January 2015 – Vol. 27 No. 5

CALENDAR

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

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

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

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

THE ONLINE COURSE:

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

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

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE ONLINE COURSE:

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

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

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

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

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

Jan
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
29
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

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

Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 4:00 pm

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

Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1

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

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

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

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

Parking: No Fee

Hotel Reservations:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

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

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

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

Symposium Session Offerings:

NGSS 101 - Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components. NGSS 102 - Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes.
Performance Expectations - Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE. NGSS Implementation Tool - Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.
Connecting NGSS and CCSS- Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science. Middle School Progressions- Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline-specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model.
Model Lesson Exploration- Experience a sample lesson that demonstrates the NGSS “shift” with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary (middle school and high school). Administrator Strand- Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in the district.
Action Plan- Share learnings from the conference with your district team and plan next steps for district leaders, teachers and other stakeholders.
Feb
4
Wed
2015
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Feb 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Feb
5
Thu
2015
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Feb 5 – Feb 6 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

CMSESMCLogoMark your Calendars for February 7th, 2015!  The Council of Math and Science Educators of San Mateo County (CMSESMC) hosts the annual STEM Conference. This is a great opportunity for teachers to learn and apply the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards in a STEM context.

Participants choose from over 30 workshops offered in three sessions.

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

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

Protein Bootcamp for 10th-12th grade teachers AND students!!! @ SJCOE, Wentworth Center, Harmony Grove Lab
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

2-day bootcamp:  Saturday, February 7th and Saturday March 21st.

Come participate in this unique opportunity in San Joaquin County to broaden your skills!  Students will extract protein samples from fish and use the process of protein electrophoresis to analyze the protein samples they extract.  They will also conduct a Bradford protein assay using various milk samples to determine the concentration of protein in each.  With this information, students can see if each store-bought milk sample was really tested and labeled correctly!

This bootcamp is being offered at the low cost of $75 for each student and $125 for each teacher.  All materials are covered in the cost.  Don’t wait to register – spaces are limited!!

Feb
8
Sun
2015
Sacramento’s Darwin Day @ La Sierra Community Center, John Smith Hall
Feb 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sacramento Darwin Day, February 8, 2015

John Smith Hall, La Sierra Community Center
5325 Engle Road, Carmichael
Doors open at 2:00 pm

Our speaker will be noted astrophysicist Mario Livio, PhD.

Charles Darwin: Curiosity, Blunders, and Brilliance
Dr. Mario LivioDr. Livio is Senior Astrophysicist at Space Telescope Science Institute.
Mario Livio’s latest book is Brilliant Blunders. Of it, Martin Rees, the UK’s Astronomer Royal and author of From Here to Infinity: A Vision for the Future of Science, says, “Mario Livio sets the discoveries of five great scientists who were also remarkable personalities in their social context, showing how they emerged from confusion and controversy. His archival research allows him to debunk several myths that have been given currency through less thorough biographies. You don’t need to be a scientist to be fascinated by this scholarly, insightful and beautifully written book.”
As clearly evidenced by his October 8, 2014 discussion with Martin Makary MD on C-SPAN 2’s BOOKTV program, Dr. Livio’s Darwin Day presentation promises to be as entertaining, fascinating and informative as his book.
Location: John Smith Hall, La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael, CA (at Engle and Garfield Avenues, two blocks west of Fair Oaks Blvd.).
Cost of Admission: At the door, $10.00 per person, or for student with ID, $5.00. Advance payment (mail or on-line) is $7.50 until February 1, at which time it will increase to $10.00.
The young Charles Darwin

Click here to pay in advance
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Feb
10
Tue
2015
Launching the 2014 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework @ Fresno Hotel and Conference Center
Feb 10 @ 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
The California Department of Education in partnership with the Tulare and Fresno County Offices of Education cordially invites you to:

Launching The 2014 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework

February 10, 2014
8:45a.m.-4:30p.m.
Fresno Hotel and Conference Center
2233 Ventura Street, Fresno CA 93721

Supporting change in instructional practices and implementation of the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy and the California English Language Development Standards.

A professional learning opportunity for teachers, administrators, coaches, and educational stakeholders to learn more about the ELA/ELD Framework and its use in educational settings.

