February 2016 – Vol. 28 No. 6

CALENDAR

Feb
9
Tue
2016
San Diego COE NGSS Grade Level Academy (Elementary School) @ South County Regional Education Center
Feb 9 @ 8:00 am – Feb 10 @ 3:00 pm

3 Day Event: Event Dates: Feb 09, 2016 | Feb 10, 2016 | Mar 02, 2016
The Next Generation Science Standards have been adopted, requiring shifts in how teachers teach and how students learn science. This three-day grade level academy provides elementary teachers an opportunity to come together and look in depth at the conceptual shifts and three-dimensions of the NGSS as they consider the changes that will need to happen in their classroom to support these new standards. Teachers will gain awareness of the NGSS, explore the research around the standards, and begin to plan an instructional unit that integrates the NGSS and CCSS together.

Feb
11
Thu
2016
Ignite Learning with Growth Mindset from Mindset Works @ Royal Oak Middle School Library
Feb 11 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
In a new collaboration, CA ASCD and HMH are pleased to offer the Mindset Works: Ignite Learning with a Growth Mindset. In a lively full day workshop, participants will learn about the growth mindset research and why it is a critical lever for motivation and success.  Workshop will include hands-on activities and PLC-type discussion about how to implement this work past the workshop and into the rhythm of a school year.   Participants will explore and reflect on several tools, resources and strategies to deepen their understanding of mindset’s role in schools as well as how to;

1. change their mindsets and,

2. cultivate growth mindsets in students

Why the Growth Mindset?

When students and educators have a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence can be developed. Students focus on improvement instead of worrying about how smart they are. They work hard to learn more and get smarter. Based on years of research by Stanford University’s Dr. Dweck, Lisa Blackwell Ph.D., and their colleagues, we know that students who learn this mindset show greater  motivation in school, better grades, and higher test scores.

Twenty years of research have consistently shown that students who have a growth mindset do better in school. Moreover, the research demonstrates that teaching students a growth mindset raises motivation and achievement.

 

Registration Fee:

CASCD Members                 $100 (Before 1/8/16);  $120 (After 1/8/16)
Non-Members                       $145 (Before 1/8/16);  $165 (After 1/8/16)
Teams of 4 or more               $120 per person

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

Download the workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

Feb
13
Sat
2016
Sacramento Darwin Day @ La Sierra Community Center
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Collecting Evolution: The 1905–06 Galápagos Expedition that Vindicated Charles Darwin
What is Darwin Day? It is a science rush like no other, an annual celebration of scientific inquiry honoring the life and work of the great Charles Darwin (born February 12, 1809), and sponsored worldwide by community and educational groups. This will be Sacramento’s 19th annual Darwin Day event. For its very respectable history, visit the International Darwin Day Foundation, and learn.

Dr. James, our wonderful speaker, is Chair of the Department of Geology and Professor of Paleontology and Geology at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. He will entertain and inform us about the 1905–06 scientific collecting expedition to the Galápagos Islands conducted by the California Academy of Sciences. His presentation will include the history of the expedition’s two-masted schooner Academy (ex-Earnest), built in 1875 for the U.S. Coast Survey.

Dr. James grew up on Oʻahu and did his undergraduate work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He is the recipient of the 2011 Karl Kortum Award for Maritime History for his work on the 1905–06 expedition. He has worked on Galápagos science, history, and conservation for 30 years, since first visiting the islands in 1982 on a paleontology expedition.

As always, Sacramento Darwin Day will include refreshments, entertainment, displays and tables.

Admission is $10 per person through Feb 6, payable online or by mailed check. At the door, it’s $15 or $10 with  Student ID. See theevent flyer (link below) for a payment form and address for mailed payments.

Feb
17
Wed
2016
NGSS Webinars from LACOE @ Online
Feb 17 @ 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!
Feb
18
Thu
2016
The STEM Academy: Connect the Dots @ Sutter Co. Supt. Of Schools North/South Board Room
Feb 18 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

ACADEMY DESCRIPTION:
In a new collaboration, CA ASCD and Discovery Education are pleased to offer Connect the Dots with STEM. Learn to effectively develop, plan and lead a STEM strategy to transform teaching and learning in your school district! This exciting professional learning event concentrates on the leadership required for successfully implementing STEM as a transformation tool in your school/district/classroom. Participants will be:

  • Immersed in STEM teaching and learning
  • Explore STEM resources
  • Experience instructional strategies that promote STEM skill building
  • Examine data about future STEM opportunities in California
  • Begin creating their own STEM definition and strategy

The academy will be led by Discovery Education experts with extensive experience partnering with districts and schools to transform teaching and learning and create a culture of STEM.

