Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education

Every Day Every Child (EDEC)

Every Day, Every Child: A Partnership for Research with Elementary Math and Science Instructional Specialists is an exploratory research project to understand and categorize instructional specialist models in mathematics and science; investigate the content knowledge, preparation and needs of teachers in these roles; determine the instructional effectiveness of instructional specialists; and determine the impact of instructional specialists on student learning and attitudes towards mathematics and science. This research will contribute to the knowledge base by providing a characterization of models of instructional specialization in mathematics and science at the elementary level. By investigating models of implementation, factors that influence implementation, preparation of teachers as instructional specialists, and their effectiveness at the classroom level, the results of this study will identify conditions under which the adoption of a specialist model is effective, which will be shared with educators across the country, both in higher-education and at the elementary level.

For more information visit the project website or contact:

Kim Markworth, Principal Investigator, email:  Kimberly.Markworth@wwu.edu
Chris Ohana, Co-Principal Investigator, email: Chris.Ohana@wwu.edu

Washington Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (WA-STEM)

For more information contact:

Dan Hanley, Principal Investigator, email:  Daniel.Hanley@wwu.edu

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

Western Washington University in partnership with Concrete, Bellingham and Sedro Woolley school districts focus on working with a whole school concept to bring school-wide systemic change in improving math and science instruction. The professional development targets rigorous content within math and science, and the authentic integration of math and science based on the CCSSM and Washington State K–12 Science Learning Standards and NGSS Framework. Professional development also helps teachers design formative assessments aligned to the math and science content. Professional Learning Communities meet monthly to share action plans, provide peer feedback and a provide collaboration among teachers. Saturday workshops are attended by both teachers and principals to analyze student work and student understanding. Principals are invited to participate in Principal leadership workshops provided by another MSP funded grant (TWSSP). Seventy-five K-5 teachers will participate in the 3 year project.

SEISMIC Website containing slide presentations and documents

For more information contact:

Kim Markworth, Principal Investigator, email:  Kimberly.Markworth@wwu.edu
Shannon Warren, Project Director, email: Shannon.Warren@wwu.edu

The Whole School Success Partnership (TWSSP)

The Whole School Success Partnership is focused on improving student achievement in five schools in three districts through changing instructional, leadership, and collaborative practices. Western Washington University faculty are partnering with schools to achieve two overarching goals:

1) improve teachers' subject-matter knowledge in the academic subjects that the teachers teach (mathematics, science, and/ or English Language Arts).

2) improve principal and assistant principal's subject matter content and instructional leadership skills specific to mathematics, science, and English Language Arts.

For more information contact:

Emily Borda, Principal Investigator, email:  Emily.Borda@wwu.edu
Shannon Warren, Project Director, email: Shannon.Warren@wwu.edu

North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership (NCOSP)

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