Statewide Educator Initiatives
Statewide Educator Initiatives promotes educator learning throughout Illinois with programs and events that advance content expertise, increase pedagogical knowledge, and create activities for students that foster 21st Century skills.
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.
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.
IMSA offers professional development sessions on mathematics, science, technology, and pedagogy for preservice and in-service educators and administrators. These opportunities include events held at IMSA, sessions presented at conferences, and workshops delivered in schools across the state.
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