The policy work of the Merck Institute for Science Education (MISE) is marked by important milestones, from participation in key stakeholder meetings on science education to supporting research used in organizing revisions of standards.
On July 16, 2009, the MISE team led by Executive Director Dr. Carlo Parravano participated in a meeting convened by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Domestic Policy Council, the Department of Education and the White House Office of Public Engagement. The meeting focused on finding the best ways to conceptualize and implement the President's commitment to improving STEM education and presented a unique opportunity for MISE to impact national policy affecting the teaching and learning of science.
MISE staff played a leadership role in the development of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in Science and their revision, adopted by the state in July 2009. The MISE-supported research analysis, Taking Science to School (National Academies Press, 2007), was a primary resource used during the revision process. This participation enabled MISE to influence positively the development of a key policy document guiding science education for New Jersey's 1.5 million K-12 students. MISE was also involved in the development of the New Jersey Professional Development Standards and the New Jersey code for required continuing education for all teachers.
On July 22, 2008, Dr. Parravano testified before the House of Representatives' Committee on Education and Labor on "Innovation in Education through Business and Education STEM Partnerships." The testimony provided Congress with background on MISE and outlined the Institute's key elements of success.
MISE continues its involvement in policy issues that play a vital role in the sustainability of science education reform efforts and have a dramatic impact on the ability of teachers and administrators to implement these efforts in their schools and districts.