IMSS Overview

The San Francisco Bay Integrated Middle School Science Project (IMSS) Targeted Math-Science Partnership is a partnership - between California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), the Alameda County Office of Education, the East Bay Science Project, the Santa Clara County Office of Education, local school districts, scientific research organizations, museums, and science education organizations - that is developing and studying a comprehensive teacher professional development model designed to transform science teaching and learning in underperforming middle schools serving predominately low-income, underrepresented minority students.

The IMSS Partnership is funded for five years ($11.96 million) by the National Science Foundation Math-Science Partnership. As a Targeted Partnership, our focus is on studying and solving teaching and learning issues within a middle school science.

Grounded in an extensive body of research and evidence based best practices, the IMSS is engaging students and teachers in authentic discovery as active members of a science professional learning community with federal research laboratory and industry scientists, disciplinary faculty and educational specialists. The project is preparing fifty-one middle school science master teachers and three regional science leaders/coaches who are impacting approximately 432 teachers and 69,000 students over the life of the project. In addition, thirty-six district and site administrators are participating in the professional development activities and are providing the master teachers with release time and other resources to support the project goals. The preservice program at CSUEB is being modified to include additional science content knowledge and preparation on the use of inquiry-based learning in middle school science courses. Four new science courses are begin added to the preservice program and the program is being aligned with the new California Foundational Level General Science Credential.

The IMSS Leadership

Dr. Jeffery Seitz
Professor/Principal Investigator IMSS MSP
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
California State University East Bay

Dawn O'Connor
Director/Co-Investigator IMSS MSP
Alameda County Office of Education

Dr. Rachelle DiStefano
CSER Director/Co-Investigator IMSS MSP
Center for Science and Education Research
California State University East Bay