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Media Advisory 08-008

Finding What Works: Strategies for Improving STEM Education

Examining the evidence for program outcomes on the agenda for participants in the Math and Science Partnership program

Photo of teachers doing physics experiments

Boston teachers from the Tufts University MSP project perform physics experiments.

January 24, 2008

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Creating a stronger bridge between students' experiences in mathematics and science education in the elementary and secondary grades, so that they participate and succeed in challenging courses in college and engage fully as contributors in America's innovative workforce, is something no educator or parent would argue with. It is also the ongoing work of the National Science Foundation's Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program, which creates alliances between university faculty in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and K-12 teachers.

MSP projects around the country (see map at ) have developed successful strategies for enhancing teacher development and mentoring, attracting more students to STEM courses, and improving student performance, including on state proficiency tests.

Sharing the successful practices related to teaching, learning and partnership and identifying the evidence for linking outcomes to MSP initiatives will be the overall subject of this meeting.

The meeting will be held at Hilton Washington Hotel (1919 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28 and 29.

A full agenda is included below, along with a listing of topics for the break-out sessions.

Media interested in attending should contact Maria Zacharias at, or 703-292-8454.


Media Contacts
Maria C. Zacharias, NSF, (703) 292-8070, email:

Program Contacts
James E. Hamos, NSF, (703) 292-4687, email:

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