September 2014 – Vol. 27 No. 1

CALENDAR

Oct
1
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

Oct
1
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

Oct
2
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Oct 2 – Oct 3 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

Oct
3
Fri
2014
2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference @ San José State University
Oct 3 – Oct 4 all-day

Conference Theme

Realizing Vision and Change, Preparing for Next Generation Biology

The theme for the 2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Conference (LDC) focuses on innovative approaches to instruction and assessment that are suitable, scalable, and adaptable to secondary and post-secondary levels of education, aligning with the objectives of both the K12 Next Generation Science Standards and the Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education.

Learn more about the Scope and Objectives of the Conference.

Who Should Attend

Researchers and educators -high school through undergraduate – publishers, curriculum developers and all interested in organismal and environmental biology education are welcome to attend. Attendees from all disciplines seeking to connect educational approaches with the rich advances of Biology are also encouraged. The LDC seeks to nurture communities of practice among scientists, educators and administrators to prepare the next generation for the dynamic advances in Biology.

Conference Tracks

  • Dynamic Teaching/Active Learning: Content, curriculum, and lesson plan resources.
  • Hands On/Minds Engaged: Field studies, lab investigations, and data exploration.
  • Assess Learning/Adapt Teaching: Education research, formative assessment, and proficiencies.

Cross Cutting Topics

  • Ecology and Earth Systems Dynamics: The complex interrelationships among Earth’s living and physical systems and their responses to environmental disturbances.
  • Evolution in Action: The drivers, mechanisms and outcomes of biological change – gradual or dramatic – through genetic inheritance.
  • Structure and Function: The relationship between the structure of biological components – from the molecular level to the whole organism – and their function and behavior in living systems.
Oct
5
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Oct
8
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
9
Thu
2014
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Royal Oakis Middle School Library
Oct 9 @ 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]

CFCC Meeting #2 @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Oct 9 @ 9:00 am – Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm

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

Oct
11
Sat
2014
Water & Climate in California
Oct 11 @ 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

Project WET and the EEI
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO REGION EDUCATORS! Celebrate Earth Science Week by experiencing the use of hands-on Project WET activities and the state adopted Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum to engage your students in Common Core and Next Generation Science Standard concepts within the context of water science and water issues in the Sacramento region. This interactive K-12 workshop will include lunch and you’ll walk away with a Project WET 2.0 Guide and complete unit of the Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum – Something for everyone! This is STEM learning at its best! Please register for this FREE workshop at etcmail@smud.org or 916-732-6738.

SIA EXPO @ Pierce College
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Oct
15
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
16
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Fresno Pacific
Oct 16 @ 8:00 am – Oct 17 @ 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:
more information coming soon

Hotel Reservations:
more information coming soon

Symposium Session Offerings:

NGSS 101 - Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components. NGSS 102 - Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes.
Performance Expectations - Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE. NGSS Implementation Tool - Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.
Connecting NGSS and CCSS- Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science. Middle School Progressions- Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline-specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model.
Model Lesson Exploration- Experience a sample lesson that demonstrates the NGSS “shift” with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary (middle school and high school). Administrator Strand- Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in the district.
Action Plan- Share learnings from the conference with your district team and plan next steps for district leaders, teachers and other stakeholders.
Oct
17
Fri
2014
The American Society of Human Genetics – 2014 High School Workshop @ San Diego Convention Center
Oct 17 @ 8:15 am – 2:40 pm

In conjunction with its Annual Meeting, the American Society of
Human Genetics (ASHG) hosts a genetics education outreach event for local high school students and their teachers. During this full-day hands-on workshop, students enjoy inquiry-based genetics lessons presented by distinguished speakers on a variety of topics including epigenetics, newborn screening, and DNA forensics.

This year’s workshop is on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California from 8:15 AM to 2:40 PM. The workshop is FREE and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. However, transportation is not provided. Space is limited to 150 students and their teachers, so it is preferred each teacher brings nine students.

The American Society of Human Genetics 2014 High School Workshop @ San Diego Convention Center
Oct 17 @ 8:15 am – 2:45 pm

In conjunction with its Annual Meeting, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) hosts a genetics education outreach event for local high school students and their teachers. During this full-day hands-on workshop, students enjoy inquiry-based genetics lessons presented by distinguished speakers on a variety of topics including epigenetics, newborn screening, and DNA forensics.

This year’s workshop is on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California from 8:15 AM to 2:40 PM. The workshop is FREE and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. However, transportation is not provided. Space is limited to 150 students and their teachers, so it is preferred each teacher brings nine students.

Breakout Sessions
Each group will attend four of the exciting sessions listed below. Basic sessions are appropriate for students at any level of genetics education, while advanced sessions assume greater proficiency.

