January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Jan
8
Mon
2018
SNAP Course: Creating Instructionally-Embedded Performance Assessments for the NGSS Classroom @ Online Course
Jan 8 – Mar 30 all-day

This course is about developing 3-5 day performance assessments that are embedded into classroom instruction.

Participants work through the steps of developing an NGSS performance assessment in development teams of 2-4 while watching the instructional videos. Two or more development teams will get together for face-to-face meetings to provide feedback on the development at two points during the course.

This course will be run January 8-March 30th, 2018. Registration is now open.

SNAP Courses: Performance Assessment in the NGSS Classroom: Implications for Practice @ Online Course
Jan 8 – Mar 30 all-day

This course is about how short performance assessments can be used to support NGSS instruction.

Participants watch instructional videos on their own and complete assignments collaboratively with groups of colleagues. If you would like to do the course as an individual we will provide support for you to join a virtual group for the assignments.

This course will be open Jan 8-March 30th, 2018 and it can be taken any time within those dates.

Registration is will remain open until the end of the course. Many more details about the course and its structure are available on the registration page.

Feb
20
Tue
2018
The Real Reasons for the Seasons (Grades 6-10+) @ Powerhouse Science Center
Feb 20 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The seasons come and then pass by, can you explain the reasons why? As it turns out, most people can’t! Research shows that understanding and explaining the causes of seasons can be challenging for people of all ages. This GEMS workshop is aimed at teaching educators to help students arrive at a clear understanding of seasons as they investigate the connections between the Sun and Earth. Teachers will take a “Trip to the Sun,” determine the real shape of the Earth’s orbit, evaluate actual data on world temperature and hours of sunlight in different locations, and model how the angle at which sunlight hits the Earth affects its concentration. This lesson was developed in partnership with the NASA Office of Space Science Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum (SECEF). A light dinner will be served and teachers will receive a GEMS guide.

All registrants must be a preK-12 teacher/educator.
 Proof of employment as an educator may be requested at check in. School email or employer ID are acceptable forms of verification.

You are not required to pay for parking. Parking passes will be distributed at check in.

Cancellation Policy: For your registration, we plan course materials, refreshments, and seating for you. If you are not planning to attend, please notify us as soon as possible, so that others may utilize this resource. Please be advised that we reserve the right to disallow workshop pre-registrations and will remove your name from future Energy Education & Technology Center workshop registration lists should you fail to provide our office with advanced notice (2 business days) of registration cancellation.

Have questions? Contact us at ETCmail@smud.org or (916) 732-6738.

Science in the River City @ Sequoia Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Feb 20 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Science in the River City (SIRC) is a standards-based professional development program for K-12 science teachers. It’s held at Sacramento State six times during the academic year, and is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms. All workshops are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, and include hands-on labs and activities. Instructors are university faculty and experienced
Sacramento Area Science Project teacher leaders.

www.sasp-science.org/sirc

Guest Speaker

Classroom Shifts in Instruction with NGSS
Scott Richardson, SASP Teacher Leader
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I did a good job teaching today’s lesson,” only to find out a week or month later that the students seemed to have forgotten it all? What is going on in the mind of students? In this presentation we will examine student thinking, and we will show how a few significant shifts in how we teach can have a powerful effect on student learning.

K-2nd Grade Science

Phenomenal Invertebrates! Creating a Classroom Living Laboratory
Instructor: Lorie Hammond, Peregrine School and Deb Bruns, Yolo County Office of Education
We will illustrate how a variety of living classroom “pets” including worms, mealworms, snails, and crickets can be used in behavioral studies with invertebrates. Students can devise questions which enable the inquiry about a variety of cross-cutting concepts such as structure and function and stability and change. Results from real classroom inquiries with K-2 students will be shared.
NGSS: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2, 1-LS1-1

3rd-5th Grade Science

It’s All Fun and Games (until the one with the disadvantaged variation dies)
Instructors: Megan White and Sarah Caves, Stonegate Elementary
Learn about variation, inheritance, and selection through games and activities.
NGSS: 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4

Earth Science

An Integrated Lesson: How Energy and Forces Have Shaped Earth’s Surfaces
Instructors: Deanna Mino, McCaffrey Middle School
In this integrated middle school lesson sequence we will explore California’s location along major faults, mountains, and tectonic plate boundaries results in varying terrain.  Students will study how forces and energy have changed California’s terrain over time.
NGSS: ESS2.A, ESS2.B, PS3.C

