Nebraska Partnership TEAMS: Teaching to Enhance Achievement in Mathematics and Science

Dr. John Sutton, RMC Research Corporation, Denver, CO, will lead the external evaluation for the Nebraska Partnership TEAMS: Teaching to Enhance Achievement in Mathematics and Science (NE TEAMS) project at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL). NE TEAMS is the latest statewide Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) project funded by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE), with a total award of $1 million for the 2016-2018 program period. NE TEAMS (http://scimath.unl.edu/csmce/teams/) began operations on August 8, 2016, following approval from the Nebraska State Board of Education. The MSP grant program is authorized under Title II, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended.

The purpose of this grant program is to fund statewide project(s) to deliver regional teacher professional development that improves the academic achievement of Nebraska students in mathematics and science in high-need schools. This grant will create regional opportunities for enhanced and ongoing professional development opportunities that address mathematics and science content aligned with the Nebraska Standards and which utilize effective instructional strategies. The MSP grant will also build a network for mathematics and science teacher leaders to deliver ongoing professional development on a regional basis.

Recruiting efforts are currently underway for teacher leaders to become part of the NE TEAMS project. These teacher leaders, in elementary STEM, secondary math or secondary Earth & space science will design, develop, and deliver profession development to teachers across Nebraska beginning in summer 2017.  If you are interested in applying, please check out the NE TEAMS website (http://scimath.unl.edu/csmce/teams/). Following selection of teacher leaders in late October/early November, the NE TEAMS project will begin soliciting applications for teacher participants and will provide priority for teams of teachers from high-need, low-performing schools. Keep watching the website for updates.

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