January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Jan
8
Mon
2018
SNAP Course: Creating Instructionally-Embedded Performance Assessments for the NGSS Classroom @ Online Course
Jan 8 – Mar 30 all-day

This course is about developing 3-5 day performance assessments that are embedded into classroom instruction.

Participants work through the steps of developing an NGSS performance assessment in development teams of 2-4 while watching the instructional videos. Two or more development teams will get together for face-to-face meetings to provide feedback on the development at two points during the course.

This course will be run January 8-March 30th, 2018. Registration is now open.

SNAP Courses: Performance Assessment in the NGSS Classroom: Implications for Practice @ Online Course
Jan 8 – Mar 30 all-day

This course is about how short performance assessments can be used to support NGSS instruction.

Participants watch instructional videos on their own and complete assignments collaboratively with groups of colleagues. If you would like to do the course as an individual we will provide support for you to join a virtual group for the assignments.

This course will be open Jan 8-March 30th, 2018 and it can be taken any time within those dates.

Registration is will remain open until the end of the course. Many more details about the course and its structure are available on the registration page.

Jan
20
Sat
2018
Introduction to the NGSS (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

More About the Event

Join us to explore the principles underlying the NGSS. Gain experience with the Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas that comprise the new standards, and learn how to read those NGSS tables!

Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments and caffeine to keep us going.
  • Share teaching ideas with a diverse community of educators.
  • Leave with a binder and USB drive with resources related to this professional development experience.
  • Become eligible to take our intermediate-level workshops, such as Unlocking the SEPs and Connecting with the CCCs.

Bring the NGSS Back to Your Team

After taking this workshop, you can use materials from our NGSS Demystified teacher training toolkit to orient other teachers at your school to the new standards.

How Do I Join?

Tickets are only $25 for this full-day experience.

Can’t join us on January 20? No problem. The same workshop is also offered in October.

Reserve your spot online or by calling 877-227-3311 on any day from 8am-5pm.

Jan
23
Tue
2018
Project WET for Chowchilla Area Schools @ Chowchilla Elementary School District - Reagan Elementary
Jan 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

CHOWCHILLA AREA EDUCATORS!  Join us for 4 Tuesday afternoons this winter to experience Next Generation Science Standard practices in action and how to implement hands-on activities into your classroom. Learn new, creative teaching strategies and receive activities that address water from the widest possible angle with Project WET modules and existing regional water education programs that bring local issues into focus. Receive a free copy of the NGSS aligned Project WET Guide 2.0, free access to the Project WET Online portal for additional resources, and an opportunity to apply for graduate credit through UC Merced Extension – all for a $40 registration fee! CESD will cover the cost for CESD teachers who attend all four sessions. Please contact Lynn Reimer lreimer@ucmerced.edu or Erin Henley henleye@chowchillaelem.k12.ca.us or to register.  Chowchilla Elementary School District – Reagan Elementary, Chowchilla, CA 93610 (3:30 pm – 5:00 pm each day; Teacher PD; NGSS PD/CCSS/Common Core/Region 7)

Jan
24
Wed
2018
Facilitating Conversations & Enhancing Learning @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 24 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

More About the Event

Facilitating Conversations & Enhancing Learning

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 7, 2018
4:00pm – 7:00pm

What role does talking have in enhancing learning? How can informal educators design and facilitate conversations that help learners transfer their learning from an abstract idea into a concrete concept?

Educators will explore how talking helps people transfer knowledge into long-term storage areas of the brain. They will then build off of proven strategies for facilitating conversations and how they can be adapted to their unique teaching environments. During this series, educators participate in activities to explore what learning research looks like in practice, and use videos of themselves teaching to reflect upon and brainstorm ways to strengthen their interactions with learners.

This workshop series is part of the Reflecting on Practice program.

About Reflecting on Practice workshops

Reflecting on Practice is comprised of nationally recognized informal educator workshops that give educators a time and a place to focus on how people learn. The goal of the program is to build a culture of reflection and help educators take advantage of structures that allow them to incorporate research on learning into their teaching practices. The curriculum organizes knowledge from the learning sciences into three topic areas for participants to explore.

Educators need to commit to all five sessions in a single series and can do just one series, or all of them.

The cost is $50 per person per series, and scholarships are available. All sessions take place at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Supported by NSF-DRL #1612515

Cosmic Gold: Neutron Star Mergers, Gravitational Waves, and the Origin of the Heavy Elements @ Foothill College
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 at 7 pm, Dr. Eliot Quataert of the University of California, Berkeley, will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on:

”Cosmic Gold: Neutron Star Mergers, Gravitational Waves, and the Origin of the Heavy Elements”

in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College, in Los Altos.

The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series at Foothill College, now in its 18th year.

Scientists have recently developed a new way to `see’ the universe, using the gravitational waves predicted by Einstein nearly a century ago. These waves can teach us about some of the most exotic objects known, including star “corpses” known as black holes and neutron stars.   Remarkably, they have also helped solve a longstanding puzzle about where in the Universe some of the elements we know and love here on Earth are produced, including gold, platinum, uranium, and even Californium!

Eliot Quataert is a Professor of Astronomy and Physics at UC Berkeley and the Director of the Theoretical Astrophysics Center.  He is an astrophysics theorist who works on a wide range of problems, from stars and black holes to how galaxies form.  He has received a number of national awards for his research and is also a highly regarded teacher and public lecturer.

Foothill College is just off the El Monte Road exit from Freeway 280 in Los Altos.  For directions and parking information, see: http://www.foothill.edu/news/transportation.php
For a campus map, see: http://www.foothill.edu/news/maps.php

The lecture is co-sponsored by:

* The Foothill College Astronomy Program

* The SETI Institute

* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific

* NASA’s Ames Research Center.

We get large crowds for these talks, so we ask people to try to arrive a little bit early to find parking.  The lecture is free, but there is a charge of $3 for parking on campus and exact change is appreciated.

