Long Term Partnerships

Science Partnership workshop

Purdue Science K-12 Outreach develops long-term partnerships with schools and/or school corporations to improve science and mathematics education by identifying needs, providing professional development, obtaining resources, and conducting evaluations. Improvement begins with strategic planning and the use of data to clarify goals. Partnership programs can include:

  • Professional Development
  • Curriculum Enhancement
  • Review of Related Research
  • Peer-led In-service Programs
  • Community Leader/Parent Workshops
  • Evaluation Plans

Purdue Science K-12 Outreach has partnered with five different school districts on six mathematics and science partnerships. These partnerships were funded through the Indiana Department of Education Title II, part B Mathematics and Science Partnership Program.

Math and Science Partnership workshop

Content Thematic Units for Integrated STEM Education (CTU 4 ISE) (2014-2017)

CTU 4 ISE is a three-year $246,000 partnership between Jefferson High School in Lafayette School Corporation, Purdue University College of Science, Purdue University College of Education, Purdue University College of Engineering, and Science Express. The partnership goal is to develop and implement content themed Interdisciplinary STEM Education curricular units aligned with national and Indiana STEM education standards. Program activities include: a summer institute for teachers, school-year workshops, and participation in professional conferences.

Science through Inquiry: The Next Steps (2010-2013)

Science through Inquiry: The Next Steps was a three-year $877,000 partnership between the MSD of Decatur Township, Purdue Science K-12 Outreach, and the Challenger Learning Center of Decatur Township. This partnership created a comprehensive professional development program to improve the quality of science instruction with an emphasis on inquiry-based pedagogy. Program activities included: a summer Inquiry Science Institute, curriculum mapping, monthly workshops, and participation in professional conferences. The program focused on student-centered lessons aligned with standards-based structures.

Using Science as the Bonding Agent to Inquiry and Global Awareness (2010-2013)

Using Science as the Bonding Agent to Inquiry and Global Awareness was three-year $335,000 program between MSD Washington Township Schools, the Purdue University Department of Biology, the Purdue University Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Purdue Science K-12 Outreach. Goals for the partnership were built around increasing teacher content knowledge of science in order to improve the science readiness of MSD Washington Township students. Partnership activities included using research-based science curricular modules, developing science and literacy connections through science notebooks and vocabulary strategies, and developing International Bachelorette Primary Years Program inquiry unit lessons.

Mathematics and Science Readiness, Achievement, and Participation (MS-RAPs) (2007-2010)

MS-RAPs was a three-year $499,000 collaboration between Community Schools of Frankfort, Shelbyville Central Schools, Purdue College of Education, and Purdue Science K-12 Outreach. Science K-12 Outreach coordinators worked with K-8 teachers to improve the quality of mathematics and science instruction and to develop mathematical and scientific literacy in all students. The partnership included two weeks of summer training for teachers, a week of science camp for K-7 students, regular visits with each teacher and workshops throughout the school year. Each participating teacher implemented of a series of inquiry-based lessons during the school year.

Partners in Inquiry-Based Science for Student Success (PIBS3) (2007-2010)

PIBS3 was a three-year $389,000 project between MSD Washington Township Schools, the Center for Research and Engagement in Science and Mathematics Education (CRESME), and Purdue Science K-12 Outreach. K-8 teachers of science from all of the district elementary and middle schools worked to improve the quality of science instruction and to develop scientific literacy in all students. The partnership included two weeks of summer training for teachers, a week of science camp for K-7 students, regular visits with each teacher and workshops throughout the school-year. Each participating teacher implemented a series of inquiry-based lessons during the school year.

Improving Inquiry and Standards-Based Elementary Science Instruction (2005-2008)

The Improving Inquiry and Standards-Based Elementary Science Instruction partnership was a three-year $300,000 project between Community Schools of Frankfort and Purdue Science K-12 Outreach. Goals for the partnership were to improve the quality of science education provided by elementary teachers and to develop scientific literacy in all students. The partnership included two weeks of summer training for teachers, a week of science camp for K-5 students, regular visits to each elementary school and workshops throughout the school year. Each participating teacher implemented a series of inquiry-based lessons.