As a National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center (STC), the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS) is charged to promote math and science literacy for all chidren as a means of assuring a steady supply of qualified future scientists and engineerswith particular emphasis on minority groups currently underrepresented in technical fields. To meet this challenge, the CUOS K12 Education Outreach Program was designed to improve science and mathematics instruction and student achievement at all grade levels. Career exploration activities were designed to expose young people to the exciting variety of careers open to them in order to motivate them to pursue the educational foundation necessary in technical fields. The Outreach Program's focus has been on efforts that are either (1) supportive of systemic change or (2) effective at changing individual lives.
In the fall of 1995, the Outreach Program helped to form the Southeastern Michigan Math-Science Learning Coalition. The learning community coalition model offers a structure for bringing together everyone with a stake in K12 student outcomes and helping each of us to find a suitable way to contribute to solutions. School-based learning communities are being specifically developed, through a supplemental grant, in Pontiac and Ypsilanti public schools.
This progress report identifies the accomplishments of the CUOS K12
Education Outreach Program, traces the evolution of the program, and
recommends ways in which service and delivery may be improved. We also
communicate the most important lessons we have learned in all facets of our
program, which include
CUOS believes the coalition model, with Web-based resources and a focus on direct services for local students, may be useful and adopted by others.
|1998 Progress Report|
|A. The Problem|
|B. The Solution|
|A. Organization and Management|
|B. Systemic Initiatives to Build School-Centered Learning Communities|
|C. Coalition Web Site|
|D. Reach Out! Student Organization|
|E. Math-Science Tutor/Mentoring Programs|
|F. Science Outreach Programs|
|G. Coalition Building and Stakeholder Development|
|Appendix A: Coalition Partners List|
|Appendix B: Web-Site Home Page|