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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.

Seattle PS

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 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>
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  • 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

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

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