Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA)
The Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) is the lead organization for developing, supporting, and disseminationg Curriculum Topic Study (CTS). The Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance is located in Augusta, Maine with national outreach in promoting excellence in K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education through exemplary professional development with teachers and other educational leaders, such as instructional coaches, professional developers, science and mathematics specialists, and pre-service university faculty. The MMSA's strength is translating research and educational standards into effective teaching and learning practice for classroom teachers as well as practitioners who work with K-16 schools. CTS is one of the flagship tools of the MMSA. As the major K-12 STEM education organization in Maine and a national leader in professional development, the MMSA has provided leadership, resources, professional development, and policy support to educators since 1993 when the organization was first formed to oversee and coordinate Maine's NSF-funded Statewide Systemic Initiative (SSI). The MMSA is committed to ensuring that all students meet or exceed state and national standards.
WestEd is a research, development, and service agency that works with schools, educational organizations, and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. WestEd's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematiucs program advances research and professional development in STEM areas. WestEd partnered with the MMSA to co-develop the Leader's Guides for Curriculum Topic Study, based on the underlying beliefs about professional development and the professional development strategies described in the WestEd publication, Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematics (Loucks-Horsley, Stiles, Mundry, Love, and Hewson; 2010).
Corwin Press, a leading publisher of professional development materials located in Thousand Oaks, California, publishes leading-edge books that offer fresh insights, conclusions, and recommendations for action. Their goal is to publish substantive and practical books that contribute to practitioners' knowledge while also being readable and useful. Corwin is the publisher of all four of the books in the Curriculum Topic Study series.
NSTA Press is the publishing arm of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world's largest professional association of science educators. NSTA Press publishes books for K-16 science education. As a co-publisher of CTS, NSTA Press carries Curriculum Topic Study in its bookstore and sponsor's author's sessions at the regional and national NSTA conferences for professional development and dissemination of CTS.