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About This Project

The Middle School Portal 2: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2) project supports middle grades educators with high-quality, standards-based resources and promotes collaboration and knowledge-sharing among its users. Educators use MSP2 to increase content knowledge in science, mathematics, and appropriate pedagogy for youth ages 10 to 15. MSP2 employs social networking and digital tools to foster dynamic experiences that promote creation, modification, and sharing of resources, facilitate professional development, and support the integration of technology into practice.

MSP2 also includes the development of virtual learning experiences designed for middle school aged youth through which young people increase their ability to explore, discover ideas, problem solve, think critically, communicate, use technology in a productive and responsible manner, and become globally aware. These experiences will help them become aware of educational pathways that lead to careers in science, mathematics, and technology.

Advisory Board

Cherlyn Anderson, iCoach/Science Specialist, Columbia, SC

Tracy Crow, Editor, National Staff Development Council, Columbus, OH

Doug Darfus, Middle School Math Teacher, Upper Arlington, OH

Steve Hargadon, Social Learning Consultant, Lincoln, CA

David Hayward, Instructional Technology Consultant, ISTCO, Columbus, OH

Ed Hill, Technology Specialist, Ohio Resource Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Mindy Johnson, Instructional Designer and Research Associate, CAST, Wakefield, MA

Kathleen Koch, Math and Science Resource Teacher, Charlotte, NC

Stephen Krak, Senior Research Scientist, Battelle, Columbus, OH

Stacy Lewis, President, Lewis Education Group, Columbus, OH

Marcia Mardis, Assistant Professor, School Libraries and Media, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

June Mark, Director of Math Programs, Education Development Center, Boston, MA

Michele Masucci, Associate Professor, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Eileen McIlvain, Communications Manager and Pathways Liaison, National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Resource Center, Boulder, CO

Rita Oates, Vice President, ePals, Miami, FL

Melissa Rasberry, Policy Associate, Center for Teaching Quality, Hillsboro, NC

Juan Rodriguez, Middle School Principal, Framingham, MA

Anne Schreiber, Vice President of Education Content and Curriculum, Common Sense Media, San Francisco, CA

Judy Spicer, Math Resource Specialist, Ohio Resource Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Publications

Supporting Literacy: Responsive Teaching and an Instructional Framework by Jessica Fries-Gaither, October 2010, NMSA Middle Ground

Opening Doors to STEM Careers by Sarita Pillai and Kimberly Lightle, August 2009, NMSA Middle Ground

Citizen Science Projects: Everyone’s a Scientist by Jessica Fries-Gaither, Octobe, 2009, NMSA Middle Ground

Connecting News to the National Science Education Standards Blog

Best of Connecting News to the National Science Education Standards 2009 -- Read online Print on demand

Exemplary Resources for Middle School Math and Science Blog

MSP2 Resource Guides - Mathematics

MSP2 Resource Guides - Science

Selected Presentations

Timely Teachings: Seasons and the Cycles of Night and Day. MSP2 Webinar. May 20, 2010.

STEM Career Resources for Girls. CT Chapter of National Girls Collaborative Project. April 5, 2010. Hartford, CT.

A Youth-Centered Design Methodology for Education Technology. SITE 2010. March 3, 2010. San Diego, CA.

Putting MSP2 Content in the Path of Users By Leveraging Web 2.0. NSDL Annual Meeting. November 19, 2009, Washington, DC.

Tales of a Middle School Student Library Design. NSDL Annual Meeting. November 19, 2009, Washington, DC.

Global Warming and the Polar Regions. NMSA Annual Meeting. November 5, 2009. Indianapolis, IN.

Reading Mathematics is Different. MSP2 Webinar. September30, 2009.

Using Digital Tools to Build an Architecture of Participation. NSF Brown Bag. National Science Foundation. July 2, 2009. Washington, DC.

Leading 21st Century Skills With Your Collection: Infusing New Science Resources Into Teaching, Learning, and Thinking. 2009 School Library Journal Leadership Summit: Librarians as Leaders of 21st Century Learning. October 3, 2009. Washington, DC.

Project Evaluation

Year 1 Evaluation Report

Year 2 Evaluation Report

Contact Information

Kimberly Lightle, PhD
Principal Investigator
Director of Digital Libraries
School of Teaching and Learning
College of Education and Human Ecology
The Ohio State University
1929 Kenny Road, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 688-3485
lightle.16@osu.edu