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Friday, February 28
 

8:15am CST

Classroom Assessment Literacy: A Think-Pair-Share Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Classroom teachers spend a significant portion of their time in assessment-related activities, yet have not received commensurate time in formal training in evaluation and measurement techniques  This workshop will use the Think-Pair-Share collaborative learning strategy to discuss and implement assessment best-practices that educators can easily adopt for their own teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Anderson

Hannah Anderson

Institutional Research Associate, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Hannah is the Institutional Research Associate at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, a residential high school for academically talented students. She earned her B.A. in Mathematics with Teacher Certification (2011) and her M.A. in Mathematics (2012) from Eastern Illinois... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am CST
A121
  Assesment
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle (6th-8th);High School (9th-12th)

8:15am CST

"Legendary Lessons": How to (easily) spice up your lessons through the power of storytelling
Limited Capacity filling up

Once upon a time, a teacher wished for a classroom full of happy, engaged students. Alas, our teacher hero was up against many dastardly obstacles: uninspiring curriculum, budget concerns, and time limits. Join us for this workshop and discover the ease and impact of including entertaining story lines into your lessons. Participants will practice their storytelling techniques and apply the skill to an existing lesson that needs some quick, easy "zhuzhing".

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am CST
A114

8:15am CST

Problem Centered Teaching by Tomorrow
Limited Capacity full

Problem Centered Instruction is a great way to engage students, integrate content, and inspire learning.  However, true problem centered instruction requires a major shift in both teaching and learning, requiring the one thing teachers don't have: time.  In today's session, we will look at some simple strategies that teachers can put to immediate use within the classroom to help start the shift towards a student-led, problem centered learning environment. 

Speakers
avatar for Cassandra Armstrong

Cassandra Armstrong

Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Cassandra Armstrong, a Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry from Michigan State University, and a Masters of Education in Science... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am CST
B110
  Cross-Curricular
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

8:15am CST

Be the Change: Re-Ignite Students' Passion for Problem Solving and Mathematics
Limited Capacity seats available

Providing students with open-ended/open-middle problems where problem solving skills, math dialogue, and collaboration are the focus, will re-ignite their passion for mathematics.  It allows a low floor/high ceiling approach, supports students of all populations, and promotes access and equity.  Moving away from the answer and encouraging play and discovery, we show students a classroom where thinking and investigation is valued.  Learn how to create and implement problem-solving experiences that re-ignite students' joy of mathematics.

Speakers
avatar for Marti Shirley

Marti Shirley

Math & CS Faculty, IMSA
This is my second year teaching at IMSA, and my 17th year in education. I previously taught 6 years in Mattoon and 9 years at Lake Park in Roselle, IL. I hold a masters in curriculum and instruction and hold a Type 75. My course load includes math and computer science. I love teaching... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am CST
A129
  Math
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL High School (9th-12th)

8:15am CST

Building Math Skills and Making Math Connections Across the Curriculum
Limited Capacity filling up

Teachers will explore math connections AND experience hands-on activities that can help students develop math skills as well as connect mathematical concepts to science, social studies, engineering, art, and everyday play involving: trees, catapults, candy, balls, bicycles, flags, forts, helicopters, rockets, etc. Math concepts include: counting, addition/subtraction/multiplication/division, polygons, circles, 3D shapes, nets, geometric analysis, data collecting/making graphs, perimeter, area, volume, diameter, fractions, angles, decimals, measurement, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Remijan

Kelly Remijan

Professional Development and Curriculum Specialist, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Kelly Remijan, PhD is a Professional Development and Curriculum Specialist with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Kelly has a passion for teaching, a love for mathematical connections, and a desire to learn from and share with others. Prior to starting her remote IMSA... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am CST
A119

8:15am CST

Climate Change - Lost Land
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on the impact of climate change on erosion. Participants will explore causes and design solutions through hands on activities and investigation.

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am CST
B111
  Science
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary (K-5)

8:15am CST

Data in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Put ocean data to work in your classroom.  Students use real-time data to explore environmental issues such as coral bleaching, sea level rise and ocean acidification.  Activities have a scaled approach from beginner to "design your own investigation" with data tools that will help students get started with online data sets. Please bring your own laptop for this session.

Speakers
avatar for Peg Steffen

Peg Steffen

Curriculum Writer, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Peg Steffen has been a science educator at the middle, high school and college levels in all sciences. She was an education program manager for NASA Education and served as the education coordinator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service where she led a development team that provided... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am CST
A116
  Science
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle (6th-8th);High School (9th-12th)
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a laptop.

