Grant Title: “Massachusetts Mathematics and Science/Technology/Engineering (STE) Ambassadors”
Principal Investigator: Mia Dubosarsky, Director of Professional Development, STEM Education Center
Funding Amount: $327,482 Over 15 Months
Award Date: March 12, 2018
Sponsor: Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
The WPI STEM Education Center was selected for this project due to its expertise in developing and facilitating high-quality small and large STEM professional development workshops. The 35 chosen ambassadors in the program will attend six training sessions at WPI; put together a team of teachers from their districts; oversee the development of high-quality classroom tasks by their teams; pilot the tasks in classrooms; revise those tasks based on student data, and then present the developed tasks to fellow educators. As a result of the work, WPI and DESE will create a depository of high-quality classroom tasks for grades 4-8 (math) and for grades 6-12 (science, technology, and engineering), all of which will be shared with Massachusetts educators.