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2007 Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Learning Network Conference

Engaging STEM Faculty in MSP: Promises and Challenges

January 26 - 27, 2007 (Pre-conference workshops on Jan. 25, see below)
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, D.C.

Dear Colleague:
The 2007 Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Learning Network Conference will be held on January 26 and 27, 2007, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, D.C. Our large annual conferences provide an opportunity for us to engage with one another on dimensions of the five MSP key features that are critical for realizing the goals of the MSP program. This year, the conference will focus on science/technology/engineering/mathematics (STEM) disciplinary faculty as a component of effective Partnerships in MSP, and our conference theme is Engaging STEM Faculty in MSP: Promises and Challenges. The meeting will convene Principal Investigators (PIs) and other representatives from all Comprehensive, Targeted and Institute (CTI) Partnerships, as well as from Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (RETA) projects.

The meeting will begin on the morning of Friday, January 26, at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude by 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 27. Up to five members from each CTI Partnership and two members from each RETA project are invited to attend. Projects are responsible for travel and lodging expenses for each attendee. We ask that each five-member team include the PI, project director, a representative from a K-12 partner district/school and a STEM disciplinary faculty member/representative from a higher education partner. Given the theme of this conference, we especially encourage MSP teams to include a STEM disciplinary faculty member who is not the PI in their five-person teams.

MSP projects have different goals and use a variety of strategies to achieve their goals. As we have been preparing for this MSP Learning Network Conference, we have solicited input from projects and continue to solicit your input. A group of MSP PIs have been working as a Planning Committee with NSF staff to begin shaping the program agenda. We now invite your thinking about Breakout Sessions. Online registration will soon be activated at MSPnet and, as you register, you will have an opportunity to (a) indicate your willingness to lead or facilitate a breakout, (b) make suggestions about topics for breakout sessions and (c) respond to a question that will inform Conference activity. The Planning Committee will use your input to determine a set of breakouts with potential to respond to your interests and needs. As in the past, there will also be some sessions that bring in experts from within the MSP community and from elsewhere as speakers and moderators.

Registration information and additional details about the conference will be posted on MSPNet by November 1.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Diane M. Spresser
Senior Program Coordinator Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Program

Register for the conference
CCSSO Pre-Conference Workshop Thursday, January 25 (click for more info)

MSPnet Pre-Conference Workshop Thursday, January 25 (click for more info)