January 2015 – Vol. 27 No. 5

CALENDAR

Dec
1
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Dec 1 – Mar 1 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.

Dec
1
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Dec 1 – Mar 1 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.

Jan
31
Sat
2015
The Los Angeles River Watershed
Jan 31 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

LOS ANGELES AREA EDUCATORS! Heal the Bay invites you to join us for one or more FREE special focus Project WET workshops this Fall. Each workshop is designed to maximize participant time engaged in activities, while helping you learn about current regional water issues and how to integrate concepts and skills relevant to these issues into the Common Core classroom. Please RSVP for your workshop(s) of choice at: http://keytothewatershedpwet.eventbrite.com

Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 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:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

Comfort Suites; 875 N. 13th Street, San Jose CA 95112 408-287-9280

Extended Stay; 55 E. Brokaw Road,  San Jose, CA 95112 408-53-3000

Extended Stay; 1560 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-573-0648

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.
Feb
7
Sat
2015
2015 San Mateo County STEM Conference @ San Mateo County Office of Education
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

CMSESMCLogoMark your Calendars for February 7th, 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.

More information and Registration: http://sanmateo.k12oms.org/442-93244

CSTA will be an exhibitor at this event, please stop by our table to learn the latest information about NGSS in California.

Feb
11
Wed
2015
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Middle School Progression @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on 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.

Who should attend: Administrators, coaches, and K-12 Teachers.

Registration Deadline: January 28, 2015

Feb
20
Fri
2015
NGSS Leadership Conference @ Liberty Station Conference Center
Feb 20 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

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

Learn how prepare for and develop a plan to implement the NGSS in your district.

  • Learn about the instructional shifts of the NGSS and the implications for teaching and learning in the classroom
  • Review the California NGSS Implementation Plan
  • Identify professional learning needs for teachers and administrators in your district
  • Develop a district timeline outlining critical actions and steps in professional learning, curriculum, assessment, communication, and stakeholder engagement

This Conference will be repeated in:

–  Los Angeles for Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  San Bernardino for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  Open to other counties.

Space is limited; register early.

Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Walnut Valley Unified
Feb 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards.  In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions.  During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session.  Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms.

Participants will leave with:

  • An awareness of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions as they reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world
  • An awareness that the Performance Expectations will guide instruction and assessment
  • An awareness of how the NGSS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • An awareness that the NGSS supports 21st Century Learning

Click here for complete details

Registration:

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

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

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 @ San Diego, CA
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: Information will be available soon.

Hotel Reservations:
Information will be available soon.

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, CA
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: Information will be available soon.

Hotel Reservations:
Information will be available soon.

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.
Jan
29
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 29 @ 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.

Dec
1
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Dec 1 – Mar 1 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.

Jan
31
Sat
2015
The Los Angeles River Watershed
Jan 31 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

LOS ANGELES AREA EDUCATORS! Heal the Bay invites you to join us for one or more FREE special focus Project WET workshops this Fall. Each workshop is designed to maximize participant time engaged in activities, while helping you learn about current regional water issues and how to integrate concepts and skills relevant to these issues into the Common Core classroom. Please RSVP for your workshop(s) of choice at: http://keytothewatershedpwet.eventbrite.com

Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 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:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

Comfort Suites; 875 N. 13th Street, San Jose CA 95112 408-287-9280

Extended Stay; 55 E. Brokaw Road,  San Jose, CA 95112 408-53-3000

Extended Stay; 1560 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-573-0648

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.
Feb
7
Sat
2015
2015 San Mateo County STEM Conference @ San Mateo County Office of Education
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

CMSESMCLogoMark your Calendars for February 7th, 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.

More information and Registration: http://sanmateo.k12oms.org/442-93244

CSTA will be an exhibitor at this event, please stop by our table to learn the latest information about NGSS in California.

Feb
11
Wed
2015
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Middle School Progression @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on 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.

