June/July 2016 – Vol. 28 No. 10/11

CALENDAR

Jun
1
Wed
2016
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 1 – Aug 15 all-day

Are you a Next Generation Science Teacher? Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer.

The online course, which may be completed over a two-month period or by the course deadline, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Jul
29
Fri
2016
Better Together: California Teachers Summit @ Various Locations Across California
Jul 29 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

BetterTogetherAs California embraces new ways of teaching and learning, you deserve more opportunities to connect with and learn from your fellow teachers. Teachers are the experts when it comes to the California Standards – no one knows more about what’s working in the classroom and where you need more support.

The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the California State University (CSU), and New Teacher Center invite you to join thousands of teachers across the state for the second annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit. This free day of learning will provide the opportunity to share ideas, join a teacher network, and learn effective strategies for implementing the new California Standards in your classroom. Building on momentum from last year’s event that drew 15,000 teachers, this year’s Summit will be even stronger. Like last year, the Summit will feature keynote addresses by education leaders, TED-style EdTalks presented by local teachers, and Edcamp discussions, led by teachers, for teachers.

This free event will take place on Friday, July 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at nearly 40 locations, including college and university campuses across the state. You will walk away from the Summit with:

  • Insights from fellow teachers about effective strategies for implementing the California Standards in English/Language Arts and Math and the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • A powerful network of colleagues from your home region to support future collaboration.
  • Access to new resources and concrete tools that are already working in classrooms across the state.

We encourage you to register for this opportunity today! The event is free to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators. Continuing education credits will also be available to interested teachers at a minimal cost.

Go to cateachersummit.com to learn more, find the location nearest to you, and register for the day of learning.

We also know teachers want to hear and learn from one another. Please share this flyer to ensure your colleagues are able to take advantage of this unique learning opportunity.

Thank you for all your work this school year, and see you at the convening!

California Science Framework 2nd Draft Public Review Event – Environmental Education Focus – Berkely @ UC Berkeley Campus - Room 240 Mulford
Jul 29 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Please join us for a feedback session to ensure all California Students have access to meaningful Environmental Education!

Friday, July 29, 2016

UC Berkeley Campus – Room 240 Mulford
9:30 AM- 12:00 PM
Snacks will be provided
Public transit and parking information to follow once registered.

The California Department of Education is currently seeking public comment on the CA Science Framework, which outlines curriculum expectations for public schools in California. Join ChangeScale and the California Outdoor Engagement Coalition  for a working meeting where we will specify recommendations to incorporate environmental literacy as key components of the framework.

Please share this event with any educators who may find this of interest.

Aug
2
Tue
2016
Science Curriculum Framework Draft Review Session – Fullerton @ LA SIERRA HIGH SCHOOL - Library
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come together to read and review and prepare your feedback collaboratively.  The Orange County Department of Education in partnership with the Fullerton Joint Union High School District will be hosting a group review event of the 2nd public draft of the California Science Curriculum Framework.

Participate in a working meeting where you will give feedback in a facilitated setting alongside colleagues (you are welcome to submit your own feedback directly, but we are hosting a public review session to help guide you through the process and allow for a collaborative setting). Your feedback must be submitted to the Instructional Quality Commission by the end of the 60-day public comment period (June 28, 2016 – August 29, 2016).

Link to draft documents: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/scifw2nd60daypubreview.asp 

Be Prepared To Give Feedback

Before attending, please do the following:

1) Read Chapter 1  Overview of the California Next Generation Science Standards. This will provide a grounding and common understanding of NGSS and the purpose of the document.

2) After that, read the grade level chapter of greatest interest to you.

3) Finally, it is requested that you read ONE of the following supplemental chapters to ensure the entire document is reviewed:

Appendix A, B, C, D, or E

Aug
4
Thu
2016
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Aug 4 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Aug
3
Wed
2016
The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Aug
9
Tue
2016
Science Curriculum Framework Draft Review Session – Manhattan Beach @ Manhattan Beach Unified School District Boardroom
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come together to read and review and prepare your feedback collaboratively.  The Mahattan Beach USD will be hosting a group review event of the 2nd public draft of the California Science Curriculum Framework.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Joanne Michael (jmichael@mbusd.org) with your name, school district, and which grade level span you are interested in reviewing. Also, if you are interested in leading a breakout group, let me know.

