Via Baker

Via Baker

Alignment Specialist

As the Senior Editor of Alignment Services for CSA Education, Via spends her days focusing on correlations, gap analyses, and math and science program evaluations. She also spends her time working on the occasional social studies correlation or special project in an unusual field, such as Heavy Machinery. Via is one of CSA’s most valuable and sought-after science and mathematics correlators. Utilizing her knowledge and skill in the key disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science, Via has helped bolster CSA’s reputation for delivering exceptional quality that consistently exceeds clients’ expectations.

Via has used her analytical expertise to help clients such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson with projects ranging from correlations of textbooks to state and national standards to preparing extensive rubrics and evaluations for programs under development. She has established herself as an expert on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and her meticulous work on projects such as the Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria (PEEC) and the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric has influenced and enhanced content creation for several of CSA’s clients.

A sampling of the many projects that Via has worked on includes the following:

  • Ensuring state and national materials for both teachers and students comply with a wide variety of standard sets
  • Creating gap analyses of programs both existing and in development to help strengthen content
  • Consulting with clients to show how to maximize content alignment and bolster current curriculum offerings
  • Mentoring new correlators and helping them to achieve client expectations

Via graduated cum laude from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a BA in Classics and holds an MA with distinction in Experimental Archaeology with a focus on Greek and Roman construction technology and public archaeology from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.

Thanks to her work in experimental archaeology, she can start a fire by rubbing two sticks together, skin and process a beaver carcass using stone tools, build and use a clay furnace to smelt iron ore, and construct and test a replica of an ancient Greek crane using only hand tools. The only time she actually hurt herself was when she tried basket weaving.

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