Past lectures in the series can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/SVAstronomyLectures

Jan
27
Sat
2018
Connecting Real Life to Science, History, and Common Core @ Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Jan 27 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

SANTA CRUZ AREA EDUCATORS!  Teaching to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core (CCSS), ELA, and History/Social Science Standards can be achieved with the California Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum (EEI) and the Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Curriculum and Activity Guide. Join us for this engaging teacher workshop featuring instructional strategies, standards-based lessons, and local resources – including experience using the 5-E Instructional Model in the new CA Science Curriculum Framework. Please register online by January 20th at bit.ly/WaterEdSCCOE  Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Santa Cruz, CA (8:30 am – 3:30 pm; Teacher PD; NGSS PD/CCSS/Common Core/Region 5

NGSS Spotlight: Unlocking the Science and Engineering Practices (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where do you begin applying the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in your classroom? How do you integrate the Science and Engineering Practices into grade-level appropriate activities? Shine a spotlight on the Practices in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop.

More About the Event

Explore how the Science and Engineering Practices grow in depth and sophistication as students progress from grades K-12. Experience sample lessons to discover what the Practices look like at different grade levels. Leave with the skills to begin adapting your curriculum to the NGSS using the Practices as the gateway to re-imagining content.

This two-day workshop experience is designed for all educators grades K-12.

Saturday, January 27 and Saturday, February 10, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Important Note

This is an intermediate-level workshop and will assume that you already have a basic familiarity with the three dimensions of the NGSS. For a beginners-level experience, check out our Introduction to the NGSSworkshop.

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments.
  • Share teaching ideas with a diverse community of educators.
  • Leave with a binder and USB drive with resources related to this professional development experience.
  • Become eligible to take our advanced-level workshops.

How Do I Join?

Tickets are only $40 for this two-day experience.

Reserve your spot online or by calling 877-227-3311 on any day from 8am-5pm.

NGSS Workshop Series: Phenomena and Instructional Strategies @ UCR Alumni Center
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Inland Area Science Project at UC Riverside invites K-12 educators and administrators to engage in authentic NGSS phenomena-based 3-dimensional learning experiences. Three strands available for each session: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Who: K-12 educators and administrators
Where: UCR Alumni Center 3701 Canyon Crest Dr, Riverside 92521
(except 2/3/18 in Palm Desert)
When: 8:30 register/full breakfast, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm workshop
Cost: $50 per workshop (includes parking permit, breakfast, and workshop materials). $130 for all 4 workshops (Come to all 5 even!)

Phenomena and Instructional Strategies
Explore the use of phenomena linked to driving questions (using same Instructional Segment from November 4th), investigations, data, models, student explanations, and instructional strategies. Similar to Rollout 4 but diving deeper.

For questions or further information, please email martin.baxter@ucr.edu

Project WET for Chowchilla Area Schools @ Chowchilla Elementary School District - Reagan Elementary
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

CHOWCHILLA AREA EDUCATORS!  Join us for 4 Tuesday afternoons this winter to experience Next Generation Science Standard practices in action and how to implement hands-on activities into your classroom. Learn new, creative teaching strategies and receive activities that address water from the widest possible angle with Project WET modules and existing regional water education programs that bring local issues into focus. Receive a free copy of the NGSS aligned Project WET Guide 2.0, free access to the Project WET Online portal for additional resources, and an opportunity to apply for graduate credit through UC Merced Extension – all for a $50 registration fee- and CESD will cover the cost for CESD teachers who attend the entire day! Please contact Lynn Reimer lreimer@ucmerced.edu or Erin Henley henleye@chowchillaelem.k12.ca.us or to register.  Chowchilla Elementary School District – Reagan Elementary, Chowchilla, CA 93610 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm); Teacher PD; NGSS PD/CCSS/Common Core/Region 7

Jan
30
Tue
2018
Project WET for Chowchilla Area Schools @ Chowchilla Elementary School District - Reagan Elementary
Jan 30 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

CHOWCHILLA AREA EDUCATORS!  Join us for 4 Tuesday afternoons this winter to experience Next Generation Science Standard practices in action and how to implement hands-on activities into your classroom. Learn new, creative teaching strategies and receive activities that address water from the widest possible angle with Project WET modules and existing regional water education programs that bring local issues into focus. Receive a free copy of the NGSS aligned Project WET Guide 2.0, free access to the Project WET Online portal for additional resources, and an opportunity to apply for graduate credit through UC Merced Extension – all for a $40 registration fee! CESD will cover the cost for CESD teachers who attend all four sessions. Please contact Lynn Reimer lreimer@ucmerced.edu or Erin Henley henleye@chowchillaelem.k12.ca.us or to register.  Chowchilla Elementary School District – Reagan Elementary, Chowchilla, CA 93610 (3:30 pm – 5:00 pm each day; Teacher PD; NGSS PD/CCSS/Common Core/Region 7)

An Integrated Lesson: Living Organisms Effected by Celestial Patterns – Earth Science @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Instructor: Lisa Hegdahl, McCaffrey Middle School

CA NGSS Early Implementer MS Integrated Lesson Sequence guides student exploration of how celestial patterns can affect organism populations as they respond to environmental changes over time.
NGSS: ESS1.B, LS4.C

Did NGSS Throw Out Kinematics? Do we Skip Equations of Motion? – Physical Science @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Instructor: Scott Richardson, Senior Davis High

Distance… speed… acceleration… NGSS seems to say nothing about the traditional equations of motion (kinematics) found in a standard physics or physical science class. What are teachers supposed to do? This workshop will explore some options for addressing this issue by focusing on one of the central goals of NGSS: Student making sense of motion.
NGSS: PS2

Energy for Biologists: Productively Aligning Ideas with Physical Science Classrooms – Life Science @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Instructor: Chris Griesemer, UC Davis

How do you approach energy in your life science classes? Do both you and your students struggle with the concept? How much do you teach, and is it in accord with ideas they’ll learn in physical science/chemistry/physics? We’ll explore some productive ways to address energy in the context of NGSS standards that require students to explain phenomena around matter and energy in biological organisms. Importantly, we’ll consider the ways in which energy is dealt with in physical science (MS) and in chemistry and physics (HS) in order to generate more robust model ideas in the life science classroom.
NGSS: MS-LS1-6-7, MS-LS2-3, HS-LS1-5, HS-LS1-7, HS-LS2-3-4

Engineering Designs for Energy Transfer: Electricity, Natural Resources, and Environmental Impact – 3rd-5th Grade Science @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Instructor: Jenna Porter, Sacramento State

