Grant Partnerships Gallery
Below is a list of grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements awarded during my tenure with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

As Assistant Executive Director of Government Partnerships and e-Learning I serve as strategic liaison with mission-based government agencies, state and local state departments of education, and foundations as together we cooperatively develop high quality blended professional development resources and opportunities for science educators across the United States. The list below reflects the value and breadth of the resources NSTA develops in cooperation with our distributed partnerships.
Since beginning part time with NSTA in 2001, I have served as principal investigator, primary contractor, or project director for approximately $28 million dollars in total awards with our partners.

I have also served on several grant review and advisory panels.

Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contract Awards

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA Symposium and Web Seminars: Collaboration between NOAA and NSTA
NOAA Grant: NA10NOS4720234

Principal Investigator
Year(1): 2010
Amount: $36,000

This grant will partner with NOAA for the design, delivery, implementation and evaluation of blended professional development opportunities in cooperation with our national conference, offering half-day workshops, full day strands, and follow-up web seminars on standards-aligned science content topics with NOAA.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Integrating NASA Digital Educational Assets (IDEA)

Principal Investigator
Year(s): 2009-2011
Amount: $1,500,000

This grant will tag selected NASA approved education materials to appear within the NSTA Learning Center, design, pilot and evaluate four online short courses in Earth/Space sciences, leveraging prior NASA investments in SciPacks, and deploy the NSTA Learning Center e-PD resources, NASA tagged support resources, and the short courses across eight districts coupled with middle-high school cohorts facilitated through e-mentors.

The GE Foundation
The NSTA Learning Center and SciPacks: Building Content Knowledge

Co-Principal Investigator
Year(s): 2007-2010
Amount: $4,000,050

This partnership is supports the development and deployment of The NSTA Learning Center, its tools, and e-PD resources such as SciPacks.  This partnership also provides brokered science education consultant expertise to the GE Foundation in support of their College Bound District Program.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Explorer Schools: Project Management and Professional Development Expertise. NASA Grant NNG05GH24G

Principal Investigator
Year(s): 2007-2010
Amount: $3,956,849

This partnership assists NASA in the management of their premiere education program for K-12 schools. We provide professional development expertise and administration management support this high impact national program. Our areas of expertise support the development of web-enabled technology solutions for the NASA NES annual team application, program data base maintenance, external team communications, marketing and promotion administration, help desk coordination, partnership workshops, and management of teacher professional development opportunities, which include travel logistics, professional education conference support, and the administration and accountability for teacher stipends, travel vouchers, and technology grant administration.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Explorer Schools: Project Management and Professional Development Expertise. NASA Grant NNG05GH24G

Principal Investigator
Year(s): 2007-2008
Amount: $2,029,195

This partnership is a continuation of the grant services and expertise provided above. We also partner with NASA Explorer Schools and other NASA mission directorates in the design and delivery of e-professional development resources and opportunities such as SciPacks, Science Object, SciGuides, Symposia, Web Seminars, and Online Short Courses.



California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mars Public Engagement Professional Development: Addressing Scale and Sustainability through NSTA SciGuides, SciPacks and Web Seminars

Primary Contractor
Year(s): 2006-2008
Amount: $757,378

NSTA is partnering with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mars Public Engagement Team for the purpose of planning, implementing, and evaluating a series of resources and and professional development opportunities intended to equip science educators to better teach the standards-aligned science related to Mars via SciPacks, Science Objects, SciGuides, and Web Seminars.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Addressing Open Access through Scalable and Sustainable Electronic Professional Development for Science Educators

Project Director
Year(s): 2006-2007
Amount: $800,000

NSTA is developing a crucial component of professional development for K-12 science teachers—content knowledge enhancement. “Science Objects” are one- to two-hour, online learning experiences focused on the science content in national standards. NSTA will develop, disseminate, and evaluate 150 Science Objects that cover adult science literacy in physical, life, and earth science. The Science Objects are SCORM and section 508 compliant and will be available for free on an open-access e-professional development portal called The NSTA Learning Center. They will be integrated with other NSTA resources and services.