Participate in a working meeting where you will give feedback in a facilitated setting alongside colleagues (you are welcome to submit your own feedback directly, but we are hosting a public review session to help guide you through the process and allow for a collaborative setting). Your feedback must be submitted to the Instructional Quality Commission by the end of the 60-day public comment period (June 28, 2016 – August 29, 2016).

Link to draft documents: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/scifw2nd60daypubreview.asp 

Be Prepared To Give Feedback

Before attending, please do the following:

1) Read Chapter 1  Overview of the California Next Generation Science Standards. This will provide a grounding and common understanding of NGSS and the purpose of the document.

2) After that, read the grade level chapter of greatest interest to you.

We will have breakout groups, focusing on K-5 (K-2 and 3-5 if enough people are interested), 6-8, a HS-3 course model, and a HS 4-course model.

 

Aug
15
Mon
2016
Understanding California’s High School 3-Course Model that Integrates Earth and Space Sciences into Biology, Chemistry, and Physics @ San Joaquin County Office of Education Wentworth Educational Center
Aug 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Are you considering the high school 3 course model? Come spend a day with the writers of the California Science Framework High School chapters and learn how to develop a coherent Earth Space Science Integrated course for each of the 3 years. The three courses developed in the framework include: The Living Earth, Physics in the Universe, and Chemistry of the Earth System. This workshop format will begin with a facilitated discussion of the overall 3 course model and the role of integration of Earth science into the other disciplines. This will be followed by breakout sessions for each course. During this time participants will deepen their understanding of the course and justification for unit design. The day will conclude with guided discussion of the Pros and Cons for the order of the courses and time for district teams to consider their next steps.
Click here to download the event flyer!
Target Audience:
This workshop is specifically for high school teachers (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science), science chairs,  curriculum developers, and administrators that are planning NGSS courses. The emphasis will be on the 3-course model as outlined in the new CA Science Framework.
Logistics:
Date: Monday, August 15, 2016
Time: 9am -4pm (Continental breakfast and sign-in at 8:30am.)
Payment Information:
$125.00 per participant
Fee includes all materials, Continental breakfast, and lunch.
Cancellation Policy: If the workshop is canceled by SJCOE, registrants will be notified in advance and will obtain a full refund.  No refunds will be given for participant cancellations.  
Feel free to call our office at 209-468-4880 if you have any questions!
Aug
16
Tue
2016
Understanding California’s High School 3-Course Model that Integrates Earth and Space Sciences into Biology, Chemistry, and Physics @ CSU East Bay, University Union, Multipurpose Room A & B
Aug 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Are you considering the high school 3 course model? Come spend a day with the writers of the California Science Framework High School chapters and learn how to develop a coherent Earth Space Science Integrated course for each of the 3 years. The three courses developed in the framework include: The Living Earth, Physics in the Universe, and Chemistry of the Earth System. This workshop format will begin with a facilitated discussion of the overall 3 course model and the role of integration of Earth science into the other disciplines. This will be followed by breakout sessions for each course. During this time participants will deepen their understanding of the course and justification for unit design. The day will conclude with guided discussion of the Pros and Cons for the order of the courses and time for district teams to consider their next steps.

Logistics:
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Time: 9am – 4pm (Registration/continental breakfast at 8:30 am) Location: CSU East Bay University Union, Multipurpose Room A & B 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd Hayward CA 94542 **Any questions, call Sylvia de la Cruz at 510.670.4253 or email: sdelaCruz@acoe.org

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Aug
20
Sat
2016
Science Curriculum Framework Draft Review Session – Folsom @ CSTA Office
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Come together to read and review and prepare your feedback collaboratively.  The California Science Teachers Association will be hosting a group review event of the 2nd public draft of the California Science Curriculum Framework.

