE will focus efforts in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, and Will.

Urban Educators

Urban Science Educators

The primary focus of the NISE is to work with pre-kindergarten to post-secondary science educators in urban/suburban schools..

About NISE

Northern Illinois Science Educators (NISE) will be a conduit for professional development, collaboration, and public private partnership to enhance K-16 science education in the Northern Illinois region.
Northern Illinois Science Educators is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization, founded in 2014, striving to provide professional development and sharing opportunities for science educators.

With the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in Illinois, science teachers and administrators are facing significant changes to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. There is a great need for science teachers to be able to share resources and materials unique to northern Illinois.

The primary focus of the Northern Illinois Science Educators (NISE) is to work with science educators in urban/suburban areas in and around Chicago. The focus of NISE is to provide professional development opportunities for pre-kindergarten to post-secondary science educators in northern Illinois through workshops and conferences. Additionally, the leadership of the Northern Illinois Science Educators will disseminate news and information related to K-16 science education through our electronic newsletters and website.

The Northern Illinois Science Educators welcomes all teachers to participate in our professional development opportunities. The leadership of the organization will come from the high population areas in northern Illinois counties including Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, and Will. It is the goal of the organization that any participant who works in one of these regions should not have to travel more than 75 miles to reach an event or service offering.

The inaugural board of directors seeks also to establish partnerships with science and engineering corporations in the northern Illinois counties who are interested in supporting science and engineering education from kindergarten through college and beyond in Illinois.

More Info

  • Board of Directors

    The NISE board of directors is composed of business, community, and educational leaders from the Chicago area. [more]
  • Bylaws

    NISE is an Illinois non-profit corporation formed in 2014. The current NISE Bylaws are available here in PDF format. [more]