July 2015 – Vol. 27 No. 11

CALENDAR

Aug
3
Mon
2015
Summer Astronomy Institute: Space Science and the NGSS @ Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Aug 3 @ 8:30 am – Aug 6 @ 4:00 pm

The Teacher Learning Center at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific presents…
Summer Astronomy Institute: Space Science and the NGSS

A hands-on workshop for teachers in grades 5-12

Registration fee for the four-day Institute: FREE with scholarship

* $50 deposit required, refunded upon completion of the Institute *

* 2 units of academic credit available through The University of the Pacific *

In addition to 4-days of activities, participants receive:
The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD, a $30 value
A class set of 10 Galileoscopes, a $250 value

Workshop Content Includes
•  Classroom tested, inquiry-rich activities designed to help students learn the processes of science through the study of space science
•  Explicit alignment to the Three Dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards
•  Connections to Literacy and the Common Core
•  Astronomy connections for teachers of biology, chemistry, and physics
•  Workshop strands include: Astronomy and the NGSS, Tools of the Astronomer, Exploring the Solar System, and the Sun-Earth Connection
•  Tools for adapting instruction to the NGSS, including 5E templates, NGSS evidence statements, and the EQuIP rubric
•  Time to reflect on classroom practice, adapting instruction, and integration of space science content

Workshop Facilitators
Brian Kruse, ASP Lead Formal Educator
Linda Shore, ASP Executive Director
Guest Speakers TBD

Register for the Institute at:
https://www.astrosociety.org/education/k12-educators/

For more information email or call:
Brian Kruse
bkruse@astrosociety.org
415-715-1426

Aug
6
Thu
2015
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Aug 6 – Aug 7 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

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Aug 6 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Aug 6 @ 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
Aug 6 @ 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.

Aug
5
Wed
2015
The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Aug 5 @ 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!

Aug
13
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 13 @ 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.

Aug
20
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 20 @ 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.

Aug
27
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 27 @ 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.

Sep
3
Thu
2015
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Sep 3 – Sep 4 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

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Sep 3 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 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
Sep 3 @ 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.

Sep
2
Wed
2015
The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Sep 2 @ 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!

Sep
10
Thu
2015
A Workshop for K-5 Educators – Red Bluff
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

TEHAMA COUNTY EDUCATORS! The Tehama County Department of Education and Water Education Foundation invite you to join us for this FREE water education workshop, which will include hands-on experience with the activities of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)! Your time will be focused on engaging in activities and you’ll walk away loaded with classroom ready content to study drought and current standards. Mark your calendar for this workshop! Please contact Lorna Manuel, Director – Educational Support Services, Tehama County Department of Education at: (530)528-7344 or lmanuel@tehamaschools.org

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 10 @ 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.

Sep
12
Sat
2015
Understanding Climate Change in California Workshop – Redding
Sep 12 @ 10:50 pm – 11:50 pm

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA EDUCATORS! Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level and river flows. Join the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Climate Change Team for a day learning about the basics of climate science, how DWR is addressing these impacts and how the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET can help you integrate climate science knowledge and skill back in the classroom! Please contact Mary Harper at Turtle Bay Exploration Park to register at mharper@turtlebay.org or 530-242-3120.

Sep
15
Tue
2015
Next Generation Science Standards Statewide Rollout Phase 2 – Hayward @ CA State University, East Bay
Sep 15 @ 8:00 am – Sep 16 @ 4:30 pm

The NGSS Statewide Rollout Phase 2 has begun! – Registration for this and future rollout symposium is now available: http://www.regonline.com/NGSS2015Training

This is a collaborative effort that includes the California Department of Education, California Science Project, California Science Teachers Association, Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, and the K-12 Alliance/WestEd.

Please limit your district teams to 4-6 people. This will allow for additional districts to participate as space is limited. Ideally, teams should include an Administrator or Curriculum Leader in addition to Teacher Leaders. These sessions builds on NGSS Symposium I, so teams are encouraged to bring teachers who attended that event.

Fee: $250 per person for 2-days

Both a Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served.

Registration and breakfast begins at 7:30am. The symposia will begin promptly at 8:00am.

2-DAY SESSION DETAIL 

NGSS 103: Deepen Your Understanding of the NGSS:
Engage with the Conceptual Shifts to refine your understanding of the NGSS vision for science education for all students. Learn about the importance of developing a professional learning plan to prepare teachers for the NGSS. Discuss the types of administrative and system supports necessary to implement these learning plans.

The Tool: Designing for Learning:
Building on Roll Out #1, incorporate a new tool to design a learning sequence that addresses the 3D aspect of the NGSS. Learn how to order concepts from a conceptual flow and Phenomenon-Question-Practice (PQP) chart into an instructional sequence that resonates with the 5Es (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate) instructional model.