Please RSVP for this event by emailing Lisa Hegdahl at president@cascience.org.

Participate in a working meeting where you will give feedback in a facilitated setting alongside colleagues (you are welcome to submit your own feedback directly, but we are hosting a public review session to help guide you through the process and allow for a collaborative setting). Your feedback must be submitted to the Instructional Quality Commission by the end of the 60-day public comment period (June 28, 2016 – August 29, 2016).

Link to draft documents: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/scifw2nd60daypubreview.asp 

Be Prepared To Give Feedback

Before attending, please do the following:

Read Chapter 1  Overview of the California Next Generation Science Standards. This will provide a grounding and common understanding of NGSS and the purpose of the document.

Refreshments: Light breakfast and lunch

Goals: 
1. Review the current draft of the California Curriculum Science Framework specifically to determine if the concerns that were brought up by CSTA were addressed satisfactorily.

2. Review the comments from similar 2nd Public Review Sessions held across the state to determine if there are common concerns and edits.

 

Aug
23
Tue
2016
Science Curriculum Framework Draft Review Session – San Jose @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Aug 23 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Come together to read and review and prepare your feedback collaboratively.  The Santa Clara County Office of Education will be hosting a group review event of the 2nd public draft of the California Science Curriculum Framework.

Participate in a working meeting where you will give feedback in a facilitated setting alongside colleagues (you are welcome to submit your own feedback directly, but we are hosting a public review session to help guide you through the process and allow for a collaborative setting). Your feedback must be submitted to the Instructional Quality Commission by the end of the 60-day public comment period (June 28, 2016 – August 29, 2016).

Link to draft documents: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/scifw2nd60daypubreview.asp 

Be Prepared To Give Feedback

Before attending, please do the following:

1) Read Chapter 1  Overview of the California Next Generation Science Standards. This will provide a grounding and common understanding of NGSS and the purpose of the document.

2) After that, read the grade level chapter of greatest interest to you.

3) Finally, it is requested that you read ONE of the following supplemental chapters to ensure the entire document is reviewed:

Ch 7 Assessment of Student Learning

Ch 11 Instructional Resources to Support the NGSS for CA Public Schools K-grade 12

 

Aug
24
Wed
2016
Science Curriculum Framework Draft Review Session – San Jose @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Aug 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come together to read and review and prepare your feedback collaboratively.  The Santa Clara County Office of Education will be hosting a group review event of the 2nd public draft of the California Science Curriculum Framework.

Participate in a working meeting where you will give feedback in a facilitated setting alongside colleagues (you are welcome to submit your own feedback directly, but we are hosting a public review session to help guide you through the process and allow for a collaborative setting). Your feedback must be submitted to the Instructional Quality Commission by the end of the 60-day public comment period (June 28, 2016 – August 29, 2016).

Link to draft documents: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/scifw2nd60daypubreview.asp 

Be Prepared To Give Feedback

Before attending, please do the following:

1) Read Chapter 1  Overview of the California Next Generation Science Standards. This will provide a grounding and common understanding of NGSS and the purpose of the document.

2) After that, read the grade level chapter of greatest interest to you.

3) Finally, it is requested that you read ONE of the following supplemental chapters to ensure the entire document is reviewed:

Ch 7 Assessment of Student Learning

Ch 11 Instructional Resources to Support the NGSS for CA Public Schools K-grade 12

 

Sep
1
Thu
2016
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Sep 1 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Sep
7
Wed
2016
Next Generation Science Standards Symposium: Transition to Implementation Rollout #3 Training @ California State University, East Bay (New University Union)
Sep 7 @ 8:00 am – Sep 8 @ 4:30 pm

Rollout #3 Agenda

Day 1

 7:30 – 8:00
Registering and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30
Plenary Session, Welcome, and Set-up for the 2 Days

