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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, online courses, and workshops delivered in schools across the state and beyond. Educator workshops can be customized to meet any school’s specific needs. The professional learning experiences provide Illinois State Board of Education professional learning credit.

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FREE Introductory Courses

Introduction to Inquiry-Based Teaching & Learning – Register:                 JAN | FEB | MAR

Introduction to Problem Centered Teaching & Learning – Register:          JAN | FEB | MAR

Introduction to Integrative Teaching & Learning – Register:                       JAN | FEB | MAR

Introduction to Competency Driven Teaching & Learning – Register:       JAN | FEB | MAR


Professional Learning Experiences

Foundations | Teaching with a Full Deck: Card Sorts

REGISTER: FEB | MAR | APR | MAY
Grade band: PreK-12th | Format: 100% Online 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.

Lesson Analysis: From Basic to Inquiry Based Approach

REGISTER: FEB
Dates: February 25, 9 am – 12 pm
Grade band: 4th-12th | Format: Live Online | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

One of the IMSA’s core competencies is the ability to conceive, design, develop, and demonstrate exemplary competency-driven learning experiences and materials in mathematics and science that are inquiry-based. Inquiry-based learning experiences are those, which promote analytic thinking, knowledge generation and application, and meaning construction through mindful investigation driven by compelling questions that have engaged or have the potential for engaging the learner’s curiosity. This course will provide the necessary tools and guidance for teachers to transform a traditional lesson plan to inquiry-based by adjusting just a few parts and sections of the traditional lesson plan.


Einstein for Grades 3rd - 5th

REGISTER: MAR
Grade band: 3rd-5th | Format: 100% Online Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

Through children’s literature, we explore the life of a quirky boy who lived to think and dream. Hands-on STEM activities, related to Einstein’s work, are introduced as a way to address several of the required NGSS physical science standards for grades 3-5. We will learn about force, motion, electricity, and light using simple materials and the type of play once experienced by a boy growing up in his family’s electrical equipment shop. We will also explore what the adult Einstein had to say about education and developing minds.


Gamifying Chemistry

REGISTER: JAN | APR
Grade band: 9th-12th | Format: 100% Online 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: JAN | APR
Grade band: 9th-12th | Format: 100% Online 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 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.


Foundations | The Art of Getting it Wrong: Developing Persistence

REGISTER: JAN
Grade band: PreK-12th | Format: 100% Online Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

Winston Churchill once said “success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Unfortunately, traditional learning activities often lack the ability to authentically and safely fail, evaluate points of error and celebrate the process of learning. Providing students the opportunity to fail, reevaluate and redesign leads to persistence in learning and allows students to struggle through difficult problems in a productive manner. In this experience, participants explore a struggle-worthy activity, reflect on the importance of the perseverance and determine what to do with those questions that aren’t quite right.

Learning Outcomes include:

  • Identify how including the analysis of student-generated errors in the classroom is beneficial for learning.
  • Explore ways to struggle productively through problem solving, developing persistence.
  • Understand how changes in the classroom environment and teacher talk can promote student persistence.

Foundations | Design Thinking: Empathetic Problem

REGISTER: FEB
Grade band: PreK-12th | Format: 100% Online Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

Design thinking applies the human element to the problem solving process. In a world that requires students to systematically formulate solutions in a creative and empathetic way, this teaching and learning method encourages students to question, innovate, and iterate. In this learning experience, participants will experience first-hand the creative problem solving process inherent within design thinking. Through modeling and authentic applications, educators will take a deep dive into this problem-centered teaching and learning experience.

Learning Outcomes include:

  •  Experience an authentic problem and use design thinking to work toward possible solutions
  • Analyze design thinking processes and create a model to be used in the classroom
  • Compose a lesson or activity that will engage students in the design thinking process

Real World Math: Three Act Tasks

REGISTER: New Dates Available 2023
Grade band: 3rd-8th | Format: 100% Online Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

Mathematicians view mathematics within interesting and natural contexts. In this learning experience, participants will engage and explore Three-Act Math Tasks; a story-telling, problem-centered, pedagogical strategy that elicits student curiosity, collaboration, and questioning while redefining the term “real-world context” and the role that students play in the learning process.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Participating in a three-act math task and reflecting on the experience
  • Exploring the instructional methods behind this story-telling pedagogical strategy and how they support problem-based learning
  • Evaluating the definition and application of real-world mathematics

