March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

CALENDAR

Mar
24
Fri
2017
AEOE Statewide Spring Conference 2017 @ YMCA Camp Jones Gulch - La Honda, CA
Mar 24 – Mar 26 all-day

Keynote Speaker: John Muir Laws

*Registration includes 60+ workshops, 5 meals, and lodging.

Day rates also available.
*Entertainment, exhibitors, job fair, and networking too!
*Many workshops aligned with Next Generation Science Standards as well as Environmental Principles and Concepts.

Call for Presenters: Applications will be accepted for workshops relevant to NGSS, EP&C’s, Best Practices, Natural History, and more. Seeking K-12 Educators and beyond!

Mar
28
Tue
2017
Science in the River City @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Mar 28 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City (SIRC) is an outstanding, standards-based, professional development program for Kindergarten through 12th-grade science teachers. SIRC is held approximately once a month at Sacramento State during the academic year. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and to provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS: SIRC workshops are designed with your needs in mind! All workshops are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Instructors are university faculty and experienced Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) teacher leaders. Attending SIRC will enrich your elementary, middle, or high school classroom by providing new tools and ways to think about teaching science.

2016 Revision of the Science Framework for California Public Schools: K-12, Bryan Boyd and Stephanie Gregson California Department of Education

NGSS: Next Generation Shadow Studies, Steven Howe, Mary Tsukamoto Elementary NGSS 1-ESS1, K-ESS2, 2-ESS1

A Project Based Unit on Weathering and Erosion, Anna Grace, San Juan Unified NGSS 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS3-2

Using Existing Online Data Sets for Scientific Research, Rick Pomeroy UC Davis

Experiments to Understand Plant Structure and FunctionNick Ewing, Sacramento State Biology NGSS MS-LS1.A, MS-LS1.B, HS-LS1.A, HS-LA1.B

Rusted Development: Why Things Decay, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do About It, Ingrid Salim SASP Teacher Leader NGSS HS-PS1-2, HS-PS1-4-6, HS-ETS1-3

Mar
30
Thu
2017
NSTA National Conference in Los Angeles – Sun, Surf & Science @ Los Angeles Convention Center
Mar 30 – Apr 2 all-day

Registration is now open for the 2017 National Conference on Science Education – brought to you by the National Science Teachers Association.

CSTA is pleased to partner with NSTA for this event and proud that CSTA members can make the most of their membership in CSTA by registering at the discounted member rate for the conference.

For more information and registration visit http://www.nsta.org/conferences/national.aspx.

Apr
6
Thu
2017
CA Science Framework Integrated Middle School Workshop @ Ventura County Office of Education
Apr 6 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

What does it mean to be integrated in middle school? Come spend a day with two of the writers of the California Science Framework and learn how to develop a coherent, integrated middle school Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) program. This workshop will be focused on the preferred integrated chapters of the CA Science Framework and will begin with what it means to be integrated and how this approach will deepen and strengthen science learning for all middle school students. This will be followed by breakout sessions for each grade level to further discuss the specific grade-level content, practices, and developmental
progression. During this time participants will deepen their understanding of the course and justification for unit design. The day will conclude with guided
discussion about how to put everything together and time for district teams to
consider their next steps. This workshop is designated for schools and districts who are still considering or who have already decided on the integrated middle school pathway.

The CA Science Framework Authors:
Matthew d’Alessio,
Associate Professor, Geoscience Education, CSU Northridge

Virginia Oberholzer Vandergon,
Professor, Biological Sciences, CSU Northridge

Apr
15
Sat
2017
Project WET (Grades K-12) – Carmichael @ Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Apr 15 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

All K-12 educators are invited to join us for an interdisciplinary experience in activities to engage students in learning about watershed processes and human history along the banks of the American River, while learning about concepts and skills at the heart of Common Core and NGSS. Participants will receive the Project WET 2.0 Guide with access to over 110 Common Core and NGSS correlated activities!

Apr
18
Tue
2017
The New CA Science Standards: From Transition to Full Implementation @ Sacramento County Office of Education
Apr 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
May
3
Wed
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ San Joaquin COE
May 3 – May 4 all-day

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.

COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*

REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout

CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

May
13
Sat
2017
Super SIRC – Science in the River City @ CSUS - University Union
May 13 @ 8:30 am – 4:45 pm

Join us for our fifth annual super-sized SIRC!
Register and attend your choice two 1-hour NGSS workshops and two 2-hour hands-on Science workshops.
Each workshop is led by some of our most popular instructors. See below for more details on each workshop.

