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Project MAST
This project is a novel alliance among the state school system, Jackson State University, Jackson Public Schools and other public schools in Mississippi. The project also partners with the Ironwood Observatory and Education Center in Hawaii, the James Cook University Center for Astronomy in Australia and the NASA Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The partnership focuses on high school physics, chemistry and earth science. The project anticipates enabling 45 preservice teachers to obtain teaching licenses in high school science. Courses will be designed and taught by the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. The goal is to enable teachers to implement National Science Education Standards and the Mississippi Science Curriculum Frameworks for high school (9-12) education. The long term goal is to improve student achievement in science and to significantly reduce achievement gaps in the science performance within the diverse student population.

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Project MAST's Science Teacher Professional Development Observation Protocol
"This session introduces a professional development observation protocol that evaluators have developed for Project MAST (Mississippi Academy for Science Teaching), a program that prepares teachers from underperforming high schools to…
Making It Work: Three Case Study Narratives from a Secondary Science Professional Development Program
This paper presents three cases from the evaluation of the National Science Foundation funded professional development program for high school teachers of the physical sciences, the Mississippi Academy for Science …