PEER-Chicago (Winter 2023) Syllabus

Welcome to PEER!

Learning outcomes

Participants in the field school will…

  • … develop and practice fundamental underlying skills and competencies in doing research, including “yes, and”, generative writing, collaboration skills, and other topics as related to specific workshops
  • … develop and make significant progress in planning their own research projects
  • … increase their self-efficacy in doing education research
  • … build a community for supporting their education research


Workshop materials, including slides, workbooks, and virtual kickoff link are shared with participants directly. If you are a registered participant and need access, contact the lead facilitator, Eleanor Sayre.

  • Virtual Kickoff: Thursday, Nov. 30, Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm (Central Time) Zoom link.
  • Thursday, Dec. 14, 3:00-6:00pm: Opening session
    • Optional dinner groups:
      • Use the slack to coordinate groups of 4-6
      • We can make a reservation for you (or you can)
      • For restaurant ideas, check out Dining options near DePaul University. There are also several restaurants near the hotel.
  • Friday, Dec. 15: 9:00am-4:00pm (breakfast at 8:00am)
  • Saturday, Dec. 16: 9:00am-4:00pm (breakfast at 8:00am)
  • Sunday, Dec. 17: 9:00am-1:00pm (breakfast at 8:00am, ends with closing lunch)

Schedule TBD

To build a supportive community, participants must actively engage during all sessions in the field school. Partial attendance is not permitted.


Before the virtual kickoff, you must:

Before the in-person Field School, you must:

  • Read Data and access to prepare for our discussion of common data types
  • Read Generative Presentations to prepare for your own generative presentation, and complete the survey on that page to let us know if/how you want to participate. The password is “GenerativePresentations”.

Your participant packet, shared with each participant individually, contains detailed information about what homework is due and when.

After the Field School, you must:

  • Complete the evaluation post-survey
  • Continue to engage with each other on Slack (including starting channels)

The virtual kickoff will be held over zoom. Participants have received a calendar link with zoom information; this information is also in your participant packet.

We will provide a 7-day Ventra/CTA pass to get to/from DePaul for the field school using the CTA trains. You can use this pass on any CTA train or bus for 7 days after you first swipe it.

Directions from hotel to DePaul on CTA:

  • At the Belmont station, tap your pass for entry and go to the southbound platform (right) and get on any train that stops here.
  • Red line (to 95th): 1 stop to Fullerton
    • Brown line or Purple line (to Loop): 3 stops to Fullerton
    • Once you exist the train, Byrne hall is one block west and two blocks south of the station.

Directions from DePaul to hotel on CTA

  • At the Fullerton station, tap your pass for entry and go to the northbound platform (left) and get on any train that stop here.
    • Red line (towards Howard): 1 stop to Belmont
    • Brown line (to Howard) or Purple line (to Linden): 3 stops to Belmont

Housing is provided at City Suites Hotel (933 West Belmont Ave). If there are issues with your reservation, please contact Maria Lipan at with the subject DePaul Group Confirmation.

Check-in is at 3pm, but the hotel does have a storage room for any luggage, so you can drop off your bags when you arrive even if it is before 3pm.

  • If you are flying into Chicago, both O’Hare and Midway airports are accessible and ~45-70 min from DePaul on CTA and ~25-45 min by car. Chicago has rideshare options (Uber and Lyft) as well as several reputable taxi companies.
  • There are two parking lots close to Byrne Hall that can be used (we will provide vouchers that you will use when you exit the garage)
    • 2331 N Sheffield Ave
    • 2330 N Clifton Ave
  • If you are staying at the hotel, there is a parking garage right around the corner from the hotel that offers public parking for $30 per night. You can pick up a hotel parking pass when you arrive at the hotel.

All sessions will be held in Byrne Hall (2219 N Kenmore Ave)

  • We will be providing breakfast, lunch, and snacks on-site during the workshops. If you have dietary constraints, please contact Mary Ann Quinn (
  • On Thursday, we will have an optional dinner at Homeslice to help build community. You will be able to purchase your own food/drink and we will have a reserved seating area in their heated, outdoor patio.
  • On other nights, you will be responsible for dinners; there are many restaurants within easy walking distance of both DePaul (see Dining options near DePaul University, Lincoln Park) and the hotel. We will provide opportunities for you to coordinate with each other around meals.
  • If you have eduroam, this is the easiest option.
  • If you do not have eduroam, follow the instructions for Conference Guest WiFi Setup using the Conference ID: peer2023

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