Who should attend: Administrators, coaches, and K-12 Teachers.

Registration Deadline: January 28, 2015

Feb
20
Fri
2015
NGSS Leadership Conference @ Liberty Station Conference Center
Feb 20 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

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

Learn how prepare for and develop a plan to implement the NGSS in your district.

  • Learn about the instructional shifts of the NGSS and the implications for teaching and learning in the classroom
  • Review the California NGSS Implementation Plan
  • Identify professional learning needs for teachers and administrators in your district
  • Develop a district timeline outlining critical actions and steps in professional learning, curriculum, assessment, communication, and stakeholder engagement

This Conference will be repeated in:

–  Los Angeles for Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  San Bernardino for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  Open to other counties.

Space is limited; register early.

Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Walnut Valley Unified
Feb 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards.  In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions.  During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session.  Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms.

Participants will leave with:

  • An awareness of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions as they reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world
  • An awareness that the Performance Expectations will guide instruction and assessment
  • An awareness of how the NGSS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • An awareness that the NGSS supports 21st Century Learning

Click here for complete details

Registration:

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

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

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 @ San Diego, CA
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: Information will be available soon.

Hotel Reservations:
Information will be available soon.

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, CA
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: Information will be available soon.

Hotel Reservations:
Information will be available soon.

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.
Jan
31
Sat
2015
The Los Angeles River Watershed
Jan 31 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

LOS ANGELES AREA EDUCATORS! Heal the Bay invites you to join us for one or more FREE special focus Project WET workshops this Fall. Each workshop is designed to maximize participant time engaged in activities, while helping you learn about current regional water issues and how to integrate concepts and skills relevant to these issues into the Common Core classroom. Please RSVP for your workshop(s) of choice at: http://keytothewatershedpwet.eventbrite.com

Dec
1
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Dec 1 – Mar 1 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.

Jan
31
Sat
2015
The Los Angeles River Watershed
Jan 31 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

LOS ANGELES AREA EDUCATORS! Heal the Bay invites you to join us for one or more FREE special focus Project WET workshops this Fall. Each workshop is designed to maximize participant time engaged in activities, while helping you learn about current regional water issues and how to integrate concepts and skills relevant to these issues into the Common Core classroom. Please RSVP for your workshop(s) of choice at: http://keytothewatershedpwet.eventbrite.com

Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 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:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

Comfort Suites; 875 N. 13th Street, San Jose CA 95112 408-287-9280

Extended Stay; 55 E. Brokaw Road,  San Jose, CA 95112 408-53-3000

Extended Stay; 1560 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-573-0648

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.
Feb
7
Sat
2015
2015 San Mateo County STEM Conference @ San Mateo County Office of Education
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

CMSESMCLogoMark your Calendars for February 7th, 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.

More information and Registration: http://sanmateo.k12oms.org/442-93244

CSTA will be an exhibitor at this event, please stop by our table to learn the latest information about NGSS in California.

Feb
11
Wed
2015
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Middle School Progression @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on 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.

Who should attend: Administrators, coaches, and K-12 Teachers.

Registration Deadline: January 28, 2015

Feb
20
Fri
2015
NGSS Leadership Conference @ Liberty Station Conference Center
Feb 20 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

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

Learn how prepare for and develop a plan to implement the NGSS in your district.

  • Learn about the instructional shifts of the NGSS and the implications for teaching and learning in the classroom
  • Review the California NGSS Implementation Plan
  • Identify professional learning needs for teachers and administrators in your district
  • Develop a district timeline outlining critical actions and steps in professional learning, curriculum, assessment, communication, and stakeholder engagement

This Conference will be repeated in:

–  Los Angeles for Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  San Bernardino for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  Open to other counties.

Space is limited; register early.

Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Walnut Valley Unified
Feb 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards.  In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions.  During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session.  Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms.