Participants will engage in engineering design challenges to convert energy from one form to another. They’ll also explore how to design devices that convert natural resources into usable energy and the environmental impacts for doing so.
NGSS: 4-ESS3-1, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4

Investigating Light – K-2nd Grade Science @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Instructor: Julie Harr, Churchill Middle School

What are the effects of placing objects made of different materials in the path of a beam of light? Plan and conduct investigations to find out!
NGSS: 1-PS4-3, 1-PS4-2

Using Underwater Robotics to Understand Lakes and Oceans in a Changing Environment @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Alex Forrest, UC Davis, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
In future climate scenarios, impacts will be felt on our lakes and oceans that will, among many other results, threaten water supply, degrade ecosystem function and drive melting in polar regions. From draining epishelf lakes in the Canadian High Arctic to ice shelf collapse in East Antarctica, Alex Forrest will present on his team’s usage of autonomous systems to address environmental challenges. The use of underwater robotics is critical to allowing the scientific and engineering communities that would be cost prohibitive or logistically impossible to access by other means. Autonomous and remote sensing technology development also allows new information to be collected that enables better predictions of how our environment will react as the climate continues to change.

Jan
31
Wed
2018
Facilitating Conversations & Enhancing Learning @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 31 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

More About the Event

Facilitating Conversations & Enhancing Learning

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 7, 2018
4:00pm – 7:00pm

What role does talking have in enhancing learning? How can informal educators design and facilitate conversations that help learners transfer their learning from an abstract idea into a concrete concept?

Educators will explore how talking helps people transfer knowledge into long-term storage areas of the brain. They will then build off of proven strategies for facilitating conversations and how they can be adapted to their unique teaching environments. During this series, educators participate in activities to explore what learning research looks like in practice, and use videos of themselves teaching to reflect upon and brainstorm ways to strengthen their interactions with learners.

This workshop series is part of the Reflecting on Practice program.

About Reflecting on Practice workshops

Reflecting on Practice is comprised of nationally recognized informal educator workshops that give educators a time and a place to focus on how people learn. The goal of the program is to build a culture of reflection and help educators take advantage of structures that allow them to incorporate research on learning into their teaching practices. The curriculum organizes knowledge from the learning sciences into three topic areas for participants to explore.

Educators need to commit to all five sessions in a single series and can do just one series, or all of them.

The cost is $50 per person per series, and scholarships are available. All sessions take place at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Supported by NSF-DRL #1612515

Feb
3
Sat
2018
Exploring Phenomena: Using Science to Figure Things Out (grades K-12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

What is meant by “real-world phenomena” and how can they anchor learning in science and engineering? In this workshop, you will build your understanding of what phenomenon-based science can be, and how to start making it happen in your classroom.

More About the Event

“How did the Grand Canyon form?” “Where did the mass of the apple go when I threw it in the compost?” These questions about real-world phenomena are great examples of how science can be used for figuring things out. In this workshop you will participate as a learner in a phenomenon-based lesson, then unpack your experience with fellow educators. You will build understanding and gain tools and strategies to help you choose phenomena and craft essential questions that can guide your students to “figure things out” about the real world.

Saturday, February 3, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments, coffee, and tea.
  • Work collaboratively with a community of educators in a positive learning environment
  • Participate in a hands-on science experience
  • Gain practical tools to apply to your own science planning
  • Explore the Academy’s exhibits during lunch and after the workshop

How Do I Join?

Tickets are only $25. Reserve your spot online or by calling 877-227-3311 on any day from 8am to 5pm.

NGSS Workshop Series: Phenomena and Instructional Strategies Part 2
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Inland Area Science Project at UC Riverside invites K-12 educators and administrators to engage in authentic NGSS phenomena-based 3-dimensional learning experiences. Three strands available for each session: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Who: K-12 educators and administrators
Where: UCR Alumni Center 3701 Canyon Crest Dr, Riverside 92521
(except 2/3/18 in Palm Desert)
When: 8:30 register/full breakfast, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm workshop
Cost: $50 per workshop (includes parking permit, breakfast, and workshop materials). $130 for all 4 workshops (Come to all 5 even!)

Phenomena Workshop repeating January 27th material
(Palm Desert – location TBA

For questions or further information, please email martin.baxter@ucr.edu

Jan
8
Mon
2018
SNAP Course: Creating Instructionally-Embedded Performance Assessments for the NGSS Classroom @ Online Course
Jan 8 – Mar 30 all-day

This course is about developing 3-5 day performance assessments that are embedded into classroom instruction.

Participants work through the steps of developing an NGSS performance assessment in development teams of 2-4 while watching the instructional videos. Two or more development teams will get together for face-to-face meetings to provide feedback on the development at two points during the course.

This course will be run January 8-March 30th, 2018. Registration is now open.

SNAP Courses: Performance Assessment in the NGSS Classroom: Implications for Practice @ Online Course
Jan 8 – Mar 30 all-day

This course is about how short performance assessments can be used to support NGSS instruction.

Participants watch instructional videos on their own and complete assignments collaboratively with groups of colleagues. If you would like to do the course as an individual we will provide support for you to join a virtual group for the assignments.

This course will be open Jan 8-March 30th, 2018 and it can be taken any time within those dates.

Registration is will remain open until the end of the course. Many more details about the course and its structure are available on the registration page.

Jan
20
Sat
2018
Introduction to the NGSS (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

More About the Event

Join us to explore the principles underlying the NGSS. Gain experience with the Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas that comprise the new standards, and learn how to read those NGSS tables!

Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments and caffeine to keep us going.
  • Share teaching ideas with a diverse community of educators.
  • Leave with a binder and USB drive with resources related to this professional development experience.
  • Become eligible to take our intermediate-level workshops, such as Unlocking the SEPs and Connecting with the CCCs.

Bring the NGSS Back to Your Team

After taking this workshop, you can use materials from our NGSS Demystified teacher training toolkit to orient other teachers at your school to the new standards.

How Do I Join?

Tickets are only $25 for this full-day experience.

Can’t join us on January 20? No problem. The same workshop is also offered in October.

Reserve your spot online or by calling 877-227-3311 on any day from 8am-5pm.