8:15am CST

Inquiry Based Instruction in Chemistry with Games
Limited Capacity seats available

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 session, participants 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. 

Speakers
avatar for Karen Ye

Karen Ye

Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am CST
B109
  Science
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL High School (9th-12th)

8:15am CST

NGSS Model Lessons for K-1
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop, teachers will experience an interactive, hands-on, minds-on science PD that introduces essential aspects of NGSS through interactive lessons that are ready to be used by students today. Teachers will leave with a greater understanding of 3 dimensional teaching and feel empowered to try out some cool science with their students.

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am CST
B133
  Science
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood (PreK-2); Elementary (K-5)

8:15am CST

Putting the Science in Computer Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Modern science relies heavily on computers, and programming ability is moving from a useful skill to an indispensable prerequisite for scientific research.  Both science and computer science classes can take advantage of this connection.  This session explores using science to teach computing and vice versa, using scientific concepts such as kinematics, reaction rates, and genetics with computing concepts such as iteration, object orientation, and machine learning.  Please bring a computer.  Programming proficiency is not required. 

Speakers
avatar for Peter Dong

Peter Dong

Physics faculty, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Peter has taught physics and scientific computing at IMSA since 2008. He did his undergraduate work in physics and music at Harvard University and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles. His doctoral work was in experimental high-energy collider physics... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am CST
B115
  Science
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL High School (9th-12th)
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a laptop.

8:15am CST

Using Forensics to Introduce IR Spectroscopy & Molecular Modeling
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation reports an activity in which students analyze "medical evidence" with experimental and computational methods. The lesson demonstrates the benefits of applying an integrated blend of modeling and experiment to solve practical problems.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Golab

Joe Golab

Science Faculty, Chemistry, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Joe Golab is a chemistry teacher in the Science faculty at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. At IMSA, Joe teaches introductory and advanced chemistry classes and is developing a physical chemistry/ materials science elective for IMSA students. He would really like to talk... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am CST
B101

8:15am CST

What's the Buzz: A fun, interdisciplinary, hands-on activity with circuits, engineering, and bees
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers will learn how to implement an activity with their students to explore circuit basics, energy transfer, and pollination through a hands-on toothbrush-bot activity that is coupled with a fun storyline involving honey bee communication and behavior. 

Speakers
avatar for Christine Moskalik

Christine Moskalik

Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist, IMSA
Christine Moskalik has a real passion for STEM education. Her primary interest in the STEM fields is in biology, with an emphasis on cellular biology, genetics and development. She has a BS in Biology from the State University of New York (SUNY), College at Fredonia (2004) and a... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am CST
B114
  Science
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary (K-5);best for grades 2-5
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Teachers will get to keep their hands-on project completed during the workshop.

8:15am CST

Stress in Education: Finding Solutions to Combat Negativity and Burnout
Limited Capacity full

Working in education can be one of the most fulfilling jobs, but the current climate for many staff is filled with stress and frustration. With teachers feeling underappreciated and overworked, mental health issues are on the rise and the climate of many schools has had a negative turn. This session will discuss topics around compassion fatigue, negativity, not feeling connected, and overall discomfort to change.


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am CST
A117
  Social Emotional
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

8:15am CST

Exploring "Thought Experiments"
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wondered why some people are very good with directions, excellent at solving mental problems, or adept furniture builders without reading the manual? During this lesson, students will explore the ability to take in visual information and organize it in their minds to define a new possible solution and see things with a new prospective. Students will conduct a series of experiments using their imagination as a tool in evaluating a hypothesis. 

Speakers
avatar for David Hernandez

David Hernandez

Curriculum/Professional Development Specialist, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am CST
B116
  STEM
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary (K-5)

8:15am CST

Making an Effective Makerspace
Limited Capacity full

Explore what goes into building and managing an effective makerspace for youth in a learning community.  


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am CST
IN2 Makerspace

10:15am CST

Innovation Makers Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Remember the pencil holder you made in elementary school or the bird house from middle school? Those moments are special because they are examples of our ability to transform an idea in our minds into reality. Today's schooling has shifted away from allowing students to explore their creativity in a shop class. Students will explore different ways to connect content from the classroom to the real-world application of materials such as wood, metal, and plastic. 

