May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

It’s Short Course Line Up Time!

Posted: Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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by Jill Grace

Want to dig deeper?  Excited to learn from seasoned experts in the field?  Wish you could have a guaranteed seat in the room?  Do you enjoy a smaller session with more presenter interaction?

Then conference short courses are calling your name!

CSTA is proud to present an amazing line up of eighteen short courses for the 2015 California Science Education Conference scheduled for this October 2-4 in Sacramento.

There short course are designed to help you dig deeper into Common Core and many of the key dimensions of NGSS.  There are also short courses designed to help support your quest for quality STEM instruction and some innovative programs that will transform your classroom instruction.  Each short course’s duration is three to six hours, giving you the chance to really interact and make sense of the material. 

Short courses are ticketed events, guaranteeing you a seat in the room and relevant hand-outs.  You will have hands-on experiences that are designed to help you envision relevant use in your classroom.  Many short courses will also provide you with sample materials that are ready for use.

With new expectations for science teachers under Common Core and the transition of NGSS ramping up, now is the time to jump in and dig deeper.  Along with appropriate grade levels, each short course indicates the NGSS Phase the short course supports.

Be sure to sign up for these soon – we expect these short courses will sell out fast this year!  If you are in need of support by your district, you can remind your administrator that that the District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Priority #2 supports the implementation of the state’s academic standards.  CSTA’s Conference on Science Education will provide you with short courses that will help you with this.

All short courses support the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the California Common Core State Standards, or both.

The short course descriptions below include the following information:

  • title and brief description
  • ticket price
  • grade level that the course is best suited for
  • the science that is the focus of the presentation
  • the emphasis (up to three) of the course
  • the phase of NGSS implementation that the content is best suited for
  • the maximum number of attendees
  • the name of the lead presenter and their affiliation

The following list of short courses is still pending confirmation from the presenters and is subject to change.

Friday (October 2) Afternoon

Modeling — the Reasons for the Seasons
Learn about a practice integral to the work of scientists — modeling. Explore different types of models that help us understand features of our Earth-Sun system. Tickets: $10
Grade Level: Intermediate/Middle School/High School
Earth/Space Science; DCIs, SEPs, CCCs
NGSS Phase: Transition                                                Max # of Attendees: 24
Presenter: Staceyln Machi, Professional Development Specialist, Making Sense of SCIENCE WestEd, STEM Program

Digging Deeper: The Relationship Between Explanation and Argumentation
Learn how to combine practices to increase student understanding. Through observation, experimentation and discussion experience how constructing explanations and arguing from evidence can work in your classroom. Use the learning progressions to develop potential activities at your grade span. Tickets: $20
Grade Level: All
Integrated Science; SEPs
NGSS Phase: Transition                                                Max # of Attendees: 30
Presenter: Kathy DiRanna, Statewide Director, K-12 Alliance

A Complete Biotech Course in 2 Lab Periods: Food Safey Lab
Apply biotechnology to control a simulated outbreak of E.coli in food, analyzing samples for the presence of bacteria. Perform PCR, restriction digest, and electrophoresis to identify and characterize disease-causing bacterial strains in this real-world biotech application. Tickets: $10
Grade Level: High School/University
Life Science; DCIs, SEPs, Technology
NGSS Phase: Transition                                                Max # of Attendees: 32
Presenter: Whitney Hagins, BioTeach Mentor and Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation

Identifying the Hidden Opportunities: Embedding CCSS ELA and NGSS in Your Current Science Lessons
Learn how to deconstruct an inquiry science lesson on light to embed relevant listening, speaking, reading, writing, and language opportunities while incorporating CCSS-ELA, NGSS, and California ELD standards. Tickets: $30
Grade Level: All
Physical Science; 3-D Learning, CCSS-Math; EL
NGSS Phase: Awareness                                             Max # of Attendees: 30
Presenter: Therese Shanahan, Lecturer, UC Irvine School of Education

