May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

CALENDAR

Jun
26
Mon
2017
LLNL: 3D Print & Design Teacher Research Academy – Level II @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jun 26 – Jun 30 all-day

The 3D Print & Design Teacher Research Academy is designed for teachers looking to incorporate modeling, design, and three-dimensional printing into their curriculum or clubs. Participants will learn how to create and print everyday objects from their own computational models. A $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I provides an overview of the field advanced manufacturing with instruction on basic 3D printing techniques. These techniques include:

  • model design
  • use of TinkerCAD software
  • computational modeling
  • hands-on printing

Level-II provides continued instruction in 2D and 3D printing techniques. These techniques include more advanced computational modeling instruction and hands-on printing. Some work will be performed in collaborative small groups focused on a single design project.

LLNL: Biotechnology Research Academy – Level II @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jun 26 – Jun 30 all-day

The Biotechnology Research Academy prepares teachers to conduct research with their students. A $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I provides an overview of the field of biotechnology with instruction on basic biotechnology tools. These tools include:

  • DNA extraction
  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • Restriction Digest
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • Bacterial Transformation
  • Protein Chromatography
  • Intro to Bioinformatics

Level-II This workshop provides teachers with skills and knowledge to meet the California Content Standards for evolution, genetics and immunology through inquiry, investigation and experimentation. The instruction includes:

  • PCR
  • DNA sequencing
  • Protein analysis using Western Blotting
  • Bioinformatics

Level-III This workshop prepares teachers to work as members of a research team. Participants develop their understanding of:

  • The nature of science
  • Research strategies and methods
  • Technical writing to communicate research findings

Level-IV Teachers participating in a mentored research internship contribute as a member of a research team. Each teacher receives a $4000 stipend when they complete an 8-week internship. At the completion of the summer research experience each teacher is expected to create and present a research poster at the LLNL Summer Research Symposium. They are required to create a lesson plan that will extend their research experience into the classroom.

Jun
27
Tue
2017
Sacramento Floodplain Ecology Institute @ Yolo County Office of Education
Jun 27 – Jun 29 all-day

Join us for this FREE professional development externship in applied science, research, STEM careers and environmental science curriculum. The institute will include field trips to regional floodplains to learn about ecology, watershed management and current habitat remediation projects in the Sacramento River watershed; learning and practicing field research skills and data collection alongside ecologists, biologists, entomologists and water scientists; standards-based curriculum resources for teaching watershed science and ecology concepts and current water issues facing all Californians and an opportunity to receive a $200 stipend!

Jul
5
Wed
2017
LLNL: Fusion & Astrophysics Research Academy – Level I @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jul 5 – Jul 7 all-day

Fusion & AstrophysicsA $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I This workshop provides an overview of the fields of fusion research, astrophysics, and atomic physics. Teachers will gain an understanding of the properties of electromagnetic radiation and how it is produced through hands-on activities. They will learn to use research tools such as spectroscopy to develop knowledge about inaccessible objects like the Sun and the interior of fusion reactors.

Level-II program provides instruction in intermediate and advanced astrophysical studies in classical gravitational physics and General Relativity. Teachers will develop understanding of electromagnetism and nuclear physics through hands-on activities using tools employed in research laboratories.

Level-III program prepares teachers to work as a member of a research team. Participants develop their understanding of:

  • The nature of science
  • Research strategies and methods
  • Technical writing to communicate research findings

Level-IV Teachers participating in a mentored research internship contribute as a member of a research team. Each teacher receives a $4000 stipend when they complete an 8-week internship. At the completion of the summer research experience each teacher is expected to create and present a research poster at the LLNL Summer Research Symposium. They are required to create a lesson plan that will extend their research experience into the classroom.

Jul
6
Thu
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: Introduction to the NGSS (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Science
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Jul
10
Mon
2017
LLNL: Computational Modeling and Simulation – Level I @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jul 10 – Jul 14 all-day

Computational ModelingThis workshop is designed to leverage LLNL’s computer simulation expertise to bring hands-on modeling to local STEM teachers and their students. Participants will learn to use NetLogo, a free, open-source simulation software used by tens of thousands of students, teachers, and researchers worldwide to create computer models that will enhance their STEM curriculum.

Level-I is designed to introduce the concepts behind computer modeling and simulation and real-world applications. Participants will interact with LLNL scientists and learn about how simulation is used in their work. NetLogo will be introduced as a modeling tool.

Level-II is designed to expand the participant’s knowledge of programming with NetLogo. The participant will be encouraged to develop computer applications that will enhance their STEM curriculum and present the model(s) and associated lesson plans to the group.

Level-III is designed for participants who have completed Levels I and II the previous summer. They will be encouraged to bring 2 students to join them for a 1-week workshop. During this workshop the students will develop their skills using NetLogo and prepare to train other students at the school site to use this software and create modeling solutions to their science projects.

LLNL: Fusion & Astrophysics Research Academy – Level II @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jul 10 – Jul 14 all-day

Fusion & AstrophysicsA $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I This workshop provides an overview of the fields of fusion research, astrophysics, and atomic physics. Teachers will gain an understanding of the properties of electromagnetic radiation and how it is produced through hands-on activities. They will learn to use research tools such as spectroscopy to develop knowledge about inaccessible objects like the Sun and the interior of fusion reactors.