REGISTER ONLINE AND PAY WITH A CREDIT CARD [CLICK HERE]

DOWNLOAD BROCHURE/REGISTRATION FORM AND PAY WITH CHECK OR PURCHASE ORDER [CLICK HERE]

Feb
19
Fri
2016
Science safety training for educators @ Ventura County Office of Education Board Room
Feb 19 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Do you need a refresher on science safety in the classroom? This training is for all science teachers who want to update their knowledge in preventing accidents and liability when conducting science activities. In addition, all Administrators, science department chairs, and designated persons indicated on the school/district’s chemical hygiene plan should attend this training. The Ventura County Schools Self-Funding Authority, which provides support services to our districts including safety services and general liability coverage is sponsoring a science safety training for all science teachers and administrators to assist our districts in providing the highest quality science education that includes safe experiments and activities in the classroom. Topics that will be covered in the training will include proper storage and disposal of chemical and biological materials. Participants will receive training in the global harmonized system (GHS) that has replaced the materials safety data sheets (MSDS) and a certificate of completion.

Feb
20
Sat
2016
NanoScience Institute – Water Filtration @ Los Angeles, CA
Feb 20 all-day

Presented by UCLA Science Project and the California NanoSystems Institute

Free workshop for high school and middle school teachers – free laboratory kits for 90 students included.

Get students excited about science – connect to common core and next generation science standards.

‘Common Core, NGSS Science and Water Education’ Workshop: Santa Cruz
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

SANTA CRUZ AREA EDUCATORS!  Teaching to the Common Core (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) can be achieved with the California Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum (EEI) and the Project WET (Water Education for Teachers). Come learn by doing at this engaging teacher workshop at the County Office of Education. All workshop attendees will receive an EEI class set of materials, a Project WET Guide 2.0, local curricula for the Santa Cruz County and lunch for a registration fee of $10! CEU credit is available from CSU Monterey Bay. Please register at: http://santacruz.k12oms.org/1277-108406 or contact Amity Sandage, CREEC Coordinator if you have questions at: (831) 466-5711 or amity@creec.org.

Feb
22
Mon
2016
Preparing ALL Students for Academic Interaction Demands @ Sutter Co. Supt. Of Schools Boyd Hall (located next to the COE) at Feather River Academy
Feb 22 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

PRESENTER:

Dr. Kate Kinsella is an adjunct faculty member in San Francisco State University’s Center for Teacher Efficacy. Her extensive national consultancy, training, and publications focus upon improving achievement of less proficient readers and immigrant youth. She provides guidance to state departments and districts on evidence-based instructional practices to promote gains for English Learners and under-resourced students in states as varied as New York, California and Texas. A teacher’s teacher, Dr. Kinsella has maintained active classroom involvement by teaching high school English Learners in her University’s Step to College Program and by providing in-class coaching and model lessons across the K-12 curricula. Her areas of professional focus are academic oral language, vocabulary, reading and writing development for career and college readiness.

INSTITUTE DESCRIPTION:

No child speaks academic English as a home language, but youths from well-resourced households approach schoolwork with a decided linguistic advantage. Every student in mixed-ability, economically diverse classrooms must have successful experiences engaging in structured academic interaction across the school day to meet the advanced language expectations of Common Core assessments. They must also be exposed to an articulate command of English in every class and benefit from consistent school-wide instructional principles and practices. Using expert modeling and illustrative video footage, Dr. Kinsella details how schools can establish school-wide academic interaction norms and practices.

Areas of keen focus include establishing productive partnering and group-work, use of response frames, attentive listening tasks, and language for academic interaction. She provides practical ways in which teachers can expand students’ command of advanced vocabulary and sentence structure through mindful, precise language modeling and consistent use of appropriate academic register. Without daily exposure to eloquent delivery from teachers in every class and opportunities for advanced interaction, English learners and under-resourced peers will never develop the communication skills to actualize their personal and academic goals.

Participants will learn effective ways to:

  • Establish school-wide academic discourse norms and practices
  • Implement interaction instructional routines using classroom-tested tools
  • Integrate and meaningfully address advanced social and academic language
  • Engage learners at every proficiency level in academic discussions
  • Set up and monitor productive student collaboration including language targets
  • Design response frames that model and scaffold competent communication
  • Encourage thoughtful elaboration and justification during lesson discussions
  • Guide students in constructing brief written responses using academic register
  • Address critical language functions for secondary school, college and career readiness
  • Integrate accountable listening tasks with relevant language targets
  • Provide productive and timely feedback on oral language errors during lessons
Feb
23
Tue
2016
Tools to Prepare English Learners for Informational Text Reading and Response Demands @ Sutter County Superintendent Schools Boyd Hall (located next to the COE) at Feather River Academy
Feb 23 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

