February 2015 – Vol. 27 No. 6

CALENDAR

Dec
1
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Dec 1 2014 – Mar 1 2015 all-day

Are you a Next Generation Science Teacher? Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer.

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Feb
28
Sat
2015
2015 Science Trek – The Next Generation – SDSEA 24 Annual Conference @ Grossmot College
Feb 28 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This energizing conference offers you all of this and more: NGSS and Common Core Standards, awareness and planning tips, expert Featured Speakers, natural sciences strand, practical ideas, STEM strands, model lessons, hands-on workshops, exhibitors and door prizes, college credit available.

 70 sessions to choose from, so you’ll get just what you need!
CSTA will be an exhibitor at this event – please stop by our table!
The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics @ UC Santa Barbara
Feb 28 @ 8:50 am – 6:00 pm

Worlds Suited for Biology:

The Search for Life in the Universe

Coordinators: Geoff Marcy

A long-anticipated interdisciplinary field of science is now exploding on the scene: Astrobiology. Are habitable planets common in the universe? What properties of a planet are necessary for chemical reactions to create replicating molecules such as DNA, to spawn biology and support long-term evolution?   The NASA Kepler Mission has discovered hundreds of Earth-size planets in orbits near the habitable zones of their host stars. Do these new worlds have the ingredients for biochemistry and long-term evolution? Our current ideas about the formation of planetary systems imply that rocky planets, like Earth, are common and that water will be delivered to them by comets and asteroids around their stars.  But will most Earth-size planets receive too little water producing “desert worlds”, or too much, producing water worlds with no continents? Are these theories of planetary formation supported by Kepler’s recent observations?  What conditions are needed for biology to spawn intelligent, technological life?  This conference will give a glimpse into how astronomers are working with geologists, geophysicists, oceanographers, atmospheric chemists, and biologists to assess the prospects for life on other worlds.
Mar
4
Wed
2015
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Mar 4 @ 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.

Like us on Facebook!

Mar
5
Thu
2015
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Mar 5 – Mar 6 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

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Mar 5 @ 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
Mar 5 @ 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.

Mar
12
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Mar 12 @ 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.

Mar
16
Mon
2015
California STEM Summit @ Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
Mar 16 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

The California STEM Summit is the state’s foremost gathering of STEM education and workforce leaders.

The theme for the 5th Summit – Unleashing Curiosity Through STEM – will focus on new ways and opportunities to engage all students, parents and educators in STEM education.

This year’s Summit will bring together 400 leaders from PK-12 education, higher education, business and industry, government, and informal education to develop an action plan to increase quality, equity and innovation in STEM education throughout California.

Hosted by the California STEM Learning Network, the event will be held March 16 & 17, 2015 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, California.

Mar
19
Thu
2015
Middle & High School NGSS Model Selection Workshop for District Teams @ Wentworth Education Center Harmony Grove Lab
Mar 19 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

California has selected a preferred integrated model and an optional discipline specific model for districts to select from for grades 6,7, and 8.

At the high school level, the goal is all standards for all students and there are standards in Physical, Life, and Earth and Space Science that have been adopted for high school.  These need to be met for all students.  The majority of districts have a two-year minimum science requirement so activities will be presented that can be used to begin to address this challenge.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

SMUD Workshop for Educators: Invisible Universe (Grades 6-12) @ Discovery Museum, Planetarium
Mar 19 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Electromagnetic Spectrum is the topic for intriguing activities which will deepen student understanding of energy in space, enabling students to detect and consider wavelengths other than visible light. Activities feature energy stations, including infrared (TV remote); microwave (pager); ultraviolet (black light) and other devices. Teachers will also receive a short presentation in the Planetarium.

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Mar 19 @ 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.

Mar
21
Sat
2015
SMUD Workshop for Educators: Energy and Me! (Grades PreK – 3) @ Roseville Utility Exploration Center
Mar 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

This energizing workshop is directed at primary teachers in grades PreK-3. In Energy and Me!, teachers will learn how to present energy concepts with playacting, singing, and dancing. A classroom kit including curriculum and DVD will be provided.

Mar
26
Thu
2015
CFCC Meeting #5 @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Mar 26 @ 9:00 am – Mar 27 @ 4:00 pm

The fifth of six meetings of the Science Curriculum Framework CFCC.

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Mar 26 @ 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.

Apr
1
Wed
2015
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Apr 1 @ 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.

Like us on Facebook!

Apr
2
Thu
2015
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Apr 2 – Apr 3 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

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Apr 2 @ 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?

 

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Submit Your Proposal to Present a Workshop by February 13!

CMSESMCLogo2015 San Mateo County STEM Conference – February 7, 2015
The Council of Math and Science Educators of San Mateo County (CMSESMC) hosts the annual STEM Conference. This is a great opportunity for teachers to learn and apply the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards in a STEM context. Participants choose from over 30 workshops offered in three sessions. Click for information and registration.

Dec
1
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Dec 1 2014 – Mar 1 2015 all-day

Are you a Next Generation Science Teacher? Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer.

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Feb
28
Sat
2015
2015 Science Trek – The Next Generation – SDSEA 24 Annual Conference @ Grossmot College
Feb 28 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This energizing conference offers you all of this and more: NGSS and Common Core Standards, awareness and planning tips, expert Featured Speakers, natural sciences strand, practical ideas, STEM strands, model lessons, hands-on workshops, exhibitors and door prizes, college credit available.