Level-II program provides instruction in intermediate and advanced astrophysical studies in classical gravitational physics and General Relativity. Teachers will develop understanding of electromagnetism and nuclear physics through hands-on activities using tools employed in research laboratories.

Level-III program prepares teachers to work as a member of a research team. Participants develop their understanding of:

  • The nature of science
  • Research strategies and methods
  • Technical writing to communicate research findings

Level-IV Teachers participating in a mentored research internship contribute as a member of a research team. Each teacher receives a $4000 stipend when they complete an 8-week internship. At the completion of the summer research experience each teacher is expected to create and present a research poster at the LLNL Summer Research Symposium. They are required to create a lesson plan that will extend their research experience into the classroom.

Jul
11
Tue
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: NGSS Inside Out: Unit Redesign Challenge (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Science
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – Jul 13 @ 3:00 pm
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Special Note: This is a three day workshop series taking place on July 11, 12, and 13. Each session is from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

Are you familiar with the basics of NGSS and ready to take the next step? Team up with fellow teachers and Academy educators to bring your NGSS skills to the next level.

More About the Event

First, you will be immersed in a science learning experience and reflect on how the NGSS dimensions are applied. Then you will reimagine one of your own existing units as an NGSS-style experience. You will have access to planning resources, input from Academy educators, and feedback from your peers to support your planning process.

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

Tuesday-Thursday, July 11, 12, and 13
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Important note

This is an advanced level NGSS workshop. Participants should have completed at least one of the Academy’s intermediate level workshops (Unlocking the SEPs or Connecting with the CCCs) or have equivalent experience from other sources.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us at teachers@calacademy.org.

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments and caffeine to keep us going.
  • Join our community of educators, and receive in-person support from Academy coaches.
  • Leave with a redesigned unit and tools to use for your continued planning.

How Do I Join?

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

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

Jul
12
Wed
2017
How do I Develop a Storyline for a Unit? @ Online
Jul 12 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

How do I Develop a Storyline for a Unit?

Successful units feature a coherent storyline where each lesson builds on those that come before it and foster questions that lead into the next lesson. In this web seminar, we will show you examples of coherent storylines and provide guidance on how you can develop your own. Please join us on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Register Today!

This is one of a series of web seminars providing teachers advice on implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) or other three-dimensional science standards based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education.

All participants will receive a certificate of participation and 100 Learning Center activity points for attending and completing the post-program evaluation. An archive and presentation slides will be available at the end of the program.

Details

Title: How do I Develop a Storyline for a Unit?
Target audience: Teachers, Curriculum Developers, Administrators, Professional Learning Providers, and Teacher Educators
Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT / 4:30 p.m. MT / 3:30 p.m. PT
Duration: 90 minutes Note: New users should log in 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time for an introduction to NSTA web seminars.
Presenters: Brian Reiser, Michael Novak

Registration

Register Today! to participate in this web seminar. Upon registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation including information about the program and suggested links to visit in preparation of the event. Additional information about the web seminar will be e-mailed to you days before the program.

Each web seminar is a unique, stand-alone, program. Archives of the web seminars and the presenters’ PowerPoint presentations will be available through the links on this web page. Learn more about the features of the web seminar and read answers to frequently asked questions from participants.

For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org

Carnegie Corporation of New York Underwritten by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Jul
15
Sat
2017
Engineering on a Budget @ NASA JPL, Von Karman Auditorium
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Target Audience:

Teachers for grades K-12

Overview:

Explore engineering practices and methods using cheap, simple components. Discover ways to make engineering projects and lessons more accessible in the classroom without breaking the bank.

  • This workshop is not available online; you must be physically present to participate.
  • This workshop is limited to educators at U.S.-based institutions and organizations.

Online registration will open June 15, 2017.

Questions? Call the Educator Resource Center at 818-393-5917.

Jul
17
Mon
2017
LLNL: Computational Modeling and Simulation – Level I @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jul 17 – Jul 21 all-day

Computational ModelingThis workshop is designed to leverage LLNL’s computer simulation expertise to bring hands-on modeling to local STEM teachers and their students. Participants will learn to use NetLogo, a free, open-source simulation software used by tens of thousands of students, teachers, and researchers worldwide to create computer models that will enhance their STEM curriculum.

Level-I is designed to introduce the concepts behind computer modeling and simulation and real-world applications. Participants will interact with LLNL scientists and learn about how simulation is used in their work. NetLogo will be introduced as a modeling tool.

Level-II is designed to expand the participant’s knowledge of programming with NetLogo. The participant will be encouraged to develop computer applications that will enhance their STEM curriculum and present the model(s) and associated lesson plans to the group.

Level-III is designed for participants who have completed Levels I and II the previous summer. They will be encouraged to bring 2 students to join them for a 1-week workshop. During this workshop the students will develop their skills using NetLogo and prepare to train other students at the school site to use this software and create modeling solutions to their science projects.

