Making Sense of Science and Literacy an Investing in Innovation (i3) project
WestEd, a nonprofit organization with a track record of innovative solutions to education challenges, won a $13 million Investing in Innovation (i3) validation grant to work with schools and teachers in Milwaukee (WI) and the greater San Joaquin County area (CA). This 5-year project began in 2015 and will ultimately serve approximately 800 teachers and over 20,000 students in these regions through the implementation of Making Sense of SCIENCE (MSS) professional development.
The fundamental goal of the project, entitled Making Sense of Science and Literacy, is to deepen students’ understanding of science and improve their literacy skills — especially for English learners and low-performing students — by strengthening the content knowledge and instructional skill of their teachers.
Making Sense of SCIENCE courses are designed to strengthen science teaching, increase literacy integration, and help teachers make the shift to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The professional development focuses on elementary earth and physical science concepts.
Participating teachers will:
The project includes a large-scale study that will make important contributions to the educational community. We also invite science teachers and education partners to apply to join the MSS Leadership Cadre — an exciting opportunity to build leadership capacity in your region.
STEM for All Video Showcase
MSS joined hundreds of other federally-funded programs in the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase. This week-long video showcase featured over 200 STEM projects and provided a forum to discuss our work. Our video, Next Generation Science for Next Generation Kids, highlights what one district in California is doing to support NGSS implementation with support from MSS.
Watch these videos to see
what people are saying about
Making Sense of SCIENCE!
Empirical Education, Inc.
Heller Research Associates
Milwaukee Public Schools
San Joaquin County Office of Ed.
Lodi Unified School District
Manteca Unified School District
Racine Unified School District
Stockton Unified School District
Sylvan Union School District
Turlock Unified School District
If you have questions about the project, study requirements, or application process, contact: