Current Projects

ENRICHING THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF SCHOOL TEACHERS & COMMUNITY COLLEGE FACULTY IN RURAL MICHIGAN: AN RET SITE ON SMART VEHICLES

  • (2016 to 2018)
  • Funding directly to SAMPI
  • Funder: National Science Foundation
  • Description: Enriching the Professional Development of Schools and Teachers & Community College Faculty in Rural Michigan – an RET Site on Smart Vehicles (CMU-RET) - is a collaborative research project involving engineering faculty and researchers from Central Michigan University and external evaluators from SAMPI. The goal is to establish a strong science and engineering learning partnership between Central Michigan University (CMU) and other educational entities in the highly rural central portion of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula (often referred to as “Mid-Michigan”). The three-year program will recruit 15 teams—five per year, each consisting of an in-service secondary school teacher, a community college instructor, and a pre-service teacher enrolled at CMU—to participate in an engineering research project. CMU-RET began in 2016 and continues through 2018.

HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE CUBE 

  • (2014 to 2019)
  • Client: Western Michigan University
  • Funder: Howard Hughes Medical Institutes' Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education Program
  • A Dual Approach to Transforming the Culture of Undergraduate Biology Education (HHMI CUBE) is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) undergraduate research and mentoring program designed to increase persistence of undergraduates in the Science/Technology/ Engineering/Mathematics (STEM) majors, with specific focus on biological sciences. The HHMI CUBE program has six major objectives: (1) develop inquiry-driven laboratory curricula that will engage undergraduate biology students; (2) scaffold learning experiences so students learn, design, conduct, and communicate; (3) develop large group (lecture) curriculum and strategies that engage students in critical analysis of primary science literature (active learning strategies, CREATE model); (4) provide extended and target professional development for the faculty, TAs, peer-leaders and administrators that promote a culture of scholarship for teaching and learning; (5) develop learning communities of faculty, TAs, peer-leaders and undergraduates to foster engagement and support for learning and change; and (6) design a laboratory learning space conducive to active, collaboration science investigations.

IMPROVING MATHEMATICS PEDAGOGY AND CONTENT FOR TEACHERS (IMPACT)—MATH/SCIENCE PARTNERSHIP

  • (2016 to 2017)
  • Client: Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District 
  • Funder: Michigan Department of Education
  • Description: Improving Mathematics Pedagogy and Content for Teachers (IMPACT) is a project funded by the Michigan Mathematics and Science Partnership competitive grants program of the Michigan Department of Education. The purpose of the project is to implement an 80-hour mathematics content course designed for K-8 teachers called Intel® Math. The course is being implemented by the Manistee, Wexford-Missaukee Regional Mathematics and Science Center and the following partner sites: Mecosta-Osceola Mathematics/Science/Technology Center, and the Grand Traverse Regional Math, Science & Technology Center. It is designed to deepen the teacher participant knowledge of elementary and middle school math concepts and emphasizes a problem-solving approach.

MATH RECOVERY®—MATH/SCIENCE PARTNERSHIP

  • (2015 to 2017)
  • Client: Muskegon Area ISD Regional Math and Science Center
  • Funder: Michigan Department of Education 
  • Description: SAMPI provided comprehensive external evaluation services to this Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Partnership grant. Evaluation activities included: development and analysis of teacher surveys, development, administration, and analysis of a teacher pre/post mathematics content test and a teacher video pre/post test, analysis of NWEA testing data, interviews with teachers, administrators, and project staff, and observation of professional development sessions. SAMPI participated in regular project staff meetings to share results of the data collection and analysis, as well as provided regular written reports.

Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network

  • (1992 through present)
  • Client: MI Math and Science Centers Network
  • Funder: State of Michigan
  • Description: SAMPI provided comprehensive external evaluation services to this Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Partnership grant. Evaluation activities included: development and analysis of teacher surveys, development, administration, and analysis of a teacher pre/post mathematics content test and a teacher video pre/post test, analysis of NWEA testing data, interviews with teachers, administrators, and project staff, and observation of professional development sessions. SAMPI participated in regular project staff meetings to share results of the data collection and analysis, as well as provided regular written reports.  

