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Title: PROJECT MAST Mississippi Academy for Science Teaching


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PROJECT MAST Mississippi Academy for Science
Teaching
  • Sheila Smith
  • Co-Principal Investigator
  • Jackson Public Schools (JPS)
  • Mehri Fadavi
  • Principal Investigator
  • Jackson State University (JSU)

QEM MSP Workshop Baltimore, MD June 11, 2009
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About JSU
  • Located in Jackson, the capital city and the
    cultural, political, geographic and business
    center of Mississippi, the campus is a scenic
    125-acre tract only five minutes from downtown
    and less than twenty minutes from Jackson
    International Airport.
  • Since 1877, Jackson State University has been
    providing young men and women opportunities that
    will empower them to succeed in an increasingly
    complex world. As the Urban University of
    Mississippi, Jackson State emphasizes public
    service programs designed to enhance quality of
    life and seek solutions to urban problems in the
    physical, social, intellectual, and economic
    environments.

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About JPS
  • With nearly 31,000 students enrolled, the Jackson
    Public School District is the second largest and
    only urban school district in Mississippi. More
    than 83 of Jackson's school-age children attend
    one of our 59 schools. These students represent
    almost 1/5 of Jackson's total population. Our
    student population is larger than the populations
    of all but 7 Mississippi cities and larger than
    54 Mississippi counties. 
  • The district has 59 schools 8 high schools,10
    middle schools, 38 elementary schools, 2 special
    schools, and a Career Development Center.

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EVOLUTION OF MAST
  • 2004 2005 Mississippi Academy for Science
    Teaching I
  • Middle SchoolPhysical, Earth, Space and Life
    Science
  • MSP/Mississippi Department of Education
  • 2005 2006 Mississippi Academy for Science
    Teaching II
  • Middle SchoolPhysical, Earth, Space and Life
    Science and Pre-Algebra and Algebra
  • MSP/Mississippi Department of Education
  • 2006 2007 Mississippi Academy for Science
    Teaching III
  • Middle SchoolPhysical, Earth, Space and Life
    Science and Pre-Algebra and Algebra
  • MSP/Mississippi Department of Education
  • 2007 2010 Mississippi Academy for Science
    Teaching 4U
  • Middle SchoolPhysical, Earth, Space, and
    Environmental Science and reading (science
    literacy)
  • MSP/Mississippi Department of Education

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Project MAST 4U
From conceptual understanding to exemplary
practice in science education
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MAST and MAST 4U
  • Goals Objectives

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Goals
  • Provide professional development for science
    teachers designed to improve skills related to
    inquiry-based teaching in grades 5-8
  • Improve content knowledge in physical science,
    life science, and earth and space science

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Objectives
  • Support improved student achievement in science
  • Engage in two content-rich graduate courses
  • Interact with faculty from across the United
    States
  • Participate in classroom visits four times during
    the academic school year

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MAST 4U
  • Implementation Design Qualities

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Timeline
  • Two-week long summer sessions of intensive
    professional development in physics, space
    science, Understanding by Design (UbD), and
    science literacy at JSU
  • Fall and spring programs include nine Saturdays
    of intensive professional development in
    chemistry, earth science, environmental science,
    UbD, and science literacy at JSU.

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Example
  • Year 3 summer, fall spring schedule
  • June 7 (Sunday afternoon), June 8-12 and June
    15-19 (800 a.m.- 500 p.m.)
  • September 5 19 October 3, 17 31 November
    14 (2009) January 16 30 February 13 (2010)
  • (800 a.m. - 500 p.m.)

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Other Key Features
  • Inquiry-based content aligned to the MS Science
    Framework and the National Science Education
    Standards
  • Access to the resources at JSU such as SMART
    (Science and Math Advance Resources for Teaching)
    Center, Astronomy Café, JSU observatories and
    observatories in Arizona, Hawaii, and Australia

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Science Partnerships
  • Select Mississippi School Districts
  • Cornell University
  • New York
  • Delta Education
  • Texas
  • Open Virtual Education Space
  • New York
  • Mississippi State University
  • Berkley/Lawrence Hall of Science
  • California
  • PASCO
  • California
  • The SkyCalls Program
  • Florida
  • Ironwood Observatory
  • Hawaii
  • James Cook Universitys Center for Astronomy
  • Australia

