September/October 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 1

CALENDAR

Sep
22
Fri
2017
Project WET & the Next Generation @ Merced County Office of Education
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

MERCED COUNTY EDUCATORS!  UC Merced & Merced Environmental Literacy Collective invite you to attend this workshop focused on the use of Project WET activities to target Next Generation Science Standards in the classroom.  Project WET activities are an effective tool for integrating student knowledge of water resources with activities that include reality-based scenarios that provide strong foundations for STEAM and Service Learning programs. A $50 registration fee includes materials, light breakfast & lunch and a personal copy of Project WET Guide 2.0. Please register by visiting: http://merced.k12oms.org/83-133891 or contact Rosanna Ayers at rayers@mcoe.org for additional information. Participants can also apply for graduate credit through UC Merced Extension for an additional $40

Sep
23
Sat
2017
Project Wet – EEI Workshop @ The Living Desert
Sep 23 all-day

Good News! This workshop is free! Coachella Valley Water District in partnership with California’s landmark Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) are proud to present the Project WET 2016 workshop. This workshop will provide educators with an abundance of tools and hands-on activities to share our water message as well as deliver California’s history/social science standards through an environmental lens. All of the activities are tied to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Attend this workshop and receive Project WET Guide 2.0, two complimentary EEI units – and morning refreshments and lunch! Continuing Educational Units are available through CSU San Marcos for an additional fee.

Project WET – Watershed & Water Quality @ Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Sep 23 all-day

The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District invites K-12 educators to join us for an interdisciplinary experience in activities to engage students in learning about the interrelationships between watershed processes, land use and water quality along the banks of the American River, while learning concepts and skills at the heart of Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. We will be engaging you in Project WET water quality activities, including how to do a basic water quality monitoring session with your students. Participants will receive the Project WET 2.0 Guide with access to over 110 Common Core and NGSS correlated activities! Please register for this FREE workshop at etcmail@smud.org

Water Conservation & the Next Generation in Solano County @ Dunnell Nature Center
Sep 23 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

SOLANO COUNTY EDUCATORS! The Solano County Resource Conservation District and School Water Education Program invite Elementary educators (K – 6)  to attend this active workshop experience on water resources in Solano County and activities to engage students back in the classroom! The interdisciplinary, STEM friendly and water themed activities of Project W.E.T. are designed to engage students, while enriching your Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards classroom curricula. They also provide strong support for Project-Based and Service Learning programs. In addition to the Project WET activities, each workshop will feature Solano County water resources specialists who will provide information about our local water resources. Professional Development hours are offered through most districts. $50 stipend for the first 20 Solano County teachers who register!

Sep
28
Thu
2017
Nature Is Our Classroom: A NatureBridge Teacher Night! @ Channel Islands National Park Service Visitors Center
Sep 28 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for a lively and informative evening about NatureBridge’s environmental science programs in national parks (including nearby Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area). Our three- or five-day programs for grades 4-12 reinforce classroom curriculum, connect students to the natural world, and inspire lifelong learning through hands-on exploration.

When: 

Thursday, September 28 3:30-6 p.m. Channel Islands National Park Service Visitors Center -Ventura

Enjoy a fun and FREE evening with:

  • Food and refreshments
  • Interactive education stations as a preview to NatureBridge programs
  • Meet staff from NatureBridge’s Santa Monica and Yosemite campus
  • Raffle prizes including a National Parks Pass, Klean Kanteens, and outdoor gear
  • Information about scholarships
  • Network with fellow educators

RSVP at: naturebridge.org/LAteachernight or contact Karen Oxrider at 424-234-3240.

Sep
30
Sat
2017
Place-Based Learning in the Yuba Watershed @ Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center
Sep 30 @ 8:00 am – Oct 1 @ 4:00 pm

YUBA WATERSHED AREA EDUCATORS! The U.C. Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center invites you to explore Place-based and Project-centered lessons from Project WET and Project Learning Tree, while learning about the flora, fauna and earth systems from local ecological experts to increase your understanding of California’s natural world. The training will include demonstration in the safe use of drones to explore local ecosystems. Each participant will walk away with personal copies of the Project WET and Learning Tree guides loaded with NGSS & CCSS correlated activities. Participants will also have an opportunity to register for CEU credit and apply for grant funding through the Project Learning Tree GREENWORKS! program. The $50 registration fee includes all meals from lunch Saturday through lunch on Sunday and on-site lodging is available for $10 for each night you stay on sight (available Friday and Saturday) Limited space, register soon!