MICHIGAN’S UPPER PENINSULA SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS INTEGRATED THROUGH LITERACY AND ENGINEERING (UP SMILE)—MATH/SCIENCE PARTNERSHIP

  • (2016 to 2017)
  • Client: EUP Mathematics and Science Center
  • Funder: Michigan Department of Education
  • Description: The Upper Peninsula Science and Mathematics Integrated through Literacy and Engineering (UP-SMILE) project is funded by the Michigan Department of Education’s Mathematics and Science Partnership competitive grants program. The purpose of UP-SMILE is to support the efforts of middle and high school teachers across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to bring an integrated approach to their mathematics and science classrooms. Five Upper Peninsula Mathematics and Science Centers have partnered to implement a 10-day workshop for secondary teachers focused on 3-D printers, Scratch programming, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Vernier probes. Additionally, participants attended a 5-day workshop series on NGSX, a web-based system designed to engage them in the three major dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): core ideas of science, scientific and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. UP SMILE also received expansion funding to implement three Math Recovery® trainings in the Upper Peninsula. Math Recovery® consists of two courses designed to provide a detailed understanding of how children develop understanding of early numeracy (Course 1) and number domains of place value and multiplication and division (Course 2).

PALS: PRACTICAL ACTIVE LEARNING STATIONS TO TRANSFORM AND IMPROVE EXISTING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE STUDENTS

  • (2016 to 2019)
  • Funding directly to SAMPI
  • Funder: National Science Foundation
  • Description: PALS: Practical Active Learning Stations to Transform and Improve Existing Learning Environments for Computer Science Students (CMU-PALS) is a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The purpose of the project is to develop, deploy, and evaluate a means of adapting existing Computer Science (CPS) classrooms to facilitate active learning. Specifically, open-source and flexible software is being developed that can run on lightweight, commodity hardware to create self-contained practical, active learning stations (PALS). These stations are being deployed to create an active learning classroom. It is anticipated that this approach will allow other traditional classrooms to be converted to modified active learning classrooms. The effectiveness of PALS is being determined by comparing PALS with a state-of-the-art active learning classroom that does not make use of PALS, and with a “traditional” classroom with no technology to support active learning.

SUPPORTING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INTEL® MATH—MATH/SCIENCE PARTNERSHIP

  • (2012 to 2017)
  • Client: Saginaw Valley State University Regional Math and Science Center
  • Funder: Michigan Department of Education
  • Description: Achieving with Intel® Math (AIM) is a project funded by the Michigan Mathematics and Science Partnership competitive grants program of the Michigan Department of Education. There have been three phases of the project and an extension of the third phase through the Saginaw Valley State University Regional Mathematics and Science Center. AIM is the fourth phase. The project is implementing the 80-hour Intel® Math course designed for K-8 teachers. Topics covered in the course include integer arithmetic, the decimal number system, place value, rational number arithmetic, rates, linear equations, functions, and more. The course material is taught to K-8 teacher participants by math content experts who received formal training from Intel®.

TESLA: TEACHERS ENGAGED IN SCIENCE LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES

  • (2015 to 2017)
  • Client: Wayne RESA
  • Funder: State of Michigan
  • Description: SAMPI provides internal evaluation services for TESLA, a science professional development program across Michigan. SAMPI collects and analyzes survey, interview, and observations data. Results are communicated with the project manager so the project team can make changes to the project, as necessary, and provide information about the project to funders and other stakeholders.

Title IIA(3)—Improving Teacher Quality Competitive Grants Program Statewide Cross-Site Evaluation

  • (2004 to 2018)
  • Client: Michigan Department of Education Office of Professional Services
  • Funder: Michigan Department of Education

Statewide cross-site evaluation of cadres of professional development projects funded through the Michigan Department of Education Title IIA(3) Improving Teacher Quality Competitive Grants Program. SAMPI gathers data across sites, provides evaluation technical assistance to projects, and compiles findings for reporting to MDE and other stakeholders.

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Title IIA—Lesson Observation Training

  • (2004 to 2018)
  • Client: Michigan Department of Education Office of Professional Services
  • Funder: Michigan Department of Education

Training to use the SAMPI Lesson Observation protocol.

Z-FACTOR

  • (2015 to 2018)
  • Client: University of Arizona
  • Funder: National Science Foundation

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