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Faculty Guest Instructors
  • Dianna Nunez
  • NASA
  • Wayne Synder
  • CA Technical University
  • Steve Roberts (K-12)
  • New Hampshire
  • David Theseng
  • Illinois
  • Lillie Akin
  • Texas
  • Paul Williams (K-12)
  • Vermont
  • Tony Phillips
  • NASA
  • George Lebo
  • University of Florida
  • Jim Overhiser
  • New York
  • Minadene Waldrop (K-12)
  • Mississippi
  • JSU Department of Physics
  • JSU Department of Chemistry
  • MS Science Teachers Association

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School Year Classroom Visits Four School Visits
from MAST Faculty and Staff
  • Implementation of MAST activities into daily
    instructional practices
  • MAST faculty and staff visit participating
    schools to demonstrate how to incorporate
    innovative technology (IPODs) in teaching and
    learning science
  • Portable planetarium travels to schools and all
    teachers and students in participating schools
    visit and enjoy this great activity
  • Mentoring and support in designing and
    implementation of UbD lesson plan units

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Ipod Visits
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Planetarium Visits
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Participation Incentives
  • Tuition for 6 graduate credits for use toward
    re-certification or to apply toward a masters
    degree (approximate value 1,600)
  • Stipend (2000) for teachers attending summer and
    spring and fall sessions
  • Travel expense reimbursement for those living
    more than 50 miles from JSU including mileage,
    hotel, and food
  • Other participants will be reimbursed for
    mileage.
  • Teachers will receive instructional materials
    from all MAST sessions to use in their own
    classrooms.
  • Reimbursement for participation in national,
    state, and local science conferences

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Geographic (MS Counties) Participation MAST
MAST 4U Programs
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Project MAST and MAST 4U
  • Success Stories
  • Achievements

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MAST 1
Subject Average -Pretest Average-- Post test Change
Physics Space Science 37 40 8
Meteorology 50 76 52
Chemistry 24 56 133
Biology 58 78 34
Earth Science 38 76 100
  • 67 Teachers
  • 41 Schools
  • 22 Districts
  • 14 Counties

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MAST II
Subject Average -Pretest Average-- Post test Change
Physics 44 65 48
Space Science 44 66 50
Chemistry 40 68 70
Biology 58 64 10
Earth Science 34 61 79
  • 82 Teachers
  • 46 Schools
  • 32 Districts
  • 18 Counties

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MAST III
  • 86 Teachers
  • 51 Schools
  • 31 Districts
  • 10 Counties

Subject Average -Pretest Average-- Post test Change
Physics 32 48 50
Space Science 44 60 36
Chemistry 58 74 27
Biology 37 70 89
Pre-Algebra 50 69 38
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MAST 4U Year I
  • 49 Teachers
  • 29 Schools
  • 14 Districts
  • 12 Counties

Subject Average -Pretest Average-- Post test Change
Physics 44 62 41
Space Science 41 62 51
Chemistry 44 65 48
Environmental Science 48 68 42
Earth Science 38 48 26
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MAST 4U Year II
Subject Average -Pretest Average-- Post test Change
Physics NA NA NA
Space Science NA NA NA
Chemistry NA NA NA
Environmental Science NA NA NA
Earth Science NA NA NA
  • 45 Teachers
  • 29 Schools
  • 14 Districts
  • 12 Counties

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MAST 4U Participant
  • Chasity Buckner,a teacher from Siwell Middle
    School, has been selected by the NSTA Awards and
    Recognitions Committee as a recipient for the
    2007 Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New
    Teachers. The award consists of up to 1,000 to
    be used to attend the annual national conference.

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MAST 4U Participants
  • Two JPS teachers have been awarded the Maitland
    P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers. They
    are Pamela Osborne and Anitra Cooper from Peeples
    Middle School. The Maitland P. Simmons Memorial
    Award for New Teachers provides selected teachers
    in their first five years of teaching with 1,000
    to be used to attend the annual National
    Conference on Science Education. Award recipients
    will be mentored, tracked, and provided with
    continuing opportunities for meaningful
    involvement with NSTA and its activities.
  • Anitra Cooper, Peeples Middle School
  • Mississippi Middle School Teacher of the
    Year
  • The Mississippi Science Teachers
    Association (MSTA) named Peeples science teacher
    Anitra Cooper the 2008 Mississippi Middle School
    Science Teacher of the Year. MSTA recognizes one
    middle school science teacher who has
    demonstrated exemplary, creative science
    teaching using hands-on science teaching
    materials, innovative teaching strategies,
    stimulating students' interest in science and the
    learning of science.

