2008 DSEA Spring Meeting

February 11, 2008

The 2008 DSEA Spring meeting was held at the Carnegie Institution for Science, hosted by Toby M. Horn, Director of the Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE)

Featured Speaker:

James E. Hamos, Program Director of the Math and Science Partnership (MSP)
Division of Undergraduate Education
National Science Foundation

Meeting Discussion:

The PKAL/DSEA meeting addressed some of the ways that the societies are engaging their members in K-12 work. The meeting specifically focused on a new funding mechanism that is facilitating this work from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF’s Division for Undergraduate Education has been funding Math and Science Partnership (MSP) grants for several years with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of highly trained K-12 teachers. These programs achieve this goal by involving STEM faculty in a variety of different kinds of professional development experiences for K-12 educators.

The Division of Undergraduate Education at NSF has decided to include disciplinary societies again in their solicitation for projects in this area. James Hamos explored the question of whether scientific societies can play a role in improving the attitudes of IHE faculty regarding the important work of training K-12 teachers and getting our members involved in that work.

More general information about this program can be found here: http://www.nsf.gov/ehr/MSP/

To view the solicitation please go to: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08525/nsf08525.htm