PRESENTER:

Dr. Kate Kinsella is an adjunct faculty member in San Francisco State University’s Center for Teacher Efficacy. Her extensive national consultancy, training, and publications focus upon improving achievement of less proficient readers and immigrant youth. She provides guidance to state departments and districts on evidence-based instructional practices to promote gains for English Learners and under-resourced students in states as varied as New York, California and Texas. A teacher’s teacher, Dr. Kinsella has maintained active classroom involvement by teaching high school English Learners in her University’s Step to College Program and by providing in-class coaching and model lessons across the K-12 curricula. Her areas of professional focus are academic oral language, vocabulary, reading and writing development for career and college readiness.

INSTITUTE DESCRIPTION:

Adeptly reading and responding to informational text is a major shift for young scholars whose early literacy development has largely been comprised of narrative text. Informational articles, chapters and reports are structured very differently than novels and short stories. Their complex sentence structures, technical vocabulary, and heavy concept and data load pose extreme comprehension and recall challenges for students with basic reading skills and limited academic language. Being able to independently navigate, summarize, and respond to eclectic informational selections is a vital skill for success in upper-elementary school and beyond.

Dr. Kinsella outlines and illustrates an informed and consistent process to guide competent informational text reading and constructed response. Introducing neophyte readers to a viable process and consistently following the routine steps during lessons will increase the odds that students replicate the process when faced with daunting independent assignments. Using video footage and hands-on demonstration, she clarifies how to prepare students for the concept and vocabulary load within an assigned text and integrate targeted academic language development to facilitate text discussion and written response. Participants leave with practical digital tools, instructional routine guidelines, model lessons, and sample texts to support implementation.

Participants will learn effective ways to:

  • Establish vocabulary priorities for robust teaching or independent analysis
  • Frontload major text concepts and topic-focused vocabulary
  • Develop productive word knowledge with high-utility academic vocabulary
  • Equip students with word knowledge and skills to productively analyze context
  • Introduce language functions and frames for text discussion and response
  • Build text fluency through multiple and varied readings
  • Model text previewing, analysis, response and note-taking
  • Organize narrow reading units to mirror college and career reading demands
  • Guide competent verbal and written response to text-dependent questions

 

Science in the River City (SIRC) #5 @ Sequoia Hall, Sacramento State University
Feb 23 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City (SIRC) is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd-12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activties) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

All SIRC workshops are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Instructors are university faculty or experienced Sacramento Aarea Science Project (SASP) teachers leaders. Attending SIRC will enrich your elementary, middle, or high school classsroom by providing new thools and ways to think about teaching science.

Feb
27
Sat
2016
NGSS: Engineering Our Future – Gold Coast Science Network Conference @ Oxnard College
Feb 27 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Click HERE to Register for the 2016 ​GCSN Conference for STEM Education!
Gold Coast Science Network (GCSN) is currently recruiting conference presenters. All areas of STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) are welcome but we are especially seeking workshops that support the common core state standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Sessions that focus on instructional strategies and resources for STEM education are welcome. 
Click HERE to submit a presenter application
(or HERE to download a PDF version)

You can also download the conference flyer in color or in black & white.
Click HERE if you are interested in being an exhibitor at the conference.

CLICK HERE FOR CONFERENCE UPDATES!
(find out about workshops, hotel discounts, and more)

Conference flyer.

‘Water in the Russian River Watershed’ Workshop: Forestville
Feb 27 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

SONOMA COUNTY EDUCATORS! Let us help you teach your students about the drought, floods and other water issues in the Russian River watershed by attending our locally-oriented Project WET workshop. The goal of Project WET is to promote awareness, appreciation and knowledge of California’s precious water resources. We have tailored the workshop to our region with activities that highlight local water issues and concerns. All participants will receive a Project WET 2.0 guide, free access to the Project WET Portal and the opportunity to register for (.6) CEU credit for attending this workshop. Lunch and snacks will be provided. There is no fee for this workshop.  Please visit our website: http://www.scwa.ca.gov/workshops to register. (9:30 am – 3:30 pm)

Mar
3
Thu
2016
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Mar 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

Mar
2
Wed
2016
The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Mar 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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Mar
12
Sat
2016
‘Water Education in a Changing Climate’ workshop: Los Angeles
Mar 12 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

LOS ANGELES EDUCATORS! Join the USC Sea Grant program and fellow educators for a FREE hands-on professional development workshop addressing climate change impacts with regards to California’s water supply. Learn how the interdisciplinary activities can help you communicate about climate science and water issues us as weave “Science and Engineering Practices” (SEPs) and Cross Cutting Concepts into the engaging content (DCIs) already featured in two outstanding and proven curricular tools: Project Wet and California’s place-based EEI.  Our workshop models activities that are practical for teachers, yet also engages student interdisciplinary critical thinking skills that are at the core of CCSS and NGSS. To register, please contact Kirk Amato at Kirk.Amato@calrecycle.ca.gov or (916) 341-6762.