Participants will leave with:

  • An awareness of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions as they reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world
  • An awareness that the Performance Expectations will guide instruction and assessment
  • An awareness of how the NGSS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • An awareness that the NGSS supports 21st Century Learning

Click here for complete details

Registration:

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

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

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 @ San Diego, CA
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: Information will be available soon.

Hotel Reservations:
Information will be available soon.

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, CA
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: Information will be available soon.

Hotel Reservations:
Information will be available soon.

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.
Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 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:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

Comfort Suites; 875 N. 13th Street, San Jose CA 95112 408-287-9280

Extended Stay; 55 E. Brokaw Road,  San Jose, CA 95112 408-53-3000

Extended Stay; 1560 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-573-0648

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.
Dec
1
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Dec 1 – Mar 1 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.

Jan
31
Sat
2015
The Los Angeles River Watershed
Jan 31 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

LOS ANGELES AREA EDUCATORS! Heal the Bay invites you to join us for one or more FREE special focus Project WET workshops this Fall. Each workshop is designed to maximize participant time engaged in activities, while helping you learn about current regional water issues and how to integrate concepts and skills relevant to these issues into the Common Core classroom. Please RSVP for your workshop(s) of choice at: http://keytothewatershedpwet.eventbrite.com

Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 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:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

Comfort Suites; 875 N. 13th Street, San Jose CA 95112 408-287-9280

Extended Stay; 55 E. Brokaw Road,  San Jose, CA 95112 408-53-3000

Extended Stay; 1560 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-573-0648

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.
Feb
7
Sat
2015
2015 San Mateo County STEM Conference @ San Mateo County Office of Education
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

CMSESMCLogoMark your Calendars for February 7th, 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.

More information and Registration: http://sanmateo.k12oms.org/442-93244

CSTA will be an exhibitor at this event, please stop by our table to learn the latest information about NGSS in California.

Feb
11
Wed
2015
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Middle School Progression @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on 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.

Who should attend: Administrators, coaches, and K-12 Teachers.

Registration Deadline: January 28, 2015

Feb
20
Fri
2015
NGSS Leadership Conference @ Liberty Station Conference Center
Feb 20 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

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

Learn how prepare for and develop a plan to implement the NGSS in your district.

  • Learn about the instructional shifts of the NGSS and the implications for teaching and learning in the classroom
  • Review the California NGSS Implementation Plan
  • Identify professional learning needs for teachers and administrators in your district
  • Develop a district timeline outlining critical actions and steps in professional learning, curriculum, assessment, communication, and stakeholder engagement

This Conference will be repeated in:

–  Los Angeles for Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  San Bernardino for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  Open to other counties.

Space is limited; register early.

Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Walnut Valley Unified
Feb 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards.  In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions.  During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session.  Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms.

Participants will leave with:

  • An awareness of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions as they reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world
  • An awareness that the Performance Expectations will guide instruction and assessment
  • An awareness of how the NGSS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • An awareness that the NGSS supports 21st Century Learning

Click here for complete details

Registration:

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

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

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 @ San Diego, CA
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: Information will be available soon.

Hotel Reservations:
Information will be available soon.

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, CA
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: Information will be available soon.

Hotel Reservations:
Information will be available soon.

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.
Feb
4
Wed
2015
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Feb 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

Dec
1
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Dec 1 – Mar 1 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.

Jan
31
Sat
2015
The Los Angeles River Watershed
Jan 31 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

LOS ANGELES AREA EDUCATORS! Heal the Bay invites you to join us for one or more FREE special focus Project WET workshops this Fall. Each workshop is designed to maximize participant time engaged in activities, while helping you learn about current regional water issues and how to integrate concepts and skills relevant to these issues into the Common Core classroom. Please RSVP for your workshop(s) of choice at: http://keytothewatershedpwet.eventbrite.com

Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 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:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

Comfort Suites; 875 N. 13th Street, San Jose CA 95112 408-287-9280

Extended Stay; 55 E. Brokaw Road,  San Jose, CA 95112 408-53-3000

Extended Stay; 1560 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-573-0648

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.
Feb
7
Sat
2015
2015 San Mateo County STEM Conference @ San Mateo County Office of Education
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

CMSESMCLogoMark your Calendars for February 7th, 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.

