By 2022, IMSA is a Recognized Global Leader and Catalyst in Equity and Excellence in STEM Teaching and Learning, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
This is IMSA’s Impact Goal for the next 5-7 years. What is our strategy for achieving it?
Strong Employee Engagement
IMSA’s Staff and Faculty are committed to teaching and learning at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA). They are fully engaged in the activities needed to fulfill our 2022 Impact Goal and Priority Outcomes. To see the latest Employee Engagement Survey results, click here. Past employee engagement survey results can be found here – Fall 2017, Spring 2017 and Fall 2016.
What are IMSA’s Priority Outcomes and How Were They Developed?
IMSA’s priority outcomes were developed with faculty and staff through reflective dialogue on what institutional outcomes IMSA should pursue. Staff was engaged in retreats, community learning days and leadership meetings. IMSA invited external experts to support planning activities, assisted in prioritizing and refining indicators, and help to set targets for these priority outcomes.
IMSA leadership attended and hosted many learning events and activities with alumni, faculty and staff since this process started in late 2014.
Outside of IMSA, staff participated in several events that informed our goal setting process, such as the Waubonsee Vision 2050 Futures Summit, Developing America’s Next Generation of Innovators for the STEM Education Working Group of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Strategic Planning Meeting of the Illinois Association of Gifted Children held at IMSA and leading a Chicago Public Schools Administrators’ Roundtable discussion on Leading a STEM School, also held at IMSA.
The Priority Outcomes that will help IMSA achieve its broader goal are organized under three Pillars:
Pillar 1: STEM Teaching and Learning
- Develop Educator STEM Proficiency
- Broaden Student STEM Participation and Interest
- Develop Students’ STEM Thinking
- Strengthen Identity as a Learning Laboratory – Current Theme: United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals – See student progress here.
Pillar 2: Operational Capacity
- Build Fiscal Sustainability
- Grow Programs
Pillar 3: Stakeholder Engagement
- Build the IMSA Ecosystem
The IMSA Board of Trustees formally adopted these Priority Outcomes on January 20, 2016. See Impacts & Outcomes for a brief, one-page overview of this operational plan, which supports IMSA’s Mission, “To ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.”
An Operational Excellence Dashboard was also developed. It includes Indicators for our Priority Outcomes and clearly captures our efforts and results. The Dashboard also serves to define our measures and align all activities in order to increase coherence between our efforts and targets. IMSA is further defining and establishing targets and measures that complete this Dashboard as we make progress in reviewing and aligning IMSA activities to it.