About the Math & Science Collaborative

The Math & Science Collaborative is comprised of representatives of school districts, non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and other stakeholders committed to strengthening the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.  Originally established with foundation support within the Carnegie Museums in 1994, the Collaborative moved to the AIU in September 2002.

Two major beliefs led to the formation of the Collaborative:

  • A mathematically and scientifically literate population is essential to the social and economic success of southwestern Pennsylvania. The region must do a better job to align math and science instruction with the "best practices" described in research findings and the nationally-developed Standards to make sure that all students have the necessary skills and opportunities.
  • By working together, more will be achieved. Most schools and teachers face similar challenges in delivering quality math and science education, but often do so in isolation of one another. Also, there are a number of programs and projects (a 1994 study by the Allegheny Policy Council found approximately 50) operating outside of schools to enhance math and science for students and teachers. By bringing educators and other stakeholders together to work collaboratively on common issues, duplication can be avoided and impact maximize.

Read the Mission, Vision, and Beliefs statement of the Math & Science Collaborative.


Initially, the Math & Science Collaborative focused only on public schools in the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.  It now reaches out to include more than 135 public and non-public schools/districts in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Green, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. 

View list of participating school districts. 

There is no charge or formal process for "joining" the Collaborative; it is led by the AIU and supported by federal and state grants and numerous local foundations.

View a list of MSC supporters

School District Point Persons

In reaching out to educators, the Collaborative invites appointments of a "vertical slice" of representation from school districts, realizing that change can't happen in schools without the involvement of all levels of administrators and teachers.  Today, more than 800 educators have been appointed by their districts to represent their colleagues in the Collaborative communications network.  In addition, every school district has one "point person" who serves as a liaison between the Collaborative and the rest of the district.

Print the MSC Point Person Appointment Form

MSC Steering Council

The Steering Council guides the Collaborative.  Newly elected or appointed every fall, Steering Council members represent the broad range of stakeholders in our region-educators, universities, corporations, and many more. 

Representatives with these varied perspectives work together to set the direction for the Collaborative.  We applaud the 2013-2014 Steering Council for their contributions, and look forward to working with the 2014-2015 members!

The meeting dates for the 2014-2015 Steering Council are Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Wednesday, February 25, 2015, and Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the AIU.

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