The NGSS Classroom: Connecting Climate Research with the Clean Energy Industry

How do you explain global warming AND make it relevant for middle school students? First, connect two Port of San Diego environmentalists with one Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher. Next, add five enthusiastic middle school science teachers.  Then, meet for two days to co-develop a brand new Earth Science lesson that will tie together authentic…

Be Your Story: CREATE Supports SDUSD African-American Achievement Summit

On May 29, hundreds of San Diego Unified School District high school students gathered at San Diego City College for the first annual “Be Your Story!” African-American Achievement Summit. The event was developed to support high school students as they prepare for and transition to post-secondary life. Hosted by San Diego City College, the event…

Two Public Learning Events Launch San Diego Math Network

Two public learning events helped launch the San Diego Math Network (SDMN), a network catalyzed by UC San Diego’s CREATE in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District, Vista Unified School District, Sweetwater Union High School District, Chula Vista Elementary School District, and UC San Diego’s partnership schools. The network (funded by the Gates…

Helping Researchers Support Teachers to Tackle New Science Standards

Teachers crouch down; some spread out on the carpet, others lean over, straining to see from their seats a few feet away as SPAWAR scientist Dr. John deGrassie first shines a flashlight through a rectangular box of water and then a green laser beam a few minutes later. These middle and high school science teachers,…

Gaining New Perspectives in Transformational Geometry

Darryl Yong explains the use of manipulatives for teaching geometry at MfA SD’s Teacher Leader Collaborative Jan. 31. On most days, you’ll likely find Darryl Yong, the well-regarded mathematics professor at Harvey Mudd College, teaching Ordinary Differential Equations or Numerical Analysis to math undergrads. But Yong also knows a thing or two about what it’s…

Common Core Math Coauthor Kicks Off Teacher Leader Collaborative

“We found that the mathematics curriculum was a mile wide and an inch deep: it was an underachieving curriculum.  It was not the students, it was not the teachers; it was what we were teaching.  The way we wrote the previous state standards, there was way too much to teach and too much to learn.” –…

SDUSD Leaders Visit Early Readers/Future Leaders Summer Program

On July 16, the senior leadership team of the San Diego Unified School District visited the Early Readers/Future Leaders summer educational program at Chollas-Mead Elementary School and the Earth Lab. Earth Lab is a new community greenspace that community organization Groundwork San Diego is developing as a site for outdoor, intergenerational learning in Southeastern San…