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FREE Math CSET Review Sessions

The Department of Secondary Education, in conjunction with the MSTI Program, will be hosting FREE Math CSET review sessions on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. The session will be held in College Park CP 128. The review session will be broken into two parts. The morning session (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM) will focus on the Math CSET I (211) and the Afternoon session(12:30 – 3:30 PM) will help to prepare students for the Math CSET II (212). A box lunch will be served between the two session.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get FREE assistance with preparing for CSET exams. In order to attend, please complete and submit this Google Form:

https://goo.gl/forms/pskI8mepcStqgzU63

Contact Dr. Patrice Waller at pwaller@fullerton.edu if you have any questions.

All first semester student teachers are being trained in co-teaching model by peers

On Friday November 8, Dr. Minerva Chavez’s EDSC 440S Teacher Candidates currently participating in the Co-teaching Model of Teacher Preparation presented the history, definition and seven strategies of Co-Teaching model to their peers. They explained co-teaching as a collaborative model in which a public school Cooperating Teacher and university Teacher Candidate work together in the classroom to support student learning, sharing the planning, organization, delivery, and assessment of instruction. After describing each of the seven Co-Teaching strategies with examples of how they are currently being implemented, the presenters met with participants in small groups, as shown in the picture, to demonstrate one of the strategies, Station Teaching, with a sample Co-teaching lesson plan as a focus. This training prepared the audience to use Co-Teaching strategies during their student teaching experiences.

Co-Teaching Training

Co-Teaching Training

Co-Teaching Training

Co-Teaching Training

Co-Teaching Training

Co-Teaching Training

Co-Teaching Training

Co-Teaching Training

Co-Teaching Training

Co-Teaching Training

Co-Teaching Training

Co-Teaching Training

Co-Teaching Training

Co-Teaching Training

Congratulations to Author Awards Recipients!

 

Three of our EDSC faculty members were recognized as Faculty Authors at the  2012-2013 Annual Author Awards reception on February 27, 2013.

Congratulations Mark, Ellen and Tara!  We are so proud of you!

 

Dr. Mark Ellis, Ellen Kottler, and Tara Barnhart (not shown), Secondary Education, were recognized as Faculty authors by Dr. Claire Cavallaro (center) at the 2012-2013 Annual Author Awards in the TSU Pavilion A.

 

Ellen Kottler,Secondary Education, and her husband Jeffrey Kottler, Counseling, are holding a copy of their recently published book, The Teacher’s Journey: The Human Dimensions at the Annual Author Awards.

Math Ambassadors: Helping Middle School Students Achieve in Mathematics

By Debra Cano Ramos

On a recent spring morning inside an eighth-grade math classroom at Norwalk’s Waite Middle School, Cal State Fullerton senior Kristen Littlefield strolled from desk to desk, glancing at students’ work as they took an algebra quiz.

Littlefield checked students’ papers, pointed out possible mistakes, then gave them nods of encouragement.

In another classroom, Tracy Chou, a child and adolescent development major, sat at a small table at the back of the room, closely working with two sixth-graders needing extra one-to-one support in learning math lessons. Meanwhile, their math teacher was proceeding with the day’s lesson for the rest of the class.

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Transition to Teaching: Federal Grant Supports Project AIMS

By DEBRA CANO RAMOS

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION has awarded a federal grant of $421,333 in first-year funding for a “Transition to Teaching Program” grant to Belinda Dunnick Karge, professor of special education. A total of $2 million is expected over the next five years for Project AIMS: Autism, Inclusion, Mathematics Core and Science Innovation scholar program.

The program’s focus is to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers for the areas of math, science and special education, Karge said.

The grant will provide extra resources for collaboration between general education and special education teachers in the areas of autism, inclusive practices, core standards for math and innovative techniques for teaching science. Continue reading

Recognizing an Educator’s Generosity: College of Education Honors Top Donor Emma Holmes

Cal State Fullerton’s College of Education will dedicate its dean’s suite, plus establish an endowed scholarship and faculty fellowship — all in recognition of Emma E. Holmes, emerita professor of education and child development.

A longtime campus donor who provides future teachers with financial support to complete their education, Holmes recently gave a gift of $775,000 to the College of Education — the college’s largest donation to date.

The dedication is at noon Thursday, April 7, in the CSUF College Park Building, Room 500. In addition to attending the naming celebration, Holmes will be recognized at the college’s annual Honor an Educator event April 9. Continue reading

Making of a Teacher: Credential Student Prepares to Teach Middle School Math

By Debra Cano Ramos

Student teacher Sohayla Meknat Lajevardi confidently walked between the rows of desks inside the math classroom at Brookhurst Junior High, checking each students’ homework.

The eighth-graders sat quietly while she glanced at their papers.

Lajevardi then walked to the whiteboard and began writing pre-algebraic problems, asking her young students to call out the problem’s answer. One boy recited the correct answer with ease.

“Excellent job!” she beamed, then turned and asked the entire class: “Are you all clear about this?”

Students nodded affirmatively. Continue reading

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