Illinois Mathematics And Science Partnership Program Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs Program Description
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This program is designed to improve the performance of students in the areas of mathematics and science by encouraging states, IHEs, LEAs, and elementary and secondary schools to participate in programs that
Types of Projects
The program supports projects to improve math and science education through partnerships, which include, at a minimum , a high-need LEA and the mathematics, science, or engineering department of an IHE.
It is conducted for a period of not less than 2 weeks, includes, as a component, a program that provides direct interaction between students and faculty and provides for follow-up training during the academic year that is conducted in the classroom for a period of not less than three consecutive or nonconsecutive days .
Grants For Mathematics And Science Partnerships
Evaluation and Accountability Plan
Report Each eligible partnership receiving grant or sub grant shall report annually to the secretary regarding eligible partnership’s progress in meeting the objectives described in accountability plan.
Annual Performance ReportIntroduction The legislation that authorizes the MSP program requires each of the projects funded by the States to submit annual report to the U.S Department of Education.General Instructions This reporting system is designed for MSP projects to provide information about Description of MSP partners , Roles and Responsibilities of Partners, Information for GPRA Reporting, Characteristics of MSP Participants, Professional Development Models, Program Evaluation Design and Evaluation Findings and Evidence of Outcomes.Completing the Reporting Form When you have completed the entire form send it to your State Coordinator , who will submit the final report form to the U.S Department of Education and Washington Software.Report Due Date Each MSP project is required to report its MSP activities during each 12-month period after the award of the MSP grant. You have60 days beyond the end of each 12-month reporting period for submitting the report to the U.S Department of Education through your State Coordinator. All reports for the preceding Federal Fiscal Year (July-June for MSP grants) must be submitted by November 30 of the following year.Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Reporting The MSP GPRA indicator for Teacher Content Knowledge is “the percentage of MSP teachers who significantly increased their content knowledge , as reflected in project-level pre-and post-assessments.”The MSP GPRA indicators for Student Achievement are 1)The percentage of students in classrooms of MSP teachers who score at the basic level or above in State assessments of mathematics or science and 2) The percentage of students in classroom of MSP teachers who score at the proficient level or above in State assessments of mathematics or science.
The state’s progress report includes an evaluation of goals accomplished and tasks undertaken.
Selection Criteria : Complete a GAP analysis of the state’s current policy landscape for K-12 system redesign to support the state economy’s innovation capability. Governors’ offices must submit their proposal packages by 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 to
Cardella Mingo ,
National Governors Association Center for Best Practices444 North Capitol Street, Suite 267Washington, DC 20001-1512
General Information: Eligible applications are selected based on the criteria of selection. The LEA must be able to comply with the 3 standards to be eligible1) The annual trend data from the various tests like ISAT, PSAE and IMAGE show that the achievement in mathematics and science is falling below 60% of students meeting or exceeding the Illinois Standards as disaggregated by the factors such as socioeconomic, gender etc. 2) 15 % of the children served by LEA are from low income families.3) Also most of the teachers of LEA do not hold appropriate endorsements and are placed in assignments beyond their range.Deadlines are fixed for the cycles of grants and the various funds are released in accordance to the cycles. The amount for awards and the funds to be released are pre fixed. The letter f intent is to be mailed within the application deadlines. The future grant of funds depends on the success of previous cycle of similar funds.Two bidders conferences will be held and will enable the applicants to ask about the scope and intent of the RFP.Background: The basic intent is to provide funds and increase the basic teaching levels in the schools. For this various classroom activities, laboratory interactions between teachers and professionals from various other fields like engineering, medicine etc is encouraged.Program specifications: the prime aim is to increase subject matter knowledge among the teachers and hence increase the quality in fields like Mathematics, general science. Promote strong teaching skills by improved interaction. Through planning efforts of the successful applicants, ISBE anticipates the establishment of up to 30 graduate teaching programs in various areas, programs and various educational endorsements.