Teaching Through the Practices:
Experience the coherent integration of the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices from the observation of a phenomenon to constructing an explanation for those observations. This session focuses on three practices: 1) developing and revising models, 2) engaging in argument from evidence, and 3) constructing explanations, and it provides instructional strategies for each practice. Attend either a session targeted for elementary (K-5) or secondary (6-12).

Lesson: What Does It Look Like?
Apply the tool to a learning sequence for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12 and experience what the learning looks like in a classroom over a multi-day lesson. Discuss with grade level colleagues how this applies to your classroom and your instruction.

Administrator Strand:
Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in your district through exploring various implementation resources and collaborating with other administrative leaders. This session emphasizes strategies to move from awareness to transition.

The 3rd Dimension – Crosscutting Concepts:
Learn how the seven crosscutting concepts of the Next Generation Science Standards deepen understanding of the Practices and Core Ideas and lead to productive inquiry. This hands-on workshop will explore ways to help students use the crosscutting concepts to think like scientists and engineers.

High School Session:
Review the policy issues related to the implementation of NGSS at the high school level. Explore and compare sample HS course sequences that might be appropriate for your district. Discuss strategies for leading school/district discussions with stakeholders about which model(s) are best for your context.

Engineering in a Three Dimensional Lesson:
Experience the NGSS Engineering Design Core Ideas of defining a problem, designing a solution, and optimizing that design solution. Learn how content specific performance expectations are linked to engineering and how engineering helps students to learn at the nexus of the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas and the Crosscutting Concepts.

Other Rollout #2 Dates and Locations

Long Beach (May 11-12)
Chino (May 26-27)
Fresno (October 15-16)
San Marcos (October 22-23)
Red Bluff (November 2-3)
San Jose (November 9-10)
Camarillo (December 8-9)

Sep
17
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 17 @ 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.

Sep
21
Mon
2015
Understanding Climate Change in California Workshop – Fresno
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

FRESNO REGION EDUCATORS! Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level and river flows. Join the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Climate Change Team for a day learning about the basics of climate science, how DWR is addressing these impacts and how the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET can help you integrate climate science knowledge and skill back in the classroom! For more information or to register, please contact Brian Brown, California Project WET Coordinator at: (916) 444-6240 or projectwet@watereducation.org.    

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Aug
3
Mon
2015
Summer Astronomy Institute: Space Science and the NGSS @ Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Aug 3 @ 8:30 am – Aug 6 @ 4:00 pm

The Teacher Learning Center at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific presents…
Summer Astronomy Institute: Space Science and the NGSS

A hands-on workshop for teachers in grades 5-12

Registration fee for the four-day Institute: FREE with scholarship

* $50 deposit required, refunded upon completion of the Institute *

* 2 units of academic credit available through The University of the Pacific *

In addition to 4-days of activities, participants receive:
The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD, a $30 value
A class set of 10 Galileoscopes, a $250 value

Workshop Content Includes
•  Classroom tested, inquiry-rich activities designed to help students learn the processes of science through the study of space science
•  Explicit alignment to the Three Dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards
•  Connections to Literacy and the Common Core
•  Astronomy connections for teachers of biology, chemistry, and physics
•  Workshop strands include: Astronomy and the NGSS, Tools of the Astronomer, Exploring the Solar System, and the Sun-Earth Connection
•  Tools for adapting instruction to the NGSS, including 5E templates, NGSS evidence statements, and the EQuIP rubric
•  Time to reflect on classroom practice, adapting instruction, and integration of space science content

Workshop Facilitators
Brian Kruse, ASP Lead Formal Educator
Linda Shore, ASP Executive Director
Guest Speakers TBD

Register for the Institute at:
https://www.astrosociety.org/education/k12-educators/

For more information email or call:
Brian Kruse
bkruse@astrosociety.org
415-715-1426

Aug
6
Thu
2015
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Aug 6 – Aug 7 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

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Aug 6 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Aug 6 @ 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
Aug 6 @ 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.

Aug
5
Wed
2015
The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Aug 5 @ 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!

Aug
13
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 13 @ 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.

Aug
20
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 20 @ 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.

Aug
27
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 27 @ 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.

Sep
3
Thu
2015
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Sep 3 – Sep 4 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

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Sep 3 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 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
Sep 3 @ 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.

Sep
2
Wed
2015
The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Sep 2 @ 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!

