The Teachers that are part of the South Kern Mathematics Partnership (SKMP) work in ten schools across three districts: Lamont, Vineland, and Fairfax. All three school districts have rich histories in their communities dating back to the 1800s. Fairfax school district is located in the southeast of Bakersfield, California. Its setting is unique in that three of the four schools are within walking distance of one another. Lamont school district is located in an unincorporated community of about 15,000 citizens about 12 miles southeast of Bakersfield. The area recognized as Lamont spans from a community known as Hilltop in the north to Weedpatch in the south, and east and west about two miles each way. The district supports one of only three K-6 Spanish/English dual immersion programs in Kern County. A quick drive from Lamont down Hwy 184 will take you to Vineland School District. This two school district is well known in Kern County for hosting the annual “Dust Bowl Days:” A festival celebrating the culture of the migrant families who came to the area due to the Oklahoma “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s. Agriculture provides most of the jobs in the immediate areas, either directly in the fields or indirectly through business administration. On the drive to any of the schools, you will pass by dairies, vineyards, fields of alfalfa, corn, cotton, and carrots. All three districts strive to offer a high caliber education which includes ongoing professional development for the Districts’ teachers.
The South Kern Mathematics Partnership (SKMP) is a partnership of education, business, and community groups that, through the leadership of California State University Bakersfield (CSUB), provides professional development in the areas of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to teachers in the Lamont, Vineland, and Fairfax school districts. CSUB's education, mathematics, and engineering faculty collaborate to produce 84 hours of professional development per year over a three year period with the goal of integrating mathematics, technology, and engineering into the curriculum of grades 3 through 8. Technology is integrated using iPads and their mirroring capabilities, coding, robotics (VEX IQ robots), and Vernier data collection systems. Engineering is incorporated using the NASA's BEST Curriculum in conjunction with Trash4Teaching, Snap Circuits, and the Engineering Design Process. Mathematics is enhanced by utilizing the Kern High School District's Mathematics Anchor Task Design Template and Balanced Mathematics Classroom construct. The SKMP will produce Mathematics Anchor Tasks for grades 3 through 8 that can be integrated into any existing mathematics curriculum.