United States Food and Drug Administration
Building and Distributing SciGuides, SciPacks and Symposia

Primary Contractor
Year(s): 2007
Amount: $359,729

NSTA is extending the reach of the NSTA-FDA co-developed Science in our Food Supply support curriculum through NSTA's new electronic e-professional development resources and opportunities —SciPacks, Science Objects, SciGuides, Symposia and Web Seminars. Each topic will be closely aligned to the science education standards, through the benchmark maps found in the Atlas of Science Literacy (AAAS and NSTA, 2001), and the topics found in the National Science Educations Standards (N. R. Council, 1996). The topics support the curriculum at the middle and high school levels (as well as one SciGuide aimed for the elementary level), and continue to reflect the science research produced by FDA scientists.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Explorer Schools Institute Symposia: Maximizing the Impact of NES Professional Development Opportunities. NES1-0000-0039

Principal Investigator
Term Year(s): 2005-2007
Amount: $8,302,140

This partnership assist NASA in the management of their premiere education program for K-12 schools and the delivery of high quality blended e-PD resources and opportunities for the NASA Explorer Schools program (NES) . We provide management support to NASA in the development, implementation of this complex program. Our areas of expertise include the following:

  • development and implementation of web-enabled technology solutions, such as the NES online annual team application and the NES online team technology grant process,
  • program data base design and maintenance,
  • external team communications,
  • marketing and promotion administration,
  • help desk coordination,
  • organization partnership workshops, and
  • management of teacher professional development opportunities, which include travel logistics, professional education conference support, and the administration and accountability for teacher stipends and travel vouchers.

We also partner with NASA Explorer Schools (and other NASA mission directorates including NASA's Digital Learning Network) in the design, delivery, and evaluation of e-professional development resources and opportunities in the various areas: SciPacks, Science Objects, SciGuides, Symposia, Web Seminars, and the piloting of Online Short Courses for NES educators and K-12 science educators throughout the United States.


National Science Foundation
Collection Building and Capacity Development for K-12
Federally-Produced Mathematics and Science Education Digital
Resources
. NSF 0506535

Co-Principal Investigator
Year(s): 2005-2007
Amount: $847,
791

We partnered with the Dr. Kim Lightle and the Ohio State University to explore scalable and self-sustaining electronic professional development business models that would allow NSTA to bring its content within the National Science Digital Library digital collection. We are now in a no-cost extension and have created a web-enabled online catalog tool, a valid and reliable protocol for creating records that are interoperable with IEEE LOM and Dublin-Core extended meta schema. This schema also allows NSTA to tag all our resources across the organization for consumption not only within the NSDL and OAI compliant servers, but also within the NSTA Learning Center.

We are now deploying the e-PD resources in various business-to-consumer (iTunes) and business-to-business e-PD models across the United States (partnering directly with districts and state departments of education) in a system-based approach. In 2007 The NSTA Learning Center has won several national awards, and I have been invited as a sponsored speaker by the US Department of Education to present the NSTA Learning Center e-PD solution at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation EDNET Symposium in Xi'an, China in January 2008. We were a featured case study for APEC consideration.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Environmental Literacy: Building and Distributing SciGuides and Science Objects. NA05SEC4691006

Principal Investigator
Year(s): 2005-2007
Amount: $463,070

Building off a previous award from the NOAA National Ocean Service cooperative agreement, NSTA proposes an expansion of the partnership with the Education Office of NOAA to design, create, and dissemination additional SciPacks, Science Objects, SciGuides, Symposia, and Web Seminars on topics outlined in the Ocean Literacy map in conjunction with the science education standards, found in the Atlas of Science Literacy (AAAS and NSTA, 2001), and the topics found in the National Science Educations Standards (N. R. Council, 1996). This grant was awarded through an independent peer review process within NOAA as part of the Environmental Literacy grant award program.

National Science Foundation
National Science Digital Library: NSDL-NSTA Web Seminars: Accessing and Implementing High Quality Resources

Principal Investigator
Year(s): 2006-2007
Amount: $42,357

This partnership is a contract with the NSF National Science and Digital Library Education and Outreach Division, managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research out of Boulder, Colorado. In partnership with Ms. Susan Van Gundy, NSTA and the NSDL co-develop, sponsor and evaluate a series of web seminars to promote the resources within the NSDL. This partnership has recently been renewed for another two years.

National Science Foundation: Arctic Research and Education
The International Polar Year: An Interagency Collaboration between NSF, NOAA, and NASA to deliver NSTA Symposia and Web Seminars. NSF ARC 0645895

Principal Investigator
Year(s): 2007
Amount: $67,709

The National Science Foundation desired to partner with the NSTA in sponsoring the design, implementation and evaluation of a series of blended professional development experiences called NSTA Symposia to support their education and outreach efforts for the International Polar Year. Evaluation reports for symposia are available upon request.

National Aeronautic and Space Administration
Goddard Space Flight Center: Fundamentals of Lunar Exploration, Extended

Professional Development for Educators Supporting NASA’s Exploration System Mission Directorate Pipeline.