7:45-8:45    Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00    Opening Remarks
Tom Adams, Carrie Roberts

9:00-10:00  Introduction to the ELA/ELD Framework
Nancy Brynelson, Hallie Yopp Slowik, Pam Spycher

10:15-11:30 Breakout Sessions

11:45-12:45 Lunch

1:00-2:15    Breakout Sessions

2:30-3:45    Breakout Sessions

4:00-4:30    Spotlight on the Writers:  Questions and Answers
Nancy Brynelson, Halie Yopp Slowik, Pam Spycher

 

How to Create a More Effective Lab Safety Program @ Online
Feb 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This interesting and entertaining one-hour presentation/webinar confronts one of the more common excuses for not having or improving the lab safety program … “it costs too much.” This is simply not true. Excellent lab safety programs do not need to cost large amounts of money. Several simple lab safety program components will be presented and discussed to demonstrate this important theme. These are the critical components for an effective lab safety program.

This webinar is being provided primarily for school science teachers. Others are welcome to register and attend. If you have specific questions or issues that you wish to have answered or addressed, please send them to me in advance (jim@labsafetyinstitute.org). If your question or issue is used in the webinar, you will receive a complimentary copy of LSI’s publication “Audits and Inspections”. It contains the 33 element lab safety program checklist, the evaluation criteria, and more.

Participants learn how to create a more effective lab safety program without a purchase order or requisition. You don’t want to miss this opportunity for a highly informative, worthwhile and enjoyable learning experience.

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
12
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Feb
19
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

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

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

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

This Conference will be repeated in:

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

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

–  Open to other counties.

Space is limited; register early.

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

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

Participants will leave with:

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

Click here for complete details

Registration:

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

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

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

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

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

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

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

THE ONLINE COURSE:

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

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

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

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

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

Jan
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
29
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

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

Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 4:00 pm

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

Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1

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

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

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

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

Parking: No Fee

Hotel Reservations:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

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

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

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

Symposium Session Offerings:

NGSS 101 - Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components. NGSS 102 - Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes.
Performance Expectations - Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE. NGSS Implementation Tool - Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.
Connecting NGSS and CCSS- Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science. Middle School Progressions- Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline-specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model.
Model Lesson Exploration- Experience a sample lesson that demonstrates the NGSS “shift” with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary (middle school and high school). Administrator Strand- Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in the district.
Action Plan- Share learnings from the conference with your district team and plan next steps for district leaders, teachers and other stakeholders.
Feb
4
Wed
2015
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Feb 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Feb
5
Thu
2015
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Feb 5 – Feb 6 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

CMSESMCLogoMark your Calendars for February 7th, 2015!  The Council of Math and Science Educators of San Mateo County (CMSESMC) hosts the annual STEM Conference. This is a great opportunity for teachers to learn and apply the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards in a STEM context.

Participants choose from over 30 workshops offered in three sessions.

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

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

Protein Bootcamp for 10th-12th grade teachers AND students!!! @ SJCOE, Wentworth Center, Harmony Grove Lab
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

2-day bootcamp:  Saturday, February 7th and Saturday March 21st.

Come participate in this unique opportunity in San Joaquin County to broaden your skills!  Students will extract protein samples from fish and use the process of protein electrophoresis to analyze the protein samples they extract.  They will also conduct a Bradford protein assay using various milk samples to determine the concentration of protein in each.  With this information, students can see if each store-bought milk sample was really tested and labeled correctly!

This bootcamp is being offered at the low cost of $75 for each student and $125 for each teacher.  All materials are covered in the cost.  Don’t wait to register – spaces are limited!!

Feb
8
Sun
2015
Sacramento’s Darwin Day @ La Sierra Community Center, John Smith Hall
Feb 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sacramento Darwin Day, February 8, 2015

John Smith Hall, La Sierra Community Center
5325 Engle Road, Carmichael
Doors open at 2:00 pm

Our speaker will be noted astrophysicist Mario Livio, PhD.

Charles Darwin: Curiosity, Blunders, and Brilliance
Dr. Mario LivioDr. Livio is Senior Astrophysicist at Space Telescope Science Institute.
Mario Livio’s latest book is Brilliant Blunders. Of it, Martin Rees, the UK’s Astronomer Royal and author of From Here to Infinity: A Vision for the Future of Science, says, “Mario Livio sets the discoveries of five great scientists who were also remarkable personalities in their social context, showing how they emerged from confusion and controversy. His archival research allows him to debunk several myths that have been given currency through less thorough biographies. You don’t need to be a scientist to be fascinated by this scholarly, insightful and beautifully written book.”
As clearly evidenced by his October 8, 2014 discussion with Martin Makary MD on C-SPAN 2’s BOOKTV program, Dr. Livio’s Darwin Day presentation promises to be as entertaining, fascinating and informative as his book.
Location: John Smith Hall, La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael, CA (at Engle and Garfield Avenues, two blocks west of Fair Oaks Blvd.).
Cost of Admission: At the door, $10.00 per person, or for student with ID, $5.00. Advance payment (mail or on-line) is $7.50 until February 1, at which time it will increase to $10.00.
The young Charles Darwin