Please visit  http://sfrec.ucanr.edu to register, or contact Ali Stefancich, U. C. Community Educator at astefancich@ucanr.edu or 530-639-8807 if you have questions

Oct
6
Fri
2017
Understanding California’s High School 3-Course Model that Integrates Earth and Space Sciences into Biology, Chemistry, and Physics @ UCR Extension
Oct 6 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Spend the first day with the writers of the California Science Framework High School chapters and experience a coherent NGSS-aligned Earth and Space Sciences Integrated learning sequence. This 2-day workshop includes a facilitated discussion of the overall 3-course model and the role of integration of Earth science into the other science disciplines. This will be followed by breakout sessions for each course (life science, chemistry, and physics) in which you will deepen understanding of the courses and justification for unit design. The first day will conclude with a guided discussion of the Pros and Cons for the order of the courses and time for district teams to consider their next steps. The second day of the workshop will bring you together again to learn about successes and challenges of your decision-making process and provide you with additional support to deepen conversations around high school course sequencing at your school and district. Resources and best-practices that facilitate instructional shifts required for the implementation of the NGSS for all high school students will be shared.

The 3 Course Model Authors:

Matthew D’Alessio, Associate Professor, Geoscience Education, CSU Northridge

Norm Herr, Professor, Science Education, CSU Northridge

Virginia Oberholzer Vandergon, Professor, Biological Sciences, CSU Northridge

To register for this exciting 2-day event please register at the link below. Registration fee will include parking, continental breakfast, lunch, and access to electronic resources to support your ongoing planning for both days.

Oct
7
Sat
2017
Speak Up For The Beach! @ CSU Monterey Bay Watershed Institute
Oct 7 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

MONTEREY BAY AREA SECONDARY EDUCATORS!  Join us at the CSU Monterey Bay Watershed Institute for a workshop experience that will provide you with new tools and tips to help your students explore natural systems. Through the use of watershed models and remote sensing tools, Secondary educators participating in these workshops will explore the role of water in feedback mechanisms connecting inland watersheds from summit to sea. In addition to Project WET, participants will be among the first to be introduced to California Coastal Voices – the California Coastal Commission’s newest curricular resource for Secondary teachers – and built from the ground up based on California’s Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards with a strong focus on environmental literacy and project-based learning Space is limited!  Please register by September 29th to Annie Frankel – Annie.Frankel@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 597-5888. Include the spelling of your name, email, phone number, grade(s) taught and your school or organization as applicable. For more information, please visit the Coastal Commission’s Public Education website at: www.coastforyou.org.

Environmental Education Activities @ CSU East Bay, Hayward
Oct 7 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

EAST BAY AREA EDUCATORS! CSU East Bay invites you to register for a graduate level extension course that will introduce you to all the ‘Projects’ curriculum. All of the activities are tied to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The $178 course fee includes all materials, including your own copies of Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Project WET – and 2 quarter units!  Please contact Prof. David R. Stronck, Ph.D.to register at: david.stronck@csueastbay.edu or for more information

Oct
13
Fri
2017
2017 California Science Education Conference @ Sacramento Convention Center
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm

Save the Date for the 2017 California Science Education Conference. Registration will open in May, 2017.

CSTA is pleased to announce that we are now accepting proposals for 90-minute workshops and three- and six-hour short courses for the 2017 California Science Education Conference. Workshops and short courses make up the bulk of the content and professional learning opportunities available at the conference. In recognition of their contribution, members who present a workshop or short course receive 50% off of their registration fees. For more information regarding proposals, and to submit one today, follow the links below.

Short Course Proposal Deadline: February 6, 2017

Workshop Proposal Deadline: March 20, 2017

About the Conference
The 2017 California Science Education Conference will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center, October 13-15, 2017. The conference is expected to draw as many as 2,000 science educators from across California and the western US.

About Workshops: Workshops address an area of science, are targeted to one or more tracks, and may address several areas of emphasis. Workshops must be aligned with adopted state standards. They are 90 minutes in length and may consist of hands-on activities, lecture, demonstration, and/or discussion. Proposals should have embedded in the content appropriate disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and/or crosscutting concepts.

