Representing a partnership between Rutgers University – New Brunswick faculty and a consortium of partnering schools, the Math Science Partnership proposal provided state resources to provide professional development and curriculum development aligned to the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products Rubric for Science and Mathematics (EQuIP), theNext Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and related content standards for partnering New Jersey middle and high schools. The Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE), Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education (CMSCE), School of Arts and Sciences – New Brunswick (SAS-NB), and other Rutgers colleges and units hosted a two-week summer institute for the professional development of teacher-leader “ambassadors” focused specifically on curriculum and instruction aligned to EQuIP and NGSS. The summer institute was held from August 8 – 19, 2016 at the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus, with four follow up professional development sessions throughout the 2016-2017 academic year in the school districts. The PD focused on teacher practices, core ideas, and related pedagogical content knowledge related to NGSS/EQuIP. This entailed an interdisciplinary approach. External evaluation involved all partnering school’s sharing of student test scores (i.e., NJ-ASK) and classroom observations of the ambassadors.
Our interdisciplinary team of faculty includes those with experience in the teacher professional development:
This is part of a two year project, with the current proposal focused on Year 1 from July 1, 2016 to June 20, 2017, and Year 2 funding contingent on Year 1 success.