Basic

  • Complex Traits
  • DNA Forensics
  • Family History
  • Genetics & Sports

Advanced

  • Newborn Screening
  • Epigenetics: The Interaction of Genes and Environment

 

Oct
20
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 – SOLD OUT @ Hilton Oakland Airport
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – Oct 21 @ 4:00 pm

This event is Sold Out and is no longer accepting registrations. The Red Bluff and Fresno locations are still accepting registrations.

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:
$8

Hotel Reservations:
for a discounted overnight room please call the Hilton at 1-800-445-8667 and give group code NGS or use the link to reserve your overnight accommodations  http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/O/OAKHIHH-NGS-20141019/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

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.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) 102 @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will delve deeper into the intent and design of Next Generation Science Standards and supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes. Pre-requisite: NGSS 101 OR basic knowledge of the NGSS architecture, A Framework of K-12 Science Education and Appendix F and G.

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

Registration Deadline: October 6, 2014

Oct
22
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
23
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Tehama County Department of Education
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – Oct 24 @ 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: Free

Hotel Reservations:
Hampton Inn & Suites, 520 Adobe Rd. Red Bluff, CA 96080 530-529-4178; Please let them know that you are attending the NGSS Rollout to receive the State Rate.

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

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

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

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

Oct
2
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Oct 2 – Oct 3 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

Oct
1
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

Oct
2
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Oct 2 – Oct 3 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

Oct
3
Fri
2014
2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference @ San José State University
Oct 3 – Oct 4 all-day

Conference Theme

Realizing Vision and Change, Preparing for Next Generation Biology

The theme for the 2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Conference (LDC) focuses on innovative approaches to instruction and assessment that are suitable, scalable, and adaptable to secondary and post-secondary levels of education, aligning with the objectives of both the K12 Next Generation Science Standards and the Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education.

Learn more about the Scope and Objectives of the Conference.

Who Should Attend

Researchers and educators -high school through undergraduate – publishers, curriculum developers and all interested in organismal and environmental biology education are welcome to attend. Attendees from all disciplines seeking to connect educational approaches with the rich advances of Biology are also encouraged. The LDC seeks to nurture communities of practice among scientists, educators and administrators to prepare the next generation for the dynamic advances in Biology.

Conference Tracks

  • Dynamic Teaching/Active Learning: Content, curriculum, and lesson plan resources.
  • Hands On/Minds Engaged: Field studies, lab investigations, and data exploration.
  • Assess Learning/Adapt Teaching: Education research, formative assessment, and proficiencies.

Cross Cutting Topics

  • Ecology and Earth Systems Dynamics: The complex interrelationships among Earth’s living and physical systems and their responses to environmental disturbances.
  • Evolution in Action: The drivers, mechanisms and outcomes of biological change – gradual or dramatic – through genetic inheritance.
  • Structure and Function: The relationship between the structure of biological components – from the molecular level to the whole organism – and their function and behavior in living systems.
Oct
5
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Oct
8
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
9
Thu
2014
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Royal Oakis Middle School Library
Oct 9 @ 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]

CFCC Meeting #2 @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Oct 9 @ 9:00 am – Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm

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

Oct
11
Sat
2014
Water & Climate in California
Oct 11 @ 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

Project WET and the EEI
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO REGION EDUCATORS! Celebrate Earth Science Week by experiencing the use of hands-on Project WET activities and the state adopted Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum to engage your students in Common Core and Next Generation Science Standard concepts within the context of water science and water issues in the Sacramento region. This interactive K-12 workshop will include lunch and you’ll walk away with a Project WET 2.0 Guide and complete unit of the Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum – Something for everyone! This is STEM learning at its best! Please register for this FREE workshop at etcmail@smud.org or 916-732-6738.

SIA EXPO @ Pierce College
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Oct
15
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
16
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Fresno Pacific
Oct 16 @ 8:00 am – Oct 17 @ 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:
more information coming soon

Hotel Reservations:
more information coming soon

Symposium Session Offerings:

NGSS 101 - Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components. NGSS 102 - Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes.
Performance Expectations - Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE. NGSS Implementation Tool - Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.
Connecting NGSS and CCSS- Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science. Middle School Progressions- Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline-specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model.
Model Lesson Exploration- Experience a sample lesson that demonstrates the NGSS “shift” with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary (middle school and high school). Administrator Strand- Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in the district.
Action Plan- Share learnings from the conference with your district team and plan next steps for district leaders, teachers and other stakeholders.
Oct
17
Fri
2014
The American Society of Human Genetics – 2014 High School Workshop @ San Diego Convention Center
Oct 17 @ 8:15 am – 2:40 pm

In conjunction with its Annual Meeting, the American Society of
Human Genetics (ASHG) hosts a genetics education outreach event for local high school students and their teachers. During this full-day hands-on workshop, students enjoy inquiry-based genetics lessons presented by distinguished speakers on a variety of topics including epigenetics, newborn screening, and DNA forensics.

This year’s workshop is on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California from 8:15 AM to 2:40 PM. The workshop is FREE and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. However, transportation is not provided. Space is limited to 150 students and their teachers, so it is preferred each teacher brings nine students.