Life Science

Why Did the Murres Die? Using Rich Phenomena to Explore Models Across Disciplines
Instructor: Chris Griesemer, UC Davis
We’ll explore a single phenomenon, the death and beaching of thousands of common murres along the Alaskan coast in 2016. Though upsetting, this one event can be used in the classroom to explore models from the biological, physical and earth science standards. As scientists are continuing to develop an explanation, this current event also provides an opportunity to deepen students’ understanding of the work of science. Sometimes answers only come about by exploring and integrating ideas across scientific disciplines.
NGSS: MS-LS1-6, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-3-4, HS-LS1-5, HS-LS2-3-5

Physical Science

Matter and Forces at the Small Scale
Instructor: Arthur Beauchamp, SASP Consultant
How do your students think matter and forces interact at the small scale? Explore a simple system that uncovers student thinking and deepens science understanding in chemistry and physical sciences.
NGSS-aligned.

Feb
22
Thu
2018
Hot Water, Warm Homes (Grades 4-8+) @ Historic Folsom Powerhouse
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Discover the energy in passive construction. Using a GEMS guide, teachers build model homes and hot water heaters to determine the effects of size, color and number of windows on the amount of heat production from sunlight. Teachers also learn an introductory activity about growing plants that defines the concepts of a controlled experiment, variable and outcome. The Green House Effect is also reviewed. A light dinner will be served and teachers will receive a GEMS guide.

All registrants must be a preK-12 teacher/educator.
 Proof of employment as an educator may be requested at check in. School email or employer ID are acceptable forms of verification.

You are not required to pay for parking. Parking passes will be distributed at check in.

Cancellation Policy: For your registration, we plan course materials, refreshments, and seating for you. If you are not planning to attend, please notify us as soon as possible, so that others may utilize this resource. Please be advised that we reserve the right to disallow workshop pre-registrations and will remove your name from future Energy Education & Technology Center workshop registration lists should you fail to provide our office with advanced notice (2 business days) of registration cancellation.

Have questions? Contact us at ETCmail@smud.org or (916) 732-6738.

Tuolumne and Calaveras Project WET Training @ Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

TUOLUMNE & CALAVERAS EDUCATORS!  Join us at the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office for an engaging workshop experience over two evenings exploring interdisciplinary activities designed to engage students in learning the interrelationships between the science of water, water use, and watershed management – while learning concepts and skills at the heart of Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.  Participants that complete both sessions (6 hours total) will receive a copy of Project WET Guide 2.0 and access to over 100 water education activities. Registration will be limited to the first 15 participants at each site. To reserve your spot, please click here to register!. Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office, Sonora, CA 95370 (4:00 pm – 7:00 pm); Teacher PD; NGSS PD/CCSS/Common Core/Region 6

Feb
24
Sat
2018
Water & Resource Conservation in Solano County @ The Dunnell Nature Center
Feb 24 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

SOLANO COUNTY EDUCATORS! The Solano County Resource Conservation District and School Water Education Program invite Solano County teachers, administrators, curriculum coaches, and other support staff to attend this engaging workshop experience! The water-themed, hands-on, STEM friendly and interdisciplinary activities of Project W.E.T. are designed to engage students while enriching your K-12 Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards classroom curricula. The workshop will feature a Solano County water resources specialist who will provide information about our local water resources. Professional Development hours are offered through most districts. $50 stipend for the first 20 Solano teachers registered! Please contact Wendy Low for more information at wendy.low@solanorcd.org or visit our website: http://solanorcd.org/resources/swep to register.

The Dunnell Nature Center, Fairfield (8:00 am – 3:00pm); Teacher PD; NGSS PD/CCSS/Common Core/Region 4

NGSS Workshop Series: Formative Assessment and Screening Curriculum or Lessons @ UCR Alumni Center
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Inland Area Science Project at UC Riverside invites K-12 educators and administrators to engage in authentic NGSS phenomena-based 3-dimensional learning experiences. Three strands available for each session: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Who: K-12 educators and administrators
Where: UCR Alumni Center 3701 Canyon Crest Dr, Riverside 92521
(except 2/3/18 in Palm Desert)
When: 8:30 register/full breakfast, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm workshop
Cost: $50 per workshop (includes parking permit, breakfast, and workshop materials). $130 for all 4 workshops (Come to all 5 even!)