More information and Registration: http://sanmateo.k12oms.org/442-93244

CSTA will be an exhibitor at this event, please stop by our table to learn the latest information about NGSS in California.

Feb
11
Wed
2015
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Middle School Progression @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on 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.

Who should attend: Administrators, coaches, and K-12 Teachers.

Registration Deadline: January 28, 2015

Feb
20
Fri
2015
NGSS Leadership Conference @ Liberty Station Conference Center
Feb 20 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

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

Learn how prepare for and develop a plan to implement the NGSS in your district.

  • Learn about the instructional shifts of the NGSS and the implications for teaching and learning in the classroom
  • Review the California NGSS Implementation Plan
  • Identify professional learning needs for teachers and administrators in your district
  • Develop a district timeline outlining critical actions and steps in professional learning, curriculum, assessment, communication, and stakeholder engagement

This Conference will be repeated in:

–  Los Angeles for Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  San Bernardino for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  Open to other counties.

Space is limited; register early.

Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Walnut Valley Unified
Feb 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards.  In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions.  During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session.  Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms.

Participants will leave with:

  • An awareness of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions as they reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world
  • An awareness that the Performance Expectations will guide instruction and assessment
  • An awareness of how the NGSS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • An awareness that the NGSS supports 21st Century Learning

Click here for complete details

Registration:

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

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

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 @ San Diego, CA
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: Information will be available soon.

Hotel Reservations:
Information will be available soon.

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, CA
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: Information will be available soon.

Hotel Reservations:
Information will be available soon.

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.
The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Feb 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.

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Dec
1
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Dec 1 – Mar 1 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.

Jan
31
Sat
2015
The Los Angeles River Watershed
Jan 31 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

LOS ANGELES AREA EDUCATORS! Heal the Bay invites you to join us for one or more FREE special focus Project WET workshops this Fall. Each workshop is designed to maximize participant time engaged in activities, while helping you learn about current regional water issues and how to integrate concepts and skills relevant to these issues into the Common Core classroom. Please RSVP for your workshop(s) of choice at: http://keytothewatershedpwet.eventbrite.com

Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 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:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

Comfort Suites; 875 N. 13th Street, San Jose CA 95112 408-287-9280

Extended Stay; 55 E. Brokaw Road,  San Jose, CA 95112 408-53-3000

Extended Stay; 1560 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-573-0648

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.
Feb
7
Sat
2015
2015 San Mateo County STEM Conference @ San Mateo County Office of Education
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

CMSESMCLogoMark your Calendars for February 7th, 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.

More information and Registration: http://sanmateo.k12oms.org/442-93244

CSTA will be an exhibitor at this event, please stop by our table to learn the latest information about NGSS in California.

Feb
11
Wed
2015
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Middle School Progression @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on 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.

Who should attend: Administrators, coaches, and K-12 Teachers.

Registration Deadline: January 28, 2015

Feb
20
Fri
2015
NGSS Leadership Conference @ Liberty Station Conference Center
Feb 20 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

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

Learn how prepare for and develop a plan to implement the NGSS in your district.

  • Learn about the instructional shifts of the NGSS and the implications for teaching and learning in the classroom
  • Review the California NGSS Implementation Plan
  • Identify professional learning needs for teachers and administrators in your district
  • Develop a district timeline outlining critical actions and steps in professional learning, curriculum, assessment, communication, and stakeholder engagement

This Conference will be repeated in:

–  Los Angeles for Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  San Bernardino for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  Open to other counties.

Space is limited; register early.

Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Walnut Valley Unified
Feb 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards.  In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions.  During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session.  Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms.

