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IU13 Awarded Federal STEM Grant


Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) is pleased to announce the successful application of a multi-year grant to continue support of PULSE: the Partnership to Understand and Lead STEM Education. This grant award is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IIB/Math-Science Partnership program and is administered by PDE.

“PULSE 2.0” will provide elementary and middle-school teachers (Grades 3-8) in Lancaster and Lebanon County districts and nonpublic schools with intensive STEM professional development in science and math content and STEM pedagogy. This grant will increase teacher content knowledge, pedagogy, effectiveness and opportunities for student math, science, and STEM learning, ultimately increasing student achievement and growth.

“Receiving the Math/Science Partnership Grant again is a testament to the good work of our area teachers and school districts, who are continually striving for new heights in STEM education,” commented Dr. Brian Barnhart, Executive Director of IU13.  “Our districts and IU13 have worked collectively over the past three years to deepen the STEM content knowledge and daily application for the teachers, in a way that can then be transferred to their classrooms.  It’s exciting and rewarding to know that our local students will continue benefiting from this good work.” 

  • Grant start and end dates: July 1, 2016 – September 30, 2018
  • Funding: $1,131,998 each year (SY2016-17 and SY2017-18)
  • Project Partners: Millersville University, Lebanon Valley College, Elizabethtown College, Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, Lancaster County Conservation District, PA Department of Agriculture, By the Numbers (external evaluator)
  • Project Goals:
    • Deepen educators’ content knowledge in key math and science concepts
    • Increase integrative STEM pedagogical content knowledge and improve teaching practice
    • Improve student learning and achievement in math and science
    • Lead integrative STEM education as part of a multi-year, school-wide initiative
  • Benefits to teachers and schools:
    • Participating teachers will receive:
      • 104 hours of STEM professional development
      • Access to instructional coaching and professional learning communities during school year
      • Complimentary registration for STEMathon Conference
      • Three (3) graduate credits from the Lebanon Valley College Master of Science Education Program
      • Participation stipend
      • Act 48 hours for the summer institute, STEMathon, and three days during the school year
    • Participating schools will receive:
      • Coordinated STEM professional development program supported by IU13 staff and partners
      • Reimbursement for substitutes required on three school-year professional development days
      • Data collection stipend

According to the US Department of Education, “The Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) program funds professional development activities that are designed to improve teachers' content knowledge and teaching skills, and that lead to improved student learning. Partnerships must include faculty from the mathematics, sciences, technology and/or engineering faculty of institutions of higher education, and "high need" local school districts with the purpose of improving teachers’ knowledge and skills. The enabling legislation describes the purposes for the program as follows:

  • To improve and upgrade the status and stature of mathematics and science teaching by encouraging institutions of higher education to assume greater responsibility for improving mathematics and science teacher education through the establishment of comprehensive system of recruiting, training, and advising mathematics and science teachers;
  • To focus on the education of mathematics and science teachers as a career –long process that constantly stimulates teachers' intellectual growth and upgrades teachers' knowledge and skills;
  • To bring mathematics and science teachers in elementary and secondary schools together with scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to increase the subject matter knowledge of mathematics and science teachers and improve the teaching skills of such teachers;
  • To develop more rigorous mathematics and science curricula that is aligned with State and local standards; and
  • To improve and expand training of mathematics and science teachers, including training such teachers in the effective integration of technology into curriculum and instruction.”