The Center for Mathematics and Science Education is a grant-funded center working to provide professional development for teachers, STEM experiences for students, and opportunities for all to learn and grow together. The CMSE relies heavily on funded projects to increase participation and provide opportunities for our teachers, students, administrators, and leaders in STEM education. Since 2006, the CMSE has been able to secure funded projects that have supported many high-quality experiences and the staff will continue to seek out funding to help us continue our mission.
Funding Opportunity for STEM Educators
MSSGC Mini-Grants in STEM Enhancement
The Mississippi Space Grant Consortium (MSSGC) Mini-Grants in STEM Enhancement Program seeks to support K-12 STEM programs through hands-on experience, experiential learning, curriculum development, educational opportunities, or other related activities. Proposers can be teachers, faculty, or staff of any accredited educational institution in the state of Mississippi. Partnerships that ensure long-term impact are highly encouraged.
Current CMSE Projects
The Science Teaching with Embedded Primary Sources (STEPS) Project is funded by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Midwest region. The CMSE will design in-person and virtual professional development experiences in which participants will find, evaluate, and use historical primary sources from the Library of Congress. Participants will also develop and revise a science lesson plan or course module using the Library’s Teaching with Primary Sources materials. Teacher stipends will be provided for attendance. Travel stipends are available for in-person events only.
Past CMSE Projects
In 2018 and 2019, the Science Teacher Leaders Academy (STLA) provided a year-long professional development program for elementary and secondary science teachers. The goal of both academies were to establish leaders across the state who are knowledgeable about the 2018 Mississippi College-and Career- Readiness Standards for Science. Both programs sought to develop leaders who understood and were willing to share research-based practices for implementing core elements such as Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts with other teachers at the school, district, and state level. STLA and STLA 2 were funded by the Mississippi Space Grant Consortium.
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