Wednesday School Tours and Site Visits

Sign-ups for School Tours and Site Visits be made separately from your Conference registration. Unless otherwise noted, school Tours and Site Visits will be designed to conclude by 1:30 PM to accommodate travel to the airport, though some offerings in the afternoon may be made. 

Attendees who have signed up for a School Tour or Site Visit will be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the school/site. Public Transportation options and directions will be provided as some schools/sites will be located in the city as well as nearby suburbs.

School and site visits will average 1-2 hours. There will be a hands-on activity at the Site Visits. There is no additional fee for school tours or site visits. 


Access a map and full details of school tours and site visits, including estimated travel times.

Confirmed Schools

Catherine Cook School (Chicago): 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Visitors will explore the IDEA Lab (Innovation, Design, Engineering and Art), where students learn 21st-century skills and integrate them in the curriculum by means of projects and collaborations with the Faculty. Within the IDEA Lab is the Tinker Space, a carefully designed space for the youngest learners in our Early childhood division. In addition, visitors will see the AV Studio where students learn, create, collaborate, and use various forms of media and technology. Learn about how the educational technology team works closely with teachers in all divisions to help support the core classroom curriculum in a multitude of ways. Lunch: Attendees will be responsible for their own lunch. There are several dining options located within walking distance of the school. Consider combining this tour with a visit to Latin School of Chicago.

Lycée Français de Chicago (Chicago): Please arrive between 8:30 am and 11 am. 
The Primary School (grades PK-5) highlights the STEAM and Science curriculum each year with an interactive event for parents and visitors. Classrooms will showcase STEAM projects. Visitors will also tour the Innovation Lab maker space. Lunch: Attendees will be responsible for their own lunch. There are several dining options located within walking distance of the school.

Latin School of Chicago (Chicago): 10 am - 12:15 am
Visitors will tour the school and explore the Upper School Learning Commons built in 2018 to replace an outdated library and cafeteria, both designed more than 50 years ago. The Commons integrates a streamlined cafeteria, modern library, computer science, technology, a Writing Lab, an Innovation Studio/Maker Space, student support services, and more, into a learning environment designed to meet our students' needs today and into the future. Lunch: Attendees will be responsible for their own lunch. There are several dining options located within walking distance of the school. Consider combining this tour with a visit to Catherine Cook School.

North Shore Country Day School (Winnetka): 9 am - 12 pm
Serving approximately 540 students from various North Shore communities and beyond. North Shore has had a 1:1 iPad program in place for the last five years and currently is in the process of developing plans for the future of digital learning and innovation at the School. North Shore also has a new library and mission-driven maker space that focuses on service learning. During your visit, you'll tour the building and will have the opportunity to visit classrooms in all divisions. The visit will conclude with lunch and debrief discussion with the School's educational technology director, head librarian, and director of the Live + Serve Lab. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Chicago): 8:45 am - 10:15 am, ESH Primary School Tour; 10:30 am - 12 pm, Historic Campus Tour
Visitors will begin the tour at our Primary School campus (Nursery-Grade 2), Earl Shapiro Hall. Visit classrooms and our makerspace, and see how play, making, and learning technology is incorporated to support learning and teaching. The tour will then proceed to our Historic campus (Grade 3-12). Visit classrooms, our LS, MS, and HS makerspaces and the three story, 90,000-square-foot Gordon Parks Arts Hall, which houses a 750-seat theater-in-the-round, a 250-seat black box theater as well as classrooms, studios, a digital media lab, and rehearsal space as well as a two-story lobby and art gallery. Lunch will be provided. There are also a variety of University of Chicago on-campus dining options as well as off-campus places located within walking distance of the school.


Site Visits

Bit Space (Wilmette location): 9:15 am - 1:30 pm
Visitors will tour the Bitspace Wilmette location and participate in a hands-on workshop to create a project. Use and learn more about hand tools, power tools, electronics, robotics, 3d printers, laser cutters, CNC milling machines, computer modeling and design software, computer game development software, virtual reality, and new media. After lunch, attendees will participate in a Project Review and Discussion (lesson planning and how to incorporate into your curriculum). Lunch: Coffee and bagels will be provided upon arrival at Bitspace. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

Museum of Science and Industry’s Fab Lab (Chicago): 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (two separate groups of 15 participants)
There will be time to view the other museum exhibits before and after the workshop.

  • 0.25 hr. - Fab Lab equipment tour
  • 1.00 hr. - 3D Printed Creature workshop
  • 0.25 hr. - Curriculum Management System and PD overview
  • 0.50 hr. - Q & A

Visitor's will participate in a hands-on activity workshop, Dream It, Design It, Fab It!, in MSI's Wanger Family Fab Lab for an introductory experience with digital fabrication. In addition, attendees will be able to visit the "Wired to Wear" exhibit. Wired to Wear is the first-ever exhibit dedicated to wearable technology—smart clothing and devices designed to extend the human body’s capabilities and make us healthier, stronger and safer.