COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 185

September 15, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Mathematics and Science Partnership Competitive Grant Program for 2006-2007

 

Title II, Part B, of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 authorizes a Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) competitive grant program. The intent of this program is to encourage institutions of higher education, school divisions, elementary schools, and secondary schools to participate in professional development activities that increase the subject matter knowledge and teaching skills of mathematics and science teachers. Core partners in these grants must include the mathematics, science and/or engineering department of an institution of higher education and a high-needs school division. Partners may also include other school divisions, institutions of higher education, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

 

The Virginia Department of Education is responsible for the administration of this program. For the 2006-2007 competition, approximately $2.5 million is available for MSP awards in Virginia. Funds will be awarded by the department to support successful proposals submitted by departments of mathematics and/or departments of science at Virginia institutions of higher education; school divisions; or nonprofit organizations (NPOs) that have formed partnerships that will provide programs and resources to offer high-quality professional development for mathematics and science teachers. Programs must address one of the following areas:

  • sixth- and seventh-grade mathematics; and/or
  • elementary science.

 

The Request for Proposals is attached to this memorandum. Completed proposals must be received by the Virginia Department of Education no later than 4 p.m. December 5, 2006. The deadline for submission of the Intent to Submit Form is September 26, 2006. A bidders meeting will be conducted at the James Monroe Building in Richmond on October 4, 2006. For additional information, please contact Paula Klonowski, science specialist, Office of Elementary Instruction, by e-mail at Paula.Klonowski@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 371-0249.

 

BKC/PK

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf185a.doc