About 100 mathematics and science teachers this week kicked off the first step of a multi-million grant for STEM learning in San Diego County.
The week of professional learning begins a three-year program for middle and high school teachers developed through the competitive California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) grant awarded to the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE). The teachers are from nine small school districts, San Diego Unified School District, and SDCOE's Momentum Learning.
With the grant-funded program, the teachers will pioneer mathematics and science integration and develop expertise in project-based learning by working side-by-side with researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium, and receive support from the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellence (CREATE), all of UC San Diego.
"It's been very interesting," said Esther Peretto, a 6th- and 7th-grade science teacher at Knox Middle School. She was in the climate change cadre, where she said the challenging learning reminded her of a college class.
The content knowledge and instructional strategies developed through the three-year program support the new California Mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Teachers will complete 252 hours of professional learning with stipends provided through the grant. Participating educations will learn how to develop quality tasks that incorporate active learning, with a focus on closing the achievement gap for underserved students in math and science.
The goal is to refine and replicate these integrated math and science projects and quality STEM content throughout the county.
The CaMSP grant program is federally funded and aims to improve teacher knowledge and increase the body of research on impactful professional development models.
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