October 2014 – Vol. 27 No. 2

CALENDAR

Oct
24
Fri
2014
Forestry Institute for Teachers + @ James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm

FORESTRY INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS ALUMNI! It is not uncommon for participants to tell us that we want more at the end of a FIT session – HERE IT IS!! FIT+ is a professional development educational event for those who have attended the Forestry Institute for Teachers. FIT+ will feature Project WET and Project Learning Tree with an emphasis on Project WET. Each FIT+ session includes overnight accommodations, four meals, Project Wet curriculum guide, and guest speakers. Please register here to attend this session at the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve.

Oct
24
Fri
2014
Forestry Institute for Teachers + @ James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm

FORESTRY INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS ALUMNI! It is not uncommon for participants to tell us that we want more at the end of a FIT session – HERE IT IS!! FIT+ is a professional development educational event for those who have attended the Forestry Institute for Teachers. FIT+ will feature Project WET and Project Learning Tree with an emphasis on Project WET. Each FIT+ session includes overnight accommodations, four meals, Project Wet curriculum guide, and guest speakers. Please register here to attend this session at the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve.

Oct
28
Tue
2014
Project WET
Oct 28 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

INLAND EMPIRE EDUCATORS! Join the Water Education/Water Awareness Committee for a ‘hands on’ professional development experience introducing you to the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET and their use to integrate water concepts, knowledge of Southern California water resources and skills for the efficient use of water that are also tied to Common Core standards. Teachers within the WEWAC agency service area will receive a FREE Project WET Guide 2.0, a continental breakfast, lunch and can contact your school’s water provider for teacher substitute reimbursement information! PLEASE REGISTER by October 3, 2014 at http://www.usewaterwisely.com or contact Cindy DeChaine at 909-621-5568 or cdechaine@tvmwd.com if you have any questions.

Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership @ Think Blue Offices, City of San Diego, Storm Water Division
Oct 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Workshop 1:  Grades K, 1, 2

Looking for an environmental education curriculum that helps your students realize the Common Core and Next Generation Standards?

Come learn more about Project SWELL!

Project SWELL is a hands-on elementary science curriculum with a local focus on San Diego’s regional waterways.  Lessons help students learn about our local aquatic animals and heir habitats; our local watersheds, lakes & rivers; our water supplies; and opportunities for water conservation and pollution prevention.

Register Today!

Nov
4
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Nov 4 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

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

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

An Experimental Approach: The Relationship Between Livestock and Wildlife in Africa
Truman Young, UC Davis

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Recipe for a Hurricane
Denise Ayeni, A.M. Winn
Nancy Ludu, Butler Elementary
NGSS: 5-ESS2-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Geologic Hazards and Human Impacts
Judi Kusnick, Sacramento State Geology
NGSS: MS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-3

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Meosis, A Common Core Aligned Lesson
Melissa Marcucci, Cordova High School
NGSS: HS-LS3-2

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

Energy in Chemistry Systems
Barbara Brydon, Folsom High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-4, HS-PS1-5

Nov
8
Sat
2014
Science: The Next Generation @ Oxnard College
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – Nov 8 @ 4:30 pm

Over 30 workshops in four breakout sessions including a focus on Common Core and NGSS.

Bring home classroom ready lessons, materials, and ideas. Network with local science teachers from Ventura and surrounding counties. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, PARKING, AND GCSN MEMBERSHIP INCLUDED!

Call for Proposals – Due October 15, 2014

Registration Form and Event Flyer – Register before September 27 and save!

Nevada State Science Teachers Association’s STEM Mini Conference @ Univeristy of Nevada, Reno
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Early Bird Registration is now OPEN!

The Annual STEM Mini Conference will be November 8th, 2014 at University of Nevada, Reno.

Receive .5 in-service credit for attending the conference from 8:30am-4:30pm

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Joseph Krajcik.

Dr. Krajcik served as the lead writer for developing the Physical Science Standards for the NGSS and the lead writer for the
Physical Science Design team for the Framework for K-12 Science Education.

Registration is a two part process.

Step 1: Fill out the Registration Form

Step 2: Click on this
to complete your $30.00 registration fee.

If you have any questions or concerns – please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Waterscape of the Los Angeles Basin
Nov 8 @ 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

Nov
18
Tue
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 18 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY & MOTHER LODE EDUCATORS! The Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Water Education Foundation invite you to join us for a Project WET workshop aimed at supporting Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards in the Middle – High school grades. The interdisciplinary Project WET activities are an effective tool for integrating student knowledge of water resources with activities that include real-life based scenarios that provide strong foundations for STEAM and Service-Learning programs. A $30 registration fee includes materials and lunch. Please contact Sean Timmons for questions at: stimmons@stancoe.org/(209) 238-1336 or register for the training at: www.stancoe.org/SCOE/workshops

Nov
20
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Performance Expectations @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Nov 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will highlight the shift in the Next Generation Science Standards 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 performance expectation.

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

Registration Deadline: November 6, 2014

Nov
24
Mon
2014
STEM IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM @ Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Nov 24 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards were designed to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in mathematics and science.  This calls to attention, the need for students to begin working toward 21st Century skills to become better prepared for STEM related careers and experiences.

This one-day training is designed to provide participants with the following knowledge, skills and resources:

  • A brief overview of the STEM Initiative;
  • An understanding of the depth of knowledge required of students;
  • Recap of highights from Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards;
  • Model Lessons emphasizing the Standards of Mathematical, Science and Engineering Practices;
  • Discussions of effective instructional strategies to increase student proficiency with the standards;
  • Time for collaboration and planning.
Dec
4
Thu
2014
2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 8:00 am – Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm

CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA! There will be no California Science Education Conference in 2014.

Workshop and short course proposals are now being accepted! The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2014. Proposals can be submitted on the NSTA website here: http://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx. Criteria for submission and detailed information is also available at that site.

As a part of the collaboration, CSTA and NSTA will be offering a joint membership (more information available soon) and CSTA members will enjoy member rates for conference registration.

CSTA Annual Meeting, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation:

Join CSTA for the annual meeting of members! CSTA President, Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California. Following the annual meeting of members, CSTA will present the awards for the 2014 Future Science Teacher (Laurie Gillis), Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award (Herb Brunkhorst), and Distinguished Contributions Award (Chevron and Water Education Foundation/California Project WET). CSTA and the California Department of Education (CDE) will together honor this year’s California State Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (Kirsten Johnson, Julie McGough, Stefanie Pechan, and Erica Rood) and the Awardee of the 2012 PAEMST (Alma Suney Park). Following the presentation of awards will be the keynote presentation by Stephen Pruitt of Achieve.

Using the Tools of the NGSS to Support Quality Science Instruction
Stephen L. Pruitt, Sr. Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

Join Stephen as he provides updates on the various NGSS tools under development and how to use them with teachers to provide a deeper understanding of the NGSS. For the past four years, Stephen has been leading the development of the NGSS. Between 2003 and 2010, he held various roles at the Georgia Department of Education, culminating with him being named chief of staff to the state school superintendent. He also served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which developed the NRC Framework.