 70 sessions to choose from, so you’ll get just what you need!
CSTA will be an exhibitor at this event – please stop by our table!
Mar
19
Thu
2015
Middle & High School NGSS Model Selection Workshop for District Teams @ Wentworth Education Center Harmony Grove Lab
Mar 19 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

California has selected a preferred integrated model and an optional discipline specific model for districts to select from for grades 6,7, and 8.

At the high school level, the goal is all standards for all students and there are standards in Physical, Life, and Earth and Space Science that have been adopted for high school.  These need to be met for all students.  The majority of districts have a two-year minimum science requirement so activities will be presented that can be used to begin to address this challenge.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

Apr
17
Fri
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ University of California, San Diego Price Center Plaza
Apr 17 @ 8:00 am – Apr 18 @ 4:00 pm

K-12 Alliance/WestEd, California Science Project, California Science Teachers Association, Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, and the California Department of Education Presents:

Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1

Join science leaders at the first of a series of statewide professional learning symposia exploring the philosophy, design, and initial implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

AUDIENCE: Grades K-12 Teachers & Administrators. We encourage district teams of 4-6 people, including at least 1 administrator and 3 teacher-leader representatives. 

Registration fee includes symposium materials, continental breakfast, and lunch.

Registration/Continental Breakfast – 7:30 a.m.
Meeting – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (day two 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Parking:  On Friday, 4/17/15, conference attendees will park in lot 705 on east campus and shuttle to the conference site.  It will cost $8/day/vehicle.  A parking attendant will be present to disburse parking permits and to answer questions.  Parking is free on Saturday 4/18/15 and attendees will be able to park in the Gilman parking structure that day, which is close to the conference space.
* Specifics regarding parking, utilizing the shuttle on Friday, etc. will be provided to individuals who register for the conference.

Hotel Reservations:
Sheraton La Jolla Hotel, 3299 Holiday Court, La Jolla, CA 92037 – http://www.sheratonlajolla.com

Residence Inn Marriott,  8901 Gilman Dr.; La Jolla, CA 92037 –  http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/lajca-residence-inn-san-diego-la-jolla/

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92122 – http://lajolla.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?src=agn_mls_hr_lclb_gplaces_jolla

San Diego Marriott La Jolla, 4240 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jollla, CA 92037- http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sanlj-san-diego-marriott-la-jolla/

Symposium Session Offerings:

NGSS 101 - Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components. NGSS 102 - Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes.
Performance Expectations - Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE. NGSS Implementation Tool - Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.
Connecting NGSS and CCSS- Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science. Middle School Progressions- Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline-specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model.
Model Lesson Exploration- Experience a sample lesson that demonstrates the NGSS “shift” with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary (middle school and high school). Administrator Strand- Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in the district.
Action Plan- Share learnings from the conference with your district team and plan next steps for district leaders, teachers and other stakeholders.
May
2
Sat
2015
Super SIRC Next Generation Science Saturday @ Sacramento State Student Union
May 2 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Super SIRC will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9:00am – 3:30pm at the Sacramento State Student Union.
Cost is $95*
Payment Options: purchase order, personal check, credit card (VISA/MASTERCARD)
*Get a $5 discount for Early Bird Registration. Price will increase if you register the week of the event.
0.6 Continuing Education Units are available for an additional $100.
More information will be available in Fall 2015

 

 

Jun
1
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Ventura County Office of Education Conference & Educational Service Center
Jun 1 @ 8:00 am – Jun 2 @ 4:00 pm

K-12 Alliance/WestEd, California Science Project, California Science Teachers Association, Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, and the California Department of Education Presents:

Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1

Join science leaders at the first of a series of statewide professional learning symposia exploring the philosophy, design, and initial implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

AUDIENCE: Grades K-12 Teachers & Administrators. We encourage district teams of 4-6 people, including at least 1 administrator and 3 teacher-leader representatives. 

Registration fee includes symposium materials, continental breakfast, and lunch.

Registration/Continental Breakfast – 7:30 a.m.
Meeting – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (day two 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Parking: No Fee

Hotel Reservations:
Courtyard by Marriott Camarillo; 4994 Verdugo Way, Camarillo, CA 93012 – (805) 388-1020  $120.00 per night + tax.

Marriott Residence Inn; 2912 Petit Street, Camarillo, CA 93012 – (805) 388-7997 $138 per night + tax.

Hampton Inn; 50 West Daily Drive, Camarillo, CA 93012 – (805) 389-9898 $139 per night + tax.  (Block of room set – ask for NGSS State Rollout Symposium).

Symposium Session Offerings:

NGSS 101 - Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components. NGSS 102 - Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes.
Performance Expectations - Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE. NGSS Implementation Tool - Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.
Connecting NGSS and CCSS- Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science. Middle School Progressions- Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline-specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model.
Model Lesson Exploration- Experience a sample lesson that demonstrates the NGSS “shift” with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary (middle school and high school). Administrator Strand- Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in the district.
Action Plan- Share learnings from the conference with your district team and plan next steps for district leaders, teachers and other stakeholders.