1703 North Beauregard St.
Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
Tel: 1-800-933-ASCD (2723)
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday
Local to the D.C. area: 1-703-578-9600
Toll-free from U.S. and Canada: 1-800-933-ASCD (2723)
All other countries: (International Access Code) + 1-703-578-9600
Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School (Stern MASS) is an open-enrollment charter school serving the East Los Angeles community since 2006. We educate 600 students in grades 9–12. All Stern MASS scholars take the required A-G course requirements needed to successfully apply to any University of California or California State University. All scholars also participate in a STEM Exhibition Night, a yearlong culminating project in math and science that answers a large and driving philosophical dilemma and encourages students to see the relationships between concepts and ideas. These projects adhere to Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards and integrate mastery learning, standards-based grading, academic content, collaboration, inquiry learning, and technology.
For the past five years, our professional development focus has been on schoolwide practices of writing using a Claim-Evidence-Link paragraph structure and formative questioning practices. Through a train-the-trainer model, a professional development team consisting of content-area teachers and administrators train teachers on strategies focused on questioning and exemplars to increase look-fors when monitoring students and providing immediate feedback. Supporting administrators and instructional coaches support the learning through observation and coaching sessions. This has led to increased student achievement on of 13 percent on SBAC ELA and 22 percent on SBAC Math.School website: www.sternmass.org