Click here to pay in advance
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Feb
10
Tue
2015
Launching the 2014 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework @ Fresno Hotel and Conference Center
Feb 10 @ 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
The California Department of Education in partnership with the Tulare and Fresno County Offices of Education cordially invites you to:

Launching The 2014 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework

February 10, 2014
8:45a.m.-4:30p.m.
Fresno Hotel and Conference Center
2233 Ventura Street, Fresno CA 93721

Supporting change in instructional practices and implementation of the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy and the California English Language Development Standards.

A professional learning opportunity for teachers, administrators, coaches, and educational stakeholders to learn more about the ELA/ELD Framework and its use in educational settings.

7:45-8:45    Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00    Opening Remarks
Tom Adams, Carrie Roberts

9:00-10:00  Introduction to the ELA/ELD Framework
Nancy Brynelson, Hallie Yopp Slowik, Pam Spycher

10:15-11:30 Breakout Sessions

11:45-12:45 Lunch

1:00-2:15    Breakout Sessions

2:30-3:45    Breakout Sessions

4:00-4:30    Spotlight on the Writers:  Questions and Answers
Nancy Brynelson, Halie Yopp Slowik, Pam Spycher

 

How to Create a More Effective Lab Safety Program @ Online
Feb 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This interesting and entertaining one-hour presentation/webinar confronts one of the more common excuses for not having or improving the lab safety program … “it costs too much.” This is simply not true. Excellent lab safety programs do not need to cost large amounts of money. Several simple lab safety program components will be presented and discussed to demonstrate this important theme. These are the critical components for an effective lab safety program.

This webinar is being provided primarily for school science teachers. Others are welcome to register and attend. If you have specific questions or issues that you wish to have answered or addressed, please send them to me in advance (jim@labsafetyinstitute.org). If your question or issue is used in the webinar, you will receive a complimentary copy of LSI’s publication “Audits and Inspections”. It contains the 33 element lab safety program checklist, the evaluation criteria, and more.

Participants learn how to create a more effective lab safety program without a purchase order or requisition. You don’t want to miss this opportunity for a highly informative, worthwhile and enjoyable learning experience.

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
12
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Feb
19
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

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

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

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

This Conference will be repeated in:

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

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

–  Open to other counties.

Space is limited; register early.

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

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

Participants will leave with:

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

Click here for complete details

Registration:

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

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

Jan
29
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

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

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

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

THE ONLINE COURSE:

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

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

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

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

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

Jan
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
29
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

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

Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 4:00 pm

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

Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1

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

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

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

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

Parking: No Fee

Hotel Reservations:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

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

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

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

Symposium Session Offerings:

NGSS 101 - Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components. NGSS 102 - Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes.
Performance Expectations - Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE. NGSS Implementation Tool - Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.
Connecting NGSS and CCSS- Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science. Middle School Progressions- Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline-specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model.
Model Lesson Exploration- Experience a sample lesson that demonstrates the NGSS “shift” with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary (middle school and high school). Administrator Strand- Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in the district.
Action Plan- Share learnings from the conference with your district team and plan next steps for district leaders, teachers and other stakeholders.
Feb
4
Wed
2015
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Feb 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

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Feb
5
Thu
2015
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Feb 5 – Feb 6 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

CMSESMCLogoMark your Calendars for February 7th, 2015!  The Council of Math and Science Educators of San Mateo County (CMSESMC) hosts the annual STEM Conference. This is a great opportunity for teachers to learn and apply the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards in a STEM context.

Participants choose from over 30 workshops offered in three sessions.

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

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

Protein Bootcamp for 10th-12th grade teachers AND students!!! @ SJCOE, Wentworth Center, Harmony Grove Lab
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

2-day bootcamp:  Saturday, February 7th and Saturday March 21st.

Come participate in this unique opportunity in San Joaquin County to broaden your skills!  Students will extract protein samples from fish and use the process of protein electrophoresis to analyze the protein samples they extract.  They will also conduct a Bradford protein assay using various milk samples to determine the concentration of protein in each.  With this information, students can see if each store-bought milk sample was really tested and labeled correctly!

