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The overarching goal of the Big Sky Science Partnership (BSSP) is to increase science achievement of American Indian students in grades 3-8 of partner schools. A cross-disciplinary team of the partner IHEs' Geoscience, Physics, Astronomy and Education faculty, along with professional developers from the SKC Indigenous Math and Science Institute, and the Center for Learning and Teaching in the West, K-8 teachers, and administrators will collaboratively design and facilitate year-round project activities. A total of ninety grade 3-8 inservice teachers will become Teacher Leaders in the BSSP, through two cohorts of 45 teachers each. Up to twenty preservice teacher candidates will also have the opportunity to participate in the summer institute and other selected academic year activities. Participants will be involved in two-week summer institutes during which IHE science and education partners will facilitate challenging integrated science content and pedagogy courses. Each of the three summers will focus on a different content area, astronomy, geoscience, and physics.

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A Culture of Understanding

"The key to building positive relationships is discussion and learning, and those ideas took center stage at the Big Sky Science Partnership Culture Camp last week at the Blue Bay...

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Teaching Science From Cultural Points Of Intersection

"This study focuses on a professional development program for science teachers near or on American Indian reservations in Montana. This program was framed by culturally relevant pedagogy premises and was…

Windows into Cultural Competence: Developing Culturally Competent Science Teacher Leaders in the Big Sky Science Partnership

This paper addresses the following claim(s): "Educators who participate as partners in the BSSP will show significant increases in their culturally competent classroom practice. Valid and reliable tools and methods…

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MOSART Releases Test Items to MSPs

This site, available only to MSPnet members, allows you to request that MOSART tests be mailed to you, and also provides sample test questions and more information about the MOSART...

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Higher Education Partners

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Montana State University at Bozeman logo
University of Montana at Missoula logo

School District Partners

  • Crow Reservation School
  • Flathead Reservation School
  • Northern Cheyenne Reservation School
  • Missoula Area Public Schools