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  • Mansel A. Nelson
    ... Anyone interested in making an application for one of the grants described below - I would be willing to help write the grant as a partner with the school
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      Anyone interested in making an application for one of the grants described
      below - I would be willing to help write the grant as a partner with the
      school district.

      Let me know if there is any interest.


      >>National Science Teachers Association
      >>January 31, 2002
      >>NSF Releases Request for Proposals for FY2002 MSPs
      >>The National Science Foundation has released the Request for Proposal for
      >>their Math &Science Partnership programs. For a complete program
      >>description go to
      >>Science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, and others with an
      >>interest in professional development for K-12 science and mathematics are
      >>urged to visit this website for more information. K-12 districts can
      >>serve as the lead organization for these grants, and teacher
      >>participation is required in many aspects of these programs. Letters of
      >>intent (which are optional) are due March 15 and full proposals are due
      >>on April 30, 2002.
      >>As you will recall, the NSF Math and Science Partnerships received $160
      >>million in funding for FY2002 while the Math and Science Partnerships
      >>under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act were funded at only
      >>$12.5 million. It is likely that this year the Department of Education
      >>funds will be used to co-fund the NSF MSP programs.
      >>While the low appropriations for the FY2002 ESEA programs is
      >>disappointing and the Eisenhower program has been eliminated, keep in
      >>mind that in addition to these NSF Math and Science Partnership programs,
      >>science and math educators will be participants to the new ESEA Title II
      >>Teacher Quality programs slated to receive $2.85 billion in FY 2002. This
      >>is a huge funding increase from last year's programs. For example, the
      >>state of California received over $53 million in Eisenhower state grants
      >>in FY2001, but it is expected to receive over $333 million in Title II
      >>funds next year. (For a preview of what each state will receive under FY
      >>2002 funding for ESEA go to
      >>There are a number of uses of funds allowable under Title II programs,
      >>including programs to provide professional development; recruiting,
      >>hiring, and retaining teachers; alternative certification programs;
      >>tenure reform; merit pay; and teacher testing.
      >>Here are some highlights of the NSF RFP for the FY2002 Math and Science
      >>Partnerships. We will provide additional details on ESEA programs when
      >>they become available.
      >>Proposals must be submitted on behalf of a partnership by a LEAD
      >>ORGANIZATION that is one of the following: 1) a preK-12 local, tribal,
      >>regional or state educational system, 2) an institution of higher
      >>education), 3) a higher education system or consortium, or 4) an
      >>educational consortium, private foundation, or other public or non-profit
      >>private school or organization focused on preK-12 education. The lead
      >>organization will be the prime awardee, assuming fiscal responsibility
      >>and the programmatic monitoring role for the overall award. Each
      >>PARTNERSHIP must include one or more institutions of higher education and
      >>one or more school district partners, and are encouraged to include other
      >>partners that bring needed human and institutional resources to the
      >>Partnerships that meaningfully engage additional stakeholders in the MSP
      >>enterprise for excellence in education are strongly encouraged. Effective
      >>partnerships likely will involve state or territorial or tribal
      >>government entities, but may also include community organizations,
      >>science centers and museums, business and industry, professional
      >>societies, research laboratories, dissemination and implementation
      >>centers, district-level educational support centers, social service
      >>agencies, private foundations, and other public and private organizations
      >>with interests in education such as educational research organizations,
      >>business roundtables or chambers of commerce.
      >>Anticipated Type of Award: Comprehensive Awards will be Cooperative
      >>Agreements; Targeted Awards will be Standard or Continuing Grants
      >>Estimated Number of Awards: 25-30 Comprehensive Awards and approximately
      >>60 Targeted Awards
      >>Program Goals:
      >>GOAL 1: To enhance significantly the capacity of schools to provide a
      >>challenging curriculum for every student, and to encourage more students
      >>to participate in and succeed in advanced mathematics and science courses.
      >>GOAL 2: To increase and sustain the number, quality, and diversity of
      >>preK-12 teachers of mathematics and science, especially in underserved
      >>areas, through further development of a professional education continuum
      >>that considers traditional preservice education as well as alternative
      >>routes into the profession, professional development during early phases
      >>of a career (i.e., induction), and continued professional growth
      >>(inservice) in mathematics and science for preK-12 teachers.
      >>GOAL 3: To contribute to the national capacity to engage in large-scale
      >>reform through participation in a network of researchers and
      >>practitioners, organized through the MSP program, that will study and
      >>evaluate educational reform and experimental approaches to the
      >>improvement of teacher preparation and professional development.
