August 2015 – Vol. 27 No. 12

CALENDAR

Sep
2
Wed
2015
NGSS 101 Workshop K-12 @ San Joaquin County Office of Education Wentworth Education Center Harmony Grove Lab
Sep 2 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Explore how to navigate the Next Generation Science Standards!

Introductory activities will be used to explore the shifts and deepen your understanding from the 1998 standards to the NGSS performance expectations. 

The three dimensions of NGSS include the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross Cutting Concepts.  These three dimensions will be experienced as they relate to classroom lessons and instruction.  

Come join your regional colleagues in this important exploration.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Cancellation Policy: If the workshop is canceled by SJCOE, registrants will be notified in advance and will obtain a full refund. No refunds will be given for participant cancellations.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Sep 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

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Sep
3
Thu
2015
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

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

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
8
Tue
2015
FREE Science and Engineering Fair Orientation @ San Joaquin County Office of Education Wentworth Education Center
Sep 8 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for a FREE Science and Engineering Fair Orientation!  This is for new and veteran science fair teachers to get an understanding of what is expected from each student and sponsoring teacher. Safety guidelines/processes and this year’s rubrics will be reviewed.  Science and engineering projects for the fair can be an effective way to apply the Next Generation Science Standards in your classroom!

Two Dates are being offered this year:

Tuesday, September 8, 4:30-6:30pm, San Joaquin County Office of Education, WEC, Stockton (Click below on the REGISTER NOW button!)

Monday, September 21, 4:30-6:30pm, Hawkins Elementary School (in the library), Tracy.  (Got to sjcoescience.org to regisgter!)

  • Cancellation Policy: If the workshop is canceled by SJCOE, registrants will be notified in advance and will obtain a full refund. No refunds will be given for participant cancellations.
  • Water and coffee will be available.
Sep
10
Thu
2015
A Workshop for K-5 Educators – Red Bluff
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

TEHAMA COUNTY EDUCATORS! The Tehama County Department of Education and Water Education Foundation invite you to join us for this FREE water education workshop, which will include hands-on experience with the activities of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)! Your time will be focused on engaging in activities and you’ll walk away loaded with classroom ready content to study drought and current standards. Mark your calendar for this workshop! Please contact Lorna Manuel, Director – Educational Support Services, Tehama County Department of Education at: (530)528-7344 or lmanuel@tehamaschools.org

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
11
Fri
2015
Science ELD Standards Augmentation Review @ Los Angeles County Office of Education
Sep 11 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

AB 899 (October 2013) requires the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) to convene a group of experts to review the science academic content standards and ensure that the language demands inherent in these content standards are adequately addressed by the CA ELD Standards. (CDE)  contracted WestEd to: (1) conduct a study of correspondence (linkage) between the CA ELD Standards and the standards for science; and (2) develop materials to represent augmentations to the CA ELD Standards. CDE seeks input from the field. The review process will provide feedback to the writers. This document will be used in the future to guide Science content teacher’s instruction.

WHO SHOULD BE A REVIEWER? Optimally, it would be a person who is familiar with the Science Standards AS WELL AS the ELD Standards. At best, it should be a person who has knowledge of the ELD Standards.

Sep
12
Sat
2015
Understanding Climate Change in California Workshop – Redding
Sep 12 @ 10:50 pm – 11:50 pm

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA EDUCATORS! Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level and river flows. Join the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Climate Change Team for a day learning about the basics of climate science, how DWR is addressing these impacts and how the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET can help you integrate climate science knowledge and skill back in the classroom! Please contact Mary Harper at Turtle Bay Exploration Park to register at mharper@turtlebay.org or 530-242-3120.

Sep
15
Tue
2015
Next Generation Science Standards Statewide Rollout Phase 2 – Hayward @ CA State University, East Bay
Sep 15 @ 8:00 am – Sep 16 @ 4:30 pm

The NGSS Statewide Rollout Phase 2 has begun! – Registration for this and future rollout symposium is now available: http://www.regonline.com/NGSS2015Training

This is a collaborative effort that includes the California Department of Education, California Science Project, California Science Teachers Association, Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, and the K-12 Alliance/WestEd.