CSTA Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific – NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase @ Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join your CSTA colleagues for an amazing evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The evening promises to be fun and offer a relaxed environment for science teachers from across California to network, learn, and share. This will not be an ordinary visit to the aquarium. The Great Hall will feature an NGSS Science and Engineering Showcase: information tables featuring STEM, Engineering, or NGSS lessons, units, or projects that teachers can be and are doing at their schools! Learn about all of the exciting options available to teachers to support science, STEM, and NGSS in your school. There will also be several guest lecturers in the auditorium presenting on sharks and ocean science. Participants will be able to access the demonstrations, lectures, and the aquarium. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. CSTA members can purchase a ticket for $10 – which includes one drink coupon. Conference registrants who are not members of CSTA may purchase a ticket for $25 – which includes one drink coupon. Space is limited to the first 500 registrants!

Hosted by CSTA and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Sponsored by Chevron.

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $10/$25

Dec
9
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Dec 9 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

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

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

Integrating NGSS With Your Current Curriculum
Phil Romig, Sacramento County Office of Education

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Plant Structures and Functions
Jana Shober, Sacramento State Biology
NGSS: 4-LS1-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Earth’s Shape: Constructive & Deconstructive Processes That Change the Earth’s Surface
Krista Myers, Antelope High School
NGSS: MS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-1

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Making Sense of Plant Processes
Kelli Quan, Toby Johnson Middle School
NGGS: MS-LS1-6, HS-LS1-5

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

The Ultimate Attraction: Electrostatic Forces & Patterns from the Periodic Table
Ingrid Salim, Davis Senior High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-1

Dec
10
Wed
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Implementation Tool @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on 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 crosscutting concepts that support that understanding.

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

Jan
7
Wed
2015
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Solano Co. Office of Education
Jan 7 @ 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]

Jan
28
Wed
2015
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Connecting NGSS and CCSS @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Jan 28 @ 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 14, 2015

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
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
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]

Oct
28
Tue
2014
Project WET
Oct 28 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

INLAND EMPIRE EDUCATORS! Join the Water Education/Water Awareness Committee for a ‘hands on’ professional development experience introducing you to the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET and their use to integrate water concepts, knowledge of Southern California water resources and skills for the efficient use of water that are also tied to Common Core standards. Teachers within the WEWAC agency service area will receive a FREE Project WET Guide 2.0, a continental breakfast, lunch and can contact your school’s water provider for teacher substitute reimbursement information! PLEASE REGISTER by October 3, 2014 at http://www.usewaterwisely.com or contact Cindy DeChaine at 909-621-5568 or cdechaine@tvmwd.com if you have any questions.

Oct
24
Fri
2014
Forestry Institute for Teachers + @ James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm

FORESTRY INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS ALUMNI! It is not uncommon for participants to tell us that we want more at the end of a FIT session – HERE IT IS!! FIT+ is a professional development educational event for those who have attended the Forestry Institute for Teachers. FIT+ will feature Project WET and Project Learning Tree with an emphasis on Project WET. Each FIT+ session includes overnight accommodations, four meals, Project Wet curriculum guide, and guest speakers. Please register here to attend this session at the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve.

Oct
28
Tue
2014
Project WET
Oct 28 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

INLAND EMPIRE EDUCATORS! Join the Water Education/Water Awareness Committee for a ‘hands on’ professional development experience introducing you to the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET and their use to integrate water concepts, knowledge of Southern California water resources and skills for the efficient use of water that are also tied to Common Core standards. Teachers within the WEWAC agency service area will receive a FREE Project WET Guide 2.0, a continental breakfast, lunch and can contact your school’s water provider for teacher substitute reimbursement information! PLEASE REGISTER by October 3, 2014 at http://www.usewaterwisely.com or contact Cindy DeChaine at 909-621-5568 or cdechaine@tvmwd.com if you have any questions.

Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership @ Think Blue Offices, City of San Diego, Storm Water Division
Oct 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Workshop 1:  Grades K, 1, 2

Looking for an environmental education curriculum that helps your students realize the Common Core and Next Generation Standards?

Come learn more about Project SWELL!

Project SWELL is a hands-on elementary science curriculum with a local focus on San Diego’s regional waterways.  Lessons help students learn about our local aquatic animals and heir habitats; our local watersheds, lakes & rivers; our water supplies; and opportunities for water conservation and pollution prevention.

Register Today!

Nov
4
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Nov 4 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

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

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

An Experimental Approach: The Relationship Between Livestock and Wildlife in Africa
Truman Young, UC Davis

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Recipe for a Hurricane
Denise Ayeni, A.M. Winn
Nancy Ludu, Butler Elementary
NGSS: 5-ESS2-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Geologic Hazards and Human Impacts
Judi Kusnick, Sacramento State Geology
NGSS: MS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-3

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Meosis, A Common Core Aligned Lesson
Melissa Marcucci, Cordova High School
NGSS: HS-LS3-2

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

Energy in Chemistry Systems
Barbara Brydon, Folsom High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-4, HS-PS1-5

Nov
8
Sat
2014
Science: The Next Generation @ Oxnard College
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – Nov 8 @ 4:30 pm

Over 30 workshops in four breakout sessions including a focus on Common Core and NGSS.

Bring home classroom ready lessons, materials, and ideas. Network with local science teachers from Ventura and surrounding counties. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, PARKING, AND GCSN MEMBERSHIP INCLUDED!

Call for Proposals – Due October 15, 2014

Registration Form and Event Flyer – Register before September 27 and save!

Nevada State Science Teachers Association’s STEM Mini Conference @ Univeristy of Nevada, Reno
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Early Bird Registration is now OPEN!

The Annual STEM Mini Conference will be November 8th, 2014 at University of Nevada, Reno.

Receive .5 in-service credit for attending the conference from 8:30am-4:30pm

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Joseph Krajcik.

Dr. Krajcik served as the lead writer for developing the Physical Science Standards for the NGSS and the lead writer for the
Physical Science Design team for the Framework for K-12 Science Education.

Registration is a two part process.

Step 1: Fill out the Registration Form

Step 2: Click on this
to complete your $30.00 registration fee.

If you have any questions or concerns – please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Waterscape of the Los Angeles Basin
Nov 8 @ 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

Nov
18
Tue
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 18 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY & MOTHER LODE EDUCATORS! The Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Water Education Foundation invite you to join us for a Project WET workshop aimed at supporting Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards in the Middle – High school grades. The interdisciplinary Project WET activities are an effective tool for integrating student knowledge of water resources with activities that include real-life based scenarios that provide strong foundations for STEAM and Service-Learning programs. A $30 registration fee includes materials and lunch. Please contact Sean Timmons for questions at: stimmons@stancoe.org/(209) 238-1336 or register for the training at: www.stancoe.org/SCOE/workshops

Nov
20
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Performance Expectations @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Nov 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will highlight the shift in the Next Generation Science Standards 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 performance expectation.

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

Registration Deadline: November 6, 2014

Nov
24
Mon
2014
STEM IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM @ Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Nov 24 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards were designed to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in mathematics and science.  This calls to attention, the need for students to begin working toward 21st Century skills to become better prepared for STEM related careers and experiences.

This one-day training is designed to provide participants with the following knowledge, skills and resources:

  • A brief overview of the STEM Initiative;
  • An understanding of the depth of knowledge required of students;
  • Recap of highights from Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards;
  • Model Lessons emphasizing the Standards of Mathematical, Science and Engineering Practices;
  • Discussions of effective instructional strategies to increase student proficiency with the standards;
  • Time for collaboration and planning.
Dec
4
Thu
2014
2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 8:00 am – Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm

CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA! There will be no California Science Education Conference in 2014.

Workshop and short course proposals are now being accepted! The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2014. Proposals can be submitted on the NSTA website here: http://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx. Criteria for submission and detailed information is also available at that site.

As a part of the collaboration, CSTA and NSTA will be offering a joint membership (more information available soon) and CSTA members will enjoy member rates for conference registration.

CSTA Annual Meeting, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation:

Join CSTA for the annual meeting of members! CSTA President, Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California. Following the annual meeting of members, CSTA will present the awards for the 2014 Future Science Teacher (Laurie Gillis), Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award (Herb Brunkhorst), and Distinguished Contributions Award (Chevron and Water Education Foundation/California Project WET). CSTA and the California Department of Education (CDE) will together honor this year’s California State Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (Kirsten Johnson, Julie McGough, Stefanie Pechan, and Erica Rood) and the Awardee of the 2012 PAEMST (Alma Suney Park). Following the presentation of awards will be the keynote presentation by Stephen Pruitt of Achieve.

Using the Tools of the NGSS to Support Quality Science Instruction
Stephen L. Pruitt, Sr. Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

Join Stephen as he provides updates on the various NGSS tools under development and how to use them with teachers to provide a deeper understanding of the NGSS. For the past four years, Stephen has been leading the development of the NGSS. Between 2003 and 2010, he held various roles at the Georgia Department of Education, culminating with him being named chief of staff to the state school superintendent. He also served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which developed the NRC Framework.

CSTA Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific – NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase @ Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join your CSTA colleagues for an amazing evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The evening promises to be fun and offer a relaxed environment for science teachers from across California to network, learn, and share. This will not be an ordinary visit to the aquarium. The Great Hall will feature an NGSS Science and Engineering Showcase: information tables featuring STEM, Engineering, or NGSS lessons, units, or projects that teachers can be and are doing at their schools! Learn about all of the exciting options available to teachers to support science, STEM, and NGSS in your school. There will also be several guest lecturers in the auditorium presenting on sharks and ocean science. Participants will be able to access the demonstrations, lectures, and the aquarium. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. CSTA members can purchase a ticket for $10 – which includes one drink coupon. Conference registrants who are not members of CSTA may purchase a ticket for $25 – which includes one drink coupon. Space is limited to the first 500 registrants!

Hosted by CSTA and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Sponsored by Chevron.

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $10/$25

Dec
9
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Dec 9 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

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

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

Integrating NGSS With Your Current Curriculum
Phil Romig, Sacramento County Office of Education

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Plant Structures and Functions
Jana Shober, Sacramento State Biology
NGSS: 4-LS1-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Earth’s Shape: Constructive & Deconstructive Processes That Change the Earth’s Surface
Krista Myers, Antelope High School
NGSS: MS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-1

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Making Sense of Plant Processes
Kelli Quan, Toby Johnson Middle School
NGGS: MS-LS1-6, HS-LS1-5

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

The Ultimate Attraction: Electrostatic Forces & Patterns from the Periodic Table
Ingrid Salim, Davis Senior High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-1

Dec
10
Wed
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Implementation Tool @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on 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 crosscutting concepts that support that understanding.

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

Jan
7
Wed
2015
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Solano Co. Office of Education
Jan 7 @ 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]

Jan
28
Wed
2015
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Connecting NGSS and CCSS @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Jan 28 @ 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 14, 2015

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
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
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]

Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership @ Think Blue Offices, City of San Diego, Storm Water Division
Oct 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Workshop 1:  Grades K, 1, 2

Looking for an environmental education curriculum that helps your students realize the Common Core and Next Generation Standards?

Come learn more about Project SWELL!

Project SWELL is a hands-on elementary science curriculum with a local focus on San Diego’s regional waterways.  Lessons help students learn about our local aquatic animals and heir habitats; our local watersheds, lakes & rivers; our water supplies; and opportunities for water conservation and pollution prevention.

Register Today!

Oct
24
Fri
2014
Forestry Institute for Teachers + @ James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm

FORESTRY INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS ALUMNI! It is not uncommon for participants to tell us that we want more at the end of a FIT session – HERE IT IS!! FIT+ is a professional development educational event for those who have attended the Forestry Institute for Teachers. FIT+ will feature Project WET and Project Learning Tree with an emphasis on Project WET. Each FIT+ session includes overnight accommodations, four meals, Project Wet curriculum guide, and guest speakers. Please register here to attend this session at the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve.

Oct
28
Tue
2014
Project WET
Oct 28 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

INLAND EMPIRE EDUCATORS! Join the Water Education/Water Awareness Committee for a ‘hands on’ professional development experience introducing you to the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET and their use to integrate water concepts, knowledge of Southern California water resources and skills for the efficient use of water that are also tied to Common Core standards. Teachers within the WEWAC agency service area will receive a FREE Project WET Guide 2.0, a continental breakfast, lunch and can contact your school’s water provider for teacher substitute reimbursement information! PLEASE REGISTER by October 3, 2014 at http://www.usewaterwisely.com or contact Cindy DeChaine at 909-621-5568 or cdechaine@tvmwd.com if you have any questions.

Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership @ Think Blue Offices, City of San Diego, Storm Water Division
Oct 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Workshop 1:  Grades K, 1, 2

Looking for an environmental education curriculum that helps your students realize the Common Core and Next Generation Standards?

Come learn more about Project SWELL!

Project SWELL is a hands-on elementary science curriculum with a local focus on San Diego’s regional waterways.  Lessons help students learn about our local aquatic animals and heir habitats; our local watersheds, lakes & rivers; our water supplies; and opportunities for water conservation and pollution prevention.

Register Today!

