Professional Development - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Professional 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 experiences include events held at IMSA, sessions presented at conferences, on-line courses and workshops delivered in schools across the state and beyond.  Educator workshops can be customized to meet any school’s specific needs

STEM Thinking Thursdays – Professional Learning Experiences

Thursdays are professional learning experience days at IMSA.  Each Thursday beginning in September, IMSA will offer a different full day of workshops focused on key concepts, critical thinking skills, and instructional strategies in math, science, engineering, computer science, technology or integrated STEM. Specific session titles will be updated regularly.

Thursday, September 5 8:30-11:30 PreK-2 Spark – K-2 Computer Science & Coding
Thursday, September 12 8:30-4:00 3rd-5th Engineering is Elementary
Thursday, September 19 8:30-4:00 6th-8th Medieval STEM Through the Ages
Thursday, September 26 8:30-4:00 9th-12th CTE: Beyond the Shop
Thursday, October 3 8:30-4:00 PreK-2 Little Big Minds
Thursday, October 10 8:30-4:00 3rd-5th NGSS inquiry and Investigations
Thursday, October 17 8:30-4:00 6th-8th Use Your Noodle: Using Neuroscience to Sauce up your lesson
Thursday, October 24 8:30-4:00 9th-12th The Art of Chemistry

Save the Date!

PreK-2 – Thursdays: Oct 31, Dec 5, Jan 2, Feb 6, Mar 3, April 2, May 7                           

3rd-5th – Thursdays:  Nov 7, Dec 12, Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 12, April 9, May 14                    

6th-8th – Thursdays: Nov 14, Dec 12, Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 19, April 16, May 21               

9th-12 – Thursdays:   Nov 21, Jan 23, Feb 27, Mar 26, April 23, May 28


Medieval STEM Through the Ages

Spend the day in the Middle Ages and:

  • Explore how Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) were developed,altered and utilized by civilization during the medieval period.
  • Understand how modern STEM concepts are derived from historical information.
  • Experience how the engineering design process works, and how innovation often arises out of need.
  • Integrate history into the understanding of how science and math developed as disciplines.

Who: Middle School teachers and administrators (6th-8th)

When: Thursday, September 19th, 8:30-4:00

Where:  Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy – Center for Teaching and Learning, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL

Registration: $20, click here to register


CTE – Beyond the Shop

The demand for a skilled workforce has never been higher and the demands on CTE teachers also continue to grow.  In this workshop, educators will explore innovative integrated curriculum projects which promote CTE and math competencies for all learners.

Who: High school CTE teachers & administrators

When: Thursday, September 26th, 8:30-4:00

Where:  Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy – Center for Teaching and Learning, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL

Registration: $20, click here to register


Little Big Minds: Our Youngest STEM Learners

There are no limitation in the mind of a young child – so let’s let them explore, design, think, and create.  This workshop will focus on STEM centered children’s literature paired with coffee table books PLUS engineering and design activities intended for children age 3-8. Come play, learn, discover, and create with us.

Who: PreK-2nd grade teachers and parents

When: Thursday, October 3rd, 8:30-2:00

Where:  Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy – Center for Teaching and Learning, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL

Registration: $20, click here to register

 

 

3rd-5th NGSS: Inquiry and Investigations

Explore NGSS model lessons focusing on inquiry based instruction.  Learn how to turn questions into investigations and let the students lead the learning.

Who: 3rd-5th grade teachers & administrators

When: Thursday, October 10th, 8:30-4:00

Where:  Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy – Center for Teaching and Learning, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL

Registration: $20, click here to register


Use Your Noodle: Tips from Neuroscience to Sauce up your Lessons

How many times in a day do you look at your students and internally scream for them to use their noodle while hiding the fact that your internal waters are boiling? Turn the heat down and join us for an interactive and informative session exploring ways to engage your students to use their noodles and save yours from being cooked. We will experience activities designed to engage the brain, and explore the research behind why these technique may work to enhance learning. Leave with tips from the neurosciences that are easy to reproduce in your classroom..

Who: 6th-8th grade teachers & administrators

When: Thursday, October 17th, 8:30-4:00

Where:  Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy – Center for Teaching and Learning, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL

Registration: $20, click here to register


The Art of Chemistry

In this workshop, teachers will experience an inquiry and hands-on approach to teaching polarity. Participants will also get to do some fun, safe and student-friendly activities and take a look at what’s going on at the molecular level.
While these lessons are designed for a high school chemistry class, the activities can be adapted for use in a biology or middle school science class.
Concepts covered: polarity, solubility, covalent bonding, Lewis structures, molecular shape, intermolecular forces.

Who: Chemsitry Teachers: 6th-12th grade

When: Thursday, October 24th, 8:30-4:00

Where:  Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy – Center for Teaching and Learning, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL

Registration: $20, click here to register

 



Bring IMSA to your school:

Is addition to these on-site workshops, our team of curriculum writers and professional development specialists will come to your school or district.  Click the following links to explore sample professional learning experiences that can be customized to your needs.

 

Instructional Strategy Sample Workshops

Math-based Sample Workshops

Science-based Sample Workshops

Contact us:

To bring any if these or other workshops to your school, please contact us via e-mail at: CenterforTeachingandLearning@imsa.edu or at 630-907-5291

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