8:30-9:15
CA NGSS Assessment Update

9:15-9:30
Environmental Principles and Concepts

9:45-12:15
Administrator Session:  Tool P Observing Implementation

9:45-12:15
Teacher Session: Tool E Putting it Together

Lunch 12: 15-1:15

1:15-4:30
Transitional Learning Sequences:  What Does it Look Like at My Grade Span?
(Grade Span Choices: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Physical Science, & 9-12 Life Science)

4:30
Dismissal

 

Day 2

7:30-8:00
Registering and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15
Plenary Session, Welcome, Housekeeping

8:30 – 11:30
Deepening Understanding of Modeling in the Elementary/Secondary Classroom
(Grade Span Choices K-5, 6-12)

Lunch 11:30-12:30

12:30-1:30
Table Talks

Choice:  1:45-3:45

Admin Planning for Communication

Science and Common Core ELA

Exploring Integration at Middle School

High School Models

Engineering in Life Science

(K-12)

Cross Cutting Concepts: Deepening Our Understanding

3:50 – 4:30
Next Steps and Action Planning

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Sep
8
Thu
2016
Project WET Workshop: Tehachapi
Sep 8 @ 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.

Sep
13
Tue
2016
Intro to NGSS and 3-D Learning (K-5) @ San Diego County Office of Education, Room 401/402
Sep 13 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Implementation Stage 1

A one-day experience where teachers learn about the vision, goals, and instructional shifts of NGSS. They explore grade level standards and are introduced to the CA Science Framework that guides NGSS curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Sep
14
Wed
2016
Science Leadership & Professional Development Network @ San Diego County Office of Education, Room 306
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

On-going network designed to bring leaders of science reform and professional development together with the goal of building capacity of all stakeholders to effectively implement the Next Generation Science Standards in the region

Sep
19
Mon
2016
Get to Know the Next Generation Science Standards @ Sacramento County Office of Education
Sep 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Oct
1
Sat
2016
Understanding Climate Change in California: San Jose
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

BAY 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! Please contact Brian Brown, CA Project WET Coordinator at (916) 444-6240 or projectwet@watereducation.org.

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Jun
1
Wed
2016
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 1 – Aug 15 all-day

Are you a Next Generation Science Teacher? Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer.

The online course, which may be completed over a two-month period or by the course deadline, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Jul
29
Fri
2016
Better Together: California Teachers Summit @ Various Locations Across California
Jul 29 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

BetterTogetherAs California embraces new ways of teaching and learning, you deserve more opportunities to connect with and learn from your fellow teachers. Teachers are the experts when it comes to the California Standards – no one knows more about what’s working in the classroom and where you need more support.

The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the California State University (CSU), and New Teacher Center invite you to join thousands of teachers across the state for the second annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit. This free day of learning will provide the opportunity to share ideas, join a teacher network, and learn effective strategies for implementing the new California Standards in your classroom. Building on momentum from last year’s event that drew 15,000 teachers, this year’s Summit will be even stronger. Like last year, the Summit will feature keynote addresses by education leaders, TED-style EdTalks presented by local teachers, and Edcamp discussions, led by teachers, for teachers.

This free event will take place on Friday, July 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at nearly 40 locations, including college and university campuses across the state. You will walk away from the Summit with:

  • Insights from fellow teachers about effective strategies for implementing the California Standards in English/Language Arts and Math and the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • A powerful network of colleagues from your home region to support future collaboration.
  • Access to new resources and concrete tools that are already working in classrooms across the state.

We encourage you to register for this opportunity today! The event is free to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators. Continuing education credits will also be available to interested teachers at a minimal cost.

Go to cateachersummit.com to learn more, find the location nearest to you, and register for the day of learning.

We also know teachers want to hear and learn from one another. Please share this flyer to ensure your colleagues are able to take advantage of this unique learning opportunity.

Thank you for all your work this school year, and see you at the convening!

California Science Framework 2nd Draft Public Review Event – Environmental Education Focus – Berkely @ UC Berkeley Campus - Room 240 Mulford
Jul 29 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Please join us for a feedback session to ensure all California Students have access to meaningful Environmental Education!