Recycling process Innovation: Recycling 911

REGISTER: JAN
Dates: January 28, 2023 | 9 am – 12 pm
Grade band: 4th-6th | Format: Live Online | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

A recycling truck collects over 3000 pounds of recyclable material daily, and the amount of recyclable material is getting out of control. During this learning experience, we will explore the different operations and mechanisms that take place in the recycling process to obtain, evaluate and explain current advantages and disadvantages of the system. Also, we will redesign the interior of the recycling truck by applying STEM thinking skills such as deductive reasoning, analyzing parts of complex systems, decision making, and problem solving in combination to NGSS practices such as defining problems, developing and using models, planning an investigation, and designing solutions to develop our possible redesign of a recycling truck. By utilizing science and technology as a tool to help protect our natural resources, our students, the engineers of tomorrow, will explore a better approach to recycle tons of recyclable material such as paper, glass, aluminum, plastic, and metal more efficiently.


Chemistry of the composition of fire: Fire under the microscope

REGISTER: JAN
Dates: January 14, 2023 | 9 am – 12 pm
Grade band: 4th-5th | Format: Live Online | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

Students will analyze different types of fabrics commonly used in the production of everyday items. Then students will analyze the physical properties of the fabrics and will predict the fabric’s behavior during and after combustion. Lastly, they will prepare a presentation to explain the reason why certain fabrics burn in certain ways due to their structure.


Problem-Based Learning Course 1: Fundamentals

REGISTER: JAN | APR
Grade band: K-12th | Format: 100% Online Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

This course is designed to be an autonomous learning experience. First, we introduce the learner to the fundamentals of the Problem-Based Learning technique. Learners then work to define the technique, identify important characteristics and explore the student experience of the process. Lastly, learners identify problems they can use to teach specific classroom content. Instructor feedback is provided throughout the course.


Problem-Based Learning Course 2: Details in Design

REGISTER: FEB | MAY
Grade band: K-12th | Format: 100% Online Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours.

This course is the second in the PBL course series and is designed to be an autonomous learning experience. In this course, learners explore design elements involved in creating Problem-Based Learning for the K-12 classroom. Through exploration of example units, learners learn to apply the design elements to create their own PBL unit unique to their classroom. Instructor feedback is provided throughout the course. Suggested Prerequisite: PBL 1: Fundamentals


Problem-Based Learning Course 3: Applications in the Classroom

REGISTER: MAR | JUN
Grade band: K-12th | Format: 100% Online Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

The third in our online PBL series, this course focuses on techniques to prepare the teacher and their students for the successful implementation of a Problem-Based Learning unit. Topics such as inquiry-based learning, problem-solving, and building collaboration, as well as assessments, are explored. Instructor feedback is provided throughout the course. Suggested Prerequisite: PBL 2: Details in Design



Foundations | Morphology: Decoding Vocabulary Across Disciplines

REGISTER: JAN
Grade band: PreK-12th | Format: 100% Online Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

In this learning experience, users will explore morphemes–meaningful units of the English language that cannot be further divided. Understanding morphemes will help all learners to decode and understand new vocabulary and predict the meaning of words. We will examine techniques to support learners in approaching new or complex vocabulary across disciplines.

Learning Outcomes include:

  • Value the teaching, learning, and understanding of morphemes to increase vocabulary comprehension across disciplines
  • Use morphemes to decode vocabulary in order to improve comprehension regardless of content area
  • Reflect on how the concepts and strategies explored will look in your classroom, and consider the possible impact on your students

Foundations | Low Floor, High Ceiling

REGISTER: FEB
Grade band: PreK-12th | Format: 100% Online Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

It can be difficult to provide the differentiation needed for students at different stages of mastery. One solution is to use activities that can engaged with at multiple levels. If meeting the relevant standards is represented by the floor, then going above and beyond them is the ceiling. Ideally, an activity begins with an inviting, nonthreatening floor, but allows accomplished students to quickly climb toward more engaging challenges within the same activity.