Speakers
avatar for David Hernandez

David Hernandez

Curriculum/Professional Development Specialist, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm CST
B116
  Cross-Curricular
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary (K-5)

10:15am CST

Applying an Equity Lense to the Danielson Framework
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on applying a lens of Equity to the Danielson Evaluation Framework. Although there are mentions of equitable practices and differentiation in the original Danielson Framework, this workshop will focus on the interpretation of that language and how districts can use the existing evaluation framework to promote Equity and Excellence for all learners.  

Speakers
avatar for Angela Rowley

Angela Rowley

Director of State and Federal Educator Development, Illionis Mathematics and Science Acadmey


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm CST
A121
  Equity & Diversity
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL K-12
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring evaluation framework used in your district

10:15am CST

Be the Change: Re-Ignite Students' Passion for Problem Solving and Mathematics
Limited Capacity filling up

Providing students with open-ended/open-middle problems where problem solving skills, math dialogue, and collaboration are the focus, will re-ignite their passion for mathematics.  It allows a low floor/high ceiling approach, supports students of all populations, and promotes access and equity.  Moving away from the answer and encouraging play and discovery, we show students a classroom where thinking and investigation is valued.  Learn how to create and implement problem-solving experiences that re-ignite students' joy of mathematics.

Speakers
avatar for Marti Shirley

Marti Shirley

Math & CS Faculty, IMSA
This is my second year teaching at IMSA, and my 17th year in education. I previously taught 6 years in Mattoon and 9 years at Lake Park in Roselle, IL. I hold a masters in curriculum and instruction and hold a Type 75. My course load includes math and computer science. I love teaching... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm CST
A129
  Math
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL High School (9th-12th)

10:15am CST

Building Math Skills and Making Math Connections Across the Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers will explore math connections AND experience hands-on activities that can help students develop math skills as well as connect mathematical concepts to science, social studies, engineering, art, and everyday play involving: trees, catapults, candy, balls, bicycles, flags, forts, helicopters, rockets, etc. Math concepts include: counting, addition/subtraction/multiplication/division, polygons, circles, 3D shapes, nets, geometric analysis, data collecting/making graphs, perimeter, area, volume, diameter, fractions, angles, decimals, measurement, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Remijan

Kelly Remijan

Professional Development and Curriculum Specialist, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Kelly Remijan, PhD is a Professional Development and Curriculum Specialist with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Kelly has a passion for teaching, a love for mathematical connections, and a desire to learn from and share with others. Prior to starting her remote IMSA... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm CST
A119
  Math
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary (K-5)

10:15am CST

Teaching with a Full Deck: Card Sorts
Limited Capacity full

Card sorts tend to make students do the "thing" we value most: talk. Beyond making matches, card sorts provide opportunities for students to classify, rank, sequence, and mind map while setting a natural context for argumentation and use of the claim-evidence-reasoning framework. Join me for a series of card sorts to explore how this easy-to-prep tool will encourage your students to reason and think critically. Math and science resources will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Herlehy

Lindsey Herlehy

Curriculum and PD Specialist, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Lindsey Herlehy, a Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Middle Childhood Education and Master of Education in Educational Administration from Arizona State University. She is passionate... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm CST
Tellabs
  Math
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary (K-5)

10:15am CST

2nd & 3rd grade NGSS Model Lessons
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop, teachers will experience an interactive, hands-on, minds-on science PD that introduces essential aspects of NGSS through interactive lessons that are ready to be used by students today. Teachers will leave with a greater understanding of 3 dimensional teaching and feel empowered to try out some cool science with their students.

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm CST
B133
  Science
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary (K-5)

10:15am CST

Inquiry Based Instruction in Chemistry with Games
Limited Capacity seats available

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 session, participants 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. 

Speakers
avatar for Karen Ye

Karen Ye

Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm CST
B109
  Science
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL High School (9th-12th)

10:15am CST

Teaching Problem Solving in Physics
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will discuss curricular, pedagogic, and assessment points of view. While this session will begin by focusing on an introductory high school physics level, we will have discussions on how to extend these concepts to both higher and lower levels. Participants will create both formative and summative assessment questions to focus on certain aspects of problem solving. 

