January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

CALENDAR

Jan
19
Thu
2017
Teaching Literacy Through NGSS @ San Diego County Office of Education
Jan 19 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

A one-day experience where K-5 teachers identify and explore connections between NGSS and the CA Literacy Standards, identify strategies to build content literacy in science, and develop a plan to integrate science and literacy in their classroom.

Teaching Literacy Throug​h NGSS @ San Diego County Office of Education
Jan 19 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Implementation Stage 1, 2, 3

A three-day experience where teachers look in-depth at the instructional shifts and dimensions of NGSS. They explore the performance expectations, work collaboratively with others to develop conceptual storylines, and begin planning a coherent three-dimensional instructional unit.

Jan
21
Sat
2017
Planning a NGSS Unit @ R.H. Fleet Science Center. Community Forum Space (please enter through the Business Entrance)
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Planning a NGSS Unit

Are you just getting started with NGSS?  Have you been working with NGSS approaches for a while but would like more hands-on support and time to collaborate?
All educators are welcome to join our NGSS Workshop on Saturday, January 21st at the Fleet Science Center!

Topics include:
– NGSS overview (brief)
– Planning a NGSS Unit
– Planning a NGSS 5E Lesson

All sessions are general for any grade level.

Jan
24
Tue
2017
Using Phenomena in Your Classroom @ Sacramento County Office of Education
Jan 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Jan
25
Wed
2017
CSTA After School Special: Analyze This: NGSS Classroom Tools for the Science and Engineering Practice of Analyzing Data in your Upper Elementary Classroom @ Rocklin Academy Gateway, • Multipurpose Room Building 6552
Jan 25 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

California Science Teachers Association Presents:

After School Special!

After School Specials are new Science Educator Professional Learning Events –

short on time, but high in quality!

Analyze This:

NGSS Classroom Tools for the Science and Engineering Practice of Analyzing Data in your Upper Elementary Classroom

  • Cost:  FREE for CSTA Members and Rocklin Academy Teachers; $10 for non-members (payable at the event – you may use the $10 toward purchasing a $50 membership.)
  • Date:  Wednesday, January 25th
  • Time:  4:30-5:45 PM
  • Location:  Rocklin Academy Gateway
  • Multipurpose Room Building 6552
  • 6550 Lonetree Blvd, Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Bring a pen and ideas about your next science unit!

Register NOW, space is limited to the first 40 teachers!
To register, please email – Lisa Hegdahl, CSTA President –  lhegdahl@galt.k12.ca.us
Questions? –Call or Email Beth Dixon 530-575-8866 bdixon@rafos.org

This CSTA After School Special is brought to you by CSTA & Rocklin Academy

Jan
31
Tue
2017
Science in the River City @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Jan 31 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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

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

Anatomy of an NGSS Lesson Sequence: Examining Model-Based Learning in Action, Cindy Passmore, UC Davis School of Education

Engineering for Earthquakes, Jenna Porter, Sacramento State NGSS K-PS2-1, K-PS2-2, K-2-ETS1-2

From Molecules to Organisms: Using Card Sorts to Help Students Engage in Argumentation, Peggy Harte, Tremont Elementary NGSS 4-LS1-1

How Stars Reveal Their Secrets, Rich Hedman, Sacramento Area Science Project NGSS HS-ESS1-3

Hungry for Life – Reasoning about Energy in Ecosystems, Kelli Quan, Elk Grove Unified NGSS MS-LS2-3, MS-LS2-4

Chemical Reactions, Laura Shafer, Sacramento Area Science Project NGSS MS-PS1B, HS-PS1B

Feb
2
Thu
2017
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Feb 2 @ 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

Feb
4
Sat
2017
Arts Integration and STEAM conference @ Online
Feb 4 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

This arts integration and STEAM conference provides a flexible and affordable learning option for K-12 classroom and arts educators seeking practical tips, resources and ideas for integrating the arts into any classroom.

