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MSP Workshop: Higher Education in MSP Partnerships: Learning, Assessment, and Teacher Education, December 5-7, 2004


The workshop on "Higher Education in MSP Partnerships: Learning, Assessment, and Teacher Education" will take place on December 5 - 7, 2004 at the Keck Center in Washington, DC.

Goals and Objectives

To help participants
understand the various aspects of higher education involvement with MSPs and examine practical ways to stimulate and enhance that involvement by

participants to the expanding body of research about improving undergraduate learning and assessment, as synthesized in such National Research Council reports as Science Teaching Reconsidered: A Handbook; Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology; Evaluating and Improving Undergraduate Teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Bio2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists.

the roles of disciplinary faculty, departments, and institutions in developing more effective teachers of science and mathematics at both the K-12 and undergraduate levels. Relevant NRC reports that will be made available to workshop participants include: Educating Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology: New Practices for the New Millennium; Learning and Understanding: Improving Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in U.S. High School; Technically Speaking: Why All Americans Need to Know More About Technology.

participants with knowledge about past and present research in higher education on human learning and assessment, together with potential future areas of research contributions. NRC reports that have summarized this research include How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School (Expanded Edition) and Knowing What Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment.

Focus Issues

To help workshop participants address these goals and objectives, the workshop will focus on four issues:

Preparing the next generation of teachers: changing how higher education faculty teach future teachers;

The role of college faculty and their partners in K-12 and how they interact within the MSPs;

Ways that science and mathematics faculty might work with education faculty more effectively; and

The role of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research as a basis for improving undergraduate and K-12 education.

Who Should Attend

Optimally, MSP teams consisting of colleagues from both higher education and their K-12 partners would benefit from participating in this workshop. Teams might include some combination of

college-level mathematics and science faculty, especially those responsible for introductory and teacher education courses or programs;

K-12 teachers of science and mathematics, especially those who work closely with their higher education counterparts;

faculty from schools of education associated with the MSP partnership;

higher education and K-12 academic leaders;

Note: While this event will emphasize ways in which college-level faculty and institutions of higher education can enhance learning for their own students and become more effective partners within their MSP projects, the voices and perspectives of K-12 partners will be critical to all aspects of the workshop.

Presentations, Interactive Sessions, Break-out Sessions and Team Time

A variety of activities will be provided to help participants address the Goals and Objectives.

Presentations and interactive demonstrations with experts, many of whom have served on the authoring committees for NRC reports.

Breakout sessions in which attendees will be able to select aspects of learning, assessment and professional development that they will explore with experts.

Time reserved for MSP teams and facilitators to discuss what they have learned throughout the workshop and how those concepts can be applied to their own partnerships.

Prior to the Workshop

After registration, participants will receive 1) a free CD-ROM with relevant NRC reports on undergraduate education and the relationships between K-12 and higher education; and, 2)a team inquiry which will be completed to communicate the issues and challenges that the MSP faces in integrating the roles and responsibilities of K-12/higher education within their MSPs. This information will be used by facilitators so that they can address these issues.