Friday, July 29, 2016

UC Berkeley Campus – Room 240 Mulford
9:30 AM- 12:00 PM
Snacks will be provided
Public transit and parking information to follow once registered.

The California Department of Education is currently seeking public comment on the CA Science Framework, which outlines curriculum expectations for public schools in California. Join ChangeScale and the California Outdoor Engagement Coalition  for a working meeting where we will specify recommendations to incorporate environmental literacy as key components of the framework.

Please share this event with any educators who may find this of interest.

Aug
2
Tue
2016
Science Curriculum Framework Draft Review Session – Fullerton @ LA SIERRA HIGH SCHOOL - Library
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come together to read and review and prepare your feedback collaboratively.  The Orange County Department of Education in partnership with the Fullerton Joint Union High School District will be hosting a group review event of the 2nd public draft of the California Science Curriculum Framework.

Participate in a working meeting where you will give feedback in a facilitated setting alongside colleagues (you are welcome to submit your own feedback directly, but we are hosting a public review session to help guide you through the process and allow for a collaborative setting). Your feedback must be submitted to the Instructional Quality Commission by the end of the 60-day public comment period (June 28, 2016 – August 29, 2016).

Link to draft documents: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/scifw2nd60daypubreview.asp 

Be Prepared To Give Feedback

Before attending, please do the following:

1) Read Chapter 1  Overview of the California Next Generation Science Standards. This will provide a grounding and common understanding of NGSS and the purpose of the document.

2) After that, read the grade level chapter of greatest interest to you.

3) Finally, it is requested that you read ONE of the following supplemental chapters to ensure the entire document is reviewed:

Appendix A, B, C, D, or E

Aug
4
Thu
2016
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Aug 4 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Aug
3
Wed
2016
The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Aug
9
Tue
2016
Science Curriculum Framework Draft Review Session – Manhattan Beach @ Manhattan Beach Unified School District Boardroom
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come together to read and review and prepare your feedback collaboratively.  The Mahattan Beach USD will be hosting a group review event of the 2nd public draft of the California Science Curriculum Framework.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Joanne Michael (jmichael@mbusd.org) with your name, school district, and which grade level span you are interested in reviewing. Also, if you are interested in leading a breakout group, let me know.

Participate in a working meeting where you will give feedback in a facilitated setting alongside colleagues (you are welcome to submit your own feedback directly, but we are hosting a public review session to help guide you through the process and allow for a collaborative setting). Your feedback must be submitted to the Instructional Quality Commission by the end of the 60-day public comment period (June 28, 2016 – August 29, 2016).

Link to draft documents: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/scifw2nd60daypubreview.asp 

Be Prepared To Give Feedback

Before attending, please do the following:

1) Read Chapter 1  Overview of the California Next Generation Science Standards. This will provide a grounding and common understanding of NGSS and the purpose of the document.

2) After that, read the grade level chapter of greatest interest to you.

We will have breakout groups, focusing on K-5 (K-2 and 3-5 if enough people are interested), 6-8, a HS-3 course model, and a HS 4-course model.

 

