STEAM

 

August/September 2015

Newsletter long version

 

 

VAPA

Multiple Components

Horizontal Interdisciplinary

Vertically Interdisciplinary

ALL Students

 

Gender/Racial Programs

Coding Literacy

STEM Competencies

Culture of Engineering

Multiple Learning Models

 

SCIENCE and ENGINEERING | VAPA | MATH | STEAM | TECHNOLOGY | CTE

 

Introduction

Upcoming Events

 

Instrument Exploration Night

August 25th @ 6:00pm

Rancho Verde HS

 

CTE Meeting

August 26th @ 1:30 PM

District Office

 

Principal’s Meeting

Sept. 10th @ 9 -11 am

Building F

 

IC Meeting

Sept 10th @ 12:45 pm

Building F

 

NGSS SCCIT 1

Sept 17th @ 8-3pm

TBD

 

Elementary 101 Principals

Sept. 18th @ 1 -2 pm

Building F

 

CSEC

October 2nd-4th

Sacramento

 

3rd STEM Symposium

Oct 29th-30th

Anaheim Convention Center

 

 

 

One-Stop-Shop.  Our goal is to provide you with a monthly one-stop-shop for all things Science, Technology, CTE, Visual and Performing Arts, and Math. The hope is that principals and IC's will have one concise and precise online resource that will give you the important updated and catalogued information on all things STEAM in one monthly email.  The short version will contain highlights for the month and new information. The LONG VERSION will be much more comprehensive will contain links to various documents for easy reference.

 

Highlights

 

The REEL Conference took place on Aug 18 and 19th where our very own Caryn Lewis, Esperanza Arce, and Michael Towne presented.  Mike Towne was also the keynote for the second day. Way to go Val Verde!

 

 

 

 

 

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual STEM Symposium, October 29th and 30th at the Anaheim Convention Center. 

 

Michael Towne will be speaking on Friday October 30th, 2015 at 8:00 – 9:15 am in room 208B.

 

TITLE: Science Day Camp: Create Authentic Connections Between Families and Schools

DESCRIPTION: See our model Engineering Day Camp bridging gaps to community and increasing access to Expanded Learning time at schools.  NGSS represents a paradigm shift in thinking for teachers and families.  Program includes detailed implementation plans, actual demonstrations, and videos on how to make Engineering Days Camp work at your school.

Michael McCormick and Lou Randall will be speaking on Thursday October 29th, 2015 at 3:30 – 4:45 pm in room 201B. 

TITLE: Ten STEM Foundations Needed for Implementation

DESCRIPTION: What is STEM education? Robots in the classroom? A school garden? What is a long term project? If you have projects does it mean you have a STEM program? A STEM program contains many programmatic components. This presentation will highlight ten foundations to build a successful STEM program.

 

Welcome

 

Michael Towne (bio)

 

Please help me in welcoming Michael Towne to our Education Services team in the role of Math Instructional Coach.  We are very excited to have him and he is off to a great start.

 

What is Mike focusing on? Instruction. Instruction, Instruction!!!

 

His main goal is to incorporate the math practices and standards into the Next Generation Science Standards. 

 

His roles will include;

·         Leading our elementary ECCIT in the areas of science and math.

·         Providing professional development to sites and teachers in the areas of NGSS and math.

·         Work with the high schools on the formation of the AP Academy.

·         Community outreach with the "Family Day Camps.”

·         Continued work with the high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools with his Vertical Coaching model. 

 

This is only the beginning of his vision much more to come.

 

Welcome Mike!

 

Mike Towne’s Current Resources

CSEC Principal Letter

Elementary NGSS Unit Development Training

Advanced Placement Academy

Science Day Camp Description

 

Workshop Classrooms

 

 

 

 

Information

 

Science and Engineering

 

This is the "Transition" year for NGSS in the state of California. Last year's "Awareness" phase included Secondary NGSS SCCIT, NGSS 101 presentations, and Elementary NGSS summer cohort. 

 

Michael Towne and I kicked off the school year with a mandatory NGSS 101 for all secondary science teachers.  We also presented and NGSS 101 for any interested elementary teachers as well.  This month we will have our first NGSS SCCIT for the 2015-2016 school year as well as NGSS 101 for elementary teachers and principals.

