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									Network of Educators and
 Mathematics & Science
    Experts (NEMSE)

  Association of Colleges of Illinois
           Grant Proposal
         Amy Benish, MBA
            July 9, 2005
                          Abstract
NEMSE involves the collaboration of math &
science educators and experts currently
practicing in the field to:
            Enhance content knowledge of math &
             science educators through participation in an
             online forum
            Foster networking relations among and
             between educators and content experts

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                                 Justification
                      Problem                                                       Solution
         A significant number of middle and                           Utilize experts in the field to increase
         high school educators lack the                               the level of content knowledge among
         content knowledge in the subject(s)                          math and science educators
         they teach
                                                                      Disseminate current information, from
         A large percentage of new teachers                           experts to educators, and discuss
         leave the profession shortly after                           real-world applications of content
         being certified                                              knowledge

         Teacher turnover rates are highest in                        Offer professional development
         high poverty and urban districts                             opportunities and resources to support
                                                                      new teachers

                                                                      Provide an online environment to allow for
                                                                      communication among participants from
                                                                      any location at any time



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             Description
Organizations
  University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL
  Joliet Public Schools District 86
  Joliet Township High School District 204
  Argonne National Laboratory




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                       Description
Objectives
1.       Offer professional development opportunities for math
         and science educators in Joliet Publics Schools District 86
         and Joliet Township High School District 204.
2.       Create an online network of math and science educators
         and experts currently practicing in the field.
3.       Create a website containing math and science resources
         that can be utilized by educators, teacher candidates, and
         middle and high students.
4.       Increase the use of real-world math and science
         examples, pertaining to current practices and applications
         in the field of math and science, in middle and high
         school classrooms.




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          Timeline-Phase I
Phase I    August 2005        Develop NEMSE Website & program
                               brochure
                              Send letter to businesses/firms in Joliet
                               & surrounding areas to attract experts
                               (invitation to luncheon)
                              Develop shell for WebCT online forum
          September 2005      Host expert luncheon at USF
           October 2005       Host follow-up expert luncheon at USF
                               visit local schools in District 86 & 204,
                               host NEMSE informational sessions
                               after school, leave brochures with
                               department chairs
          November 2005       Create usernames/passwords for
                               NEMSE participants, complete WebCT
                               online forum
           Timeline-Phase II
Phase II   December 2005 -   Continue recruiting as necessary
            January 2006     Offer WebCT training at local schools for
                             educators
                             Offer WebCT training at USF for experts
                             Send letter with WebCT resources/contact
                             information
                             Update NEMSE Website listing
                             participants
                             Send letter to educators explaining
                             NEMSE website and resources
                             Visit student teachers to explain NEMSE
                             and solicit participants
                             Send pre-survey through WebCT to
                             educators to measure use of real-world
                             examples
            Timeline-Phase III
Phase III   February 2006 –   Facilitator will encourage dialog in WebCT
              April 2006      Update NEMSE Website with resources
                              sited in WebCT
                              Inform educator participants how to
                              receive CPDU credit
               May 2006       Send post-survey to educators to measure
                              use of real-world examples
                              Send survey to educators to measure the
                              use of the NEMSE website’s resources
                              Survey COE student teachers to
                              determine if the website was effective
                              USF will host Celebration Dinner
                                   Budget
    Budget Item                       Description                         Cost            Total

NEMSE Facilitator    develop WebCT, develop website,                      $2,500         $5,000
                     facilitate discussion, lead recruitment         stipend/semester
                     efforts, visit schools, conduct surveys, plan
                     luncheons/dinner

  Expert Stipends    provide stipend to experts for services for       $250/expert       $1,000
                     spring semester (goal of 4 experts)

CID & Web Services   provide funds to CID & Web Services for            $1000 for        $1,000
       support       maintenance of server and technical              academic year
                     support for WebCT and website

  Mini-grants for    Educators will be able to request funds for         $2,000          $2,000
      Educators      classroom projects
 Public Relations    Brochures/letters                                   $1,000          $1,000
       Material      Luncheons                                        In-kind (USF)
                     Travel funds for school visits                   In-kind (USF)
                     Celebration Dinner                               In-kind (USF)
                                                                                        $10,000
                  Budget Justification
Personnel                                            Supplies
   Facilitator:                                         Public relations materials:
            Develop the WebCT online forum                       Brochures
             and NEMSE website                                    Letters
            Recruit experts and educators to                     Postage
             participate in the forum
            Carry out the project evaluation
            Maintain the project budget             Other
            Create public relations materials           Educator requests for classroom
                                                          equipment pertaining to math and
   Experts:                                              science.
            Respond to educator questions               In-kind contributions from the
            Provide resources for classroom
                                                          University of St. Francis will fund:
             use                                                  NEMSE luncheons to recruit
            Attend the Celebration Dinner to                      experts
             meet the educators                                   Visits to schools to recruit
                                                                   educators
                                                                  Celebration Dinner


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                          Evaluation
   Objective One: Offer professional development
    opportunities for math and science educators in
    Joliet Publics Schools District 86 and Joliet
    Township High School District 204.
            Met through the recruitment of math & science
             educators in Joliet Public Schools District 86 and
             Joliet Township High School District 204
            Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU)
             will be made available to educators participating in
             NEMSE

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                          Evaluation
   Objective Two: Create an online network of math
    and science educators and experts currently
    practicing in the field.
            Monitor the online forum to determine the activity
             level of participation
            Attendance at the Celebration Dinner will also
             indicate the level of activity in the program




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                          Evaluation
   Objective Three: Create a website containing
    math and science resources that can be utilized
    by educators, teacher candidates, and middle
    and high students.
            A counter will monitor the use of the NEMSE website
            Survey of educators in Joliet districts will measure
             popularity and effectiveness of website for classroom
             use
            Survey of College of Education student teachers will
             measure their use of the website

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                          Evaluation
   Objective Four: Increase the use of real-world
    math and science examples, pertaining to
    current practices and applications in the field of
    math and science, in middle and high school
    classrooms.
            Pre- and post- surveys will of educators participating
             in the NEMSE program will measure the use of real-
             world math and science examples in the classroom
             before and after participation in the online forum


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                  Conclusion
   NEMSE provides an environment of dialog
    and shared resources among educators and
    experts in the math and science field.
   Through NEMSE, content enhancement and
    professional development of educators in the
    math and science field will occur.
   Sustainability is possible beyond initial start-up
    through the support of USF


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         Contact Information
              Amy Benish, MBA
           University of St. Francis
         Email: abenish@stfrancis.edu




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