Aug
15
Mon
2016
Understanding California’s High School 3-Course Model that Integrates Earth and Space Sciences into Biology, Chemistry, and Physics @ San Joaquin County Office of Education Wentworth Educational Center
Aug 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Are you considering the high school 3 course model? Come spend a day with the writers of the California Science Framework High School chapters and learn how to develop a coherent Earth Space Science Integrated course for each of the 3 years. The three courses developed in the framework include: The Living Earth, Physics in the Universe, and Chemistry of the Earth System. This workshop format will begin with a facilitated discussion of the overall 3 course model and the role of integration of Earth science into the other disciplines. This will be followed by breakout sessions for each course. During this time participants will deepen their understanding of the course and justification for unit design. The day will conclude with guided discussion of the Pros and Cons for the order of the courses and time for district teams to consider their next steps.
Click here to download the event flyer!
Target Audience:
This workshop is specifically for high school teachers (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science), science chairs,  curriculum developers, and administrators that are planning NGSS courses. The emphasis will be on the 3-course model as outlined in the new CA Science Framework.
Logistics:
Date: Monday, August 15, 2016
Time: 9am -4pm (Continental breakfast and sign-in at 8:30am.)
Payment Information:
$125.00 per participant
Fee includes all materials, Continental breakfast, and lunch.
Cancellation Policy: If the workshop is canceled by SJCOE, registrants will be notified in advance and will obtain a full refund.  No refunds will be given for participant cancellations.  
Feel free to call our office at 209-468-4880 if you have any questions!
Aug
16
Tue
2016
Understanding California’s High School 3-Course Model that Integrates Earth and Space Sciences into Biology, Chemistry, and Physics @ CSU East Bay, University Union, Multipurpose Room A & B
Aug 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Are you considering the high school 3 course model? Come spend a day with the writers of the California Science Framework High School chapters and learn how to develop a coherent Earth Space Science Integrated course for each of the 3 years. The three courses developed in the framework include: The Living Earth, Physics in the Universe, and Chemistry of the Earth System. This workshop format will begin with a facilitated discussion of the overall 3 course model and the role of integration of Earth science into the other disciplines. This will be followed by breakout sessions for each course. During this time participants will deepen their understanding of the course and justification for unit design. The day will conclude with guided discussion of the Pros and Cons for the order of the courses and time for district teams to consider their next steps.

Logistics:
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Time: 9am – 4pm (Registration/continental breakfast at 8:30 am) Location: CSU East Bay University Union, Multipurpose Room A & B 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd Hayward CA 94542 **Any questions, call Sylvia de la Cruz at 510.670.4253 or email: sdelaCruz@acoe.org

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Aug
20
Sat
2016
Science Curriculum Framework Draft Review Session – Folsom @ CSTA Office
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Come together to read and review and prepare your feedback collaboratively.  The California Science Teachers Association will be hosting a group review event of the 2nd public draft of the California Science Curriculum Framework.

Please RSVP for this event by emailing Lisa Hegdahl at president@cascience.org.

Participate in a working meeting where you will give feedback in a facilitated setting alongside colleagues (you are welcome to submit your own feedback directly, but we are hosting a public review session to help guide you through the process and allow for a collaborative setting). Your feedback must be submitted to the Instructional Quality Commission by the end of the 60-day public comment period (June 28, 2016 – August 29, 2016).

Link to draft documents: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/scifw2nd60daypubreview.asp 

Be Prepared To Give Feedback

Before attending, please do the following:

Read Chapter 1  Overview of the California Next Generation Science Standards. This will provide a grounding and common understanding of NGSS and the purpose of the document.

Refreshments: Light breakfast and lunch

Goals: 
1. Review the current draft of the California Curriculum Science Framework specifically to determine if the concerns that were brought up by CSTA were addressed satisfactorily.

2. Review the comments from similar 2nd Public Review Sessions held across the state to determine if there are common concerns and edits.

 

Aug
23
Tue
2016
Science Curriculum Framework Draft Review Session – San Jose @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Aug 23 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Come together to read and review and prepare your feedback collaboratively.  The Santa Clara County Office of Education will be hosting a group review event of the 2nd public draft of the California Science Curriculum Framework.

Participate in a working meeting where you will give feedback in a facilitated setting alongside colleagues (you are welcome to submit your own feedback directly, but we are hosting a public review session to help guide you through the process and allow for a collaborative setting). Your feedback must be submitted to the Instructional Quality Commission by the end of the 60-day public comment period (June 28, 2016 – August 29, 2016).

Link to draft documents: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/scifw2nd60daypubreview.asp 

Be Prepared To Give Feedback

Before attending, please do the following:

1) Read Chapter 1  Overview of the California Next Generation Science Standards. This will provide a grounding and common understanding of NGSS and the purpose of the document.

2) After that, read the grade level chapter of greatest interest to you.

