Welcome to STEM Tracks!
The County Schools Office is the recipient of the prestigious California Math Science Partnership (CaMSP) grant, administered by the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Office in the California Department of Education (CDE). The CaMSP is dedicated to increasing the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills for classroom teachers through professional learning activities. The Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office implements the grant goals, in collaboration with regional partners that are involved in this grant who are valuable both now and in the future as supporters and resources for STEM education. Tuolumne County weathered a State of Emergency with the devastating RIM fire.
This grant, with its emphasis on using the environment as a context for learning, will be timely as well as effective in educating our students to be the citizens of tomorrow and to use their knowledge to guide our county towards tough decisions for its health and welfare. The STEM TRACKS GRANTS provides our teachers with an unprecedented opportunity to create an instructional model for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in our local schools.
STEM-TRACKS is a three-year grant funded by the California Math and Science Partnership through the California Department of Education. The Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office is the administrator for the grant that serves TK/K through sixth grade teachers in Tuolumne, Calaveras, and Amador counties.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and TRACKS stands for Teacher Resources for Achievement, Collaboration, Knowledge, and Standards. Our professional development model is designed to integrate all four STEM disciplines in all of our training sessions so that the participating teachers can better realize how easily and seamlessly the disciplines can be incorporated into their classroom instruction.
Professional development occurs throughout the year, however the bulk of the training takes place during three Summer Intensive Institutes. Columbia College is one of our partners and hosts the Summer Intensive Institute and has provided several instructors from the departments of biology, Earth sciences, technology, and mathematics. We have also partnered with UC Merced to provide instructors in engineering.
This site contains information on the work we’ve completed to date, links to various educational resources, and will ultimately serve as the portal for the teacher-developed STEM-based units that will be completed in Year Three of the project.
STEM Reform, Policy Brief from Public Works
For more information:
STEM-TRACKS Project Director
Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office
175 S. Fairview Lane
Sonora, CA 95370
Tel (209) 536-2038
Fax (209) 536-1391