The Institute began by incorporating two funded NSF national partnerships. The details of these two partnerships are given below. Our goal is to pursue and secure local, regional, and national grants supporting such efforts.
- Dec 2008 – Dec 2013. NSF MSP: Math Teacher Leadership Center. $5,000,000. PI Jodie Novak, UW PI Robert Mayes, Co-PIs Bryan Shader, Shandy Hauk. Develop virtual master’s program for secondary mathematics education and a teacher leadership program for 4-12 grade mathematics teachers.
- Oct 2008 – Oct 2013. NSF MSP: Pathways LTER – Culturally Relevant Ecology, Learning Progressions, and Environmental Literacy. $12,500,000. PI John Moore, Co-PI Andy Anderson, Co-PI Allison Whitmer, Co-PI Alan Berkowitz, UW Co-PIs Robert Mayes and Mark Lyford. Develop environmental literacy learning progressions. Subcontract focus on quantitative reasoning aspects.
Since our inception we have been fortunate to be awarded two additional projects:
- Feb 2013 – May 2014. Georgia Department of Education – Improving Teacher Quality: $75,000. PI: Robert Mayes, Co-PI: Lissa Leege. To improve STEM content knowledge by engaging teachers in an interdisciplinary study of the Savannah River Basin, translate that knowledge into the classroom, implement real-world, problem-based, place-based pedagogies, and connect to CCGPS. For more information: Savannah River Basin: Problem-based, Place-based STEM (SRB) Abstract
- Sep. 2012 – Aug. 2014. Georgia Department of Education – Race to the Top Innovation Fund: $703,296. PI: Robert Mayes, Co-PI: Thomas Koballa, Chuck Hodges. Development of high school courses for the pathway which will increase engagement of students in STEM fields by addressing problems that impact their communities and lives.
- Dec. 2014 – June 2016. Innovation Fund (Governor’s Office of Student Achievement)- Real STEM Scale Up: $200,000. PI: Robert Mayes, Co-PI: Jane Metty (Mercer University). Provision of professional development to middle- and high school teachers, offering an interdisciplinary STEM module embedded within a current STEM course that focuses on scientific reasoning and engineering design through hands-on research, and commitment to offer a full interdisciplinary STEM research course for students.
- 2015-2016. Solvay Advanced Polymers in Conjunction with a Grant from the National Science Foundation – Engineering Nanotechnology. PI: Mujibar Khan, Co-PIs: Marshall Ming, Karin D. Scarpinato. Professional development for high school and middle school teachers in which teachers learn ways to incorporate nanotechnology into their instruction.
- 2015-2016. Georgia Department of Education – Math Science Partnership, Richmond and Liberty Counties. PI: Denise Carroll. Bringing mathematics and science teachers in elementary and secondary schools together with scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to increase the subject matter knowledge of mathematics and science teachers and improve the teaching skills of such teacher. Training teachers in the effective integrations of technology into curriculum and instruction.