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2005 MSP Learning Network Conference Invitation

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Diane Spresser's announcement of the 2005 MSP Learning Network Conference.

November 15, 2004

Dear Colleague:

The 2005 Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Learning Network Conference will be held on January 31 and February 1, 2005, at the Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th & K Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20036. The meeting will convene Principal Investigators (PI's) and other representatives from all Comprehensive, Targeted and Institute Partnerships (CTI) and from Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (RETA) projects. The theme for this year's conference is Challenging Courses and Curricula, one of the five MSP key features and one that is critical for realizing the goals of the MSP program. We are eager to learn how you are tackling this key "challenge" and to provide multiple opportunities for learning from one another and from a range of experts who will add their perspectives.

The meeting will begin on Monday, January 31, 2005, at 9:00 AM and will conclude by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 1. Up to five members from each CTI Partnership and two members from each RETA award may attend the meeting. Each five-member team must include the PI or project director, an evaluator, a representative from a K-12 partner district/school and a science/technology/engineering/mathematics (STEM) disciplinary representative from a higher education partner. Projects are responsible for travel and lodging expenses for each attendee.

Any Partnership wanting to bring more than five people should contact Diane Zielinski, Temple University/Institute for Survey Research at (202) 537-6700. As meeting space is limited, not all requests may be honored. Please contact the other members of your team as soon as possible, register for the conference and make hotel and travel reservations.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE

All who plan to attend must register online by January 10, 2005.

HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS

A special rate has been established with the Capital Hilton Hotel but you must make your reservations by January 4, 2005, to ensure these rates and room availability. To do so, call 1-800-HILTONS or 1-800-445-8667.

POSTER SESSION

We invite each CTI Partnership to present a poster sharing its work in the domain of Challenging Courses and Curricula for K-12, preservice or inservice mathematics/science education. Each RETA is invited to prepare a poster on its work, independent of whether or not the work is related directly to Challenging Courses and Curricula. In addition, please send an electronic copy of your poster (Word, PDF, PowerPoint) to MSPnet so that it can be shared with colleagues online. Guidelines and specifications for posters will follow. When registering for the conference, please indicate if you will be bringing a poster.

SUGGESTIONS FOR BREAKOUT SESSIONS

As we have been preparing for this MSP Learning Network Meeting, we have solicited your input: first, through consultation with a group of MSP PI's, who met with NSF staff in early Fall; and second, as we continue to invite your suggestions of topics for breakout sessions. Please suggest topics related to Challenging Courses and Curricula that could be useful to you and your partners.

In addition, a portion of the meeting will be devoted to breakouts on other topics of interest to MSP projects, with experts from within the MSP Learning Network and from elsewhere serving as moderators. We invite your suggestions for topics. Please send your comments and suggestions to Jonel Peckyno-Haley.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For questions regarding conference logistics, please contact Diane Zielinski at Temple University/Institute for Survey Research. For programmatic concerns, contact Joyce Evans or Elizabeth VanderPutten at NSF.

We expect this conference to afford a range of opportunities for sharing with one another new insights and promising strategies for advancing our goals to improve teaching and learning at all levels of STEM education. We look forward to seeing you and your Partnership team in late January.

Sincerely,

Diane M. Spresser
Senior Program Coordinator
Math and Science Partnership Program
National Science Foundation

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