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1 Alignment with California Content Standards

2 Initial assumptions: Attracting more students to engineering careers is a goal of IEEE. You want to connect with middle school and high school students to achieve this goal.

3 Alignment with California Content Standards Obstacles: Few middle schools and even high schools have speaker days and career days anymore. Even when they are available, speaker days and career days offer limited contact with students. Teachers resist single career oriented exploration as taking too much time out of class.

4 Alignment with California Content Standards Solution? Help teachers deliver required content while also teaching the student about your profession. This is easy except for all the stuff I didnt know when I came out of industry.

5 Alignment with California Content Standards I didnt know why I should be concerned with California content standards. They standardize what is taught so your project or presentation works in all same subject classrooms. The longer you connect with students the more impact you will have, and... The longer you want to be in the classroom with students the more important it will be for you to incorporate standards.

6 Alignment with California Content Standards When dont you have to worry about standards? Single class period presentation (like a speaker day). After school project or presentation. Club presentation.

7 Alignment with California Content Standards What are California Content Standards? Explicit content that students need to acquire at each grade level. Standards describe what to teach – not how to teach it.

8 Alignment with California Content Standards I didnt know: that I should be interested in connecting with the same students for more than one class period. that I should be focusing on projects (new or existing). that I should connect with students who are studying a content standards based subject.

9 Alignment with California Content Standards English Language Arts, Adopted December 1997 Mathematics, Adopted December 1997 History-Social Science, Adopted October 1998 Science, Adopted October 1998 English Language Development, English Version, Adopted 1999 Visual and Performing Arts, Adopted January 2001 Physical Education Model Content Standards, Adopted Jan-2005 Career Technical Education, Adopted May 2005 What subjects have state content standards? Students are tested in grades 2-11

10 Alignment with California Content Standards Where can our state standards be found?

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14 Alignment with California Content Standards Why do students and teachers care about standards? Because they are both held accountable for them through testing.

15 Alignment with California Content Standards California State High School Exit Exam - CASEE STAR Testing ( Standardized Testing and Reporting ) CST ( California Standards Tests ) State Academic Performance Index (API) Evaluates teachers, schools, districts, and students – drill right down to the classroom level Federal NCLB Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Tied to Title 1 money In our district this is $ 22,000,0000 !

16 Alignment with California Content Standards I didnt know how standards are used in the classroom. Textbooks Daily lesson plans and objectives Unit Tests Projects get aligned with standards

17 Alignment with California Content Standards Keyword: Project (for us read HOOK) Teachers know what powerful teaching tools hands- on projects can be. This is called Project Based Learning (PBL) PBL engages multiple learning modalities Education jargon again. Multiple learning styles. But I found out that PBL is not used very often in the classroom! Why?

18 Alignment with California Content Standards Teachers have been taught to teach in traditional ways that dont necessarily include PBL. and, Creating standards based projects takes a lot of time, creativity, and hard work. and, Teachers are not necessarily experts in the application of what they teach. and, Theyre simply not used to doing it.

19 Alignment with California Content Standards And, Projects cost money.

20 Alignment with California Content Standards So I learned that: Teachers would like to do more projects but may lack the training, resources, and time to pull it off.

21 So heres the money shot...

22 Alignment with California Content Standards I became a standards supporting, project based learning, I understand what youre facing, teacher champion! And got invited to deliver 80 classroom sessions totaling 2,400 student hours of engineering workforce development this year.

23 Alignment with California Content Standards Starting a new standards based project from scratch: Teachers know the standards, the subject matter, and the texts. You know the application of what they teach.

24 Alignment with California Content Standards What subject should we use? Every student in 7 th through 11 th takes English and math ( they call it Language Arts in middle school ). Math is an easy connection, but almost any subject is found in engineering Science, English, Social Science, Physics, History

25 Alignment with California Content Standards More education jargon: Cross curriculum project You could potentially connect nearly every class in a common, engineering based project Take a bridge, for example... But we digress...

26 Alignment with California Content Standards So weve chosen a subject, say math. And weve chosen a target audience, say 8 th grade Notice we havent chosen our topic yet? This is where we need to include teachers.

27 Alignment with California Content Standards Our goal is to find the easiest way inside the classroom... which is: Find a unit or units that students have difficulty with or the teacher thinks is especially important. How? Go to your nearest middle school (works just as well in high schools), find the lead math teacher or math department head, or principal and say the magic words:

28 Alignment with California Content Standards Id like to bring a turn-key project to your classroom(s) that will support your content standards. Ill provide the materials and the people to put it on (or help put it on if you will help us choose a topic that will really help you with a unit. If youll assist us to put this together all youll have to do is help with classroom management. Well do the rest. This never fails to connect you with teachers.

29 Alignment with California Content Standards The teacher will help you: Brainstorm a topic that will help him and interest his students. Identify the content standards and lend you the text they use in class. Coach you on what will work with their students. Help you sell the project to other teachers.

30 Alignment with California Content Standards See? I told you it was easy!

31 Alignment with California Content Standards The teacher will help you: Brainstorm a topic that will help him and interest his students. Identify the content standards and lend you the text they use in class. Coach you on what will work with their students. Help you sell the project to other teachers.

32 Alignment with California Content Standards Existing projects are exactly the same. Find the school. Find the lead or department chair, or principal (or someone they recommend) Ask for their help. Tell them what youll do for them.

33 Alignment with California Content Standards Variation on a theme: Teacher delivered project: Same process to create. Teachers manual that clearly covers the material. Box of supplies they will need. Offer an engineer volunteer in the classroom.

34 Alignment with California Content Standards Creating your own project outline with standards:

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36 Alignment with California Content Standards Creating your own project outline with standards: In California (but appropriate for all) State Center Consortium A standards based approach for... lots of industries A phenomenal primer!

37 Alignment with California Content Standards Contact information: Larry Loban Education Entrepreneur for Engineering and Technology Sacramento City Unified School District Career Technical Preparation Department


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