This is an institution designed to support the grant by coordinating meetings, facilitating project activities, and promoting the development of new courses and challenging curricula from grade 7 through the graduate level using the CMST pedagogy.
A month of intensive CMST training designed as part of teachers' professional development. Teachers receive academic credits, a stipend and technology tools which enable them to extend the CMST project activities into their classrooms and school districts.
Scholarships and opportunities for teachers
A scholarship opportunity for teachers and teacher candidates to pursue a BS or MS degree in computational science and technology.
A project-based Challenge program to promote collaborative work among project teachers, their students at grades 7-12, and college faculty mentors.
A mentoring program to offer professional development to participating teachers through coaches in school districts and the college.
Pedagogically improved courses at the college and in the school districts (RCSD, BCSD).
Reciprocal visits by faculty and teachers to classrooms at the college and school districts.
Visits by students to partnering institutions to attend classes or receive mentoring.
Interaction between college faculty and school teachers from different districts.
Dissemination of results and lesson plans to other teachers in the country.
Promotion and recognition of successful projects, teachers, students and faculty.
Testing of new uses for instructional technology (hand-held devices and calculators).
Development of evaluation instruments and surveys (Web-based and paper-based).
Administering evaluation instruments to measure student learning and teacher quality.
Gathering of benchmarks on student learning and teacher quality/quantity outcomes.
Evaluation and analysis of targeted benchmarks by outside consultants.
Participation in the MSP Learning Network to exchange results and expertise with other grant projects.