MSTP/STEM Grant for 2014-2015
The MSP Advisory Committee (MAC) will provide project oversight to ensure academic content standards alignment and training are aligned with professional teaching standards in both math and science. The MAC will meet quarterly throughout the 2014-15 school year to review and refine how the modules explicitly address (1) instructional strategies and (2) pedagogical content knowledge (how students learn math/science).
The goal of the math module is to create a professional development vertical alignment experience for mathematics teachers as they prepare their students for success in 8th grade algebra. The module is developed using the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM), the Curriculum Focal Points for Pre-kindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics (NCTM), the 2007 Minnesota Academic Standards for Mathematics, and the 2010 Minnesota Academic Standards for English/Language Arts.
The goal of the science module is to provide an integrative, inquiry-based professional development opportunity for K-12 educators to expand their STEM knowledge-base and pedagogies. Within this third year, the same principles of STEM integration and the use of inquiry-based pedagogies of the previous two years will be practiced in the theme: energy and sustainability. Questions that will be addressed include “What type of energy exists on the planet?” This question will address the cross-cutting concept structure and function, as well as touching on stability and change. These cross-cutting concepts will also be embedded in the additional questions “How is energy transferred? From the farm to our bodies”, “Why is agriculture successful in some areas of the planet and not in others?” and “What does it mean to sustain the planet in the midst of global climate change?” This last question will focus most on stability and change within a system. These questions allow the participants to not only address basic standards but also different disciplines including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Geology.
The schedule for both the math and science modules includes five content specific training days (total of 35 hours). There will typically be four Professional Learning Community (PLC) hours between each training day (total 16 hours) and two Lesson Study Cycles (one in the late fall and one in the early spring – total of 10 hours). In addition, teachers will participate in one day of on-site instructional coaching based on their data and grant goals (total 6 hours). All of these components total approximately 67 contact hours for each module. Lesson Study Leaders will receive 5 additional hours of leadership training and administrators will receive 35 hours over the course of the year of professional development related to research-based best practices in math and science and how to provide meaningful feedback to and coach teachers for growth.
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