Please limit your district teams to 4-6 people. This will allow for additional districts to participate as space is limited. Ideally, teams should include an Administrator or Curriculum Leader in addition to Teacher Leaders. These sessions builds on NGSS Symposium I, so teams are encouraged to bring teachers who attended that event.

Fee: $250 per person for 2-days

Both a Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served.

Registration and breakfast begins at 7:30am. The symposia will begin promptly at 8:00am.

2-DAY SESSION DETAIL 

NGSS 103: Deepen Your Understanding of the NGSS:
Engage with the Conceptual Shifts to refine your understanding of the NGSS vision for science education for all students. Learn about the importance of developing a professional learning plan to prepare teachers for the NGSS. Discuss the types of administrative and system supports necessary to implement these learning plans.

The Tool: Designing for Learning:
Building on Roll Out #1, incorporate a new tool to design a learning sequence that addresses the 3D aspect of the NGSS. Learn how to order concepts from a conceptual flow and Phenomenon-Question-Practice (PQP) chart into an instructional sequence that resonates with the 5Es (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate) instructional model.

Teaching Through the Practices:
Experience the coherent integration of the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices from the observation of a phenomenon to constructing an explanation for those observations. This session focuses on three practices: 1) developing and revising models, 2) engaging in argument from evidence, and 3) constructing explanations, and it provides instructional strategies for each practice. Attend either a session targeted for elementary (K-5) or secondary (6-12).

Lesson: What Does It Look Like?
Apply the tool to a learning sequence for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12 and experience what the learning looks like in a classroom over a multi-day lesson. Discuss with grade level colleagues how this applies to your classroom and your instruction.

Administrator Strand:
Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in your district through exploring various implementation resources and collaborating with other administrative leaders. This session emphasizes strategies to move from awareness to transition.

The 3rd Dimension – Crosscutting Concepts:
Learn how the seven crosscutting concepts of the Next Generation Science Standards deepen understanding of the Practices and Core Ideas and lead to productive inquiry. This hands-on workshop will explore ways to help students use the crosscutting concepts to think like scientists and engineers.

High School Session:
Review the policy issues related to the implementation of NGSS at the high school level. Explore and compare sample HS course sequences that might be appropriate for your district. Discuss strategies for leading school/district discussions with stakeholders about which model(s) are best for your context.

Engineering in a Three Dimensional Lesson:
Experience the NGSS Engineering Design Core Ideas of defining a problem, designing a solution, and optimizing that design solution. Learn how content specific performance expectations are linked to engineering and how engineering helps students to learn at the nexus of the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas and the Crosscutting Concepts.

Other Rollout #2 Dates and Locations

Long Beach (May 11-12)
Chino (May 26-27)
Fresno (October 15-16)
San Marcos (October 22-23)
Red Bluff (November 2-3)
San Jose (November 9-10)
Camarillo (December 8-9)

Sep
17
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
18
Fri
2015
NGSS Implementation Workshop @ LACOE
Sep 18 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This half-day workshop is designed for Leadership Teams, Coaches, and administrators to begin or continue the work towards implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.

This half-day training is designed to provide participants with the following knowledge, skills and resources:

  • Implementation Time Line
  • Discussion of Middle and High School Science Pathways
  • Credentials
  • Creating Action Plan
  • Local, State, and National Updates
  • Time for Discussion and Collaboration
Sep
21
Mon
2015
Understanding Climate Change in California Workshop – Fresno
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

FRESNO REGION EDUCATORS! Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level and river flows. Join the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Climate Change Team for a day learning about the basics of climate science, how DWR is addressing these impacts and how the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET can help you integrate climate science knowledge and skill back in the classroom! For more information or to register, please contact Brian Brown, California Project WET Coordinator at: (916) 444-6240 or projectwet@watereducation.org.    

