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Media Advisory 11-002

NSF Learning Network Conference Discusses Student Achievement

Conference is on Jan. 24-25 in Washington D.C.; media invited

Photo of an apple and an orange on a mathematics exam graded as an A+.

Conference organizers: MSP project strategies to be linked to positive impacts for K-12 students.

January 21, 2011

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The National Science Foundation and partners seek to shed light on student achievement and related issues in the 2011 Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Learning Network Conference, to be held in Washington, D.C., Jan. 24-25.

Titled "MSP: From Partnerships of Innovation to Student Success," this year's conference addresses a central expectation of organizers that novel strategies within MSP projects will be linked to positive impacts for K-12 students.

Two keynote panels highlight the conference. The first panel is "STEM - Delivering on the Promise," Jan. 24 at 4:30 p.m. It features Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement; Patricia O'Connell Johnson, team leader, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Math and Science Partnership (MSP); Michael Lach, science advisor to the secretary of education; and Kathleen Bergin, MSP program director at NSF, who will introduce the panel.

The second panel is "Multiple Perspectives on Understanding Student Success," Jan. 25 at 12:30 p.m. It features P. Sean Smith, senior research associate, Horizon Research, Inc.; Judy Hickman, Educational Testing Service; and Al Cuoco, senior scientist and director of the Center for Mathematics Education and the Education Development Center Inc.

The Learning Network Conference brings together scientists, mathematicians, science and mathematics educators, school district administrators and teachers, evaluators, educational researchers and others who are involved in the partnerships funded by NSF between institutions of higher education, school districts and other community entities, all focused on advancing the teaching and learning of mathematics, science and engineering at the K-12 level.

Its goals are to engage in rich, thoughtful discussions related to student success; identify factors contributing to student success; provide opportunities for cross-collaborating; understand the roles of various MSP partners and project types on impacting student success; learn new models for assessing and researching student success; and understand the roles of innovations related to student success.

What:MSP Learning Network Conference
When:Jan. 24-25
Where:Media are invited to:
Renaissance Marriott Hotel
999 Ninth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001


Media Contacts
Bobbie Mixon, NSF, (703) 292-8485, email:

Program Contacts
Kathleen B. Bergin, NSF, (703) 292-5171, email:

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