The American Society of Human Genetics 2014 High School Workshop @ San Diego Convention Center
Oct 17 @ 8:15 am – 2:45 pm

In conjunction with its Annual Meeting, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) hosts a genetics education outreach event for local high school students and their teachers. During this full-day hands-on workshop, students enjoy inquiry-based genetics lessons presented by distinguished speakers on a variety of topics including epigenetics, newborn screening, and DNA forensics.

This year’s workshop is on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California from 8:15 AM to 2:40 PM. The workshop is FREE and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. However, transportation is not provided. Space is limited to 150 students and their teachers, so it is preferred each teacher brings nine students.

Breakout Sessions
Each group will attend four of the exciting sessions listed below. Basic sessions are appropriate for students at any level of genetics education, while advanced sessions assume greater proficiency.

Basic

  • Complex Traits
  • DNA Forensics
  • Family History
  • Genetics & Sports

Advanced

  • Newborn Screening
  • Epigenetics: The Interaction of Genes and Environment

 

Oct
20
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 – SOLD OUT @ Hilton Oakland Airport
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – Oct 21 @ 4:00 pm

This event is Sold Out and is no longer accepting registrations. The Red Bluff and Fresno locations are still accepting registrations.

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:
$8

Hotel Reservations:
for a discounted overnight room please call the Hilton at 1-800-445-8667 and give group code NGS or use the link to reserve your overnight accommodations  http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/O/OAKHIHH-NGS-20141019/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

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.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) 102 @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will delve deeper into the intent and design of Next Generation Science Standards and supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes. Pre-requisite: NGSS 101 OR basic knowledge of the NGSS architecture, A Framework of K-12 Science Education and Appendix F and G.

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

Registration Deadline: October 6, 2014

Oct
22
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
23
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Tehama County Department of Education
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – Oct 24 @ 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: Free

Hotel Reservations:
Hampton Inn & Suites, 520 Adobe Rd. Red Bluff, CA 96080 530-529-4178; Please let them know that you are attending the NGSS Rollout to receive the State Rate.

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

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

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

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

Oct
3
Fri
2014
2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference @ San José State University
Oct 3 – Oct 4 all-day

Conference Theme

Realizing Vision and Change, Preparing for Next Generation Biology

The theme for the 2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Conference (LDC) focuses on innovative approaches to instruction and assessment that are suitable, scalable, and adaptable to secondary and post-secondary levels of education, aligning with the objectives of both the K12 Next Generation Science Standards and the Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education.

Learn more about the Scope and Objectives of the Conference.

Who Should Attend

Researchers and educators -high school through undergraduate – publishers, curriculum developers and all interested in organismal and environmental biology education are welcome to attend. Attendees from all disciplines seeking to connect educational approaches with the rich advances of Biology are also encouraged. The LDC seeks to nurture communities of practice among scientists, educators and administrators to prepare the next generation for the dynamic advances in Biology.

Conference Tracks

  • Dynamic Teaching/Active Learning: Content, curriculum, and lesson plan resources.
  • Hands On/Minds Engaged: Field studies, lab investigations, and data exploration.
  • Assess Learning/Adapt Teaching: Education research, formative assessment, and proficiencies.

Cross Cutting Topics

  • Ecology and Earth Systems Dynamics: The complex interrelationships among Earth’s living and physical systems and their responses to environmental disturbances.
  • Evolution in Action: The drivers, mechanisms and outcomes of biological change – gradual or dramatic – through genetic inheritance.
  • Structure and Function: The relationship between the structure of biological components – from the molecular level to the whole organism – and their function and behavior in living systems.
Oct
1
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

Oct
2
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Oct 2 – Oct 3 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

Oct
3
Fri
2014
2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference @ San José State University
Oct 3 – Oct 4 all-day

Conference Theme

Realizing Vision and Change, Preparing for Next Generation Biology

The theme for the 2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Conference (LDC) focuses on innovative approaches to instruction and assessment that are suitable, scalable, and adaptable to secondary and post-secondary levels of education, aligning with the objectives of both the K12 Next Generation Science Standards and the Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education.

Learn more about the Scope and Objectives of the Conference.

Who Should Attend

Researchers and educators -high school through undergraduate – publishers, curriculum developers and all interested in organismal and environmental biology education are welcome to attend. Attendees from all disciplines seeking to connect educational approaches with the rich advances of Biology are also encouraged. The LDC seeks to nurture communities of practice among scientists, educators and administrators to prepare the next generation for the dynamic advances in Biology.

Conference Tracks

  • Dynamic Teaching/Active Learning: Content, curriculum, and lesson plan resources.
  • Hands On/Minds Engaged: Field studies, lab investigations, and data exploration.
  • Assess Learning/Adapt Teaching: Education research, formative assessment, and proficiencies.