Learning Outcomes include:

  • Learn to recognize a LFHC activity.
  • Create your own LFHC activities by:
    a) Learning to capture the bare essential features of a standard.
    b) Learning to lower the floor by making the entry to an activity feel less threatening.
    c) Learning to raise the ceiling by adding successively more challenging tasks to an activity with a low floor.

Foundations | Facilitative Modeling: Developing Effective Learners

REGISTER: MAR
Grade band: PreK-12th | Format: 100% Online Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

As the old saying goes, ‘Actions speak louder than words’. People learn not only through instruction, but also by observing the actions and behaviors of others. The tried-and-true practice of instructional modeling as a visual resource for students can benefit learning both in and out of the classroom. In this learning experience, we will explore and reflect on how teachers can effectively increase student learning skills through strategic modeling.

Learning Outcomes include:

  • Investigate how modeling helps students develop skills needed to acquire and apply content knowledge
  • Identify misconceptions regarding teaching and learning through modeling
  • Construct a toolkit of modeling strategies specific to your classroom and audience and needs


Teaching Algebra with Flags & Technology

REGISTER: New Dates Available 2023
Grade band: 9th-12th | Format: Live Online | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

8th-12th grade teachers will: 1) Learn about various flags and how these flags can be used as an interdisciplinary tool for the algebra classroom, 2) Discuss the mathematics behind various flags in terms of linear equations/inequalities, absolute value equations/inequalities, and equations/inequalities involving circles. 3) Explore various technology such as GeoGebra and Desmos that help enrich the teaching of equations, inequalities, and domain/range.


Teaching STEM in the Preschool Classroom: A Book Study

REGISTER: MAR
Grade band: PreK | Format: 100% Online Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

This Competency Driven Learning Experience is centered around the book Teaching STEM in the Preschool Classroom, by Alissa A. Lange, Kimberly Brenneman, and Hagit Mano. In this book, the authors first discuss the concept of STEM education and its importance in the preschool classroom, followed by an in-depth look into each facet of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) as it applies to early childhood education.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Reflect on your own STEM teaching in your classroom
  • Identify your own personal strengths and weaknesses as they apply to STEM teaching and learning
  • Create a plan to further incorporate STEM content and pedagogy into your classroom.

This learning Experience requires the purchase of the book: Teaching STEM in the Preschool Classroom, by Alissa A. Lange, Kimberly Brenneman, and Hagit Mano.


Young Mathematicians: Laying the Foundation

REGISTER: MAR
Grade band: PreK-2nd | Format: 100% Online Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

In their math infancy, early childhood and elementary students are just beginning the journey of growing as proficient mathematicians. Laying the foundation for success ensures students develop positive experiences and skills in mathematics. In this Learning Experience, educators will explore the role of mathematics in the early childhood and elementary classrooms. Exploring literature, research, and suggested activities, participants will investigate six mathematical foundations for young learners: sets, patterns, number sense, counting and operations, measurement and data, and spatial relationships and shape.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Reflect on the journey of growing as a mathematician and identify the misconceptions and stereotypes of the field
  • Understand the charge for early childhood educators in developing confident, proficient, and fluent math students
  • Examine the big ideas of early childhood mathematics and what they look like in the classroom setting

Scale and Size: Modeling Powers of 10

REGISTER: New Dates Available 2023
Grade band: 4th-8th | Format: 100% Online 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 the powers of ten develops number sense through pattern recognition and measurement

DNA, RNA, and Proteins, Oh My!

REGISTER: FEB | MAY
Grade band: 6th-12th | Format: 100% Online 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.

Learning outcomes include:

  • 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

Perfecting the Teaching of Parabolas Using Technology

REGISTER: New Dates Available 2023
Grade band: 8th-12th | Date: Live Online | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

9-12th grade teachers will: 1) Explore the Phet online projectile motion simulator, 2) Learn how to insert and use parabolic images with Desmos as a teaching and learning tool, 3) Utilize Desmos to create a quadratic regression, 4) Install Video Tracker Software to your computer, 5) Discover how to use a video along with Tracker online software to acquire data for the parabolic path of a moving object, 6) Engage in an activity resulting in an object moving in a parabolic manner (shooting a basketball, firing a catapult, or kicking a soccer ball, etc.), capture video, and collect data.



