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CaMSP June 2015 Newsletter

CaMSP Evaluation News

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Public Works CaMSP STEM Policy Briefs:
Renewed attention to improving mathematics and science education has reinvigorated the ideas of integrated and applied STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning as both a promising approach to reforming public education and to better match the needs of the US economy to have a globally competitive workforce. Public Works has developed two policy briefs describing the efforts and rationale for establishing STEM learning structures and the innovative pedagogy necessary for supporting it. These two policy briefs are included in this newsletter and will also be disseminated to CaMSP project directors and others interested in STEM reform efforts in a print version.

Evaluation News for June:
CaMSP Teacher Survey: Thank you to Cohort 9 and 10 for all your efforts in administering the CaMSP teacher survey in April. The survey is now closed and the results for your partnership and across the state will be analyzed this summer.

CaMSP Teacher Content Assessment Administration: The Teacher Content Assessment Administration (Science or LMT) is ready for administration May 1 to the first day of intensive training this summer for Cohorts 10 and 11. Thank you for contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Public Works with the dates or timeframe in which you plan to administer the assessment to participating teachers. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of ERC will be your contact for the paper-based PW Science test materials and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of ERC will be the contact for the LMT online administration support. Public Works has recorded two Webinars with background and proctoring information about the Public Works-developed Teacher Content Assessment for Science (TCAS) and the Learning Mathematics for Teaching (LMT). This information is available here

Summer Institute Feedback Instruments and Data Collection: Public Works has developed a form for use at the end of the summer institute to collect feedback from teachers for use by Cohort 10 and 11. This form can be administered by paper or electronically and can be customized to your professional development goals and model. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will be contacting partnerships with additional information about this process.

July YTD Evaluation Reports for Cohort 10: Your lead local evaluator will be contacting Cohort 10 Project Directors regarding any additional spring data to be compiled and analyzed for the evaluation report attached to the next YTD due July 31, 2015 to CDE. Please refer to the Next Steps section of the March YTD Evaluation Report, which describes the information we will be adding.


Teacher Participant Retention Strategies

Teacher retention can be a challenge for CaMSP projects for various reasons. We asked project directors to share some of their strategies to keep participating teachers in their projects for the entire funding period.

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Math + Technology = Achievement: Is there something missing?

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Different learning styles in our students calls for differentiation of our teaching. Not all students can master a concept with pencil and paper and too many times they are unable to see the bigger picture in the real world. Technology can help students see this bigger picture. This article describes technology as a tool that effectively supports instruction when it is interwoven in the lesson. It defines technology and highlights a few tech tools to use with math instruction.

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Seeking Science Educators for Subject Matter Advisory Panels

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The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing is seeking applications and nominations for science educators to serve on an examinations subject matter expert panel to align the CSET Science Examinations with the Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers and teacher educators are especially needed for the following areas: Multiple Subjects Science, General Science, Earth and Planetary Science, and Physics. For more information or to apply or nominate someone external


One Reason Fractions (and Many Other Topics) are Hard: Equivalence Relations Up and Down the Mathematics Curriculum

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"Fractions" has become a bad word. Say it to a room full of educators and you will often see eye rolling and groans. Why is this so? Whole number concepts are difficult to master for students, let alone breaking those numbers apart. Fraction sense is an ongoing battle throughout the grades. Art Duval suggests that it is because of the concept of equality, equals, and equivalence. With a little awareness of the "hidden equivalence relations," students can make more sense of this mathematical concept.


4 Tips for Writing in the Math Classroom

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"Writing is a universal thread that can unite all content areas." Throughout elementary school teachers integrate all areas of curriculum, but when the students hit secondary school the curriculum becomes departmentalized and the thread that was woven quickly starts to unravel. This article outlines four tips to keep writing integrated in the mathematics classroom.


The Brain-Based Benefits of Writing for Math and Science Learning

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Writing has more benefits than communication and literacy. Using writing in the mathematics classroom can help boost long term memory and illuminate patterns. The brain stores information differently when writing is paired with the learning, solidifying any concept that is being learned. The whys of writing are scientifically proven, and the hows are just as important. Getting students to open up about their thinking in different ways proves to be invaluable to their understanding of concepts. Writing can help students develop required logical functions for successful math and science learning.