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New $500K OSPI Award Aids ISB’s Work with Marysville School District

Above: Dr. Dana Riley Black, Director for ISB’s Logan Center for Education, speaks to educators about how her team and other ISB researchers work with school districts.

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Marysville School District Scores $500,000 OSPI Funding for Science & Engineering Workshops for Teachers

3-Year Award Supports Partnership with ISB & UW Engineering to Provide Professional Development for District

SEATTLE, May 1, 2015 – The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has announced that the Marysville School District will receive a three-year $500,000 Math & Science Partnership (MSP) Grant to support continued work with ISB’s Logan Center for Education and UW Engineering. Marysville is one of seven area agencies that is receiving an MSP award.

The funds will allow Marysville’s middle school science teachers and several high school and fifth grade science teachers to participate in workshops and community-based externships to learn about engineering and how engineering connects to the lives of their students.

“We are extremely excited about this project,” said Dana Riley Black, Director for ISB’s Logan Center for Education. “These experiences offer teachers a unique introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards providing opportunity for all students not only to learn science, but also engineering. This partnership will provide lessons learned about engineering education that can be shared broadly.”

The Logan Center, which has been a longtime advocate for high-quality science education for all students, has partnered with the Marysville district for several years, but consistent funding has been a challenge. The OSPI award makes it possible for teachers to learn about science and engineering education through workshops, in the field, and to use their classrooms as laboratories to study how they can translate their knowledge into daily practice.

“The most important result of the project will be that hundreds of Marysville students will benefit from teachers who provide authentic engineering experiences in their science instruction,” said Kyle Kinoshita, Executive Director of Learning and Teaching for the Marysville School District. “This partnership will greatly strengthen college- and career-readiness efforts in our school district.”

For more information about about Logan Center for Education, visit logancenter.isbscience.net. Learn more about the Marysville School District here.

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About Institute for Systems Biology:
The Institute for Systems Biology is a nonprofit biomedical research organization based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 2000 by systems biologist Leroy Hood, immunologist Alan Aderem, and protein chemist Ruedi Aebersold. ISB was established on the belief that the conventional models for exploring and funding breakthrough science have not caught up with the real potential of what is possible today. ISB serves as the ultimate environment where scientific collaboration stretches across disciplines, where our researchers have the intellectual freedom to challenge the status quo, and where grand visions for breakthroughs in human health inspire a collective drive to achieve the seemingly impossible. Our core values ensure that we always keep our focus on the big ideas that eventually will have the biggest impact on human health.

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