Formative Assessment and Screening Curriculum or Lessons
Learn techniques for formative assessment to guide your lessons. Three-dimensional NGSS lessons require 3D assessment. Additionally, learn to use the Achieve Equip rubric to screen or evaluate lessons.

For questions or further information, please email martin.baxter@ucr.edu

Feb
27
Tue
2018
Project WET & Garden in Every School @ Inland Empire Utilities Agency
Feb 27 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

INLAND EMPIRE EDUCATORS! The Inland Empire Utilities Agency and our Partner Agencies invite service area educators to attend this water and gardens workshop experience! This workshop is mandatory for teachers interested in applying for the 2018/2019 Garden in Every School program and will keep you on your toes experiencing interdisciplinary activities that teach important concepts about water.  In addition to experiencing activities, participants will receive a Project WET Guide 2.0, information on the Garden in Every School Program and Grant Qualification process and those interested will have an opportunity to register for 0.7 CEU credit through CSU San Marcos for an additional fee. Ask about possible substitute teacher reimbursement when you register! RSVP to Katie Cabana or (909) 993-1925 by February 15, 2018. Inland Empire Utilities Agency, 6075 Kimball Ave., Chino, CA 91708 (8:00 am – 3:00 pm); Teacher PD; CCSS/Common Core/Region 10

LeadLearn 2018 – Education For Civic Responsibility: Developing Engaged Citizens Across All Disciplines @ UC Davis Conference Center
Feb 27 @ 8:30 am – Feb 28 @ 4:00 pm

LeadLearn2018 is a multi-disciplinary forum for California K–12 educators to engage in professional learning and collaborative leadership. The forum will highlight how educators and schools can leverage content and pedagogy across all disciplines to prepare students for engagement in their schools, in their communities, and on the global stage.

Educators and administrators will have the opportunity to hear from and engage with leading educational researchers, practicing educators and California Subject Matter Project (CSMP) leaders; join discipline-specific networks of K–12 educators; and learn strategies for implementing new frameworks and standards to support student literacy and engagement across content areas.

Reception: Vanderhoef Studio, Mondavi Center

On February 27, LeadLearn2018 attendees are invited to participate in a special reception, where a distinguished panel of education leaders will discuss equity and excellence in the age of ESSA. The reception will be held at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, a state-of-the-art venue for artists and audiences. Parking and directions are available on the Mondavi Center website.

Conference: UC Davis Conference Center

Conference keynotes and breakout sessions will take place on February 28 at the UC Davis Conference Center, with additional breakout room space reserved at the Buehler Alumni and Visitor Center.

 LeadLearn2018 keynote speakers include:

  • Gayle E. Hutchinson, President, CSU Chico
  • Gary S. May, Chancellor, UC Davis
  • Mindy Romero, Founding Director, California Civic Engagement Project, UC Davis
  • Don Romesburg, Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Sonoma State University
  • Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Feb
28
Wed
2018
STEM in the Outdoors @ Bourns Engineering, Inc.
Feb 28 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

This year the symposium will feature a share fair of local
environmental education resources, presentations from the
EEC Mini-Grant recipients for 2017, digital scavenger hunt,
hands-on activity demonstrations, networking, and more!

Early Registration: $30 per person prior to January 31, 2018
Regular Registration: $45 per person February 1- 28, 2018
Register at https://eec2018symposium.eventbrite.com
(Please note that Eventbrite fees will be added to registration cost)

Registration includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch
Scholarship and Sponsorship opportunities available.

Mar
1
Thu
2018
Amador and Calaveras Project WET Training @ Jackson Junior High
Mar 1 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

AMADOR & CALAVERAS EDUCATORS! Join us at Jackson Junior High for an engaging workshop experience over two evenings exploring interdisciplinary activities designed to engage students in learning the interrelationships between the science of water, water use, and watershed management – while learning concepts and skills at the heart of Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Participants that complete both sessions (6 hours total) will receive a copy of Project WET Guide 2.0 and access to over 100 water education activities. Registration will be limited to the first 15 participants at each site. This To reserve your spot, please click here to register! Jackson Junior High, Jackson, CA 95642 (4:00 pm – 7:00 pm); Teacher PD; NGSS PD/CCSS/Common Core/Region 6

Project Little WET Feet (PreK – Grade 2) @ SMUD Customer Service Center- Rubicon Room
Mar 1 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Dive into the science, math, health and culture of water! Yes, Getting Little Feet Wet, is an interdisciplinary resource easy to integrate into your curriculum throughout the year. Songs, storybooks, and hands-on activities enrich concepts using multiple learning styles. The activities have been field tested and correlated with educational standards. Our workshop will include how to use this wonderful resource and sample several activities. A light dinner will be served and teachers will receive a Project WET guide.

