Doug Rader, Grace Hepler and Marsha Dallas of
Lincoln are among educators from throughout Illinois who attended
IMSA Excellence 2000+ professional development sessions at the
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. The professional
development program is designed to help the participating teachers
implement an after-school math and science program for interested,
talented and motivated students in the Lincoln Consortium.
Dr. Lee Gurga, a local dentist and writer, is
credited with bringing the program information to the attention of
area school administrators. He encouraged a cooperative effort to
provide this enrichment program.
The program goals of IMSA Excellence 2000+ include
increasing students' interest, involvement and literacy in science
and mathematics. In addition, the program enhances the knowledge and
skills of middle school science and mathematics teachers, stimulates
excellence in middle schools' science and mathematics programs, and
helps increase access to programming for students who are
historically underrepresented in mathematics and science or are in
areas of the state with more limited educational resources.
IMSA Excellence 2000+ began in the 2000-2001
academic year with seven schools and has expanded annually. To date,
the program has served more than 40 schools, and at present 26
schools are participating fully.
Each site serves approximately 30 students and two
teachers. A site coordinator provides support for the teachers and
students at each school.
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Program sites are located throughout the state -- in
the 16 counties of Adams, Champaign, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kankakee,
Kendall, McLean, Montgomery, Peoria, Rock Island, Sangamon, St.
Clair, Vermillion, Williamson and Winnebago and in 30 cities:
Bartonville, Bellville, Bellwood, Berwyn, Bloomington, Champaign,
Chicago, Danville, Des Plaines, East Moline, Elgin, Hanover Park,
Harvey, Hillsboro, Kankakee, Lansing, Litchfield, Maple Park,
Marion, Markham, Oswego, Park Forest, Peoria, Plano, Quincy,
Rockford, Rockton, Springfield, West Chicago and Yorkville.
Additional information about IMSA Excellence 2000+
is available at
The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is an
internationally recognized pioneering educational institution
created by the state of Illinois to develop talent and leadership in
mathematics, science and technology. IMSA's advanced residential
college preparatory program enrolls 650 academically talented
Illinois students in grades 10-12. Nearly 18,000 teachers and 34,000
students in Illinois and beyond have benefited from
The Center @ IMSA program
of professional development and student enrichment.
Located in Aurora, in the high-tech corridor west of
Chicago, the academy serves the people of Illinois through
innovative instructional programs, public and private partnerships,
policy counsel, action research, and the leadership and achievements
of its graduates.
[Illinois Math and Science Academy