This bootcamp is being offered at the low cost of $75 for each student and $125 for each teacher.  All materials are covered in the cost.  Don’t wait to register – spaces are limited!!

Feb
8
Sun
2015
Sacramento’s Darwin Day @ La Sierra Community Center, John Smith Hall
Feb 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sacramento Darwin Day, February 8, 2015

John Smith Hall, La Sierra Community Center
5325 Engle Road, Carmichael
Doors open at 2:00 pm

Our speaker will be noted astrophysicist Mario Livio, PhD.

Charles Darwin: Curiosity, Blunders, and Brilliance
Dr. Mario LivioDr. Livio is Senior Astrophysicist at Space Telescope Science Institute.
Mario Livio’s latest book is Brilliant Blunders. Of it, Martin Rees, the UK’s Astronomer Royal and author of From Here to Infinity: A Vision for the Future of Science, says, “Mario Livio sets the discoveries of five great scientists who were also remarkable personalities in their social context, showing how they emerged from confusion and controversy. His archival research allows him to debunk several myths that have been given currency through less thorough biographies. You don’t need to be a scientist to be fascinated by this scholarly, insightful and beautifully written book.”
As clearly evidenced by his October 8, 2014 discussion with Martin Makary MD on C-SPAN 2’s BOOKTV program, Dr. Livio’s Darwin Day presentation promises to be as entertaining, fascinating and informative as his book.
Location: John Smith Hall, La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael, CA (at Engle and Garfield Avenues, two blocks west of Fair Oaks Blvd.).
Cost of Admission: At the door, $10.00 per person, or for student with ID, $5.00. Advance payment (mail or on-line) is $7.50 until February 1, at which time it will increase to $10.00.
The young Charles Darwin

Click here to pay in advance
Click here to view event flyer

Feb
10
Tue
2015
Launching the 2014 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework @ Fresno Hotel and Conference Center
Feb 10 @ 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
The California Department of Education in partnership with the Tulare and Fresno County Offices of Education cordially invites you to:

Launching The 2014 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework

February 10, 2014
8:45a.m.-4:30p.m.
Fresno Hotel and Conference Center
2233 Ventura Street, Fresno CA 93721

Supporting change in instructional practices and implementation of the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy and the California English Language Development Standards.

A professional learning opportunity for teachers, administrators, coaches, and educational stakeholders to learn more about the ELA/ELD Framework and its use in educational settings.

7:45-8:45    Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00    Opening Remarks
Tom Adams, Carrie Roberts

9:00-10:00  Introduction to the ELA/ELD Framework
Nancy Brynelson, Hallie Yopp Slowik, Pam Spycher

10:15-11:30 Breakout Sessions

11:45-12:45 Lunch

1:00-2:15    Breakout Sessions

2:30-3:45    Breakout Sessions

4:00-4:30    Spotlight on the Writers:  Questions and Answers
Nancy Brynelson, Halie Yopp Slowik, Pam Spycher

 

How to Create a More Effective Lab Safety Program @ Online
Feb 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This interesting and entertaining one-hour presentation/webinar confronts one of the more common excuses for not having or improving the lab safety program … “it costs too much.” This is simply not true. Excellent lab safety programs do not need to cost large amounts of money. Several simple lab safety program components will be presented and discussed to demonstrate this important theme. These are the critical components for an effective lab safety program.

This webinar is being provided primarily for school science teachers. Others are welcome to register and attend. If you have specific questions or issues that you wish to have answered or addressed, please send them to me in advance (jim@labsafetyinstitute.org). If your question or issue is used in the webinar, you will receive a complimentary copy of LSI’s publication “Audits and Inspections”. It contains the 33 element lab safety program checklist, the evaluation criteria, and more.

Participants learn how to create a more effective lab safety program without a purchase order or requisition. You don’t want to miss this opportunity for a highly informative, worthwhile and enjoyable learning experience.

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
12
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Feb
19
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

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

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

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

This Conference will be repeated in:

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

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

–  Open to other counties.

Space is limited; register early.

