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 our 2016 NGSS in Action Workshops!

January 23, 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Plants and Pollinators (Give Bees a Chance)
iMATHination Conference
Q Center 
1405 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles, IL 60174
January 28, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (registration at 8:30)
Exploring the NGSS
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
4666 East Faries Parkway, Decatur, IL 62526
February 8-9, (2 presentations)
NGSS in Action! & Developing 21st Century Thinkers with the Next Generation Science Standards
Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC) Conference
Chicago Marriot
1801 N. Naper Blvd., Naperville, IL 60563
March 17, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (registration at 8:30)
NGSS in Action -- Engineering Hydrogels
Richland Community College
1 College Park, Decatur, IL 62521
May 10, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (registration at 8:30)
Nutrition -- Carboydrates/Sweetners/Fiber
St. Mary's Hospital
1800 East Lake Shore Drive, Decatur, IL 62521
May 26, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (registration at 8:30)
Exploring the NGSS 
Decatur Public Schools Professional Development Center
601 N. Church St., Decatur, IL 62522   
July 25-29, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (registration at 8:00)
Farm to Flight: Can Biofuels Green Aviation
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 Cass Ave., Lemont, IL 60439
Lunch is provided for all workshops. CPDU/contact hours are also provided. For more information on specific workshops or to register, visit here!