Partnership composition: In order to consider the full range of options necessary to meet the diverse needs of the teachers and students of the state successful applicants must identify individuals to participate on planning team who demonstrate experience with creation of new and innovative projects which involve group and developmental works . During the term, additional schools and intuitions would automatically come in the fold. The initial planning team might include tenured and non tenured staff and faculty and might include other divisions of liberal art and educational research. During the planning schedule, collaborative meetings with selected grantees will help in clarification of the parameters necessary to meet planning, implementation and evaluation requirements. Each meeting lasts for 2 -3 days. various plans, goals and objectives are discussed.Program requirements and options: the design must take into consideration all the factors in the present day society and design accordingly. The design must incorporate options that are flexible so that the program can address actual and perceived needs of the teachers and the administrators. Various factors like comprehensive needs assessment, alignment to state and national standards, usage of technology. Connection to the work force, usage of data and assessments, leadership skills and talents, coordination of resources are considered. Proposal format: the format is as follows partnership cover pagepartnership commitmentsproposal abstract worksheetproposal narrative for planning phasebudget informationcertifications and assurances and general educationAfter sufficient review of all the criteria, the partnership can be extended and the vision and strategic plan of the partnership can be extended.
ISBE Web Application SecurityIntroduction: Many formerly paper based data collection forms are presently being filled out and reviewed online. The ISBE employees can use their online account to access these forms. The various steps are as follows:-Account creation: Use a internet explorer 5.5 or higher or an equivalent variant, select SIGN UP NOW from the left menu bar/ oval from the second column.On the registration screen, fill in all the required fields and take help by clicking on the question mark next to the field in case of a doubt.After selecting a unique login name and password, type in the correct E MAIL ID, SECRET QUESTION and ANSWER. E mail id will help in acquiring authorizations and updating information, even if your IWAS account has no inbox for messagesAfter pressing the continue screen, select a new id incase the id u have selected is all ready in use.The confirmation screen, indicates that the account has been successfully created. The continue button is to be depresses to move on to the next screen.It is to be noted that the IWAS information submission and retrieval has confirmation screens, and a confirmation mail is sent to both the IWAS and external e mail inboxes. This helps in communication between the person, school district, regional office and ISBE.After the new account establishment, the available systems can be viewed and the system on which the user desires to get an authorization can be selected by using the SIGN UP NOW button; of the corresponding system.
First time users may be prompted to provide their RDCT or school code. Click on these in the following order and fill up the fieldsREGION-> CATEGORY-> DISTRICT/ENTITY-> INSERT RDCT CODEIf required, locate your school code by clicking on the FIND SCHOOL link. From the drop down menu, select SCHOOL and select a school from the list and press INSERT SCHOOL CODE button. The school code will automatically be filled in.After filling up all the required fields, click on the submit button, refill in any missing info if the screen requests and click on the submit button again. The authorization request is to be filled up only on the first time, subsequently it becomes a part of the user’s profile and the future requests will be automatically filled up to use different systems. The users are to be authenticated and authorized by the district superintendent or their designee. Confirmation screen: The appearance of the confirmation screen indicates that the IWAS account holder’s request to use the system was processed and sent to the appropriate authority for approval. By clicking on the SYSTEM LISTING button, the user can proceed to the systems for which the authorization was applied. My systems and pending authorization: Here the approved or ‘waiting for approval’ list of systems are found. To exit IWAS, the LOGOUT link is to be pressed on the left menu bar. For another system, WANT TO SIGN UP FOR OTHER SYSTEM link on lower right hand side is to be pressed.Current users login: The log in and password are typed in normally, in case of loss of id/password, the FIND LOGIN/PASSWORD link can be used. Next press the LOGIN button to access IWAS. IWAS Homepage: change of password, read and unread message archive can be found on this page.System listing: Sample system: E report card: The access granted to a system can be inferred by having a glance at the color; when authorized the blue rectangle changes to green rectangle marked with authorized.
Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnerships (IMSP) Grant budget formsThe following information is provided as a guide for IMSP grantees to complete the Budget Summary and payment schedule and budget narrative forms effectively.Fiscal information: In order to cover the personal expenses of conducting a focuses, high quality planning process, which includes obtaining resources and approvals, the state board of Education approved a grant of 6,000,000. Separate budgets for each year must be submitted between may1,2007 – august 31,2007.The allowable expenditures may include General administration activities for projected administrative responsibilities, reasonable and customary planning for salaries and increments and perks, intra and inter-partnership meeting expenses, costs for maintenance of a representative team which has to attend an out of state coordination meeting, preparation of MSP evaluation portfolio and state/federal reports, LEA team costs.No indirect costs are allowed. Funds received must be used to supplement not supplant funds that would be used otherwise for proposed activities. Applicants are advised that funding is completely federal for compliance with section 511 of P.L. Electronics forms are self calculating, a precise & meticulous report is presented regarding each item.The individual cots are automatically calculated by the budget narrative form and recorded on the budget summary and payment schedule. The total budget and the payment schedule must tally.For programs starting June and September 2007, separate reports are to be submitted, between may1, 2007 – August 31, 2007 from June and September 1 2007 – August 31 2008 for September 2007
Specific instructions and advice: The totals are all checked and double checked to avoid errors. Function 2210: This is open for projects that are approved to begin delivery of training to teachersFunction 2300:Records of costs associated with maintenance of employed staff, their benefits, administrative charges for maintenance of the services, materials and supplies must all be mentioned. This function is capped at 10% of project budget.Function 2620: This function if for all the planning, research and evaluation activities. Costs associated with staff, research activities, compensation benefits must be explained. Function 4100: The items in this function cell may be nominally associated with the previous 2 functions. The expenses here are paid to another governmental agency. Check list to prevent unnecessary approval delays: This section is provided with the checklist of all the necessary information. This is used to check if all the necessary data has been set in correctly and no data is missing. It can be mainly divided into 3 categories: for budget narrative pages, for budget summary pages and for other attachments.The final plan submitted for IHE, IBHE and ISBE approvals for funding implementation requests must clearly explain about the data analysis from needs assessment and how the activities are expected to strengthen the quality of mathematics and science instruction to improve student achievement. A description of how and the 3 goals of IMSP will be accomplished and roles of mathematics, science and other experts must be provided. The projected timeline is also included.A plan to encourage the program as a career long program for the teacher and a detailed plan to evaluate the impact of graduate teaching program for partnership, that would include scientifically based research methodology and metrics used, is encouraged.When designing the IMSP graduate teaching programs, the 3 objectives of, improving the teacher’s knowledge level, promoting their knowledge skills and increasing their understanding and application of scientifically based educational research, must be incorporated.
The final plan submitted forapprovals must include the following:A clear explanation of how the analysis, review and teaching standards led to proposed partnership design, and how they will affectively address three IMSP program goals and how the participant teachers will receive a masters degree. A Description of how the partnership will accomplish the goals through its content focuses strategies, endorsement required activities and delivery methods. The project time line is also to be included.The detailed plan to evaluate the impact fro the partnership, the IHE and LEA shall include the methodology, data to be collected, benchmarking checkpoints and measures to gauge progress, and any necessary refinements to be made.IMSP Design Elements for master’s degree programs leading to STEM ED endorsements includes the following:Interwoven elements (research, strategies, teacher leadership, companion administrator stand, use of data)Legislated Elements( build up of content expertise, teaching skills through STEM, needs assessment etc).Illinois specific requirements (math and scientific enquiry, understanding and applying SBR action research, frontier science, meeting of endorsements requirements etc. ).Teaching and learning strategies, (for providing distance learning, meeting needs of high needs teachers, administrators, defining symbiotic partnerships etc. )IMSP Design elements from the point of view of schools and teachers: Impact on school thinking(50% increase in STEM support, administrators academy with 100 hour activity over 3 years, 50% increase in collaborated decision making with collegial connections).Impact on students(30% increase in meets, exceeds, students classroom demonstration of mastery.)Long term/ short term considerations (questions like availability of critical mass for change, willingness of aim for that, willingness to commit, to leverage, support of board, union and administrators etc )Question of eligibility (socio economic< 15% FRL, student achievements > 60% meet/exceed, teacher quality issues).Tentative IMSP planning: Planning phase: progressive updates on the status of emerging design plan will be expected throughout the term of planning phase to insure commitment for expedited IBHE and ISBE consideration.