 

Goals

The plan for this year includes further NGSS 101 for principals and teachers, developments of unit plans, and three dimension professional development on the instructional shifts.

 

District Expectations: 

 

·         Science teachers need to explore incorporating the cross cutting concepts (CCC) and science and engineering practices (SEP) with their current content. 

·         Second semester, sites will be expected to implement one unit plan created by NGSS SCCIT. 

·         No oversite from DO. 

 

NGSS RESOURCES

 

VVUSD

Secondary NGSS Folder (SCCIT)

VVUSD NGSS SCCIT DATES 2015-2016

VVUSD NGSS ECCIT DATES 2015-2016

 

NGSS

NGSS Website

NGSS Standards (DCI)

NGSS Standards (Topic)

Appendix E DCI Progressions

Appendix F Science and Engineering Practices

Appendix G Cross Cutting Concepts

Appendix H Nature of Science

Appendix K Model Course Mapping

Appendix L Connections to CCSS Math

Appendix M Connections to CCSS Literacy

CCC/DCI/SEP Organizer

NGSS New Vision

NGSS Structure

NGSS FAQs

 

 

General

A Framework for K-12 Science Education

 

Presentations

NGSS 101 Presentation AUG 7th, 2015

NGSS 101 High School Proposed Pathways

 

California Department of Education

CA NGSS Website

Timelines

FAQs

Engineering Resources

MESA

Engineering is Elementary

UCR Bourns College of Engineering

 

Bozeman Science:  Great Resource with small videos to explain NGSS

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Great elementary resource for inexpensive engaging classroom science demonstrations.

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VAPA

 

I want to take this time to also introduce Allyson Huntsman, our VVUSD district music lead. 

 

Allyson is in her 5th year with VVUSD as Choir Director at Rancho Verde High School, and this is her second year as our District Music Lead.  She helped with the reinstatement of Elementary Music, and is extremely passionate about districtwide music outreach, collaboration, and promotion of programs at all levels. 

 

Her roles will include;

·         Updating the district performing arts calendar

·         Leadership in defining the mission, vision, and direction of VVUSD VAPA

·         Honor Band/Choir Coordination

·         VVUSD District VAPA meetings

·         Professional Development Organization for music directors

 

Our elementary music team has a few new faces.

 

Rachel Terrell (new)

Solomon Katz (new)

Andrew Roche (new)

Josh Figueroa

TCES, MVES, MRES

AES, RRES, CES

VVES, LES, MMBES

MRES, VES, SVES

 

Our Elementary Music Program has expanded and includes the addition of an additional position.  We will have four teachers at three sites each.  The program has added an additional day for band instruction, as well as general music classes for 2nd grade.

Goals

The program has added an additional day for band instruction and will continue to grow and expand the program.

 

5th Graders interested in Band have been invited to our first annual “Instrument Exploration Night” at Rancho Verde HS.  The event will be taking place on Tuesday, August 25th, from 6pm-8pm in the New Gym.  At this event, interested students will have the opportunity to try out all of the instruments available in 5th Grade Band.  They will be given basic assessments by our District music directors in order to determine which instrument(s) a student shows the potential for success playing.

 

Daniel Pink Keynote:

Why right brain thinking is required and how art education fulfills this need.

 

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District Expectations: 

·         Classrooms for all of our traveling elementary teachers

 

VVUSD RESOURCES

 

DISTRICT VAPA CALENDAR

 

 

MATH

 

Last year we held four Math SCCIT meetings.  The plan for this year includes four Math SCCIT meetings in secondary and nine elementary NGSS/Math meetings where they will explore the integration of math into science. 

 

Goals

Some of the goals for secondary will be continual refinement of year plans, item specification training, CC Matrix alignment, Math Practices training, and instructional strategies need to equip our teachers for the shift in mathematical practice. Specifics at the middle school level include “tracking” discussions, interventions, and pathway course alignment.

 

We also will continue to look at our math placement at the end of 5th grade, 6th grade, and 8th grade for placement.  The multiple measures approach will include; teacher recommendation, MDTP assessment, second semester teacher grades, and CAASPP scores.