All registrants must be a preK-12 teacher/educator.
 Proof of employment as an educator may be requested at check in. School email or employer ID are acceptable forms of verification.

Cancellation Policy: For your registration, we plan course materials, refreshments, and seating for you. If you are not planning to attend, please notify us as soon as possible, so that others may utilize this resource. Please be advised that we reserve the right to disallow workshop pre-registrations and will remove your name from future Energy Education & Technology Center workshop registration lists should you fail to provide our office with advanced notice (2 business days) of registration cancellation.

Have questions? Contact us at ETCmail@smud.org or (916) 732-6738.

Mar
3
Sat
2018
5th NGSS STEM Conference @ the Exploratorium: Heading Into the First Dimension: Science and Engineering Practices @ The Exploratorium
Mar 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Travel to a new dimension at our 2018 STEM Conference, Heading Into the 1st Dimension: Science and Engineering Practices. This full-day conference includes a variety of workshops designed for teachers of grades 3–12 and featuring Dimension 1 of the California Next Generation Science Standards: Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs).

The SEPs emphasize the major practices that scientists and engineers engage in as they investigate the world and design and build systems. The conference sessions will focus on engaging, hands-on activities that highlight the implementation of the SEPs in school classrooms. Presented by the Exploratorium’s Teacher Institute and the Institute for Inquiry, this full-day conference features:

Breakfast and lunch will be included, and participants will have access to all the conference handouts and activities online. One semester unit of Continuing Education credit will be available for an additional fee.

Mar
7
Wed
2018
Microbits for Middle School: STEM on a Tight Budget @ West End Educational Service Center
Mar 7 @ 8:00 am – Mar 8 @ 3:00 pm

Micro:Bits for Middle School teachers

Audience STEM Teachers – Middle School Teachers

Facilitator(s): Kathleen Steele
Kevin Nolten
NICERC

Sponsor: San Bernardino County Regional Occupational Program

Mar
8
Thu
2018
Integrating Earth and Space Science Concepts into High School Physics and Physical Science Courses @ Webinar
Mar 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

March 8, 2018
1:00 PM Pacific | 2:00 PM Mountain | 3:00 PM Central | 4:00 PM Eastern

Registration Deadline: March 6, 2018

Webinar Description

Nationwide, high school teachers are being asked to teach outside their areas of expertise. Because many states and districts are not including the Earth and Space Sciences into their course structure, concepts associated with geology, atmospheric and oceanic science, and astronomy are necessarily being incorporated into biology, chemistry, and physics courses. Specifically, in physics or physical science courses, there are tangible and relevant connections to the Earth and Space sciences. We will explore these through example integrated lessons from the American Association of Physics Teachers that can be taught immediately upon return to the classroom.

Presenter:

  • Rebecca Vieyra, NBCT, PAEMST, K-12 Program Manager, American Association of Physics Teachers

Webinar Organizers:

Aida Awad (Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Edward Robeck (American Geosciences Institute)
Carla McAuliffe (NESTA)
John McDaris (National Association of Geoscience Teachers)

With the NGSS Earth and Space Science Working Group

Amador and Calaveras Project WET Training @ Jackson Junior High
Mar 8 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

AMADOR & CALAVERAS EDUCATORS! Join us at Jackson Junior High for an engaging workshop experience over two evenings exploring interdisciplinary activities designed to engage students in learning the interrelationships between the science of water, water use, and watershed management – while learning concepts and skills at the heart of Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Participants that complete both sessions (6 hours total) will receive a copy of Project WET Guide 2.0 and access to over 100 water education activities. Registration will be limited to the first 15 participants at each site. This To reserve your spot, please click here to register! Jackson Junior High, Jackson, CA 95642 (4:00 pm – 7:00 pm); Teacher PD; NGSS PD/CCSS/Common Core/Region 6

Mar
10
Sat
2018
Experiencing the Levels of Inquiry (grades K-12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Mar 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

What exactly is scientific inquiry? Does the linear “Scientific Method” we see in textbooks accurately represent how science is done in the real world ? How might my students benefit from different kinds of inquiry experiences in the classroom? This two-day hands-on, inquiry experience can help you explore these question, and many more!