About Short Courses: Short courses address one or more areas of science content, are targeted to one or more grade bands, and may address several areas of emphasis. Short courses must be aligned with adopted state standards. They are three- or six- hours in length and may consist of hands-on activities, lecture, demonstration, and/or discussion. Proposals should have embedded in the content appropriate performance expectations using 3-Dimensional Learning, including disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and/or crosscutting concepts.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact CSTA at 916-979-7004 or via email at conference@cascience.org.

 

Oct
17
Tue
2017
Project WET workshop: Bakersfield @ Kern County Water Agency
Oct 17 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

KERN COUNTY SECONDARY TEACHERS! The Kern County Water Agency’s Improvement District #4 and Kern High School District invite you to join us for this FREE water education workshop, which will include hands-on experience with the activities of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)! Project WET is an exciting water education program that promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources. All Project WET activities are hands-on, investigative and easy-to-use. This workshop has been tailored to the region and will highlight local water. To register for the workshop or for more information, please contact Sarah Clayton at (661) 634-1424 or email sclayton@kcwa.com

Water Education in the Three Valleys Watershed @ Three Valleys Municipal Water District
Oct 17 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

EASTERN LOS ANGELES COUNTY EDUCATORS! Join Three Valleys Municipal Water District and its Member Agencies for a ‘hands on’ professional development experience introducing you to the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET and their use to integrate water concepts, knowledge of Southern California water resources and skills for the efficient use of water that are also tied to Common Core standards. Participants served by Three Valleys MWD and its member agencies will receive a FREE Project WET Guide 2.0, a continental breakfast, lunch and reimbursement for substitute teaching fees! Participants must RSVP by calling (909) 621-5568 to reserve a seat and receive substitute teacher funding. Please also call this number if you have questions!

Oct
18
Wed
2017
GEMS® Spooky Science of Energy Transformation (Grades 5-12) @ Historic Folsom Powerhouse
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Presented by SMUD and California State Parks

Using a spooky, Halloween theme, this workshop will focus on science investigations and will help teachers develop the skills to foster inquiry abilities, which research has shown is very difficult to teach.  Teachers will review energy in sublimation and other energy transformations which will help support student skills in observations, experimentation, and inference. Teachers will receive a light dinner, GEMS guide and classroom materials. A light dinner will be served.

Oct
21
Sat
2017
Northern Nevada Math and Science Conference @ North Valleys High School
Oct 21 @ 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Opening Keynote Speaker – Tod Colegrove, DeLaMare Library at the University of Nevada, Reno.
• Participate in tasks and experiences that will engage you, as a teacher, and your students.
• This year’s strands focus on Synergy in the Classroom, Innovation and Persistence, as well as Equitable Access for All.
• Attend breakout sessions that support taking ideas back to your classroom for immediate use

Yogurt, berry, and granola parfait bar breakfast, and full lunch with vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options included with registration

Outdoor Education Institute: Whiskeytown NRA @ Whiskeytown Environmental School
Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA EDUCATORS! Join us for an overnight, informative, fun-filled, weekend focused on educating in the great outdoors at Whiskeytown Environmental School! Learn how to seamlessly integrate standards-based outdoor education into your curriculum and organize educational field trips for school or community groups. Participants will complete Project Learning Tree and Project WET workshops, receive curriculum guides and other useful materials, and be further inspired with special presentations on local educational resources. Participants may choose to attend one or both days. A non-refundable $45 application fee includes food and materials. To register or get more information, please contact Allison Breedveld, Education Program Director – Spring Rivers Foundation at 530-722-7373 or allison@springrivers.org

Understanding Climate Change in California @ Santa Maria Public Library
Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

SANTA BARBARA AREA EDUCATORS! Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level, and river flows. Join the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Climate Change team for a day of learning about the basics of climate science, how DWR is addressing these impacts and how the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET can help you integrate climate science knowledge and skill back in the classroom! Participant will walk away with great information on current climate science, a copy of the Project WET Guide 2.0, a light breakfast and an opportunity to receive 0.8 CEU credit – and a $50 stipend following completion of the training.  Please contact Brian Brown, CA Project WET Coordinator at projectwet@watereducation.org or (916) 444-6240 to register

