Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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Mathematics and Science Educators Applaud IMSA Professional Development Day

More than 200 educators from Cook, DuPage, Kane and Will Counties attended IMSA's first Mathematics and Science Professional Development Day, supported by the Abbott Fund.

IMSA Science Teacher Dr. Dave DeVol co-presents "Chemistry Demonstrations and Their Use to Initiate Thinking" with fellow IMSA Science Teacher Dr. Jeong Choe-Hwang.
Educators learn to build polyhedra and related models for use in the classroom in a session presented by IMSA Mathematics Teacher Dr. Vincent Matsko.
Dr. James P. Sullivan of Abbott Laboratories presents the keynote address "The Role of Education in Research."

In cooperation with participating Regional Offices of Education and School Districts, the event included more than 20 sessions for middle school teachers, high school teachers, mathematics teachers, science teachers as well as sessions with integrated content. 

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Sample of session topics included:  Polyhedra in the Classroom, Gene Expression in E.Coli, Construction Projects Can Teach Physics, MarioKart Math, Moving Chemistry from Cookbook to Engagement and Make Electrostatics Dynamic with Hands-on Experiments!

Educators agreed that IMSA's Professional Development Day was a success and shared the following comments in evaluations: 

Coming to IMSA and seeing how much math and science is used and loved was inspirational.

Real activities and ideas that I can actually teach with TOMORROW.

The variety of the seminars was amazing!  I wish I could've gone to more and learn more from all of these very charismatic and friendly teachers.

In five years, this is the BEST County Institute Day by far - well organized, great presenters, excellent session choices.  PLEASE do this again next year!

Educators also attended the keynote address The Role of Education in Research, presented by James P. Sullivan, Ph.D., vice president, Pharmaceuticals Discovery, Abbott Laboratories.  Sullivan is responsible for Abbott's research efforts in a variety of diseases including cancer, Alzheimer's disease, hepatitis C and arthritis.

Plans are already underway to host another Professional Development Day during the 2010-11 year.

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