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CaMSP February 2015 Newsletter

CaMSP Evaluation News

pw croppedPublic Works of Pasadena has been selected by CDE as the state evaluator for the CaMSP initiative and is also coordinating local evaluation activities for Cohort 10 and Cohort 11 STEM projects.

Evaluation News for February:

We look forward to seeing all of you this month at the CDE Learning Network to update and connect with Cohort 10 partnerships. We are also very happy to be working with the new Cohort 11 STEM projects and will provide you with an overview of the state and local evaluation process.

• Thank you Cohort 10 project directors for helping us administer the partner survey, which will close on February 6th. Results from the survey will be incorporated in the local evaluation reports in March, which will be attached to your March YTD to CDE.

The CaMSP participating teacher survey to be administered this spring is next up for the statewide evaluation. Public Works will be in contact with project directors regarding the logistics for this survey this month.

• The mid-cycle teacher content assessment administration window is closing at the end of January 2015. We will be scoring and analyzing this data in February so please be in contact ASAP if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you with this process! Please contact Paul Seow regarding the LMT assessment or Kathy Stanton of ERC about the science assessment. Information including Webinar recordings and the presentation about proctoring the assessment is available on the Public Works CaMSP Website here
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Central Coast STEM Projects: Teacher Leadership Capacity Collaborative

Integrating science, technology, engineering, and math is a daunting task, which is made more complex with the new NGSS and math CCSS. The Central Coast STEM Projects: Teacher Leadership Capacity Collaborative is undertaking both this endeavor and increasing their districts' leadership capacity in STEM. The project is a joint effort between Paso Robles JUSD, Cal Poly SLO, and four local districts. More information can be found on their profile page.

Their primary focus is on science and the disciplinary core ideas of the NGSS. One of their goals is to develop teacher refined modules that contextualize these disciplinary core ideas while integrating applications of grade appropriate CCS math content, highlighting the use and incorporation of appropriate technology, and introducing science and engineering practices.

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Salinas City Elementary Mathematics and Technology Partnership

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics requires students to both use technology to pose or solve problems and to use technological tools explore and deepen their understanding of concepts. To address these needs the Salinas City Elementary School District and its core partners, Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE), and CSU Monterey Bay Mathematics Department (CSUMB) formed the Salinas City Elementary Mathematics and Technology Partnership. More detailed information can be found on their external linkprofile page. Lee Howell, Project Director, stated, "There is a great need throughout our district for professional development in both math and technology, however the greatest need is in the lower grades." Therefore, their project targets grades K-5, with 108 participants, and the district is funding the same professional development for grade 6.

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Shasta COE STEM Day

The January 30, 2015 edition of the Redding Searchlight newspaper featured an        external linkarticle on Shasta COE's Ignite Opportunity STEM Career Day. The article includes video clips and information on the event that served around 1,000 high school freshmen. Though not funded by the Cohort 11 Shasta project nor one of its specific activities, many of the businesses and IHEs that came together are among the Cohort 11 project's regional collaborative partners.

Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards: Strategies for Educational Leaders

"The Next Generation Science Standards embody a bold new vision for science education, grounded in the idea that science is both a body of knowledge and a set of linked practices for developing knowledge. In this external linkarticle, we describe strategies that school and district leaders should consider when designing strategies to support NGSS implementation. Our recommendations draw both on past research on standards implementation and on a recently concluded study that examined the impacts of curriculum and professional development on student learning."

Technology is a Tool

This NCTM external linkarticle, highlights three important reasons technology, now more than ever, is important to integrate into the mathematics curriculum. In addition, the roles of the teacher and school dealing with technology are discussed.


A Brief Tour to Dynamic Geometry Software

Integrating technology into the mathematics classroom is easy and beneficial. Using external linkDynamic Geometry software helps develop background knowledge and ways of thinking as well as help students move further in their understanding of core geometry concepts. These programs offer students an opportunity to create a visualization of an abstract model and allows for an interface for its manipulation. The focus is mainly high school geometry classes.

STEM Learning Opportunities

Free WestED Webinar: "Literacy for the Science Classroom"

 At 3:30 p.m. (PT) on 25 February 2015, WestEd will host a free 1.5-hour webinar entitled, "Literacy for the Science Classroom: Think, Read, Talk, and Write Like a Scientist." Presenters include Karen Cerwin (K-12 Alliance Regional Director, WestEd), Kathy DiRanna (K-12 Alliance Statewide Director, WestEd), and Maria Simani (Executive Director, California Science Project).

Description: "You will learn about the science practices outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards that offer opportunities for students to develop disciplinary literacy. We will explore how reading, writing, listening, and speaking are used in the science discipline to develop knowledge of science."

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Engineering is Elementary Teacher Educator Institutes: Workshop for Professional Development Providers

 Become a teacher trainer by attending their May 11, 12, and 13th institute in Rocklin. Space is limited to 25 participants. We have several projects using EIE curriculum and they are finding it an exceptional resources. Click external linkhere for their flyer.

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District's Ambitious Personalized Learning Effort Shows Progress

Differentiating instruction just took a 21st century turn with the use of adaptive technology. A school at external linkWhittemore Park is showing growth in student test scores and engagement in the mathematics lesson by using Personalized Digital Learning approach. The new way of teaching was not accepted by all however the results showed that students positively reacted and grew throughout the year.