Environmental Education Activities @ CSU East Bay, Hayward
Oct 21 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

EAST BAY AREA EDUCATORS! CSU East Bay invites you to register for a graduate level extension course that will introduce you to all the ‘Projects’ curriculum. All of the activities are tied to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The $178 course fee includes all materials, including your own copies of Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Project WET – and 2 quarter units!  Please contact Prof. David R. Stronck, Ph.D.to register at: david.stronck@csueastbay.edu or for more information

Oct
24
Tue
2017
Project WET Workshop: Tehachapi @ Tehachapi Unified School District
Oct 24 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

TEHACHAPI USD EDUCATORS! The Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District and Tehachapi Unified School District invite you to join us for this FREE water education workshop, which will include hands-on experience with the activities of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)! Project WET is an exciting water education program that promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources. All Project WET activities are hands-on, investigative and easy-to-use. This workshop has been tailored to the region and will highlight local water. To register for the workshop or for more information, please contact Sarah Clayton at (661) 599-4715 or email sclayton@jsstrategicconsulting.com

Oct
28
Sat
2017
Speak Up For The Coast! @ Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve
Oct 28 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

ORANGE COUNTY SECONDARY EDUCATORS!  Join us at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve for a workshop experience that will provide you with new tools and tips to help your students explore natural systems. Through the use of watershed models and remote sensing tools, Secondary educators participating in these workshops will explore the role of water in feedback mechanisms connecting inland watersheds from summit to sea. In addition to Project WET, participants will be among the first to be introduced to California Coastal Voices – the California Coastal Commission’s newest curricular resource for Secondary teachers – and built from the ground up based on California’s Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards with a strong focus on environmental literacy and project-based learning Space is limited!  Please register by October 28th  to Annie Frankel – Annie.Frankel@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 597-5888. Include the spelling of your name, email, phone number, grade(s) taught and your school or organization as applicable. For more information, please visit the Coastal Commission’s Public Education website at: www.coastforyou.org

Nov
4
Sat
2017
GCSN 12th Conference for STEM Education: Assembling Our STEM Ecosystem! @ Oxnard College
Nov 4 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Gold Coast Science Network is proud to present its 12th Conference for STEM Education:
“Assembling Our STEM Ecosystem!

Co-sponsored by the Ventura County Office of Education, Oxnard College and the California Science Teachers Association. Lunch generously sponsored by STEMscopes.

  • Attend two keynote speakers and select from more than 20 workshops in four breakout sessions!
  • Bring home Common Core and NGSS-aligned lessons, materials, and ideas for teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
  • Network with local teachers and STEM organizations

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, PARKING, AND GCSN MEMBERSHIP INCLUDED!

Check the GCSN website for workshop descriptions (after Sept 15) and for information about discounted lodging and professional development credit: http://www.goldcoastscience.net

SPECIAL SHORT COURSE OPTION
This year there will be a special short course option for K-8 teachers to participate in the STEM Experiences for Educators and Leaders (SEEL) program sponsored by CSU Channel Islands and VC STEM Network. This event provides educators with a hands-on preview of the CSU Science Carnival taking place on the evening of November 4th. Conference participants who sign up for this short course will get a reserved spot for the SEEL program and priority access to lunch so that they can drive over in time to attend the SEEL event which starts at 1:00 pm at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Oxnard. This short course is FREE but space is limited. To sign up, select this short course option when purchasing your conference registration. For more information, visit http://www.vcstem.org/stem-experiences-for-educators-and-leaders-seel/.

A NOTE ABOUT THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE THEME…
In 2016 Ventura County was designated as a STEM Learning Ecoystem due to its efforts to create collaborative relationships that support STEM Education across multiple domains: formal education, informal education, business and industry, and the community in general. For more than 20 years, GCSN has played an important role in helping to develop and nurture this ecosystem, to include outreach to the surrounding counties of Los Angeles, Kern, and Santa Barbara. The GCSN Conference for STEM Education continues to bring teachers and the community together to share ideas and build inter-agency partnerships and collaborations across our beautiful gold coast and southcentral California. To find out more about the United States STEM Learning Ecosystems, visit http://stemecosystems.org.

