Professional development in Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is designed for educators in all disciplines to aid them as they design and develop effective PBL materials and become skillful coaches in K-16 classrooms and education settings. IMSA’s PBL team works directly with educational partners to design a program to fulfill the partner’s specific vision for the institution.
The Golden Apple Summer Institute is a five-week residential experience offered at IMSA for preservice teachers who have been accepted as Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois. The IMSA/Golden Apple Summer Institute helps Scholars learn and practice an inquiry-based, problem-centerd instructional approach that engages students in hands-on, minds-on mathematics and science activities.
Professional Learning Days are scheduled primarily on County Institute days. These mini-conferences feature sessions on mathematics, science, technology and pedagogy. Spotlighting the expertise of IMSA faculty and staff, the sessions give teachers an opportunity to experience content and engaging methods they can readily apply to motivate and challenge their students. Professional Learning Days focus on STEM content that is critical to students' lifelong learning and career success.