Participants will leave with:

  • An awareness of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions as they reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world
  • An awareness that the Performance Expectations will guide instruction and assessment
  • An awareness of how the NGSS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • An awareness that the NGSS supports 21st Century Learning

Click here for complete details

Registration:

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

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

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 @ San Diego, CA
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: Information will be available soon.

Hotel Reservations:
Information will be available soon.

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, CA
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: Information will be available soon.

Hotel Reservations:
Information will be available soon.

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.
Feb
5
Thu
2015
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Feb 5 – Feb 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

Dec
1
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Dec 1 – Mar 1 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.

Jan
31
Sat
2015
The Los Angeles River Watershed
Jan 31 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

LOS ANGELES AREA EDUCATORS! Heal the Bay invites you to join us for one or more FREE special focus Project WET workshops this Fall. Each workshop is designed to maximize participant time engaged in activities, while helping you learn about current regional water issues and how to integrate concepts and skills relevant to these issues into the Common Core classroom. Please RSVP for your workshop(s) of choice at: http://keytothewatershedpwet.eventbrite.com

Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 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:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

Comfort Suites; 875 N. 13th Street, San Jose CA 95112 408-287-9280

Extended Stay; 55 E. Brokaw Road,  San Jose, CA 95112 408-53-3000

Extended Stay; 1560 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-573-0648

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.
Feb
7
Sat
2015
2015 San Mateo County STEM Conference @ San Mateo County Office of Education
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

CMSESMCLogoMark your Calendars for February 7th, 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.

More information and Registration: http://sanmateo.k12oms.org/442-93244

CSTA will be an exhibitor at this event, please stop by our table to learn the latest information about NGSS in California.

Feb
11
Wed
2015
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Middle School Progression @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on 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.

Who should attend: Administrators, coaches, and K-12 Teachers.

Registration Deadline: January 28, 2015

Feb
20
Fri
2015
NGSS Leadership Conference @ Liberty Station Conference Center
Feb 20 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

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

Learn how prepare for and develop a plan to implement the NGSS in your district.

  • Learn about the instructional shifts of the NGSS and the implications for teaching and learning in the classroom
  • Review the California NGSS Implementation Plan
  • Identify professional learning needs for teachers and administrators in your district
  • Develop a district timeline outlining critical actions and steps in professional learning, curriculum, assessment, communication, and stakeholder engagement

This Conference will be repeated in:

–  Los Angeles for Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  San Bernardino for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  Open to other counties.

Space is limited; register early.

Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Walnut Valley Unified
Feb 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards.  In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions.  During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session.  Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms.

Participants will leave with:

  • An awareness of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions as they reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world
  • An awareness that the Performance Expectations will guide instruction and assessment
  • An awareness of how the NGSS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • An awareness that the NGSS supports 21st Century Learning

Click here for complete details

Registration:

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

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

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 @ San Diego, CA
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: Information will be available soon.

Hotel Reservations:
Information will be available soon.

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, CA
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: Information will be available soon.

Hotel Reservations:
Information will be available soon.

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.
After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Feb 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?

Dec
1
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Dec 1 – Mar 1 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.

Jan
31
Sat
2015
The Los Angeles River Watershed
Jan 31 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

LOS ANGELES AREA EDUCATORS! Heal the Bay invites you to join us for one or more FREE special focus Project WET workshops this Fall. Each workshop is designed to maximize participant time engaged in activities, while helping you learn about current regional water issues and how to integrate concepts and skills relevant to these issues into the Common Core classroom. Please RSVP for your workshop(s) of choice at: http://keytothewatershedpwet.eventbrite.com

Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 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:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

Comfort Suites; 875 N. 13th Street, San Jose CA 95112 408-287-9280

Extended Stay; 55 E. Brokaw Road,  San Jose, CA 95112 408-53-3000

Extended Stay; 1560 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-573-0648

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.
Feb
7
Sat
2015
2015 San Mateo County STEM Conference @ San Mateo County Office of Education
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

CMSESMCLogoMark your Calendars for February 7th, 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.

