Increasing the competitive edge in math and science by Janet S Kettlewell; Ronald J Henry

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In PRISM, a well-known partnership expert helped Georgia’s leadership team strengthen skills needed to cultivate effective partnerships. It is also important for partners to meet regularly. Holding monthly leadership team meetings is recommended so that partners keep the conversations going and maintain high interest. Early in the work of a partnership it is important to make organizational work a priority. Development of implementation plans with categories for responsibilities and timelines for accountability is highly recommended.

Search for promising projects and collaborations already in progress; people from these groups can make excellent partners and may already be working toward at least one common goal. It is important to choose partners in a deliberate and purposeful manner to bring together expertise and authority from core educational organizations and institutions. It is necessary to have representation from every key institution and organization in the composition of leadership teams at every level, including a core leadership team.

Strategies are described on how to incorporate a state’s new curriculum and more effective modes of instructional practices into university teacher-preparation programs. Finally, how a state can change its high school graduation requirements to include four years of mathematics and four years of science courses is described. The chapter closes with a summary of action steps. PURPOSE OF A STATE CURRICULUM Although the language varies from state to state, typically a state curriculum specifies standards—or what students are expected to know in each subject and grade.

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