DLConnect: Connecting Underserved Teachers and Students with NSDL Learning Resources and Tools
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Collaborative Proposal: DLConnect: Connecting Underserved Teachers and Students with NSDL Learning Resources and Tools focuses on NSDL dissemination within school settings through usage development workshops within the services track of the NSDL. The project is designed as a pair of collaborative proposals that unites two institutions with wellestablished credentials in NSDL and long-term partnerships with K-12 schools: Utah State University (USU) and Eastern Michigan University (EMU). Under the leadership of Dr. Mimi Recker of USU, DLConnect brings together a team of senior researchers with extensive experience in digital libraries, science and mathematics education, teacher preparation and educational research and evaluation, including Joanne Caniglia, Jim Dorward, Ellen Hoffman, Marcia Mardis, and Patricia Williams-Boyd. DLConnect will target underserved middle level pre-service and in-service mathematics science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers, as well as school library media specialists. In addition, DLConnect activities will be centered on keystone educational digital libraries within the NSDL particularly relevant to these user groups. Through a design-based program of workshop development and deployment, the project is expected to directly impact 250 middle schools and, through a well-developed scheme for dissemination and sustainability, teachers and schools nationwide.