More information and Registration: http://sanmateo.k12oms.org/442-93244

CSTA will be an exhibitor at this event, please stop by our table to learn the latest information about NGSS in California.

Feb
11
Wed
2015
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Middle School Progression @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on 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.

Who should attend: Administrators, coaches, and K-12 Teachers.

Registration Deadline: January 28, 2015

Feb
20
Fri
2015
NGSS Leadership Conference @ Liberty Station Conference Center
Feb 20 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

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

Learn how prepare for and develop a plan to implement the NGSS in your district.

  • Learn about the instructional shifts of the NGSS and the implications for teaching and learning in the classroom
  • Review the California NGSS Implementation Plan
  • Identify professional learning needs for teachers and administrators in your district
  • Develop a district timeline outlining critical actions and steps in professional learning, curriculum, assessment, communication, and stakeholder engagement

This Conference will be repeated in:

–  Los Angeles for Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  San Bernardino for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  Open to other counties.

Space is limited; register early.

Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Walnut Valley Unified
Feb 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards.  In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions.  During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session.  Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms.

Participants will leave with:

  • An awareness of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions as they reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world
  • An awareness that the Performance Expectations will guide instruction and assessment
  • An awareness of how the NGSS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • An awareness that the NGSS supports 21st Century Learning

Click here for complete details

Registration:

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

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

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 @ San Diego, CA
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: Information will be available soon.

Hotel Reservations:
Information will be available soon.

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, CA
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: Information will be available soon.

Hotel Reservations:
Information will be available soon.

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.
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 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.

Dec
1
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Dec 1 – Mar 1 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.

Jan
31
Sat
2015
The Los Angeles River Watershed
Jan 31 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

LOS ANGELES AREA EDUCATORS! Heal the Bay invites you to join us for one or more FREE special focus Project WET workshops this Fall. Each workshop is designed to maximize participant time engaged in activities, while helping you learn about current regional water issues and how to integrate concepts and skills relevant to these issues into the Common Core classroom. Please RSVP for your workshop(s) of choice at: http://keytothewatershedpwet.eventbrite.com

Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 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:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

Comfort Suites; 875 N. 13th Street, San Jose CA 95112 408-287-9280

Extended Stay; 55 E. Brokaw Road,  San Jose, CA 95112 408-53-3000

Extended Stay; 1560 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-573-0648

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.
Feb
7
Sat
2015
2015 San Mateo County STEM Conference @ San Mateo County Office of Education
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

CMSESMCLogoMark your Calendars for February 7th, 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.

More information and Registration: http://sanmateo.k12oms.org/442-93244

CSTA will be an exhibitor at this event, please stop by our table to learn the latest information about NGSS in California.

Feb
11
Wed
2015
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Middle School Progression @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on 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.

Who should attend: Administrators, coaches, and K-12 Teachers.

Registration Deadline: January 28, 2015

Feb
20
Fri
2015
NGSS Leadership Conference @ Liberty Station Conference Center
Feb 20 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

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

Learn how prepare for and develop a plan to implement the NGSS in your district.

  • Learn about the instructional shifts of the NGSS and the implications for teaching and learning in the classroom
  • Review the California NGSS Implementation Plan
  • Identify professional learning needs for teachers and administrators in your district
  • Develop a district timeline outlining critical actions and steps in professional learning, curriculum, assessment, communication, and stakeholder engagement

This Conference will be repeated in:

–  Los Angeles for Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  San Bernardino for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  Date and Location TBA

–  Open to other counties.

Space is limited; register early.

Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Walnut Valley Unified
Feb 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards.  In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions.  During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session.  Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms.

Participants will leave with:

  • An awareness of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions as they reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world
  • An awareness that the Performance Expectations will guide instruction and assessment
  • An awareness of how the NGSS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • An awareness that the NGSS supports 21st Century Learning

Click here for complete details

Registration:

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

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

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.