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CaMSP September 2016 Newsletter

CaMSP Evaluation News

Evaluation News for September:

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Project Check-in Meetings: Public Works staff and evaluation consultants are in the process of scheduling fall check-in meetings with all CaMSP projects in September to November. This scheduling is being coordinated by your lead local evaluator who will contact project directors regarding a date and time. These meetings will be a chance for the project director and other partners to review the findings from the local evaluation report, update the local evaluation plan for 2016-17, check in regarding the APR and scheduling the last post-teacher content assessment date. If you have questions regarding these meetings, please contact your lead local evaluator or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Public Works.

Annual Performance Report (APR) due October 15, 2016: September and October is the time to block to make sure that the federal Annual Performance Report (APR) is completed. The CDE STEM Office has prepared a handout with guidance regarding what the project monitor reviews in each project’s APR. In addition, Public Works has uploaded information regarding the sections of the APR completed by Public Works that relate to the local evaluation. As the project’s local evaluator, Public Works completes the sections of the APR related to local evaluation and prepares the local evaluation report for the project’s review and approval prior to attachment to the APR.

Any questions regarding the completion of these sections (VII, VIII and IX) may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Public Works.

Teacher Content Assessment: Thank you for your help in administering and collecting the teacher content assessment this summer. The administration window from the Summer 2016 for all projects has now closed. Please return any outstanding science test materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of ERC immediately. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of ERC has been in contact regarding the status of the LMT. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule the last post-assessment for your project during the window of January to May 2017 (for reporting in October 2017 APR) if your project has already determined a date on the calendar. This may be confirmed later at the check-in meeting if you are still deciding when to administer it.

Public Works Attendance Database: Please update your attendance through August 31, 2016 and notify Albert Chen of any drops or changes in participants.

Reminder that the Cohorts 10-12 Request for Treatment and Control teacher student roster lists is due to Albert Chen in September. Please be in contact regarding the status of that request if it has not been submitted already.

Get Your CaMSP Success Story in the News!

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This summer Public Works has been working with Liza Sacilioc of Momentum Solutions to tackle the task of sharing the good work of the various CaMSP programs across the state. Momentum Solutions is a full-service communications agency that works with you to identify story angles, and interview IHE partners, participating teachers and other partners who can help tell your story. Once the story is identified, Liza and her team pitch the story to local media as well as education publications interested in learning about how schools and teachers are implementing science and math into their curriculum. If you would like to share your program’s story, please contact Liza Sacilioc at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the meantime, please check out examples of our work with San Joaquin and Hacienda la Puente and example of CaMSP and MSP projects in the news.

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

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Press Release – La Puente/Pomona, CALIF — Public Works, a non-profit evaluation services organization that serves as the statewide and local evaluator for the California Department of Education’s California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) Program recently found seventy percent of Hacienda La Puente Unified School District (HLPUSD) teachers felt confident in integrating curriculum across STEM disciplines. Furthermore, ninety-eight percent felt confident integrating technology into their students’ learning experiences.

Chico in the News: Hot Shot: Sailing Solar

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 Sailing solar: A group of Northern California teachers taking part in a program of the Chico State University Science Engineering Education Department Friday race handmade solar-powered boats across the Sycamore Pool at the One-Mile Recreation Area of Bidwell Park.

San Joaquin Valley COE's Secondary Integration of Modeling in Math and Science (SIMMS) Project

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Raspberry Pi may sound like a wonderful summer dessert, but for a group of 9th and 10th graders in the San Joaquin Valley (SJV), Raspberry Pi is a $35 computer circuitry satiating each student’s sweet tooth. Topped with some know-how, a few extra computer parts and creativity, Raspberry Pi is giving students who attended coding camps provided by the San Joaquin County Office of Education the ability to create their very own arcade system.

SIMMS was also featured on Good Day Sacramento, a local CBS station! Watch the video at cbslocal.com.

Riverside and Rialto in the News: Why Inland Schools are Rethinking How They Teach Science

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Emerson Treacy remembers the old ways of teaching the changing properties of matter.

Twenty years ago, the Riverside Unified School District elementary teacher relied heavily on the textbook and lectures in his lessons about solids, liquids and gases. Students studied and memorized the concepts and answered multiple-choice questions.

Bright Teachers Attend Workshop

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Seven Bright Elementary teachers traveled to the Hillsboro Middle School and joined 20 other area educators recently for a weeklong science and literacy integration training workshop. The program, called NonFiction Texts in Inquiry based Science, (NFTI) is funded by an Ohio Mathematics Science Partnership grant, a federal MSP initiative which is awarded and administered by the Ohio Department of Education. Partners for the NFTI professional development program include the Ohio Resource Center, the Teaching & Learning Collaborative, and Capital University.