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Sep
22
Fri
2017
Project WET & the Next Generation @ Merced County Office of Education
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

MERCED COUNTY EDUCATORS!  UC Merced & Merced Environmental Literacy Collective invite you to attend this workshop focused on the use of Project WET activities to target Next Generation Science Standards in the classroom.  Project WET activities are an effective tool for integrating student knowledge of water resources with activities that include reality-based scenarios that provide strong foundations for STEAM and Service Learning programs. A $50 registration fee includes materials, light breakfast & lunch and a personal copy of Project WET Guide 2.0. Please register by visiting: http://merced.k12oms.org/83-133891 or contact Rosanna Ayers at rayers@mcoe.org for additional information. Participants can also apply for graduate credit through UC Merced Extension for an additional $40

Sep
23
Sat
2017
Project Wet – EEI Workshop @ The Living Desert
Sep 23 all-day

Good News! This workshop is free! Coachella Valley Water District in partnership with California’s landmark Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) are proud to present the Project WET 2016 workshop. This workshop will provide educators with an abundance of tools and hands-on activities to share our water message as well as deliver California’s history/social science standards through an environmental lens. All of the activities are tied to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Attend this workshop and receive Project WET Guide 2.0, two complimentary EEI units – and morning refreshments and lunch! Continuing Educational Units are available through CSU San Marcos for an additional fee.

Project WET – Watershed & Water Quality @ Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Sep 23 all-day

The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District invites K-12 educators to join us for an interdisciplinary experience in activities to engage students in learning about the interrelationships between watershed processes, land use and water quality along the banks of the American River, while learning concepts and skills at the heart of Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. We will be engaging you in Project WET water quality activities, including how to do a basic water quality monitoring session with your students. Participants will receive the Project WET 2.0 Guide with access to over 110 Common Core and NGSS correlated activities! Please register for this FREE workshop at etcmail@smud.org

Water Conservation & the Next Generation in Solano County @ Dunnell Nature Center
Sep 23 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

SOLANO COUNTY EDUCATORS! The Solano County Resource Conservation District and School Water Education Program invite Elementary educators (K – 6)  to attend this active workshop experience on water resources in Solano County and activities to engage students back in the classroom! The interdisciplinary, STEM friendly and water themed activities of Project W.E.T. are designed to engage students, while enriching your Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards classroom curricula. They also provide strong support for Project-Based and Service Learning programs. In addition to the Project WET activities, each workshop will feature Solano County water resources specialists who will provide information about our local water resources. Professional Development hours are offered through most districts. $50 stipend for the first 20 Solano County teachers who register!

Sep
28
Thu
2017
Nature Is Our Classroom: A NatureBridge Teacher Night! @ Channel Islands National Park Service Visitors Center
Sep 28 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for a lively and informative evening about NatureBridge’s environmental science programs in national parks (including nearby Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area). Our three- or five-day programs for grades 4-12 reinforce classroom curriculum, connect students to the natural world, and inspire lifelong learning through hands-on exploration.

When: 

Thursday, September 28 3:30-6 p.m. Channel Islands National Park Service Visitors Center -Ventura

Enjoy a fun and FREE evening with:

  • Food and refreshments
  • Interactive education stations as a preview to NatureBridge programs
  • Meet staff from NatureBridge’s Santa Monica and Yosemite campus
  • Raffle prizes including a National Parks Pass, Klean Kanteens, and outdoor gear
  • Information about scholarships
  • Network with fellow educators

RSVP at: naturebridge.org/LAteachernight or contact Karen Oxrider at 424-234-3240.

Sep
30
Sat
2017
Place-Based Learning in the Yuba Watershed @ Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center
Sep 30 @ 8:00 am – Oct 1 @ 4:00 pm

YUBA WATERSHED AREA EDUCATORS! The U.C. Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center invites you to explore Place-based and Project-centered lessons from Project WET and Project Learning Tree, while learning about the flora, fauna and earth systems from local ecological experts to increase your understanding of California’s natural world. The training will include demonstration in the safe use of drones to explore local ecosystems. Each participant will walk away with personal copies of the Project WET and Learning Tree guides loaded with NGSS & CCSS correlated activities. Participants will also have an opportunity to register for CEU credit and apply for grant funding through the Project Learning Tree GREENWORKS! program. The $50 registration fee includes all meals from lunch Saturday through lunch on Sunday and on-site lodging is available for $10 for each night you stay on sight (available Friday and Saturday) Limited space, register soon!

