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Contact Information:

  msp@k12.wa.us

  Katy Absten
  Mathematics Specialist
  Katy.Absten@k12.wa.us
  360-725-6429

  Amber McCulloch
  K-12 Science Specialist
  Amber.Mcculloch@k12.wa.us
  360-725-4463

  Sultana Shah
  Administrative Assistant
  Sultana.Shah@k12.wa.us
  360-725-4961

 

Math and Science Partnerships

The Mathematics and Science Partnership Program (MSP) supports the improvement of mathematics and science instruction and learning through partnerships between school districts, institutions of higher learning, ESDs and educational organizations. The MSP projects provide high-quality, content–based professional learning for K-12 teachers to enhance teacher content knowledge and instructional classroom practices.

The MSP program is funded through Title II, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. OSPI currently funds 10 MSP projects across the state. All projects are key leaders in the state's CCSS-Math and NGSS implementation initiatives.


Cohort 7

Puget Sound ESD Region

Partnership for Ambitious Science Teacher Leaders (PASTL)

Content Area: Science

Partners: Puget Sound ESD, Northwest ESD, Olympic ESD, Bellevue School District, Federal Way School District, University of Washington’s Ambitious Science Teaching Group, Physics Education Research Group at Seattle Pacific University

Grade Level: 6-12

Unique Focus:

  • Build a network of teacher highly skilled in enacting Ambitious Science Teaching through responsive instructional pedagogy.
  • Develop teacher leaders skilled in supporting other teachers in learners to enact Ambitious Science Teaching.
  • Teachers will engage in issues of equity to support all students in learning science.
  • Teachers will collection evidence of professional growth using artifacts of student work and formative assessment.
  • Teachers will learn a set of high-leverage teaching practices, aligned to NGSS, that supports teachers in developing a highly rigorous and equitable learning environment.
  • Develop sustainability strategies to support the work beyond the grant.

Professional Development:

  • Two weeks of summer institutes
  • Three Reflective Planning Days during school year
  • 2 Studio Days during school year
  • Online teacher learning support and collaboration throughout school year

Visit Ambitious Science Teaching for more information.

Steilacoom SD

SER2 Steilacoom, Eatonville, Rochester – Soaring toward Educational Rigor

Content Area: Math and Science

Partners: Steilacoom, Eatonville, Rochester School Districts; PLU; UWT; Teachers Development Group (TDG); AWSP

Grade Level: 6-12

Unique Focus: (list several key points as brief statements)

  • Collaboration for teachers in three districts that are isolated by location and size
  • Professional learning that blends content knowledge and pedagogy provided by TDG, UWT, and PLU; with emphasis on inquiry-based learning
  • Tie to Open Educational Resource development for sharing lessons, projects, and professional learning modules

  • Three, 3-day summer institutes hosted by each district
  • Quarterly Studio professional learning cycles with TDG and inservice provided by TDG and our IHE partners
  • Leadership training for principals to support improved math and science instruction

Visit http://rochester.wednet.edu/ser2 for more information.

Seattle Public

Partnership for Science and Engineering Practices (PSEP)

Content Area: Science

Partners: Seattle Public Schools, Renton School District, University of Washington, and the Institute for Systems Biology

Grade Level: Seattle—6-8; Renton—9-12

Unique Focus:

  • Teachers collaborate with partners (UW and ISB) to develop curriculum enhancements to science instructional materials focused on the NGSS Practices of Developing and Using Models, Engaging in Argument from Evidence, and Constructing Explanationsk
  • Teachers reflect on and revise their teaching of the enhancements through looking at student work

Professional Development:

  • 6-day summer institutes
  • 3 school-year workshopss
  • Support for administrators

Visit Partnership for Science and Engineering Practices for more information.

WWU

Middle School Math Partnership (M2P)

Content Area: Math

Partners: Western Washington University, Bellingham School District, Lynden School District, Mount Vernon School District, Sedro Woolley School District

Grade Level: 6-8

Unique Focus: (list several key points as brief statements)

  • Whole middle school math departments in Skagit and Whatcom counties
  • Deepening content knowledge in critical CCSSM concepts while engaging with math practices
  • Focus on aspects of research-based lesson cycle

Professional Development: (adjust to reflect your format)

  • 3 days summer 2015
  • 6 days summer 2016 and 2017
  • 2 school year workshops each year
  • 1 school year implementation day
  • building PLCs
  • mini studio days

Visit m2p2015.wikispaces.com for more information.