Sep
10
Thu
2015
A Workshop for K-5 Educators – Red Bluff
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

TEHAMA COUNTY EDUCATORS! The Tehama County Department of Education and Water Education Foundation invite you to join us for this FREE water education workshop, which will include hands-on experience with the activities of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)! Your time will be focused on engaging in activities and you’ll walk away loaded with classroom ready content to study drought and current standards. Mark your calendar for this workshop! Please contact Lorna Manuel, Director – Educational Support Services, Tehama County Department of Education at: (530)528-7344 or lmanuel@tehamaschools.org

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 10 @ 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.

Sep
12
Sat
2015
Understanding Climate Change in California Workshop – Redding
Sep 12 @ 10:50 pm – 11:50 pm

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA EDUCATORS! Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level and river flows. Join the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Climate Change Team for a day learning about the basics of climate science, how DWR is addressing these impacts and how the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET can help you integrate climate science knowledge and skill back in the classroom! Please contact Mary Harper at Turtle Bay Exploration Park to register at mharper@turtlebay.org or 530-242-3120.

Sep
15
Tue
2015
Next Generation Science Standards Statewide Rollout Phase 2 – Hayward @ CA State University, East Bay
Sep 15 @ 8:00 am – Sep 16 @ 4:30 pm

The NGSS Statewide Rollout Phase 2 has begun! – Registration for this and future rollout symposium is now available: http://www.regonline.com/NGSS2015Training

This is a collaborative effort that includes the California Department of Education, California Science Project, California Science Teachers Association, Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, and the K-12 Alliance/WestEd.

Please limit your district teams to 4-6 people. This will allow for additional districts to participate as space is limited. Ideally, teams should include an Administrator or Curriculum Leader in addition to Teacher Leaders. These sessions builds on NGSS Symposium I, so teams are encouraged to bring teachers who attended that event.

Fee: $250 per person for 2-days

Both a Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served.

Registration and breakfast begins at 7:30am. The symposia will begin promptly at 8:00am.

2-DAY SESSION DETAIL 

NGSS 103: Deepen Your Understanding of the NGSS:
Engage with the Conceptual Shifts to refine your understanding of the NGSS vision for science education for all students. Learn about the importance of developing a professional learning plan to prepare teachers for the NGSS. Discuss the types of administrative and system supports necessary to implement these learning plans.

The Tool: Designing for Learning:
Building on Roll Out #1, incorporate a new tool to design a learning sequence that addresses the 3D aspect of the NGSS. Learn how to order concepts from a conceptual flow and Phenomenon-Question-Practice (PQP) chart into an instructional sequence that resonates with the 5Es (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate) instructional model.

Teaching Through the Practices:
Experience the coherent integration of the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices from the observation of a phenomenon to constructing an explanation for those observations. This session focuses on three practices: 1) developing and revising models, 2) engaging in argument from evidence, and 3) constructing explanations, and it provides instructional strategies for each practice. Attend either a session targeted for elementary (K-5) or secondary (6-12).

Lesson: What Does It Look Like?
Apply the tool to a learning sequence for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12 and experience what the learning looks like in a classroom over a multi-day lesson. Discuss with grade level colleagues how this applies to your classroom and your instruction.

Administrator Strand:
Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in your district through exploring various implementation resources and collaborating with other administrative leaders. This session emphasizes strategies to move from awareness to transition.

The 3rd Dimension – Crosscutting Concepts:
Learn how the seven crosscutting concepts of the Next Generation Science Standards deepen understanding of the Practices and Core Ideas and lead to productive inquiry. This hands-on workshop will explore ways to help students use the crosscutting concepts to think like scientists and engineers.

High School Session:
Review the policy issues related to the implementation of NGSS at the high school level. Explore and compare sample HS course sequences that might be appropriate for your district. Discuss strategies for leading school/district discussions with stakeholders about which model(s) are best for your context.

Engineering in a Three Dimensional Lesson:
Experience the NGSS Engineering Design Core Ideas of defining a problem, designing a solution, and optimizing that design solution. Learn how content specific performance expectations are linked to engineering and how engineering helps students to learn at the nexus of the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas and the Crosscutting Concepts.

Other Rollout #2 Dates and Locations

Long Beach (May 11-12)
Chino (May 26-27)
Fresno (October 15-16)
San Marcos (October 22-23)
Red Bluff (November 2-3)
San Jose (November 9-10)
Camarillo (December 8-9)

Sep
17
Thu
2015
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 17 @ 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.

Sep
21
Mon
2015
Understanding Climate Change in California Workshop – Fresno
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

FRESNO REGION EDUCATORS! Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level and river flows. Join the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Climate Change Team for a day learning about the basics of climate science, how DWR is addressing these impacts and how the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET can help you integrate climate science knowledge and skill back in the classroom! For more information or to register, please contact Brian Brown, California Project WET Coordinator at: (916) 444-6240 or projectwet@watereducation.org.