Nov
4
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Nov 4 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

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

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

An Experimental Approach: The Relationship Between Livestock and Wildlife in Africa
Truman Young, UC Davis

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Recipe for a Hurricane
Denise Ayeni, A.M. Winn
Nancy Ludu, Butler Elementary
NGSS: 5-ESS2-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Geologic Hazards and Human Impacts
Judi Kusnick, Sacramento State Geology
NGSS: MS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-3

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Meosis, A Common Core Aligned Lesson
Melissa Marcucci, Cordova High School
NGSS: HS-LS3-2

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

Energy in Chemistry Systems
Barbara Brydon, Folsom High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-4, HS-PS1-5

Nov
8
Sat
2014
Science: The Next Generation @ Oxnard College
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – Nov 8 @ 4:30 pm

Over 30 workshops in four breakout sessions including a focus on Common Core and NGSS.

Bring home classroom ready lessons, materials, and ideas. Network with local science teachers from Ventura and surrounding counties. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, PARKING, AND GCSN MEMBERSHIP INCLUDED!

Call for Proposals – Due October 15, 2014

Registration Form and Event Flyer – Register before September 27 and save!

Nevada State Science Teachers Association’s STEM Mini Conference @ Univeristy of Nevada, Reno
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Early Bird Registration is now OPEN!

The Annual STEM Mini Conference will be November 8th, 2014 at University of Nevada, Reno.

Receive .5 in-service credit for attending the conference from 8:30am-4:30pm

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Joseph Krajcik.

Dr. Krajcik served as the lead writer for developing the Physical Science Standards for the NGSS and the lead writer for the
Physical Science Design team for the Framework for K-12 Science Education.

Registration is a two part process.

Step 1: Fill out the Registration Form

Step 2: Click on this
to complete your $30.00 registration fee.

If you have any questions or concerns – please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Waterscape of the Los Angeles Basin
Nov 8 @ 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

Nov
18
Tue
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 18 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY & MOTHER LODE EDUCATORS! The Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Water Education Foundation invite you to join us for a Project WET workshop aimed at supporting Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards in the Middle – High school grades. The interdisciplinary Project WET activities are an effective tool for integrating student knowledge of water resources with activities that include real-life based scenarios that provide strong foundations for STEAM and Service-Learning programs. A $30 registration fee includes materials and lunch. Please contact Sean Timmons for questions at: stimmons@stancoe.org/(209) 238-1336 or register for the training at: www.stancoe.org/SCOE/workshops

Nov
20
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Performance Expectations @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Nov 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will highlight the shift in the Next Generation Science Standards 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 performance expectation.

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

Registration Deadline: November 6, 2014

Nov
24
Mon
2014
STEM IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM @ Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Nov 24 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards were designed to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in mathematics and science.  This calls to attention, the need for students to begin working toward 21st Century skills to become better prepared for STEM related careers and experiences.

This one-day training is designed to provide participants with the following knowledge, skills and resources:

  • A brief overview of the STEM Initiative;
  • An understanding of the depth of knowledge required of students;
  • Recap of highights from Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards;
  • Model Lessons emphasizing the Standards of Mathematical, Science and Engineering Practices;
  • Discussions of effective instructional strategies to increase student proficiency with the standards;
  • Time for collaboration and planning.
Dec
4
Thu
2014
2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 8:00 am – Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm

CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA! There will be no California Science Education Conference in 2014.

Workshop and short course proposals are now being accepted! The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2014. Proposals can be submitted on the NSTA website here: http://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx. Criteria for submission and detailed information is also available at that site.

As a part of the collaboration, CSTA and NSTA will be offering a joint membership (more information available soon) and CSTA members will enjoy member rates for conference registration.

CSTA Annual Meeting, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation:

Join CSTA for the annual meeting of members! CSTA President, Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California. Following the annual meeting of members, CSTA will present the awards for the 2014 Future Science Teacher (Laurie Gillis), Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award (Herb Brunkhorst), and Distinguished Contributions Award (Chevron and Water Education Foundation/California Project WET). CSTA and the California Department of Education (CDE) will together honor this year’s California State Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (Kirsten Johnson, Julie McGough, Stefanie Pechan, and Erica Rood) and the Awardee of the 2012 PAEMST (Alma Suney Park). Following the presentation of awards will be the keynote presentation by Stephen Pruitt of Achieve.

Using the Tools of the NGSS to Support Quality Science Instruction
Stephen L. Pruitt, Sr. Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

Join Stephen as he provides updates on the various NGSS tools under development and how to use them with teachers to provide a deeper understanding of the NGSS. For the past four years, Stephen has been leading the development of the NGSS. Between 2003 and 2010, he held various roles at the Georgia Department of Education, culminating with him being named chief of staff to the state school superintendent. He also served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which developed the NRC Framework.

CSTA Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific – NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase @ Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join your CSTA colleagues for an amazing evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The evening promises to be fun and offer a relaxed environment for science teachers from across California to network, learn, and share. This will not be an ordinary visit to the aquarium. The Great Hall will feature an NGSS Science and Engineering Showcase: information tables featuring STEM, Engineering, or NGSS lessons, units, or projects that teachers can be and are doing at their schools! Learn about all of the exciting options available to teachers to support science, STEM, and NGSS in your school. There will also be several guest lecturers in the auditorium presenting on sharks and ocean science. Participants will be able to access the demonstrations, lectures, and the aquarium. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. CSTA members can purchase a ticket for $10 – which includes one drink coupon. Conference registrants who are not members of CSTA may purchase a ticket for $25 – which includes one drink coupon. Space is limited to the first 500 registrants!

Hosted by CSTA and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Sponsored by Chevron.

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $10/$25

Dec
9
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Dec 9 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

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

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

Integrating NGSS With Your Current Curriculum
Phil Romig, Sacramento County Office of Education

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Plant Structures and Functions
Jana Shober, Sacramento State Biology
NGSS: 4-LS1-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Earth’s Shape: Constructive & Deconstructive Processes That Change the Earth’s Surface
Krista Myers, Antelope High School
NGSS: MS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-1

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Making Sense of Plant Processes
Kelli Quan, Toby Johnson Middle School
NGGS: MS-LS1-6, HS-LS1-5

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

The Ultimate Attraction: Electrostatic Forces & Patterns from the Periodic Table
Ingrid Salim, Davis Senior High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-1

Dec
10
Wed
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Implementation Tool @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on 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 crosscutting concepts that support that understanding.

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

Jan
7
Wed
2015
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Solano Co. Office of Education
Jan 7 @ 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]

Jan
28
Wed
2015
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Connecting NGSS and CCSS @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Jan 28 @ 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 14, 2015

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
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
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]

Oct
29
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 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.

Oct
24
Fri
2014
Forestry Institute for Teachers + @ James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm

FORESTRY INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS ALUMNI! It is not uncommon for participants to tell us that we want more at the end of a FIT session – HERE IT IS!! FIT+ is a professional development educational event for those who have attended the Forestry Institute for Teachers. FIT+ will feature Project WET and Project Learning Tree with an emphasis on Project WET. Each FIT+ session includes overnight accommodations, four meals, Project Wet curriculum guide, and guest speakers. Please register here to attend this session at the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve.

