iBIO Institute EDUCATE Center’s TalentSparks! program provides intensive teacher professional development workshops designed to assist teachers in aligning curricula and implementing Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) through real-world, problem-centered, hands-on learning and connections to experts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. TalentSparks! workshops are organized around life sciences sectors that Feed, Fuel, Heal and Save the World.

Since 2007, with financial support from Illinois life sciences industry and a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education, TalentSparks! programming has reached over 1000 teachers and through them over 86,000 students. Independent external evaluation shows that TalentSparks! teachers and their students significantly improve their knowledge of STEM concepts and careers with average gains of approximately 9 percentage points on both science and mathematics content assessments.

Don't miss this upcoming NGSS in Action Workshop!

October 20, 2015, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Plants and Pollinators

Ballard Nature Center, 5253 U.S. 40, Altamont, IL                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Lunch is provided for all workshops. CPDU/contact hours are also provided. For more information on specific workshops or to register, visit here!