STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

LLAMA (Longitudinal Learning of Viable Argument in Mathematics for Adolescents)

Agency: University of Idaho

In August 2016, the University of Idaho and RMC Research Corporation (RMC) were awarded a 5-year $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation under the Discovery Research K–12 program to study the LLAMA intervention. The intervention, which is being implemented in Washington, Idaho, and Montana, aims to improve Grade 8 students’ mathematics learning with and through viable argumentation.

Hacking Your Mind

Agency: National Science Foundation

Hacking Your Mind is a three-year informal science education project funded by the National Science Foundation Advancing Information STEM Learning program and awarded to Oregon Public Broadcasting. RMC Research is conducting a randomized controlled trial study to contribute to the body of knowledge on science research by producing findings regarding how participants learn in different informal settings and how learning varies by participant type. Of particular importance to the knowledge base will be determining if interactive informal science mechanisms (i.e., short videos, games, radio segments) produce similar participant outcomes as a 4 hour television series.

Collaborative Research: Project DIRACC: Developing and Investigating a Rigorous Approach to Conceptual Calculus

Agency: National Science Foundation

In September 2016, Arizona State University and RMC Research Corporation were awarded a 2-year grant from the National Science Foundation under the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) for the project called Collaborative Research: Project DIRACC: Developing and Investigating a Rigorous Approach to Conceptual Calculus.

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Arizona Mathematics Partnership (AMP) Project

Agency: Maricopa County Community College District

RMC Research served as the external evaluator for the Arizona Mathematics Partnership, a 5-year targeted Mathematics and Science Partnership project funded by the National Science Foundation and led by Scottsdale Community College in conjunction with Chandler-Gilbert and Glendale Community Colleges.

STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP) Evaluation

Agency: National Science Foundation

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) of the National Science Foundation has funded more than 200 grant projects since its inception in 2001. STEP seeks to increase the number of students receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT)

Agency: Biological Sciences Curriculum Study

RMC Research is evaluating Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT), a 5-year Discovery Research K-12 project funded by the National Science Foundation and led by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting, the National Teacher Enhancement Network, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.

Collaborative Approaches to Undergraduate Science Education (CAUSE)

Agency: Lewis & Clark College

Collaborative Approaches to Undergraduate Science Education (CAUSE) was a 3 year project conducted by Lewis and Clark College and funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. RMC Research was responsible for assisting CAUSE project staff in the revision of an evaluation designed by another firm.

East Metro Mathematics Leadership Project

Agency: David Douglas School District

The East Metro Mathematics Leadership (EaMML) Math Science Partnership is a collaboration among David Douglas School District, Centennial School District, the Multnomah Education Service District, and Portland State University. The 3-year project aims to develop math teacher leaders who will support principled teaching and learning of mathematics in their classrooms, schools, and districts.

Technical Evaluation Assistance in Mathematics and Science (TEAMS)

Agency: National Science Foundation

The TEAMS project supports the mission of the National Science Foundation’s Research (NSF), Evaluation, and Technical Assistance (RETA) program by identifying significant issues that hinder the work of evaluators of Math-Science Partnerships (MSP) projects, offering technical assistance to resolve these issues, and providing venues for MSP evaluators and project staff to share strategies and findings from MSP evaluations.

TEAMS is a joint effort of both the Denver and Portland offices of RMC Research.

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Making Mathematical Reasoning Explicit (MMRE)

Agency: Washington State University

RMC Research conducted an evaluation of Making Mathematical Reasoning Explicit, a Mathematics and Science Partnership project funded by the National Science Foundation and led by Washington State University and the University of Idaho. Making Mathematical Reasoning Explicit developed a cadre of school- and district-based teacher leaders in rural districts in central and eastern Washington and northern Idaho to provide professional development resulting in improved student achievement as demonstrated by improved mathematics student achievement and completion of advanced secondary mathematics courses.

Enhancing STEM Education at Oregon State University (ESTEME@OSU)

Agency: Oregon State University

Enhancing STEM Education at Oregon State University (ESTEME@OSU) was a 3 year project funded by the National Science Foundation. The project catalyzed institutional change by integrating two evidence-based instructional practices (EBIPs), interactive engagement and cooperative learning, in delivery of targeted classes in five STEM programs (biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics) through scaling and cross-pollination.

Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) Alliance Program Evaluatio

Agency: Pacific Science Center

RMC Research serves as the evaluator for the Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) program, which involves a network of 9 regional alliances providing the professional development and technical assistance needed to implement inquiry-based science instruction in participating schools.

Essential Lens

Agency: Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Annenberg Foundation awarded Oregon Public Broadcasting a 1-year contract in fall 2013 to create Essential Lens: Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum. Essential Lens is a multidisciplinary resource for social science and science teachers that includes a website, videos, photographic analysis tasks, rights-cleared photo collections, photo archives, and interactive tools.

Connect to Math—Connect to Science (Mathematics and Science Partnerships)

Agency: Portland State University

Connect 2 Math Connect 2 Science (C2M C2S) was a 3 year project funded by the Mathematics and Science Partnership Program through the Oregon Department of Education that commenced at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. C2M C2S was conducted by Portland State University (Oregon) in collaboration with the school districts of Beaverton, Hillsboro, Parkrose, and Portland.

Mathematics Studio Program

Agency: Teachers Development Group

RMC Research served as the external evaluator for the Mathematics Studio Program, an intensive school-based professional development experience for school administrators and mathematics teachers and coaches at 3 schools in Oregon’s Medford and Bend-LaPine School Districts.

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