Using Hands-On Performance Assessment in 6-8 Classrooms: Assessing Student Mastery of the Science Practices, DCIs, and CCSS-ELA
Explore hands-on performance assessment and its relationship to students’ mastering Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Engage in a hands-on task, use this protocol to develop tasks of your own, and take home a sample student set-up. Tickets: $30
Grade Level: Middle School
Physics; 3-D Learning, Preservice Teacher Education, SEPs
NGSS Phase: Transition                                                Max # of Attendees: 30
Presenter: Deborah Tucker, Science Education Consultant, Science Education Consultant

Engineering Understanding: Applying Science Concepts and Building Academic Language
Come problem-solve and design with us as we explore lessons and strategies that provide authentic engineering challenges that further science content learning, promote academic discussions, and engage each and every student in science in socially relevant and transformative ways. Tickets: $35
Grade Level: Intermediate/Middle School
STEM; 3-D Learning, CCSS-Literacy, EL
NGSS Phase: Implementation                                   Max # of Attendees: 35
Presenter: Diana Velez, Professional Developer, UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science

How to Make STEM Learning Through NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices Fun
Explore how students become engaged with scientific and engineering practices in the Sanger Community Science Workshop, a free drop-in science workshop offered during out-of-school time. Tickets: $30
Grade Level: All
STEM; 3-D Learning
NGSS Phase: Implementation                                   Max # of Attendees: 60
Presenter: Jerry Valadez, Director, Central Valley Science Project Fresno State

Saturday (October 3) Morning

Project WILD Workshop – Part 1
Learn high quality, peer reviewed, hands on activities that are NGSS aligned to do in your classroom or outdoors. Through this workshop you will become certified in Project WILD and eligible for .6 CEU’s. Focused on grades K-4. Tickets: $35
Grade Level: Primary/Intermediate
Life Science; 3-D Learning, DCIs
NGSS Phase: Implementation                                   Max # of Attendees: 20
Presenter: Caitlin Reilly, Executive Director, Chico Creek Nature Center

Promoting Science & Engineering Practices Using Earth and Space Science Data
Engaging students in authentic inquiry using NASA, NOAA, and USGS data will promote scientific practices and literacy through writing and argumentation. Investigate plate tectonics, climate, and planetary motion as you analyze data and argue evidence-based conclusions. Tickets: $10
Grade Level: Middle/High School/University
Earth/Space Science; CCSS-Literacy, CCSS-Math; SEPs
NGSS Phase: Transition                                                Max # of Attendees: 20
Presenter: Rick Pomeroy, Lecturer/Supervisor Teacher Education, UC Davis, School of Education

Matter and Modeling: Develop a Particulate Model of Matter with Middle Grade Students That Can Be Used to Explain Almost Everything
Develop a particle model of matter that can be applied and extended to explain state change phenomena. Leave with an understanding of model-based reasoning and an instructional sequence for helping your students develop their own particle models. Tickets: $12
Grade Level: Intermediate/Middle School
Physical Science; 3-D Learning; CCSS-Literacy
NGSS Phase: Transition                                                Max # of Attendees: 32
Presenter: Sinead Klement, Science Teacher, Jackson Junior High School

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: How to Get Your Students to Ask Good Questions That Lead to Great Scientific Investigations
Remember that scene from Ferris Buller, when the teacher is asking, “anyone, anyone”? Don’t be that guy! This short course will focus on the SEP’s of asking questions and planning and carrying out investigations. Participants will leave with goody bags! Tickets: $60
Grade Level: Middle School/High School
Life Science; 3-D Learning, CCCs, SEPs
NGSS Phase: Transition                                                Max # of Attendees: 35
Presenter: Jim Clark, District Science Coordinator, San Lorenzo Unified School District