 

Textbook Adoption

Last year was an elementary and middle school adoption year.  The elementary math adoption team elected HMH Math Essentials for TK-5 and GoMath for grade six through eight.

 

This year we are in a secondary math adoption for grades eight through twelve.  The secondary adoption team recommended the following set of books and supporting curriculum material.

 

Algebra 1 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Algebra II (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Geometry (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

PreCalculus with Limits (Cengage Learning)

Calculus I with Precalculus (Cengage Learning)

 

The books have been purchased and teachers are using the materials.

 

 

 

 

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District Expectations: 

 

Secondary math teachers expectations; (Secondary Curriculum Council)

·         Two VVUSD SCCIT created Performance Task for grades 6-12. One per semester which will account for 10% of the student’s grade? 

o    The grades are expected to remain unchecked in the gradebook and will continue to count as a part of their cumulative grade.

o    The grades DO NOT add ten points/percent to the score.

·         Four VVUSD SCCIT created benchmarks for grades 6-12.

o    The scores are unclicked in the gradebook after each grading period.

o    The scores DO have the additional 10 points added to them.

 

Elementary math expectations;

·         The Elementary Curriculum Council will be discussing math assessments and performance tasks this year.

 

CC MATH RESOURCES

 

VVUSD MATH PATHWAYS

High School Pathways

Middle School Pathways

 

SCCIT

MATH SCCIT Folder (SCCIT)

VVUSD MATH SCCIT DATES 2015-2016

VVUSD NGSS ECCIT DATES 2015-2016

 

General

Sandy Sanford’s vCTS Website

Common Core Math Website

Mathematical Practices

 

 

Presentations

Item Math Specifications (SCCIT 2014-2015)

Performance Tasks

 

California Department of Education

California Common Core Math Standards

 

SBAC

Smarter Balanced Website

SBAC Practice Test Portal

 

 

 

STEAM

 

Last year the focus was on the specific program building of the individual departments; NGSS Science SCCIT, CTE, building and establishing the elementary music program, MATH SCCIT, and technology. The first part of the year also included sitting down with administrators, parents, students, outside agency leaders, and investigating resources to be able to define STEAM education for Val Verde USD. 

 

I then began the “STEAM World Tour” with site leadership teams and staff to define what VVUSD STEAM is, what it is not, what it looks like, and implementation steps to set a foundation for STEAM at site.

 

Goal

The goal for this year is to finish the “STEAM Word Tour” with sites.  This is the first step.  For sites that have had the initial “STEAM World Tour” the goal would be to start a site STEAM committee, conduct a self-assessment on the VVUSD STEAM foundations, draft a STEAM action plan. (i.e. Jessica Warren STEAM Action Plan) and brainstorm potential central project concepts.

 

STEAM is not a thing it is a concept.

 

VVUSD STEAM Definition

Interdisciplinary and applied approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world, problem based learning.

VVUSD STEAM FOUNDATIONS

1.       VVUSD STEAM believes VAPA education, either through teaching basic art foundations skills or using an artistic approach to solving a problem, is a critical component of ingenuity, creativity, and innovation.

2.       VVUSD STEAM, although it can contain as part of its program, is NOT an isolated class, project, or subject but educational approach with multiple programmatic components.

3.       VVUSD STEAM program/pathway includes a horizontal (site based) interdisciplinary approach.

4.       VVUSD STEAM program/pathway includes a vertical (site to site to org.) interdisciplinary approach.

5.       VVUSD STEAM education includes programs/pathways for ALL students.

6.       VVUSD STEAM education recognizes that gender and racial/ethnic gaps exist in STEM fields and address these issues through strategic programmatic design.

