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CaMSP April 2016 Newsletter

CaMSP Evaluation News

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Evaluation News for April

Cohort 13: Here we come! Please stay tuned for your draft Project Profile from Public Works and an email to schedule an in-person meeting with either Mikala Rahn or Patty O’Driscoll with your planning team in April or May. You will be contacted byThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in early April to begin setting this up. The purpose of the meeting is to review your professional development model and to discuss and finalize plans for the local evaluation.

Cohort 10, 11 & 12: [the next three items are for these cohorts]

Local Evaluation Reports & March YTD’s: Public Works prepared and submitted each partnership's Local Evaluation Report attachment to the CDE STEM office for review with your March 2016 YTD report. Thank you to everyone for collecting and submitting data to us and for quick turnarounds on reviewing and approving your reports!

CaMSP Spring Teacher Survey: Please look for an email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in mid-April with instructions regarding the administration of the survey of participating teachers.

Teacher Content Assessment:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will be in contact regarding the teacher content assessment—if you plan to administer this prior to the start of your summer institute, we need to know the date and your plan by April 15th so that we can coordinate with ERC and make sure everything is set up for you.

Using Assessment Data to Guide Math Course Placement of California Middle School Students

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Questions about how best to place students into appropriate middle grade math courses have been central to ongoing education policy and practice discussions in California and across the United States.

Recent studies have shown that enrolling in algebra I in grade 8 works well for some students but backfires for others.

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Girls and Women in STEM: Enough About the Problems, How about Some Possible Solutions?

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 We all know there are talkers and there are doers. I have worked for doers. Strong women. Women who would make it clear that if you are going to bring up a problem, you better follow it up with an idea of how to address it. It became the unspoken rule. There are enough people who can say what’s wrong, who will say how to fix it? And hey, if those solutions have proven to be successful in the past, that’s even better.

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Qualities of a Good Anchor Phenomenon for a Coherent Sequence of Science Lessons

A one page description of the attributes of quality phenomenon anchors.

Instructional sequences are more coherent when students investigate compelling natural phenomena
(in science) or work on meaningful design problems (in engineering) by engaging in the science and
engineering practices. We refer to these phenomena and design problems here as ‘anchors.’


Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

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Problem-based learning, makerspaces, flipped learning, student blogging -- these are becoming perceived staples of 21st-century learning. With such ambitious practices taking the spotlight for how people regard modern classrooms, it's not surprising that a murmur of impracticality or skepticism is still a frequent response when they're first introduced.


New Digital Tool Helps Teachers Locate STEAM-Related Materials

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Common Sense Education, a nonprofit organization that reviews and rates education apps, games and websites, has launched a digital search tool designed to help teachers find science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) resources for their science and math classes. Called the NGSS Explorer, the tool is designed to identify materials that are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).