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MAST Participants MSTA Science Conference
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Expected Outcomes
  • Improve the learning and teaching of science in
    the middle grades by engaging teachers in
    meaningful experiences designed to increase
    content knowledge and promote interest in science
  • Improve teacher quality by providing a
    self-sustaining and reflective system of
    professional development to improve instructional
    practices

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MAST
  • National Science Foundation
  • 2008-2013
  • High School
  • Physical Science, Chemistry, and Physics Teachers

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Letters of Commitment MS School Districts
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MAST High School
  • Needs Assessment
  • Goals Objectives
  • Implementation Design Qualities
  • Expected Outcomes

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Needs Assessment
  • Improve content-based instruction in secondary
    physical science classrooms
  • New high school graduation and IHL requirements
  • Low number of high qualified secondary physical
    science teachers
  • Incorporation of innovative instructional
    technology

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Endangered Species
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Goals
  • Improve the learning and teaching of science in
    high school physical science classrooms by
    engaging teachers in meaningful experiences
    designed to increase content knowledge and
    promote interest and achievement in science
  • Improve teacher quality by providing a
    self-sustaining system of education and
    professional development designed to improve
    student learning

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MAST Objectives
  • Pre-service initiative to establish undergraduate
    physics and physical science programs leading to
    teacher licensure
  • Increase the number of highly qualified science
    teachers among minorities and women
  • Decrease the science teacher shortage
  • In-service professional development for science
    teachers designed to improve skills related to
    inquiry-based teaching and designed to improve
    content knowledge in physical science,chemistry,
    physics, and earth and space science

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Implementation Design Qualities
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Partnership-Driven
  • 41 Mississippi School Districts
  • Jackson State University
  • Mississippi Department of Education
  • 12 Other Partners

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Timeline
  • Two-week long summer sessions of intensive
    professional development in physics, physical
    science, chemistry, and earth and space science
    at JSU
  • June 7 (Sunday afternoon), June 8-12 and June
    15-19 (800 a.m. - 500 p.m.)
  • Fall and spring program includes 10 Saturdays of
    intensive professional development in chemistry,
    physics, physical science, and earth science at
    JSU
  • September 5 19 October 3, 17 31
    November 14 (2009)
  • January 16 30, February 13 March 6
    (2010)

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AGENDA
  • Group I
  • 815 1000 Stein
  • 1000 1015 Break
  • 1015 1200 Stein
  • 1200 100 Lunch
  • 100 245 Nucci
  • 245 300 Break
  • 300 445 Nucci
  • 445 500 Evaluation
  • Group II
  • 815 1000 Nucci
  • 1000 1015 Break
  • 1015 1200 Nucci
  • 1200 100 Lunch
  • 100 245 Stein
  • 245 300 Break
  • 300 445 Stein
  • 445 500 Evaluation

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Other Key Features
  • Teachers engaged in 20 days of content workshops
    (6 hours of graduate credit
  • Support pre-service teachers to become secondary
    certified science teachers (physics, chemistry,
    physical science, or space science)
  • Provide online professional development resources

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Other Key Features
  • Establishment of pre-service physical science
    education program at JSU
  • MAST curricula aligned with state and national
    standards
  • Three visits to participants classrooms during
    academic year
  • Research-based professional development on
    inquiry-based learning and innovative technology
    programs

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Other Key Features
  • Memberships and opportunities to participate in
    state and national science conferences
  • Instructional materials and resources for their
    classrooms
  • Participate in space science activities using
    observatories located at JSU, Hawaii, and
    Australia

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Expected Outcomes
  • Increase student achievement and desire to become
    active participants in science by improving
    teachers content knowledge in physical science,
    physics, chemistry, and space science
  • Provide teachers with research-based teaching
    strategies
  • Increase the number of highly qualified physical
    science, physics, chemistry, and space science
    teachers in Mississippi

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