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SWIRL GrantStandards Within Integrated Real-World Learning (SWIRL)

Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP VDOE) Grant From 2014-2018

Project SWIRL or Standards Within Integrated Real-World Learning used a professional development model to engage teachers in learning how to develop high-impact lesson plans that allow students to use language and math skills in the context of solving meaningful problems framed through science content. This three-year project created a model for the implementation of integrated lessons, as well as problem-based learning units to foster critical thinking and the development of workforce readiness skills.

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Child with hand raisedInquiring Young Minds Want to Know

MSP Grant Project 2010-2011
Williamsburg James City County

Inquiring Young Minds Want to Know! provided 40 teachers with professional development to improve the teaching of inquiry and the nature of science in elementary science classrooms. The following materials were developed from grant activities.

Instructor's Manual

Power Points

Sample Lesson Plans Developed From Grant Project

Free I-Book Developed from Grant Project


Flipped Out for ScienceFlipped Out for Science

MSP Grant 2013-2014
Williamsburg James City County &
York County School District

Abstract for Project

Flipped Out for Science (F2OS) is a project designed to improve the teaching of science in grades 6-12 through the use of designing "flipped" science units. Flipped Out for Science activities will provide intensive staff development through a year-long project designed to equip teachers to create inquiry based science units in Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry. Teachers will learn how to design units using the Understanding by Design framework. Each unit will include a performance assessment that will measure student understanding of science content and skills upon completion of the unit. In an effort to improve the delivery of science units, teachers will work to implement the flipping design process where students will experience hands-on science activities and experiments in class while watching engaging videos at home.

The following materials were developed from grant activities: