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Rocky Mountain Middle School Math Science Partnership
The Rocky Mountain Middle School Math Science Partnership is a Partnership comprised of three core partner Colorado school districts, Jefferson County, Brighton, and Mapleton, and the University of Colorado at Denver (CU-Denver) as the lead institution. Supporting partners include the University of Denver (DU), the Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD), and the Colorado State University (CSU) with affiliations to Ft. Lewis College, the Front Range Board of Cooperative Educational Services, and four school districts: Adams County 14, Englewood, Elizabeth, and Gilpin County.

Over the five years of the project, approximately 600 teachers will be involved and 26,400 students in grades 6-8 will be impacted. Invoking the motto, "15 Months to HQ" (highly qualified), this project will institutionalize the development, adaptation, and implementation of university coursework, which will boost the content and pedagogical knowledge of middle school mathematics and science teachers.

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Project Contributions

Understanding Mathematics And Science Advice Networks Of Middle School Teachers
"We report findings from a research project designed to examine the mathematics and science advice networks of teachers who participated in professional development under the auspices of the NSF-funded Rocky…
Evaluating Long-term Complex Professional Development: Using a Variation of the Cohort Control Design
This paper introduces a variation on the post-test only cohort control design and addresses questions concerning both the methodological credibility and the practical utility of employing this design variation in…
Effects of a Teacher Professional Development Program on the Mathematics Achievement of Middle Level Students
"We developed and offered 20 integrated STEM content-pedagogy professional development courses to teachers in seven districts. Students who received instruction from a participating teacher after the teacher took one mathematics…
STEM Faculty in the MSP: Evolutions and Revolutions
This paper addresses the following claim(s): "Of the numerous co-teaching models, some are more effective than others where there is a disparate level and type of knowledge among instructors. There…
Schools and Teachers as Connectors: Providing Access to Math and Science
This paper addresses the following claim(s): "The presentation of this proposal is two-fold : (a) to introduce an ecological model, centered around the learner, which moves closer to equity and…
An Evolutionary Case Study of Using Theory-Based Evaluation in a Math and Science Partnership Project
This paper addresses the following claim(s): "Our claim is relatively simple. We believe that many MSP projects have neither the capacity nor the research context to allow for randomized control…
Literacy in the content areas: How teachers use math and science to teach literacy and use literacy to enhance math and science content
Posted by: Carole Basile. "Teachers, literacy coaches, and media specialists who were taking classes through a math and science partnership and who also teach literacy...
Increasing the Self-Efficacy of Inservice Teachers
Posted by: Carole Basile. Abstract In a number of studies, self-efficacy of pre-service teachers has been correlated to high quality instructional practices in the classroom. Studies have also shown that content courses that focus...
The Veritable Quandary of Measuring Teacher Content Knowledge in a Math and Science Partnership
"How can teachers gain the knowledge of mathematics or science to successfully teach? To address this question, a number of researchers are heavily engaged in specifying the professional knowledge that...
Summer 2006 Newsletter
Posted by: Barbara Bath. Year 2 Newsletter highlights activities and events of the Rocky Mountain Middle School Math Science Partnership.
Rocky Mountain Middle School MSP Summer Brochure
Rocky Mountain Middle School MSP will offer a Summer Academy for middle school students in partner districts. A description of the project and the schedule for the 2006 Summer Academy...
Teacher Content Knowledge - A Mile High
The RM-MSMSP used several different instruments to probe the content knowledge of our middle school math and science teachers before and after their participation in professional development coursework....