Local Schools Sponsored Through the Central Savannah Math and Science Regional Center to Participate in Statewide Math and Science Training.

The Central Savannah River Area Mathematics and Science Regional Center (CSRA MSRC) works with seven other SC Mathematics and Science Regional Centers to implement 4 weeklong summer Math and Science Coaching Institutes for mathematics and science coaches in elementary and middle schools across the state. Currently, the training and follow-up support involves over fifty school districts statewide.

Math and Science Coaching Initiative 1 (MSCI 1)
(July 14, 2008-July 18, 2008)

The focus of MSCI 1 is PLANNING FOR EFFECTIVE COACHING. MSCI 1, held in Spartanburg, SC, assists coaches, their school principals and district support staff in planning to improve classroom instruction. The Math & Science Unit’s Theory of Action for Instructional Improvement, based on research done by the National Science Resources Center of the Smithsonian Institution/National Academies, serves as the story line for the weeklong Institute.

The goals of the institute are:

  • Develop a shared vision for mathematics and science education and the role of coaches and administrators in promoting that vision.
  • Explore systems thinking as it applies to making change in a school setting.
  • Enhance understanding of research & best practice around the five school infrastructure components of the MSU Theory of Action for Instructional Improvement (Research-based curriculum materials, Competent Teachers, Assessment, Instructional Materials Support, Engaged School and Community).
  • Establish a network of coaches, administrators, MSU staff and others.
  • Develop a school plan such that each coach is able to make immediate improvements to instruction at their school.

CSRA Participating Schools: Douglas Elementary, Johnston Elementary, East Aiken Elementary, Oakwood-Windsor Elementary, and North Augusta Elementary

Math and Science Coaching Initiative 2 (MSCI 2)
(August 4, 2008- August 8, 2008)

The focus of MSCI 2 is PREPARING FOR EFFECTIVE COACHING. MSCI 2, which will be held in Summerville, SC provides initial training in the specific skills of coaching and helps coaches deepen their knowledge of curriculum standards and content appropriate to their role in improving instruction. The Math & Science Unit’s integration of Cognitive Coaching (SM) concepts, serves as the story line for the weeklong Institute.

The goals of the institute are:

  • Learn strategies to establish trust, build relationships, and develop a team approach to problem solving in schools.
  • Understand content that is important for students to know, how they come to learn it, and how we know they did.
  • Develop coaching skills used to plan, reflect and problem solve with teachers.

CSRA Participating Schools: Douglas Elementary, Johnston Elementary, East Aiken Elementary, Oakwood-Windsor Elementary, and North Augusta Elementary

Math and Science Coaching Initiative 3 (MSCI 3)
(June 23, 2008-June 27, 2008)

The focus of MSCI 3 is REFINING EFFECTIVE COACHING. MSCI 3 held in Spartanburg, SC continues training in specific skills of coaching and helps coaches examine the coach’s role for student learning through the assessment component of the Theory of Action for Instructional Improvement.

The goals of the institute are:

  • Address instructional improvement issues through professional articles and case studies.
  • Understand student assessment for learning about critical mathematics and science concepts, skills, procedures, and facts and then apply that information to inform their instructional decisions.
  • Understand student assessment for learning by the applying the Action Reflection Process.
  • Critique the level of reflection of journal entries and apply this knowledge to their own journal entries.
  • Examine the Theory of Action for Instructional Improvement through a simulation activity.
  • Refine the school plan.

CSRA Participating Schools: North Aiken Elementary, Redcliffe Elementary, and Macedonia Elementary

Math and Science Coaching Initiative 4 (MSCI 4)
(June 23, 2008-June 27, 2008)

The focus of MSCI 4 is SUPPORTING COACHING IN A PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIY (PLC). MSCI 4 held in Spartanburg, SC prepares coaches, principals, and district contact persons with the knowledge, tools and techniques to develop a professional learning community within their school.

The goals of the institute are:

  • Understand the coach’s role in developing and sustaining an engaged school and community focused on continuous improvement.
  • Understand how the five dimensions of a processional learning community (Supportive Conditions, Shared Vision and Mission, Collective Learning, Shared Personal Practice, and Shared and Supportive Leadership) support the MSU Theory of Action for Instructional Improvement.
  • Explain the relationship between coaching and a self-sustaining professional learning community in the context of math/science.
  • Implement the ideas and philosophies of a processional learning community for continual revision of the MSCI school plan.

CSRA Participating Schools: W.E. Parker Elementary, Barnwell Elementary, and Allendale Elementary School

For further information, please contact the MSRC staff: Gloria Allen, Coordinator at 803-641-3592, gloriaa@usca.edu; William Cue, Mathematics Specialist, at bobbyc@usca.edu, or Gregory MacDougall, Science Specialist at gregm@usca.edu