Oct
28
Tue
2014
Project WET
Oct 28 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

INLAND EMPIRE EDUCATORS! Join the Water Education/Water Awareness Committee for a ‘hands on’ professional development experience introducing you to the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET and their use to integrate water concepts, knowledge of Southern California water resources and skills for the efficient use of water that are also tied to Common Core standards. Teachers within the WEWAC agency service area will receive a FREE Project WET Guide 2.0, a continental breakfast, lunch and can contact your school’s water provider for teacher substitute reimbursement information! PLEASE REGISTER by October 3, 2014 at http://www.usewaterwisely.com or contact Cindy DeChaine at 909-621-5568 or cdechaine@tvmwd.com if you have any questions.

Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership @ Think Blue Offices, City of San Diego, Storm Water Division
Oct 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Workshop 1:  Grades K, 1, 2

Looking for an environmental education curriculum that helps your students realize the Common Core and Next Generation Standards?

Come learn more about Project SWELL!

Project SWELL is a hands-on elementary science curriculum with a local focus on San Diego’s regional waterways.  Lessons help students learn about our local aquatic animals and heir habitats; our local watersheds, lakes & rivers; our water supplies; and opportunities for water conservation and pollution prevention.

Register Today!

Nov
4
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Nov 4 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

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

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

An Experimental Approach: The Relationship Between Livestock and Wildlife in Africa
Truman Young, UC Davis

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Recipe for a Hurricane
Denise Ayeni, A.M. Winn
Nancy Ludu, Butler Elementary
NGSS: 5-ESS2-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Geologic Hazards and Human Impacts
Judi Kusnick, Sacramento State Geology
NGSS: MS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-3

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Meosis, A Common Core Aligned Lesson
Melissa Marcucci, Cordova High School
NGSS: HS-LS3-2

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

Energy in Chemistry Systems
Barbara Brydon, Folsom High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-4, HS-PS1-5

Nov
8
Sat
2014
Science: The Next Generation @ Oxnard College
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – Nov 8 @ 4:30 pm

Over 30 workshops in four breakout sessions including a focus on Common Core and NGSS.

Bring home classroom ready lessons, materials, and ideas. Network with local science teachers from Ventura and surrounding counties. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, PARKING, AND GCSN MEMBERSHIP INCLUDED!

Call for Proposals – Due October 15, 2014

Registration Form and Event Flyer – Register before September 27 and save!

Nevada State Science Teachers Association’s STEM Mini Conference @ Univeristy of Nevada, Reno
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Early Bird Registration is now OPEN!

The Annual STEM Mini Conference will be November 8th, 2014 at University of Nevada, Reno.

Receive .5 in-service credit for attending the conference from 8:30am-4:30pm

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Joseph Krajcik.

Dr. Krajcik served as the lead writer for developing the Physical Science Standards for the NGSS and the lead writer for the
Physical Science Design team for the Framework for K-12 Science Education.

Registration is a two part process.

Step 1: Fill out the Registration Form

Step 2: Click on this
to complete your $30.00 registration fee.

If you have any questions or concerns – please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Waterscape of the Los Angeles Basin
Nov 8 @ 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

Nov
18
Tue
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 18 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY & MOTHER LODE EDUCATORS! The Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Water Education Foundation invite you to join us for a Project WET workshop aimed at supporting Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards in the Middle – High school grades. The interdisciplinary Project WET activities are an effective tool for integrating student knowledge of water resources with activities that include real-life based scenarios that provide strong foundations for STEAM and Service-Learning programs. A $30 registration fee includes materials and lunch. Please contact Sean Timmons for questions at: stimmons@stancoe.org/(209) 238-1336 or register for the training at: www.stancoe.org/SCOE/workshops

Nov
20
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Performance Expectations @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Nov 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will highlight the shift in the Next Generation Science Standards 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 performance expectation.

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

Registration Deadline: November 6, 2014

Nov
24
Mon
2014
STEM IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM @ Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Nov 24 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards were designed to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in mathematics and science.  This calls to attention, the need for students to begin working toward 21st Century skills to become better prepared for STEM related careers and experiences.

This one-day training is designed to provide participants with the following knowledge, skills and resources:

  • A brief overview of the STEM Initiative;
  • An understanding of the depth of knowledge required of students;
  • Recap of highights from Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards;
  • Model Lessons emphasizing the Standards of Mathematical, Science and Engineering Practices;
  • Discussions of effective instructional strategies to increase student proficiency with the standards;
  • Time for collaboration and planning.
Dec
4
Thu
2014
2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 8:00 am – Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm

CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA! There will be no California Science Education Conference in 2014.

Workshop and short course proposals are now being accepted! The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2014. Proposals can be submitted on the NSTA website here: http://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx. Criteria for submission and detailed information is also available at that site.

As a part of the collaboration, CSTA and NSTA will be offering a joint membership (more information available soon) and CSTA members will enjoy member rates for conference registration.

CSTA Annual Meeting, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation:

Join CSTA for the annual meeting of members! CSTA President, Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California. Following the annual meeting of members, CSTA will present the awards for the 2014 Future Science Teacher (Laurie Gillis), Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award (Herb Brunkhorst), and Distinguished Contributions Award (Chevron and Water Education Foundation/California Project WET). CSTA and the California Department of Education (CDE) will together honor this year’s California State Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (Kirsten Johnson, Julie McGough, Stefanie Pechan, and Erica Rood) and the Awardee of the 2012 PAEMST (Alma Suney Park). Following the presentation of awards will be the keynote presentation by Stephen Pruitt of Achieve.

Using the Tools of the NGSS to Support Quality Science Instruction
Stephen L. Pruitt, Sr. Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

Join Stephen as he provides updates on the various NGSS tools under development and how to use them with teachers to provide a deeper understanding of the NGSS. For the past four years, Stephen has been leading the development of the NGSS. Between 2003 and 2010, he held various roles at the Georgia Department of Education, culminating with him being named chief of staff to the state school superintendent. He also served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which developed the NRC Framework.

CSTA Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific – NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase @ Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join your CSTA colleagues for an amazing evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The evening promises to be fun and offer a relaxed environment for science teachers from across California to network, learn, and share. This will not be an ordinary visit to the aquarium. The Great Hall will feature an NGSS Science and Engineering Showcase: information tables featuring STEM, Engineering, or NGSS lessons, units, or projects that teachers can be and are doing at their schools! Learn about all of the exciting options available to teachers to support science, STEM, and NGSS in your school. There will also be several guest lecturers in the auditorium presenting on sharks and ocean science. Participants will be able to access the demonstrations, lectures, and the aquarium. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. CSTA members can purchase a ticket for $10 – which includes one drink coupon. Conference registrants who are not members of CSTA may purchase a ticket for $25 – which includes one drink coupon. Space is limited to the first 500 registrants!

