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Public Works October 2015 Newsletter

CaMSP Evaluation News

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Annual Performance Report (APR): The deadline for APR submission is October 15th! A reminder that Public Works has prepared two recorded Webinars, one designed for Cohort 10 projects with handouts and the other one designed for Cohort 11 & 12 projects with handouts.

Teacher Content Assessment: The Teacher Content Assessment administration window for Cohorts 10, 11 & 12 will begin November 1st and run through January 31st. You may select any date or dates in which the assessment can be proctored that work during this time period. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least two weeks in advance or at the latest by November 15th with the dates you have scheduled so that all science materials and the LMT can be ready for your participants. Public Works has contracted with ERC to support the administration and once you have provided a date to Albert, you will work with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. regarding the delivery of the Science Assessment and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with instructions for the LMT.

Partner Survey: Each fall, Public Works conducts a survey of all of CaMSP partners including the regional and core partners for Cohorts 10 & 11 and the leadership team for Cohort 12. This survey is administered through the project directors and coordinated by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In order to make sure we have all the correct contact information and the most current list of partners, Public Works staff will be contacting you in October to confirm and update this list.

Alameda COE's Online Learning Modules

Online learning modules are being increasingly used in CaMSP projects, and we have had several projects asking for examples. Alameda COE's Science Partnership for Instructional Innovation has created an exemplary online learning module designed to build a foundation in science literacy for their first year. It contains science activities as well as a pre and posttest.

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Research-Practice Partnerships Forum

The Education Department Math and Science Partnership announces a webinar series on Research-Practice Partnerhships (RPPs). Join Bill Penuel (CU- Boulder School of Education) and leaders of RPPs from the around the country in discussing the opportunities and challenges of long-term collaborations between researchers and educators.

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California Regional Environmental Education Community:

News and Announcements

On September 15, 2015, The State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, released a plan to improve instruction for student on the environment entitled, A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy

The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC), administered by the California Department of Education, is a communication network supporting the environmental literacy of California's students by providing teachers with access to high quality environmental education resources. Visit their website to lean more and find your local CREEC coordinator below.

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State Science Contact List and Expectations for California Science Framework

Los Angeles COE has developed two useful documents for science and STEM educators. First, a list containing contact information for science education leaders from county offices of education, California Science Project,  WestEd's K-12 Alliance, and Calfornia Science Teachers Association. Second, is  a concise guide to the developing California Science Framework. A great resource to share with teachers and administrators. 

Teaching with Technology

Read the article on leagueofschools.org

Teaching with Technology: Cultivating creativity, innovation and passion for learning in the K-12 classroom's three day conference will focus on best practices and current topics associated with the implementation of educational technology. An emphasis on creative, hands-on sessions allows attendees to return to their schools ready to put their knowledge to use on Monday.

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The STEM Teacher Drought: Cracks and Disparities in California's Math and Science Teacher Pipeline

Read this article on wested.trust.org

This report details the causes of our STEM teacher shortage and the implications this shortage has on students, particularly in impoverished school districts. It also examines the disparity of qualified STEM teachers and the challenges of teaching rigorous STEM content. The report concludes with detailed recommendations for state leaders, school districts, and institutions of higher education.

Education Trust