October 2014 – Vol. 27 No. 2

CALENDAR

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
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.

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

Workshop 1:  Grades K, 1, 2

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

Come learn more about Project SWELL!

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

Register Today!

Oct
29
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guest Speaker

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

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

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

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

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

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

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

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Nov
6
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Nov 6 – Nov 7 all-day

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

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

Nov
7
Fri
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 7 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

SANTA CLARA VALLEY EDUCATORS! All Santa Clara County educators are invited to participate in this FREE Project WET training, which includes hand-on demonstrations of the lessons and activities in the Project WET Guide 2.0. Participants will become “immersed” in the world of water and experience it firsthand and be able to supplement classroom science work with a FREE copy of the Project WET Guide 2.0 upon completion. Mark your calendar for this workshop! To register, please contact Janet Hedley, Education Outreach: 408 630-2601 or JHedley@valleywater.org.

Nov
8
Sat
2014
Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World @ Disneyland Hotel
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join ANS for a full-day exploration of nuclear science and
technology.

Our knowledgeable nuclear professionals will work right alongside you, providing guidance and inspiration as you explore classroom-ready experiments and activities that align with the current science standards (CCSS and NGSS). You’ll leave the workshop ready to engage your student about learning nuclear science.

Early Bird Registration (by 10/03/14) : $95.00!
General Registration fees (10/04- 10/24): $149.00

Final deadline for registration, Friday, October 24th

SPACE IS LIMITED: Pre-registration is required
Details and registration located at:
NuclearConnect.org/anaheim2014

 

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

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

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

Call for Proposals – Due October 15, 2014

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

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

Early Bird Registration is now OPEN!

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

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

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Joseph Krajcik.

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

Registration is a two part process.

Step 1: Fill out the Registration Form

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

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

Waterscape of the Los Angeles Basin
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

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

SoCal MakerCon @ Los Angeles Fairplex
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The largest event celebrating inventiveness, innovation and ideas in Southern California!

Whether you’re a hobbyist, inventor, student, entrepreneur, amateur or professional; you are part of the maker future and the SoCal MakerCon is something to be excited about. This is a new kind of event for the emerging maker culture. Even if you know nothing about being a maker, this is the place to learn about ideas that are transforming the world and empowering anyone with curiosity and creative impulse to take part.

Things to see and do at SoCal MakerCon

-Mind-blowing exhibits of emerging technologies
-3D Printing demos and products
-Robotics
-Drones (quadcopters)
-Hands-on workshops
-Interactive displays
-DIY and hacker projects (meet the makers)
-Speakers
-Startup Alley
-Crowdfunding campaign demos
-Robot Battles
-Exhibitors with products and services (makerkspace membership, control boards, 3D printers and filament etc.)
-Learn about local resources that are empowering people to make anything their imagination allows for very little money

This is the premier event for ideas and innovation. Whether you participate as a spectator, exhibitor, or speaker, you will find it impossible to not be inspired by the infinite creativity and optimism that is the driving force behind this event and the maker movement in general.

Nov
12
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Nov 12 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Nov
15
Sat
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY EDUCATORS! The Contra Costa County Water District invites you to this wonderful hands-on training and take-away materials for immediate use in your classroom. You’ll experience a wide-range of activities that will spark student interest through investigations of their own environment– all of which have been correlated to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. An inspired start to the new school year in a beautiful, natural place! To register, please contact Gina Oltman, CCWD Education Coordinator, at (925) 688-8010 or goltman@ccwater.com.

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
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.

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

Workshop 1:  Grades K, 1, 2

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

Come learn more about Project SWELL!

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

Register Today!

Oct
29
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guest Speaker

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

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

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

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

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

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

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

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Nov
6
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Nov 6 – Nov 7 all-day

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

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

Nov
7
Fri
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 7 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

SANTA CLARA VALLEY EDUCATORS! All Santa Clara County educators are invited to participate in this FREE Project WET training, which includes hand-on demonstrations of the lessons and activities in the Project WET Guide 2.0. Participants will become “immersed” in the world of water and experience it firsthand and be able to supplement classroom science work with a FREE copy of the Project WET Guide 2.0 upon completion. Mark your calendar for this workshop! To register, please contact Janet Hedley, Education Outreach: 408 630-2601 or JHedley@valleywater.org.