The corresponding schedule of important dates representing the timeline is provided.Proactive Issues for IMSP consideration: Questions like how would you define an innovation and how you could identify one, and how you would make an innovation even better;How far the envelope for what defines a course or credit that meets endorsements requirements and how absolute is the envelope etc.Any other innovative designs that are to be included in the design, the possibility of any change in the ideas for better results etc.How IMSP can initiate changes in policy at Certification Board level, State board level, ISBE level, IHE level, LEA levels.Requirements of any common word to identify or describe IMSP programs.What STEM and STEM ED technologies should embrace more effectively, and requirement of IMSP programs to have a capital outlay expenditures.Need for MSP network to be more substantial and how professional organizations can be involved, how recourses can be tapped etc.requirement of a common graduate program admission waivers and the analysis of critical mass for greater impact at the LEA level.How commitments to partnerships can be refined, process of division of common comparison group, process of dealing with drop outs, professional development needed to do best, process to publicize the success achieved, and how the needs are assessed, addressed and reassessed.How the IHEs justifies the cost for tuition & delivery of courses used in development of IMSP funds.FAQs: What are the requirements for reporting pragmatic process, budgetary reporting and how can the budgets be amended? What are the meetings mandatory for project contacts? How and what ISAT/PSAE data can be accessible? What web based resources are available, could be useful, in what ways? How/when we shift from the planning phase to implementation phase?
Professional development means instructional activities that are based on scientific research, state academic standards, student academic standards; are sustained, intensive and classroom focused in order to have a positive and lasting impact on classroom instructional activity of the teacher.Improve the ability of the teacher and make them focus on concepts principals and process of problem solving and enquiry, and technical design to the standard of Illinois learning standards.Enhance the ability of the teacher to understand and scientifically based educational research and improve the quality of instructional leadership.Result in an increase in the quality, quantity of professional development experience for teaches and also result in demons ratable improvement in student academic achievement in mathematics and science.Activities beyond course work requirements like collaborative planning, professional improvement teams, peer review, peer coaching, business school or community partnerships, workshops, seminars, conferences, institutes, symposia s; work-learn programs or internships, presentations at workshops, seminars, conferences, etc; curriculum development or assessment activities ; team or departmental leadership etc are to be included in combination.Role of Scientifically based educational research is two fold. It is based on the research of improving student academic achievement and strengthening the quality of mathematics and science instruction. Scientifically based research means that the research involves rigorous systematic and objective procedures and needs to obtain reliable and valid knowledge relevant to educational activities and programs. For this, it requires: Employment of schematic and empirical methods for experimental and observational data analysis, and rely on the methods for reliable and valid data across evaluators and observers.
Evaluation by designated and assigned personnel , who work according to the environment they are assigned to and ensure that the experimental studies are presented in sufficient detail and clarity to allow for replication, and have also been accepted by a peer reviewed journal or approved by a panel of independent experts through a comparable rigorous objective and scientific review.The overall goal of IMSP (Illinois Mathematics and science partnership program ) is to enable the teachers to obtain highly qualified status and help them in achieving a masters degree. Benchmarks are provided to evaluate the impact of graduate teaching programs.Teacher-leader participants: It was observed that a 50% increase in mathematical, scientific and engineering expertise, including pedagogical content knowledge, cumulative increase in confidence, effectiveness, utility of pertinent science, cumulative increase in application of findings evaluation of personal utility and a 100% of participating teacher reaching status of highly qualified by receiving master’s degree.Partnering local education agency: by 2011 a 100% participating LEAs will employ mathematics and science teachers who are qualified, 30% increase in student performance, 30 increase in students demonstration of achievement in the “meets expectations”, “exceeds expectations” sections respectively and a 30%trend analysis of class room based through high quality formative assessment.50% increase in administrative program support and collaborative decision making measure to improve mathematics and science teaching and learning quality.Institutions of higher education: 30 cohorts of 25 teaching certificate holders with and 80% completion rate for teacher participants, with necessary endorsements achievements, contributing to high quality education. Set up of a number of schools and programs that contribute to improvement in educational levels; Inter and intra college dept. administrative support which is documented by meeting minutes, letters of continuing support.
