Standards implementation TOSA
RUSD’s Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) Program is one of the many ways in which Foundation support has a direct impact on our students. The Foundation fully funds one of two Standards Implementation TOSAs, whose primary goal is to improve student achievement by supporting staff in the successful implementation of Common Core State Standards. By modeling effective research-based instructional strategies, developing curriculum and assessments and conducting regular professional development, the TOSA directly contributes to a robust math curriculum and overall student success in math.
Math classrooms look fundamentally different today. They are vibrant spaces of inquiry, discovery, and collaboration. Students engage with math concepts, identify and make use of patterns, discuss their ideas and findings with their classmates, and co-create visual models and representations of their work. In the new, modern math classroom, students experience rigorous math standards in deeper, more meaningful ways.
The shift to this new math classroom is driven by the new California standards and requires innovative curriculum and specific instructional strategies. The TOSA's primary role is to improve student achievement by supporting all teachers in this transition.
Our TOSAs supports schools with the development of intervention and enrichment programs, the application of adaptive and creative technology, and the implementation of STEM-related programs.