Educator Development

IMSA’s Signature Strategy of Professional Development

IMSA offers professional development sessions on mathematics, science, technology, and pedagogy for pre-service and in-service educators and administrators. These professional development opportunities align with IMSA’s signature strategy of learning: Inquiry-Based, Problem-Centered, Competency-Driven, and Integrative. Professional learning opportunities include events held at IMSA, sessions presented at conferences, and workshops delivered in schools across the state and beyond. Educator workshops can be customized to meet any school’s specific needs.

Professional Development Opportunities (Micro Certification)

Highlighted Programs and Events


County-Wide Institute Day

Join IMSA for the 2023 Kane and DuPage County Institute Day on March 3rd to engage in full day of professional learning for 6th-12th Grade Illinois educators. Registration is open to all Illinois educators so RSVP today!



Specialty Programs

These programs are unique offerings provided by the Statewide Educator Innovation (SEI) team. All programs work well for schools or individual educators who are looking for targeted professional development and curriculum that focuses on STEM topics and modern pedagogy. Find what works best for you.

Hispanic Heritage Month Curriculum

Description | Celebrate Hispanic heritage in you classroom while engaging in STEM! This curriculum will guide students through the story of how Hispanic communities have influenced American culture though topics related to STEM and the arts. Provides 20 hours of downloadable curriculum, intended for all students from 4th to 12th grade.

Fire Prevention Month Curriculum

Description | This curriculum is focused on the study of STEM in the field of fire science. Students will experience hands-on and inquiry-based activities to develop an understanding of the type of knowledge required to become a fire fighter, such as fire tactics, rescue procedures, fire behavior and combustion, fire scene investigation, innovations of fire prevention and extinguishment equipment. In addition, students will have a deeper understanding about fire safety by being familiar as to why things happen in a fire and how to manage them.