More About the Event

In this workshop, you will engage in your own inquiry project as an adult learner, coming up with your own testable question about one of our aquarium animals, and planning an observational study to collect and analyze data. Along the way, you will learn what the experience of scientific inquiry is really like, as compared to more “cookbook” classroom science activities.

Using your experience as an inquiry learner is a powerful way to understand the challenges and opportunities students may face in their own journey through inquiry. Thus, this workshop will NOT model ready to use classroom activities. Instead, the tools and theory that you will explore during your adult-level inquiry project will enhance your understanding of how to support authentic inquiry at any grade level. You will also refresh and inspire your own curious mind by engaging in a collaborative learning experience with your peers, and by spending time in the aquarium. What better way to give yourself a boost as you head into the final months of school?

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

Saturday March 10 and Saturday March 24, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments.
  • Share a learning experience with a diverse community of educators.
  • Leave with a personalized notebook documenting your inquiry experience.
  • Spend time observing animal behavior in the aquarium.

How Do I Join?

Tickets are only $40 for this two day experience.

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

Solar Primer Workshop for Teachers- Maker Class (Grades 3-12+) @ SMUD Customer Service Center
Mar 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Teachers will learn about the science and history of heating, cooling and powering our homes with the Sun and how to integrate engaging, hands-on lessons into your classrooms. We’ll also build a mini-solar cooker and a model solar powered Carnival Ride. Integrating solar energy into curriculum can provide an element of excitement and engage students in shaping a clean energy future. Breakfast and lunch will be served and teachers will receive curriculum and solar projects.

All registrants must be a preK-12 teacher/educator.
 Proof of employment as an educator may be requested at check in. School email or employer ID are acceptable forms of verification.

You are not required to pay for parking. Parking passes will be distributed at check in.

Cancellation Policy: For your registration, we plan course materials, refreshments, and seating for you. If you are not planning to attend, please notify us as soon as possible, so that others may utilize this resource. Please be advised that we reserve the right to disallow workshop pre-registrations and will remove your name from future Energy Education & Technology Center workshop registration lists should you fail to provide our office with advanced notice (2 business days) of registration cancellation.

Have questions? Contact us at ETCmail@smud.org or (916) 732-6738.

Mar
12
Mon
2018
Robotics with Blockly PD Course @ OCDOE ACCESS Curriculum & Learning
Mar 12 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

This course is geared toward middle school and high school educators, though all educators middle school through college are invited to apply. The Robotics with BlocklyProp course will be an engaging one-day STEM Professional Development featuring Blockly graphical programming and the ActivityBot robot.

Join Parallax’s educational team for a hands-on exploration of BlocklyProp—our new implementation of the Google Blockly visual programming language. Learn about robotics and product design using the Propeller multicore microcontroller, ActivityBot robot, sensors, and displays. Parallax’s BlocklyProp system provides a solution for running a class where students can use graphical programming or C. Students who have used Scratch or Blockly for screen programming will pick up this tool quite easily. This flexibility speeds skill acquisition, reduces frustration, and provides a STEM/STEAM learning experience where students can achieve success in a short class period but also develop bigger semester-long projects and designs.

Course Content

  • Included in the course is an ActivityBot 360 Robot Kit and additional hardware.
  • The ActivityBot will be built and programmed and then we’ll move to a project-specific focus. It will include discussion and tips for implementing these topics into your classroom.
  • Learning objectives: build and program an ActivityBot; program a microcontroller by writing programs that display messages, remember values, make computations with math operators, and interact with external circuits; and build circuits to apply principles of electronics, including voltage, resistance, current, signal generation, and signal monitoring.
  • Parallax tutorials, standards correlations, and an answer key for educators. We will show you how to apply our Blockly system in semester-long courses with a specific parts kit and syllabus.

Have questions about our robots and educational resources? Call the Parallax Educator Hotline at 916-625-6801 or email education@parallax.com.