Cross Cutting Topics

  • Ecology and Earth Systems Dynamics: The complex interrelationships among Earth’s living and physical systems and their responses to environmental disturbances.
  • Evolution in Action: The drivers, mechanisms and outcomes of biological change – gradual or dramatic – through genetic inheritance.
  • Structure and Function: The relationship between the structure of biological components – from the molecular level to the whole organism – and their function and behavior in living systems.
Oct
5
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Oct
8
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
9
Thu
2014
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Royal Oakis Middle School Library
Oct 9 @ 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]

CFCC Meeting #2 @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Oct 9 @ 9:00 am – Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm

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

Oct
11
Sat
2014
Water & Climate in California
Oct 11 @ 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

Project WET and the EEI
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO REGION EDUCATORS! Celebrate Earth Science Week by experiencing the use of hands-on Project WET activities and the state adopted Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum to engage your students in Common Core and Next Generation Science Standard concepts within the context of water science and water issues in the Sacramento region. This interactive K-12 workshop will include lunch and you’ll walk away with a Project WET 2.0 Guide and complete unit of the Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum – Something for everyone! This is STEM learning at its best! Please register for this FREE workshop at etcmail@smud.org or 916-732-6738.

SIA EXPO @ Pierce College
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Oct
15
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
16
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Fresno Pacific
Oct 16 @ 8:00 am – Oct 17 @ 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:
more information coming soon

Hotel Reservations:
more information coming soon

Symposium Session Offerings:

NGSS 101 - Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components. NGSS 102 - Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes.
Performance Expectations - Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE. NGSS Implementation Tool - Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.
Connecting NGSS and CCSS- Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science. Middle School Progressions- Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline-specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model.
Model Lesson Exploration- Experience a sample lesson that demonstrates the NGSS “shift” with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary (middle school and high school). Administrator Strand- Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in the district.
Action Plan- Share learnings from the conference with your district team and plan next steps for district leaders, teachers and other stakeholders.
Oct
17
Fri
2014
The American Society of Human Genetics – 2014 High School Workshop @ San Diego Convention Center
Oct 17 @ 8:15 am – 2:40 pm

In conjunction with its Annual Meeting, the American Society of
Human Genetics (ASHG) hosts a genetics education outreach event for local high school students and their teachers. During this full-day hands-on workshop, students enjoy inquiry-based genetics lessons presented by distinguished speakers on a variety of topics including epigenetics, newborn screening, and DNA forensics.

This year’s workshop is on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California from 8:15 AM to 2:40 PM. The workshop is FREE and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. However, transportation is not provided. Space is limited to 150 students and their teachers, so it is preferred each teacher brings nine students.

The American Society of Human Genetics 2014 High School Workshop @ San Diego Convention Center
Oct 17 @ 8:15 am – 2:45 pm

In conjunction with its Annual Meeting, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) hosts a genetics education outreach event for local high school students and their teachers. During this full-day hands-on workshop, students enjoy inquiry-based genetics lessons presented by distinguished speakers on a variety of topics including epigenetics, newborn screening, and DNA forensics.

This year’s workshop is on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California from 8:15 AM to 2:40 PM. The workshop is FREE and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. However, transportation is not provided. Space is limited to 150 students and their teachers, so it is preferred each teacher brings nine students.

Breakout Sessions
Each group will attend four of the exciting sessions listed below. Basic sessions are appropriate for students at any level of genetics education, while advanced sessions assume greater proficiency.

Basic

  • Complex Traits
  • DNA Forensics
  • Family History
  • Genetics & Sports

Advanced

  • Newborn Screening
  • Epigenetics: The Interaction of Genes and Environment

 

Oct
20
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 – SOLD OUT @ Hilton Oakland Airport
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – Oct 21 @ 4:00 pm

This event is Sold Out and is no longer accepting registrations. The Red Bluff and Fresno locations are still accepting registrations.

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:
$8

Hotel Reservations:
for a discounted overnight room please call the Hilton at 1-800-445-8667 and give group code NGS or use the link to reserve your overnight accommodations  http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/O/OAKHIHH-NGS-20141019/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

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.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) 102 @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will delve deeper into the intent and design of Next Generation Science Standards and supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes. Pre-requisite: NGSS 101 OR basic knowledge of the NGSS architecture, A Framework of K-12 Science Education and Appendix F and G.

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

Registration Deadline: October 6, 2014

Oct
22
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
23
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Tehama County Department of Education
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – Oct 24 @ 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: Free

Hotel Reservations:
Hampton Inn & Suites, 520 Adobe Rd. Red Bluff, CA 96080 530-529-4178; Please let them know that you are attending the NGSS Rollout to receive the State Rate.

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

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

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

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

Oct
5
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Oct
1
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

Oct
2
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Oct 2 – Oct 3 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

Oct
3
Fri
2014
2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference @ San José State University
Oct 3 – Oct 4 all-day

Conference Theme

Realizing Vision and Change, Preparing for Next Generation Biology

The theme for the 2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Conference (LDC) focuses on innovative approaches to instruction and assessment that are suitable, scalable, and adaptable to secondary and post-secondary levels of education, aligning with the objectives of both the K12 Next Generation Science Standards and the Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education.