Foundations | Cross-Curricular Connections for All Classrooms

REGISTER: MAR
Grade band: PreK-12th | Format: 100% Online Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

Do you have students that like some subjects more than others? Do you want to make learning more relevant for students? Do you want to students to become more engaged in the classroom? If you said yes to these three questions, then learn more about cross-curricular connections, understand the benefits of incorporating cross-curricular connections into lessons, activities, or projects; and, finally, acquire ideas for implementing cross-curricular connections into classrooms of any grade level or content.

Learning Outcomes include:

  •  Understand what cross- curricular connections are
  • Identify benefits of incorporating cross-curricular connections
  • Learn how to integrate cross-curricular connections
  • Discuss examples of cross-curricular connections across grades
  • Consider existing topics/concepts specific to your curriculum and reimagine a lesson that integrates cross-curricular connections.

Foundations | Literature Across the Curriculum: Using Interdisciplinary Practices to Enhance Learning

REGISTER: FEB
Grade band: PreK-12th | Format: 100% Online Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

In this learning experience, teachers will engage with several examples of using literature and text documents to create interdisciplinary units connecting math, science, social science, ELA, and fine arts standards. Teachers will explore the challenges and opportunities of using this integrative approach to enhance learning. Teachers will leave with a draft lesson/unit connecting a familiar text to various content standards.

Learning Outcomes include:

  •  Determine the benefits of incorporating literature across curricula to develop student content knowledge and reading literacy
  • Evaluate and select appropriate literature sources that match student interests, developmental needs and abilities with learning standards across disciplines.
  • Create a comprehensive lesson plan that connects content standards to examples from literature
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate challenges and opportunities in using literature to enhance learning across the curriculum

Culture plus STEAM: STEM al estilo latino

REGISTER: FEB
Dates: February 11, 9 am – 12 pm
Grade band: 3rd-12th | Format: Live Online | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

This curriculum was designed specifically for students to explore and embrace the Hispanic culture. This curriculum will guide the students to experience a combination of STEM and art knowledge focusing on the Hispanic influence on America culture.


The G Suite Life: Revealing Student Learning One Pixel at a Time

REGISTER: New Dates Available 2023
Grade band: K-12 | Format: Hybrid | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

In the 21st century classroom, teachers are continuously seeking new ways to give and receive information from students. Many tech tools used for remote instruction can also be useful and engaging for in-person instruction. Pixel art activities are an engaging and effective option for formative assessment or review since students can immediately see whether they’ve answered a question correctly based on whether part of a formatted image or message is revealed. In this learning experience, educators will explore how to create and utilize customizable pixel art activities using Google Sheets.


Playing with Math and Science in the Early Childhood Classroom

REGISTER: FEB
Grade band: K-12 | Format: Hybrid | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

Young students are naturally equipped with the curiosity and creativity to be successful scientists and mathematicians. In today’s early childhood classrooms, strong foundational skills in math and scientific inquiry promote success in integrated contexts for years to come. Through play-based, open-ended explorations, young students can engage in skills such as subitizing, sorting, drawing, pattern recognition, and innovation and inquiry with loose parts. In this workshop, participants will actively take part in several activities highlighting each of these skills, discuss how they promote mathematical and scientific thinking, and share resources to be used in the classroom.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Review and discuss math and science foundations appropriate for early childhood learners
  • Explore play-based activities that support math and science foundations through subitizing, sorting, drawing, patterns, and loose parts
  • Discuss ways to incorporate play-based math and science activities to enhance established lessons

Senses and Soundtracks: Integrative Methods to Content Delivery

REGISTER: JAN | APR
Grade band:  3rd-5th | Format: 100% Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

Did you know that music may alter how you perceive the world? Stimulate your students with an exploration in senses and soundtracks! In this learning experience, we explore methods to address standards from multiple disciplines with one activity, specifically integrating literacy with science and music. The goal is to explore the process of developing student competency using integrative techniques. We will also explore how the activity can be scaled to a variety of grade levels

Learning outcomes include:

  • Explore covering standards/content in an interdisciplinary manner
  • Identify real-world applications to integrate science and engineering practices in the classroom

Code of the Wild

REGISTER: JAN | APR
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 mindset 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.


