Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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IMSA To Host Fourth Annual Multi-County Professional Learning Day

Back by popular demand, IMSA is hosting its fourth annual Multi-County Professional Learning Day to be held March 1, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at IMSA.

This intensive day of professional development for educators of grades 6-12 will feature two separate programs. The first is focused on STEM sessions (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and features presenters from IMSA’s faculty and staff. The second program is focused on History, and is offered in collaboration with the Illinois Council for History Education.

Nearly 30 hands-on STEM sessions include Introducing a Robotics Course in High School, Using Web Tools and Strategies to Enhance Student Engagement, Electricity from Jello and Jam, and Circling Around With Trig. Keynoter Dr Bobb Darnell of Achievement Strategies, Inc. will highlight strategies for implementing the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will go home with practical, concrete ideas for “inviting and igniting student achievement” in math and science.

In addition, more than 15 sessions will address History and Social Studies topics such as Across the Wide Missouri, Lincoln and Douglas:  Why What You Say Matters and the Evolution of an Online History Journal, among others. Educators will also hear a luncheon keynote address by Dr. Michael Perman, Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The History program will focus on implementing the Common Core State Standards as well.

To view the full agenda including session titles and descriptions, visit the IMSA homepage at  For questions about the event, contact 630-907-5950 or email

“We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Regional Offices of Education and school districts in surrounding counties to provide area middle and high school educators with innovative, hands-on sessions they can use immediately with all of their students,” said IMSA President Dr. Glenn W. “Max” McGee.  “Last year, more than 250 educators from 12 different counties around Illinois rated IMSA’s Professional Learning Day a great success, and, in the spirit of serving our educational partners, this year we are providing an even more varied menu of workshops,” McGee said.

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