Learn more about the Scope and Objectives of the Conference.

Who Should Attend

Researchers and educators -high school through undergraduate – publishers, curriculum developers and all interested in organismal and environmental biology education are welcome to attend. Attendees from all disciplines seeking to connect educational approaches with the rich advances of Biology are also encouraged. The LDC seeks to nurture communities of practice among scientists, educators and administrators to prepare the next generation for the dynamic advances in Biology.

Conference Tracks

  • Dynamic Teaching/Active Learning: Content, curriculum, and lesson plan resources.
  • Hands On/Minds Engaged: Field studies, lab investigations, and data exploration.
  • Assess Learning/Adapt Teaching: Education research, formative assessment, and proficiencies.

Cross Cutting Topics

  • Ecology and Earth Systems Dynamics: The complex interrelationships among Earth’s living and physical systems and their responses to environmental disturbances.
  • Evolution in Action: The drivers, mechanisms and outcomes of biological change – gradual or dramatic – through genetic inheritance.
  • Structure and Function: The relationship between the structure of biological components – from the molecular level to the whole organism – and their function and behavior in living systems.
Oct
5
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Oct
8
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
9
Thu
2014
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Royal Oakis Middle School Library
Oct 9 @ 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]

CFCC Meeting #2 @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Oct 9 @ 9:00 am – Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm

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

Oct
11
Sat
2014
Water & Climate in California
Oct 11 @ 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

Project WET and the EEI
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO REGION EDUCATORS! Celebrate Earth Science Week by experiencing the use of hands-on Project WET activities and the state adopted Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum to engage your students in Common Core and Next Generation Science Standard concepts within the context of water science and water issues in the Sacramento region. This interactive K-12 workshop will include lunch and you’ll walk away with a Project WET 2.0 Guide and complete unit of the Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum – Something for everyone! This is STEM learning at its best! Please register for this FREE workshop at etcmail@smud.org or 916-732-6738.

SIA EXPO @ Pierce College
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Oct
15
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
16
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Fresno Pacific
Oct 16 @ 8:00 am – Oct 17 @ 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:
more information coming soon

Hotel Reservations:
more information coming soon

Symposium Session Offerings:

NGSS 101 - Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components. NGSS 102 - Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes.
Performance Expectations - Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE. NGSS Implementation Tool - Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.
Connecting NGSS and CCSS- Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science. Middle School Progressions- Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline-specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model.
Model Lesson Exploration- Experience a sample lesson that demonstrates the NGSS “shift” with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary (middle school and high school). Administrator Strand- Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in the district.
Action Plan- Share learnings from the conference with your district team and plan next steps for district leaders, teachers and other stakeholders.
Oct
17
Fri
2014
The American Society of Human Genetics – 2014 High School Workshop @ San Diego Convention Center
Oct 17 @ 8:15 am – 2:40 pm

In conjunction with its Annual Meeting, the American Society of
Human Genetics (ASHG) hosts a genetics education outreach event for local high school students and their teachers. During this full-day hands-on workshop, students enjoy inquiry-based genetics lessons presented by distinguished speakers on a variety of topics including epigenetics, newborn screening, and DNA forensics.

This year’s workshop is on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California from 8:15 AM to 2:40 PM. The workshop is FREE and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. However, transportation is not provided. Space is limited to 150 students and their teachers, so it is preferred each teacher brings nine students.

The American Society of Human Genetics 2014 High School Workshop @ San Diego Convention Center
Oct 17 @ 8:15 am – 2:45 pm

In conjunction with its Annual Meeting, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) hosts a genetics education outreach event for local high school students and their teachers. During this full-day hands-on workshop, students enjoy inquiry-based genetics lessons presented by distinguished speakers on a variety of topics including epigenetics, newborn screening, and DNA forensics.

This year’s workshop is on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California from 8:15 AM to 2:40 PM. The workshop is FREE and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. However, transportation is not provided. Space is limited to 150 students and their teachers, so it is preferred each teacher brings nine students.

Breakout Sessions
Each group will attend four of the exciting sessions listed below. Basic sessions are appropriate for students at any level of genetics education, while advanced sessions assume greater proficiency.

Basic

  • Complex Traits
  • DNA Forensics
  • Family History
  • Genetics & Sports

Advanced

  • Newborn Screening
  • Epigenetics: The Interaction of Genes and Environment

 

Oct
20
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 – SOLD OUT @ Hilton Oakland Airport
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – Oct 21 @ 4:00 pm

This event is Sold Out and is no longer accepting registrations. The Red Bluff and Fresno locations are still accepting registrations.

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:
$8

Hotel Reservations:
for a discounted overnight room please call the Hilton at 1-800-445-8667 and give group code NGS or use the link to reserve your overnight accommodations  http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/O/OAKHIHH-NGS-20141019/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

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.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) 102 @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will delve deeper into the intent and design of Next Generation Science Standards and supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes. Pre-requisite: NGSS 101 OR basic knowledge of the NGSS architecture, A Framework of K-12 Science Education and Appendix F and G.

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

Registration Deadline: October 6, 2014

Oct
22
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
23
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Tehama County Department of Education
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – Oct 24 @ 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: Free

Hotel Reservations:
Hampton Inn & Suites, 520 Adobe Rd. Red Bluff, CA 96080 530-529-4178; Please let them know that you are attending the NGSS Rollout to receive the State Rate.

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

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

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

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

Oct
8
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
1
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

Oct
2
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Oct 2 – Oct 3 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

Oct
3
Fri
2014
2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference @ San José State University
Oct 3 – Oct 4 all-day

Conference Theme

Realizing Vision and Change, Preparing for Next Generation Biology

The theme for the 2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Conference (LDC) focuses on innovative approaches to instruction and assessment that are suitable, scalable, and adaptable to secondary and post-secondary levels of education, aligning with the objectives of both the K12 Next Generation Science Standards and the Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education.

Learn more about the Scope and Objectives of the Conference.

Who Should Attend

Researchers and educators -high school through undergraduate – publishers, curriculum developers and all interested in organismal and environmental biology education are welcome to attend. Attendees from all disciplines seeking to connect educational approaches with the rich advances of Biology are also encouraged. The LDC seeks to nurture communities of practice among scientists, educators and administrators to prepare the next generation for the dynamic advances in Biology.

Conference Tracks

  • Dynamic Teaching/Active Learning: Content, curriculum, and lesson plan resources.
  • Hands On/Minds Engaged: Field studies, lab investigations, and data exploration.
  • Assess Learning/Adapt Teaching: Education research, formative assessment, and proficiencies.

Cross Cutting Topics

  • Ecology and Earth Systems Dynamics: The complex interrelationships among Earth’s living and physical systems and their responses to environmental disturbances.
  • Evolution in Action: The drivers, mechanisms and outcomes of biological change – gradual or dramatic – through genetic inheritance.
  • Structure and Function: The relationship between the structure of biological components – from the molecular level to the whole organism – and their function and behavior in living systems.
Oct
5
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Oct
8
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
9
Thu
2014
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Royal Oakis Middle School Library
Oct 9 @ 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]

CFCC Meeting #2 @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Oct 9 @ 9:00 am – Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm

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

Oct
11
Sat
2014
Water & Climate in California
Oct 11 @ 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

Project WET and the EEI
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO REGION EDUCATORS! Celebrate Earth Science Week by experiencing the use of hands-on Project WET activities and the state adopted Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum to engage your students in Common Core and Next Generation Science Standard concepts within the context of water science and water issues in the Sacramento region. This interactive K-12 workshop will include lunch and you’ll walk away with a Project WET 2.0 Guide and complete unit of the Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum – Something for everyone! This is STEM learning at its best! Please register for this FREE workshop at etcmail@smud.org or 916-732-6738.

SIA EXPO @ Pierce College
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Oct
15
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
16
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Fresno Pacific
Oct 16 @ 8:00 am – Oct 17 @ 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:
more information coming soon

Hotel Reservations:
more information coming soon

Symposium Session Offerings:

NGSS 101 - Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components. NGSS 102 - Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes.
Performance Expectations - Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE. NGSS Implementation Tool - Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.
Connecting NGSS and CCSS- Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science. Middle School Progressions- Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline-specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model.
Model Lesson Exploration- Experience a sample lesson that demonstrates the NGSS “shift” with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary (middle school and high school). Administrator Strand- Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in the district.
Action Plan- Share learnings from the conference with your district team and plan next steps for district leaders, teachers and other stakeholders.
Oct
17
Fri
2014
The American Society of Human Genetics – 2014 High School Workshop @ San Diego Convention Center
Oct 17 @ 8:15 am – 2:40 pm

In conjunction with its Annual Meeting, the American Society of
Human Genetics (ASHG) hosts a genetics education outreach event for local high school students and their teachers. During this full-day hands-on workshop, students enjoy inquiry-based genetics lessons presented by distinguished speakers on a variety of topics including epigenetics, newborn screening, and DNA forensics.

This year’s workshop is on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California from 8:15 AM to 2:40 PM. The workshop is FREE and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. However, transportation is not provided. Space is limited to 150 students and their teachers, so it is preferred each teacher brings nine students.

The American Society of Human Genetics 2014 High School Workshop @ San Diego Convention Center
Oct 17 @ 8:15 am – 2:45 pm

In conjunction with its Annual Meeting, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) hosts a genetics education outreach event for local high school students and their teachers. During this full-day hands-on workshop, students enjoy inquiry-based genetics lessons presented by distinguished speakers on a variety of topics including epigenetics, newborn screening, and DNA forensics.

