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The Mathematics and Science Partnership Program (MSP)

The MSP grant program concluded in the fall of 2018. This program was funded through Title II, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to support the improvement of mathematics and science instruction and learning through partnerships between school districts, institutions of higher learning, ESDs and educational organizations.

Cohort 7

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 or read PASTL's informational flyer.

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

Professional Development:

  • 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

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 Explanations
  • Teachers reflect on and revise their teaching of the enhancements through looking at student work

Professional Development:

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

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

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, Quillayute Valley School District, South Kitsap School District, Quillayute Valley School District, Quilcene 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

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

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

Math and Science Partnerships