Teacher Track

“Diverse perspectives enrich understanding and inspire discovery and creativity.”

The goal of the teacher track is to foster collaboration between teachers to generate curriculum or research-based projects that examine an aspect of the three UN SDGs. Participating teachers will work together in small groups on projects that will explore an issue in detail, and participate in three two-hour working sessions during ISSF to develop their project. IMSA believes that the proposed teacher track will provide the impetus for teachers and schools to build international and interdisciplinary relationships during ISSF, that will continue after ISSF with teachers collaborating on potential projects and solutions and sharing into the future.

FAQs – Educators

We have compiled a list of general questions about attending ISSF, IMSA, and the USA into a list of FAQs. You can access them here: ISSF FAQs – Educators 

Track Description

ISSF 2018 is a five-day experience of talks, panels, workshops, field trips and social events. The full event program for all attendees can be accessed here: ISSF 2018 Program. During ISSF teachers will specifically participate in the following sessions.

Wednesday, June 27

Teacher Project Identification and Ideation ~ The first session will be devoted to a discussion of the sustainability goals and sharing of project ideas. If a teacher is unable to submit a project idea prior to the event, the teacher will have the opportunity to propose it during the first working session. The participants in the workshop will choose a project idea they would like to collaborate on throughout the five-day event and take back to their respective schools to share and further develop. This session is organized by working group: Zero Hunger (UN SDG 2); Clean Water and Sanitation (UN SDG 6); Affordable and Clean Energy Project Ideation (UN SDG 7).

Teacher Networking ~ Teachers will have a chance to network and enjoy a casual dinner at the Two Brothers Roundhouse brewpub. The roundhouse was constructed in 1856 to serve Aurora on the Chicago & Aurora Railroad. The walls of the structure were constructed with locally quarried limestone from Batavia, Illinois. The building is the oldest limestone roundhouse in the United States and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Friday, June 29

Teacher Project Design and Presentation Planning ~ During this session, participants will work together to design a project that would address a particular problem (target) that fits their chosen global challenge. The ultimate goal is to create a project that allows for the collaboration of teachers and students across multiple schools and areas of expertise. This session is organized by working group: Zero Hunger (UN SDG 2); Clean Water and Sanitation (UN SDG 6); Affordable and Clean Energy Project Ideation (UN SDG 7).

Sunday, July 1

Teacher Presentation of Project Ideas (Principals Invited) ~ On the last day of the conference, the teacher working groups will share their proposals with the rest of the community, teachers, and principals. At that time, a group discussion will be facilitated on taking the projects forward over the course of the next year with any future development being reported at ISSF 2019 and through the ISSN website.

Professional Development on Mindfulness ~ Principals and Teachers will participate in a session on mindfulness. In this session, participants will learn the definition of mindfulness, neurophysiological underpinnings of mindfulness and learning, experiential learning of mindfulness techniques, and how to create mindful spaces on their own campuses. The session will be facilitated by Ms. Marissa Rivera, Wellness Counselor at The Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA).

Before You Arrive

We have put together some information on how to prepare for ISSF 2018 and what to do before you arrive to ensure you get the most out of your experience.

Step 1: Working Group Sign-up ~ Teachers will receive an email asking you to register for ISSF. In your registration form, teachers will be asked to select one of three working groups. Each group is focused on one of three of the UN SDGs (Zero Hunger, Clean Water, and Sanitation, or Affordable and Clean Energy). During ISSF teachers will participate in activities and develop a project focused on their selected goal.

Step 2: Project Preparation ~ There is no need to wait for the conference to begin brainstorming. We have compiled a small set of resources for each global goal as well as a project idea form for you to complete and share with other teachers. You can access these resources here

Step 3: Connect with Fellow Teachers ~ You will be invited to join a private ISSF Teacher Group on Facebook prior to the event. The purpose of this group is foster conversations with fellow attendees weeks before you arrive at ISSF 2018. Through this group, you will be asked to introduce yourself and your school with other teachers and we will share resources with you to assist you in developing a project idea you and other teachers may work on.

Step 4: Share Your Project Idea ~ You will be invited to share your project idea with other teachers to generate discussions around ideas prior to arriving at ISSF. Ultimately you will meet and share with other teachers before the event via the ISSF 2018 Teachers Facebook group.

ISSF Teacher Resources

IMSA Outreach

IMSA Outreach is a suite of innovative and experiential programs designed to provide transformative STEM experiences for teachers and students by leading educators at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA). As an academy at the forefront of learning innovation, IMSA Outreach programs are designed to take the advancements made in teaching and learning on campus, out to teachers and students around the state of Illinois and beyond. Our Educator and Student programs are rooted in Inquiry, focused on Design-Thinking and promote the development of critical thinking skills to create new knowledge.  Through collaborations with leading institutes and universities, IMSA Outreach is changing how teachers and students experience STEM education. For more information visit IMSA Outreach or email the team directly.

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