Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP)

Hiker in RMNPOur lab is the lead on a $12.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Mathematics and Science Partnership program to create a dynamic teacher development program targeted at middle school and high school teachers in the STEM disciplines - science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Researchers will create a framework where environmental science literacy drives learning of core science and mathematics concepts that focus on carbon cycling, water systems and biodiversity in socio-ecological systems.

The CSU-led program led by John Moore, director of CSU's Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, will connect the environmental sciences research and education of partner universities and sites within the NSF-funded Long-Term Ecological Research, or LTER.  Four LTER research sites (Shortgrass Steppe LTER, Santa Barbara Coastal LTER, Kellogg Biological Station LTER, and the Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER) and the LTER Networkwork Office will partner with 22 local K-12 schools/districts focusing exclusively on middle schools and high schools serving more than 250 science and mathematics teachers and 70,000 students. Collaborators will develop models of professional development that integrate the research efforts of scientists with professional development needs of teachers.  Program elements include a teacher-in-residence program, research internships for teachers, placement of graduate students into K-12 classrooms, professional development workshops leading to graduate credit and/or graduate degrees, and professional learning communities.

Core partners on the NSF-funded grant are Greeley-Evans School District No. 6; Poudre School District; Michigan State University; Plainwell Community Schools; University of California, Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara School District; Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Towson University; Baltimore City and County Public Schools; University of Northern Colorado; University of Wyoming; and the LTER Network Office at the University of New Mexico.