Nov
8
Sat
2014
Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World @ Disneyland Hotel
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join ANS for a full-day exploration of nuclear science and
technology.

Our knowledgeable nuclear professionals will work right alongside you, providing guidance and inspiration as you explore classroom-ready experiments and activities that align with the current science standards (CCSS and NGSS). You’ll leave the workshop ready to engage your student about learning nuclear science.

Early Bird Registration (by 10/03/14) : $95.00!
General Registration fees (10/04- 10/24): $149.00

Final deadline for registration, Friday, October 24th

SPACE IS LIMITED: Pre-registration is required
Details and registration located at:
NuclearConnect.org/anaheim2014

 

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

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

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

Call for Proposals – Due October 15, 2014

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

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

Early Bird Registration is now OPEN!

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

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

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Joseph Krajcik.

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

Registration is a two part process.

Step 1: Fill out the Registration Form

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

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

Waterscape of the Los Angeles Basin
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

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

SoCal MakerCon @ Los Angeles Fairplex
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The largest event celebrating inventiveness, innovation and ideas in Southern California!

Whether you’re a hobbyist, inventor, student, entrepreneur, amateur or professional; you are part of the maker future and the SoCal MakerCon is something to be excited about. This is a new kind of event for the emerging maker culture. Even if you know nothing about being a maker, this is the place to learn about ideas that are transforming the world and empowering anyone with curiosity and creative impulse to take part.

Things to see and do at SoCal MakerCon

-Mind-blowing exhibits of emerging technologies
-3D Printing demos and products
-Robotics
-Drones (quadcopters)
-Hands-on workshops
-Interactive displays
-DIY and hacker projects (meet the makers)
-Speakers
-Startup Alley
-Crowdfunding campaign demos
-Robot Battles
-Exhibitors with products and services (makerkspace membership, control boards, 3D printers and filament etc.)
-Learn about local resources that are empowering people to make anything their imagination allows for very little money

This is the premier event for ideas and innovation. Whether you participate as a spectator, exhibitor, or speaker, you will find it impossible to not be inspired by the infinite creativity and optimism that is the driving force behind this event and the maker movement in general.

Nov
12
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Nov 12 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Nov
15
Sat
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY EDUCATORS! The Contra Costa County Water District invites you to this wonderful hands-on training and take-away materials for immediate use in your classroom. You’ll experience a wide-range of activities that will spark student interest through investigations of their own environment– all of which have been correlated to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. An inspired start to the new school year in a beautiful, natural place! To register, please contact Gina Oltman, CCWD Education Coordinator, at (925) 688-8010 or goltman@ccwater.com.

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
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.

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

Workshop 1:  Grades K, 1, 2

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

Come learn more about Project SWELL!

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

Register Today!

Oct
29
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guest Speaker

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

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

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

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

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

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

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

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

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Nov
6
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Nov 6 – Nov 7 all-day

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

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

Nov
7
Fri
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 7 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

SANTA CLARA VALLEY EDUCATORS! All Santa Clara County educators are invited to participate in this FREE Project WET training, which includes hand-on demonstrations of the lessons and activities in the Project WET Guide 2.0. Participants will become “immersed” in the world of water and experience it firsthand and be able to supplement classroom science work with a FREE copy of the Project WET Guide 2.0 upon completion. Mark your calendar for this workshop! To register, please contact Janet Hedley, Education Outreach: 408 630-2601 or JHedley@valleywater.org.

Nov
8
Sat
2014
Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World @ Disneyland Hotel
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join ANS for a full-day exploration of nuclear science and
technology.

Our knowledgeable nuclear professionals will work right alongside you, providing guidance and inspiration as you explore classroom-ready experiments and activities that align with the current science standards (CCSS and NGSS). You’ll leave the workshop ready to engage your student about learning nuclear science.

Early Bird Registration (by 10/03/14) : $95.00!
General Registration fees (10/04- 10/24): $149.00

Final deadline for registration, Friday, October 24th

SPACE IS LIMITED: Pre-registration is required
Details and registration located at:
NuclearConnect.org/anaheim2014

 

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

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

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

Call for Proposals – Due October 15, 2014

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

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

Early Bird Registration is now OPEN!

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

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

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Joseph Krajcik.

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

Registration is a two part process.

Step 1: Fill out the Registration Form

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

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

Waterscape of the Los Angeles Basin
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

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

SoCal MakerCon @ Los Angeles Fairplex
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The largest event celebrating inventiveness, innovation and ideas in Southern California!

Whether you’re a hobbyist, inventor, student, entrepreneur, amateur or professional; you are part of the maker future and the SoCal MakerCon is something to be excited about. This is a new kind of event for the emerging maker culture. Even if you know nothing about being a maker, this is the place to learn about ideas that are transforming the world and empowering anyone with curiosity and creative impulse to take part.

Things to see and do at SoCal MakerCon

-Mind-blowing exhibits of emerging technologies
-3D Printing demos and products
-Robotics
-Drones (quadcopters)
-Hands-on workshops
-Interactive displays
-DIY and hacker projects (meet the makers)
-Speakers
-Startup Alley
-Crowdfunding campaign demos
-Robot Battles
-Exhibitors with products and services (makerkspace membership, control boards, 3D printers and filament etc.)
-Learn about local resources that are empowering people to make anything their imagination allows for very little money

This is the premier event for ideas and innovation. Whether you participate as a spectator, exhibitor, or speaker, you will find it impossible to not be inspired by the infinite creativity and optimism that is the driving force behind this event and the maker movement in general.

Nov
12
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Nov 12 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Nov
15
Sat
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY EDUCATORS! The Contra Costa County Water District invites you to this wonderful hands-on training and take-away materials for immediate use in your classroom. You’ll experience a wide-range of activities that will spark student interest through investigations of their own environment– all of which have been correlated to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. An inspired start to the new school year in a beautiful, natural place! To register, please contact Gina Oltman, CCWD Education Coordinator, at (925) 688-8010 or goltman@ccwater.com.

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

Workshop 1:  Grades K, 1, 2

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

Come learn more about Project SWELL!

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

Register Today!

Oct
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.

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

Workshop 1:  Grades K, 1, 2

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

Come learn more about Project SWELL!

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

Register Today!

Oct
29
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guest Speaker

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

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

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

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

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

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

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

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Nov
6
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Nov 6 – Nov 7 all-day

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

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

Nov
7
Fri
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 7 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

SANTA CLARA VALLEY EDUCATORS! All Santa Clara County educators are invited to participate in this FREE Project WET training, which includes hand-on demonstrations of the lessons and activities in the Project WET Guide 2.0. Participants will become “immersed” in the world of water and experience it firsthand and be able to supplement classroom science work with a FREE copy of the Project WET Guide 2.0 upon completion. Mark your calendar for this workshop! To register, please contact Janet Hedley, Education Outreach: 408 630-2601 or JHedley@valleywater.org.

Nov
8
Sat
2014
Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World @ Disneyland Hotel
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join ANS for a full-day exploration of nuclear science and
technology.

Our knowledgeable nuclear professionals will work right alongside you, providing guidance and inspiration as you explore classroom-ready experiments and activities that align with the current science standards (CCSS and NGSS). You’ll leave the workshop ready to engage your student about learning nuclear science.

Early Bird Registration (by 10/03/14) : $95.00!
General Registration fees (10/04- 10/24): $149.00

Final deadline for registration, Friday, October 24th

SPACE IS LIMITED: Pre-registration is required
Details and registration located at:
NuclearConnect.org/anaheim2014

 

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

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

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

Call for Proposals – Due October 15, 2014

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

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

Early Bird Registration is now OPEN!

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

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

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Joseph Krajcik.

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

Registration is a two part process.

Step 1: Fill out the Registration Form

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

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

Waterscape of the Los Angeles Basin
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

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

SoCal MakerCon @ Los Angeles Fairplex
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The largest event celebrating inventiveness, innovation and ideas in Southern California!

Whether you’re a hobbyist, inventor, student, entrepreneur, amateur or professional; you are part of the maker future and the SoCal MakerCon is something to be excited about. This is a new kind of event for the emerging maker culture. Even if you know nothing about being a maker, this is the place to learn about ideas that are transforming the world and empowering anyone with curiosity and creative impulse to take part.

Things to see and do at SoCal MakerCon

-Mind-blowing exhibits of emerging technologies
-3D Printing demos and products
-Robotics
-Drones (quadcopters)
-Hands-on workshops
-Interactive displays
-DIY and hacker projects (meet the makers)
-Speakers
-Startup Alley
-Crowdfunding campaign demos
-Robot Battles
-Exhibitors with products and services (makerkspace membership, control boards, 3D printers and filament etc.)
-Learn about local resources that are empowering people to make anything their imagination allows for very little money

This is the premier event for ideas and innovation. Whether you participate as a spectator, exhibitor, or speaker, you will find it impossible to not be inspired by the infinite creativity and optimism that is the driving force behind this event and the maker movement in general.

Nov
12
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Nov 12 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Nov
15
Sat
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY EDUCATORS! The Contra Costa County Water District invites you to this wonderful hands-on training and take-away materials for immediate use in your classroom. You’ll experience a wide-range of activities that will spark student interest through investigations of their own environment– all of which have been correlated to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. An inspired start to the new school year in a beautiful, natural place! To register, please contact Gina Oltman, CCWD Education Coordinator, at (925) 688-8010 or goltman@ccwater.com.

Oct
29
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
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.

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

Workshop 1:  Grades K, 1, 2

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

Come learn more about Project SWELL!

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

Register Today!

Oct
29
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guest Speaker

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

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

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

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

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

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

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

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Nov
6
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Nov 6 – Nov 7 all-day

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

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

Nov
7
Fri
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 7 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

SANTA CLARA VALLEY EDUCATORS! All Santa Clara County educators are invited to participate in this FREE Project WET training, which includes hand-on demonstrations of the lessons and activities in the Project WET Guide 2.0. Participants will become “immersed” in the world of water and experience it firsthand and be able to supplement classroom science work with a FREE copy of the Project WET Guide 2.0 upon completion. Mark your calendar for this workshop! To register, please contact Janet Hedley, Education Outreach: 408 630-2601 or JHedley@valleywater.org.

Nov
8
Sat
2014
Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World @ Disneyland Hotel
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join ANS for a full-day exploration of nuclear science and
technology.

Our knowledgeable nuclear professionals will work right alongside you, providing guidance and inspiration as you explore classroom-ready experiments and activities that align with the current science standards (CCSS and NGSS). You’ll leave the workshop ready to engage your student about learning nuclear science.

Early Bird Registration (by 10/03/14) : $95.00!
General Registration fees (10/04- 10/24): $149.00

Final deadline for registration, Friday, October 24th

SPACE IS LIMITED: Pre-registration is required
Details and registration located at:
NuclearConnect.org/anaheim2014

 

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

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

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

Call for Proposals – Due October 15, 2014

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

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

Early Bird Registration is now OPEN!

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

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

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Joseph Krajcik.

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

Registration is a two part process.

Step 1: Fill out the Registration Form

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

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

Waterscape of the Los Angeles Basin
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

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

SoCal MakerCon @ Los Angeles Fairplex
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The largest event celebrating inventiveness, innovation and ideas in Southern California!

Whether you’re a hobbyist, inventor, student, entrepreneur, amateur or professional; you are part of the maker future and the SoCal MakerCon is something to be excited about. This is a new kind of event for the emerging maker culture. Even if you know nothing about being a maker, this is the place to learn about ideas that are transforming the world and empowering anyone with curiosity and creative impulse to take part.

