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SMART Benefits

Project SMART participants develop and disseminate "Kids At Work" projects that emphasize the applications of school science and math in the community. 

The effectiveness of the program has been validated by the New York State Education Department's "Sharing Success" program.  The accomplishments of our professional development process have resulted in an unmatched reputation for success in improving K-8 elementary science, mathematics and technology instruction in Central New York. 

Project SMART's "Kids At Work" is effective!

  • Improves students attitudes towards science and mathematics

  • Improves instructional practices in elementary science and mathematics

  • Increases parental and community support for improved science and math instruction

  • Helps children understand the linkage between school and work

  • Succeeds with all K-6 students including special education

What makes Project SMART special?

  • Collaborative school/industry partnerships

  • Real-world linkages

  • Units of study with an interdisciplinary, active, problem-solving approach to learning

  • Industrial processes modeled in the classroom

  • Family and community involvement in schools

What are Project SMART's accomplishments?

  • Developed urban partnership and middle school student exchange with New York City schools

  • Provided GESA and data strategies workshops for teachers, higher education faculty and preservice teachers.

  • Developed numerous hands-on problem-solving, inquiry method curriculum units of study

  • Incorporated the NYS curriculum and standards into each unit of study

  • Provided awareness workshops and extended support to school districts adopting the Project SMART model throughout Central New York

  • Modeled industrial processes such as cooperative learning and team problem-solving

  • Received validation by NYS Education Department's "Sharing Success" program

  • Demonstrated success in improving teacher instructional practices, e.g., hands-on, inquiry method

  • Provided workshops for hundreds of preservice teacher education majors at Oswego State University

What is Project SMART's reputation for success?

  • "Learning on a field trip was more fun.  You can see science happen."  -- Student

  • "If anyone can make it happen, a Project SMART teacher can!"  -- School District Superintendent

  • "The children thought they were playing, but at the same time they were coming away with solid science & math concepts." -- Teacher

  • "Project SMART rocks!" -- Pre-service Student Teacher

  • "My child loves to do the science activities.  It's not like when I was in school."  -- Parent

  • "I've gained an appreciation of the challenges that educators face in seeking to make science & math meaningful to youngsters in their classes.  My industry friends are interested in working on projects like this that improve educational opportunities for young people."  -- Business Representative

  • "Partnering with business & industry has given me a new perspective on the workforce that our students will be entering as graduates.  The school-business-university collaborative program addresses important goals for learning."  -- School Principal

Project SMART can help your school by:

  • Helping your teachers begin the process of initiating and developing local community partnerships

  • Adapting " Kids at Work" units and field trips for use in your local businesses and industries

  • Developing new units of your choice

  • Providing staff developers for schools adopting Project SMART process or products

  • Evaluating implementation outcomes

Impact on higher education

  • Professional development for more than 55 arts and science and education faculty on teaching for inquiry, K-12 standards, MST content and pedagogy, and equity

  • Revised arts and sciences General Education courses (at least four science and three math) to be more inquiry oriented, to include more laboratory experiences, and to be more directly linked to K-12 Learning Standards

  • Enhanced College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Education relations

  • Revised teacher education courses (especially math and science methods, general methods, and student teaching) to be more closely linked to k-12 core curriculum learning standards

  • Opportunities for IHE faculty, teachers, and business and industry representatives to collaborate and improve K-12 learning experiences connected to the workplace

  • Enhanced partnerships with the community

  • Enabled us to secure NSF funding for the Project SMART validation study, and local funding from business and industry

  • Enabled SUNY Oswego to obtain NSF funding for a campus-wide “systemic reform initiative” leading to the development of interdisciplinary, inquiry-based arts and sciences courses

  • Provided support to develop our urban initiative including: visits to urban sites, establishment of partnerships with schools in NYC and Syracuse, more than 90 Summer in the City participants, more than 30 Schools and Urban Society (2-week emersion courses) participants, and more than 50 student teaching placements in the past three years

  • Support for approximately three to five new faculty each year to engage in collaborative research, travel to NYC, and work with graduate students

  •  Provided a pool of highly qualified local teachers to work as adjuncts in our teacher preparation program

  • Increased emphasis on equity issues throughout our Elementary and Secondary Education programs via GESA, Data Strategies, and Poverty Workshop training

  • Support for faculty work in local PDS initiatives

  • Implement our Kids at Work curriculum units (Sharing Success validated project) which encourages local business and industry to support education

Impact on pre-service teachers

  • Support for approximately 300 pre-teachers each semester providing learning opportunities through Project SMART workshops and an MST curriculum materials resource center

  • Opportunities to participate in our one week summer institute (earning experience, graduate credit when appropriate, and chances to work with real teachers)

  • Virtual learning experiences each semester via two-way interactive video-conferencing with Project SMART elementary teachers in Elementary Science Methods courses

  • Opportunities for undergrads in work-study experiences in the Project SMART lab

  • Enhanced field placement opportunities each semester when pre-teachers are placed with more than 25 Project SMART teachers in local schools, and in Syracuse and NYC schools

Impact on in-service teachers

  • Opportunity to participate in a year long site-based professional development each year for 25-70 participants (over 250 teachers have participated in this institute, some for as many as 13 years, many for three to five years)

  • Development of a regional Professional Development network of teacher leaders who regular participate in local, regional, state, and national professional development conferences and programs

  • Hundreds of workshops on inquiry learning, GESA, Framework for Understanding Poverty, Data Strategies, and Kids at Work unit development for thousands of regional teachers

  • Support for teacher study groups on GESA, Data Strategies, and effective teaching in Oswego County’s PDSs

  • Support for teacher action research directed at improving student achievement

  • Involvement of teachers for planning for education change at the district, local, and state levels

Impact on parents

  • Increased awareness of and support for school MST programs and their application to local business and industry (Project SMART validation study)

  • Opportunity to support parents attending field trips to local business and industry sites

  • Increased parent involvement in local schools via IMPACT Math programs

Impact on administrators

  • Support of administrator collaboration with higher education and business and industry via Project SMART steering committee, Project SMART supported field trips, and Project SMART Administrative Team, and participation in Project SMART Summer Institute activities