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Projects & Funding

We believe that quality education has many facets. We invest our time in projects that promote innovation in teaching and learning.

Current Projects

Place-Based Learning to Advance Connections, Education, and Stewardship (PLACES)

The world is awash in data, and NASA programs generate new data at an impressive rate. Yet today’s K–12 students rarely have access to data-rich learning opportunities that build the skills and habits of mind they need in science and beyond.

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Boosting Data Science Teaching and Learning in STEM

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and brings together WestEd and their proven Making Sense of SCIENCE teacher professional learning model and The Concord Consortium with their open-source, user-friendly Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) learning tool.

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Planetary Learning that Advances the Nexus of Engineering, Technology, and Science (PLANETS)

A partnership with Northern Arizona University, the U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center and the Museum of Science Boston, and out-of-school programs across the country funded by NASA.

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Amplify Science Professional Learning Partnership

Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, this project is the result of a partnership with the Lawrence Hall of Science, Amplify Science, and school districts in CA. The goal of the project is to support instructional leaders who are implementing Amplify Science student curriculum.

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Past Projects

Making Sense of Science and Literacy

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in an Innovation program, the goal of this project was to deepen students’ understanding of science and improve their literacy skills — especially for English learners and low-performing students — by strengthening the content knowledge and instructional skill of their teachers.

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Funders

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Freeport McMoRan Inc.

Institute for Education Sciences (IES)

Morgan Family Foundation

National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Stuart Foundation

U.S. Department of Education (DOE)

W. Clement & Jesse V. Stone Foundation


Partner
Organizations

​100Kin10

​Discovery Place Education Studio​

Mathematics and Science Partnership Program of Arizona

National Writing Project

New Mexico Public Education Department

Northern Arizona University

Oklahoma State Education Department

​Smithsonian Science Education Center

STEMworks Change the Equation

Strategic Literacy Initiative

Teaching Channel

Texas Regional Collaboratives

University of North Carolina, Charlotte

University of Wisconsin, Madison

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