7.       VVUSD STEAM believes coding literacy is a critical component of ingenuity, creativity, and innovation.

8.       VVUSD STEAM education will create systems of supports to monitor cognitive and non-cognitive competencies.

9.       VVUSD STEAM will create a culture of engineering.

10.    VVUSD STEAM education cycles multiple learning models to support problem based learning.

 

STEAM RESOURCES

 

VVUSD

“World Tour” Presentation

VVUSD STEAM Hand Out

VVUSD Suggested Robot List

STEAM Action Plan Example (Jessica Warren)

VVUSD School Board Presentation

 

Gender and Ethnic Minority Resources

GEMS

 

California Department of Education

Innovate

 

Other

Georgetown University Study

STEM Competencies

 

 

Instructional Model Resources

Project Based Learning (Buck Institute for Education)

Design Based Learning (Stanford’s GSOE)

AIM

Inquiry Based Learning

 

Technology Resources

DefinedSTEM Website

DefinedSTEM VVUSD Instructions

 

 

 

CTE

 

“Through his California Career Readiness Initiative, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has directed the California Department of Education to proceed with 21 key objectives to support, sustain, and strengthen Career and Technical Education in the State.  The Initiative builds upon goals outlined in the Superintendent’s “A Blueprint for Great Schools”

 

College and Career readiness is an overarching focus in California.  Our CTE programs are built following the guidelines in the California CTE Framework.

 

Goals

The goal for this year is to prepare for FPM, clean up our course codes for CALPADS alignment, and to continue to improve and expand existing programs.

 

There are two sources of funding for our CTE programs;

Perkins Grant

California Career Pathways Trust

 

Our 2015-2016 CTE funded pathways are as follows;

 

Rancho Verde HS

 

Sector

Pathway

CTE Coordinator

Patricia Chavez

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Arts, Media, and Entertainment

Arts, Media, and Entertainment

Building and Construction Trades

Engineering and Architecture

Information and Communication Technologies

 

Agriscience

Design, Visual, and Media Arts

Production and Managerial Arts

Cabinetry, Millwork, and Woodworking

Engineering Technology

Networking

Citrus Hill HS

CTE Coordinator

Charil Macaraeg

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Health Science and Medical Services

Information and Communication

Manufacturing and Product Development

Marketing Sales and Service

Agriscience

Patient Care

Software and Systems Development

Graphic Production Technologies

Marketing

Val Verde HS

CTE Coordinator

Steve Coelho

Arts, Media, and Entertainment

 

 

 

 

 

Production and Managerial Arts

CTE RESOURCES

 

VVUSD

VVUSD CTE Brochure coming soon

CTE Folder

CTE MEETINGS 2015-2016 CALENDAR

 

California Department of Education

California State Plan for CTE

California Standards Introduction

CTE Career Pathways (Poster)

California CTE Framework

California CTE Standards by Industry Sectors

 

 

 

 

Perkins

California Department of Education Perkins Home

Perkins IV Law Funding

Perkins Pathway FACT SHEET

Perkins Equipment FACT SHEET

Perkins CTE Course FACT SHEET

Perkins Teaching Credential FACT SHEET

Perkins Teacher Salaries FACT SHEET

Perkins Non-Allowable Expenditures FACT SHEET

Oregon Legal Use of Funds

 

 

California Career Paths Trust

 

California Department of Education CCPT Home

 

Technology

“Technology, while not a discipline in the strictest sense, comprises the entire system of people and

organizations, knowledge, processes, and devices that go into creating and operating technological

artifacts, as well as the artifacts themselves. Throughout history, humans have created technology to

satisfy their wants and needs. Much of modern technology is a product of science and engineering, and

technological tools are used in both fields” Innovate: A Blueprint for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in California Public Education, May 2014

 

 

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Technology Resources

 

Printers, Robot, Drones…..

3D Printer List coming soon

Suggested Robot List

Drone List coming soon

Raspberry PI 2 Model B

 

Online Software Technologies

DefinedSTEM

Moby Max Website

Moby Max 2015 Instructions

Gooru

DRAWP

Google Classroom

Haiku

 

VVUSD Presentations

Basic Aeries Query Presentation

Basic Excel Presentation

 

 

CODING SOFTWARE

Code Studio

Blockly (Google)

Sparkiduino (Arcbot)

MiniBloq

Scratch

Ardublock

Lego EV3 Programming

 

CODING EDUCATION

Youth Digital

Gamestar Mechanic

Minecraft EDU

 

CODING WEB/SOFTWARE

Codecademy (free)

Htmldog (free)