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Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant

Grants to Nevada IHEs, LEAs, Nonprofits, and For-Profits
for Joint Projects to Enhance STEM Teacher Training

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Nevada Department of Education

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12/02/16 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Nevada STEM and teacher training departments of IHEs, high-needs LEAs, nonprofits, and for-profits for collaborative projects to enhance the quality of STEM education. Technical assistance sessions are scheduled for November 7 and 9. The goal of this program is to improve STEM education by enabling teachers to achieve Highly Effective status.

This program supports the implementation of in implementation of high-quality professional development programs that:

1) Improve and upgrade the status and stature of mathematics and science teaching the Nevada Academic Content Standards in Mathematics and/or Science by encouraging institutions of higher education to assume greater responsibility for improving mathematics and science teacher education through the establishment of a comprehensive, integrated system of training and advising mathematics and science teachers;

2) Focus on the education of mathematics and/or science teachers as a career-long process that continuously stimulates teachers’ intellectual growth and upgrades teachers’ knowledge and skills;

3) Improve and enhance the abilities of teachers of mathematics and/or science to use the processes of scientific investigation and inquiry to build their own content knowledge base and abilities;

4) Bring mathematics and science teachers in elementary schools and/or secondary schools together with scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to increase the subject matter knowledge of mathematics and/or science teachers; and/or

5) Improve and expand knowledge base of mathematics and/or science teachers, including training such teachers in the effective integration of Nevada Academic Content Standards in Mathematics and Science into curricula and instruction.

A partnership shall use funds provided for one or more of the following activities related to elementary or secondary schools:

1) Creating opportunities for enhanced and ongoing professional development focused teacher content knowledge in relation to the Nevada Academic Content Standards in Mathematics and/or Science and;

2) Establishing and operating mathematics and/or science summer workshops or institutes, including follow-up training, for elementary school and/or secondary school mathematics and/or science teachers that shall, increase teachers content knowledge in Mathematics and Science directly related to the Nevada Academic Content Standards, and may focus pedagogy secondarily;

3) Designing programs to prepare a mathematics or science teacher for the Nevada Academic Content Standards in Mathematics and/or Science at a school to provide professional development to other mathematics or science teachers at the school and to assist beginning and other teachers at the school, including (if applicable) a mechanism to integrate the teacher’s experiences from a summer workshop or institute into the provision of professional development and assistance;

4) Establishing and operating programs to bring mathematics and/or science teachers into contact with working scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, to expand such teachers’ subject matter knowledge of, and research in, science and mathematics; and

5) Establishing distance learning programs for mathematics and science teachers using the Nevada Academic Content Standards in Mathematics and/or Science that are innovative, content-based, and based on scientifically based research that is current as of the date of the program involved.

6) Establishing programs that provide trainings and resources for mathematics and science teachers to use research-based strategies to systematically target females and other underrepresented populations in STEM disciplines.

The Nevada MSP program priorities for the 2017-2018 funding cycle are:

1) Programs to improve grade level content knowledge and skills of mathematics and/or science teachers (including special education and second language teachers) aligned to the Nevada Academic Content Standards in Mathematics and/or Science; or

2) Programs designed to grow the math and/or science content knowledge of teachers in grades 7-12.

3) Programs that provides trainings and resources for teachers in research-based strategies to systematically target females and other underrepresented populations in STEM disciplines (e.g. mentorship, dispositions).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137893

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Number of Grants:

The Department expects to fund 3 - 5 new MSP programs.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is January 2017 - May 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Partnerships applying for a Mathematics and Science Partnership grant must include:
-An engineering, mathematics, or science department of an institution of higher education;
-A high-need local educational agency; and
-A teacher training department of an institution of higher education; and

Partnerships may also include:
-Another engineering, mathematics, science, or teacher training department of an institution of higher education;
-Additional local educational agencies, public charter schools, public or private elementary schools or secondary schools, or a consortium of such schools;
-A business; or
-A nonprofit or for-profit organization of demonstrated effectiveness in improving the quality of mathematics and/or science teachers.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants may attend a technical assistance meeting at one of the following two locations. These meetings will provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the grant submission.

-November 7 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM in the Battle Born room of the Nevada Department of Education 700 East 5th Street, Carson City, NV.

November 9 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM in the Bristle Cone room of the Nevada Department of Education 9890 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV.

Pre-Application Information:

To be considered for funding, proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 PM on Friday December 2, 2016. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Proposals should be mailed or delivered to the address listed below.

Within 15 working days of the application deadline, correspondence will be sent notifying applicants of the results of the technical review of their application. Within thirty days of completion of the review process, the Program Director will be notified of the status of the proposal.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mike Pacheco, State Coordinator
(775) 687-5933

Mail or deliver applications to:

Standards and Instructional Supports
Mike Pacheco
Nevada Department of Education
750 North Roop Street, Suit 107
Carson City, NV 89701

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