Jan
23
Tue
2018
Project WET for Chowchilla Area Schools @ Chowchilla Elementary School District - Reagan Elementary
Jan 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

CHOWCHILLA AREA EDUCATORS!  Join us for 4 Tuesday afternoons this winter to experience Next Generation Science Standard practices in action and how to implement hands-on activities into your classroom. Learn new, creative teaching strategies and receive activities that address water from the widest possible angle with Project WET modules and existing regional water education programs that bring local issues into focus. Receive a free copy of the NGSS aligned Project WET Guide 2.0, free access to the Project WET Online portal for additional resources, and an opportunity to apply for graduate credit through UC Merced Extension – all for a $40 registration fee! CESD will cover the cost for CESD teachers who attend all four sessions. Please contact Lynn Reimer lreimer@ucmerced.edu or Erin Henley henleye@chowchillaelem.k12.ca.us or to register.  Chowchilla Elementary School District – Reagan Elementary, Chowchilla, CA 93610 (3:30 pm – 5:00 pm each day; Teacher PD; NGSS PD/CCSS/Common Core/Region 7)

Jan
24
Wed
2018
Facilitating Conversations & Enhancing Learning @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 24 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

More About the Event

Facilitating Conversations & Enhancing Learning

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 7, 2018
4:00pm – 7:00pm

What role does talking have in enhancing learning? How can informal educators design and facilitate conversations that help learners transfer their learning from an abstract idea into a concrete concept?

Educators will explore how talking helps people transfer knowledge into long-term storage areas of the brain. They will then build off of proven strategies for facilitating conversations and how they can be adapted to their unique teaching environments. During this series, educators participate in activities to explore what learning research looks like in practice, and use videos of themselves teaching to reflect upon and brainstorm ways to strengthen their interactions with learners.

This workshop series is part of the Reflecting on Practice program.

About Reflecting on Practice workshops

Reflecting on Practice is comprised of nationally recognized informal educator workshops that give educators a time and a place to focus on how people learn. The goal of the program is to build a culture of reflection and help educators take advantage of structures that allow them to incorporate research on learning into their teaching practices. The curriculum organizes knowledge from the learning sciences into three topic areas for participants to explore.

Educators need to commit to all five sessions in a single series and can do just one series, or all of them.

The cost is $50 per person per series, and scholarships are available. All sessions take place at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Supported by NSF-DRL #1612515

Cosmic Gold: Neutron Star Mergers, Gravitational Waves, and the Origin of the Heavy Elements @ Foothill College
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 at 7 pm, Dr. Eliot Quataert of the University of California, Berkeley, will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on:

”Cosmic Gold: Neutron Star Mergers, Gravitational Waves, and the Origin of the Heavy Elements”

in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College, in Los Altos.

The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series at Foothill College, now in its 18th year.

Scientists have recently developed a new way to `see’ the universe, using the gravitational waves predicted by Einstein nearly a century ago. These waves can teach us about some of the most exotic objects known, including star “corpses” known as black holes and neutron stars.   Remarkably, they have also helped solve a longstanding puzzle about where in the Universe some of the elements we know and love here on Earth are produced, including gold, platinum, uranium, and even Californium!

Eliot Quataert is a Professor of Astronomy and Physics at UC Berkeley and the Director of the Theoretical Astrophysics Center.  He is an astrophysics theorist who works on a wide range of problems, from stars and black holes to how galaxies form.  He has received a number of national awards for his research and is also a highly regarded teacher and public lecturer.

Foothill College is just off the El Monte Road exit from Freeway 280 in Los Altos.  For directions and parking information, see: http://www.foothill.edu/news/transportation.php
For a campus map, see: http://www.foothill.edu/news/maps.php

The lecture is co-sponsored by:

* The Foothill College Astronomy Program

* The SETI Institute

* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific

* NASA’s Ames Research Center.

We get large crowds for these talks, so we ask people to try to arrive a little bit early to find parking.  The lecture is free, but there is a charge of $3 for parking on campus and exact change is appreciated.

Past lectures in the series can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/SVAstronomyLectures

Jan
27
Sat
2018
Connecting Real Life to Science, History, and Common Core @ Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Jan 27 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

SANTA CRUZ AREA EDUCATORS!  Teaching to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core (CCSS), ELA, and History/Social Science Standards can be achieved with the California Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum (EEI) and the Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Curriculum and Activity Guide. Join us for this engaging teacher workshop featuring instructional strategies, standards-based lessons, and local resources – including experience using the 5-E Instructional Model in the new CA Science Curriculum Framework. Please register online by January 20th at bit.ly/WaterEdSCCOE  Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Santa Cruz, CA (8:30 am – 3:30 pm; Teacher PD; NGSS PD/CCSS/Common Core/Region 5

NGSS Spotlight: Unlocking the Science and Engineering Practices (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where do you begin applying the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in your classroom? How do you integrate the Science and Engineering Practices into grade-level appropriate activities? Shine a spotlight on the Practices in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop.

More About the Event

Explore how the Science and Engineering Practices grow in depth and sophistication as students progress from grades K-12. Experience sample lessons to discover what the Practices look like at different grade levels. Leave with the skills to begin adapting your curriculum to the NGSS using the Practices as the gateway to re-imagining content.

This two-day workshop experience is designed for all educators grades K-12.

Saturday, January 27 and Saturday, February 10, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Important Note

This is an intermediate-level workshop and will assume that you already have a basic familiarity with the three dimensions of the NGSS. For a beginners-level experience, check out our Introduction to the NGSSworkshop.

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments.
  • Share teaching ideas with a diverse community of educators.
  • Leave with a binder and USB drive with resources related to this professional development experience.
  • Become eligible to take our advanced-level workshops.

How Do I Join?

Tickets are only $40 for this two-day experience.

Reserve your spot online or by calling 877-227-3311 on any day from 8am-5pm.

NGSS Workshop Series: Phenomena and Instructional Strategies @ UCR Alumni Center
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Inland Area Science Project at UC Riverside invites K-12 educators and administrators to engage in authentic NGSS phenomena-based 3-dimensional learning experiences. Three strands available for each session: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Who: K-12 educators and administrators
Where: UCR Alumni Center 3701 Canyon Crest Dr, Riverside 92521
(except 2/3/18 in Palm Desert)
When: 8:30 register/full breakfast, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm workshop
Cost: $50 per workshop (includes parking permit, breakfast, and workshop materials). $130 for all 4 workshops (Come to all 5 even!)