Attend via live-stream on February 4th or access everything on-demand for a full year after the event concludes. Join over 1,500 other educators from around the globe so you, too, can create your dream STEAM classroom, school or district.

STEM Conference @ San Mateo County Office of Education
Feb 4 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Saturday, February 4th at the San Mateo County Office of Education is the place to get lots of new lessons and ideas to use in your classroom. There will be over twenty-five workshops and a variety of exhibitors that provide participants with a wide range of practical and realistic ideas and resources to use in their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs from Pre-K to grade 12. With California’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, we are dedicated to ensuring that we prepare our teachers to take on these educational policies.

Teachers, administrators and parents are invited to explore the many exciting aspects of STEM education and learn about and discuss the latest news, information and issues. This is also an opportunity to network with colleagues who can assist you in building your programs and meet new friends that share your interests and love of teaching.

The 41st Annual STEM Conference is sponsored by the STEM Center at the San Mateo County Office of Education and the Council of Math Science Educators of San Mateo County (CMSESMC).

Download the 2017 STEM Conference Brochure.

Introduction to the NGSS (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Demystify the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in this beginner’s-level workshop.

How will science education be transformed by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? Join us to explore the principles underlying the NGSS. Gain experience with the Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas that comprise the new standards, and learn how to read those NGSS tables! This beginner’s-level overview will give you the tools and confidence to start preparing for the new standards.

Workshop Format

During this six-and-a-half-hour workshop, you will participate in hands-on activities and group discussions, some in mixed-grade groups and some with your same-grade peers. Get an introduction to the three dimensions of the NGSS, find out what a performance expectation is, and learn to read the NGSS tables. We promise, it’s easier than it looks…

Feb
7
Tue
2017
Science Leadership & Professional Development Network @ San Diego County Office of Education, Room 306
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

On-going network designed to bring leaders of science reform and professional development together with the goal of building capacity of all stakeholders to effectively implement the Next Generation Science Standards in the region

Feb
8
Wed
2017
Get Techie with Weebly @ Sacramento County Office of Education, Computer Lab
Feb 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Plan, design, and publish your own free website or blog for your classroom. Building a site has never been easier with Weebly. Learn more about this website builder to create powerful, professional websites without any technical skills required.

Feb
10
Fri
2017
SNSTA Annual Regional K-12 Science Conference @ Western High School
Feb 10 @ 4:30 pm – Feb 11 @ 4:00 pm

This is the regional annual K-12 science conference sponsored by the Southern Nevada Science Teachers Association, Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program, and the Clark County School District. Please join us as we welcome Page Keeley and Page Hernandez as keynotes for this amazing conference. The conference will be held on February 10 from 4:30 PM-8:30 PM and Saturday, February 11 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM.

Feb
11
Sat
2017
NGSSpalooza @ CSU Northridge
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

RSVP by February 2!

It’s NGSS time!  Move your classes and school into the NGSS era.

  • Get the latest news and guidance from the writers of the CA Science Framework.
  • Hear from schools who have already made the transition
  • Ask questions!

CSCS Open House February 11th
Our 6th annual open house will take place on February 11th at CSUN.  All science teachers are welcome to come to this free event (parking is $8). We will have 10 workshops for science teachers including information on teaching to the NGSS and using iPads in the classroom.  You can help by letting other science teachers know about this and encouraging them to come.  You can find more information here bit.ly/cscsopenhouse2017  –  Please RSVP yourself and pass this message on. (Teachers who reserve a space early will have the first opportunity to select workshops).

Printable flyer here.

Feb
12
Sun
2017
Sacramento Darwin Day @ La Sierra Community Center, John Smith Hall
Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Reality Of Climate Change: A Path Forward

Currently, Tom Suchanek is Scientist Emeritus with the USGS Western Ecological Research Center (WERC). Trained as a coastal marine ecologist, he was a Research Manager, Lead Scientist and Climate Change Science Coordinator for WERC in Sacramento, CA until January 2014. He also maintains active Research Associate appointments at the U.C. Davis Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology and Bodega Marine Lab. Click here to see his complete professional profile. It will open in a new browser tab or window.

The afternoon celebration of science includes entertainment by “Mad Science.” We close the event by singing “Happy Birthday Dear Charlie,” followed by refreshments including our well-known Charles Darwin birthday cakes.

Cost of Admission: Advance payments of $10 per person will be accepted online or by mail until February 6. At the event, the price is $15 per non-student, or for student with ID, $5. The event flyer (see link below) includes a payment form and the address for mailed payments.

View the Event Flyer

Feb
21
Tue
2017
How to Navigate and Implement the New CA Science Framework (Part 2) @ Sacramento County Office of Education
Feb 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Feb
22
Wed
2017
Get Techie with Google @ Sacramento County Office of Education, Computer Lab
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In this course, you will learn about Google Drive and how to use:

• Google Docs to create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time.

• Google Forms to make a survey or poll, give students a quiz, or collect other information in an easy, streamlined way.

Feb
25
Sat
2017
2017 YES Conference @ Bay Area Metro Center
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The 2017 YES Conference is a FUN, free-of-charge, annual event that brings together middle- and high-school students from the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma) to discuss solutions to the climate change crisis. The conference aims to raise awareness of how our transportation choices affect our families, our communities, our air and our planet. More importantly, the conference provides a youth-friendly and youth-driven space where students from all walks of life feel energized by each other and empowered to tackle current issues head on.  The Youth for the Environment & Sustainability (YES) Conference is a program of Spare the Air Youth, a partnership of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Conference Date: Saturday, February, 25, 2017

Time: 10am-3:00pm

Prizes include: Laptops, Tablets, Fully Loaded Gift Cards to assist students in their academic careers and or school community leadership activities, Bikes, Bike Helmets, Headphones and more

Incentives for teachers/youth coordinators (drawings): Fully loaded $250 gift cards for your classes if your classes register early, and if you bring your classes, 50 bike helmets for Safe Routes to School Providers

Free Registration, Breakfast, and Lunch and Snacks included + shuttle transportation to/from the conference

Multiple giveaways for all attendees and commendation letters from our Board of Directors (upon request)

Prizes and public recognition and letters of recommendation for speakers and presenters

Registration opens/closes: September 20, 2016 – February 15, 2017

FYI: Last year we had 419 registrations and 91 on the waiting list. We anticipate 500+ students this year.

Call for Presenters opens/closes: September 20, 2016-January 3, 2017

We encourage teachers to have their students present at the conference for academic credit.

Students need to have their parents sign a waiver/media release form in order to participate (if they are <18 yrs. Old)

We are willing to sign off on any community service hours for the seniors or students that need community service hours. Students who are workshop presenters or who promote the conference extensively will get more community service hours signed.

Waivers and call conference information is available at: http://www.sparetheairyouth.org/2017-yes-conference/

 

Email Yvonna Cazares at ycazares@baaqmd.gov or text 415-271-8410 to learn more.

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

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

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

Emerging Infectious Diseases, Christian Sandrock, UC Davis Medical Center

Life Cycles in our Park or Garden: Pollinators and their Native Plants, Lorie Hammond, Peregrine School and Carolina Fonseca, Peregrine School NGSS LS1.B, LS3.A, LS3.B

Understanding When and Why Mass is Conserved, Rich Hedman, Sacramento Area Science Project NGSS 5-PS1-2

Did Cavemen Have Pet Dinosaurs? Examining Earth to Find the Answer, Lisa Hegdahl and Deanna Mino, McCaffrey Middle School 

Patterns in Pedigrees: Identifying Patterns of Inheritance, Libbie Coleman, McClatchy High; Heather Parker, Williams Jr. High; Jennifer Horton, Lincoln High NGSS MS-LS3-1-2, HS-LS1-1, HS-LS3-1-2

Running in Sand: A Physical Science Integrated Lesson, Arthur Beauchamp, REEd, UC Davis

Mar
2
Thu
2017
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Mar 2 @ 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