Available Courses


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.

Upcoming Events:

FREE Introductory Courses:

Introduction to Inquiry Based Teaching – Register HERE

Introduction to Problem Centered Learning – Register HERE

Introduction to Integrated STEM – Register HERE

Introduction to Competency Driven Instruction – Register HERE


Professional Learning Experiences:

Multi-level Focused
Problem Centered Teaching by Tomorrow — Register HERE
Grade band: PreK-12    Format: 100% Asynchronous     Cost $50.00     CPDUs: 3 hours
Complex, Meaningful, Open-ended.  In this learning experience, educators will embrace the definition of ‘Problem-Centered’ and transform a standard worksheet or lesson into a problem centered activity. Furthermore, we will discuss strategies for successful implementation and establish a community of support for both the writing and implementation processes.
  • Create a problem centered lesson or activity based on an academic standard
  • Identify and apply four strategies to successfully implement problem centered instruction
  • Reflect on lesson implementation with a professional learning community
Teaching with a Full Deck of Cards–  Register HERE
Grade band: PreK-8    Format: 100% Asynchronous     Cost $50.00     CPDUs: 3 hours
Card sorts tend to make students do the “things” we value most: think and talk. Beyond making matches, card sorts provide opportunities for students to classify, rank, sequence, and mind map while setting a natural context for inquiry, argumentation, and use of the claim-evidence-reasoning framework. In this Learning Experience, educators will engage in a series of math and science card sorts to explore how this easy-to-prep tool will encourage students to reason and think critically.
Learning Outcomes include:
  • Identifying ways in which card activities encourage inquiry-based learning.
  • Participating in several types of card activities and reflecting upon these experiences.
  • Designing several card activities to be used in the classroom.
Scale and Size: Modeling Powers of 10–  Register HERE
Grade band: 4th-8th    Format: 100% Asynchronous     Cost $50.00     CPDUs: 3 hours
In this Learning Experience, educators will experience a set of student activities that utilize a mathematical model to engage students in exploring very large and very small objects. This will be achieved by looking at patterns and measurements, ultimately building number sense in our students through the lens of an integrated real-world application. As educators journey through this course, they will reflect on how the student activities directly support Competency-Based teaching methods and several Common Core State Mathematics Standards written for students in Grades 4 through 8.
Learning Outcomes include:
  • Use a mathematical model to engage students in exploring very large and very small objects in relation to powers of ten.
  • Reflect on how studying powers of ten develops number sense through pattern recognition and measurement.
Elementary Focused
Code of the Wild — Register HERE
Grade band: PreK-2    Format: 100% Asynchronous     Cost $50.00     CPDUs: 3 hours
Code of the Wild introduces teachers to Computational Thinking (CT) and demonstrates a method by which CT can be integrated with other K-2 subject areas.  The example given is a curriculum that guides students in the use of a programming language called ScratchJr.  Students use the free software to write stories about animals interacting with their environments in a realistic manner.  After being written, these stories are coded into computer animations using ScratchJr.  Teachers will learn that CT is more than just coding, but a problem-solving mind-set that is applicable to science, math, ELA, and any other problem-solving endeavor.  Learning outcomes include:
  • Learning to use ScratchJr
  • Developing ideas for integrating CT with other subject areas
  • Developing ideas for helping students improve their collaboration skills while using tablets or computers

In addition to these learning outcomes, teachers will exit the course with a five-hour integrative STEM curriculum they can use in their classrooms.

Sound and Circumstance — Register HERE
Grade band: 3rd-5th    Format: 100% Asynchronous     Cost $50.00     CPDUs: 3 hours
In this Learning Experience, educators will focus on the application of competency driven STEM-based instruction through experiencing a music and literacy centered instructional activity involving sensory cues and perception. While these activities focus largely upon content standards in grades 3rd-5th, the activities can be scaled to content in higher grade levels (6th-12th grades).

Middle School Focused

DNA, RNA, and Proteins, Oh My! —  Register HERE
Grade band: 6-8  Format: 100% Asynchronous     Cost $50.00     CPDUs: 3 hours
In this Learning Experience, educators will focus on the assessment aspect of competency driven teaching and learning by working through a student instructional unit that covers DNA, transcription, translation, and protein folding. The lessons and assessment are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standard HS-LS1.1, but after working through the sample lessons educators will be able to pick a different standard for which to create a rubric and assessment to try out on their own. Upon completion, the educator will be able to:
  • Use modeling to engage students in abstract concepts
  • Break down a Next Generation Science Standard into measurable parts and objectives
  • Analyze and create unique assessment techniques using a three point rubric

High School Focused

Gamifying Chemistry —  Register HERE
Grade band: 9-12    Format: 100% Asynchronous     Cost $50.00     CPDUs: 3 hours
Games can be a fun and motivating way to engage students, but they are often used as a means to practice, apply, or review learned content instead of introducing a new concept. In this Learning Experience, educators will explore the use of common games as a tool for an inquiry-based approach to introducing topics in high school chemistry such as atomic structure and periodic trends.
Learning Outcomes include:
  • Engaging in different levels of games that introduce a new chemical concept
  • Identifying the focus and analyzing the structure of inquiry-based activities
  • Reflecting on how to engage students in making observations and recognizing patterns when teaching abstract chemical concepts
  • Applying strategies for modifying familiar games into student-centered, inquiry-based learning experiences
Breaking the Mold of Traditional Chemistry Labs —  Register HERE
Grade band: 9-12    Format: 100% Asynchronous     Cost $50.00     CPDUs: 3 hours
Labs are an integral piece of science courses, but many labs are often done to confirm a concept that students have already learned. In this Learning Experience, educators will look at how laboratory experiences can be structured into different levels of inquiry by working through some hands-on activities that focus on polarity. While the lessons in this learning experience are designed for a high school chemistry class, the activities can be adapted for a biology or middle school science class.
Learning Outcomes include:
  • Engaging in different levels and uses of inquiry-based activities in chemistry
  • Identifying the focus and analyzing the structure of inquiry-based activities
  • Reflecting on the use of safe, real-world applications of chemical concepts such as molecular polarity
  • Applying strategies for creating or transforming traditional labs into student-centered, inquiry-based activities
DNA, RNA, and Proteins, Oh My! —  Register HERE
Grade band: 9-12    Format: 100% Asynchronous     Cost $50.00     CPDUs: 3 hours
In this Learning Experience, educators will focus on the assessment aspect of competency driven teaching and learning by working through a student instructional unit that covers DNA, transcription, translation, and protein folding. The lessons and assessment are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standard HS-LS1.1, but after working through the sample lessons educators will be able to pick a different standard for which to create a rubric and assessment to try out on their own. Upon completion, the educator will be able to:
  • Use modeling to engage students in abstract concepts
  • Break down a Next Generation Science Standard into measurable parts and objectives
  • Analyze and create unique assessment techniques using a three point rubric

If you have any questions, please email

Angela Rowley
Director of State and Federal Educator Development
arowley@imsa.edu