Olympic ESD 114

STEM Pathways Partnership

Content Area: STEM

Partners: Olympic ESD 114, West Sound STEM, School of Oceanography at the University of Washington, Olympic College, Galaxy Theaters, Suquamish Tribal Fisheries, Olympic College and the following schools and school districts: Bainbridge Island School District, Bremerton School District, Brinnon School District, Cape Flattery School District, Central Kitsap School District, Chimacum School District, Crescent School Ditrict, Crosspoint Christian Academy, North Mason, North Kitsap School District, Peace Lutheran School, Peninsula School District, Quilcene School District, Quillyute Valley School District, South Kitsap School District, Quillayute Valley School District, Quilicene School District, and Sequim School District

Grade Level: 4-12

Unique Focus:

  • STEM Content Mastery
  • STEM Content MasteryàClassroom Practice with a Focus on Washington State Learning Standards
  • Teacher-Researcher Partnerships
  • STEM Teacher Leadership

Professional Development:

  • 7-day Summer STEM Immersion Workshop
  • Monthly PLCs

Marysville

NGSS Pathways to Engineering (NGSS PE)

Content Area: Science

Partners: Marysville School District, University of Washington College of Engineering, Institute for Systems Biology

Grade Level: 6-8

Unique Focus:

  • Increase teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge of NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
  • Increase teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge of NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas
  • Increase teachers instructional practice aligned to NGSS through collaboration with teachers and STEM professionals in developing curriculum enhancements

Professional Development:

  • Three 3-day summer institutes and externships
  • 3 two-day cycles of Observation of Evidence of Learning during school-year
  • Monthly PLCs

ESD 112

nPower Girls: Cultivating Achievement and Interest in STEM

Content Area: STEM

Partners: ESD 112, Clark College, WSUV, Castle Rock, Longview, Mill A, Mt. Pleasant, Naselle-Grays River Valley School, Ridgefield, Three Rivers Christian School and Wishram

Grade Level: 4-8

Unique Focus:

  • Supports classroom instructional shifts to support girls’ achievement and engagement in STEM
  • Partnership with seven geographically isolated school districts (five LEAs), where professional learning and student opportunities to engage in STEM in a real-world context are extremely limited.
  • Teachers and principals learn authentic integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, directly from community-based STEM businesses and industry and incorporate research based strategies needed to support the achievement and engagement of girls in STEM.
  • Summer participants, both girls and their teachers, will attend week-long workshops and apply STEM content to solve real world problems.

Professional Development:

  • Three 5-day summer institutes
  • Monthly PLCs
  • 6 school-year workshops

Visit: NPower Girls website for more information.

 

Cohort 6

PSEP

Partnership for Science and Engineering Practices (PSEP)

Content Area: Science

Partners: Seattle Public Schools, Renton School District, University of Washington College of Engineering, and the Institute for Systems Biology.

Grade Level: Seattle: 3–5; Renton: 6–8

Unique Focus:

  • Teachers develop engineering design enhancements for science kits
  • Students engage in scientific explanations and argumentation using claims, evidence, and reasoning
  • Collaboration with Institute of Systems Biology and University of Washington LIFE/ISME Center

Professional Development:

  • 6-day summer institute
  • 3 school-year workshops

Visit the Partnership for Science and Engineering Practices website for more information.

MEC

Mathematics Education Collaborative (MEC) Enacting the Common Core State Standards: Preparing the Next Generation of Mathematics Leaders

Content Area: Math

Partners: ESD 113, ESD 114, ESD 121, ESD 101, ESD 105, ESD 112, ESD 123 and ESD 189, Western Washington University, NW Indian College, Spokane Falls Community College

Grade Level: 3–9; College

Unique Focus:

  • Fostering the development of 34 math teacher leaders to increase statewide capacity for CCSS Math professional learning
  • Studio days with teachers and administrators, focusing on classroom instruction
  • Mathematical content workshops on Ratio and Proportional Reasoning, Rational Numbers and Equations and Expressions
  • Virtual state-wide PLCs focusing on supporting classroom instructional shifts

Professional Development:

  • 5-day summer leadership workshop
  • Pilot workshops
  • Studio Days
  • Monthly virtual PLCs

WSU

Enhancing Understanding of Scientific Concepts and Practices with the Science Writing Heuristic, Concept Mapping, & Instructional Design (ECUCAPS)

Content Area: Science

Partners: Washington State University, Pomeroy School District, Clarkston School District, and ESD 123

Grade Level: K–8

Unique Focus:

  • Using concept mapping to deepen teachers’ understanding of NGSS disciplinary core ideas/li>
  • Classroom instruction focused student centered learning/li>
  • Designing instruction to engage students in argument-based inquiry and concept mapping/li>