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm CST
A114

10:15am CST

Using Forensics to Introduce IR Spectroscopy & Molecular Modeling
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation reports an activity in which students analyze "medical evidence" with experimental and computational methods. The lesson demonstrates the benefits of applying an integrated blend of modeling and experiment to solve practical problems.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Golab

Joe Golab

Science Faculty, Chemistry, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Joe Golab is a chemistry teacher in the Science faculty at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. At IMSA, Joe teaches introductory and advanced chemistry classes and is developing a physical chemistry/ materials science elective for IMSA students. He would really like to talk... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm CST
B101
  Science
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL High School (9th-12th)

10:15am CST

Science for a Brainy Day
Limited Capacity seats available

Interested in Brain-Based-Learning? Come for an informative and hands-on approach about the topic. We will focus not just on understanding how brain development impacts learning, but on how to utilize this knowledge to engage our students with the content we teach every day. Activities will focus less on learning styles and more on how can we ask questions or write assessments that develop executive function in our students? 

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Ross

Nicole Ross

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm CST
B108
  Social Emotional
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL ALL

10:15am CST

Stress in Education: Finding Solutions to Combat Negativity and Burnout
Limited Capacity filling up

Working in education can be one of the most fulfilling jobs, but the current climate for many staff is filled with stress and frustration. With teachers feeling underappreciated and overworked, mental health issues are on the rise and the climate of many schools has had a negative turn. This session will discuss topics around compassion fatigue, negativity, not feeling connected, and overall discomfort to change.


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm CST
A117
  Social Emotional
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

10:15am CST

Code of the Wild
Limited Capacity seats available

K-2 students love to create stories about their favorite animals.  Using free software called ScratchJr, participants will learn to teach basic Computational Thinking skills that allow K-2 students to create animated stories about animals in their natural environments.  Participants should bring a laptop or tablet.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Young

Patrick Young

IMSA
Patrick is a Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), Center for Teaching and Learning.  IMSA is an education laboratory managed by the Illinois State Board of Higher Education.  With a professional background in... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm CST
A110
  STEM
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary (K-5)

10:15am CST

Real-world GPS STEM Activities
Limited Capacity seats available

Hands-on activities for students with no/low costs for materials include stories, videos, presentation materials, and career highlights  Four modules (Earth, Life, Space, Movement) include 12 lessons designed to support the new science standards and the Common Core. Scenarios highlight STEM applications in satellites, orbital space clutter, energy grids, precision agriculture, global supply chains, aviation, weather forecasting, and conservation.  

Speakers
avatar for Peg Steffen

Peg Steffen

Curriculum Writer, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Peg Steffen has been a science educator at the middle, high school and college levels in all sciences. She was an education program manager for NASA Education and served as the education coordinator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service where she led a development team that provided... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm CST
A116
  STEM
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle (6th-8th)
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a laptop.

10:15am CST

The Wright Stuff: An Integrative Approach to Stained Glass
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session we'll explore the scientific and mathematical influences behind the artistic stained glass creations of Frank Lloyd Wright, and use them to create our own Wright-inspired stained glass designs.  This is a truly integrative lesson that touches on properties of glass, linear functions, and artistic design. 

Speakers
avatar for Cassandra Armstrong

Cassandra Armstrong

Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Cassandra Armstrong, a Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry from Michigan State University, and a Masters of Education in Science... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm CST
B110
  STEM
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL K - 8

10:15am CST

Making an Effective Makerspace
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore what goes into building and managing an effective makerspace for youth in a learning community.  


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm CST
IN2 Makerspace
  Technology
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle (6th-8th);High School (9th-12th);Specialists

10:15am CST

Smart Maps: Implementing a Powerful Technology into Any Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop emphasizes the world around us and uses technology to develop spatial thinking in the classroom. Using "smart maps" or a geographic information system (GIS), students in any discipline will increase geographic awareness and develop spatial problem solving skills. Using ArcGIS Online, a free software package, a step-by-step exercise is presented and attendees will have the opportunity to try an exercise within their own area of expertise. Exercises aligned with national standards.

Speakers
avatar for Rich Schultz

Rich Schultz

Senior Online Learning Administrator, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)
Dr. Rich Schultz is currently the Senior Online Learning Administrator at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), located in Aurora, Illinois. He has prior experience as a tenured higher ed faculty member, university program coordinator and program director, creator of... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm CST
B112
  Technology
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle (6th-8th)
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a laptop.

1:15pm CST

"Legendary Lessons": How to (easily) spice up your lessons through the power of storytelling
Limited Capacity seats available

Once upon a time, a teacher wished for a classroom full of happy, engaged students. Alas, our teacher hero was up against many dastardly obstacles: uninspiring curriculum, budget concerns, and time limits. Join us for this workshop and discover the ease and impact of including entertaining story lines into your lessons. Participants will practice their storytelling techniques and apply the skill to an existing lesson that needs some quick, easy "zhuzhing".

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
B101
  Cross-Curricular
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

1:15pm CST

Are You Series? Series of Information Creates Knowledge
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we do it all? Early childhood students are learning numbers, colors, shapes, and letters, while developing motor skills, social skills, and much more. In this session, participants will explore a series of activities that focus on the connection between movement and student learning. 

Speakers
avatar for David Hernandez

David Hernandez

Curriculum/Professional Development Specialist, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
B116
  Engagement
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood (PreK-2)

1:15pm CST

Differentiated for all Learners - including Gifted and Talented
Limited Capacity full

Teachers are being asked to reach so many different levels of learners in their classroom, that the highest achievers often receive the least attention.  This workshop will provide strategies that are easy to implement to enhance the school engagement and achievement of talented students and will support the entire class as well. 

Speakers
avatar for Angela Rowley

Angela Rowley

Director of State and Federal Educator Development, Illionis Mathematics and Science Acadmey


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
A121
  Gifted & Talented
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL K - 12

1:15pm CST

Analyzing Student Work
Limited Capacity seats available

What does student work tell us? How do we define “effective feedback” within the context of the lesson? What does effective feedback look like? What feedback does the student needs right now? Are feedback statements culturally neutral? Can feedback negatively impact creativity and innovation? Are there ways to assess feedback? Teachers will engage in conversations about providing effective feedback that improves student learning, is supportive and invites the student to reflect and monitor their performance.


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
A131
  Math
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring student work.

1:15pm CST

STEAMing UP Linear Functions: Technology, Toys, & Hands-On Activities
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers will discover AND experience activity-based ALGEBRA problems that connect science, technology, engineering, and art to math concepts related to linear graphs: slope, linear functions, vertical lines, domain/range, linear inequalities, and systems of linear equations. Activities showcased: 1. Bouncing Balls (Science), 2. Walking and Driving (Technology), 3. Balloon Rockets & Ziplines (Engineering), and 4. Flags (Art).  Technology highlighted: 1. Wabbitemu, 2. Motion Detector, 3. DESMOS, 4. GeoGebra, and 5. Scratch.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Remijan

Kelly Remijan

Professional Development and Curriculum Specialist, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Kelly Remijan, PhD is a Professional Development and Curriculum Specialist with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Kelly has a passion for teaching, a love for mathematical connections, and a desire to learn from and share with others. Prior to starting her remote IMSA... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
A119
  Math
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Algebra 1 & Pre-Algebra (8th-9th Grade)
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a laptop

1:15pm CST

4th & 5th grade Model NGSS Lessons
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop, teachers will experience an interactive, hands-on, minds-on science PD that introduces essential aspects of NGSS through interactive lessons that are ready to be used by students today. Teachers will leave with a greater understanding of 3 dimensional teaching and feel empowered to try out some cool science with their students.

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
B133
  Science
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary (K-5); Specialists

1:15pm CST

Climate Change - Designer Bags
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on repurposing materials to reduce landfill debris. Participants will plan, design, and develop a new product from plastic. This fun hands on activity is great for problem centered learning.

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
B111
  Science
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary (K-5)

1:15pm CST

DNA, RNA, & Proteins, Oh My!
Limited Capacity seats available

A staple topic in any life science classroom, we will take a look at some innovative ways to not only teach these topics, but assess them using the Next Generation Science Standards. 

Speakers
avatar for Cassandra Armstrong

Cassandra Armstrong

Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Cassandra Armstrong, a Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry from Michigan State University, and a Masters of Education in Science... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
B110
  Science
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL 44171

1:15pm CST

Storytelling: Using Story Maps to Teach and Learn
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop emphasizes storytelling and uses rudimentary technology in the classroom. Using “Story Maps”, students in any discipline will be able to create and storyboard apps using pre-defined templates to develop visual and problem solving skills. Using Story Maps, a free online app, a step-by-step exercise is presented and attendees will have the opportunity to create their own Story Map within their own area of expertise.

