Center for Mathematics and Science Education
The Center for Mathematics & Science Education (CMSE) piloted a very successful program during summer 2013. The program, funded by Math/Science Teaching Initiative (MSTI), was called RAD Academy (Reasoning, Algebra & Diversity). The program was mentored by a CSU, Chico math education faculty, a local high school teacher, and co-facilitated by four university students working toward their secondary credential in mathematics. The program invited 8th and 9th graders to a two-week program of algebraic exploration in preparation for high school mathematics. Our university students were paid as interns to develop curriculum, facilitate mathematics activities and gain professionally appropriate skills. Young students got to experience fun, challenging and attainable mathematics. This pilot program served over 30 students in our service region and will act as a model program for future mathematics education summer internship opportunities.
In 201314 academic year, the Center for Mathematics & Science Education (CMSE) assisted college faculty to provide math and science professional development opportunities for over 350 regional K-12 teachers. The K-6 Hands-On Lab (HOL) programs in math and science provided field trip opportunities to over 4,500 K-6 children and provided service learning for university students to gain knowledge and explore teaching as a career. These experiences are provided every year and continue to be very popular with area teachers.
The center is a nonprofit organization serving as a regional liaison between the University, colleges, K-12 schools, and the business community in the areas of mathematics and science education. The center's mission is to strengthen K-14 teaching practices in mathematics and science by helping undergraduates enter the teaching profession as competent and confident facilitators of math and science content knowledge (Preservice), providing professional development for practicing teachers (Inservice), and supporting K-12 outreach activities of the College of Natural Sciences (Outreach).