Phenomena and Instructional Strategies
Explore the use of phenomena linked to driving questions (using same Instructional Segment from November 4th), investigations, data, models, student explanations, and instructional strategies. Similar to Rollout 4 but diving deeper.

For questions or further information, please email martin.baxter@ucr.edu

Project WET for Chowchilla Area Schools @ Chowchilla Elementary School District - Reagan Elementary
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

CHOWCHILLA AREA EDUCATORS!  Join us for 4 Tuesday afternoons this winter to experience Next Generation Science Standard practices in action and how to implement hands-on activities into your classroom. Learn new, creative teaching strategies and receive activities that address water from the widest possible angle with Project WET modules and existing regional water education programs that bring local issues into focus. Receive a free copy of the NGSS aligned Project WET Guide 2.0, free access to the Project WET Online portal for additional resources, and an opportunity to apply for graduate credit through UC Merced Extension – all for a $50 registration fee- and CESD will cover the cost for CESD teachers who attend the entire day! Please contact Lynn Reimer lreimer@ucmerced.edu or Erin Henley henleye@chowchillaelem.k12.ca.us or to register.  Chowchilla Elementary School District – Reagan Elementary, Chowchilla, CA 93610 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm); Teacher PD; NGSS PD/CCSS/Common Core/Region 7

Jan
30
Tue
2018
Project WET for Chowchilla Area Schools @ Chowchilla Elementary School District - Reagan Elementary
Jan 30 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

CHOWCHILLA AREA EDUCATORS!  Join us for 4 Tuesday afternoons this winter to experience Next Generation Science Standard practices in action and how to implement hands-on activities into your classroom. Learn new, creative teaching strategies and receive activities that address water from the widest possible angle with Project WET modules and existing regional water education programs that bring local issues into focus. Receive a free copy of the NGSS aligned Project WET Guide 2.0, free access to the Project WET Online portal for additional resources, and an opportunity to apply for graduate credit through UC Merced Extension – all for a $40 registration fee! CESD will cover the cost for CESD teachers who attend all four sessions. Please contact Lynn Reimer lreimer@ucmerced.edu or Erin Henley henleye@chowchillaelem.k12.ca.us or to register.  Chowchilla Elementary School District – Reagan Elementary, Chowchilla, CA 93610 (3:30 pm – 5:00 pm each day; Teacher PD; NGSS PD/CCSS/Common Core/Region 7)

An Integrated Lesson: Living Organisms Effected by Celestial Patterns – Earth Science @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Instructor: Lisa Hegdahl, McCaffrey Middle School

CA NGSS Early Implementer MS Integrated Lesson Sequence guides student exploration of how celestial patterns can affect organism populations as they respond to environmental changes over time.
NGSS: ESS1.B, LS4.C

Did NGSS Throw Out Kinematics? Do we Skip Equations of Motion? – Physical Science @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Instructor: Scott Richardson, Senior Davis High

Distance… speed… acceleration… NGSS seems to say nothing about the traditional equations of motion (kinematics) found in a standard physics or physical science class. What are teachers supposed to do? This workshop will explore some options for addressing this issue by focusing on one of the central goals of NGSS: Student making sense of motion.
NGSS: PS2

Energy for Biologists: Productively Aligning Ideas with Physical Science Classrooms – Life Science @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Instructor: Chris Griesemer, UC Davis

How do you approach energy in your life science classes? Do both you and your students struggle with the concept? How much do you teach, and is it in accord with ideas they’ll learn in physical science/chemistry/physics? We’ll explore some productive ways to address energy in the context of NGSS standards that require students to explain phenomena around matter and energy in biological organisms. Importantly, we’ll consider the ways in which energy is dealt with in physical science (MS) and in chemistry and physics (HS) in order to generate more robust model ideas in the life science classroom.
NGSS: MS-LS1-6-7, MS-LS2-3, HS-LS1-5, HS-LS1-7, HS-LS2-3-4

Engineering Designs for Energy Transfer: Electricity, Natural Resources, and Environmental Impact – 3rd-5th Grade Science @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Instructor: Jenna Porter, Sacramento State

Participants will engage in engineering design challenges to convert energy from one form to another. They’ll also explore how to design devices that convert natural resources into usable energy and the environmental impacts for doing so.
NGSS: 4-ESS3-1, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4

Investigating Light – K-2nd Grade Science @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Instructor: Julie Harr, Churchill Middle School

What are the effects of placing objects made of different materials in the path of a beam of light? Plan and conduct investigations to find out!
NGSS: 1-PS4-3, 1-PS4-2

Using Underwater Robotics to Understand Lakes and Oceans in a Changing Environment @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Alex Forrest, UC Davis, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
In future climate scenarios, impacts will be felt on our lakes and oceans that will, among many other results, threaten water supply, degrade ecosystem function and drive melting in polar regions. From draining epishelf lakes in the Canadian High Arctic to ice shelf collapse in East Antarctica, Alex Forrest will present on his team’s usage of autonomous systems to address environmental challenges. The use of underwater robotics is critical to allowing the scientific and engineering communities that would be cost prohibitive or logistically impossible to access by other means. Autonomous and remote sensing technology development also allows new information to be collected that enables better predictions of how our environment will react as the climate continues to change.

Jan
31
Wed
2018
Facilitating Conversations & Enhancing Learning @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 31 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

More About the Event

Facilitating Conversations & Enhancing Learning

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 7, 2018
4:00pm – 7:00pm

What role does talking have in enhancing learning? How can informal educators design and facilitate conversations that help learners transfer their learning from an abstract idea into a concrete concept?

Educators will explore how talking helps people transfer knowledge into long-term storage areas of the brain. They will then build off of proven strategies for facilitating conversations and how they can be adapted to their unique teaching environments. During this series, educators participate in activities to explore what learning research looks like in practice, and use videos of themselves teaching to reflect upon and brainstorm ways to strengthen their interactions with learners.

This workshop series is part of the Reflecting on Practice program.

About Reflecting on Practice workshops

Reflecting on Practice is comprised of nationally recognized informal educator workshops that give educators a time and a place to focus on how people learn. The goal of the program is to build a culture of reflection and help educators take advantage of structures that allow them to incorporate research on learning into their teaching practices. The curriculum organizes knowledge from the learning sciences into three topic areas for participants to explore.