Naval Engineering for Grades 4th - 6th

REGISTER: FEB | MAY
Grade band: 4th-6th | Format: 100% Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

Reading The Girl with a Mind for Math, we learn about the career of Raye Montague, an African-American woman who broke every barrier to pioneer computer-aided ship design and become the first female program manager in the United States Navy. Lessons are provided for using free, online software to design ships and submarines while addressing several Common Core Math standards and NGSS standards for engineering design.

Learning Outcomes include:

  • Learn how computer-aided design (CAD) can be used to integrate science and math education.
  • Learn activities using computers and Tinkercad to address the following standards: NGSS 3-5-ETS 1-1 and 3-5-ETS 1-2, and CCSS Math.Content: 4.OA.A.1, 4.OA.A.2, 4.OA.A.3, 4.MD.A.1, 4.MD.A.2, 4.MD.A.3, 5.MD.A.1, 5.MD.C.3, 5.MD.C.4, 5.MD.C.5.

Not Just a Story: Genetics and Probability

REGISTER: MAR | JUN
Grade band: 6th-12th | Format: 100% Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours
*This Learning Experience requires the book “Wonder” by RJ Palacio; a pair of dice; and two coins*

In this Learning Experience, educators will focus on the application of Integrative STEM-based instruction through experiencing a set of activities framed in literacy using a fictional story. This story integrates well with mathematical concepts of probability and chance, along with science concepts dealing with heredity. While the fictional story of focus is geared toward 5th grade, these activities focus on middle and high school level concepts (6th-12th grades).

Learning outcomes include:

  • Explore and analyze the use or applicability of integrative techniques used in a model activity
  • Identify characteristics of integrative instruction
  • Consider opportunities for integrative teaching in your current curricula
  • Long-term goal: to apply at least one facet of integrative techniques to teaching and learning in the classroom

Engineering Hogwarts: An Integrative Approach to the 5E Instructional Model

REGISTER: JAN | APR
Grade band: 9th-12th | Format: 100% Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

In this learning experience, we will explore an integrative activity that could be used for mathematics, science, reading/ELA, any technology or STEM course, or as a fun after-school activity. Learners will design, plan, and build a room from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone using textual evidence from the book to guide and support their plans. This activity uses the 5E instructional model (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate), so we will also take a look at using the 5E model as a planning strategy. Each course module will focus on one ‘E’ of the 5E instructional model–taking you first through the student portion of the activity, and then reflecting as an educator. You will then create a 5E learning sequence of your own.


A Unified Science: What's Chem Got to Do with It? | Integrated STEM

REGISTER: New Dates Available 2023
Grade band: 9th-12th | Format: 100% Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

It is important for all students, no matter what their future education and career path, to engage in innovative and integrated STEM experiences. However, while chemistry is often referred to as “the central science”, most students experience it as one of their many subject-specific courses in their schedules. In this learning experience, educators will look at how inquiry-based activities can be used as a tool for integrating content across multiple disciplines. While the lessons in this learning experience are designed for a high school chemistry class, the activities can be adapted for other courses.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Engaging in different inquiry-based chemistry activities that integrate physical and life science concepts
  • Identifying the focus and analyzing the structure of integrated STEM activities
  • Reflecting on how to engage students in real-world applications of scientific concepts such as solution concentration and gas laws
  • Applying strategies for creating integrative science learning experiences

Playing with Math & Science in the Early Childhood Classroom

REGISTER: FEB | MAY
Grade band: PreK-2 | Format: 100% Asynchronous | Cost: $50.00 | CPDUs: 3 hours

Young students are naturally equipped with the curiosity and creativity to be successful scientists and mathematicians. In today’s early childhood classrooms, strong foundational skills in math and scientific inquiry promote success in integrated contexts for years to come. Through play-based, open-ended explorations, young students can engage in skills such as subitizing, sorting, drawing, pattern recognition, and innovation and inquiry with loose parts. In this workshop, participants will actively take part in several activities highlighting each of these skills, discuss how they promote mathematical and scientific thinking, and share resources to be used in the classroom.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Review and discuss math and science foundations appropriate early childhood learners
  • Explore play-based activities that support math and science foundations through subtilizing, sorting, drawing, patterns, and loose parts
  • Discuss ways to incorporate play-based math and science activities to enhance established lessons