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CaMSP May 2017 Newsletter

CaMSP Evaluation News

Evaluation News for May:

The last newsletter focuses on curriculum products and dissemination activites from a variety of partnerships. We have enjoyed seeing and hearing about so many of the projects' spring showcases and other end of the year activities. It’s been a real pleasure working with all of you and seeing the pride in the faces of the teachers as they present and share their work!

Teacher Content Assessment (LMT and/or TCAS): More than two-thirds of the projects are well on their way with the administration of the last post-teacher content assessment and will be notified (or have already been) by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that they have reached a high enough response rate to be considered complete. The remaining projects (about 15) are either collecting a few follow up assessments or have dates scheduled in May or early June. Please continue to work closely with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (LMT) and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (TCAS) to submit your assessments. We SO appreciate all the work that has gone into these assessments and will be scoring the assessments in May and June in order to include them in the final evaluation reports and the APR.

Student Roster Request for Student Outcome Data reporting: Albert Chen is preparing the student roster request early this year and each Project Director will receive an email from him with the request for your partnership within the next week. In the past, you would have received this after June 30th. We hope that moving it up will allow you more time and help you in closing out grant activities sooner.

Please note that for partnerships whose core discipline selected is mathematics or mathematics & science, the student roster request will be similar to years past in terms of the student rosters for treatment and control groups for reporting on the math SBAC.

For science only partnerships we are asking for the total number of participating students by grade span (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12) for each of the participating teachers. This way Public Works can report the number of student impacted by the grant but we won’t have any individual state test scores to report in science. This will assist us in reporting for Section IV and VIII of the APR. With no science CST assessment this year, CDE has approved this modified request for science only partnerships.

For Cohort 13 projects, this is your first year reporting on student outcomes. More information on the APR reporting and process will be forthcoming from Public Works and 2017 information will be posted on our Website. However, if you would like to review additional information now, the process will be similar to what is posted for Cohort 10-12 from last year on our website.

Attendance Database: Please continue to input attendance—if you have completed all activities and attendance is updated or “final”, you can let Albert know. If you have questions regarding attendance or if there is something unique about your partnership’s activities this spring or summer (past June 30th), please let us know.

Local Evaluation Data Collection (all Cohorts) & Curriculum Products (C10 & C11): Please continue to work with your lead local evaluator regarding collection of any outstanding data from this spring and they will also be asking about the status of sample curriculum products. We are requesting all data to be in by the end of May or by mid-June at the latest. Again, just please work with your lead local evaluator if you have any concerns. We will be adding this information to July YTD Evaluation Report draft that will then get finalized for October and the final APR.

Contact Information: Please let us know if there is a new contact for your partnership after a particular date or if your email or contact information changes. Please let 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. (Finance) know.

CaMSP Curriculum Products

Many projects included curriculum products in their proposals. The following are descriptions of a select group of partnership projects organized by 5E Lessons and Units, Mathematics, Project Based Learning, and Curriculum Aligned Approaches

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Solano and Yolo Share Fairs

Both Solano and Yolo County Offices of Education will be holding Share Fairs this summer to allow their teachers the opportunity to present tools and lessons used in their classrooms. Christina Morace, Solano PRISM’s project director, explained that they wanted to leverage the knowledge and skills their teachers had gained from their project and disseminate this information to local teachers. Yolo has a similar program and both projects have worked together in the past.

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Cohort 13 Valley Center-Pauma: Teacher Created Science Lessons

After just one year of funding Valley Center- Pauma’s HEAL project teachers have produced approximately 40 NGSS aligned lessons! After receiving training in 5E model lesson design the teachers worked in mostly grade level groups 3-4 hours per month to collaboratively create lessons that would take a few days to a week to teach.

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Videoconferencing Magic in the Elementary School Classroom

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What’s one way to create a major spark in your classroom? In one word: videoconferencing.

Emotional. Transformative. Touching. Passion inducing. Educational. These are only some of the words I can use to describe the impact that face-to-face interaction through videoconferencing has had on my elementary school students over the last eight years.

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It Takes a Village: R-iSMART Community Partner Model and Dissemination

Cohort 10 project “R-iSMART: Rialto Inspiring Science Mathematics and Related Technologies” at Rialto Unified School District hosted a third year, grant-end dissemination event on March 11, 2017, open to teachers, parents, counselors and administrators in the Inland Empire and surrounding areas. The Rialto Inspiring Science Educators (RISE) Conference was an opportunity for CaMSP participating teachers to share classroom tested NGSS aligned Project Based Learning (PBL) instructional resources and lessons learned with others.


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Santa Rosa City School's Make the Way: Teacher Interviews

Make the Way, a K-8 math project from Santa Rosa City Schools, conducted teacher interviews during their second to last professional development Saturday. Brent Jackson, project director, said the project was interested in capturing some of the teachers’ thoughts about what they had learned during their project and asked teachers to respond to the following two prompts in front of a video camera.

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San Rafael's iTEAMS Presentation of Project Accomplishments

At the final intensive day in Spring 2017, San Rafael’s iTEAMS teacher groups presented their work to other participating teachers, school administrators and principals, and iTEAMS partners. The interactive event included an address from the Marin County Office of Education Superintendent, Mary Jane Burke, a walk-through exploration of design challenges and lessons developed by participating teachers, and an opportunity to deepen the discussion of how to continue to improve STEM learning in all students attending the surrounding schools.

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Special Report: Smart Strategies for Teacher Professional Development

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Professional development has the potential to not only improve teacher practice, but to make a real difference for students. But too often, professional development has been criticized as unfocused and irrelevant. But many school systems are overhauling their PD programs to tie them closely to teacher needs and to districtwide academic goals.

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NGSS Issues 'Lessons Learned' for Instructional Materials and PD

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Start with a small cohort of teachers; provide professional learning opportunities to all teachers; include school leaders in the training. Those are some of the more obvious best practices tied to professional development for teachers learning how to teach to the Next Generation Science Standards, shared in a new guide published by NGSS.


California's Future Depends on Women Thriving in STEM Careers

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Earlier this month the state Assembly celebrated “California Women and Girls in STEM Week.” The Assembly started this tradition as a way to bring to light the vast gender inequalities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and to encourage our young women to pursue opportunities in these areas.

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