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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.


The IMSA FUSION Program is a school-based STEM enrichment program for Illinois students who are talented, interested and motivated in mathematics and science. IMSA FUSION places a special emphasis on students who are historically under-resourced and underrepresented in these areas. The program provides materials for teaching/implementing units and ongoing professional development and support for the participating Illinois teachers and administrators.

Next Generation Science Standards –

The Illinois Math and Science Academy in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is pleased to provide Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) professional development for K-5 science teachers across the state of Illinois. Teachers will participate in a one day immersive experience engaging in model science lessons, the significant shifts with NGSS, and a deeper understanding of three dimensional teaching.

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

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. This often includes a multi-year plan allowing teams to progress from an introduction to PBL through developing a self-sustaining culture of PBL with a multi-tiered coaching team.

Science Teacher as Scientist – Teacher Externships

The Science Teacher as Scientist teacher externship program places teachers in local businesses and industries to see STEM in action. During the summer, educators work side-by-side with knowledgeable and skilled industry employees learning real world skills and applications in STEM areas. Following the externship, teachers work with the curriculum development team at IMSA to create innovative curriculum units connecting their state standards to their externship experience. Externships provide business partners skilled teachers that can make significant contributions to work done in a lab, out in the field, or on any workplace team.  Additionally, teachers will take back innovative teaching ideas and learning experiences to their students which will create more career ready graduates who can contribute to the local workforce.



County-Wide Institute Day February 28, 2020

Click here to register

IMSA is excited to share that we will be a host site for the County-wide Institute Day on Feb 28, 2020.  We will be offering over 50 unique session for all educators  PreK-12. Session titles and descriptions can be found by clicking here or by following the registration link.  This is a FREE event for all Illinois educators.  We look forward to seeing you in February!


Beginning Robotics to Ignite STEM Learning

for science, mathematics, and STEM teachers
Tuition: $150
Course Timeline: Begins February 10 – Ends March 6

Registration ends January 31, 2020

Materials needed:
  • Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics Kit/Programming
  • Computer
  • Camera with video capabilities

Learn how to build and program LEGO Mindstorms and EV3 robots

This course will cover how to use robotics to promote student engagement and conceptual understanding of mathematics, science and engineering.  Our course activities are designed and based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) , Common Core Mathematics Standards, and the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) standards.  Participants will receive micro-credentials upon completion of the course and course series.
The course is for science, mathematics and STEM teachers with little to no experience with Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics experience who would like to learn both robotics, STEM integration, application and PBIL pedagogy.
Both synchronous, which means participants must keep to a group schedule, and asynchronous, which allows them to determine their own pace.

For more information or to register, call 630.907.5950 or email


Little STEAMers (Early Childhood Programming)

Little STEAMers is a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) based curricular program for preschool children ages 3 to 5. Designed to offer integrative learning experiences for young students, Little STEAMers seeks to fill the need for connected, holistic learning opportunities that encourage academic and intellectual growth within the preschool classroom.


Angela Rowley

Director of State and Federal Educator Outreach
Tel: 630.907.5858