C-STEMEC partners provide a variety of professional development, capacity building, and strategic support resources to K-12 STEM teachers, schools, and school systems. A selection of current projects include:
- Based at CEMSE, a series of supports for teachers and leaders who use Everyday Mathematics curricular materials; the Everyday Mathematics Virtual Learning Community; support for implementation of Science Companion; and support services for early childhood mathematics and science. These efforts include in-school coaching and support, leadership development, in-person workshops, webinars, and other online activities.
- The Chicago Algebra Initiative, which describes the development and components of this ten-year old university/school partnership, provides coursework and assessment to enable middle school teachers to teach effective 8th grade algebra courses.
- Housed at DePaul University’s STEM Center and funded by the Searle Funds of the Chicago Community Trust, the DePaul/CPS Math Science Partnership provides support for teachers and schools at the network and district level. The Partnership is particularly focused on building and extending the district’s capacity to implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards.
- CSME current projects with Chicago Public Schools networks and selected schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago provide support for school administrators to recognize and support high quality science instruction in their schools.
- CSTEMEC partners from UIC, DePaul, and Loyola University Chicago along with IIT, Northwestern University and Chicago Public Schools work together on the NSF-funded Chicago Transformation Teacher Institutes (CTTI) program, which aims to increase the content, pedagogical and leadership skills of teachers through a school leader-team approach.
- CSTEMEC partners consult with Chicago Public Schools Department of Mathematics and Science staff on developing strategies and professional development to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards.
- The SEPUP Implementation Center, based at Loyola University’s CSME provides 54 hours of annual professional development on the grades 6-8 SEPUP curricula for teachers in Chicago Public Schools and schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
- UIC is leading the work for the Suburban Cook County Mathematics Initiative which is composed of two sister initiatives, WCMI (West Cook Mathematics Initiative) and SCMI (South Cook Mathematics Initiative). A total of 32 high-needs school districts in west and south Cook County work to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago Learning Sciences Research Institute and the West and South Cook Intermediate Service Centers (ISCs), with funding provided by the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.
- UIC Learning Sciences Research Institute is supporting Michigan City Area Schools, Indiana, through a comprehensive mathematics improvement initiative focused on grades 6-12.
- UIC representatives Mary Jo Tavormina, James Lynn, Jennifer Leimberer and their colleagues at LSRI, are involved in various efforts to support teachers and administrators in areas related to mathematics curriculum, instruction and assessment, especially as related to implementation of effective teaching practices and adoption of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. These include a number of projects, several of which are collaborative efforts with other Chicago area.
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