Summer Institute @ IMSA

This summer, grow your skills and delve into new interests at IMSA’s professional development programs in problem-based learning, innovation and entrepreneurship topics.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship: June 12-15, $400 (all four days)

Design Thinking – Norman “Storm” Robinson III Ph.D.
This one-day workshop is for educators or individuals wishing to explore how to use design thinking to support innovative practice and creative solution-finding. Activities are designed for use in the classroom and can be translated to other ventures.
June 12, $125 (one day price)

Designing Innovation Spaces – Britta McKenna, IMSA CIO
Join us at IN2, Illinois first secondary school innovation center, as we tour innovation spaces coast to coast, and then apply design thinking principles to your real-time or future innovation spaces (maker, hacker, entrepreneurship).
June 13, $125 (one day price)

Makerspace Fast Start – Erik Swanson, IN2 Maker Manager
This one-day intensive program prepares you to operate a makerspace in your school, library or community center. Spend the day at IMSA’s state of the art makerspace in IN2. Delve into the software, hardware, student engagement, and programs you need to get your makerspace kick started, and go home with our fast start handbook.
June 14, $125 (one day price)
Entrepreneurship Education – Carl Heine, Ph.D.
This day covers lean start-up methodology in the design of entrepreneurial teaching and learning, internships, pitch contests, the TALENT curriculum and Chicago’s 1871 digital incubator.
June 15, $125 (one day price)
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Design Institute
PBL focuses on experiential learning organized around the investigation and resolution of complicated, real-world problems. Through exploration of different methods of teaching and a deeper understanding of problem based learning pedagogy, teachers will enhance student success in the classroom. June 13-15 – $600

July 10-14 “Live Lab” Educator & Student: Teaching Entrepreneurship – Carl Heine, Ph.D.
This hands-on professional development experience provides participants proven methods for teaching entrepreneurship to middle school and high school students. Students form and run startup teams, develop new products, services, effective business models, marketing strategies, pitch to investors and use the money raised to go to market.
July 10-14, $175 (curriculum may be purchased separately)

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