Hosted by CSTA and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Sponsored by Chevron.

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $10/$25

Dec
9
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Dec 9 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

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

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

Integrating NGSS With Your Current Curriculum
Phil Romig, Sacramento County Office of Education

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Plant Structures and Functions
Jana Shober, Sacramento State Biology
NGSS: 4-LS1-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Earth’s Shape: Constructive & Deconstructive Processes That Change the Earth’s Surface
Krista Myers, Antelope High School
NGSS: MS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-1

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Making Sense of Plant Processes
Kelli Quan, Toby Johnson Middle School
NGGS: MS-LS1-6, HS-LS1-5

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

The Ultimate Attraction: Electrostatic Forces & Patterns from the Periodic Table
Ingrid Salim, Davis Senior High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-1

Dec
10
Wed
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Implementation Tool @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on 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 crosscutting concepts that support that understanding.

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

Jan
7
Wed
2015
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Solano Co. Office of Education
Jan 7 @ 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]

Jan
28
Wed
2015
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Connecting NGSS and CCSS @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Jan 28 @ 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 14, 2015

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
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
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]

Nov
4
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Nov 4 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

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

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

An Experimental Approach: The Relationship Between Livestock and Wildlife in Africa
Truman Young, UC Davis

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Recipe for a Hurricane
Denise Ayeni, A.M. Winn
Nancy Ludu, Butler Elementary
NGSS: 5-ESS2-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Geologic Hazards and Human Impacts
Judi Kusnick, Sacramento State Geology
NGSS: MS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-3

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Meosis, A Common Core Aligned Lesson
Melissa Marcucci, Cordova High School
NGSS: HS-LS3-2

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

Energy in Chemistry Systems
Barbara Brydon, Folsom High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-4, HS-PS1-5

Oct
24
Fri
2014
Forestry Institute for Teachers + @ James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm

FORESTRY INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS ALUMNI! It is not uncommon for participants to tell us that we want more at the end of a FIT session – HERE IT IS!! FIT+ is a professional development educational event for those who have attended the Forestry Institute for Teachers. FIT+ will feature Project WET and Project Learning Tree with an emphasis on Project WET. Each FIT+ session includes overnight accommodations, four meals, Project Wet curriculum guide, and guest speakers. Please register here to attend this session at the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve.

Oct
28
Tue
2014
Project WET
Oct 28 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

INLAND EMPIRE EDUCATORS! Join the Water Education/Water Awareness Committee for a ‘hands on’ professional development experience introducing you to the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET and their use to integrate water concepts, knowledge of Southern California water resources and skills for the efficient use of water that are also tied to Common Core standards. Teachers within the WEWAC agency service area will receive a FREE Project WET Guide 2.0, a continental breakfast, lunch and can contact your school’s water provider for teacher substitute reimbursement information! PLEASE REGISTER by October 3, 2014 at http://www.usewaterwisely.com or contact Cindy DeChaine at 909-621-5568 or cdechaine@tvmwd.com if you have any questions.

Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership @ Think Blue Offices, City of San Diego, Storm Water Division
Oct 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Workshop 1:  Grades K, 1, 2

Looking for an environmental education curriculum that helps your students realize the Common Core and Next Generation Standards?

Come learn more about Project SWELL!

Project SWELL is a hands-on elementary science curriculum with a local focus on San Diego’s regional waterways.  Lessons help students learn about our local aquatic animals and heir habitats; our local watersheds, lakes & rivers; our water supplies; and opportunities for water conservation and pollution prevention.

Register Today!

Nov
4
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Nov 4 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

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

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

An Experimental Approach: The Relationship Between Livestock and Wildlife in Africa
Truman Young, UC Davis

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Recipe for a Hurricane
Denise Ayeni, A.M. Winn
Nancy Ludu, Butler Elementary
NGSS: 5-ESS2-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Geologic Hazards and Human Impacts
Judi Kusnick, Sacramento State Geology
NGSS: MS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-3

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Meosis, A Common Core Aligned Lesson
Melissa Marcucci, Cordova High School
NGSS: HS-LS3-2

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

Energy in Chemistry Systems
Barbara Brydon, Folsom High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-4, HS-PS1-5

Nov
8
Sat
2014
Science: The Next Generation @ Oxnard College
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – Nov 8 @ 4:30 pm

Over 30 workshops in four breakout sessions including a focus on Common Core and NGSS.

Bring home classroom ready lessons, materials, and ideas. Network with local science teachers from Ventura and surrounding counties. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, PARKING, AND GCSN MEMBERSHIP INCLUDED!

Call for Proposals – Due October 15, 2014

Registration Form and Event Flyer – Register before September 27 and save!

Nevada State Science Teachers Association’s STEM Mini Conference @ Univeristy of Nevada, Reno
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Early Bird Registration is now OPEN!

The Annual STEM Mini Conference will be November 8th, 2014 at University of Nevada, Reno.

Receive .5 in-service credit for attending the conference from 8:30am-4:30pm

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Joseph Krajcik.

Dr. Krajcik served as the lead writer for developing the Physical Science Standards for the NGSS and the lead writer for the
Physical Science Design team for the Framework for K-12 Science Education.

Registration is a two part process.

Step 1: Fill out the Registration Form

Step 2: Click on this
to complete your $30.00 registration fee.

If you have any questions or concerns – please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Waterscape of the Los Angeles Basin
Nov 8 @ 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

Nov
18
Tue
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 18 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY & MOTHER LODE EDUCATORS! The Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Water Education Foundation invite you to join us for a Project WET workshop aimed at supporting Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards in the Middle – High school grades. The interdisciplinary Project WET activities are an effective tool for integrating student knowledge of water resources with activities that include real-life based scenarios that provide strong foundations for STEAM and Service-Learning programs. A $30 registration fee includes materials and lunch. Please contact Sean Timmons for questions at: stimmons@stancoe.org/(209) 238-1336 or register for the training at: www.stancoe.org/SCOE/workshops

Nov
20
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Performance Expectations @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Nov 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will highlight the shift in the Next Generation Science Standards 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 performance expectation.

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

Registration Deadline: November 6, 2014

Nov
24
Mon
2014
STEM IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM @ Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Nov 24 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards were designed to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in mathematics and science.  This calls to attention, the need for students to begin working toward 21st Century skills to become better prepared for STEM related careers and experiences.

This one-day training is designed to provide participants with the following knowledge, skills and resources:

  • A brief overview of the STEM Initiative;
  • An understanding of the depth of knowledge required of students;
  • Recap of highights from Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards;
  • Model Lessons emphasizing the Standards of Mathematical, Science and Engineering Practices;
  • Discussions of effective instructional strategies to increase student proficiency with the standards;
  • Time for collaboration and planning.
Dec
4
Thu
2014
2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 8:00 am – Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm

CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA! There will be no California Science Education Conference in 2014.