3) Finally, it is requested that you read ONE of the following supplemental chapters to ensure the entire document is reviewed:

Ch 7 Assessment of Student Learning

Ch 11 Instructional Resources to Support the NGSS for CA Public Schools K-grade 12

 

Aug
24
Wed
2016
Science Curriculum Framework Draft Review Session – San Jose @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Aug 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come together to read and review and prepare your feedback collaboratively.  The Santa Clara County Office of Education will be hosting a group review event of the 2nd public draft of the California Science Curriculum Framework.

Participate in a working meeting where you will give feedback in a facilitated setting alongside colleagues (you are welcome to submit your own feedback directly, but we are hosting a public review session to help guide you through the process and allow for a collaborative setting). Your feedback must be submitted to the Instructional Quality Commission by the end of the 60-day public comment period (June 28, 2016 – August 29, 2016).

Link to draft documents: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/scifw2nd60daypubreview.asp 

Be Prepared To Give Feedback

Before attending, please do the following:

1) Read Chapter 1  Overview of the California Next Generation Science Standards. This will provide a grounding and common understanding of NGSS and the purpose of the document.

2) After that, read the grade level chapter of greatest interest to you.

3) Finally, it is requested that you read ONE of the following supplemental chapters to ensure the entire document is reviewed:

Ch 7 Assessment of Student Learning

Ch 11 Instructional Resources to Support the NGSS for CA Public Schools K-grade 12

 

Sep
1
Thu
2016
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Sep 1 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Sep
7
Wed
2016
Next Generation Science Standards Symposium: Transition to Implementation Rollout #3 Training @ California State University, East Bay (New University Union)
Sep 7 @ 8:00 am – Sep 8 @ 4:30 pm

Rollout #3 Agenda

Day 1

 7:30 – 8:00
Registering and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30
Plenary Session, Welcome, and Set-up for the 2 Days

8:30-9:15
CA NGSS Assessment Update

9:15-9:30
Environmental Principles and Concepts

9:45-12:15
Administrator Session:  Tool P Observing Implementation

9:45-12:15
Teacher Session: Tool E Putting it Together

Lunch 12: 15-1:15

1:15-4:30
Transitional Learning Sequences:  What Does it Look Like at My Grade Span?
(Grade Span Choices: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Physical Science, & 9-12 Life Science)

4:30
Dismissal

 

Day 2

7:30-8:00
Registering and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15
Plenary Session, Welcome, Housekeeping

8:30 – 11:30
Deepening Understanding of Modeling in the Elementary/Secondary Classroom
(Grade Span Choices K-5, 6-12)

Lunch 11:30-12:30

12:30-1:30
Table Talks

Choice:  1:45-3:45

Admin Planning for Communication

Science and Common Core ELA

Exploring Integration at Middle School

High School Models

Engineering in Life Science

(K-12)

Cross Cutting Concepts: Deepening Our Understanding

3:50 – 4:30
Next Steps and Action Planning

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

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Sep
8
Thu
2016
Project WET Workshop: Tehachapi
Sep 8 @ 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.

Sep
13
Tue
2016
Intro to NGSS and 3-D Learning (K-5) @ San Diego County Office of Education, Room 401/402
Sep 13 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Implementation Stage 1

A one-day experience where teachers learn about the vision, goals, and instructional shifts of NGSS. They explore grade level standards and are introduced to the CA Science Framework that guides NGSS curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Sep
14
Wed
2016
Science Leadership & Professional Development Network @ San Diego County Office of Education, Room 306
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

On-going network designed to bring leaders of science reform and professional development together with the goal of building capacity of all stakeholders to effectively implement the Next Generation Science Standards in the region

Sep
19
Mon
2016
Get to Know the Next Generation Science Standards @ Sacramento County Office of Education
Sep 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Oct
1
Sat
2016
Understanding Climate Change in California: San Jose
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

BAY 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! Please contact Brian Brown, CA Project WET Coordinator at (916) 444-6240 or projectwet@watereducation.org.