Arthur Camins (Retired)

Assessment Specialist

Mr. Camins is an Assessment Specialist for the Full Option Science System Project (FOSS K-8).  His association with FOSS began in 1990, when he served as the New York City Trials Center Director for the initial development of the K-6 FOSS program.  Later he led a similar development effort for FOSS middle school courses in Hudson, Massachusetts.  He has served as Principal Investigator and collaborated with FOSS on numerous National Science Foundation (NSF) professional development and assessment projects, including Formative Assessment in Science Through Technology (FAST) in which he worked closely with the Assessing Science Knowledge Project (ASK) to develop the FOSS assessment system.  In the classroom, Mr. Camins has been a preschool, kindergarten, first and fifth grade teacher, and elementary science teacher. He has served as a district math and science director in both New York and Massachusetts, as well as Executive Director of the Gheens Institute for Innovation in Louisville, Kentucky where he led a U.S. Department of Education Investing in Education project, Making Time for What Matters Most. He also served as Director of the Center for Innovation in Science and Engineering (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology, where is directed and oversaw several NSF curriculum and professional development projects.

Mr. Camins holds a Bachelors Degree in history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a masters degree in history education from the State University of New York at Stony Brooklyn.  He writes about education and social justice policies and practices.