This year’s workshop is on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California from 8:15 AM to 2:40 PM. The workshop is FREE and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. However, transportation is not provided. Space is limited to 150 students and their teachers, so it is preferred each teacher brings nine students.

Breakout Sessions
Each group will attend four of the exciting sessions listed below. Basic sessions are appropriate for students at any level of genetics education, while advanced sessions assume greater proficiency.

Basic

  • Complex Traits
  • DNA Forensics
  • Family History
  • Genetics & Sports

Advanced

  • Newborn Screening
  • Epigenetics: The Interaction of Genes and Environment

 

Oct
20
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 – SOLD OUT @ Hilton Oakland Airport
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – Oct 21 @ 4:00 pm

This event is Sold Out and is no longer accepting registrations. The Red Bluff and Fresno locations are still accepting registrations.

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:
$8

Hotel Reservations:
for a discounted overnight room please call the Hilton at 1-800-445-8667 and give group code NGS or use the link to reserve your overnight accommodations  http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/O/OAKHIHH-NGS-20141019/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

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.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) 102 @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will delve deeper into the intent and design of Next Generation Science Standards and supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes. Pre-requisite: NGSS 101 OR basic knowledge of the NGSS architecture, A Framework of K-12 Science Education and Appendix F and G.

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

Registration Deadline: October 6, 2014

Oct
22
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
23
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Tehama County Department of Education
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – Oct 24 @ 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: Free

Hotel Reservations:
Hampton Inn & Suites, 520 Adobe Rd. Red Bluff, CA 96080 530-529-4178; Please let them know that you are attending the NGSS Rollout to receive the State Rate.

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

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

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

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

Oct
9
Thu
2014
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Royal Oakis Middle School Library
Oct 9 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

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

Participants will leave with:

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

Click here for complete details

Registration:

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

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

Oct
1
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

Oct
2
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Oct 2 – Oct 3 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

Oct
3
Fri
2014
2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference @ San José State University
Oct 3 – Oct 4 all-day

Conference Theme

Realizing Vision and Change, Preparing for Next Generation Biology

The theme for the 2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Conference (LDC) focuses on innovative approaches to instruction and assessment that are suitable, scalable, and adaptable to secondary and post-secondary levels of education, aligning with the objectives of both the K12 Next Generation Science Standards and the Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education.

Learn more about the Scope and Objectives of the Conference.

Who Should Attend

Researchers and educators -high school through undergraduate – publishers, curriculum developers and all interested in organismal and environmental biology education are welcome to attend. Attendees from all disciplines seeking to connect educational approaches with the rich advances of Biology are also encouraged. The LDC seeks to nurture communities of practice among scientists, educators and administrators to prepare the next generation for the dynamic advances in Biology.

Conference Tracks

  • Dynamic Teaching/Active Learning: Content, curriculum, and lesson plan resources.
  • Hands On/Minds Engaged: Field studies, lab investigations, and data exploration.
  • Assess Learning/Adapt Teaching: Education research, formative assessment, and proficiencies.

Cross Cutting Topics

  • Ecology and Earth Systems Dynamics: The complex interrelationships among Earth’s living and physical systems and their responses to environmental disturbances.
  • Evolution in Action: The drivers, mechanisms and outcomes of biological change – gradual or dramatic – through genetic inheritance.
  • Structure and Function: The relationship between the structure of biological components – from the molecular level to the whole organism – and their function and behavior in living systems.
Oct
5
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Oct
8
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
9
Thu
2014
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Royal Oakis Middle School Library
Oct 9 @ 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]

CFCC Meeting #2 @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Oct 9 @ 9:00 am – Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm

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

Oct
11
Sat
2014
Water & Climate in California
Oct 11 @ 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

Project WET and the EEI
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO REGION EDUCATORS! Celebrate Earth Science Week by experiencing the use of hands-on Project WET activities and the state adopted Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum to engage your students in Common Core and Next Generation Science Standard concepts within the context of water science and water issues in the Sacramento region. This interactive K-12 workshop will include lunch and you’ll walk away with a Project WET 2.0 Guide and complete unit of the Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum – Something for everyone! This is STEM learning at its best! Please register for this FREE workshop at etcmail@smud.org or 916-732-6738.