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

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

Participants will leave with:

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

Click here for complete details

Registration:

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

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE ONLINE COURSE:

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

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

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

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

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

Jan
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
29
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

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

Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 4:00 pm

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

Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1

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

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

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

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

Parking: No Fee

Hotel Reservations:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

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

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

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

Symposium Session Offerings:

NGSS 101 - Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components. NGSS 102 - Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes.
Performance Expectations - Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE. NGSS Implementation Tool - Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.
Connecting NGSS and CCSS- Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science. Middle School Progressions- Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline-specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model.
Model Lesson Exploration- Experience a sample lesson that demonstrates the NGSS “shift” with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary (middle school and high school). Administrator Strand- Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in the district.
Action Plan- Share learnings from the conference with your district team and plan next steps for district leaders, teachers and other stakeholders.
Feb
4
Wed
2015
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Feb 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

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Feb
5
Thu
2015
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Feb 5 – Feb 6 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

CMSESMCLogoMark your Calendars for February 7th, 2015!  The Council of Math and Science Educators of San Mateo County (CMSESMC) hosts the annual STEM Conference. This is a great opportunity for teachers to learn and apply the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards in a STEM context.

Participants choose from over 30 workshops offered in three sessions.

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

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

Protein Bootcamp for 10th-12th grade teachers AND students!!! @ SJCOE, Wentworth Center, Harmony Grove Lab
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

2-day bootcamp:  Saturday, February 7th and Saturday March 21st.

Come participate in this unique opportunity in San Joaquin County to broaden your skills!  Students will extract protein samples from fish and use the process of protein electrophoresis to analyze the protein samples they extract.  They will also conduct a Bradford protein assay using various milk samples to determine the concentration of protein in each.  With this information, students can see if each store-bought milk sample was really tested and labeled correctly!

This bootcamp is being offered at the low cost of $75 for each student and $125 for each teacher.  All materials are covered in the cost.  Don’t wait to register – spaces are limited!!

Feb
8
Sun
2015
Sacramento’s Darwin Day @ La Sierra Community Center, John Smith Hall
Feb 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sacramento Darwin Day, February 8, 2015

John Smith Hall, La Sierra Community Center
5325 Engle Road, Carmichael
Doors open at 2:00 pm

Our speaker will be noted astrophysicist Mario Livio, PhD.

Charles Darwin: Curiosity, Blunders, and Brilliance
Dr. Mario LivioDr. Livio is Senior Astrophysicist at Space Telescope Science Institute.
Mario Livio’s latest book is Brilliant Blunders. Of it, Martin Rees, the UK’s Astronomer Royal and author of From Here to Infinity: A Vision for the Future of Science, says, “Mario Livio sets the discoveries of five great scientists who were also remarkable personalities in their social context, showing how they emerged from confusion and controversy. His archival research allows him to debunk several myths that have been given currency through less thorough biographies. You don’t need to be a scientist to be fascinated by this scholarly, insightful and beautifully written book.”
As clearly evidenced by his October 8, 2014 discussion with Martin Makary MD on C-SPAN 2’s BOOKTV program, Dr. Livio’s Darwin Day presentation promises to be as entertaining, fascinating and informative as his book.
Location: John Smith Hall, La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael, CA (at Engle and Garfield Avenues, two blocks west of Fair Oaks Blvd.).
Cost of Admission: At the door, $10.00 per person, or for student with ID, $5.00. Advance payment (mail or on-line) is $7.50 until February 1, at which time it will increase to $10.00.
The young Charles Darwin

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Feb
10
Tue
2015
Launching the 2014 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework @ Fresno Hotel and Conference Center
Feb 10 @ 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
The California Department of Education in partnership with the Tulare and Fresno County Offices of Education cordially invites you to:

Launching The 2014 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework

February 10, 2014
8:45a.m.-4:30p.m.
Fresno Hotel and Conference Center
2233 Ventura Street, Fresno CA 93721

Supporting change in instructional practices and implementation of the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy and the California English Language Development Standards.

A professional learning opportunity for teachers, administrators, coaches, and educational stakeholders to learn more about the ELA/ELD Framework and its use in educational settings.

7:45-8:45    Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00    Opening Remarks
Tom Adams, Carrie Roberts

9:00-10:00  Introduction to the ELA/ELD Framework
Nancy Brynelson, Hallie Yopp Slowik, Pam Spycher

10:15-11:30 Breakout Sessions

11:45-12:45 Lunch

1:00-2:15    Breakout Sessions

2:30-3:45    Breakout Sessions

4:00-4:30    Spotlight on the Writers:  Questions and Answers
Nancy Brynelson, Halie Yopp Slowik, Pam Spycher

 

How to Create a More Effective Lab Safety Program @ Online
Feb 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This interesting and entertaining one-hour presentation/webinar confronts one of the more common excuses for not having or improving the lab safety program … “it costs too much.” This is simply not true. Excellent lab safety programs do not need to cost large amounts of money. Several simple lab safety program components will be presented and discussed to demonstrate this important theme. These are the critical components for an effective lab safety program.

