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P-20 Partnerships

Developing Resources and Engaging Activities to Motivate Students (DREAMS) Project California State University, Northridge Project Description: An ongoing collaboration between five partners (Local District 2 of Los Angeles Unified School District; California State University, Northridge; Los Angeles Mission College; Project GRAD Los Angeles; and the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley) to address a common concern with high attrition rates among high school students due, in part, to failure in first year algebra. The initial work of the collaborative focused on decreasing high school attrition by promoting student success in algebra. The students who participated in DREAMS consisted of a representative sample of eighth grade algebra students who were not proficient in mathematics as sixth and seventh graders. Read more >>

eMINTS and Beyond: Advancing Teaching and Learning through a P-20 Technology Partnership Lincoln University in Missouri Project Description: A statewide collaborative technology initiative, eMINTS is an acronym for “Enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies.” The Lincoln University eMINTS and Beyond program was the first of its kind in the state to provide a certificate in technology to teacher education candidates.  eMINTS classes are held in dedicated computer labs. Instead of discarding older computers, the eMINTS program has evolved to include a refurbishment project that is mutually beneficial to computer science majors by offering them hands-on experiences in computer refurbishment and to mid-Missouri schools in need of computer equipment. The expanded program has positively impacted P-20 teaching and learning. Read more >>

Expanded Dual Credit to Address Community Needs Northern Kentucky University Project Description: NKU dramatically expanded its dual-credit program to meet K-12 needs. Tuition per class was reduced to $225, a savings of $786/class for school partners. The number of classes available was increased, allowing high school students to complete up 25 credit hours. Admission criteria were adjusted to allow more students to participate. Scholarships were offered to enable high school teachers to meet credentialing requirements at the college level. The impact of these changes was immediate. Fall 2103 enrollment grew 10% over fall 2012 and is projected to grow by 25% over fall 2012 by fall 2014. Read more >>

Me and My School--Early Childhood Summer Learning Program Northern Kentucky University Project Description: This is a summer learning program for 4-year-olds transitioning to Kindergarten. The program has three foci: Ready Children—develop school readiness through a focus on child learning and developing the whole child; Ready Families—provide family engagement activities facilitating kindergarten readiness; and Ready Schools—where barriers to transition are identified and addressed. This project involves the university faculty collaborating with 7 school districts, with personnel from the PK-12 schools and the university education faculty facilitating and leading the discussions and information. Parents also participate in the program with their children. Read more >>

Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Articulation Agreement Indiana State University Project Description: Indiana State University (ISU) has developed articulation agreements between its ABET/ETAC accredited Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program and related A.S. and A.A.S. programs at Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University, and Lake Land College. These agreements help graduates of associate degrees in design/drafting, mechanical, or engineering technology fields to earn a B.S. in MET degree to advance their career. Also, this is the final step in an advanced manufacturing career pathway that begins with a Certified Production Technician certification earned through a High School Dual Credit partnership between Ivy Tech and a local high school, and ends with a B.S. degree in MET. This career pathway is critical for meeting the human resource demands of the Wabash Valley Advanced Manufacturing Cluster. In the most recent semester, the MET program has seen international associate degree graduates joining the program. Read more >>

PK-12/Arts and Sciences/Education Collaboration Initiative Northern Kentucky University Project Description: One example of how the university collaborates and innovates through a P-20 partnership is the Collaboration Initiative. The initiative includes representatives from PK-12 teachers and administration, Arts/ Science faculty, and Education faculty and was formed to review, discuss, and recommend ideas on collaborating and supporting each other. Many items are discussed, all with the purpose of improving the teacher education program so graduates can more positively impact PK-12 children. The Collaboration Initiative is an ongoing partnership to forge a stronger bond and collaboration among the teacher education program, PK-12 school districts, and the Arts/Sciences programs. Read more >>

Service Learning in Dual-Credit Courses Northern Kentucky University Project Description: For the past three years, high school students enrolled in a dual-credit Social Justice course have participated in a service-learning project. Through the project, students have selected agencies in need to receive special funding through the Scripps Howard Endowment Fund. Under the direction of a tenured faculty member, students developed award criteria, interviewed potential recipients, and presented the awards to the agencies. The project allowed students to identify, evaluate and compare the needs of our community through the eyes of the participating agencies. The course has been delivered in conjunction with high schools with heavy enrollment from under-represented student populations. Read more >>

Southern Regional Institute/Educational Technology Training Center Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Project Description: The Southern Regional Institute (SRI) and Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC) provide professional development opportunities for preK-12 educators, technology coordinators, school administrators, and other support service professionals. The overall goals of the SRI are to improve student academic achievement, organization effectiveness, employee performance, and user satisfaction. The ETTC's goal is to offer technology training and technology services to school districts to enhance the education available to students through the creative use of educational technologies in the classroom.The SRI&ETTC Consortium includes school districts and other regional organizations in five southern New Jersey counties and represents approximately 90,000 PreK-12 students and 24,000 educators. Read more >>

The Kentucky Center for Mathematics (KCM) Early Childhood Mathematics Initiative Northern Kentucky University Project Description: The Kentucky Center for Mathematics (KCM) (a statewide center with regional coordinators at most public post-secondary institutions in Kentucky) and the Erikson Institute in Chicago (The only post-secondary institution with advanced degrees in early childhood development) have followed up years of collaboration training pre-k teachers in Kentucky to integrate the big ideas of mathematics into early childhood experiences with a bold new initiative. This initiative incorporates the KCM’s established expertise in “professional noticing,” the Erikson Institute’s expertise in early childhood curriculum and their shared experience training pre-k teachers. Professional noticing allows for targeting mathematics instruction by training teachers to make good teaching decisions for each individual student. While still a relatively new project, the response from pre-k teachers has been quite extraordinary and rapid growth is imminent. Read more >>

The Kentucky Center for Mathematics (KCM) Primary Mathematics Intervention Program (PMIP) Northern Kentuck University Project Description: The PMIP was established in 2006 to assure that all students in Kentucky are proficient in mathematics. The KCM works with Kentucky’s public postsecondary institutions to assure that dedicated Mathematics Intervention Teachers (MITs), embedded in over 100 elementary schools throughout Kentucky, are able to coordinate a leadership team in their schools. This is done by facilitating the growth and leadership capacity of these primary mathematics intervention teachers through rigorous, sustained, job-embedded professional learning. During the ongoing PMIP experience, MITs learn to assess and advance student numeracy using Common Core progressions and the Math Recovery Models and Frameworks. And, they enthusiastically share their passion, knowledge, and tools with colleagues, transforming the way teachers think as they evolve their abilities to guide students’ development of strong conceptual foundations. Read more >>