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K-12 Initiatives - 2014-2015 Applications

The Maine Physical Sciences Partnership is pleased to welcome new teachers each year in the three grade-level cohorts.  Cohort participants have access to $7000 worth of hands-on science instructional resources, online support, professional development opportunities, and a professional learning community of teachers, administrators, university faculty and staff, pre-service teachers, and non-profit partners.  Applications for the 2014-2015 school year are now open!

Background:

The Maine Physical Science Partnership, supported by a $12.3M grant from the National Science Foundation, seeks to understand and improve the teaching and learning of the physical sciences in grades 6-9 in rural environments.  In 2010-2011, a task force comprised of middle and high school teachers, university faculty and graduate students evaluated and selected two sets of instructional resources for middle school physical science classrooms.  In 2011-2012, a task force followed the same process to evaluate and select grade 9 resources. The 2011-2012 MainePSP Cohort, a community of twenty-three teachers from eleven schools, piloted these instructional resources in their classrooms in partnership with faculty, staff and students from the University of Maine, contributing to research on the effective teaching and learning of physical science. In 2012-2013, another cohort of teachers joined the MainePSP community, bringing our community size to 44 teachers from 30 schools across 12 districts.  In 2013-2014, a third group of teachers joined the MainePSP, which now includes 72 teachers in 43 schools across 19 districts.

Eligibility:
We are seeking participants for the 2014-2015 school year.  The SEPUP instructional resources address earth science and chemistry, and are typically implemented in 6th grade classrooms.  The PBIS instructional resources address force & motion and energy, and are typically implemented in 8th grade classrooms.  The modified EarthComm instructional resources focus on global climate change and astronomy and are typically implemented in 9th grade classrooms.  We are accepting applications from all MainePSP partner districtsWe will also be accepting applications for new partner districts. Please see instructions below for more information.

How to Apply:
Please follow the 2014-2015 application process described below. Applications should be completed at the district or regional level and submitted by Curriculum Directors/Curriculum Coordinators.  Teachers or school administrators who are interested in participating should contact their Curriculum Coordinator or equivalent.

Important Info for 2014-2015:
1. Anyone who is new to the program next year will need to come to a 2-day training Aug 18-19 at UMaine Orono. This is also where you will get the physical materials (books and hands-on resources).

2. There are two other optional opportunities for paid professional development this summer – both opportunities are only available to teachers who will be participating next year (new or returning). The most strongly encouraged is our week-long Summer Academy June 24-28 at Schoodic Institute near Winter Harbor.  Here’s the registration link: http://bit.ly/MainePSPSummerAcademy2014.  The second summer opportunity is a series of weeks of summer Teachers in Residence work. This is where teams of teachers work specifically on improvements to the curriculum and plan professional development for the community.  More info on TiR can be found here.

3. We expect participating teachers to attend between 6-9 meetings over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year (6 for returning teachers, 9 for new teachers to the program). It works out to one meeting per month, sometimes on Wed evening and sometimes on Saturdays. The professional development calendar for 2014-2015 can be found here.

 

Application Instructions - New Partner Districts:
Please read and/or complete the attached documents, which are described below.

  1. MainePSP Frequently Asked Questions & Partner Benefits (Action: Read) – These documents provide the most requested information about the MainePSP, including a clear summary of  partnership commitments and expectations.
  2. 2014-2015 MainePSP Application – New Partner Districts (Action: Complete) – This editable document will allow curriculum coordinators to plan and propose their district’s involvement in the MainePSP.  Only one application should be submitted for your district, and it should include all participating schools/teachers.
  3. 2014-2015 MainePSP Memorandum of Understanding (Action: Sign) – This document outlines the responsibilities and expectations for all parties involved in the Partnership.  It is important that all teachers and administrators represented in the application read and understand this document.  Please sign and return one MOU document per teacher with your application.
  4. All participating teachers should register for the Summer Academy, June 24-28, 2014 at Schoodic Institute:  http://bit.ly/MainePSPSummerAcademy2014

 

“Re-Up” Instructions – Existing Partners:
Please read and/or complete the attached documents, which are described below.

  1. MainePSP Frequently Asked Questions & Partner Benefits (Action: Read) – These documents provide the most requested information about the MainePSP, including a clear summary of  partnership commitments and expectations.
  2. 2014-2015 MainePSP Application – Existing Partners (Action: Complete) – This editable document will allow curriculum coordinators to plan and propose their district’s involvement in the MainePSP.  Only one application should be submitted for your district, and it should include all participating schools/teachers.
  3. 2014-2015 MainePSP Memorandum of Understanding (Action: Sign) – This document outlines the responsibilities and expectations for all parties involved in the Partnership.  It is important that all teachers and administrators represented in the application read and understand this document.  Please sign and return one MOU document per teacher with your application.  If teachers are coming to Summer Academy, they can sign the MOU at that time.
  4. All participating teachers should register for the Summer Academy, June 24-28, 2014 at Schoodic Institute:  http://bit.ly/MainePSPSummerAcademy2014

 

This is an exciting time for the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership.  We thank you for your support, and look forward to another year of collaboration and growth.  Please contact Erika Allison at erika.allison@maine.edu or 207.581.4674 with any questions about the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership or the application process.


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