The Work of the Central Valley Science Project
The Central Valley Science Project aspires to build a professional learning community that promotes science achievement for all students through providing high quality professional development and leadership experiences for teachers. This aspiration is built upon a set of core beliefs:
• Effective science teachers are competent in science content, are capable of delivering standards-based content to diverse groups of students through sound pedagogical strategies, and are willing and able to assume leadership roles within the discipline.
• Science is for ALL students; consequently gender, status, cultural and linguistic equity issues are integral components of all site programs.
• Science learners, whether teachers or students, gain conceptual understanding and develop investigation skills through actively "doing" science.
• Teacher leaders are a key factor in improving science achievement.
Geographically, CVSP serves a large four county area in the Central Valley of California. But, with changes in the CSMP enabling legislation over the past several years, CVSP has focused its resources in serving teachers in selected partner school districts in Fresno County, while still maintaining a strong and visible presence in the region.
Goal 1. Enhance Teachers Science Content Knowledge
CVSP will provide professional development programs and coursework to increase content knowledge and pedagogy for teachers serving in the lowest performing schools in the region.
Goal 2. Develop and Support Teachers’ EL and Literacy Skills
CVSP will support full and equal opportunity for English learners (EL) to achieve academic content standards in science through providing teachers with professional development in English language development (ELD), academic literacy, including reading, writing, speaking and the use of academic language.
Goal 3. Promote Teacher Leadership
CVSP will promote teacher leadership by creating professional learning communities and sustaining an active coaching/mentoring program.
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