Moving Science Education Forward

Drs. Vallett and Deniz

Dr. David Vallett, Assistant Professor in Teaching & Learning, has received a $315,000 award from the Nevada Department of Education Math Science Partnership 2016-2017 grant program entitled: "Moving All Nevada Teachers through Awareness of the NVACSS (MANTA)."

Vallett serves as the Principal Invenstigator, and Dr. Hasan Deniz, Associate Professor in the same department, is an evaluator for the project. Vallett has partnered with eight other leadership team members at the University of Nevada-Reno (UNR), within Clark County School District (CCSD), and with Southern Nevada's Regional Professional Development Program (RPDP).

Led by UNLV, and partnered with UNR, CCSD, and the RPDPs statewide, Moving All Nevada Teachers through Awareness of the Nevada Academic Content Standards for Science (NVACSS) (MANTA) is a multi-institutional project in science education with the primary goal of raising awareness and familiarity with the NVACSS statewide through the development of a cadre of teacher leaders, who will then develop and present workshops to teachers in their districts and regions. The 96 person teacher leader cadre will complete a 50-hour institute on the NVACSS and peer leadership delivered by higher education faculty and teacher educators from across the state. Through a partnership with PCG and Dr. Richard Vineyard, all science teachers statewide will participate in Pepper, an online module outlining the NVACSS. Additionally, NV science teachers will have the opportunity to take part in up to 20 hours of teacher leader delivered workshops along either an awareness or implementation track, depending on their level of experience with the NVACSS.