Please visit  http://sfrec.ucanr.edu to register, or contact Ali Stefancich, U. C. Community Educator at astefancich@ucanr.edu or 530-639-8807 if you have questions

Oct
6
Fri
2017
Understanding California’s High School 3-Course Model that Integrates Earth and Space Sciences into Biology, Chemistry, and Physics @ UCR Extension
Oct 6 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Spend the first day with the writers of the California Science Framework High School chapters and experience a coherent NGSS-aligned Earth and Space Sciences Integrated learning sequence. This 2-day workshop includes a facilitated discussion of the overall 3-course model and the role of integration of Earth science into the other science disciplines. This will be followed by breakout sessions for each course (life science, chemistry, and physics) in which you will deepen understanding of the courses and justification for unit design. The first day will conclude with a guided discussion of the Pros and Cons for the order of the courses and time for district teams to consider their next steps. The second day of the workshop will bring you together again to learn about successes and challenges of your decision-making process and provide you with additional support to deepen conversations around high school course sequencing at your school and district. Resources and best-practices that facilitate instructional shifts required for the implementation of the NGSS for all high school students will be shared.

The 3 Course Model Authors:

Matthew D’Alessio, Associate Professor, Geoscience Education, CSU Northridge

Norm Herr, Professor, Science Education, CSU Northridge

Virginia Oberholzer Vandergon, Professor, Biological Sciences, CSU Northridge

To register for this exciting 2-day event please register at the link below. Registration fee will include parking, continental breakfast, lunch, and access to electronic resources to support your ongoing planning for both days.

Oct
7
Sat
2017
Speak Up For The Beach! @ CSU Monterey Bay Watershed Institute
Oct 7 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

MONTEREY BAY AREA SECONDARY EDUCATORS!  Join us at the CSU Monterey Bay Watershed Institute for a workshop experience that will provide you with new tools and tips to help your students explore natural systems. Through the use of watershed models and remote sensing tools, Secondary educators participating in these workshops will explore the role of water in feedback mechanisms connecting inland watersheds from summit to sea. In addition to Project WET, participants will be among the first to be introduced to California Coastal Voices – the California Coastal Commission’s newest curricular resource for Secondary teachers – and built from the ground up based on California’s Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards with a strong focus on environmental literacy and project-based learning Space is limited!  Please register by September 29th to Annie Frankel – Annie.Frankel@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 597-5888. Include the spelling of your name, email, phone number, grade(s) taught and your school or organization as applicable. For more information, please visit the Coastal Commission’s Public Education website at: www.coastforyou.org.

Environmental Education Activities @ CSU East Bay, Hayward
Oct 7 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

EAST BAY AREA EDUCATORS! CSU East Bay invites you to register for a graduate level extension course that will introduce you to all the ‘Projects’ curriculum. All of the activities are tied to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The $178 course fee includes all materials, including your own copies of Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Project WET – and 2 quarter units!  Please contact Prof. David R. Stronck, Ph.D.to register at: david.stronck@csueastbay.edu or for more information

Oct
13
Fri
2017
2017 California Science Education Conference @ Sacramento Convention Center
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm

Save the Date for the 2017 California Science Education Conference. Registration will open in May, 2017.

CSTA is pleased to announce that we are now accepting proposals for 90-minute workshops and three- and six-hour short courses for the 2017 California Science Education Conference. Workshops and short courses make up the bulk of the content and professional learning opportunities available at the conference. In recognition of their contribution, members who present a workshop or short course receive 50% off of their registration fees. For more information regarding proposals, and to submit one today, follow the links below.

Short Course Proposal Deadline: February 6, 2017

Workshop Proposal Deadline: March 20, 2017

About the Conference
The 2017 California Science Education Conference will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center, October 13-15, 2017. The conference is expected to draw as many as 2,000 science educators from across California and the western US.

About Workshops: Workshops address an area of science, are targeted to one or more tracks, and may address several areas of emphasis. Workshops must be aligned with adopted state standards. They are 90 minutes in length and may consist of hands-on activities, lecture, demonstration, and/or discussion. Proposals should have embedded in the content appropriate disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and/or crosscutting concepts.