Project Director-Sub Contract
Term Year(s): 2006-2007
Amount: $40,860

Goal of this partnership was to support a larger grant awarded to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) to provide a professional development opportunity that combines both face-to-face and online follow-up (both asynchronous and synchronous) in support of NASA's ESMD education and outreach goals. Succinctly the goal is to provide educators with insight, tools and resources to gain an understanding of the Vision for Space Exploration, in particular, NASA’s return to the Moon in part through NSTA Symposia.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Building & Disseminating National Ocean Service Science Guides and Science Content. NA04NOS4290208


Production Manager
Year(s): 2004-2006
Amount: $210,643

This partnership with NOAA originating with the National Ocean Service Line Office sought to map out a series of standards aligned thematic topics based on the new Ocean Literacy map, the AAAS Benchmarks, and the National Science Education Standards, as together we sought to co-develop, implement, and evaluate the resources within NSTA's e-professional development suite of offerings, i.e., SciPacks, Science Objects, SciGuides, Symposia, and Web Seminars.

United States Food and Drug Administration
FDA/NSTA Professional Development Program
in Food Science Safety Phase IV: F6332204

Principal Investigator
Year(s): 2003-2005
Amount: $279,080

NSTA's original partnership with FDA co-produced the support curriculum: Science and our Food Supply. This print product included a emmy-award winning VHS video and classroom activities. To support implementation of the activities, NSTA also assisted FDA in the development and management of a summer experience where 50 middle and high school science teachers were granted a sponsored professional development workshop in Washington, D.C. Teachers are able to interact with FDA scientists and researchers, take tours of FDA research facilities and interact with education specialists as they experience the support curriculum first hand in the food safety labs at the University of Maryland. With my advancement to Assistant Executive Director of Government Partnerships at NSTA, I took over management of this program and assisted in its administration and evaluation for the last two years (sample high school teacher feedback evaluation). Now all our government partnerships have migrated into the suite of e-PD offerings available within the NSTA Learning Center, and thus, we are now partnering with FDA to convert and update the Science in our Food Supply activities into SciGuides, as well as creating SciPacks in Food Safety and Nutrition. Symposia and Web Seminars also are being delivered to in partnership with FDA to reach teachers in a blended professional development solution.

University of Massachusetts
Online Education for Secondary Science Teachers: An Integrated Approach to Food Safety Training. UM-03-001889-A-00

Principal Investigator
Term Year(s): 2002-2005
Amount: $142,190

Goal of this partnership was to support the development and marketing of an online short course for the University of Massachusetts Online program. We provided consulting expertise in the design and usability of the course, and in marketing the opportunity to our constituency once developed. Wendell Mohling was the initial Principal Investigator before he passed away and I inherited the management of this grant during its last two years. I participated in consulting with the University of Massachusetts on review of the online course syllabus and materials, in securing master educator reviews, and in executing an online survey of our audience using the Dillman method for Internet surveys,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Explorer Schools: Project Management and Professional Development Expertise. NCC5-742

Principal Investigator
Year(s): 2003-2005
Amount: $5,287,200

This is when the NASA Explorer Schools program was just beginning. At the time I was working as the Director of the NSTA Institute and overseeing the development and implementation of Symposia and the early design of SciPacks. The initial principal investigator was Wendell Mohling, who regretfully passed away during this contract's second year. I assisted in the development and budget of this partnership and inherited management of the contract as a result of Dr. Mohling's passing. With an early great team that now exceeds 15 full time personnel to support our e-PD vision and expertise, we have significantly grown the contract to its current status and breadth within both within and outside of NASA Explorer Schools.

National Science Foundation
WebWatchers

Project Director
Year(s): 2001-2003
Amount: $1,300,000

This a three-year teacher enhancement program aimed to train a cadre of master educators to become better purveyors of the Internet. Selecting 90 from a pool of over 900 applicants, NSTA was able to draw from Einstein Fellows, National Board Certified teachers, and Milken award-winners to help create the package that is now called SciGuides. I was contracted as a part time employee by NSTA to direct this grant while still in graduate school at Virginia Tech beginning in year two of the grant. I guided the implementation of a rigorous teacher selection methodology, the creation and validity/reliability testing of eight 3-level analytical rubrics to evaluate web pages against constructs such as inquiry, how scientist learn, interactivity, and communication/collaboration. This program also created the package that now constitutes the award-winning NSTA SciGuides. SciGuides continue to evolve and improve and originally served as the early "skunk works" for NSTA's successful SciLinks program managed by Tyson Brown. We also built a customized WYSIWYG content management and evaluation system that facilitates the creation of SciGuides with robust on-demand tutorials to support their production.

 

 

 

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