Over the past 30 years, the Maine Math and Science Alliance has engaged with many audiences through its varied initiatives to improve access to and excitement about science, engineering, technology, and math throughout Maine and beyond.
This timeline highlights some key points in MMSA’s history, as well as the present and future of the organization.
Scroll down to view historical highlights. You can also view the 2021-2022 annual report.
A large Statewide Systemic Initiative (SSI) grant from NSF—a five-year $10 million grant—establishes the organization.
July 14, 1991, Articles of Incorporation precede the September 1, 1992, official founding, when the National Science Foundation awarded the Statewide Systemic Initiatives program.
Beacon Facilitators were charged with creating coherent K–12 science and math instructional programs in their schools and home districts.
Beacon College, a virtual college created for collaboration amid higher education for STEM education, was also established.
Continuing science & math standards-based professional development were promoted statewide.
Maine Mathematics and Science Teacher Excellence Collaborative (MMSTEC)
Content-specific mentoring program for teachers is launched.
Mathematics: Access and Teaching in High Schools (Maine-MATHS)
MAP & LAD
(Maine Assessment Portfolio & Local Assessment Development Curriculum)
Linking Science Inquiry & Language Literacy (LSILL, LSILL2, LSELL)
The Science Content, Conceptual Change, and Collaboration (SC4) Partnership
Building Administrator Leadership and Numeracy Capacity for Educators (BALANCE)
Creating a Network of Educators to Communicate about Teaching Mathematics II (CNECT-Math)
This initiative produced four curriculum guides for grades 4–8; Family Energy was born out of these funds (from Efficiency Maine/PUC).
(Phenomena & Representations in Science and Mathematics)
School professional development budgets were slashed, and MMSA re-organized in the new fiscal environment.
Governor's Teacher Leadership Academy
(Maine’s Energy Education Future)