About Short Courses: Short courses address one or more areas of science content, are targeted to one or more grade bands, and may address several areas of emphasis. Short courses must be aligned with adopted state standards. They are three- or six- hours in length and may consist of hands-on activities, lecture, demonstration, and/or discussion. Proposals should have embedded in the content appropriate performance expectations using 3-Dimensional Learning, including disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and/or crosscutting concepts.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact CSTA at 916-979-7004 or via email at conference@cascience.org.

 

Oct
17
Tue
2017
Project WET workshop: Bakersfield @ Kern County Water Agency
Oct 17 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

KERN COUNTY SECONDARY TEACHERS! The Kern County Water Agency’s Improvement District #4 and Kern High School District invite you to join us for this FREE water education workshop, which will include hands-on experience with the activities of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)! Project WET is an exciting water education program that promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources. All Project WET activities are hands-on, investigative and easy-to-use. This workshop has been tailored to the region and will highlight local water. To register for the workshop or for more information, please contact Sarah Clayton at (661) 634-1424 or email sclayton@kcwa.com

Water Education in the Three Valleys Watershed @ Three Valleys Municipal Water District
Oct 17 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

EASTERN LOS ANGELES COUNTY EDUCATORS! Join Three Valleys Municipal Water District and its Member Agencies for a ‘hands on’ professional development experience introducing you to the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET and their use to integrate water concepts, knowledge of Southern California water resources and skills for the efficient use of water that are also tied to Common Core standards. Participants served by Three Valleys MWD and its member agencies will receive a FREE Project WET Guide 2.0, a continental breakfast, lunch and reimbursement for substitute teaching fees! Participants must RSVP by calling (909) 621-5568 to reserve a seat and receive substitute teacher funding. Please also call this number if you have questions!

Oct
18
Wed
2017
GEMS® Spooky Science of Energy Transformation (Grades 5-12) @ Historic Folsom Powerhouse
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Presented by SMUD and California State Parks

Using a spooky, Halloween theme, this workshop will focus on science investigations and will help teachers develop the skills to foster inquiry abilities, which research has shown is very difficult to teach.  Teachers will review energy in sublimation and other energy transformations which will help support student skills in observations, experimentation, and inference. Teachers will receive a light dinner, GEMS guide and classroom materials. A light dinner will be served.

Oct
21
Sat
2017
Northern Nevada Math and Science Conference @ North Valleys High School
Oct 21 @ 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Opening Keynote Speaker – Tod Colegrove, DeLaMare Library at the University of Nevada, Reno.
• Participate in tasks and experiences that will engage you, as a teacher, and your students.
• This year’s strands focus on Synergy in the Classroom, Innovation and Persistence, as well as Equitable Access for All.
• Attend breakout sessions that support taking ideas back to your classroom for immediate use

Yogurt, berry, and granola parfait bar breakfast, and full lunch with vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options included with registration

Outdoor Education Institute: Whiskeytown NRA @ Whiskeytown Environmental School
Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA EDUCATORS! Join us for an overnight, informative, fun-filled, weekend focused on educating in the great outdoors at Whiskeytown Environmental School! Learn how to seamlessly integrate standards-based outdoor education into your curriculum and organize educational field trips for school or community groups. Participants will complete Project Learning Tree and Project WET workshops, receive curriculum guides and other useful materials, and be further inspired with special presentations on local educational resources. Participants may choose to attend one or both days. A non-refundable $45 application fee includes food and materials. To register or get more information, please contact Allison Breedveld, Education Program Director – Spring Rivers Foundation at 530-722-7373 or allison@springrivers.org

Understanding Climate Change in California @ Santa Maria Public Library
Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

SANTA BARBARA AREA EDUCATORS! Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level, and river flows. Join the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Climate Change team for a day of learning about the basics of climate science, how DWR is addressing these impacts and how the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET can help you integrate climate science knowledge and skill back in the classroom! Participant will walk away with great information on current climate science, a copy of the Project WET Guide 2.0, a light breakfast and an opportunity to receive 0.8 CEU credit – and a $50 stipend following completion of the training.  Please contact Brian Brown, CA Project WET Coordinator at projectwet@watereducation.org or (916) 444-6240 to register