Mar
18
Fri
2016
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Leadership Conference @ Liberty Station Conference Center
Mar 18 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

A collaboration of the San Diego County Office of Education, the Southern California Association of Science Specialists, and the San Diego Science Project

The NGSS Leadership Conference brings district leadership teams together with California and national leaders in science education to support the transition and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. Teams will receive the most current information on CA NGSS, collaborate and learn about implementation efforts, and refine their own NGSS implementation plan.

Topics for the 2016 NGSS Leadership Conference include:

  • Creating, implementing, and refining an implementation plan for NGSS
  • Building a vision for elementary science education to meet the NGSS
  • Taking action: Implementing a middle school science program
  • High school course models in NGSS
  • The changing nature of formative, summative, and statewide assessment in the NGSS
  • Supporting teacher and administrator NGSS professional learning
  • An update and overview of the CA Science Framework

Cost: $150 per participant

Questions? John Spiegel (858) 292-3854 john.spiegel@sdcoe.net

Registration: Kathy Bowman (858) 292-3789 katharine.bowman@sdcoe.net

To Register: http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/1022-99813

Mar
19
Sat
2016
NanoScience Institute – Electrochemical Energy Storage @ Los Angeles, CA
Mar 19 all-day

Presented by UCLA Science Project and the California NanoSystems Institute

Free workshop for high school and middle school teachers – free laboratory kits for 90 students included.

Get students excited about science – connect to common core and next generation science standards.

Mar
29
Tue
2016
Science in the River City (SIRC) #6 @ Sequoia Hall, Sacramento State University
Mar 29 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City (SIRC) is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd-12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activties) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

All SIRC workshops are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Instructors are university faculty or experienced Sacramento Aarea Science Project (SASP) teachers leaders. Attending SIRC will enrich your elementary, middle, or high school classsroom by providing new thools and ways to think about teaching science.

Apr
3
Sun
2016
California Earthquake Hazards & Mineral Resources—NGSS AND Creating Dual-Enrollment Honors Geology Classes at High Schools @ DoubleTree Hotel - Ontario
Apr 3 @ 8:00 am – Apr 5 @ 3:00 pm

Geological Society of America,  Cordilleran Section, 112th Annual Meeting, Ontario California http://www.geosociety.org/Sections/cord/2016mtg/

Two educator workshops will be held (in conjunction with the GSA conference) on Sunday, 3 April, at the Ontario DoubleTree Hotel. Generous sponsorships allow the organizers to offer these workshops at no charge, except for the normal meeting registration fee (Register by February 29 for discounted price: $20 for workshop only registration). http://www.geosociety.org/Sections/cord/2016mtg/registration.htm . Space is limited for the workshops. For general questions, please contact Jade Star Lackey. Contact the workshop organizer with questions related to individual workshops. 

  1. California Earthquake Hazards & Mineral Resources—NGSS

Explore “Earth and Human Activity—NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea ESS3” with mini lectures and  mostly hands-on-activities covering California earthquakes, tsunamis, and mineral resources. Become part of QuakeCatcher Network, ShakeOut, and an expert on California minerals used in everyday life! Aligned with MS/HS NGSS but scalable for K–5. Maps, worksheets, CDs, minerals, and more! For more info on this workshop contact cpridmore@consrv.ca.gov

Cosponsored by California Geological Survey (CGS), California Mineral Education Foundation (CMEF); Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC); and Women In Mining (WIM).

Sun., 3 April, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Limit: 30; refreshments included, but participants need to provide their own lunch.
Cynthia L. Pridmore, California Geological Survey, cpridmore@consrv.ca.gov ; Robert De Groot, Southern California Earthquake Center; Joyce Pulliam-Fitzgerald, Elementis Specialties Inc.
 

  1. Creating Dual-Enrollment Honors Geology Classes at High Schools 

Dual-enrollment honors geology classes are a proven strategy to introduce college-bound high school students to the geosciences. This workshop will give an overview of the program developed by the Kern High School District and CSU Bakersfield. It is intended for university faculty and teachers interested in developing similar programs. For more info on this workshop contact dbaron@csub.edu

Sponsored by National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Far Western Section.
Sun., 3 April, 8 a.m.–noon. Limit: 30; refreshment included.
Dirk Baron, California State Univ. Bakersfield, dbaron@csub.edu