Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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250 Illinois Educators Participate in IMSA’s Hands-On STEM and History Professional Learning Day


More than 250 teachers from 12 Illinois counties took sessions such as ‘"3D Printing for the Next Generation Learners," " Constructivist Science Vocabulary," and “Kitchen Chemistry,” all of which sold out at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy’s sixth annual Professional Learning Day on Friday, February 27th.

IMSA held its yearly professional development day to increase Illinois teachers' knowledge of the unique brand of inquiry-based teaching and learning that the Academy offers, with participatory lessons that educators can bring back to their classrooms. Teachers from Cook County to Winnebago County participated in hands-on professional development at IMSA’s Aurora campus.

The professional development day had two programs, with educators either participating in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) sessions or the history program. IMSA’s faculty and staff led the lessons, with student helpers presenting, assisting, and even playing orchestral music as participants walked between sessions.

The STEM-focused program offered 33 sessions led by IMSA’s expert faculty and staff. The history-focused program featured a keynote speech by UIC Professor of History and Director of the Teaching of History Program Robert D. Johnston.

The STEM sessions included "Implementing Common Core in Middle School Math" and "Particle Physics,” with Northwestern University’s Dr. Kai Orton delivering the keynote speech. The history and social studies sessions included topics such as "Dining at the Warlord’s Banquet: Science and Warfare in Modern History" and "Much Ado about Trousers: Exploring Intercultural Contact through Artifacts."

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