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Next Generation Science Standards Leadership

Revitalize science teaching in your school

Sign up to attend a FREE two-day workshop for teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators focused on developing NGSS aligned lessons for your classroom, school, or district.

  • Learn to construct NGSS-aligned activities with a emphasis on data collection and analysis
  • Identify the gaps in your current science curriculum
  • Create lessons in collaboration with Illinois Math and Science Academy's (IMSA) specialists & colleagues
  • Participates will receive classroom supplies and tools to share their leaning with others.

Workshops will be held in the following locations:


Shape the future for our children. Start here.

Ambassador-RecruitmentThe 2020 Census is fast approaching. As an educator or education supporter, you are always striving to do your part to create a brighter future for children. There are many ways you do that, and in 2020 there is one big way you can help: Support efforts to make sure EVERY child is counted in the 2020 Census, because you know that every child is a part of our community.

This nationwide count happens every 10 years. When the children are not counted, important decisions are affected, such as how much money to spend on services and programs that help children.

Responses from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support these vital programs and more.

How You Can Help

As school leaders, you are trusted by your students, staff, community members, and families, and you have a direct line of communication with them. You can get the word out about the importance of their participation in the 2020 Census and the benefits of an accurate count.

The 2020 Census provides K-12 civics classrooms an opportunity to engage in inquiry leading to informed action around issues of power and representation. Schools can be critical partners to help Illinois take an accurate count. Here are some resources you can use to engage your community.

Classroom Resources

  • IllinoisCivics.org has created a 6-12 Inquiry Lesson Plan “Can Your Community Count on You?” explore the questions:
    • What is the purpose of the census and how does it “count” or impact my community?  
    • How do numbers + lines = power for my community?  
    • What are the challenges to an accurate count in my community? 
    • What actions can I take to make sure my community “counts”?
  • Statistics in Schools- U.S. Census has free K-12 lessons and activities
  • Share My Lesson:  Census Lessons has compiled lesson around the 2020 census from organizations like C-Span, Citizens Not Spectators, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Tenement Museum.
  • The Los Angeles County Office of EducationPDF Document has created resources for grades 5-8 called, “Count Me In!”​​​

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