EGUSD awarded $2 million California Math/Science Partnership grant
The Elk Grove Unified School District has been awarded a $2 million California Math/Science Partnership (CaMSP) grant by the California Department of Education (CDE).
Elk Grove Unified was one of three districts statewide selected to receive this grant to support intensive teacher professional development in the sciences for sixth grade teachers and seventh and eighth grade science teachers.
The district will use the grant funding on the new eSCI+ (Excellence in Science Instruction) program, modeled after EGUSD’s successful eSCI program. The new eSCI+ program will link Elk Grove Unified, the Sacramento Area Science Project, California State University, Sacramento and the University of California, Davis in a three year, research-based professional development project to serve approximately 75 teachers.
“The goal of the program is to increase student achievement by increasing both teacher content knowledge in the sciences and the use of best instructional practices,” said Anne Zeman, Ed.D, director of curriculum and professional learning for the district. “This will be measured by a formal evaluation study conducted by an outside agency. We will use the standards from the National Research Council and facilitated lesson studies to achieve these goals.”
The Mathematics and Science Leadership Office at CDE oversees the administration of the CaMSP grant program. The grant program uses professional learning activities to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers.