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MSP LNC 2011


2011 MSP Learning Network Conference

MSP: From Partnerships of Innovation to Student Success

Call for Abstracts
Poster Information

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Dear MSP PIs:

This email contains the first of two sets of information being sent about the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Learning Network Conference (LNC), which will be held January 23-25, 2011. This email contains information about the conference theme, strands, and the call for abstracts for projects who wish to give presentations. It also contains the expectations for the poster that each project should prepare for the conference. You will receive a second set of information within about a week about registering for the conference and making hotel reservations. Both sets of information will also be available under the "LNC 2011 Conference" link on MSPnet for reference.

LNC 2011 will be held January 23-25, 2011, at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, 999 9th St. NW, Washington, DC. This year's theme is MSP: From partnerships of innovation to student success. The meeting will convene representatives from all Comprehensive, Targeted, Institute, Phase II, and MSP-Start Partnership projects, as well as from Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (RETA) projects. We anticipate that over 350 members of the MSP community will participate.

Reminder about Registration and Meeting Times: Registration to attend LNC 2011 will be active next week and can be found under the MSP Conferences navigation on MSPnet. More details will be in next weeks MSPnet newsletter and on MSPnet.
The main meeting will begin on the morning of Monday, January 24, at 8:30 am, and will conclude by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, January 25. Up to five members from each Comprehensive, Institute, Phase II and Targeted Partnership project, four members from each MSP-Start, and two members from each RETA project are invited to attend. Each four- or five-member team should include at least the PI, a K-12 administrator or teacher leader, a STEM faculty member, and an evaluator.
On Sunday afternoon, January 23, there will be a pre-meeting for new projects starting at 2:00 (those which began on or after January 1, 2010); at least the PI from each new project should attend this meeting. Projects may also find it helpful for the Project Director to attend this pre-conference meeting.
Posters:
This year, the LNC will include a poster session as a means of generating dialogue, particularly between veteran and new projects. Every MSP project, including RETA projects, will present a single poster at the LNC this year. All posters should include four quadrants:
1) Brief description of your projects definition of "student success."
2) Brief description (or depiction) of your projects research design related to student success.
3) Related to student success, what challenges, including unanticipated ones, has your project overcome, how did you do so, and what challenges remain ahead? What questions does your project have about student success?
4) What are the roles of your projects partners (including STEM faculty, K-12 districts, education faculty, evaluators) related to student success?
A poster session will take place on Monday. You are also encouraged to bring handouts on standard sized paper of a miniature version of your poster, to offer to visitors to your poster. Posters should be set up on Sunday night, or on Monday morning prior to the start of the conference. Information about logistics of the poster session will be posted on MSPnet. You will also be asked to submit your poster on MSPnet after the conference.
Call for Abstracts:
The main meeting will include presentation breakout sessions for MSP projects to share with each other what they are in the process of learning about student success, and to learn from and with each other in the context of the conference strands. All MSP projects are encouraged to consider presenting aspects of their work aligned with one of the two conference strands. Project teams may submit more than one abstract if they wish. The abstracts will be reviewed and project teams may be asked to revise their abstracts as part of the review process. Abstracts must be submitted under a specific strand. Structured abstracts of 3-4 pages should be submitted using an online submission system. To submit abstracts, go to http://scimath.unl.edu/submissions.

Strand 1: Definitions of and research designs related to student success
(abstracts must address at least one of the following)
Innovative understandings of student success, including some of the following: academic achievement, retention in school, interest, motivation, attainment, growth, cultural congruence, learning trajectories.
Theoretical frameworks for studying student STEM success, related to achievement gaps, dropouts, disinterest, poor participation in STEM courses, limited opportunities to learn, low post-secondary participation, differential success rates, or cultural in-congruities.
Innovation in MSP research design and measurement of student success; abstracts in this section are expected to address the role of STEM faculty in student success.

Strand 2: The use of student data to inform and refine MSP work
(abstracts must address at least one of the following)
Examination of the links between professional development and data on student success.
Use of evidence related to student success to inform classroom practice.
Use of evidence related to student success to inform MSP decision making, such as MSPs formative use of data related to student success.
Use of evidence related to student success to inform policy or systemic change at the district or university levels.

The timeline for abstract submission, revision, assignment to sessions, and posting of the technical program of the conference is as follows:
Monday, December 6, by 5:00 pm local time: Abstract submission deadline.
Wednesday, December 22: Authors will be notified of acceptance. Session co-chairs will send requests for revisions, if any, to authors.
Thursday, January 6: Abstract revisions due.
Monday, January 17: Technical program available on MSPnet.

Whom to contact with questions: The abstract process and questions about posters are being handled this year by a special project. Please contact msp@nsf.gov or (402) 472-8965 with any questions about these. Conference registration is being handled through MSPnet. Contact information for questions related to conference registration will be provided with the second set of information.

This year, the NSF is working with a special project to develop LNC 2011. As in previous years, the design of the conference is also relying on a Planning Committee comprised of members of the MSP community. We wish to express our gratitude to the Planning Committee for outstanding work that has led to this year's conference theme and strands, and for continued help in designing the conference.

We look forward to learning from and with you at LNC 2011.

Sincerely,

The 2011 MSP LNC Organizing Committee and
The 2011 Learning Network Conference Planning Committee