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1 The Aurora Project The Community College Component of the CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative A Collaboration Among UC, CSU, and CA Community Colleges Edward M. Landesman Professor Emeritus, Mathematics-UC Santa Cruz Associate Director for Intersegmental Relations, UC Science and Mathematics Initiative Steve Matusow Professor of Mathematics Division of Math, Science & Engineering Evergreen Valley College, San Jose, CA Maureen Scharberg Associate Dean, Special Projects Director of Science Education & Professor of Chemistry College of Science, San Jose State University

2 The Aurora Project The Community College Component of the CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative A Collaboration Among UC, CSU, and CA Community Colleges Intent Emulate the UC CalTeach Program Form a collaborative to support community college students interested in becoming secondary math/science teachers Develop seminar courses in the community colleges and field experiences in the schools for freshmen and sophomore community college students Articulate community college courses with UC and CSU Provide scholarships for community college students

3 The Aurora Project The Community College Component of the CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative A Collaboration Among UC, CSU, and CA Community Colleges 18 Community College Partners 13 Northern and Central California Community Colleges Foothill, De Anza, San Jose City, Evergreen Valley Cabrillo, Hartnell, Monterey Peninsula Santa Barbara, Ventura, Allan Hancock Laney, Diablo Valley, San Francisco City 5 Southern California Community Colleges Santa Monica, Pasadena Riverside, Chaffey, San Bernardino

4 The Aurora Project The Community College Component of the CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative A Collaboration Among UC, CSU, and CA Community Colleges Industry & Community-based Organizations ARCHES/ENLACE NASA Ames-BIN-RDI California Academic Partnership Program Symantec Foundation Agilent Technologies Foundation

5 The Aurora Project The Community College Component of the CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative A Collaboration Among UC, CSU, and CA Community Colleges Student Quotes “This class has been a very positive experience for me. I love working with the kids. I took this class just to gain some experience to see if teaching is what I really wanted to do with my life. After this class, I know for a fact I am in the right area.” “Teaching students in public middle schools has opened my eyes to their level of knowledge and their educational needs, and how well I am able to fulfill them. With some work, I may become a teacher after all.” “Yes, I am still interested in becoming a teacher. With the course and the service learning, the reality of achieving my goal of teaching has become more of an accomplishable goal.”

6 The Aurora Project The Community College Component of the CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative A Collaboration Among UC, CSU, and CA Community Colleges Challenges Ensure community college students transfer to a UC or CSU campus and complete their degree programs in math or science. Ensure students obtain a secondary math/science teaching credential. Secure funding for continuation and extension of the Aurora Project to the 35 community college main feeders of STEM students to UC and CSU.

7 The Aurora Project The Community College Component of the CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative A Collaboration Among UC, CSU, and CA Community Colleges  In the spring of 2006, I submitted a proposal to the Evergreen Valley College Growth Initiatives program to create “EVC Teach,” a program patterned after UC’s CalTeach program.  As I began my work, I was approached by Dr. Ed Landesman to join the Aurora Project funded by ARCHES in development of EVC TEACH.  Working in collaboration with San Jose City College, EDUC 012MS, Math & Science Future Teacher Seminar was “born.”

8 The Aurora Project The Community College Component of the CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative A Collaboration Among UC, CSU, and CA Community Colleges The course was approved by the EVC Curriculum Committee and SJECCD Board to begin in the Spring, 2007 semester. Nine students completed the course, eight of whom were enthusiastic to take a second course. Working collaboratively with UC and CSU, the course was approved for articulation for transferable credit.

9 The Aurora Project The Community College Component of the CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative A Collaboration Among UC, CSU, and CA Community Colleges EVC TEACH collaborated with the Franklin McKinley School District which provided elementary and middle school host teachers. The EDUC 012MS students completed a minimum of 50 hours of Service Learning and met as a group on a bi-weekly basis to debrief their and the host teachers’ experience. Upon completion of the seminar and service learning, the students earned a $650 scholarship from ARCHES.

10 The Aurora Project The Community College Component of the CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative A Collaboration Among UC, CSU, and CA Community Colleges In the fall of 2007, EDUC 012MS was offered a second time with 6 students completing the course. A second course, EDUC 013MS, Math & Science Future Seminar II was proposed, approved, and articulated to be given in the Spring Semester, A collaboration was begun with the Science Education Department at San Jose State University and the Collaborative for Higher Education. Dr. Maureen Scharberg visited the class bringing Nanoscale Math and Science kits for the students to use at their host schools and answered students’ questions about transfer.

11 The Aurora Project The Community College Component of the CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative A Collaboration Among UC, CSU, and CA Community Colleges EVC is currently working on an AA degree in Preparation for Teaching Mathematics. The degree will be modeled after the first two years of programs at San Jose State University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. I have consulted with Dr. Gretchen Andreasen, Resource Center Director of Cal Teach at UCSC who will be a collaborative partner with our program at Evergreen.

12 The Aurora Project The Community College Component of the CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative A Collaboration Among UC, CSU, and CA Community Colleges “Nanotechnology in the Schools” Provides two 45-minute lesson plans in a nanotechnology kit for community college students to present to middle and high school students Kits have been provided to seven community colleges with at least six more community colleges requesting kits for spring 2008; UC Santa Cruz will also have two kits for their Cal Teach program Collaborative effort between CA Community Colleges, UC Santa Cruz and San Jose State University to provide early teaching experiences in math and science to college students

13 The Aurora Project The Community College Component of the CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative A Collaboration Among UC, CSU, and CA Community Colleges The Collaborative for Higher Education (CHE) The Collaborative for Higher Education is a partnership between Foothill College, De Anza College, San Jose State University and UC Santa Cruz A state-wide model of Higher Education Institutions working together to provide a seamless delivery of teaching and training in STEM areas As of June 2007, CHE has received program funding for $5.3 million for professional development for teachers, faculty development, student programs

14 The Aurora Project The Community College Component of the CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative A Collaboration Among UC, CSU, and CA Community Colleges SJSU’s NSF STEP (STEM Talent Expansion Program) Grant Provides outreach to two-year college students Institutes an Advising Center to provide mandatory advising for ALL first-year students Advocates mandatory transfer advising

15 The Aurora Project The Community College Component of the CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative A Collaboration Among UC, CSU, and CA Community Colleges Conclusion: All three higher education systems are working collaboratively to increase the number of math and science teachers and increase the success of our STEM students.


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