Science in the River City (SIRC) is an outstanding, standards-based, professional development program for Kindergarten through 12th-grade science teachers. SIRC is held approximately once a month at Sacramento State during the academic year. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and to provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

K-2nd Grade Science Series

  • Exploring Properties
    Instructor: Judi Kusnick, California State University Sacramento, Geology
    One of the basics of science is understanding that materials have particular properties that make them useful. In this workshop, we will explore the properties of solids and liquids, and will conduct an investigation to determine the usefulness of properties for a specific purpose.

  • Biodiversity in the Schoolyard: Discovering Patterns in Ordinary Plants
    Instructor: Lorie Hammond, Peregrine School and Deb Bruns, Yolo County Office of Education
    In this workshop, common plants are used as a basis for honing observation skills, discovering patterns, and constructing explanations. Teachers will explore standard 1-LS3-1, inheritance and variation, by showing how plants from the same species are alike but not exactly like their parents. We will also explore 1-LS1a- which focuses on how different plant parts help them to survive and grow. Our goal is to show how students can use common leaves and plants to explore similarities and differences in living things, and to begin to construct explanations of patterns in nature.
    NGSS: 1-LS3-1, 1-LS1a

3rd-5th Grade Science Series

  • Engineering Pollinators
    Instructor: Robert Sherriff, Churchill Middle School
    Solve a plant sex problem with an engineering solution, it’s all G rated so no parent signature is required.
    NGSS: 3-LS1-1, 4-LS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2 and 3-5-ETS1-3

  • Questioning, Planning, and Carrying Out Investigations
    Instructor: Ingrid Salim, Sacramento Area Science Project Teacher Leader
    Participants will explore the first three NGSS science practices: questioning, planning and carrying out investigations, and modeling. By working with one specific phenomenon, participants will experience a deep immersion into these three practices, with the intent that they can return to their classrooms and immediately implement a practice-based lesson.

Earth Science Series

  • Human Impacts on California’s Water Supply
    Instructor: Barb Munn, Sacramento State Geology
    Where does California’s water come from, what effect does California’s population have on its water supply, and what are some environmental effects of water consumption? Students use data to explore cause and effect relationships between human activity and fresh water in California.
    NGSS: MS-ESS3-4 and HS-ESS3-3, ESS3.C

  • How Stars Reveal Their Secrets
    Instructor: Rich Hedman, Sacramento Area Science Project
    The points of light we see in the night sky are amazingly far away from us. How do we know so much about them—even their distances? We will examine a variety of phenomena associated with stars, and will develop conceptual models to estimate stellar distances, composition, motion, and changes in stars over long periods of time.
    NGSS: HS-ESS1-3

Biology/Life Science Series

  • Making Sense of Traits in Populations Using Genetics: Population Genetics, Selection, and Other Mechanisms of Change in Frequencies Over Space and Time
    Instructor: Chris Griesemer, UC Davis and Megan McKenzie, Da Vinci Charter Academy
    We’ll immerse ourselves in a piece of 9th grade biology curriculum designed to follow student exploration of genetics. How might we use our understanding of the connections between genes and traits to inform ideas about differences among populations? We’ll use a variety of human traits to examine how patterns vary in space and over time. We will also briefly discuss the connection between divergence among populations and the process of speciation. Note: Middle school teachers are welcome to participate, but this particular piece of curriculum does not appropriately address the middle school standards around genetics or evolution and may be out-of-sequence for middle school life science classrooms.

  • Strategies for Facilitating the Development of Scientific Models
    Instructor: Candice Guy, UC Davis and Jason Fisk, Vacaville High School
    In this session, we will develop and use a model to explain phenomena related to cycles of matter and energy flow in ecosystems, while focusing on productive instructional moves that can facilitate student sensemaking. The strategies discussed will include some ways to encourage argumentation among students, facilitate group-talk, and how to press students for evidence-based explanations.
    NGSS: HS-LS2A, HS-LS2B, HS-LS2C

Physical Science Series

  • Momentum vs. Kinetic Energy: What’s the Difference?
    Instructor:Scott Richardson, Davis Senior High School
    The world around is full of things in motion. They have energy. Or is it momentum? Is there really a difference between the two concepts? Does it matter? Using hands-on activities and key questioning strategies, this session will (1) explore the essence of momentum and kinetic energy, (2) show how they are similar and yet distinct concepts, and (3) show the critical role each concept plays in how our universe works.

