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June 25, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Commissioner Blomberg Announces Recipients of National Math and Science Partnership Grants

TALLAHASSEE - Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg today announced the selection of eight Florida school districts as recipients of $10.9 million in grants, which are part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program. In Florida, the MSP grants are expected to be funded for one year to support teacher professional development and innovative collaborations for K – 12 science education.

“Through the Mathematics and Science Partnership grants, Florida has been given an opportunity to strengthen our focus on these subjects and create new and exciting teacher development initiatives,” said Commissioner Blomberg. “These grants, combined with the newly created Office of Mathematics and Science help to ensure the continuance of teaching excellence across the state.”

The winners were chosen through a process in which applicants provided detailed proposals for programs to meet one of three funding priorities. The first funding priority was the design of a professional development program to prepare teachers as science content experts. The second was the development of researched-based, online science education modules focused on innovative best practices related to teaching and learning science. Finally, the third was the development of innovative collaborations between schools and industry, elementary and secondary schools and/or science and mathematics teachers.

The MSP grants were awarded as follows:

School District Grant Amount Project Description
Manatee County $2,000,000 SCIENCEMASTER Project will develop online resources and train science resource teachers.
Union County $967,396 Let's Talk Science Project will promote a collaboration between K-5 teachers and researchers at the University of Florida’s College of Education.
Union County $431,486 Exploring Science Content Project will develop digital resources such as maps, photos and video clips that integrate online teaching models.
St. Lucie County $950,000 MSP Expert Teacher Program Program designed to transfer science content knowledge from experts to students using customized college coursework.
Washington County $748,119 Science: Optimizing Academic Returns Project develops innovative ways to deliver science knowledge to students via face-to-face and online collaborative networks with teachers, university scientists and professors.
Washington County $1,494,258 Science Collaboration: Immersion, Inquiry, and Innovation Project will enable university researchers to work with teacher partners to gain experience by doing scientific research.
Putnam County $686,763 Florida Students Understanding Mathematics and Science Program designed to facilitate professional development based on K – 5 teacher needs through summer workshops
Duval County $432,111 The Life, Earth, and Physical Sciences Project Project will provide mentoring and collaborative professional development activities for science teachers.
Osceola County $1,944,084 Interactive Mathematics United with Science and Technology Project will focus on the relationship between math and science high school teachers.
Hillsborough County $1,294,980 Project Collaborative Leaders Achieving Science Success Project will focus on content, collaboration and leadership for teachers of physical sciences.

In February, the Department of Education created the Office of Mathematics and Science to oversee the development and implementation of new world-class math and science standards, develop and deliver professional development to teachers, and coordinate all state - and federally-funded programs in these subject areas. The Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, housed at Florida State University, supports the Department of Education’s efforts to increase the rigor and relevance of secondary programs to enhance the number of students who graduate prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce.