January 2016 – Vol. 28 No. 5

CALENDAR

Feb
6
Sat
2016
40th Annual STEM Conference – Council of Math/Science Educators of San Mateo County @ San Mateo County Office of Education
Feb 6 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Saturday, February 6th at the San Mateo County Office of Education is the place to get lots of new lessons and ideas to use in your classroom. There will be over twenty-five workshops and a variety of exhibitors that provide participants with a wide range of practical and realistic ideas and resources to use in their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs from Pre-K to grade 12.  With California’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, we are dedicated to ensuring that we prepare our teachers to take on these educational policies.

Teachers, administrators and parents are invited to explore the many exciting aspects of STEM education and learn about and discuss the latest news, information and issues. This is also an opportunity to network with colleagues who can assist you in building your programs and meet new friends that share your interests and love of teaching.

The 40th Annual STEM Conference is sponsored by the The STEM Center at the San Mateo County Office of Education and the Council of Math Science Educators of San Mateo County (CMSESMC).

Registration

Registration includes brunch and a one-year CMSESMC membership. Mail check or money order (sorry, no purchase orders or credit cards) payable to CMSESMC to San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood Shores, CA 94065-1064 Attention: Janet Shi

Registration Fees: $40 (Early Registration) $45 (Onsite). Discounts for Student Teachers, Interns, and Pre-School Teachers.

Register Online

 

 

Feb
9
Tue
2016
San Diego COE NGSS Grade Level Academy (Elementary School) @ South County Regional Education Center
Feb 9 @ 8:00 am – Feb 10 @ 3:00 pm

3 Day Event: Event Dates: Feb 09, 2016 | Feb 10, 2016 | Mar 02, 2016
The Next Generation Science Standards have been adopted, requiring shifts in how teachers teach and how students learn science. This three-day grade level academy provides elementary teachers an opportunity to come together and look in depth at the conceptual shifts and three-dimensions of the NGSS as they consider the changes that will need to happen in their classroom to support these new standards. Teachers will gain awareness of the NGSS, explore the research around the standards, and begin to plan an instructional unit that integrates the NGSS and CCSS together.

Feb
13
Sat
2016
Sacramento Darwin Day @ La Sierra Community Center
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Collecting Evolution: The 1905–06 Galápagos Expedition that Vindicated Charles Darwin
What is Darwin Day? It is a science rush like no other, an annual celebration of scientific inquiry honoring the life and work of the great Charles Darwin (born February 12, 1809), and sponsored worldwide by community and educational groups. This will be Sacramento’s 19th annual Darwin Day event. For its very respectable history, visit the International Darwin Day Foundation, and learn.

Dr. James, our wonderful speaker, is Chair of the Department of Geology and Professor of Paleontology and Geology at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. He will entertain and inform us about the 1905–06 scientific collecting expedition to the Galápagos Islands conducted by the California Academy of Sciences. His presentation will include the history of the expedition’s two-masted schooner Academy (ex-Earnest), built in 1875 for the U.S. Coast Survey.

Dr. James grew up on Oʻahu and did his undergraduate work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He is the recipient of the 2011 Karl Kortum Award for Maritime History for his work on the 1905–06 expedition. He has worked on Galápagos science, history, and conservation for 30 years, since first visiting the islands in 1982 on a paleontology expedition.

As always, Sacramento Darwin Day will include refreshments, entertainment, displays and tables.

Admission is $10 per person through Feb 6, payable online or by mailed check. At the door, it’s $15 or $10 with  Student ID. See theevent flyer (link below) for a payment form and address for mailed payments.

Feb
17
Wed
2016
NGSS Webinars from LACOE @ Online
Feb 17 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Event Dates: Sep 23, 2015 | Dec 10, 2015 | Feb 17, 2016 | Apr 20, 2016 | Jun 15, 2016

These free 1-hour webinars will provide you the opportunity to gain information and updates around the new Next Generation Science Standards.  Participants will be able to listen to news from local, state, and national levels, including the ability to ask questions!  All webinars will be archived and you can watch from the comfort of your own classroom!
Feb
19
Fri
2016
Science safety training for educators @ Ventura County Office of Education Board Room
Feb 19 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Do you need a refresher on science safety in the classroom? This training is for all science teachers who want to update their knowledge in preventing accidents and liability when conducting science activities. In addition, all Administrators, science department chairs, and designated persons indicated on the school/district’s chemical hygiene plan should attend this training. The Ventura County Schools Self-Funding Authority, which provides support services to our districts including safety services and general liability coverage is sponsoring a science safety training for all science teachers and administrators to assist our districts in providing the highest quality science education that includes safe experiments and activities in the classroom. Topics that will be covered in the training will include proper storage and disposal of chemical and biological materials. Participants will receive training in the global harmonized system (GHS) that has replaced the materials safety data sheets (MSDS) and a certificate of completion.

Feb
20
Sat
2016
NanoScience Institute – Water Filtration @ Los Angeles, CA
Feb 20 all-day

Presented by UCLA Science Project and the California NanoSystems Institute

Free workshop for high school and middle school teachers – free laboratory kits for 90 students included.

Get students excited about science – connect to common core and next generation science standards.

‘Common Core, NGSS Science and Water Education’ Workshop: Santa Cruz
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

SANTA CRUZ AREA EDUCATORS!  Teaching to the Common Core (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) can be achieved with the California Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum (EEI) and the Project WET (Water Education for Teachers). Come learn by doing at this engaging teacher workshop at the County Office of Education. All workshop attendees will receive an EEI class set of materials, a Project WET Guide 2.0, local curricula for the Santa Cruz County and lunch for a registration fee of $10! CEU credit is available from CSU Monterey Bay. Please register at: http://santacruz.k12oms.org/1277-108406 or contact Amity Sandage, CREEC Coordinator if you have questions at: (831) 466-5711 or amity@creec.org.

Feb
23
Tue
2016
Science in the River City (SIRC) #5 @ Sequoia Hall, Sacramento State University
Feb 23 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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

All SIRC workshops are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Instructors are university faculty or experienced Sacramento Aarea Science Project (SASP) teachers leaders. Attending SIRC will enrich your elementary, middle, or high school classsroom by providing new thools and ways to think about teaching science.

Feb
27
Sat
2016
NGSS: Engineering Our Future – Gold Coast Science Network Conference @ Oxnard College
Feb 27 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Click HERE to Register for the 2016 ​GCSN Conference for STEM Education!
Gold Coast Science Network (GCSN) is currently recruiting conference presenters. All areas of STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) are welcome but we are especially seeking workshops that support the common core state standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Sessions that focus on instructional strategies and resources for STEM education are welcome. 
Click HERE to submit a presenter application
(or HERE to download a PDF version)

You can also download the conference flyer in color or in black & white.
Click HERE if you are interested in being an exhibitor at the conference.

CLICK HERE FOR CONFERENCE UPDATES!
(find out about workshops, hotel discounts, and more)

Conference flyer.

‘Water in the Russian River Watershed’ Workshop: Forestville
Feb 27 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

SONOMA COUNTY EDUCATORS! Let us help you teach your students about the drought, floods and other water issues in the Russian River watershed by attending our locally-oriented Project WET workshop. The goal of Project WET is to promote awareness, appreciation and knowledge of California’s precious water resources. We have tailored the workshop to our region with activities that highlight local water issues and concerns. All participants will receive a Project WET 2.0 guide, free access to the Project WET Portal and the opportunity to register for (.6) CEU credit for attending this workshop. Lunch and snacks will be provided. There is no fee for this workshop.  Please visit our website: http://www.scwa.ca.gov/workshops to register. (9:30 am – 3:30 pm)

Mar
3
Thu
2016
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Mar 3 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Mar
2
Wed
2016
The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Mar
12
Sat
2016
‘Water Education in a Changing Climate’ workshop: Los Angeles
Mar 12 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

LOS ANGELES EDUCATORS! Join the USC Sea Grant program and fellow educators for a FREE hands-on professional development workshop addressing climate change impacts with regards to California’s water supply. Learn how the interdisciplinary activities can help you communicate about climate science and water issues us as weave “Science and Engineering Practices” (SEPs) and Cross Cutting Concepts into the engaging content (DCIs) already featured in two outstanding and proven curricular tools: Project Wet and California’s place-based EEI.  Our workshop models activities that are practical for teachers, yet also engages student interdisciplinary critical thinking skills that are at the core of CCSS and NGSS. To register, please contact Kirk Amato at Kirk.Amato@calrecycle.ca.gov or (916) 341-6762.

Mar
18
Fri
2016
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Leadership Conference @ Liberty Station Conference Center
Mar 18 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

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

The NGSS Leadership Conference brings district leadership teams together with California and national leaders in science education to support the transition and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. Teams will receive the most current information on CA NGSS, collaborate and learn about implementation efforts, and refine their own NGSS implementation plan.

Topics for the 2016 NGSS Leadership Conference include:

  • Creating, implementing, and refining an implementation plan for NGSS
  • Building a vision for elementary science education to meet the NGSS
  • Taking action: Implementing a middle school science program
  • High school course models in NGSS
  • The changing nature of formative, summative, and statewide assessment in the NGSS
  • Supporting teacher and administrator NGSS professional learning
  • An update and overview of the CA Science Framework

Cost: $150 per participant

Questions? John Spiegel (858) 292-3854 john.spiegel@sdcoe.net

Registration: Kathy Bowman (858) 292-3789 katharine.bowman@sdcoe.net

To Register: http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/1022-99813

Mar
19
Sat
2016
NanoScience Institute – Electrochemical Energy Storage @ Los Angeles, CA
Mar 19 all-day

Presented by UCLA Science Project and the California NanoSystems Institute

Free workshop for high school and middle school teachers – free laboratory kits for 90 students included.

Get students excited about science – connect to common core and next generation science standards.

Mar
29
Tue
2016
Science in the River City (SIRC) #6 @ Sequoia Hall, Sacramento State University
Mar 29 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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

All SIRC workshops are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Instructors are university faculty or experienced Sacramento Aarea Science Project (SASP) teachers leaders. Attending SIRC will enrich your elementary, middle, or high school classsroom by providing new thools and ways to think about teaching science.

Apr
7
Thu
2016
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Apr 7 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Apr
6
Wed
2016
The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Apr
16
Sat
2016
NanoScience Institute – Biopolymers @ Los Angeles, CA
Apr 16 all-day

Presented by UCLA Science Project and the California NanoSystems Institute

Free workshop for high school and middle school teachers – free laboratory kits for 90 students included.

Get students excited about science – connect to common core and next generation science standards.

Apr
19
Tue
2016
San Diego COE NGSS Grade Level Academies (Middle & High School) @ San Diego County Office of Education
Apr 19 @ 8:00 am – Apr 20 @ 3:00 pm

3 Day Event: Event Dates: Apr 19, 2016 | Apr 20, 2016 | May 17, 2016
Three day grade level academies provide secondary teachers with an opportunity to come together and look in depth at the conceptual shifts and three-dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as their connection to the Common Core State Standards. Teachers adapt lessons and instructional units to align to the NGSS and CCSS. The third day of the academy provides teachers an opportunity to look at student work and reflect/revise the unit or lessons they have adapted.

Feb
6
Sat
2016
40th Annual STEM Conference – Council of Math/Science Educators of San Mateo County @ San Mateo County Office of Education
Feb 6 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Saturday, February 6th at the San Mateo County Office of Education is the place to get lots of new lessons and ideas to use in your classroom. There will be over twenty-five workshops and a variety of exhibitors that provide participants with a wide range of practical and realistic ideas and resources to use in their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs from Pre-K to grade 12.  With California’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, we are dedicated to ensuring that we prepare our teachers to take on these educational policies.

Teachers, administrators and parents are invited to explore the many exciting aspects of STEM education and learn about and discuss the latest news, information and issues. This is also an opportunity to network with colleagues who can assist you in building your programs and meet new friends that share your interests and love of teaching.

The 40th Annual STEM Conference is sponsored by the The STEM Center at the San Mateo County Office of Education and the Council of Math Science Educators of San Mateo County (CMSESMC).

Registration

Registration includes brunch and a one-year CMSESMC membership. Mail check or money order (sorry, no purchase orders or credit cards) payable to CMSESMC to San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood Shores, CA 94065-1064 Attention: Janet Shi

Registration Fees: $40 (Early Registration) $45 (Onsite). Discounts for Student Teachers, Interns, and Pre-School Teachers.

Register Online

 

 

Feb
9
Tue
2016
San Diego COE NGSS Grade Level Academy (Elementary School) @ South County Regional Education Center
Feb 9 @ 8:00 am – Feb 10 @ 3:00 pm

3 Day Event: Event Dates: Feb 09, 2016 | Feb 10, 2016 | Mar 02, 2016
The Next Generation Science Standards have been adopted, requiring shifts in how teachers teach and how students learn science. This three-day grade level academy provides elementary teachers an opportunity to come together and look in depth at the conceptual shifts and three-dimensions of the NGSS as they consider the changes that will need to happen in their classroom to support these new standards. Teachers will gain awareness of the NGSS, explore the research around the standards, and begin to plan an instructional unit that integrates the NGSS and CCSS together.

Feb
13
Sat
2016
Sacramento Darwin Day @ La Sierra Community Center
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Collecting Evolution: The 1905–06 Galápagos Expedition that Vindicated Charles Darwin
What is Darwin Day? It is a science rush like no other, an annual celebration of scientific inquiry honoring the life and work of the great Charles Darwin (born February 12, 1809), and sponsored worldwide by community and educational groups. This will be Sacramento’s 19th annual Darwin Day event. For its very respectable history, visit the International Darwin Day Foundation, and learn.

Dr. James, our wonderful speaker, is Chair of the Department of Geology and Professor of Paleontology and Geology at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. He will entertain and inform us about the 1905–06 scientific collecting expedition to the Galápagos Islands conducted by the California Academy of Sciences. His presentation will include the history of the expedition’s two-masted schooner Academy (ex-Earnest), built in 1875 for the U.S. Coast Survey.

Dr. James grew up on Oʻahu and did his undergraduate work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He is the recipient of the 2011 Karl Kortum Award for Maritime History for his work on the 1905–06 expedition. He has worked on Galápagos science, history, and conservation for 30 years, since first visiting the islands in 1982 on a paleontology expedition.

As always, Sacramento Darwin Day will include refreshments, entertainment, displays and tables.

Admission is $10 per person through Feb 6, payable online or by mailed check. At the door, it’s $15 or $10 with  Student ID. See theevent flyer (link below) for a payment form and address for mailed payments.

Feb
17
Wed
2016
NGSS Webinars from LACOE @ Online
Feb 17 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Event Dates: Sep 23, 2015 | Dec 10, 2015 | Feb 17, 2016 | Apr 20, 2016 | Jun 15, 2016

These free 1-hour webinars will provide you the opportunity to gain information and updates around the new Next Generation Science Standards.  Participants will be able to listen to news from local, state, and national levels, including the ability to ask questions!  All webinars will be archived and you can watch from the comfort of your own classroom!
Feb
19
Fri
2016
Science safety training for educators @ Ventura County Office of Education Board Room
Feb 19 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Do you need a refresher on science safety in the classroom? This training is for all science teachers who want to update their knowledge in preventing accidents and liability when conducting science activities. In addition, all Administrators, science department chairs, and designated persons indicated on the school/district’s chemical hygiene plan should attend this training. The Ventura County Schools Self-Funding Authority, which provides support services to our districts including safety services and general liability coverage is sponsoring a science safety training for all science teachers and administrators to assist our districts in providing the highest quality science education that includes safe experiments and activities in the classroom. Topics that will be covered in the training will include proper storage and disposal of chemical and biological materials. Participants will receive training in the global harmonized system (GHS) that has replaced the materials safety data sheets (MSDS) and a certificate of completion.

Feb
20
Sat
2016
NanoScience Institute – Water Filtration @ Los Angeles, CA
Feb 20 all-day

Presented by UCLA Science Project and the California NanoSystems Institute

Free workshop for high school and middle school teachers – free laboratory kits for 90 students included.

Get students excited about science – connect to common core and next generation science standards.

‘Common Core, NGSS Science and Water Education’ Workshop: Santa Cruz
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

SANTA CRUZ AREA EDUCATORS!  Teaching to the Common Core (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) can be achieved with the California Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum (EEI) and the Project WET (Water Education for Teachers). Come learn by doing at this engaging teacher workshop at the County Office of Education. All workshop attendees will receive an EEI class set of materials, a Project WET Guide 2.0, local curricula for the Santa Cruz County and lunch for a registration fee of $10! CEU credit is available from CSU Monterey Bay. Please register at: http://santacruz.k12oms.org/1277-108406 or contact Amity Sandage, CREEC Coordinator if you have questions at: (831) 466-5711 or amity@creec.org.

Feb
23
Tue
2016
Science in the River City (SIRC) #5 @ Sequoia Hall, Sacramento State University
Feb 23 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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

All SIRC workshops are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Instructors are university faculty or experienced Sacramento Aarea Science Project (SASP) teachers leaders. Attending SIRC will enrich your elementary, middle, or high school classsroom by providing new thools and ways to think about teaching science.

Feb
27
Sat
2016
NGSS: Engineering Our Future – Gold Coast Science Network Conference @ Oxnard College
Feb 27 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Click HERE to Register for the 2016 ​GCSN Conference for STEM Education!
Gold Coast Science Network (GCSN) is currently recruiting conference presenters. All areas of STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) are welcome but we are especially seeking workshops that support the common core state standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Sessions that focus on instructional strategies and resources for STEM education are welcome. 
Click HERE to submit a presenter application
(or HERE to download a PDF version)

You can also download the conference flyer in color or in black & white.
Click HERE if you are interested in being an exhibitor at the conference.

CLICK HERE FOR CONFERENCE UPDATES!
(find out about workshops, hotel discounts, and more)

Conference flyer.

‘Water in the Russian River Watershed’ Workshop: Forestville
Feb 27 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

SONOMA COUNTY EDUCATORS! Let us help you teach your students about the drought, floods and other water issues in the Russian River watershed by attending our locally-oriented Project WET workshop. The goal of Project WET is to promote awareness, appreciation and knowledge of California’s precious water resources. We have tailored the workshop to our region with activities that highlight local water issues and concerns. All participants will receive a Project WET 2.0 guide, free access to the Project WET Portal and the opportunity to register for (.6) CEU credit for attending this workshop. Lunch and snacks will be provided. There is no fee for this workshop.  Please visit our website: http://www.scwa.ca.gov/workshops to register. (9:30 am – 3:30 pm)

Mar
3
Thu
2016
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Mar 3 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Mar
2
Wed
2016
The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Mar
12
Sat
2016
‘Water Education in a Changing Climate’ workshop: Los Angeles
Mar 12 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

LOS ANGELES EDUCATORS! Join the USC Sea Grant program and fellow educators for a FREE hands-on professional development workshop addressing climate change impacts with regards to California’s water supply. Learn how the interdisciplinary activities can help you communicate about climate science and water issues us as weave “Science and Engineering Practices” (SEPs) and Cross Cutting Concepts into the engaging content (DCIs) already featured in two outstanding and proven curricular tools: Project Wet and California’s place-based EEI.  Our workshop models activities that are practical for teachers, yet also engages student interdisciplinary critical thinking skills that are at the core of CCSS and NGSS. To register, please contact Kirk Amato at Kirk.Amato@calrecycle.ca.gov or (916) 341-6762.

Mar
18
Fri
2016
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Leadership Conference @ Liberty Station Conference Center
Mar 18 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

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

The NGSS Leadership Conference brings district leadership teams together with California and national leaders in science education to support the transition and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. Teams will receive the most current information on CA NGSS, collaborate and learn about implementation efforts, and refine their own NGSS implementation plan.

Topics for the 2016 NGSS Leadership Conference include:

  • Creating, implementing, and refining an implementation plan for NGSS
  • Building a vision for elementary science education to meet the NGSS
  • Taking action: Implementing a middle school science program
  • High school course models in NGSS
  • The changing nature of formative, summative, and statewide assessment in the NGSS
  • Supporting teacher and administrator NGSS professional learning
  • An update and overview of the CA Science Framework

Cost: $150 per participant

Questions? John Spiegel (858) 292-3854 john.spiegel@sdcoe.net

Registration: Kathy Bowman (858) 292-3789 katharine.bowman@sdcoe.net

To Register: http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/1022-99813

Mar
19
Sat
2016
NanoScience Institute – Electrochemical Energy Storage @ Los Angeles, CA
Mar 19 all-day

Presented by UCLA Science Project and the California NanoSystems Institute

Free workshop for high school and middle school teachers – free laboratory kits for 90 students included.

Get students excited about science – connect to common core and next generation science standards.

Mar
29
Tue
2016
Science in the River City (SIRC) #6 @ Sequoia Hall, Sacramento State University
Mar 29 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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

All SIRC workshops are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Instructors are university faculty or experienced Sacramento Aarea Science Project (SASP) teachers leaders. Attending SIRC will enrich your elementary, middle, or high school classsroom by providing new thools and ways to think about teaching science.

Apr
7
Thu
2016
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Apr 7 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Apr
6
Wed
2016
The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Apr
16
Sat
2016
NanoScience Institute – Biopolymers @ Los Angeles, CA
Apr 16 all-day

Presented by UCLA Science Project and the California NanoSystems Institute

Free workshop for high school and middle school teachers – free laboratory kits for 90 students included.

Get students excited about science – connect to common core and next generation science standards.

Apr
19
Tue
2016
San Diego COE NGSS Grade Level Academies (Middle & High School) @ San Diego County Office of Education
Apr 19 @ 8:00 am – Apr 20 @ 3:00 pm

3 Day Event: Event Dates: Apr 19, 2016 | Apr 20, 2016 | May 17, 2016
Three day grade level academies provide secondary teachers with an opportunity to come together and look in depth at the conceptual shifts and three-dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as their connection to the Common Core State Standards. Teachers adapt lessons and instructional units to align to the NGSS and CCSS. The third day of the academy provides teachers an opportunity to look at student work and reflect/revise the unit or lessons they have adapted.