Speakers
avatar for Rich Schultz

Rich Schultz

Senior Online Learning Administrator, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)
Dr. Rich Schultz is currently the Senior Online Learning Administrator at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), located in Aurora, Illinois. He has prior experience as a tenured higher ed faculty member, university program coordinator and program director, creator of... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
B112
  Science
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle (6th-8th)
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a laptop.

1:15pm CST

Students in the Lead: Game Design in the Clasroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Game design can be woven into any science curricula, providing a way for students to learn science content and to creatively apply what they have learned. Games are increasingly used in educational settings to help inspire curiosity, creativity, collaboration, optimism, and problem-solving skills among a wide variety of audiences.  Serious games address real-world challenges, compress time and space, encourage systems thinking, and promote active engagement, making them particularly well suited to conservation and science education. 

Speakers
avatar for Peg Steffen

Peg Steffen

Curriculum Writer, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Peg Steffen has been a science educator at the middle, high school and college levels in all sciences. She was an education program manager for NASA Education and served as the education coordinator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service where she led a development team that provided... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
A116
  Science
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL K - 12
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Laptop would be helpful

1:15pm CST

Teaching Problem Solving in Physics
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will discuss curricular, pedagogic, and assessment points of view. While this session will begin by focusing on an introductory high school physics level, we will have discussions on how to extend these concepts to both higher and lower levels. Participants will create both formative and summative assessment questions to focus on certain aspects of problem solving. 

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
A114
  Science
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary (K-5);Middle (6th-8th);High School (9th-12th)

1:15pm CST

Universal Mental Health Screening: Why is it Needed and How to Get Started
Limited Capacity seats available

Schools screen for physical and medical purposes, but less than 15% of schools in the United States screen for mental health needs. The purpose of this session is to discuss what mental health screening is, how it can help your community, and how to start the process of implementing it based on community  needs.

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
A117
  Social Emotional
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

1:15pm CST

FDR, k the Quarantine Speech, and the Coming of World War II
Limited Capacity seats available

Teach the coming of World War II utilizing historical documents. Utilizing the context of the Quarantine Speech in particular participants will leave this session with techniques and content that permit a rich discussion of FDR's foreign policy in the years leading up to and including Lend-Lease.

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
A113
  Social Studies
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL High School (9th-12th)

1:15pm CST

Inquiry Based Teaching & Learning Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, IMSA students and faculty will share their experiences with using a strong inquiry model of teaching and learning.  Students will share their excitement and frustrations with learning to ask questions to drive their learning.  Faculty will share their successes and evidence on the power of this type of learning.  Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and engage in the conversation.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Lofgren

Kelly Lofgren

Director of Admissions, Illinois Math and Science Academy


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
A129
  STEM
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary (K-5);Middle (6th-8th);High School (9th-12th)
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Come ready to ask questions and engage in conversation

1:15pm CST

Picture Books and Engineering: Dare to Tinker
Limited Capacity full

Up for a challenge? Join us for a K-2 STEM integrated workshop based upon the picture book "The Most Magnificent Thing". Connecting literature with engineering, questioning techniques and inferential reasoning strategies will focus on the trials and tribulations, frustrations, and successes achieved by the protagonist, a little girl. Participants will engage in a design challenge to construct their own "magnificent thing" while working within constraints. Counting, graphing, working with money, and measurement will be emphasized.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Herlehy

Lindsey Herlehy

Curriculum and PD Specialist, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Lindsey Herlehy, a Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Middle Childhood Education and Master of Education in Educational Administration from Arizona State University. She is passionate... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
Tellabs
  STEM
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood (PreK-2)

1:15pm CST

STEM, not S-T-E-M! A Workshop on Integrative Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you tired of experiencing STEM activities that really only focus on one content area within the acronym? Join us for a workshop on integrative STEM. We will begin with a general introduction to what an Integrative activity entails, move on to some quick examples and then jump into developing an original integrative STEM activity. Be prepared to think creatively and take risks as we explore the "multi-content-verse" in which STEM lives. 

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Ross

Nicole Ross

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
B108
  STEM
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL K - 12
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Bring Laptop and/or some curricula you would like to work on.

1:15pm CST

Beginning Robotics to Ignite STEM Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

The future is now when it comes to engaging our students with robotics, machine learning and AI.  These tools also engage students in the design thinking process which promotes computational thinking and problem solving.  This workshop will introduce participants to different robotics options and platforms to use in their classrooms. 


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm CST
B114
  Technology
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle (6th-8th)
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a laptop or tablet.