Environmental Education Activities @ CSU East Bay, Hayward
Oct 21 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

EAST BAY AREA EDUCATORS! CSU East Bay invites you to register for a graduate level extension course that will introduce you to all the ‘Projects’ curriculum. All of the activities are tied to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The $178 course fee includes all materials, including your own copies of Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Project WET – and 2 quarter units!  Please contact Prof. David R. Stronck, Ph.D.to register at: david.stronck@csueastbay.edu or for more information

Oct
24
Tue
2017
Project WET Workshop: Tehachapi @ Tehachapi Unified School District
Oct 24 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

TEHACHAPI USD EDUCATORS! The Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District and Tehachapi Unified School District invite you to join us for this FREE water education workshop, which will include hands-on experience with the activities of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)! Project WET is an exciting water education program that promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources. All Project WET activities are hands-on, investigative and easy-to-use. This workshop has been tailored to the region and will highlight local water. To register for the workshop or for more information, please contact Sarah Clayton at (661) 599-4715 or email sclayton@jsstrategicconsulting.com

Oct
28
Sat
2017
Speak Up For The Coast! @ Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve
Oct 28 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

ORANGE COUNTY SECONDARY EDUCATORS!  Join us at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve for a workshop experience that will provide you with new tools and tips to help your students explore natural systems. Through the use of watershed models and remote sensing tools, Secondary educators participating in these workshops will explore the role of water in feedback mechanisms connecting inland watersheds from summit to sea. In addition to Project WET, participants will be among the first to be introduced to California Coastal Voices – the California Coastal Commission’s newest curricular resource for Secondary teachers – and built from the ground up based on California’s Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards with a strong focus on environmental literacy and project-based learning Space is limited!  Please register by October 28th  to Annie Frankel – Annie.Frankel@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 597-5888. Include the spelling of your name, email, phone number, grade(s) taught and your school or organization as applicable. For more information, please visit the Coastal Commission’s Public Education website at: www.coastforyou.org

Nov
4
Sat
2017
GCSN 12th Conference for STEM Education: Assembling Our STEM Ecosystem! @ Oxnard College
Nov 4 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Gold Coast Science Network is proud to present its 12th Conference for STEM Education:
“Assembling Our STEM Ecosystem!

Co-sponsored by the Ventura County Office of Education, Oxnard College and the California Science Teachers Association. Lunch generously sponsored by STEMscopes.

  • Attend two keynote speakers and select from more than 20 workshops in four breakout sessions!
  • Bring home Common Core and NGSS-aligned lessons, materials, and ideas for teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
  • Network with local teachers and STEM organizations

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, PARKING, AND GCSN MEMBERSHIP INCLUDED!

Check the GCSN website for workshop descriptions (after Sept 15) and for information about discounted lodging and professional development credit: http://www.goldcoastscience.net

SPECIAL SHORT COURSE OPTION
This year there will be a special short course option for K-8 teachers to participate in the STEM Experiences for Educators and Leaders (SEEL) program sponsored by CSU Channel Islands and VC STEM Network. This event provides educators with a hands-on preview of the CSU Science Carnival taking place on the evening of November 4th. Conference participants who sign up for this short course will get a reserved spot for the SEEL program and priority access to lunch so that they can drive over in time to attend the SEEL event which starts at 1:00 pm at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Oxnard. This short course is FREE but space is limited. To sign up, select this short course option when purchasing your conference registration. For more information, visit http://www.vcstem.org/stem-experiences-for-educators-and-leaders-seel/.

A NOTE ABOUT THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE THEME…
In 2016 Ventura County was designated as a STEM Learning Ecoystem due to its efforts to create collaborative relationships that support STEM Education across multiple domains: formal education, informal education, business and industry, and the community in general. For more than 20 years, GCSN has played an important role in helping to develop and nurture this ecosystem, to include outreach to the surrounding counties of Los Angeles, Kern, and Santa Barbara. The GCSN Conference for STEM Education continues to bring teachers and the community together to share ideas and build inter-agency partnerships and collaborations across our beautiful gold coast and southcentral California. To find out more about the United States STEM Learning Ecosystems, visit http://stemecosystems.org.