Professional Development:

  • 7-day summer institute
  • 3 school-year workshops
  • On-site classroom support

Visit the Enhancing Understanding of Scientific Concepts and Practices website for more information

ESD 112

Increasing STEM Achievement Through Multi-Level Learning Inquiry Teams (STEM-LIT)

Content Area: STEM

Partners: ESD 112, Evergreen School District, Vancouver School District, Washington State University-Vancouver, Clark Community College and SEH America

Grade Level: 6–8

Unique Focus:

  • Teachers creating and implementing interdisciplinary STEM Design Challenges aligned with NGSS and CCSS
  • Multi-disciplinary teacher Learning Inquiry Team (LIT)/PLCs reflecting on implementation of Design Challenges
  • Students and teachers engaging in shared learning and creation of a Design Challenge as part of summer professional learning.

Professional Development:

  • Two 5-day summer institutes
  • Monthly LIT PLCs
  • 2 school-year workshops

Visit the STEM-LIT website for more information.

University Place SD

Common Core Math Connections (CCMC)

Content Area: Math

Partners: University Place School District, Fife School District, and Seattle Pacific University

Grade Level: K–5

Unique Focus:

  • Teachers focusing on questioning strategies and analyzing student thinking
  • Implementation of CCSS aligned curriculum supports to engage students in mathematical sense making
  • Incorporating formative assessment strategies within classroom instruction

Professional Development:

  • 5-day summer institute
  • 2 school-year workshops

WWU

School-wide Elementary Improvement in Science and Math Instruction through Collaboration (SEISMIC)

Content Area: STEM

Partners: Western Washington University, Concrete School District, Bellingham School District and Sedro Woolley School Districts

Grade Level: K–8

Unique Focus:

  • Whole school focus – all teachers participating in SEISMIC
  • Teachers developing learning progressions for science and math curriculum to support implementation of CCSS and NGSS
  • Embedding formative assessment strategies to support math and science instruction

Professional Development:

  • 7-day summer institute
  • School-year workshop(s)
  • Monthly PLCs
  • On site classroom support

NWESD

Assessing with Learning Progressions in Science (NW ALPS)

Content Area: Science

Partners: NWESD, Mount Vernon School District, Sedro-Woolley School District, Ferndale School District, Lakewood School District, Snohomish School District, Immaculate Conception Regional School, and Skagit Valley College

Grade Level: 4–6

Unique Focus:

  • Focused science content immersion during the summer institute
  • Creating learning progressions to support instruction
  • Developing formative assessments and engineering design challenges for science kits

Professional Development:

  • 5-day summer Institute
  • 2 school-year workshops

Visit the Assessing with Learning Progressions in Science website for more information.

WWU

The Whole School Success Partnership (TWSSP)

Content Area: STEM

Partners: Western Washington University, Blaine School District, Mt. Vernon School District, and Cape Flattery School District

Grade Level: K–12

Unique Focus:

  • Jointly funded MSP project with Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC)
  • Engaging principals and teachers collaboratively in joint professional learning
  • Whole school focus – all teachers across contents areas participating in TWSSP

Professional Development:

  • 5 day summer institute
  • 2 school-year workshops
  • On-site classroom support

ESD 123

STEM-IT

Content Area: STEM

Partners: ESD 123, Finley School District, Pasco School District, Columbia School District, North Franklin School District, Christ Our King, Western Washington University Tri-Cities, PNNL/Battelle and LIGO

Grade Level: 1–5

Unique Focus:

  • Teachers partnering with scientists and engineers from PNNL, LIGO and WSU
  • Teachers developing STEM design challenges for science kits
  • Using the Conceptual Flow Graphic to identify NGSS cross cutting concepts

Professional Development:

  • 5-day summer institute
  • 2 school-year workshops
  • On-site classroom support

Visit the STEM-IT website for more information.

EWU

Riverpoint Advanced Mathematics Partnership-Algebra (RAMP-A)

Content Area: Math

Partners: Eastern Washington University, ESD 101, Spokane Public Schools, Mead School District, Cheney School District, Central Valley School District, Republic School District, West Valley School District and Gonzaga Preparatory School

Grade Level: Algebra I teachers

Unique Focus:

  • Jointly funded MSP project with Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC)
  • Teachers using rich tasks to support algebraic mathematical understanding
  • Implementing Standards for Mathematical Practice within Algebra I curriculum
  • Engaging principals and teachers collaboratively in joint professional learning

Professional Development:

  • 4 day Summer institute
  • 9 school-year workshop days
  • On-site classroom support

Visit the RAMP-A website for more information.

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