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Rigorous Mathematics Content and Instructional Practice. Ms. Karen Sandlin, Knott County Public Schools Dr. Michael Dobranski, Morehead State University GEAR UP Alliance Institute March 2009. What is the Mathematics Science Project (MSP)?.

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## Rigorous Mathematics Content and Instructional Practice

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**Rigorous Mathematics Content and Instructional Practice**Ms. Karen Sandlin, Knott County Public Schools Dr. Michael Dobranski, Morehead State University GEAR UP Alliance Institute March 2009**What is the Mathematics Science Project (MSP)?**• MSP is a federal initiative to improve mathematics and science instruction. • It attempts to deepen teachers’ content knowledge and enhance their ability to teach their subject area by learning from university partners and other expert practitioners. • It includes a component on school leadership development and also on helping the university strengthen teacher preparation.**Who is involved in Knott**County? All teachers of mathematics and science in grades 3-12 School principals and district instructional coaches for mathematics and science District staff responsible for grants and curriculum and instruction Who are the partners? CTL (Collaborative for Teaching and Learning) is the lead and provides coordination plus on-site and distance professional development/coaching Morehead State University provides professional development/coaching with CTL and Knott County Instructional Coaches Knott County Mathematics Science Partnership Project (MSP)**Teachers in grades 3-12 should demonstrate increased**knowledge of their content area and increased ability to apply that knowledge to classroom practice, to promote student learning. Knott County High School What Are the Desired Outcomes?**Knott County High School**Principals and other instructional leaders should have increased knowledge of how to lead, monitor and support instructional improvement efforts that result in higher achievement. What Are the Desired Outcomes?**What Are the Desired Outcomes?**• Students should demonstrate gains on achievement measures (KCCT) in mathematics and science and on the work they produce in class. • Participating teachers and administrators should coalesce into a community of learners that values its own professional growth and develops the capacity to sustain improvement efforts.**What Are the Desired Outcomes?**• Morehead State University should gain critical insights into preparing and recruiting teacher candidates, and also into working with practicing teachers to deepen their content knowledge.**Current Project Activities**• Formal training sessions, which engage teachers and principals in rigorous content through model lessons • On-site coaching with groups of teachers and in individual classrooms • Distance learning and support using Webex and Wikis • Study groups focused on content knowledge

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