Karen asked about the SSIs and how they look in other states. In New Mexico different groups apply to present summer institutes which range from 1 to 3 weeks. New Mexico FAME presents one, Martin Marietta is going to do an academy this summer, UNM School of Architecture, various professors and groups of people put them out. There is SUPPOSED to be ongoing support throughout the year--depends on who ran the summer institute--FAME provided good support, but there isn't much budgeted for that. Teachers who attend the institutes are part of Change Angent teams at their schools and are expected to be leaders in Science and Math upon their return. They usually get to go to more than one institute. The school received some money for materials.
As you can imagine, the quality of the institutes ranges widely--not all are very good. I REALLY worry about the emphasis on "integration." Often the institutes are far more science based with math an add-on to show how math COULD BE involved. Or how, since you're outside you could count the leaves that have fallen, make a graph, and there you have math. They often don"t stop to think about how children cannot just "intuit" graphing and that some actual instruction may need to be involved. They DON'T include how that instruction might look, just math activities that could be "integrated."
I was on the steering committee out of the (then) governor's office which ultimately produced the grant. The way it looks now has very little relation to what we wrote!! But I believe it is definitely better than nothing! Cindy Chapman@apsicc.aps.edu