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CaMSP May 2016 Newsletter

CaMSP Evaluation News

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Evaluation News for May

Cohort 13: Thank you for working so promptly with us to schedule the initial meeting with Public Works and your CDE monitor as their travel calendars allow. We look forward to learning more about what you have planned and finalizing the evaluation plan! Please review your DRAFT profile and evaluation plan with your team prior to the meeting.

Teacher Content Assessment: Cohort 13 partnerships selecting both “Mathematics” and “Science” content areas--Please work with Public Works throughThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.ASAP to identify which of the two assessments (LMT/math or TCAS/science) your teachers will be taking as a pre-assessment this summer. Contact your lead This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to discuss or need help making this decision.

Cohorts 10-12:

More thank yous!

Thank you for contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule the teacher content assessment for your partnership. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of ERC will be in contact regarding your materials and tracking forms.

Also, thank you everyone for administering the CaMSP spring teacher survey—we have high response rates from nearly all partnerships—but we still need some partnerships to reach out one more time to close this out. Results for your partnership will be summarized in the July YTD. Please be in contact with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Reminder to update attendance and be on the lookout this summer for the Public Work's student outcome data request (rosters of students of participating and comparison group teachers), which will be prepared in June & July. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will be in contact with this request as soon as we are able to process it. This is the second year of outcome data for Cohort 10 and the first year of outcome data for Cohorts 11 and 12 and is required for the APR.

 

Reflections on the U.S. Department of Education MSP Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, March 2016

The Baltimore MSP Conference was attended by members of several California projects. Rebecca Lewis, Shasta COE, and Juanita Chan, Rialto USD, reflect on their MSP Project Panel experience.

The Federal MSP Conference in Baltimore in March offered many opportunities to network with and learn from projects throughout the nation. As part of the MSP Projects Panel: Lessons Learned and How Do We Leverage OUR Work Going Forward, Lisa Fassett, Mikala Rahn, Juanita Chan and I were able to reflect on and share the experiences that we have had with the diversity of MSP projects and areas served in California.

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CDE STEM Department News

 The CDE announces two new members to the STEM team!

The Professional Learning support Division (PLSD) has a new Education Administrator in the STEM Office, Monique McWayne. Monique has been on the CDE team since 2011 when she joined the School Turnaround Office in the Improvement and Accountability Division. Within the School Turnaround Office, Monique implemented the School Improvement Grant and provided technical assistance to the schools deemed the persistently lowest achieving in California. More recently Monique worked in the Educator Excellence Office in the Professional Learning Support Division where she assisted with the State Agency for Higher Education Title II, Part A initiative and assisted in the Educator Excellence Summit. Prior to joining the CDE, Monique taught science with the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District and a charter school authorized by the San Juan Unified School District.

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Highlighting the Work of CaMSP

For the past twelve years, the California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) program has brought long-term support and innovative professional development programs to teachers throughout the state under funding from Title II of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This funding has allowed county offices of education and districts to partner with university and community college faculty to deliver high-quality professional development in mathematics and science.

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Time to Begin Implementing New Science Standards in Our Schools

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A strong science education is an important part of learning for students at all grade levels. California’s new science standards emphasize science in early grades and ensure students use what they learn in connection with other core subjects. The new standards help students solve problems, think creatively and make sense of a rapidly changing world.

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Teaching Math with Computer Programming Can Help Narrow Achievement Gap

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President Obama earlier this year announced a new initiative, “Computer Science for All,” to empower a generation of American students with the computing skills they need to thrive in a digital economy. I believe we can take this a step further by employing computer science to help students do better at math – particularly algebra, which is often referred to as a “gatekeeper” that determines whether a student succeeds in high school and beyond.

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