Special Events - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Special Events


Problem-Based Learning Design Institute

This institute provides participants with experience as PBL learners engaged in a problem. From this experience, the participants analyze the critical elements of IMSA’s PBL model through dialog with fellow participants and facilitators. They apply this knowledge as they engage in the design process for a problem to be used in their own classrooms. Participants receive instruction and mentoring from a team of experienced PBL practitioners. 

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Contact Brian Grublesky for details and registration information   


Shifting Science for the Next Generation

Looking to transition your science curriculum to Next Generation Science Standards? IMSA has professional development sessions designed to help your school. All offerings developed and delivered by IMSA are built on the Core Competencies of IMSA: competency-driven, inquiry-based, problem-centered, and integrative.  All activities are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Sessions offer pedagogy with practice in partnership—teachers leave sessions able to step into their classrooms and try what they learned and communicate with trainers for ongoing support.

Contact us to learn more about they ways we can partner together to meet the needs of your school and district.

Contact Brian Grublesky at:

bgrublesky@imsa.edu or 630-907-5860

Professional Learning Days

Professional Learning Days are scheduled primarily on County Institute days. These mini-conferences feature sessions on mathematics, science, technology and pedagogy.  Spotlighting the expertise of IMSA faculty and staff, the sessions give teachers an opportunity to experience content and engaging methods they can readily apply to motivate and challenge their students. Professional Learning Days focus on STEM content that is critical to students' lifelong learning and career success.

To examine session materials and download STEM activities from previous years, please visit IMSA's Digital Commons.


The Golden Apple Summer Institute

The Golden Apple Summer Institute is a five-week residential experience offered at IMSA for preservice teachers who have been accepted as Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois. The IMSA/Golden Apple Summer Institute helps Scholars learn and practice an inquiry-based, problem-centerd instructional approach that engages students in hands-on, minds-on mathematics and science activities. A three-year sequence of Summer Institutes enables Scholars to achieve increasing skill levels in curriculum planning and delivery as they teach middle and high school students.

For more information, please contact:
Dora Phillips, Director of Statewide Educator Initiatives
Tel: 630-907-5858  Fax: 630-907-5893