During Summer 2020, the MSTI and the MSTI-STEM Challenge applications were revised to include in their submission a plan to increase the number of not only mathematics and science credentials but also Supplementary Authorization and Subject Matter Authorization. The awards to the campuses were distributed in mid-October 2020.
Moreover, a revised list of 29 school districts identified by CSUCO was given to the QR Workgroup. These districts were those with the highest number of fall 2020 freshman enrollees that would not have fulfilled the additional year of QR despite the fact of having the course(s) to offer. The list is below:
As of this writing, MRWC has provided service to some teachers in these districts: Downey, Baldwin Park, Coachella Valley, Hemet, Jurupa, Moreno Valley, and Riverside USDs, while QRAT/QTR has provided service to some teachers in these districts: San Juan and Lodi USD's DMPS continues to have a conversation with Oceanside USD in getting their teachers trained in Discrete Mathematics. Lastly, TCMS is working with Compton and El Monte USD.
Also, CAIQR sent a letter to Superintendents of all these districts, regardless of whether the district has been a partner already. This will give all an opportunity to layout and view all the K-12 PD opportunities that CAIQR offers. Some may not be aware of the Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science or the TEAMS project. Further, this letter was shared with MSTI Directors, EAP Coordinators, Bridge Courses projects, the TEAMS project, and the campuses offering Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science. A meeting is scheduled in December 2020 for each of these groups to discuss a plan of action in assisting and/or supporting these districts, particularly districts that will partner with CAIQR for the first time.
Furthermore, CAIQR realizes that the impact of getting students ready for QR should begin in the elementary years. It is during these times that the QR foundation is built and developed to meet the demands of the discipline during the upper years. Hence, CAIQR teamed with CalStateTEACH to develop a pilot project called the Mathematics Literacy Project for Multiple Subject Credential Teachers. The project is being offered to K-8 teachers to assist the next generation of K-8 students with college readiness and to address the existing equity gap in educational outcomes for historically underserved students. The project started in Fall 2020 and will continue to the end of spring 2021. An invitation was sent out to LAUSD and Compton USD to avail of these PD sessions but both did not participate. As this project plans to submit a proposal to a possible funder and to determine its effects on students and teachers, this project is now being offered to a group of charter schools called ISANA Academies. It runs 6 high-quality schools in urban, high-need neighborhoods of Los Angeles and serves approximately 3100 students from transitional kindergarten through 8th grade. The project also has an evaluator to determine the project’s meeting of its goals.
Finally, CAIQR will continue to work with all the above-mentioned campuses, particularly in the possibility of offering an online QR transition course in one high school so that other high school students across the state may enroll in it too. It also may seek some campuses for other projects like an online streamlined program in Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science and training PDs for teachers in the K-8 level. These projects are done all in the expectation of increasing the STEM teaching capacity of districts and allowing all HS students to succeed in their secondary education.