  • Interactions with Energy
    Instructor:Arthur Beauchamp, Professional Learning System and Laura Shafer, Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP)
    Develop and use evidence based models to show relationships in systems. Explore transfers of energy in systems and the outcomes of those transfers.
    NGSS: HS-PS3-4

Next Generation Science Series Workshops

  • NGSS Fundamental (Morning Session Only)
    Instructor:Rich Hedman, Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP)
    During this workshop, you will learn the basic architecture of NGSS (how NGSS is organized around 3-dimensions, connections to Common Core, etc.) and you will be introduced to the instructional shifts necessary for NGSS implementation. This workshop is intended for people that are new to NGSS and have never attended Super SIRC before (the same workshop was offered last year).

  • NGSS Intermediate: Exploring phenomena through the lens of multiple cross-cutting concepts
    Instructor:Judi Kusnick, Sacramento State Geology and Laura Shafer, Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP)
    In this workshop you will closely examine the NGSS crosscutting concepts to build a greater understanding of how to integrate them into your classroom instruction. In particular, you will use crosscutting concepts as tools to develop explanations for phenomena. This workshop is intended for people that have already attended the Fundamental science and engineering practices workshops and the fundamental crosscutting concept workshop. (note: this is different Intermediate workshop than was offered last year).

  • Engineering in the Next Generation Science Standards
    Instructor:Ben Fell, Sacramento State Engineering
    Presentation will provide context for the engineering design process for use in primary and secondary education toward the development of an informed population. NGSS Practices are discussed from an engineering perspective with an emphasis on contrasting science and engineering. General schemes are provided with guided break-out discussions to brainstorm how to incorporate engineering into a science-based curriculum. Note: similar material presented in the iSEE program by Dr. Fell.

  • Anatomy of an NGSS Lesson Sequence: Examining Model-Based Learning in Action
    Instructor:Cindy Passmore, UC Davis School of Education
    Together we will take a peek into classrooms that are aligned to the three-dimensions of NGSS and examine how to bring the science and engineering practices to life. We’ll consider three important questions: what kinds of curricular supports do we need, how do we orchestrate and manage NGSS-aligned lessons, and what does it look like when it goes well?

  • Phenomena, Questions, and Models
    Instructor:Arthur Beauchamp, REEd Center
    Explore how to identify and describe phenomena, develop productive questions, and understand or assemble models. This workshop would be appropriate for all 6 – 12 teachers of science.

  • Choosing and Using Phenomena (Afternoon Session Only)
    Instructor:Kelli Quan, Elk Grove Unified School District
    What is a phenomenon? Why do we need one? How do I know if it is a good one? Let’s explore the meaning of phenomena, in terms of the NGSS, and see how we can effectively use them to engage students in sense-making.
Jun
7
Wed
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ Los Angeles
Jun 7 – Jun 8 all-day

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.
COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*
REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout
CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

Aug
22
Tue
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ UC Riverside
Aug 22 @ 7:30 am – Aug 23 @ 4:30 pm

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.
COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*
REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout
CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

Sep
12
Tue
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ California State University at East Bay
Sep 12 @ 7:30 am – Sep 13 @ 4:30 pm

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.
COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*
REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout
CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

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

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

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

Short Course Proposal Deadline: February 6, 2017

Workshop Proposal Deadline: March 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

 

Nov
7
Tue
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ Marina Village Conference Center
Nov 7 – Nov 8 all-day

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.
COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*
REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout
CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027.

Nov
8
Wed
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ Radisson Hotel, Fresno, CA
Nov 8 – Nov 9 all-day

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.
COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*
REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout
CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

Save the Date! Registration opens in 2017.

Nov
14
Tue
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ CSU Chico
Nov 14 – Nov 15 all-day

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.
COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*
REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout
CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

Nov
29
Wed
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ Ventura County Office of Education
Nov 29 – Nov 30 all-day

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.

COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*

REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout

CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

Dec
4
Mon
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Dec 4 – Dec 5 all-day

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.

COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*

REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout

CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

la2017_logo_235x235See You There!

CSTA members save up to $90 on registration!

Not a member of CSTA? Join/Renew today:

CSTA One Year Membership ($50)

Joint NSTA/CSTA Membership ($114 – a $129 value)

Mar
24
Fri
2017
AEOE Statewide Spring Conference 2017 @ YMCA Camp Jones Gulch - La Honda, CA
Mar 24 – Mar 26 all-day

Keynote Speaker: John Muir Laws

*Registration includes 60+ workshops, 5 meals, and lodging.

Day rates also available.
*Entertainment, exhibitors, job fair, and networking too!
*Many workshops aligned with Next Generation Science Standards as well as Environmental Principles and Concepts.

Call for Presenters: Applications will be accepted for workshops relevant to NGSS, EP&C’s, Best Practices, Natural History, and more. Seeking K-12 Educators and beyond!

Mar
28
Tue
2017
Science in the River City @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Mar 28 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City (SIRC) is an outstanding, standards-based, professional development program for Kindergarten through 12th-grade science teachers. SIRC is held approximately once a month at Sacramento State during the academic year. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and to provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS: SIRC workshops are designed with your needs in mind! All workshops are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Instructors are university faculty and experienced Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) teacher leaders. Attending SIRC will enrich your elementary, middle, or high school classroom by providing new tools and ways to think about teaching science.

2016 Revision of the Science Framework for California Public Schools: K-12, Bryan Boyd and Stephanie Gregson California Department of Education

NGSS: Next Generation Shadow Studies, Steven Howe, Mary Tsukamoto Elementary NGSS 1-ESS1, K-ESS2, 2-ESS1

A Project Based Unit on Weathering and Erosion, Anna Grace, San Juan Unified NGSS 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS3-2

Using Existing Online Data Sets for Scientific Research, Rick Pomeroy UC Davis

Experiments to Understand Plant Structure and FunctionNick Ewing, Sacramento State Biology NGSS MS-LS1.A, MS-LS1.B, HS-LS1.A, HS-LA1.B

Rusted Development: Why Things Decay, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do About It, Ingrid Salim SASP Teacher Leader NGSS HS-PS1-2, HS-PS1-4-6, HS-ETS1-3

Mar
30
Thu
2017
NSTA National Conference in Los Angeles – Sun, Surf & Science @ Los Angeles Convention Center
Mar 30 – Apr 2 all-day

Registration is now open for the 2017 National Conference on Science Education – brought to you by the National Science Teachers Association.

CSTA is pleased to partner with NSTA for this event and proud that CSTA members can make the most of their membership in CSTA by registering at the discounted member rate for the conference.

For more information and registration visit http://www.nsta.org/conferences/national.aspx.

Apr
6
Thu
2017
CA Science Framework Integrated Middle School Workshop @ Ventura County Office of Education
Apr 6 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

What does it mean to be integrated in middle school? Come spend a day with two of the writers of the California Science Framework and learn how to develop a coherent, integrated middle school Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) program. This workshop will be focused on the preferred integrated chapters of the CA Science Framework and will begin with what it means to be integrated and how this approach will deepen and strengthen science learning for all middle school students. This will be followed by breakout sessions for each grade level to further discuss the specific grade-level content, practices, and developmental
progression. During this time participants will deepen their understanding of the course and justification for unit design. The day will conclude with guided
discussion about how to put everything together and time for district teams to
consider their next steps. This workshop is designated for schools and districts who are still considering or who have already decided on the integrated middle school pathway.

The CA Science Framework Authors:
Matthew d’Alessio,
Associate Professor, Geoscience Education, CSU Northridge

Virginia Oberholzer Vandergon,
Professor, Biological Sciences, CSU Northridge

Apr
15
Sat
2017
Project WET (Grades K-12) – Carmichael @ Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Apr 15 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

All K-12 educators are invited to join us for an interdisciplinary experience in activities to engage students in learning about watershed processes and human history along the banks of the American River, while learning about concepts and skills at the heart of Common Core and NGSS. Participants will receive the Project WET 2.0 Guide with access to over 110 Common Core and NGSS correlated activities!

Apr
18
Tue
2017
The New CA Science Standards: From Transition to Full Implementation @ Sacramento County Office of Education
Apr 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
May
3
Wed
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ San Joaquin COE
May 3 – May 4 all-day

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.

COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*

REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout

CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

May
13
Sat
2017
Super SIRC – Science in the River City @ CSUS - University Union
May 13 @ 8:30 am – 4:45 pm

Join us for our fifth annual super-sized SIRC!
Register and attend your choice two 1-hour NGSS workshops and two 2-hour hands-on Science workshops.
Each workshop is led by some of our most popular instructors. See below for more details on each workshop.

Science in the River City (SIRC) is an outstanding, standards-based, professional development program for Kindergarten through 12th-grade science teachers. SIRC is held approximately once a month at Sacramento State during the academic year. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and to provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

K-2nd Grade Science Series

  • Exploring Properties
    Instructor: Judi Kusnick, California State University Sacramento, Geology
    One of the basics of science is understanding that materials have particular properties that make them useful. In this workshop, we will explore the properties of solids and liquids, and will conduct an investigation to determine the usefulness of properties for a specific purpose.

  • Biodiversity in the Schoolyard: Discovering Patterns in Ordinary Plants
    Instructor: Lorie Hammond, Peregrine School and Deb Bruns, Yolo County Office of Education
    In this workshop, common plants are used as a basis for honing observation skills, discovering patterns, and constructing explanations. Teachers will explore standard 1-LS3-1, inheritance and variation, by showing how plants from the same species are alike but not exactly like their parents. We will also explore 1-LS1a- which focuses on how different plant parts help them to survive and grow. Our goal is to show how students can use common leaves and plants to explore similarities and differences in living things, and to begin to construct explanations of patterns in nature.
    NGSS: 1-LS3-1, 1-LS1a

3rd-5th Grade Science Series

  • Engineering Pollinators
    Instructor: Robert Sherriff, Churchill Middle School
    Solve a plant sex problem with an engineering solution, it’s all G rated so no parent signature is required.
    NGSS: 3-LS1-1, 4-LS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2 and 3-5-ETS1-3

  • Questioning, Planning, and Carrying Out Investigations
    Instructor: Ingrid Salim, Sacramento Area Science Project Teacher Leader
    Participants will explore the first three NGSS science practices: questioning, planning and carrying out investigations, and modeling. By working with one specific phenomenon, participants will experience a deep immersion into these three practices, with the intent that they can return to their classrooms and immediately implement a practice-based lesson.

Earth Science Series

  • Human Impacts on California’s Water Supply
    Instructor: Barb Munn, Sacramento State Geology
    Where does California’s water come from, what effect does California’s population have on its water supply, and what are some environmental effects of water consumption? Students use data to explore cause and effect relationships between human activity and fresh water in California.
    NGSS: MS-ESS3-4 and HS-ESS3-3, ESS3.C

  • How Stars Reveal Their Secrets
    Instructor: Rich Hedman, Sacramento Area Science Project
    The points of light we see in the night sky are amazingly far away from us. How do we know so much about them—even their distances? We will examine a variety of phenomena associated with stars, and will develop conceptual models to estimate stellar distances, composition, motion, and changes in stars over long periods of time.
    NGSS: HS-ESS1-3

Biology/Life Science Series

  • Making Sense of Traits in Populations Using Genetics: Population Genetics, Selection, and Other Mechanisms of Change in Frequencies Over Space and Time
    Instructor: Chris Griesemer, UC Davis and Megan McKenzie, Da Vinci Charter Academy
    We’ll immerse ourselves in a piece of 9th grade biology curriculum designed to follow student exploration of genetics. How might we use our understanding of the connections between genes and traits to inform ideas about differences among populations? We’ll use a variety of human traits to examine how patterns vary in space and over time. We will also briefly discuss the connection between divergence among populations and the process of speciation. Note: Middle school teachers are welcome to participate, but this particular piece of curriculum does not appropriately address the middle school standards around genetics or evolution and may be out-of-sequence for middle school life science classrooms.

  • Strategies for Facilitating the Development of Scientific Models
    Instructor: Candice Guy, UC Davis and Jason Fisk, Vacaville High School
    In this session, we will develop and use a model to explain phenomena related to cycles of matter and energy flow in ecosystems, while focusing on productive instructional moves that can facilitate student sensemaking. The strategies discussed will include some ways to encourage argumentation among students, facilitate group-talk, and how to press students for evidence-based explanations.
    NGSS: HS-LS2A, HS-LS2B, HS-LS2C

Physical Science Series

  • Momentum vs. Kinetic Energy: What’s the Difference?
    Instructor:Scott Richardson, Davis Senior High School
    The world around is full of things in motion. They have energy. Or is it momentum? Is there really a difference between the two concepts? Does it matter? Using hands-on activities and key questioning strategies, this session will (1) explore the essence of momentum and kinetic energy, (2) show how they are similar and yet distinct concepts, and (3) show the critical role each concept plays in how our universe works.

