Mathematics & Science Professional Development for High School Teachers
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Mathematics & Science Professional Development for High School Teachers
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Every school district in Washington is eligible to receive state-funded math and science professional development for high school math and science teachers in the 2015–2016 school year. This funding is provided by 2015 Budget Bill ESSB 6052.

The professional development will be:

  • Provided by the math and science coordinators at each Educational Service District; each ESD will offer both the math and science workshops.
  • In-person OR online (to ensure all teachers in the state can access this professional development).
  • Focusing on math or science content as identified in the Washington State Learning Standards to support student success on the Smarter Balanced Assessment and Biology End-of-Course.

Learn more about this opportunity:
Eligibility
Allocation of Funds to Districts
Funding
Key Dates
Math & Science Workshops
Contact Information



Eligibility
Funding will cover a specific number of math and science teachers in each district, as identified in the allocation spreadsheet.

  • High school math teachers
  • High school science teachers whose students sit for the Biology End-of-Course assessment

Allocation of Funds to Districts
Each district will receive an allocation of funds to support a subset of high school mathematics and Biology teachers to attend the math or science professional development. The district Business Manager will submit the Certification Document to OSPI’s fiscal department to receive the allocated funds as identified for each district. The Certification Document will show, by district, the number of mathematics and Biology teachers that will be funded and the subsequent dollar amount of funding allocated to the district based on $360/teacher to attend a one day (6 hour) professional development workshop. The Bulletin sent to districts from OSPI, will provide explicit instructions on how to submit the Certification Document and dates in which the Certification Document is due.

Teachers participating in the math or science professional development will receive a certificate of completion as evidence of completing the full 6 hours. No partial hours will be funded.

Funding can only be used to support high school teachers and not middle school teachers even if they teacher Alg 1 and/or Geometry.

Questions on funding and completion of claims, contact:
Michelle Matakas, 360-725-6019

Questions on apportionment, contact:
Melissa Jarmon, 360-725-6307


Funding
The Legislature appropriated $1.3 million dollars for professional development activities.

  • Funding will cover a specific number of math and science teachers in each district, as identified in the allocation spreadsheet. If the total number of math and science teachers allocated do not attend the professional development, funding will be prorated based on the actual number of teachers who attended the professional development.
  • Funding will be through apportionment.
  • Unused funds from districts will be reallocated to participating districts to cover additional teachers to participate in the professional development workshops.
  • Funding may cover costs for teachers to participate in the professional development such as:
    • Substitutes
    • Cost of teacher attending the 6-hour class outside the school day
    • Travel and per diem costs
  • Funding for teachers is only available for professional development activities, through this initiative, that occur before June 30, 2016.


Key Dates

January 2016

Registration for Face-to-Face Professional Development Opens (in each ESD Region)

January 2016

Limited Math Pilot workshops:
ESD 113 and 117 hosts one initial math workshops at each site.

February–June 2016

Face-to-face math and science workshops offered in every ESD

March–June 2016

Online math and science workshops offered in every ESD


Math & Science Workshops

Registration

  • Registration opens January 2016 within each ESD region.
  • Teachers must register for the math or science workshops through their ESD’s registration site, whether participating in person or online: ESD 101 | ESD 105 | ESD 112 | ESD 113 | ESD 114 | ESD 121 | ESD 123 | ESD 171 | ESD 189
  • Teachers may receive 6 clock hours for the professional development workshop. Clock hours will be given by the ESD hosting the professional development.

Anticipated Workshop Formats

  • In person, delivered by each ESD:
    • Full day (6 hours)
    • After school (2- or 3-hour segments)
    • Possible Saturdays
  • Online
    • 2–3 week series
    • Variety of dates available – open to all teachers across the state

Course Content
Professional Development will focus on high school math or science content as identified in the Washington State K–12 Learning Standards for mathematics and science to support student success on the Smarter Balanced assessment and the Biology End-of-Course.

  • Mathematics—High School Math: Developing Conceptual Understanding through Productive Routine
    This workshop has a content focus on quadratic functions and a pedagogical focus on the implementation of instructional routines that promote mathematical reasoning and student discourse. Teachers will explore quadratic functions through rich tasks, and they will have the opportunity to experience, analyze, and learn to implement productive instructional routines and strategies that they can incorporate into their mathematics lessons and units.
  • Science—Biology EOC: Closing the Achievement Gap
    This professional learning experience will focus on strategies for improving students' performance on the Biology EOC assessment and provide guidance for navigating some of the more challenging assessment items. Teachers will increase their understanding of Research and Explore and Criteria and Constraints Application items, develop strategies that engage all students in responding successfully to assessment prompts, explore student confidence and readiness for the Biology EOC, and create personal action plans for sustaining student achievement.


Contacts

General questions: corestandards@k12.wa.us
Science content questions: Ellen Ebert (ellen.ebert@k12.wa.us)
Math content questions: Anne Gallagher (anne.gallagher@k12.wa.us)
District Funding Questions: Melissa Jarmon melissa.jarmon@k12.wa.us)

 


Online High School Math Professional Development

Teachers will be compensated for 6 hours to take this math online workshop – all high school math teachers eligible.

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April 4th – April 29th

April 18th – May 6th

May 2nd – May 20th

May 16th – June 3rd

May 23rd – June 10th

May 30th – June 17th

   Updated 4/4/2016

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