Features of Transformative professional Development: The prime features are to create a sufficiently high level of cognitive dissonance to disturb the equilibrium between the existing beliefs and their experience with the subject on the other hand.Provide them with time, contexts and support to think and resolve using discussions and co ordination and ensure that the dissonance correction is connected to the teacher’s own student or context.Provide a way for helping in the cycle surfacing of new issues that arise from classroom activities and translating new ideas into performance and recycling, and provide the teachers to have a repertoire for practice that is consistent with new understandings that teachers are building.Acknowledgement of Federal funds: The funds obtained from the federal government must be acknowledged of. Grantees shall clearly state the total cost of the program and the corresponding federal grants received.For Illinois mathematical partnerships program: it is a part of the Illinois mathematics science, the percentage funding received through this source is designed to provide rich professional development to teachers of mathematics and science.Analytic protocol draft :Criterion 1: Sufficient evidence is provided to indicate the oversight, composition, expertise and commitments of the partnerships can extend and refine the vision and strategic plan of the partnership with direct correlation to the visions of the institution of partnerships.Criterion 2: The outline of the program has likelihood of being implemented and proposes evaluative measures that would help in assessment of the impact of the program on the quality of education.Criterion 3: The proposed budget and rationale are consistent with the proposed activities and appear to be a cost effective investment given the scope of the proposal.
The Final Plan: The final plan submitted must include the following
IMSP Three goals :
The final plan worksheet:
Interwoven Elements :
Legislated Elements :
Teaching and Learning Settings, “pushing the envelope” for :
Impact on school thinking:
Impact on students:
Impact on teachers:
Long and short-term considerations:
Are we eligible?
August-September – Amend program/budgets for FY 2008 funding
Prior to transition from planning phase to implementation phase:
School Recruitment Opportunity For Illinois Mathematics And Science Partnership Participation Opens
This grant program will provide opportunities to receive Masters‘ degree that includes endorsements in specific mathematics and science fields up to 750 teachers in schools that meet the eligibility requirements.
Who is Eligible It is determined if all of these conditions are met,Annual or trend data from ISAT, IMAGE, PSAE, norm-reference tests, and/or criterion-referenced tests show that achievement in mathematics and/or science is falling below 60% and 15% or 6,500 children served by the LEA are from low-income families and Teachers of mathematics and science hold full or appropriate endorsement or they are placed beyond their expertise and experience levels.
What is the program about Three program goals for all Illinois partnerships
Generalized benefits to you During implementation phase, teachers will be provided with varying perks for participation, such as stipends, tuition waivers, etc. During implementation funding will be directed through the partnership, itself.
How do we apply? The application packet includes:
Application must be posted no later than August 21, 2007.
Innovative leadership and effective leadership practices: making a difference in school improvement.
Potential Roles for Teacher Leaders
Louisiana: Teachers must complete 2 courses which articulate into a full educational leadership program , the endorsement allowed teacher leaders to understand principal’s role and its needs.
Georgia: Facilitate the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a shared vision, and promote a positive school culture, provide an effective instructional program, apply research best practices, and design comprehensive professional growth plans for staff.
New York Region One : Classroom teachers take courses in teacher leadership, curriculum and instruction, and staff development , after completion they participate in one of following : Principal Institute Program, National Board Certification or continue to refine their leadership skills.
San Juan Unified School District, California: Establishes leadership teams, teachers are required to engage in a collaborative activity with their colleagues to improve student achievement , develop the agenda and activity.
Prism management tools for monitoring progress towards actualizing the MSP 5 key featuresThe awardees of National Science Foundation grants under the Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program are required to actualize these key features. In Georgia MSP is called Partnership for Reform In science and Mathematics (PRISM)1. Partnership Driven – PRISM is intended to involve significant number of teachers and professionals from core partner universities and school districts.2. Teacher quality, quantity and diversity – PRISM is intended to enhance the quality, quantity and diversity of the teachers in mathematics and science.3.Challenging courses and curricula – primary aim is to ensure that all the students are prepared and have access to challenging mathematics and science courses.4.Evidence based design and outcomes – current literature on learning and teaching are embedded in the PRISM design and these are intended to be shared researched and documented by the partners.5. Institutional change and sustainability - core partner schools and districts are to connect PRISM on ongoing efforts, thereby extending current work to improve student learning and the teaching of science and mathematics, kindergarten through college.Regional coordinating committees and the leadership team are collective entities responsible for coordinating PRISM toward meeting goals and deliverables at the regional and state levels, respectively.Ratings are entered each year using a designated scale. Ratings were first completed in year 2.charts are prepared based on state level, northwest region, partnership driven.Rubric: rubric is a series of narrative statements which describe the levels of quality of a product or performance. It helps in defining quality within area being rated, articulation of same target goals, tracking change or improvement, as communication tool etc.
