The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) has awarded Clayton State University a $861,844 grant to partner with Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) and the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology to implement a professional development program, Mathematics and Science Partnership Program (C3MSP) for a cohort of grades six-12 mathematics and science teachers.
According to Dr. J. Yvette Gardner, Clayton State associate professor of Biology and the project director, the overarching goals, and corresponding objectives, of this program are based on two professional development outcomes for increasing student academic achievement in mathematics and science; 1) enhance teacher knowledge, and 2) enhance quality teaching. The program runs through September 2015. The grant is for $430,922 for each of the two years.
This is Clayton State’s third MSP award since 2012. For this award, Gardner will continue to work in collaboration with Clayton State professors Dr. Tamara Pearson and Dr. Kelli Nipper from the Department of Mathematics, as well as with the mathematics and science coordinators for Clayton County Public Schools, Dr. Tonya Clarke and Dr. Christopher Robinson, and the CEISMC faculty and administrative team; Dr. Cosmas Haynes, Dr. Ellery Ingall, Dr. Jennifer Leavey, Dr. Donna Whiting and Gustavia Evans.
The three Clayton State faculty members will partner with CEISMC to provide a professional development for a cohort of Clayton County Public Schools middle and high school mathematics and science teachers to enhance their content knowledge, pedagogical skills, instructional practices and ability to analyze student thinking in order to increase the academic performance of their students.
The 55 middle school and 50 high school teachers participating in the project will attend a 60-hour summer institute and 30 hours of follow-up workshops for each of the two project years. The summer institute will address the vertical alignment relationship between the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards for mathematics (CCGPS) and the Georgia Performance Standards for science (GPS) for middle and high schools in an effort to increase their students’ performance on the Criterion Reference Competency Test (CRCT) and End of Course Test (EOCT). An external evaluator will assess the project objectives to determine the extent to which the proposed C3MSP-influenced changes in the classroom teachers’ pedagogical content.
According to Gardner, the professional development workshops started Nov. 8 as the first of five Saturday Workshops held at Clayton State – the others will be held in January, February, March, and May. During the first two weeks in June, the MSP teachers will be involved in an intense 2015 Summer Institute for 10 days, seven hours each day.
Both mathematics and sciences teachers from the following schools will be involved…
High schools; Morrow, Mundy’s Mill, Forest Park, Jonesboro, Lovejoy, Mt. Zion, Riverdale, Drew, Elite Scholars Academy, Eddie White Academy and Perry Career Academy.
Middle schools; Mundy’s Mill, Rex, Riverdale, Adamson, Point South, Babb, Lovejoy, North Clayton, Forest Park, Jonesboro, Eddie White Academy, Sequoyah and Kendrick.
Clayton State desired to expand the reach of the original grant that only concentrated on grades five through eight. Therefore, CEISMC of Georgia Tech was contacted to offer more subject matter to the CCPS teachers.