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It is our privilege to share with you the First Decade Report of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, an educational laboratory engaged in serious inquiry about critical issues of teaching and learning.

Ten years ago, IMSA opened its doors with 210 students, 12 faculty members, 21 courses, no residence halls, no computers, no external programs, many unanswered questions and an uncertain future. During our early years, we faced many challenges; these strengthened our resolve and deepened our commitment to transform teaching and learning in mathematics, science and technology.

While IMSA is still a very young enterprise, in ten short years the impact of our work and inquiry is clearly evident. Today IMSA is a state and national leader in mathematics and science education, and a model of an innovative, risk-taking learning community.

In this First Decade Report, we demonstrate how the power of ideas uniquely explored, interpreted and embodied in practice at IMSA, has inspired and empowered others to be agents of change in the transformation of mathematics and science teaching and learning within their own communities. During the past ten years, we have extended and enriched ideas such as Discovery-Based Learning, Integrative Learning, Apprentice Investigation, Institutional and Program-Based Research, Technology Integration in the Curriculum and Collaborative Inquiry. The embodiment of these ideas in our practice and in the practice of our educational partners throughout Illinois and the nation, benefits students at IMSA and in other schools by providing powerful learning experiences that are relevant, rigorous and coherent. In doing so, together we are transforming mathematics and science teaching and learning.


Editor: Brenda Sotern, Office of Advancement



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