Jul
18
Tue
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: Inquiry (grades preK – 2) @ California Academy of Science
Jul 18 @ 9:00 am – Jul 20 @ 3:00 pm
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(c) Tim Dutton

Special Note: This is a three part workshop series taking place on July 18, 19, and 20. Each session is from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

What exactly is scientific inquiry, and how can you integrate it into your classroom?

More About the Event

Engage in inquiry as a learner to experience for yourself the benefits and challenges of this approach to science learning. Then explore age-appropriate strategies for doing inquiry with your students. Leave with the confidence to bring these fun and effective scientific practices into your classroom!

This three-part workshop series is designed for educators of students grades preK-2. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

Tuesday-Thursday, July 18, 19, and 20
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments and caffeine to keep us going.
  • Join our community of educators, and receive in-person support from Academy coaches.
  • Receive ample time to explore our breathtaking Academy exhibits as you conduct an inquiry investigation!

How Do I Join?

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

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

Jul
24
Mon
2017
Floodplain Ecology @ CSU Chico
Jul 24 – Jul 26 all-day

The Floodplain Ecology Institute is designed to increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of floodplain ecosystems and provide participants with the tools to educate their students about their relationship to their watershed. The program includes the introduction of standards based curriculum (Project WET and the Education and the Environment Initiative Units), field experiences, hands-on inquiry-based lab activities, and guest speakers and demonstrations by agencies. $200 Stipend upon completion of the project.

Jul
26
Wed
2017
Phenomenon of a Solar Eclipse (grades 3-8) @ California Academy of Sciences
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

In 2017, you can kick off your school year with a phenomenon-based exploration of motions in the solar system. In this workshop, you’ll learn activities to engage your students in developing and using models to understand how eclipses happen.

Lessons in this workshop will follow student learning progressions and help you understand how to scaffold different concepts such as shadows, scale and motion so that your students can engage in authentic learning experiences.

Additionally, you’ll leave with methods for facilitating safe methods for viewing the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

This workshop experience is designed for all educators grades 3-8.

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments and caffeine to keep us going
  • Leave with resources related to this professional development experience.
Jul
28
Fri
2017
3rd Annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit @ Various Locations: See Summit Website
Jul 28 all-day

On July 28, the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit will bring teachers across the state together for a powerful day of learning led by teachers, for teachers. The Summit is a unique opportunity for teachers to come together to collaborate, re-energize ahead of the new school year and be a part of a teacher network that will last beyond the Summit. Building on momentum from the past two years, the Summit will feature TED-style EdTalks presented by local teachers, Edcamp discussions on teacher-selected topics, and opportunities for networking and sharing ideas and resources with fellow teachers. By bringing California teachers together, the Summit will empower teachers to support our students, protect our values as educators and set an example for the nation.

The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the California State University and New Teacher Center are organizing the third annual Summit. The event is free to all California pre-K-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators.

Register and choose from locations across the state at CATeachersSummit.com. And don’t forget to follow @CATeacherSummit on Facebook and Twitter for updates, and join the conversation using the hashtag #BetterTogetherCA.

Jul
31
Mon
2017
Understanding Climate Change in California @ Merced Civic Center
Jul 31 all-day

Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level and river flows. Join the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Climate Change team for a day of learning about the basics of climate science, how DWR is addressing these impacts and how the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET can help you integrate climate science knowledge and skill back in the classroom! Participant will walk away with great information on current climate science, a copy of the Project WET Guide 2.0, a light breakfast, an an opportunity to receive 0.8 CEU credit – and a $50 stipend following completion of the training.

Aug
8
Tue
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: Introduction to the NGSS (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Science
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Aug
10
Thu
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: Making the Most of Science Notebooks (grades K-8) @ California Academy of Science
Aug 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
science notebook symbols

Explore how notebooks can help students think and act like scientists in this hands-on workshop.

Keeping a notebook can help your students think and act like scientists. Join us for a full-day workshop on using notebooks for scientific meaning-making.

More About the Event

Learn how to set up science notebook routines, develop student interest, and teach scientific sketching to students of all ages. Get inspired by checking out the Academy’s archive of scientists’ field books, dating back to the 1800s, and leave with the first few entries in your own high quality science notebook. Continue observing the natural world, and use your notebook as a model for your students!

This workshop is designed for K-9 educators, instructional coaches, and administrators.

Thursday, August 10, 2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments and caffeine to keep us going.
  • Join our community of educators, and receive in-person support from Academy coaches.
  • Bring home the high-quality science notebook that you’ve used throughout the workshop.
  • Leave knowing how to find example pages, lesson plans, and stories from real teachers on our collection of science notebooking resources, Science Notebook Corner.

How Do I Join?

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

Can’t make it on August 8th? No problem. The same workshop is also offered in June.

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

Aug
17
Thu
2017
Webchat Session 1 – Prepare For a Solar Eclipse @ Online Webinar
Aug 17 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 am

Join us for a two-part series on August 17th & 24th. Students will get to connect with astronomers before and after the August 21st solar eclipse to learn about how scientists observe this phenomenon, and then share what they learned during this eclipse.

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