Resources

Facilities

We recommend that you locate your summer project on the campus of one of the college Research Community faculty. The project can then use the faculty member's name when requesting space and special facilities. Programs for single school districts, however, should consider using a school site. One of our most successful projects had teachers doing research on their own school grounds for two weeks - a dramatic way to change teachers' definitions of the resources available to them. No matter where the project is located, there are a few basic requirements:

Space for academic year follow-up meetings is not so complex. If possible, it is nice to have those meetings located so that participants continue to have access to curriculum resources; to safe, inexpensive parking; and, of course, to any special facilities needed for workshops (labs, computer space).

The 5C5E Project established and maintained its own Resource Center. We had already learned in the NSF/SpaceMet Project that maintaining such facilities can be very time-consuming and hence expensive (Sternheim, Wilson, 1992). We strongly recommend that projects take advantage of established curriculum resource centers rather than trying to develop and maintain their own. Such centers can be found in some colleges, school systems, environmental centers and science museums, regional state department of education offices, and private educational organizations.

Recruiting Administrative Support for the Project

We were fortunate to be sponsored by the a school-college collaborative, the Five College/Public School Partnership. The Partnership was organized in 1984 to strengthen communication and share resources among the members of the consortium Five Colleges, Inc. (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst), the school systems in the four western Massachusetts counties (Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Berkshire), and the museums, environmental centers and other cultural organizations, professional organizations, and businesses in our area. However, as helpful as the Partnership has been in providing support for the project, having an established collaborative in your community is not necessary for a successful project. Indeed, sponsoring a program could help develop such an on-going organization in your area.

It is not appropriate to expect school and/or college faculty to assume major administrative responsibility for the project. They have neither the support system nor the time. The project can be administered by staff at a college, school, or third-party such as a collaborative, environmental center, government agency, or business. If the home institution of the college faculty does not take major administrative responsibility, every effort should be made to have it co-sponsor the project so that there will be an on-going commitment to the participants.

The purpose of the administrative staff is to support the teaching staff and the participants. Obvious administrative responsibilities include:

Budget

The functional budget components are:

We have provided a detailed description of a possible project budget.