Curriculum Topic study to Enhance Achievement in Mathematics & Science (C-TEAMS) is a partnership consisting of a regional network of 19 local education agencies and nonpublic schools together with Stevens Institute of Technology and St. Peter's College. LEA partners include the public school districts of Bayonne, Clifton, Hackensack, Hawthorne, Hillsborough, Jersey City, Keansburg, Morris, Paramus, Saddlebrook, Secaucus, Weehawken, West Milford, and the following nonpublic schools: All Saints Academy and Marist High School in Bayonne; Rising Star Academy, St. Augustine's School, and St. Francis Academy in Union City; and St. Nicholas School in Jersey City. The program will provide vertical teams of 70 teachers per year with 124 hours of high quality, research-based, classroom-focused professional development. The separate science and math cohorts will each include 35 teachers with LEA teams consisting of at least of 1 elementary, 1 middle, and 1 high school teacher.

C-TEAMS will utilize a research-based methodology, Curriculum Topic Study (CTS), to provide multi-grade level teacher teams from each district with intensive professional development designed to deepen teachers' science and mathematics content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge through an intensive investigation of the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS). Through CTS, vertical teacher teams will form a dynamic and supportive professional learning community (one in science and one in mathematics) to explore key science and math research, standards and instructional strategies across a wide span of grade levels and apply their new knowledge gained about content, curricula, instruction and assessment to teaching and learning at the grade level and subject area they teach. The summer institute will combine CTS with labs and other hands-on activities that provide teachers with concrete examples of in-class activities and a view of learning progressions into higher education. For example, teachers will collect DNA from their saliva to learn about DNA isolation and analysis. Then using an online collaborative investigative tool, teachers will perform their own human genetics experiment using observation of common, non-clinically relevant traits. Following this investigation, teachers will work in teams to explore how these topics are treated in their own curricula.

Key outcomes of the three year project include: increasing the science and math subject matter knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge of participating teachers; increased understanding of the NJCCCS by teachers as demonstrated by development or redesign of classroom curricula; and documented increased student learning of science and math topics.