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Programs that Work

The Virginia Mathematics & Science Coalition invites you to nominate effective student and teacher educational programs for the VMSC "Programs that Work" Awards. The Coalition is interested in reviewing and recognizing exemplary mathematics, science, and integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs for which there is evidence of a positive impact on student or teacher learning.  The application process is designed to be relatively simple. Programs will be recognized in mathematics, science, and integrated STEM in the areas of student programs and teacher education programs.

Proposals will be evaluated on the extent to which they:

  • ■ Represent innovative, exemplary programs that have proven effective with all students or teachers;
    ■ Demonstrate the important science concepts, skills or processes students and teachers learned as a result of the programs, and if the program is integrated STEM, also demonstrate the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics;
    ■ Document impact on teaching and learning.

    The Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition will recognize the 2012 Programs That Work Award recipients on May 22, 2012 in Richmond . The Coalition will provide support for travel and lodging of award recipients.

Applications are due on April 6, 2012 , and will be evaluated on a competitive basis for programs that have been conducted during the past five years and have demonstrated positive results.

Virginia’s public and private elementary and secondary schools, public school divisions, institutions of higher education, state agencies and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations are invited to apply.


2012 Programs That Work Awards
Student Program Application

COMPLETING APPLICATIONS:

1) Project Administrator: The Project Administrator listed should be the individual who successfully implemented the program.  Please list only one individual even if the project was a team effort.

2) The Organization: The organization is where the project administrator is currently employed (even if the project was completed with a different group of students).

3) Student Program Description: Describe your mathematics, science, or integrated STEM program using the questions below as an outline.  The project description should total no more than three pages (single-sided).

The Idea: Provide a specific, brief description of the project
Outcomes: What mathematics or science concepts, skills, or processes did students learn from being a participant in this program? If it is an integrated STEM program, also indicate how the students were guided to integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and the impact that the integration had on the student understanding of their project.
Evaluation: How did you assess your progress along the way and what was the final outcome that demonstrates positive impact on the student participants?
Sustainability:  How long has the program been in effect?  (2 year minimum)
Context:  Tell us about your school or organization and about the targeted student population your program served.


SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION:

Please submit your application electronically to Barbara Young at barbara.young@doe.virginia.gov.  Please do not include cover letters, photographs or videotapes.  Applications may not have more than three supplemental documents such as, articles from newsletters, news clippings, and letters of support.

Plan to send your application materials early to ensure they are received on time.  To be considered, applications must be received no later than April 6, 2012 .

Click the button below to download the application.
Link to Student Program Application


2012 Programs That Work Awards
Teacher Education Program Application

COMPLETING APPLICATIONS:

1) Project Administrator:  The Project Administrator listed should be the individual who successfully implemented the program.  Please list only one individual even if the project was a team effort. 

2) The Organization: The organization is where the project administrator is currently employed (even if the project was completed with a different group of students). 

3) Teacher Project Description: Describe your plans using the questions below as an outline.  The project description should total no more than three pages (single-sided).

The Idea: Provide a specific, brief description of the project
Outcomes: What mathematics or science content and pedagogy did teachers experience as part of the project? If it is an integrated STEM program, also indicate how teachers were guided to integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and how the integration strengthened the teacher's ability to use integrated STEM projects in his/her classroom.
Evaluation: How did you assess your progress along the way and what was the final outcome that demonstrates positive impact on the teacher participants?
Sustainability:  How long has the program been in effect?  (2 year minimum)
Context:  Tell us about your needs assessment and targeted teacher population. 


SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION:

Please submit your application electronically to Barbara Young at barbara.young@doe.virginia.gov.  Please do not include cover letters, photographs or videotapes.  Applications may not have more than three supplemental documents such as, articles from newsletters, news clippings, and letters of support.

Plan to send your application materials early to ensure they are received on time.  To be considered, applications must be received no later than April 6 , 2012 .  

Click the button below to download the application.
Link to Teacher Education Program Application


in cooperation with:

Virginia Science Education Leadership Association;

Virginia Association of Science Teachers;

Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics;

Virginia Council for Mathematics Supervision