  • Interactions with Energy
    Instructor:Arthur Beauchamp, Professional Learning System and Laura Shafer, Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP)
    Develop and use evidence based models to show relationships in systems. Explore transfers of energy in systems and the outcomes of those transfers.
    NGSS: HS-PS3-4

Next Generation Science Series Workshops

  • NGSS Fundamental (Morning Session Only)
    Instructor:Rich Hedman, Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP)
    During this workshop, you will learn the basic architecture of NGSS (how NGSS is organized around 3-dimensions, connections to Common Core, etc.) and you will be introduced to the instructional shifts necessary for NGSS implementation. This workshop is intended for people that are new to NGSS and have never attended Super SIRC before (the same workshop was offered last year).

  • NGSS Intermediate: Exploring phenomena through the lens of multiple cross-cutting concepts
    Instructor:Judi Kusnick, Sacramento State Geology and Laura Shafer, Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP)
    In this workshop you will closely examine the NGSS crosscutting concepts to build a greater understanding of how to integrate them into your classroom instruction. In particular, you will use crosscutting concepts as tools to develop explanations for phenomena. This workshop is intended for people that have already attended the Fundamental science and engineering practices workshops and the fundamental crosscutting concept workshop. (note: this is different Intermediate workshop than was offered last year).

  • Engineering in the Next Generation Science Standards
    Instructor:Ben Fell, Sacramento State Engineering
    Presentation will provide context for the engineering design process for use in primary and secondary education toward the development of an informed population. NGSS Practices are discussed from an engineering perspective with an emphasis on contrasting science and engineering. General schemes are provided with guided break-out discussions to brainstorm how to incorporate engineering into a science-based curriculum. Note: similar material presented in the iSEE program by Dr. Fell.

  • Anatomy of an NGSS Lesson Sequence: Examining Model-Based Learning in Action
    Instructor:Cindy Passmore, UC Davis School of Education
    Together we will take a peek into classrooms that are aligned to the three-dimensions of NGSS and examine how to bring the science and engineering practices to life. We’ll consider three important questions: what kinds of curricular supports do we need, how do we orchestrate and manage NGSS-aligned lessons, and what does it look like when it goes well?

  • Phenomena, Questions, and Models
    Instructor:Arthur Beauchamp, REEd Center
    Explore how to identify and describe phenomena, develop productive questions, and understand or assemble models. This workshop would be appropriate for all 6 – 12 teachers of science.

  • Choosing and Using Phenomena (Afternoon Session Only)
    Instructor:Kelli Quan, Elk Grove Unified School District
    What is a phenomenon? Why do we need one? How do I know if it is a good one? Let’s explore the meaning of phenomena, in terms of the NGSS, and see how we can effectively use them to engage students in sense-making.
Jun
7
Wed
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ Los Angeles
Jun 7 – Jun 8 all-day

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.
COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*
REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout
CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

Aug
22
Tue
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ UC Riverside
Aug 22 @ 7:30 am – Aug 23 @ 4:30 pm

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.
COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*
REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout
CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

Sep
12
Tue
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ California State University at East Bay
Sep 12 @ 7:30 am – Sep 13 @ 4:30 pm

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.
COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*
REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout
CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

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

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

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

Short Course Proposal Deadline: February 6, 2017

Workshop Proposal Deadline: March 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

 

Nov
7
Tue
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ Marina Village Conference Center
Nov 7 – Nov 8 all-day

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.
COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*
REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout
CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027.

Nov
8
Wed
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ Radisson Hotel, Fresno, CA
Nov 8 – Nov 9 all-day

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.
COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*
REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout
CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

Save the Date! Registration opens in 2017.

Nov
14
Tue
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ CSU Chico
Nov 14 – Nov 15 all-day

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.
COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*
REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout
CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

Nov
29
Wed
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ Ventura County Office of Education
Nov 29 – Nov 30 all-day

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.

COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*

REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout

CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

Dec
4
Mon
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Dec 4 – Dec 5 all-day

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.

COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*

REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout

CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027