SIA EXPO @ Pierce College
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Oct
15
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
16
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Fresno Pacific
Oct 16 @ 8:00 am – Oct 17 @ 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:
more information coming soon

Hotel Reservations:
more information coming soon

Symposium Session Offerings:

NGSS 101 - Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent, and design of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components. NGSS 102 - Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes.
Performance Expectations - Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE. NGSS Implementation Tool - Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.
Connecting NGSS and CCSS- Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understand how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science. Middle School Progressions- Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline-specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model.
Model Lesson Exploration- Experience a sample lesson that demonstrates the NGSS “shift” with examples at primary, upper elementary, and secondary (middle school and high school). Administrator Strand- Learn how to support the implementation of NGSS at your school site and in the district.
Action Plan- Share learnings from the conference with your district team and plan next steps for district leaders, teachers and other stakeholders.
Oct
17
Fri
2014
The American Society of Human Genetics – 2014 High School Workshop @ San Diego Convention Center
Oct 17 @ 8:15 am – 2:40 pm

In conjunction with its Annual Meeting, the American Society of
Human Genetics (ASHG) hosts a genetics education outreach event for local high school students and their teachers. During this full-day hands-on workshop, students enjoy inquiry-based genetics lessons presented by distinguished speakers on a variety of topics including epigenetics, newborn screening, and DNA forensics.

This year’s workshop is on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California from 8:15 AM to 2:40 PM. The workshop is FREE and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. However, transportation is not provided. Space is limited to 150 students and their teachers, so it is preferred each teacher brings nine students.

The American Society of Human Genetics 2014 High School Workshop @ San Diego Convention Center
Oct 17 @ 8:15 am – 2:45 pm

In conjunction with its Annual Meeting, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) hosts a genetics education outreach event for local high school students and their teachers. During this full-day hands-on workshop, students enjoy inquiry-based genetics lessons presented by distinguished speakers on a variety of topics including epigenetics, newborn screening, and DNA forensics.

This year’s workshop is on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California from 8:15 AM to 2:40 PM. The workshop is FREE and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. However, transportation is not provided. Space is limited to 150 students and their teachers, so it is preferred each teacher brings nine students.

Breakout Sessions
Each group will attend four of the exciting sessions listed below. Basic sessions are appropriate for students at any level of genetics education, while advanced sessions assume greater proficiency.

Basic

  • Complex Traits
  • DNA Forensics
  • Family History
  • Genetics & Sports

Advanced

  • Newborn Screening
  • Epigenetics: The Interaction of Genes and Environment

 

Oct
20
Mon
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 – SOLD OUT @ Hilton Oakland Airport
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – Oct 21 @ 4:00 pm

This event is Sold Out and is no longer accepting registrations. The Red Bluff and Fresno locations are still accepting registrations.

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:
$8

Hotel Reservations:
for a discounted overnight room please call the Hilton at 1-800-445-8667 and give group code NGS or use the link to reserve your overnight accommodations  http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/O/OAKHIHH-NGS-20141019/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

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.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) 102 @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will delve deeper into the intent and design of Next Generation Science Standards and supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts, and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes. Pre-requisite: NGSS 101 OR basic knowledge of the NGSS architecture, A Framework of K-12 Science Education and Appendix F and G.

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

Registration Deadline: October 6, 2014

Oct
22
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
23
Thu
2014
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 @ Tehama County Department of Education
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – Oct 24 @ 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: Free

Hotel Reservations:
Hampton Inn & Suites, 520 Adobe Rd. Red Bluff, CA 96080 530-529-4178; Please let them know that you are attending the NGSS Rollout to receive the State Rate.

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

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

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

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

CFCC Meeting #2 @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Oct 9 @ 9:00 am – Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm

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

Oct
1
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

Oct
2
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Oct 2 – Oct 3 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

Oct
3
Fri
2014
2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference @ San José State University
Oct 3 – Oct 4 all-day

Conference Theme

Realizing Vision and Change, Preparing for Next Generation Biology

The theme for the 2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Conference (LDC) focuses on innovative approaches to instruction and assessment that are suitable, scalable, and adaptable to secondary and post-secondary levels of education, aligning with the objectives of both the K12 Next Generation Science Standards and the Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education.

Learn more about the Scope and Objectives of the Conference.

Who Should Attend

Researchers and educators -high school through undergraduate – publishers, curriculum developers and all interested in organismal and environmental biology education are welcome to attend. Attendees from all disciplines seeking to connect educational approaches with the rich advances of Biology are also encouraged. The LDC seeks to nurture communities of practice among scientists, educators and administrators to prepare the next generation for the dynamic advances in Biology.

Conference Tracks

  • Dynamic Teaching/Active Learning: Content, curriculum, and lesson plan resources.
  • Hands On/Minds Engaged: Field studies, lab investigations, and data exploration.
  • Assess Learning/Adapt Teaching: Education research, formative assessment, and proficiencies.

Cross Cutting Topics

  • Ecology and Earth Systems Dynamics: The complex interrelationships among Earth’s living and physical systems and their responses to environmental disturbances.
  • Evolution in Action: The drivers, mechanisms and outcomes of biological change – gradual or dramatic – through genetic inheritance.
  • Structure and Function: The relationship between the structure of biological components – from the molecular level to the whole organism – and their function and behavior in living systems.
Oct
5
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Oct
8
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
9
Thu
2014
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Royal Oakis Middle School Library
Oct 9 @ 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]