Engineering is Elementary: Putting the “T” & “E” in STEM
Receive an overview of the EiE curriculum, the curriculum’s connections to specific grade level California Science Content Standards, how each unit supports the CaCCSS, and activities to do with your students (technology in a bag and tower building). Tickets: $15
Grade Level: Primary/Intermediate/Middle School
Engineering; Pedagogy, Preservice Teacher Education, SEPs
NGSS Phase: Implementation                                   Max # of Attendees: 25
Presenter: Jody Sherriff, Regional Director, K-12 Alliance/WestED

Climate Smart and Energy Wise: Using NGSS to Teach about Climate & Energy
With the adoption of NGSS, more teachers are expected to teach about climate change and energy issues than ever before. Learn how to tackle these issues through key resources and activities. Tickets: $25
Grade Level: High School
STEM; 3-D Learning,DCIs, SEPs
NGSS Phase: Implementation                                   Max # of Attendees: 25
Presenter: Minda Berbeco, National Center for Science Education

Saturday (October 3) Afternoon

Project WILD Workshop – Part 2
Learn high quality, peer reviewed, hands on activities that are NGSS aligned to do in your classroom or outdoors. Through this workshop you will become certified in Project WILD and eligible for .6 CEU’s. Focused on grades K-4. Tickets: $35
Grade Level: Primary/Intermediate
Life Science; 3-D Learning, DCIs
NGSS Phase: Implementation                                   Max # of Attendees: 20
Presenter: Caitlin Reilly, Executive Director, Chico Creek Nature Center

Ocean Plastic Pollution: Issues and Solutions
Enrich your classroom with NGSS aligned activities surrounding plastic pollution issues and solutions. Activities will highlight physical and chemical properties of plastics including density and buoyancy. Door Prizes! Tickets: $30
Grade Level: Middle School
Environmental Science; 3-D Learning
NGSS Phase: Transition                                                Max # of Attendees: 35
Presenter: Mary Whaley, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Leading the NGSS Implementation: Lesson from the Early Implementer Initiative
Are you a teacher leader, administrator, or professional development provider leading the implementation of the NGSS? This session is for you! Hear real stories about the successes and challenges of implementation and learn about tools and processes to help you. Tickets: $20
Grade Level: Primary/Intermediate/Middle School
Integrated Science; Leadership
NGSS Phase: Implementation                                   Max # of Attendees: 35
Presenter: Kathy DiRanna, Statewide Director, K-12 Alliance

Chemistry Experiments and Experiences (ChemEx2)
Learn new multi-use experiments to foster student learning. Improve student’s ability to argue a claim from evidence/observations. Revisit experiments for deeper understanding. These experiments, designed and vetted by Stanford University Department of Chemistry, are well aligned with NGSS and CCSS. Tickets: $35
Grade Level: High School
Chemistry; 3-D Learning, CCSS-Literacy, SEPs
NGSS Phase: Implementation                                   Max # of Attendees: 30
Presenter: Sally Seebode, Educator, San Mateo High School

Mars Exploration: Project/Inquiry-Based Learning Through STEM Activities
An introduction into Project/Inquiry learning through the Exploration of Mars. Learn to use STEM, NGSS, and Common Core to develop engaging units by designing space craft, colonies, playing “games” growing food through Aquaponics. Get lessons, print-out, samples of materials. Tickets: $60
Grade Level: Middle School/High School
STEM; 3-D Learning, CCSS-Literacy, SEPs
NGSS Phase: Implementation                                   Max # of Attendees: 40
Presenter: Dara DeVicariis, Earth Science Teacher, Colton High School

Stop Teaching in Silos! NGSS Opens the Door to Common Core
Learn how science can be the organizing context for Common Core State Standards. Use phenomena, claims, evidence, and reasoning as tools for teaching science lessons that are truly 3-D! Tickets: $20
Grade Level: Intermediate/Middle School/High School
Physical Science; 3-D Learning, CCSS-Literacy, DCIs
NGSS Phase: Implementation                                   Max # of Attendees: 25
Presenter: Jo Topps, Regional Director, K-12 Alliance/WestED

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Jill Grace is a Regional Director for the K-12 Alliance and is the President of CSTA.

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