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Evolution of collaboration and mentoring using social network tools within a professional-development community for novice science teachers.

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Kim, H., Miller, H. R., Herbert, B. E., Loving, C., & Pedersen, S. (2009). Evolution of collaboration and mentoring using social network tools within a professional-development community for novice science teachers. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Charleston, SC.

The influence of high-stakes testing on science instruction: Beliefs of teachers

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Singleton, J., Kim, H., Loving, C. (2009). The influence of high-stakes testing on science instruction: Beliefs of teachers. Proceedings of the Southwest Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio.

Promoting inquiry among science and mathematics teachers: Measuring success in a five-level professional learning community

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Loving, C. C., Kang, R., Arslanyilmaz, A., Shimek, C., Herbert, B., & Pedersen, S. 2008. Promoting inquiry among science and mathematics teachers: Measuring success in a five-level professional learning community. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, New York, March 25–27 2008.

Equity and Access to High-quality Instruction in Middle School Mathematics (Jackson)

Presenter(s): 
Kara Jackson
Year: 
2009
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The Role of the Institutional Setting in Teachers’ Development of Ambitious Instruction in Middle School Mathematics
Kara Jackson, Paul Cobb, and Kristin McGraner, Vanderbilt University

Three DR-K12 projects report findings on aspects of the institutional setting of teaching that affects teachers’ development of ambitious instructional practices in middle-school mathematics.

Using Research to Target Title I Needs in Mathematics

This project is producing research syntheses that summarize and make available to practitioners results from research on effective mathematics curricular interventions, teaching practices, and teacher professional development that have been designed to improve achievement by students in Title 1 programs. The project’s goal is to bring together the best resources in both mathematics education and Title I so that programs are better able to serve the mathematical learning and instructional needs of Title I schools.

Award Number: 
0946875
Funding Period: 
Sat, 08/15/2009 to Sun, 07/31/2011

International Polar Year Symposia and Web Seminars at NSTA Conferences on Science Education: Collaboration between NSF, NOAA, and NASA

This project is NSF's contribution to an interagency effort with NASA and NOAA to focus three symposia at the National Science Teachers Association annual meeting, not on particular agency efforts, but specifically on International Polar Year science through three themes: ice, life, and water and air. NSTA focuses on promoting innovation and excellence in science teaching and learning as well as the professional development of teachers to teach science.

Award Number: 
0829225
Funding Period: 
Fri, 08/15/2008 to Sat, 07/31/2010

Research Agenda Project Conference

The goal of these two linked conferences was to build more effective connections between research and practice. Specifically, the conferences brought together researchers, practitioners. and policy makers around improving students' mathematics proficiency by ensuring that researchers were investigating the most urgent problems of practice and that practitioners were connected to the research in ways that makes the knowledge useful to instruction.

Award Number: 
0736558
Funding Period: 
Sat, 12/01/2007 to Sun, 05/31/2009

Diagnostic E-learning Trajectories Approach (DELTA) Applied to Rational Number Reasoning for Grades 3-8

This project aims to develop a software diagnostic tool for integrating diagnostic interviews, group administered assessments, and student data in real-time so that teachers can enter and view student status information. This project would concentrate on rational number learning in grades 3-8. The design is based on a model of learning trajectories developed from existing research studies.

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Award Number: 
0733272
Funding Period: 
Sat, 09/01/2007 to Tue, 08/31/2010
Project Evaluator: 
William Penuel (SRI)
Full Description: 

This project aims to develop a software diagnostic tool for integrating diagnostic interviews, group administered assessments, and student data in real-time so that teachers can enter and view student status information. This project would concentrate on rational number learning in grades 3-8. The design is based on a model of learning trajectories developed from existing research studies.

The diagnostic system to be developed for teachers would be used in assessing their students' knowledge and would identify difficulties in understanding five key clusters of concepts and skills in rational number reasoning. It would also investigate the diagnostic system's effects on student and teacher learning in relation to state standards, assessments, and curricular programs. The five areas include understanding: (1) multiplicative and division space; (2) fractions, ratio, proportion and rates; (3) rectangular area and volume; (4) decimals and percents; and (5) similarity and scaling.

The diagnostic measures will include diagnostic interviews collecting data using a handheld computer, two types of group-administered assessments of student progress, one set along learning trajectories for each of the five sub-constructs and one composite measurement per grade. The diagnostic system will produce computer-based progress maps, summarizing individual student and class performance and linking to state assessments.

PUM (PhysicsUnionMathematics) Exploration

The PuM project develops and conducts research on a learning continuum for seamless instruction in middle school physical science and high school physics. The ultimate goal is to use physics as the context to develop mathematics literacy, particularly with students from underrepresented populations and special needs students. The research component analyzes the effects of the curriculum on students' learning while simultaneously investigating teachers' pedagogical content knowledge in a variety of forms.

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Award Number: 
0733140
Funding Period: 
Sat, 09/01/2007 to Tue, 08/31/2010

A Longitudinal Randomized Trial Study of Middle School Science for English Language Learners (Project MSSELL) (Collaborative Research: Irby)

Project MSSELL will conduct a two-year randomized trial longitudinal evaluation of an enhanced standards-based science curriculum model. In Year 1, the project will refine and pilot the model based on learnings from its previous developmental phase and implementation with K-3 grade students. In Years 2 and 3, the enhanced model will be implemented and studied with fifth- and sixth-grade students.

Partner Organization(s): 
Award Number: 
0822153
Funding Period: 
Mon, 09/01/2008 to Fri, 08/31/2012
Project Evaluator: 
Dr. David Frances

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