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Feigel, Kristen A. – NCSSS Journal, 2016
Kristen Feigel is a sophomore at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH, where she is preparing to teach secondary theater and English. When first asked if she wanted an opportunity to shadow a few teachers at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), she answered "Yes, absolutely!" Here she details experiences, surprises,…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teaching Experience, Learning Experience, Mathematics Teachers
Hinterlong, Diane; Lawrence, Branson; DeVol, Purva – NCSSSMST Journal, 2014
The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students in grades 10 through 12 in its advanced, residential…
Descriptors: Females, Engineering, STEM Education, High School Students
DeVol, Dave – NCSSSMST Journal, 2014
When the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) was founded in 1985, the state of Illinois charged IMSA with two mandates: (1) "The primary role of the Academy shall be to offer a uniquely challenging education for students talented in the areas of mathematics and science." (2) "The Academy shall also carry a responsibility…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Case Studies, College School Cooperation, High School Students
Joseph, Thomas – NCSSSMST Journal, 2011
In an evening seminar held in the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) auditorium, Lisa Anderson-Shaw, Director of Clinical Ethics Consulting Service at the University of Illinois Medial Center, posed a scenario that inspired a thirty-minute discussion of contemporary bioethics, during which speaker and students untangled issues of patient…
Descriptors: Ethics, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Seminars
O'Leary, Sarah; Styer, Susan C. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2010
The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), located in Aurora Illinois, is a public, three-year residential high school for students who are academically talented in mathematics and/or science. The mission statement of IMSA is to "ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition." This…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Biology, Educational Change, Science Process Skills
Scheppler, Judy; Kolar, Christopher – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
This article informs about the formation of a school's Institutional Review Board (IRB), presents examples of research that IRBs often encounter, elevates awareness of human subjects research concerns for faculty and staff, and discusses how emerging requirements for science competitions may affect schools, staff and students. An IRB is the group…
Descriptors: Student Research, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Biomedicine, Educational Environment
Gaudi, B. Scott – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
The author grew up in Staunton, Illinois, a small town in the middle of the state about an hour northeast of St. Louis. Staunton is a rural community like many others in the midwest, populated by hardworking, down-to-earth people who value friends, family, and tradition. Staunton was not an easy place for someone like him to grow up and flourish.…
Descriptors: High Schools, Special Schools, Educational Experience, Culture Conflict
Ruffin, Kenyatta – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
In this article, the author cites the unusual attributes of his school. In his school, a focus on mathematics, science, and technology never equated to an absence of other disciplines. In his school, admission came with a price--not a financial debt, but a moral obligation. Ethical leadership and service was engrained in students' hearts, their…
Descriptors: Institutional Characteristics, School Culture, Cultural Pluralism, Ethics
Markey, Mia K. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
As the author prepares to head back to Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) for homecoming, she finds the analogy of Hogwarts for IMSA to be apropos. Going to IMSA opened doors for her that she hadn't even known were closed. Yet it's not easy to pin down what made her IMSA experience magical. Certainly there are some elements that are…
Descriptors: Educational Experience, High Schools, Special Schools, Teacher Influence
Brokaw, Everett – NCSSSMST Journal, 2007
This issue's humanities reflection presents a student's argument for attention to the humanities in a math, science, and technology program. Everett Brokaw, a senior at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, recognizes that his specialized school experience has been enriched by personal journeys through literature and through encounters…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Educational Experience, Humanities, Reflection