This webinar is being provided primarily for school science teachers. Others are welcome to register and attend. If you have specific questions or issues that you wish to have answered or addressed, please send them to me in advance (jim@labsafetyinstitute.org). If your question or issue is used in the webinar, you will receive a complimentary copy of LSI’s publication “Audits and Inspections”. It contains the 33 element lab safety program checklist, the evaluation criteria, and more.

Participants learn how to create a more effective lab safety program without a purchase order or requisition. You don’t want to miss this opportunity for a highly informative, worthwhile and enjoyable learning experience.

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
12
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Feb
19
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

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

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

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

This Conference will be repeated in:

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

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

–  Open to other counties.

Space is limited; register early.

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

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

Participants will leave with:

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

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Registration:

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

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 4:00 pm

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

Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1

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

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

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

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

Parking: No Fee

Hotel Reservations:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

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

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

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

Symposium Session Offerings:

NGSS 101 - Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components. NGSS 102 - Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes.
Performance Expectations - Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE. NGSS Implementation Tool - Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.
Connecting NGSS and CCSS- Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science. Middle School Progressions- Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline-specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model.
Model Lesson Exploration- Experience a sample lesson that demonstrates the NGSS “shift” with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary (middle school and high school). Administrator Strand- Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in the district.
Action Plan- Share learnings from the conference with your district team and plan next steps for district leaders, teachers and other stakeholders.
Dec
1
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Dec 1 – Mar 1 all-day

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

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

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

THE ONLINE COURSE:

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

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

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

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

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

Jan
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
29
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

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

Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 4:00 pm

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

Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1

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

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

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

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

Parking: No Fee

Hotel Reservations:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

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

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

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

Symposium Session Offerings:

NGSS 101 - Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components. NGSS 102 - Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes.
Performance Expectations - Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE. NGSS Implementation Tool - Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.
Connecting NGSS and CCSS- Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science. Middle School Progressions- Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline-specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model.
Model Lesson Exploration- Experience a sample lesson that demonstrates the NGSS “shift” with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary (middle school and high school). Administrator Strand- Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in the district.
Action Plan- Share learnings from the conference with your district team and plan next steps for district leaders, teachers and other stakeholders.
Feb
4
Wed
2015
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Feb 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

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Feb
5
Thu
2015
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Feb 5 – Feb 6 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

CMSESMCLogoMark your Calendars for February 7th, 2015!  The Council of Math and Science Educators of San Mateo County (CMSESMC) hosts the annual STEM Conference. This is a great opportunity for teachers to learn and apply the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards in a STEM context.

Participants choose from over 30 workshops offered in three sessions.

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

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

Protein Bootcamp for 10th-12th grade teachers AND students!!! @ SJCOE, Wentworth Center, Harmony Grove Lab
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

2-day bootcamp:  Saturday, February 7th and Saturday March 21st.

Come participate in this unique opportunity in San Joaquin County to broaden your skills!  Students will extract protein samples from fish and use the process of protein electrophoresis to analyze the protein samples they extract.  They will also conduct a Bradford protein assay using various milk samples to determine the concentration of protein in each.  With this information, students can see if each store-bought milk sample was really tested and labeled correctly!

This bootcamp is being offered at the low cost of $75 for each student and $125 for each teacher.  All materials are covered in the cost.  Don’t wait to register – spaces are limited!!

Feb
8
Sun
2015
Sacramento’s Darwin Day @ La Sierra Community Center, John Smith Hall
Feb 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sacramento Darwin Day, February 8, 2015

John Smith Hall, La Sierra Community Center
5325 Engle Road, Carmichael
Doors open at 2:00 pm

Our speaker will be noted astrophysicist Mario Livio, PhD.