Educators need to commit to all five sessions in a single series and can do just one series, or all of them.

The cost is $50 per person per series, and scholarships are available. All sessions take place at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Supported by NSF-DRL #1612515

Feb
3
Sat
2018
Exploring Phenomena: Using Science to Figure Things Out (grades K-12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

What is meant by “real-world phenomena” and how can they anchor learning in science and engineering? In this workshop, you will build your understanding of what phenomenon-based science can be, and how to start making it happen in your classroom.

More About the Event

“How did the Grand Canyon form?” “Where did the mass of the apple go when I threw it in the compost?” These questions about real-world phenomena are great examples of how science can be used for figuring things out. In this workshop you will participate as a learner in a phenomenon-based lesson, then unpack your experience with fellow educators. You will build understanding and gain tools and strategies to help you choose phenomena and craft essential questions that can guide your students to “figure things out” about the real world.

Saturday, February 3, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments, coffee, and tea.
  • Work collaboratively with a community of educators in a positive learning environment
  • Participate in a hands-on science experience
  • Gain practical tools to apply to your own science planning
  • Explore the Academy’s exhibits during lunch and after the workshop

How Do I Join?

Tickets are only $25. Reserve your spot online or by calling 877-227-3311 on any day from 8am to 5pm.

NGSS Workshop Series: Phenomena and Instructional Strategies Part 2
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Inland Area Science Project at UC Riverside invites K-12 educators and administrators to engage in authentic NGSS phenomena-based 3-dimensional learning experiences. Three strands available for each session: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Who: K-12 educators and administrators
Where: UCR Alumni Center 3701 Canyon Crest Dr, Riverside 92521
(except 2/3/18 in Palm Desert)
When: 8:30 register/full breakfast, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm workshop
Cost: $50 per workshop (includes parking permit, breakfast, and workshop materials). $130 for all 4 workshops (Come to all 5 even!)

Phenomena Workshop repeating January 27th material
(Palm Desert – location TBA

For questions or further information, please email martin.baxter@ucr.edu

Jan
8
Mon
2018
SNAP Course: Creating Instructionally-Embedded Performance Assessments for the NGSS Classroom @ Online Course
Jan 8 – Mar 30 all-day

This course is about developing 3-5 day performance assessments that are embedded into classroom instruction.

Participants work through the steps of developing an NGSS performance assessment in development teams of 2-4 while watching the instructional videos. Two or more development teams will get together for face-to-face meetings to provide feedback on the development at two points during the course.

This course will be run January 8-March 30th, 2018. Registration is now open.

SNAP Courses: Performance Assessment in the NGSS Classroom: Implications for Practice @ Online Course
Jan 8 – Mar 30 all-day

This course is about how short performance assessments can be used to support NGSS instruction.

Participants watch instructional videos on their own and complete assignments collaboratively with groups of colleagues. If you would like to do the course as an individual we will provide support for you to join a virtual group for the assignments.

This course will be open Jan 8-March 30th, 2018 and it can be taken any time within those dates.

Registration is will remain open until the end of the course. Many more details about the course and its structure are available on the registration page.

Jan
20
Sat
2018
Introduction to the NGSS (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

More About the Event

Join us to explore the principles underlying the NGSS. Gain experience with the Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas that comprise the new standards, and learn how to read those NGSS tables!

Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments and caffeine to keep us going.
  • Share teaching ideas with a diverse community of educators.
  • Leave with a binder and USB drive with resources related to this professional development experience.
  • Become eligible to take our intermediate-level workshops, such as Unlocking the SEPs and Connecting with the CCCs.

Bring the NGSS Back to Your Team

After taking this workshop, you can use materials from our NGSS Demystified teacher training toolkit to orient other teachers at your school to the new standards.

How Do I Join?

Tickets are only $25 for this full-day experience.

Can’t join us on January 20? No problem. The same workshop is also offered in October.

Reserve your spot online or by calling 877-227-3311 on any day from 8am-5pm.

Jan
23
Tue
2018
Project WET for Chowchilla Area Schools @ Chowchilla Elementary School District - Reagan Elementary
Jan 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

CHOWCHILLA AREA EDUCATORS!  Join us for 4 Tuesday afternoons this winter to experience Next Generation Science Standard practices in action and how to implement hands-on activities into your classroom. Learn new, creative teaching strategies and receive activities that address water from the widest possible angle with Project WET modules and existing regional water education programs that bring local issues into focus. Receive a free copy of the NGSS aligned Project WET Guide 2.0, free access to the Project WET Online portal for additional resources, and an opportunity to apply for graduate credit through UC Merced Extension – all for a $40 registration fee! CESD will cover the cost for CESD teachers who attend all four sessions. Please contact Lynn Reimer lreimer@ucmerced.edu or Erin Henley henleye@chowchillaelem.k12.ca.us or to register.  Chowchilla Elementary School District – Reagan Elementary, Chowchilla, CA 93610 (3:30 pm – 5:00 pm each day; Teacher PD; NGSS PD/CCSS/Common Core/Region 7)

Jan
24
Wed
2018
Facilitating Conversations & Enhancing Learning @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 24 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

More About the Event

Facilitating Conversations & Enhancing Learning

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 7, 2018
4:00pm – 7:00pm

What role does talking have in enhancing learning? How can informal educators design and facilitate conversations that help learners transfer their learning from an abstract idea into a concrete concept?

Educators will explore how talking helps people transfer knowledge into long-term storage areas of the brain. They will then build off of proven strategies for facilitating conversations and how they can be adapted to their unique teaching environments. During this series, educators participate in activities to explore what learning research looks like in practice, and use videos of themselves teaching to reflect upon and brainstorm ways to strengthen their interactions with learners.

This workshop series is part of the Reflecting on Practice program.

About Reflecting on Practice workshops

Reflecting on Practice is comprised of nationally recognized informal educator workshops that give educators a time and a place to focus on how people learn. The goal of the program is to build a culture of reflection and help educators take advantage of structures that allow them to incorporate research on learning into their teaching practices. The curriculum organizes knowledge from the learning sciences into three topic areas for participants to explore.

Educators need to commit to all five sessions in a single series and can do just one series, or all of them.