A table indicating the correspondence between the vision, goals, communication, decision making, responsibility, and the progress in various stages like the beginning, emerging, developing, accomplished is provided.An pictographic representation, promoting the website www.mathssciencesucess.org is provided.State & federal grant administration policypurpose statement:The primary purpose is to ensure a complete understanding of the policies, communicate with the clients and inform them about the grants, the procedures and guidelines, to ensure sound accounting practices.State and federal grant administration policy:All the state projects are to be initiated by 30th of June and no increase in budget is allowed after that. Ending date is never extended after 31st of august. Budget amendments are to be received 30 days prior to the deadline, failure of which will result in no final funds release.A completion report is due 30 days after project ending date, and final expenditure report must be submitted not later than 90 days after project ending date in case of a completion report filed with outstanding obligations.For state and federal projects, the beginning date cannot precede the receipt of a substantially approvable request for funds. For all state programs, equipment purchased is to be retained by the fund recipient.State programs generally follow federal grant provisions unless a separate policy/law is stated.Equipment deletion/transfer: equipment is any item, instrument, machine which does not loose identity, lasts longer than a year, retains it appearance after use etc.
The acquisition cost, current fair market value are all to be considered and accounted for.When an equipment is no longer needed it is to be either retained, sold or otherwise disposed off with no further obligation to federal/state agency.For units with cost more than $5000, the equipment details are to be put up online for bidding, an authorization from the state board is to be achieved, $100, or 10% can be detained for handling charges. In case of loss or theft, official investigation by proper authority is to be conducted. Set procedure is to be followed for proper equipment transfer.Interest Income Requirements:these primarily include, Federal funds and State funds.Interest earned must be returned to the federal or state sources respectively.Checks must be accompanied with the statement identifying the program and the program year.All the funds acquired and all the funds utilized must be in recorded form. The corresponding copies/ receipts are to be mailed in to the sources. The responsibility of retention and destruction of records are to be done promptly.Budgeting: The approved budget connects the proposed expenditures to program activities and objectives. All the regulations, restrictions, and expectations are to be understood and a proper budget is to be prepared.The salaries, expenses and monthly monetary requirements are to be utilized from the funds and must be recorded in the expenditure reports.No revision of final expenditure report is accepted unless extenuating circumstances warrant revision.Excess funds are termed as carry over. Cary over is not allowed in State funds, but they can be included in budget amendment and used in the Federal funds.To release payments that have been withheld, an interim expenditure report may be submitted indicating excess funds have been expended or obligated.
Obligation: An outstanding obligation is any debt for which funds were requested prior to the end of reporting period and are expected to be paid within 90 days of the project end date.Various funds distributions are described, like; Unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, teachers’ retirement system, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, social security, retirement, termination and severance pay cost etc.Indirect Costs: These are costs that are incurred but cannot be directly related to any particular grant projector institutional objective.The factors influencing mainly include, restricted and unrestricted plans, calculation of rates, indirect cost rates for local education agencies, limitations of Recovery of indirect costs, rate application and capital outlay, direct vs other ‘administrative overhead types’ of costs, cost allocation plan.Auditing is required to maintain a check on the funds and their usage. The costs associated with the audit are charged from funds.
Implications for Teaching
Design Classroom Environments
Professional Development: Supporting Effective Science (Mathematics) Instruction
High STEM involvement projects
Evaluation Tools and Designs Several professional development programs are described below
Several research papers describe different development programs for the improvement of mathematics and science teaching and learning techniques for improving quality of teachers to improve student performance.
Several research papers are publish on evaluation tools and designs, research of particular approaches to professional development , evaluation of programs, and science research design in education where different professional development program techniques are discussed.
Timing for use of New System
Overview of System
Features of System