Charles Darwin: Curiosity, Blunders, and Brilliance
Dr. Mario LivioDr. Livio is Senior Astrophysicist at Space Telescope Science Institute.
Mario Livio’s latest book is Brilliant Blunders. Of it, Martin Rees, the UK’s Astronomer Royal and author of From Here to Infinity: A Vision for the Future of Science, says, “Mario Livio sets the discoveries of five great scientists who were also remarkable personalities in their social context, showing how they emerged from confusion and controversy. His archival research allows him to debunk several myths that have been given currency through less thorough biographies. You don’t need to be a scientist to be fascinated by this scholarly, insightful and beautifully written book.”
As clearly evidenced by his October 8, 2014 discussion with Martin Makary MD on C-SPAN 2’s BOOKTV program, Dr. Livio’s Darwin Day presentation promises to be as entertaining, fascinating and informative as his book.
Location: John Smith Hall, La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael, CA (at Engle and Garfield Avenues, two blocks west of Fair Oaks Blvd.).
Cost of Admission: At the door, $10.00 per person, or for student with ID, $5.00. Advance payment (mail or on-line) is $7.50 until February 1, at which time it will increase to $10.00.
The young Charles Darwin

Click here to pay in advance
Click here to view event flyer

Feb
10
Tue
2015
Launching the 2014 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework @ Fresno Hotel and Conference Center
Feb 10 @ 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
The California Department of Education in partnership with the Tulare and Fresno County Offices of Education cordially invites you to:

Launching The 2014 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework

February 10, 2014
8:45a.m.-4:30p.m.
Fresno Hotel and Conference Center
2233 Ventura Street, Fresno CA 93721

Supporting change in instructional practices and implementation of the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy and the California English Language Development Standards.

A professional learning opportunity for teachers, administrators, coaches, and educational stakeholders to learn more about the ELA/ELD Framework and its use in educational settings.

7:45-8:45    Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00    Opening Remarks
Tom Adams, Carrie Roberts

9:00-10:00  Introduction to the ELA/ELD Framework
Nancy Brynelson, Hallie Yopp Slowik, Pam Spycher

10:15-11:30 Breakout Sessions

11:45-12:45 Lunch

1:00-2:15    Breakout Sessions

2:30-3:45    Breakout Sessions

4:00-4:30    Spotlight on the Writers:  Questions and Answers
Nancy Brynelson, Halie Yopp Slowik, Pam Spycher

 

How to Create a More Effective Lab Safety Program @ Online
Feb 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This interesting and entertaining one-hour presentation/webinar confronts one of the more common excuses for not having or improving the lab safety program … “it costs too much.” This is simply not true. Excellent lab safety programs do not need to cost large amounts of money. Several simple lab safety program components will be presented and discussed to demonstrate this important theme. These are the critical components for an effective lab safety program.

This webinar is being provided primarily for school science teachers. Others are welcome to register and attend. If you have specific questions or issues that you wish to have answered or addressed, please send them to me in advance (jim@labsafetyinstitute.org). If your question or issue is used in the webinar, you will receive a complimentary copy of LSI’s publication “Audits and Inspections”. It contains the 33 element lab safety program checklist, the evaluation criteria, and more.

Participants learn how to create a more effective lab safety program without a purchase order or requisition. You don’t want to miss this opportunity for a highly informative, worthwhile and enjoyable learning experience.

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
12
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Feb
19
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

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

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

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

This Conference will be repeated in:

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

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

–  Open to other counties.

Space is limited; register early.

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

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

Participants will leave with:

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

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Registration:

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Feb
4
Wed
2015
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Feb 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

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

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

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

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

THE ONLINE COURSE:

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

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

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

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

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

Jan
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
29
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

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

Feb
2
Mon
2015
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 3 @ 4:00 pm

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

Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1

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

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

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

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

Parking: No Fee

Hotel Reservations:
The Comfot Suites (San Jose Airport), 1510 N 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 408-392-9009

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

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

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

Symposium Session Offerings:

NGSS 101 - Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components. NGSS 102 - Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes.
Performance Expectations - Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE. NGSS Implementation Tool - Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.
Connecting NGSS and CCSS- Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science. Middle School Progressions- Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline-specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model.
Model Lesson Exploration- Experience a sample lesson that demonstrates the NGSS “shift” with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary (middle school and high school). Administrator Strand- Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in the district.
Action Plan- Share learnings from the conference with your district team and plan next steps for district leaders, teachers and other stakeholders.
Feb
4
Wed
2015
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Feb 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

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Feb
5
Thu
2015
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Feb 5 – Feb 6 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

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

CMSESMCLogoMark your Calendars for February 7th, 2015!  The Council of Math and Science Educators of San Mateo County (CMSESMC) hosts the annual STEM Conference. This is a great opportunity for teachers to learn and apply the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards in a STEM context.