The cost is $50 per person per series, and scholarships are available. All sessions take place at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Supported by NSF-DRL #1612515

Cosmic Gold: Neutron Star Mergers, Gravitational Waves, and the Origin of the Heavy Elements @ Foothill College
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 at 7 pm, Dr. Eliot Quataert of the University of California, Berkeley, will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on:

”Cosmic Gold: Neutron Star Mergers, Gravitational Waves, and the Origin of the Heavy Elements”

in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College, in Los Altos.

The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series at Foothill College, now in its 18th year.

Scientists have recently developed a new way to `see’ the universe, using the gravitational waves predicted by Einstein nearly a century ago. These waves can teach us about some of the most exotic objects known, including star “corpses” known as black holes and neutron stars.   Remarkably, they have also helped solve a longstanding puzzle about where in the Universe some of the elements we know and love here on Earth are produced, including gold, platinum, uranium, and even Californium!

Eliot Quataert is a Professor of Astronomy and Physics at UC Berkeley and the Director of the Theoretical Astrophysics Center.  He is an astrophysics theorist who works on a wide range of problems, from stars and black holes to how galaxies form.  He has received a number of national awards for his research and is also a highly regarded teacher and public lecturer.

Foothill College is just off the El Monte Road exit from Freeway 280 in Los Altos.  For directions and parking information, see: http://www.foothill.edu/news/transportation.php
For a campus map, see: http://www.foothill.edu/news/maps.php

The lecture is co-sponsored by:

* The Foothill College Astronomy Program

* The SETI Institute

* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific

* NASA’s Ames Research Center.

We get large crowds for these talks, so we ask people to try to arrive a little bit early to find parking.  The lecture is free, but there is a charge of $3 for parking on campus and exact change is appreciated.

Past lectures in the series can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/SVAstronomyLectures

Jan
27
Sat
2018
Connecting Real Life to Science, History, and Common Core @ Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Jan 27 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

SANTA CRUZ AREA EDUCATORS!  Teaching to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core (CCSS), ELA, and History/Social Science Standards can be achieved with the California Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum (EEI) and the Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Curriculum and Activity Guide. Join us for this engaging teacher workshop featuring instructional strategies, standards-based lessons, and local resources – including experience using the 5-E Instructional Model in the new CA Science Curriculum Framework. Please register online by January 20th at bit.ly/WaterEdSCCOE  Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Santa Cruz, CA (8:30 am – 3:30 pm; Teacher PD; NGSS PD/CCSS/Common Core/Region 5

NGSS Spotlight: Unlocking the Science and Engineering Practices (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where do you begin applying the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in your classroom? How do you integrate the Science and Engineering Practices into grade-level appropriate activities? Shine a spotlight on the Practices in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop.

More About the Event

Explore how the Science and Engineering Practices grow in depth and sophistication as students progress from grades K-12. Experience sample lessons to discover what the Practices look like at different grade levels. Leave with the skills to begin adapting your curriculum to the NGSS using the Practices as the gateway to re-imagining content.

This two-day workshop experience is designed for all educators grades K-12.

Saturday, January 27 and Saturday, February 10, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Important Note

This is an intermediate-level workshop and will assume that you already have a basic familiarity with the three dimensions of the NGSS. For a beginners-level experience, check out our Introduction to the NGSSworkshop.

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments.
  • Share teaching ideas with a diverse community of educators.
  • Leave with a binder and USB drive with resources related to this professional development experience.
  • Become eligible to take our advanced-level workshops.

How Do I Join?

Tickets are only $40 for this two-day experience.

Reserve your spot online or by calling 877-227-3311 on any day from 8am-5pm.

NGSS Workshop Series: Phenomena and Instructional Strategies @ UCR Alumni Center
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Inland Area Science Project at UC Riverside invites K-12 educators and administrators to engage in authentic NGSS phenomena-based 3-dimensional learning experiences. Three strands available for each session: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Who: K-12 educators and administrators
Where: UCR Alumni Center 3701 Canyon Crest Dr, Riverside 92521
(except 2/3/18 in Palm Desert)
When: 8:30 register/full breakfast, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm workshop
Cost: $50 per workshop (includes parking permit, breakfast, and workshop materials). $130 for all 4 workshops (Come to all 5 even!)

Phenomena and Instructional Strategies
Explore the use of phenomena linked to driving questions (using same Instructional Segment from November 4th), investigations, data, models, student explanations, and instructional strategies. Similar to Rollout 4 but diving deeper.

For questions or further information, please email martin.baxter@ucr.edu

Project WET for Chowchilla Area Schools @ Chowchilla Elementary School District - Reagan Elementary
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

CHOWCHILLA AREA EDUCATORS!  Join us for 4 Tuesday afternoons this winter to experience Next Generation Science Standard practices in action and how to implement hands-on activities into your classroom. Learn new, creative teaching strategies and receive activities that address water from the widest possible angle with Project WET modules and existing regional water education programs that bring local issues into focus. Receive a free copy of the NGSS aligned Project WET Guide 2.0, free access to the Project WET Online portal for additional resources, and an opportunity to apply for graduate credit through UC Merced Extension – all for a $50 registration fee- and CESD will cover the cost for CESD teachers who attend the entire day! Please contact Lynn Reimer lreimer@ucmerced.edu or Erin Henley henleye@chowchillaelem.k12.ca.us or to register.  Chowchilla Elementary School District – Reagan Elementary, Chowchilla, CA 93610 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm); Teacher PD; NGSS PD/CCSS/Common Core/Region 7

Jan
30
Tue
2018
Project WET for Chowchilla Area Schools @ Chowchilla Elementary School District - Reagan Elementary
Jan 30 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

CHOWCHILLA AREA EDUCATORS!  Join us for 4 Tuesday afternoons this winter to experience Next Generation Science Standard practices in action and how to implement hands-on activities into your classroom. Learn new, creative teaching strategies and receive activities that address water from the widest possible angle with Project WET modules and existing regional water education programs that bring local issues into focus. Receive a free copy of the NGSS aligned Project WET Guide 2.0, free access to the Project WET Online portal for additional resources, and an opportunity to apply for graduate credit through UC Merced Extension – all for a $40 registration fee! CESD will cover the cost for CESD teachers who attend all four sessions. Please contact Lynn Reimer lreimer@ucmerced.edu or Erin Henley henleye@chowchillaelem.k12.ca.us or to register.  Chowchilla Elementary School District – Reagan Elementary, Chowchilla, CA 93610 (3:30 pm – 5:00 pm each day; Teacher PD; NGSS PD/CCSS/Common Core/Region 7)

