2013: A Great Year for PRISM

 Colette Killian-PRISM, Monica Taylor-CEHS, Jacalyn Willis-PRISM, Emily Klein-CEHS, Mika Munakata-CSAM

This year holds promise for a very special year for PRISM: a year of expanded program offerings, new district partnerships, and global outreach.  Work done in 2012 laid the foundation for these changes and the gratifying responses of funders makes it all possible in this new year.

Several areas of growth are evident in PRISM plans.  PRISM will:

  • Implement effective science and mathematics curriculum and instruction based on national core curricula and the Next Generation Science Standards.  The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation currently supports implementation of this project in 10 districts through annual grants awarded by PRISM to districts in competition (current gift of $75,000).  The Math-Science Partnerships Program, through the NJDOE, currently supports summer institutes, follow-up workshops, and in-class visits to 17 partner districts.
  • Target average-achieving students as well as students with special needs, to widen the base for science literacy and career opportunities in NJ.  A generous gift of $150,000 from the Karakin Foundation makes this project possible.
  • Partner with Bristol-Myers Squibb and other industry partners to identify teaching approaches that cultivate skills needed for the future workforces of professional workplaces.  PRISM will design and promote curriculum, and train teachers to address deficits in workplace skills in NJ.  A generous new grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation will support a pilot project.
  • Position its staff to coordinate schools, government, and industry to maximize support to STEM education, creating more focused and effective outcomes in education in NJ.
  • Introduce to New Jersey the prestigious WIPRO Science Education Fellowships (SEF) program, modeled on the highly successful UMASS-Boston program.  A generous gift of $1,000,000 from the global Wipro Corporation has made possible a partnership between PRISM (College of Science & Mathematics) and the faculty of the College of Education and Human Services to form a team to implement this project over the next 5 years.  The MSU team will adjust the Boston model according to individual NJ district needs and culture to develop cadres of teacher leaders with deep science content expertise and leadership skills to effect change in their schools. 
  • Reach out to global partners in several nations where scientists and teachers are available for conversations with students about science research.  The Rainforest Connection Team will provide the leadership and expertise necessary to bring content experts into classrooms through the Internet, and the Karakin Foundation will support part of the costs.