Participants choose from over 30 workshops offered in three sessions.

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

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

Protein Bootcamp for 10th-12th grade teachers AND students!!! @ SJCOE, Wentworth Center, Harmony Grove Lab
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

2-day bootcamp:  Saturday, February 7th and Saturday March 21st.

Come participate in this unique opportunity in San Joaquin County to broaden your skills!  Students will extract protein samples from fish and use the process of protein electrophoresis to analyze the protein samples they extract.  They will also conduct a Bradford protein assay using various milk samples to determine the concentration of protein in each.  With this information, students can see if each store-bought milk sample was really tested and labeled correctly!

This bootcamp is being offered at the low cost of $75 for each student and $125 for each teacher.  All materials are covered in the cost.  Don’t wait to register – spaces are limited!!

Feb
8
Sun
2015
Sacramento’s Darwin Day @ La Sierra Community Center, John Smith Hall
Feb 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sacramento Darwin Day, February 8, 2015

John Smith Hall, La Sierra Community Center
5325 Engle Road, Carmichael
Doors open at 2:00 pm

Our speaker will be noted astrophysicist Mario Livio, PhD.

Charles Darwin: Curiosity, Blunders, and Brilliance
Dr. Mario LivioDr. Livio is Senior Astrophysicist at Space Telescope Science Institute.
Mario Livio’s latest book is Brilliant Blunders. Of it, Martin Rees, the UK’s Astronomer Royal and author of From Here to Infinity: A Vision for the Future of Science, says, “Mario Livio sets the discoveries of five great scientists who were also remarkable personalities in their social context, showing how they emerged from confusion and controversy. His archival research allows him to debunk several myths that have been given currency through less thorough biographies. You don’t need to be a scientist to be fascinated by this scholarly, insightful and beautifully written book.”
As clearly evidenced by his October 8, 2014 discussion with Martin Makary MD on C-SPAN 2’s BOOKTV program, Dr. Livio’s Darwin Day presentation promises to be as entertaining, fascinating and informative as his book.
Location: John Smith Hall, La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael, CA (at Engle and Garfield Avenues, two blocks west of Fair Oaks Blvd.).
Cost of Admission: At the door, $10.00 per person, or for student with ID, $5.00. Advance payment (mail or on-line) is $7.50 until February 1, at which time it will increase to $10.00.
The young Charles Darwin

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Feb
10
Tue
2015
Launching the 2014 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework @ Fresno Hotel and Conference Center
Feb 10 @ 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
The California Department of Education in partnership with the Tulare and Fresno County Offices of Education cordially invites you to:

Launching The 2014 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework

February 10, 2014
8:45a.m.-4:30p.m.
Fresno Hotel and Conference Center
2233 Ventura Street, Fresno CA 93721

Supporting change in instructional practices and implementation of the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy and the California English Language Development Standards.

A professional learning opportunity for teachers, administrators, coaches, and educational stakeholders to learn more about the ELA/ELD Framework and its use in educational settings.

7:45-8:45    Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00    Opening Remarks
Tom Adams, Carrie Roberts

9:00-10:00  Introduction to the ELA/ELD Framework
Nancy Brynelson, Hallie Yopp Slowik, Pam Spycher

10:15-11:30 Breakout Sessions

11:45-12:45 Lunch

1:00-2:15    Breakout Sessions

2:30-3:45    Breakout Sessions

4:00-4:30    Spotlight on the Writers:  Questions and Answers
Nancy Brynelson, Halie Yopp Slowik, Pam Spycher

 

How to Create a More Effective Lab Safety Program @ Online
Feb 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This interesting and entertaining one-hour presentation/webinar confronts one of the more common excuses for not having or improving the lab safety program … “it costs too much.” This is simply not true. Excellent lab safety programs do not need to cost large amounts of money. Several simple lab safety program components will be presented and discussed to demonstrate this important theme. These are the critical components for an effective lab safety program.

This webinar is being provided primarily for school science teachers. Others are welcome to register and attend. If you have specific questions or issues that you wish to have answered or addressed, please send them to me in advance (jim@labsafetyinstitute.org). If your question or issue is used in the webinar, you will receive a complimentary copy of LSI’s publication “Audits and Inspections”. It contains the 33 element lab safety program checklist, the evaluation criteria, and more.

Participants learn how to create a more effective lab safety program without a purchase order or requisition. You don’t want to miss this opportunity for a highly informative, worthwhile and enjoyable learning experience.

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