Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP)


The goals of the MSP are: 1) to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers; 2) to build statewide capacity for professional development of K-12 staff by establishing networks of highly skilled teacher leaders in mathematics and science; and 3) to develop partnerships among K-12 educators, STEM faculty, and higher education personnel. Funds from the MSP are currently being used to support high quality professional development programs in Vermont.



2013-2014 Mathematics and Science Partnership Application

Audience: Superintendents, Curriculum Coordinators, Principals

The next round of Math/Science Partnership (MSP) funding will be given to a project that focuses on developing a cadre of high school teachers of mathematics who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable all students to reach for the standards identified by Common Core. One grant for up to $200,000 will be awarded to a partnership that includes high-needs schools and higher education STEM faculty. For more information, contact Pat Fitzsimmons, MSP Coordinator, at (802) 479-1425 or Letters of intent are due by January 15, 2013.


Mathematics and Science Partnership Projects July 2013 – June 2014

  • Extending the Vermont Mathematics Initiative to the High School Level
    Project Director: Kenneth Gross

    This project initiates a program to extend the VMI from its current K-8 focus to the high school level. The overarching goal of this proposal is to increase the mathematics proficiency of all Vermont high school graduates. In particular, this proposal calls for training an inaugural cohort of teacher leaders who will become resources to all high school teachers in their districts. The proposal also builds the infrastructure and lays the groundwork in the longer term context for raising student mathematics achievement at the secondary level across all of Vermont. Partners on the proposal are the UVM Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the Vermont Mathematics Initiative, the Winooski School District, the Champlain Valley Educators Development Center, and IBM.

  • The Southwest Vermont Science Partnership Enhancement Program
    Project Director: Maureen Maidrand

    The Southwest Vermont Science Partnership Enhancement Program was developed to improve student science achievement across the high-need region served by the Southwest Vermont Superintendents' Curriculum Coordinators' Collaborative (SWVTCCC). Stage II of the project is the Next Generation Science Leadership, which provides additional science content and leadership training to develop skillful leaders. Year 1 of the Next Generation Science Leadership develops the leader's capacity to advocate and create support systems for science professional learning resulting in increased student achievement in the nine Southwest Vermont supervisory unions. Year 2 participants in the program will expand the Year 1 grade level Professional Learning Communities into the entire school and department Professional Learning Communities into multiple disciplines. Content courses will focus on STEM with an emphasis on engineering. This program will be delivered in partnership with Castleton State and Bennington Colleges, Norwich University, and the Southwest Vermont Superintendents' Association.

  • The Vermont Mathematics Initiative
    Project Director: Kenneth Gross

    The VMI proposal for grant period 2013-14 includes expanding this Phase II program to all regions of Vermont, while continuing to build and support the leadership capacity in the CVEDC and NEKSDC region. The VMI has recently begun this expansion by offering its Common Core Implementation series of workshops for school leadership teams to the Southwest Vermont Curriculum Coordinator's Collaborative (SWVTCCC) as well as the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative. MSP funding will allow the VMI to continue a second year of workshops for the school leadership teams in these two regions, thereby ensuring each ESA has participated in two full years of CCSS-M implementation workshops.

  • VSI Science and Engineering Academy
    Project Director: Alan Giese

    VSI has integrated the components of two previous pilot projects, The VSI Science and Engineering Institute and the VSI Science Academy, into one Academy. This will allow educators to experience "STEM" as an integrated whole. The program will work to increase the subject matter knowledge and teaching skills of STEM educators and will provide support as they implement their new knowledge in the classroom.

Key Changes/Improvements for 2013-2014:

  • Seamless integration of all STEM components into one institute
  • More integrated use of the NSTA Sci Packs
  • Scientist and engineer working together
  • Continued development of opportunities to use technology as a tool to promote learning
  • Development of units that incorporate science and engineering and align with the NGSS
  • Mandatory, streamlined PLC meetings with improved effectiveness
  • Focus on practices of developing explanations and making meaning
  • Offering teachers the option of in-class coaching visit(s)
  • Facilitation of the NGSX pilot project


Pat Fitzsimmons at or (802) 479-1425

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