FREE Science and Engineering Fair Orientation @ Tom Hawkins Elementary School School Library
Sep 21 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for a FREE Science and Engineering Fair Orientation!  This is for new and veteran science fair teachers to get an understanding of what is expected from each student and sponsoring teacher. Safety guidelines/processes and this year’s rubrics will be reviewed.  Science and engineering projects for the fair can be an effective way to apply the Next Generation Science Standards in your classroom!

Two Dates are being offered this year:

Tuesday, September 8, 4:30-6:30pm, San Joaquin County Office of Education, WEC, Stockton (Click below on the REGISTER NOW button!)

Monday, September 21, 4:30-6:30pm, Hawkins Elementary School (in the library), Tracy.  (Got to sjcoescience.org to regisgter!)

  • Cancellation Policy: If the workshop is canceled by SJCOE, registrants will be notified in advance and will obtain a full refund. No refunds will be given for participant cancellations.
  • Water and coffee will be available.
Sep
23
Wed
2015
NGSS Webinars from LACOE @ Online
Sep 23 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Event Dates: Sep 23, 2015 | Dec 10, 2015 | Feb 17, 2016 | Apr 20, 2016 | Jun 15, 2016

These free 1-hour webinars will provide you the opportunity to gain information and updates around the new Next Generation Science Standards.  Participants will be able to listen to news from local, state, and national levels, including the ability to ask questions!  All webinars will be archived and you can watch from the comfort of your own classroom!
Sep
24
Thu
2015
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Take NGSS Implementation of the Next Level @ HARTT Center
Sep 24 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

California ASCD and California Science Teachers Association Present:

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:  Take NGSS Implementation of the Next Level

Hosted by Walnut Valley Unified

Workshop Description

This full-day workshop will demonstrate how to advance students’ abilities to make sense of the natural and designed world by thinking and acting as scientists and engineers. This includes rich use of language and math. Participants will also be provided with a review of resources that will support them as they implement NGSS.

The hands-on day will begin with an exploration of the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and overview of resources. Participants will be provided with a foundation of how the Evidence Statements from Achieve will help them support their students’ capacity to demonstrate their knowledge and abilities. During the afternoon session, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 lesson. Each of these lessons will emphasize how the Science and Engineering Practices help us bring Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Skills (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity) to life.

Participants will leave with:

  • An understanding of the differences between Science Practices and Engineering Practices.
  • An awareness of the reasoning behind engineering and how engineering can be incorporated into an NGSS lesson sequence.
  • An understanding of how science and engineering are an authentic vehicle to engage students in language arts, mathematics, and 21st Century Skills.
  • An awareness of the resources that are available to support NGSS implementation.

Presenters:
Jared Marr is a Staff Development and Curriculum Specialist with Tulare County Office of Education. His focus is to provide high quality workshops that emphasize successful teaching strategies, as well as an increased awareness of both Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Jared was a high school science teacher for over ten years where he was able to bring his passion for science into the classroom. He is now bringing his passion for education to teachers and administrators through workshops and professional development.

Michelle French is also a Staff Development and Curriculum Specialist with the Tulare County Office of Education.  Her vision is to ensure that all students, TK-12, receive a high-quality science education.  She is currently working along-side teachers, curriculum coaches, and administrators in Tulare County and its surrounding areas to make this vision a reality. Michelle was an elementary teacher for 17 years.  She also served as a Staff Developer with K-12 Alliance where she was trained in science pedagogy, lesson design, and Teacher and Learning Collaborative facilitation.  Michelle volunteered as the Primary Director on the Board of Directors of the California Science Teachers Association.

Register online and pay with a credit card [Click Here]

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) Meeting @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – Sep 25 @ 4:00 pm

The IQC will meet to approve a draft of the Science Curriculum Framework for the initial 60-day public review.

Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) Meeting @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – Sep 25 @ 4:00 pm

The IQC will meet to approve a draft of the Science Curriculum Framework for the second and final 60-day public review.