      >>GOAL 4: To engage the learning community in the knowledge base being
      >>developed in current and future NSF Centers for Learning and Teaching and
      >>Science of Learning Centers.
      >>The MSP program emphasizes that mathematicians, scientists and engineers
      >>accept vital roles in this effort to impact the teacher workforce and to
      >>work with teachers and administrators to substantially improve student
      >>achievement. Therefore, teachers and higher education faculty, as well as
      >>administrators, should be significant contributors to the development of
      >>proposals responding to the MSP solicitation.
      >>NSF will look for innovative approaches that effectively engage higher
      >>education institutions in addressing the goals noted above. For example,
      >>higher education faculty and students might work together and with school
      >>districts to embed educational technologies into preservice and inservice
      >>courses to ensure that teachers learn the effective use of technology as
      >>both instructional tools and as tools of the mathematics and science
      >>disciplines. In another model, mathematicians, scientists, and engineers,
      >>as well as undergraduate and graduate students from the higher education
      >>community, might involve secondary students or teachers in scientific
      >>research experiences or work directly with students and teachers in the
      >>preK-12 classroom. Additionally, a partnership might offer structured
      >>opportunities for disciplinary faculty to expand teachers' subject matter
      >>knowledge and inform them on applicable research in science and
      >>mathematics or to encourage their college majors in mathematics, science
      >>and engineering to consider careers in education. The MSP expects that
      >>partnering institutions of higher education will address policies and
      >>practices that impact those faculty members involved in preK-12 activities.
      >>COMPREHENSIVE partnerships will be characterized by fundamental,
      >>inclusive and coordinated changes in educational practices, with strict
      >>accountability measures, at both the college/university level and the
      >>local district level. Comprehensive partnerships are successful when
      >>schools, school systems, higher education, and other partners are fully
      >>engaged and operating in concert to support students in achieving at an
      >>optimal level; when the teacher professional education continuum
      >>parallels expectations for students; when policies and practices are
      >>aligned with a clear set of goals and standards; and when the forthcoming
      >>improvements and innovations become intrinsic, sustainable parts of the
      >>ongoing educational system for all children and teachers. Additional
      >>stakeholders, especially state, territorial or tribal government
      >>entities, are encouraged to participate in comprehensive partnerships.
      >>It is anticipated that large comprehensive MSP awards will be of 5-year
      >>duration for amounts up to $7 million per year depending on the size and
      >>scope of the project as well as the availability of NSF funds. The size
      >>of the awards will be correlated, in part, to the scope and complexity of
      >>the proposal as well as the numbers of preK-12 students served. All
      >>comprehensive awards will be made as cooperative agreements with an
      >>initial commitment of five years and may be renewed for an additional
      >>five years, if sufficient funds are available. PARTNERSHIPS INVOLVING
      >>CONSORTIA to impact more students and teachers, and for greater
      >>TARGETED efforts will focus on improving one or a limited set of
      >>element(s) of the mathematics and/or science educational endeavor.
      >>Most of these efforts will be creative and innovative, smaller in scale,
      >>more narrowly focused, and limited in scope. Targeted awards may address
      >>particular problem areas where improvements in science and mathematics
      >>instruction and achievement are already underway, where time and
      >>resources are needed to develop meaningful partnerships, or where the
      >>intent is to try innovative, "high-risk" solutions to specific questions.
      >>Targeted awards will be made for up to a 5-year duration for amounts
      >>ranging from $100,000 to $1.5 million per year.
      >>As a subset of the targeted awards, the U.S. Department of Education and
      >>NSF will consider co-funding partnerships that address the following
      >>a) engaging classroom teachers in mathematical or scientific research and
      >>development projects sponsored by institutions of higher education and/or
      >>other private and public sector research organizations;
      >>b) engaging practicing teachers as professional colleagues who work
      >>together with scientists, mathematicians and engineers to master advanced
      >>new content and teaching strategies;
      >>c) demonstrating how technology can be used in the classroom to deepen
      >>the scientific and mathematical understanding of teachers and to promote
      >>higher student achievement; or
      >>d) establishing and evaluating the effectiveness of differential salary
      >>scales used to make the mathematics and science teaching profession more
      >>comparable in pay to the private sector, both as a tool to attract
      >>beginning teachers with deep mathematical or scientific training and as a
      >>means to create a career ladder capable of retaining highly skilled and
      >>effective teachers.
      >>If you have questions about any of the information provided above, please
      >>contact Jodi Peterson at NSTA, <mailto:jpeterson@...>jpeterson@....
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