Workshop and short course proposals are now being accepted! The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2014. Proposals can be submitted on the NSTA website here: http://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx. Criteria for submission and detailed information is also available at that site.

As a part of the collaboration, CSTA and NSTA will be offering a joint membership (more information available soon) and CSTA members will enjoy member rates for conference registration.

CSTA Annual Meeting, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation:

Join CSTA for the annual meeting of members! CSTA President, Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California. Following the annual meeting of members, CSTA will present the awards for the 2014 Future Science Teacher (Laurie Gillis), Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award (Herb Brunkhorst), and Distinguished Contributions Award (Chevron and Water Education Foundation/California Project WET). CSTA and the California Department of Education (CDE) will together honor this year’s California State Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (Kirsten Johnson, Julie McGough, Stefanie Pechan, and Erica Rood) and the Awardee of the 2012 PAEMST (Alma Suney Park). Following the presentation of awards will be the keynote presentation by Stephen Pruitt of Achieve.

Using the Tools of the NGSS to Support Quality Science Instruction
Stephen L. Pruitt, Sr. Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

Join Stephen as he provides updates on the various NGSS tools under development and how to use them with teachers to provide a deeper understanding of the NGSS. For the past four years, Stephen has been leading the development of the NGSS. Between 2003 and 2010, he held various roles at the Georgia Department of Education, culminating with him being named chief of staff to the state school superintendent. He also served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which developed the NRC Framework.

CSTA Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific – NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase @ Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join your CSTA colleagues for an amazing evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The evening promises to be fun and offer a relaxed environment for science teachers from across California to network, learn, and share. This will not be an ordinary visit to the aquarium. The Great Hall will feature an NGSS Science and Engineering Showcase: information tables featuring STEM, Engineering, or NGSS lessons, units, or projects that teachers can be and are doing at their schools! Learn about all of the exciting options available to teachers to support science, STEM, and NGSS in your school. There will also be several guest lecturers in the auditorium presenting on sharks and ocean science. Participants will be able to access the demonstrations, lectures, and the aquarium. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. CSTA members can purchase a ticket for $10 – which includes one drink coupon. Conference registrants who are not members of CSTA may purchase a ticket for $25 – which includes one drink coupon. Space is limited to the first 500 registrants!

Hosted by CSTA and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Sponsored by Chevron.

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $10/$25

Dec
9
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Dec 9 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

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

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

Integrating NGSS With Your Current Curriculum
Phil Romig, Sacramento County Office of Education

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Plant Structures and Functions
Jana Shober, Sacramento State Biology
NGSS: 4-LS1-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Earth’s Shape: Constructive & Deconstructive Processes That Change the Earth’s Surface
Krista Myers, Antelope High School
NGSS: MS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-1

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Making Sense of Plant Processes
Kelli Quan, Toby Johnson Middle School
NGGS: MS-LS1-6, HS-LS1-5

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

The Ultimate Attraction: Electrostatic Forces & Patterns from the Periodic Table
Ingrid Salim, Davis Senior High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-1

Dec
10
Wed
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Implementation Tool @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on 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 crosscutting concepts that support that understanding.

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

Jan
7
Wed
2015
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Solano Co. Office of Education
Jan 7 @ 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]

Jan
28
Wed
2015
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Connecting NGSS and CCSS @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Jan 28 @ 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 14, 2015

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
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
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]

Nov
5
Wed
2014
CFCC Meeting #3 @ California State Library
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – Nov 6 @ 4:00 pm

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

Oct
24
Fri
2014
Forestry Institute for Teachers + @ James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm

FORESTRY INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS ALUMNI! It is not uncommon for participants to tell us that we want more at the end of a FIT session – HERE IT IS!! FIT+ is a professional development educational event for those who have attended the Forestry Institute for Teachers. FIT+ will feature Project WET and Project Learning Tree with an emphasis on Project WET. Each FIT+ session includes overnight accommodations, four meals, Project Wet curriculum guide, and guest speakers. Please register here to attend this session at the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve.

Oct
28
Tue
2014
Project WET
Oct 28 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

INLAND EMPIRE EDUCATORS! Join the Water Education/Water Awareness Committee for a ‘hands on’ professional development experience introducing you to the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET and their use to integrate water concepts, knowledge of Southern California water resources and skills for the efficient use of water that are also tied to Common Core standards. Teachers within the WEWAC agency service area will receive a FREE Project WET Guide 2.0, a continental breakfast, lunch and can contact your school’s water provider for teacher substitute reimbursement information! PLEASE REGISTER by October 3, 2014 at http://www.usewaterwisely.com or contact Cindy DeChaine at 909-621-5568 or cdechaine@tvmwd.com if you have any questions.

Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership @ Think Blue Offices, City of San Diego, Storm Water Division
Oct 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Workshop 1:  Grades K, 1, 2

Looking for an environmental education curriculum that helps your students realize the Common Core and Next Generation Standards?

Come learn more about Project SWELL!

Project SWELL is a hands-on elementary science curriculum with a local focus on San Diego’s regional waterways.  Lessons help students learn about our local aquatic animals and heir habitats; our local watersheds, lakes & rivers; our water supplies; and opportunities for water conservation and pollution prevention.

Register Today!

Nov
4
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Nov 4 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

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

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

An Experimental Approach: The Relationship Between Livestock and Wildlife in Africa
Truman Young, UC Davis

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Recipe for a Hurricane
Denise Ayeni, A.M. Winn
Nancy Ludu, Butler Elementary
NGSS: 5-ESS2-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Geologic Hazards and Human Impacts
Judi Kusnick, Sacramento State Geology
NGSS: MS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-3

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Meosis, A Common Core Aligned Lesson
Melissa Marcucci, Cordova High School
NGSS: HS-LS3-2

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

Energy in Chemistry Systems
Barbara Brydon, Folsom High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-4, HS-PS1-5

Nov
8
Sat
2014
Science: The Next Generation @ Oxnard College
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – Nov 8 @ 4:30 pm

Over 30 workshops in four breakout sessions including a focus on Common Core and NGSS.

Bring home classroom ready lessons, materials, and ideas. Network with local science teachers from Ventura and surrounding counties. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, PARKING, AND GCSN MEMBERSHIP INCLUDED!

Call for Proposals – Due October 15, 2014

Registration Form and Event Flyer – Register before September 27 and save!

Nevada State Science Teachers Association’s STEM Mini Conference @ Univeristy of Nevada, Reno
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Early Bird Registration is now OPEN!

The Annual STEM Mini Conference will be November 8th, 2014 at University of Nevada, Reno.

Receive .5 in-service credit for attending the conference from 8:30am-4:30pm

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Joseph Krajcik.

Dr. Krajcik served as the lead writer for developing the Physical Science Standards for the NGSS and the lead writer for the
Physical Science Design team for the Framework for K-12 Science Education.

Registration is a two part process.

