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POGIL Introductory Workshop
POGIL Facilitators - Paula Butler & Audrey Armoudlian

Friday, January 18, 2013
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Latin School of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Come and discover why so many teachers are finding Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) to be an intriguing and powerful teaching technique!  POGIL activities are carefully designed to teach content as well as key process skills, such as critical thinking, effective communication, and teamwork. In this workshop, participants will experience a POGIL learning environment and how to get started with facilitation. Short video clips of actual classes using POGIL will also be included.

This workshop is for grade 7-12 instructors who are seeking to incorporate guided inquiry into their classrooms.
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Paula Butler is a faculty member of Cincinnati Country Day School, teaching high school chemistry and coaching science teams.   She has successfully utilized Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), incorporating it into her college prep and AP Chemistry courses.  Paula recently served on the national High School POGIL Initiative (HSPI) board as an associate editor, helping to write and edit high school chemistry and biology activities for publication. 

Audrey Armoudlian has been a member of the science department at Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School. She is an innovative teacher who has taught using Guided Inquiry to facilitate student learning  and has been actively involved in the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) Project.  Audrey recently served on the national High School POGIL Initiative (HSPI) as a partner, helping to write and review high school chemistry and biology activities, which were recently published by Flinn Scientific.  Additionally, Audrey has facilitated several POGIL workshops for both high school and middle school faculty audiences.  She earned both her BA and MA at Tufts University, where she majored in Biology and Environmental Science.

This workshop will take place at the Latin School of Chicago, 59 West North Boulevard, Chicago. The Latin School is conveniently accessible by public transportation and taxis. Click here for directions and parking information for The Latin School.

Hotel Accommodations
ISACS recommends the following hotel and has secured special rates based on availability. Attendees must make their own hotel reservations; please contact the hotel directly to make your reservations.

The Hotel Indigo
1244 N. Dearborn Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610

For reservations, please call the Hotel Indigo directly at 312-787-4980, ask for reservations and request the "Independent Schools Association" rate to receive discounted rooms. Rates vary depending on date of stay; space and availability are limited. To book your room online (and receive the ISACS discounted rate), click here.  The Hotel Indigo is just 3 blocks from the Latin School.

Click here for directions and parking information for The Hotel Indigo.

Registration Fee
  • $175 Member Fee
  • $225 Non-Member Fee
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
  • Workshop includes lunch

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.


Member Cost: $175     Non-member Cost: $225


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