MMSA 30th Anniversary Timeline

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.

Key

Old MMSA logo with a lighthouse

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.

1992

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.

Continued Standards

Continuing science & math standards-based professional development were promoted statewide.

Governor's Academy

2001

MMSETC logo

Maine Mathematics and Science Teacher Excellence Collaborative (MMSTEC)

Northern New England CoMentoring Network banner from the old website

NNECN Tri-State

Content-specific mentoring program for teachers is launched.

2002

10 Years

2004

Mathematics: Access and Teaching in High Schools (Maine-MATHS)

2004-2007

MAP & LAD

(Maine Assessment Portfolio & Local Assessment Development Curriculum)

Linking Science, Inquiry and Language Literacy logo

Linking Science Inquiry & Language Literacy (LSILL, LSILL2, LSELL)

2005

SC4

SC4 logo

The Science Content, Conceptual Change, and Collaboration (SC4) Partnership

BALANCE logo

Building Administrator Leadership and Numeracy Capacity for Educators (BALANCE)

2006-2010

2006

2007

CNECT-Math logo

Creating a Network of Educators to Communicate about Teaching Mathematics II (CNECT-Math)

Power Sleuth

This initiative produced four curriculum guides for grades 4–8; Family Energy was born out of these funds (from Efficiency Maine/PUC).

PRISMS logo, with full text of acronym shown, which is "Phenomena & Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools"

PRISMS

(Phenomena & Representations in Science and Mathematics)

2008

2010

School professional development budgets were slashed, and MMSA re-organized in the new fiscal environment.

Governor's Teacher Leadership Academy

2011

2012

20 Years

Beginning of informal education work after school in rural Maine.

MEEF

(Maine’s Energy Education Future)

2014

2015

2017

2020

2021

2022

STEM Workforce Ready 2030

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