Step 1: Fill out the Registration Form

Step 2: Click on this
to complete your $30.00 registration fee.

If you have any questions or concerns – please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Waterscape of the Los Angeles Basin
Nov 8 @ 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

Nov
18
Tue
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 18 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY & MOTHER LODE EDUCATORS! The Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Water Education Foundation invite you to join us for a Project WET workshop aimed at supporting Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards in the Middle – High school grades. The interdisciplinary Project WET activities are an effective tool for integrating student knowledge of water resources with activities that include real-life based scenarios that provide strong foundations for STEAM and Service-Learning programs. A $30 registration fee includes materials and lunch. Please contact Sean Timmons for questions at: stimmons@stancoe.org/(209) 238-1336 or register for the training at: www.stancoe.org/SCOE/workshops

Nov
20
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Performance Expectations @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Nov 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will highlight the shift in the Next Generation Science Standards 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 performance expectation.

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

Registration Deadline: November 6, 2014

Nov
24
Mon
2014
STEM IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM @ Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Nov 24 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards were designed to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in mathematics and science.  This calls to attention, the need for students to begin working toward 21st Century skills to become better prepared for STEM related careers and experiences.

This one-day training is designed to provide participants with the following knowledge, skills and resources:

  • A brief overview of the STEM Initiative;
  • An understanding of the depth of knowledge required of students;
  • Recap of highights from Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards;
  • Model Lessons emphasizing the Standards of Mathematical, Science and Engineering Practices;
  • Discussions of effective instructional strategies to increase student proficiency with the standards;
  • Time for collaboration and planning.
Dec
4
Thu
2014
2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 8:00 am – Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm

CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA! There will be no California Science Education Conference in 2014.

Workshop and short course proposals are now being accepted! The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2014. Proposals can be submitted on the NSTA website here: http://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx. Criteria for submission and detailed information is also available at that site.

As a part of the collaboration, CSTA and NSTA will be offering a joint membership (more information available soon) and CSTA members will enjoy member rates for conference registration.

CSTA Annual Meeting, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation:

Join CSTA for the annual meeting of members! CSTA President, Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California. Following the annual meeting of members, CSTA will present the awards for the 2014 Future Science Teacher (Laurie Gillis), Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award (Herb Brunkhorst), and Distinguished Contributions Award (Chevron and Water Education Foundation/California Project WET). CSTA and the California Department of Education (CDE) will together honor this year’s California State Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (Kirsten Johnson, Julie McGough, Stefanie Pechan, and Erica Rood) and the Awardee of the 2012 PAEMST (Alma Suney Park). Following the presentation of awards will be the keynote presentation by Stephen Pruitt of Achieve.

Using the Tools of the NGSS to Support Quality Science Instruction
Stephen L. Pruitt, Sr. Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

Join Stephen as he provides updates on the various NGSS tools under development and how to use them with teachers to provide a deeper understanding of the NGSS. For the past four years, Stephen has been leading the development of the NGSS. Between 2003 and 2010, he held various roles at the Georgia Department of Education, culminating with him being named chief of staff to the state school superintendent. He also served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which developed the NRC Framework.

CSTA Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific – NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase @ Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join your CSTA colleagues for an amazing evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The evening promises to be fun and offer a relaxed environment for science teachers from across California to network, learn, and share. This will not be an ordinary visit to the aquarium. The Great Hall will feature an NGSS Science and Engineering Showcase: information tables featuring STEM, Engineering, or NGSS lessons, units, or projects that teachers can be and are doing at their schools! Learn about all of the exciting options available to teachers to support science, STEM, and NGSS in your school. There will also be several guest lecturers in the auditorium presenting on sharks and ocean science. Participants will be able to access the demonstrations, lectures, and the aquarium. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. CSTA members can purchase a ticket for $10 – which includes one drink coupon. Conference registrants who are not members of CSTA may purchase a ticket for $25 – which includes one drink coupon. Space is limited to the first 500 registrants!

Hosted by CSTA and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Sponsored by Chevron.

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $10/$25

Dec
9
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Dec 9 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

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

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

Integrating NGSS With Your Current Curriculum
Phil Romig, Sacramento County Office of Education

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Plant Structures and Functions
Jana Shober, Sacramento State Biology
NGSS: 4-LS1-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Earth’s Shape: Constructive & Deconstructive Processes That Change the Earth’s Surface
Krista Myers, Antelope High School
NGSS: MS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-1

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Making Sense of Plant Processes
Kelli Quan, Toby Johnson Middle School
NGGS: MS-LS1-6, HS-LS1-5

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

The Ultimate Attraction: Electrostatic Forces & Patterns from the Periodic Table
Ingrid Salim, Davis Senior High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-1

Dec
10
Wed
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Implementation Tool @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on 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 crosscutting concepts that support that understanding.

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

Jan
7
Wed
2015
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Solano Co. Office of Education
Jan 7 @ 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]

Jan
28
Wed
2015
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Connecting NGSS and CCSS @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Jan 28 @ 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 14, 2015

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
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
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]

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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?

Oct
24
Fri
2014
Forestry Institute for Teachers + @ James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm

FORESTRY INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS ALUMNI! It is not uncommon for participants to tell us that we want more at the end of a FIT session – HERE IT IS!! FIT+ is a professional development educational event for those who have attended the Forestry Institute for Teachers. FIT+ will feature Project WET and Project Learning Tree with an emphasis on Project WET. Each FIT+ session includes overnight accommodations, four meals, Project Wet curriculum guide, and guest speakers. Please register here to attend this session at the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve.

Oct
28
Tue
2014
Project WET
Oct 28 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

INLAND EMPIRE EDUCATORS! Join the Water Education/Water Awareness Committee for a ‘hands on’ professional development experience introducing you to the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET and their use to integrate water concepts, knowledge of Southern California water resources and skills for the efficient use of water that are also tied to Common Core standards. Teachers within the WEWAC agency service area will receive a FREE Project WET Guide 2.0, a continental breakfast, lunch and can contact your school’s water provider for teacher substitute reimbursement information! PLEASE REGISTER by October 3, 2014 at http://www.usewaterwisely.com or contact Cindy DeChaine at 909-621-5568 or cdechaine@tvmwd.com if you have any questions.

Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership @ Think Blue Offices, City of San Diego, Storm Water Division
Oct 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Workshop 1:  Grades K, 1, 2

Looking for an environmental education curriculum that helps your students realize the Common Core and Next Generation Standards?

Come learn more about Project SWELL!

Project SWELL is a hands-on elementary science curriculum with a local focus on San Diego’s regional waterways.  Lessons help students learn about our local aquatic animals and heir habitats; our local watersheds, lakes & rivers; our water supplies; and opportunities for water conservation and pollution prevention.

Register Today!

Nov
4
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Nov 4 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

SIRC workshops are designed with your needs in mind! All workshops are aligned with California Science Content Standards or Next Generation Science Standards. Instructors are university faculty and ex