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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 STEM projects.

Evaluation News for December:

• We are currently administering an electronic survey of core and regional collaborative partners, which will be closed in mid-December. If you can encourage your partners to complete the survey, we would appreciate it! If you have questions about the partner survey, please contact Velette Bozeman at mailto iconThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The mid-cycle teacher content assessment administration window opened in November 2014 and will close by the end of January 2015. Project directors for Cohort 10 are responsible for proctoring this assessment with support from Public Works and ERC. Please contact Michael Marossy of Public Works at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have not already scheduled dates for administering the mid-cycle teacher content assessment. Information including Webinar recordings and the presentation about proctoring the assessment is available on the Public Works CaMSP Website here external link

C-STEM+ Project, Yolo COE

"One of the most exciting aspects of this project is seeing 60 teachers learn how to write code after just two weeks of training!" exclaimed Deborah Bruns, Project Director of the C-STEM+ (Integrated Computing and STEM Education) project through the Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE). "It wasn't easy. The teachers persevered because they were so engaged. Several of them said it was the best professional development they had ever received."

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SIMMS Project, San Joaquin COE

"Sometimes the most rewarding things in education are the hardest ones to implement," was a quote Bret States, project director, used to describe the Secondary Integration of Modeling in Math and Science (SIMMS) project. The SIMMS project, through the San Joaquin County Office of Education, targets science, math and technology professional development with 58 9-12th grade teachers. It has 13 Core Partners and 9 Regional Partners. Their external linkProfile Page and external linkwebsite contain more detailed information. The core of the program, NetLogo, is a multi-agent programmable modeling environment, which is used by participants to address the modeling practices in math and science.

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Taryn Whitaker, Math Consultant

The KCUSD Science Demo Center welcomes Taryn Whitaker as our newest staff member! Taryn, a native of the Central Valley, is a part time math consultant with Tulare County Office of Education and is a full time math coach at Fowler Unified School District. She brings a wealth of information and

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Fluency Without Fear: Research Evidence on the Best Ways to Learn Math Facts

Number sense is a staple in math education, but many educators actually encourage the opposite - rote memorization of facts without any reason behind the computation. Jo Boaler's external linkarticle summarizes best practices for students to learn, not memorize, math facts, as well as activities to support number sense in the classoom.


Metacognition: Thinking about Thinking

Have you ever asked a student to explain how they came up with an answer, and their response is "I just know it."? Teaching students to become aware of their thinking has been proven to improve their learning, and communication skills. These metacognitive strategies can be taught at any grade level. The following articles outline and explain why it is important to teach metacognition and ideas on how to implement it in the classroom.

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