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.

Summer 2022 Programs

Southwest IL – STEM Career Professional Development

Join us for these upcoming professional learning programs intended for grades 5th through 12th. These three events will incorporate career connections to STEM topics, giving teachers the curriculum and knowledge to support their students through their career paths.
Follow the links below for more information and to register today!

June 16th | Aviation Day Information & Registration
June 22th | Math & Machining Information and Registration
July 14th  | Math & Construction Information and Registration

IMSA Fusion

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.

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.

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.

Next Generation Science Standards

In partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education, IMSA provides Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) professional development for K-5 science teachers. Join us for a three-hour immersive experience, engaging in model science lessons to develop a deeper understanding of three-dimensional teaching.

Professional Development Opportunities

The IMSA Curriculum Writers and Professional Development Specialists offer different professional learning experiences each month. The professional learning experiences provide best practices in K-12 math and science education based on IMSA’s signature strategy of learning (see above). In response to COVID, all PD is delivered using Canvas and Zoom. The professional learning experiences provide Illinois State Board of Education professional learning credit.

Specialty Programs

Fusion 3.0 – Future Highway
NEW grant-funded program open for registration

Future Highway is a program produced in cooperation with the Illinois Tollway which provides hands-on experiences for students to explore STEM topics through the subject of Illinois highway infrastructure.

Topics are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as well as the Common Core Standards of Mathematics for 7th grade. In addition to meeting standards, kids love to participate in new activities that draw connections to future career possibilities. Apply today and your school can be eligible to receive all the needed materials and professional development support led by our curriculum experts at no cost! Click the link above to sign up.

For more information click this link to our Future Highway Introduction Page

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 with 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.