Session #1

A full day of professional learning for 6th-12th Grade Illinois educators. With sessions focusing on mathematics, science, and STEM-integration, as well as equity and diversity, student leadership, and social studies.

  • Session #1* | 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • *Sessions may be 60, 130, or 200 minutes in length.

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2023
Friday, March 3rd
8:30 AM

99 PROBLEMS? PBL CAN HELP: AN INTRO TO PROBLEM BASED LEARNING

Nicole Ross, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Allison Albert, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

6th - 12th Grade : Integrated STEM

Classroom engagement got you down? Perhaps Problem Based Learning (PBL) can help. PBL is an instructional technique that engages students in content-based problem solving of a real-world issue. In this session, participants are immersed in a short PBL experience, learn the fundamentals of PBL implementation and begin the design process by exploring how to identify a real-world problem that can ... Read More

8:30 AM - 11:50 AM

A LOOK INTO LEADERSHIP

Emma Wilson, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Vikarm Karra, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Sarah Wheeler, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9th - 12th Grade : Leadership

IMSA’s Leadership Education & Development program (LEAD) is a student-facilitated course for sophomore students. We believe that leadership can be learned so we take an intricate look at various definitions, theories, models, and conceptualizations of leadership. Students are challenged to think critically about leadership during peer-to peer facilitated class discussions, hands-on exercises, and group work. Join us to dive into ... Read More

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

ANIMATED PUPPETS: CODING AND CREATING WITH THE HUMANITIES

Devon Madon, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Jeff Sweeton

6th - 12th Grade : Integrated STEM, Equity and Diversity, Engineering

CodeCreate coaches students in basic circuitry, media and performing arts, robotics and computer programming, illustration and 3D design. We will facilitate a hands on experiences with animated puppetry and engage the audience in meaningful considerations of intersections of art, technology and other forms of diversity. We will also be previewing and discussing free and low-cost tools and methods and their ... Read More

8:30 AM - 11:50 AM

COMPUTATIONAL THINKING IN PHYSICS CLASS - WITHOUT PROGRAMMING!

Peter Dong, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8th - 12th Grade : Science, Technology

Computational thinking and the use of computers to solve problems is rapidly becoming an indispensable skill, and physics class is one natural place to develop it. However, the perceived necessity of learning a programming language can deter both teachers and students from approaching this crucial topic. We will show how a simple spreadsheet can be used to solve remarkably complex ... Read More

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

DREAMING UP DREAM CITIES: CULTURALLY-RESPONSIVE STEAM CURRICULUM IN ACTION THROUGH INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING

Elaine Wu, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

6th - 7th Grade : Integrated STEM, Equity and Diversity, Engineering

Culturally responsive pedagogy can bridge the diversity gap in STEM by supporting the achievement of all students in the classroom. IMSA Outreach provides inquiry-based, hands-on STEM learning because it is inherently culturally responsive. This session shares how our Dream City program supports all students in thinking like urban planners to design beautiful neighborhoods that are not only structurally sound but ... Read More

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

EARTH & ENVIRONMENTAL STORYLINES FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE & RESILIENT ILLINOIS

Cheryl Manning
Nicole LaDue

6th - 12th Grade : Science, Integrated STEM, Earth & Environmental Science

Illinois critical zone scientists and engineers are studying how human behaviors and
environmental changes affect Earth’s thin layer from solid bedrock to the tops of trees.
Inspired by critical zone science, Illinois teachers collaborated to create seven NGSS style storylines addressing regional sustainability and resilience issues including soils, invasive species, flooding, erosion, water scarcity and quality, subsidence, and Illinois’ connection to the ... Read More

8:30 AM - 10:40 AM

MASTERY BASED GRADING FOR SECONDARY MATHEMATICS

Anderson Trimm, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

6th - 12th : Grade Math

Dr. Trimm will discuss in detail his design and implementation of a mastery grading system in calculus at IMSA and how it offers many benefits over traditional grading. Dr. Trimm will also explain how it makes creating assessments and grading easier and less work for the teacher, while being more accurate.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

TEACHING THE ENGINEERING CYCLE THROUGH A SERIES OF PROJECTS

Eric Hawker, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Mark Carlson, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

6th - 12th Grade : Integrated STEM, Equity and Diversity, Engineering

The goal of this session is to show how a series of similar engineering projects can help students not only understand the engineering cycle but also other aspects of engineering such as communication, inclusion, goal setting, and planning and organization. Attendees may choose to bring their own safety eyewear.

8:30 AM - 11:50 AM

THE BLACK HAWK WAR: TEACHING HISTORICAL THINKING WITH DOCUMENTS AND LOCAL HISTORY

Eric Smith, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8th - 12th Grade : History, Social Science

This session will provide both historical context and the necessary documents in order to offer a lesson teaching critical thinking using documents from the Black Hawk War.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM