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About Raymond J. Dagenais

Although my early training was in physics and mathematics, I have become fascinated in the ways people learn and in studying teaching approaches. My career as a professional educator began in 1969. Since that time I have taught physics and mathematics at the secondary level and education courses at the university level. During this time I have also worked as a research associate for five summers at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois.
Contributions to the profession have included serving as president of the Illinois Staff Development Council, president of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, and as a member of the Kappa Delta PI Public Policy Committee. At the invitation of the U. S. Department of State I spent a week presenting to and speaking with educators and graduate students in Bangkok, Had Yai, and Chiang Mai, Thailand. Accrued honors include the Northern Illinois University 1989 Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Curriculum and Supervision for my dissertation work, A Study of Selected Ability, Physical and Psychological Variables and the Achievement of a Successful Mentoring Experience, the 1999 Purdue University School of Science Distinguished Alumnus Award for Excellence in K-12 Teaching, and a 2005 Stanford University Pre-College Teaching Award.
The focus of my recent work includes writing integrated inquiry-based mathematics and science curriculum material as well as providing professional development experiences for Illinois partner teachers in the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy’s after-school FUSION Program.

Positions

Present Past Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist, Illinois Math and Science Academy
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Honors and Awards

  • US Department of State Invited Speaker – Thailand, 2006
  • Northern Illinois University 1989 Outstanding Student Award in Curriculum and Supervision
  • Purdue University School of Science Distinguished Alumnus Award for Excellence in K - 12 Teaching, 1999