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Media Advisory 06-006

Panel Reviews a Decade of Math and Science Education Reform


March 2, 2006

After ten years of observing and interviewing teachers of science, mathematics and technology, Horizon Research, Inc. of Chapel Hill, NC, is releasing Lessons from a Decade of Mathematics and Science Reform: the first comprehensive evaluation of the National Science Foundation's $250 million investment in the Local Systemic Change through Teacher Enhancement Initiative (LSC).

As its name suggests, the LSC program seeks to improve science and mathematics education by providing in-depth, content-specific professional development to large numbers of teachers. Since its launch in 1995, a total of 88 LSC projects have been implemented in 31 states, providing professional development to 70,000 teachers in 4,000 schools in 467 districts—urban, rural, and suburban.  The payoff, as detailed in the report, is improved quality of mathematics and science lessons, grades K-12.  Moreover, many of the successful projects have become models for sustainable, ongoing programs.

Although this publication is based upon work supported by NSF, any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations it contains are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

What: Release of Lessons from a Decade of Mathematics and Science Reform, an assessment of NSF's Local Systemic Change through Teacher Enhancement Initiative

When: Monday, March 6, 2006 10:00 a.m.
           Coffee at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Zenger Room
             13th Floor, National Press Club
             529 14th Street NW
             Washington DC

Program:

  • Introduction
    Barbara M. Olds
    Acting Division Director
    Division of Elementary, Secondary, & Informal Education (EHR/ESIE)
    Directorate for Education and Human Resources
    National Science Foundation
  • Key Findings from the Study of LSC Teacher Professional Development
    Iris R. Weiss
    President, Horizon Research, Inc.
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • LSC in Action
    Michael Klentschy
    Superintendent, El Centro School District
    El Centro, California
  • Building Capacity through Statewide Support:
    The Asset Science Education Model, Pittsburgh, PA

    Ms. Diane Castelbuono
    Deputy Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Disseminating Key Research to the Field
    Donald Thompson
    Acting Assistant Director
    Directorate for Education and Human Resources
    National Science Foundation
  • Strengthening America's Leadership in Innovation Through Mathematics and Science Education
    Brian K. Fitzgerald
    Executive Director
    Business Higher Education Forum
  • Question and Answer session

-NSF-

Media Contacts
Marianne Smith, Horizon Research, Inc., (510) 530-9916, msmith@pdmathsci.net

Related Websites
The LSC report: http://www.pdmathsci.net

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