An Integrated Lesson: Living Organisms Effected by Celestial Patterns – Earth Science @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Instructor: Lisa Hegdahl, McCaffrey Middle School

CA NGSS Early Implementer MS Integrated Lesson Sequence guides student exploration of how celestial patterns can affect organism populations as they respond to environmental changes over time.
NGSS: ESS1.B, LS4.C

Did NGSS Throw Out Kinematics? Do we Skip Equations of Motion? – Physical Science @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Instructor: Scott Richardson, Senior Davis High

Distance… speed… acceleration… NGSS seems to say nothing about the traditional equations of motion (kinematics) found in a standard physics or physical science class. What are teachers supposed to do? This workshop will explore some options for addressing this issue by focusing on one of the central goals of NGSS: Student making sense of motion.
NGSS: PS2

Energy for Biologists: Productively Aligning Ideas with Physical Science Classrooms – Life Science @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Instructor: Chris Griesemer, UC Davis

How do you approach energy in your life science classes? Do both you and your students struggle with the concept? How much do you teach, and is it in accord with ideas they’ll learn in physical science/chemistry/physics? We’ll explore some productive ways to address energy in the context of NGSS standards that require students to explain phenomena around matter and energy in biological organisms. Importantly, we’ll consider the ways in which energy is dealt with in physical science (MS) and in chemistry and physics (HS) in order to generate more robust model ideas in the life science classroom.
NGSS: MS-LS1-6-7, MS-LS2-3, HS-LS1-5, HS-LS1-7, HS-LS2-3-4

Engineering Designs for Energy Transfer: Electricity, Natural Resources, and Environmental Impact – 3rd-5th Grade Science @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Instructor: Jenna Porter, Sacramento State

Participants will engage in engineering design challenges to convert energy from one form to another. They’ll also explore how to design devices that convert natural resources into usable energy and the environmental impacts for doing so.
NGSS: 4-ESS3-1, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4

Investigating Light – K-2nd Grade Science @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Instructor: Julie Harr, Churchill Middle School

What are the effects of placing objects made of different materials in the path of a beam of light? Plan and conduct investigations to find out!
NGSS: 1-PS4-3, 1-PS4-2

Using Underwater Robotics to Understand Lakes and Oceans in a Changing Environment @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Jan 30 @ 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Alex Forrest, UC Davis, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
In future climate scenarios, impacts will be felt on our lakes and oceans that will, among many other results, threaten water supply, degrade ecosystem function and drive melting in polar regions. From draining epishelf lakes in the Canadian High Arctic to ice shelf collapse in East Antarctica, Alex Forrest will present on his team’s usage of autonomous systems to address environmental challenges. The use of underwater robotics is critical to allowing the scientific and engineering communities that would be cost prohibitive or logistically impossible to access by other means. Autonomous and remote sensing technology development also allows new information to be collected that enables better predictions of how our environment will react as the climate continues to change.

Jan
31
Wed
2018
Facilitating Conversations & Enhancing Learning @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 31 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

More About the Event

Facilitating Conversations & Enhancing Learning

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 7, 2018
4:00pm – 7:00pm

What role does talking have in enhancing learning? How can informal educators design and facilitate conversations that help learners transfer their learning from an abstract idea into a concrete concept?

Educators will explore how talking helps people transfer knowledge into long-term storage areas of the brain. They will then build off of proven strategies for facilitating conversations and how they can be adapted to their unique teaching environments. During this series, educators participate in activities to explore what learning research looks like in practice, and use videos of themselves teaching to reflect upon and brainstorm ways to strengthen their interactions with learners.

This workshop series is part of the Reflecting on Practice program.

About Reflecting on Practice workshops

Reflecting on Practice is comprised of nationally recognized informal educator workshops that give educators a time and a place to focus on how people learn. The goal of the program is to build a culture of reflection and help educators take advantage of structures that allow them to incorporate research on learning into their teaching practices. The curriculum organizes knowledge from the learning sciences into three topic areas for participants to explore.

Educators need to commit to all five sessions in a single series and can do just one series, or all of them.

The cost is $50 per person per series, and scholarships are available. All sessions take place at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Supported by NSF-DRL #1612515

Feb
3
Sat
2018
Exploring Phenomena: Using Science to Figure Things Out (grades K-12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

What is meant by “real-world phenomena” and how can they anchor learning in science and engineering? In this workshop, you will build your understanding of what phenomenon-based science can be, and how to start making it happen in your classroom.

More About the Event

“How did the Grand Canyon form?” “Where did the mass of the apple go when I threw it in the compost?” These questions about real-world phenomena are great examples of how science can be used for figuring things out. In this workshop you will participate as a learner in a phenomenon-based lesson, then unpack your experience with fellow educators. You will build understanding and gain tools and strategies to help you choose phenomena and craft essential questions that can guide your students to “figure things out” about the real world.

Saturday, February 3, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments, coffee, and tea.
  • Work collaboratively with a community of educators in a positive learning environment
  • Participate in a hands-on science experience
  • Gain practical tools to apply to your own science planning
  • Explore the Academy’s exhibits during lunch and after the workshop

How Do I Join?

Tickets are only $25. Reserve your spot online or by calling 877-227-3311 on any day from 8am to 5pm.

NGSS Workshop Series: Phenomena and Instructional Strategies Part 2
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Inland Area Science Project at UC Riverside invites K-12 educators and administrators to engage in authentic NGSS phenomena-based 3-dimensional learning experiences. Three strands available for each session: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Who: K-12 educators and administrators
Where: UCR Alumni Center 3701 Canyon Crest Dr, Riverside 92521
(except 2/3/18 in Palm Desert)
When: 8:30 register/full breakfast, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm workshop
Cost: $50 per workshop (includes parking permit, breakfast, and workshop materials). $130 for all 4 workshops (Come to all 5 even!)

Phenomena Workshop repeating January 27th material
(Palm Desert – location TBA

For questions or further information, please email martin.baxter@ucr.edu