Things to see and do at SoCal MakerCon

-Mind-blowing exhibits of emerging technologies
-3D Printing demos and products
-Robotics
-Drones (quadcopters)
-Hands-on workshops
-Interactive displays
-DIY and hacker projects (meet the makers)
-Speakers
-Startup Alley
-Crowdfunding campaign demos
-Robot Battles
-Exhibitors with products and services (makerkspace membership, control boards, 3D printers and filament etc.)
-Learn about local resources that are empowering people to make anything their imagination allows for very little money

This is the premier event for ideas and innovation. Whether you participate as a spectator, exhibitor, or speaker, you will find it impossible to not be inspired by the infinite creativity and optimism that is the driving force behind this event and the maker movement in general.

Nov
12
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Nov 12 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Nov
15
Sat
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY EDUCATORS! The Contra Costa County Water District invites you to this wonderful hands-on training and take-away materials for immediate use in your classroom. You’ll experience a wide-range of activities that will spark student interest through investigations of their own environment– all of which have been correlated to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. An inspired start to the new school year in a beautiful, natural place! To register, please contact Gina Oltman, CCWD Education Coordinator, at (925) 688-8010 or goltman@ccwater.com.

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

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

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

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

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

Guest Speaker

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

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

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

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

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

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

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

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

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

Oct
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.

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

Workshop 1:  Grades K, 1, 2

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

Come learn more about Project SWELL!

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

Register Today!

Oct
29
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guest Speaker

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

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

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

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

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

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

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

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

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Nov
6
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Nov 6 – Nov 7 all-day

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

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

Nov
7
Fri
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 7 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

SANTA CLARA VALLEY EDUCATORS! All Santa Clara County educators are invited to participate in this FREE Project WET training, which includes hand-on demonstrations of the lessons and activities in the Project WET Guide 2.0. Participants will become “immersed” in the world of water and experience it firsthand and be able to supplement classroom science work with a FREE copy of the Project WET Guide 2.0 upon completion. Mark your calendar for this workshop! To register, please contact Janet Hedley, Education Outreach: 408 630-2601 or JHedley@valleywater.org.

Nov
8
Sat
2014
Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World @ Disneyland Hotel
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join ANS for a full-day exploration of nuclear science and
technology.

Our knowledgeable nuclear professionals will work right alongside you, providing guidance and inspiration as you explore classroom-ready experiments and activities that align with the current science standards (CCSS and NGSS). You’ll leave the workshop ready to engage your student about learning nuclear science.

Early Bird Registration (by 10/03/14) : $95.00!
General Registration fees (10/04- 10/24): $149.00

Final deadline for registration, Friday, October 24th

SPACE IS LIMITED: Pre-registration is required
Details and registration located at:
NuclearConnect.org/anaheim2014

 

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

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

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

Call for Proposals – Due October 15, 2014

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

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

Early Bird Registration is now OPEN!

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

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

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Joseph Krajcik.

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

Registration is a two part process.

Step 1: Fill out the Registration Form

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

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

Waterscape of the Los Angeles Basin
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

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

SoCal MakerCon @ Los Angeles Fairplex
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The largest event celebrating inventiveness, innovation and ideas in Southern California!

Whether you’re a hobbyist, inventor, student, entrepreneur, amateur or professional; you are part of the maker future and the SoCal MakerCon is something to be excited about. This is a new kind of event for the emerging maker culture. Even if you know nothing about being a maker, this is the place to learn about ideas that are transforming the world and empowering anyone with curiosity and creative impulse to take part.

Things to see and do at SoCal MakerCon

-Mind-blowing exhibits of emerging technologies
-3D Printing demos and products
-Robotics
-Drones (quadcopters)
-Hands-on workshops
-Interactive displays
-DIY and hacker projects (meet the makers)
-Speakers
-Startup Alley
-Crowdfunding campaign demos
-Robot Battles
-Exhibitors with products and services (makerkspace membership, control boards, 3D printers and filament etc.)
-Learn about local resources that are empowering people to make anything their imagination allows for very little money

This is the premier event for ideas and innovation. Whether you participate as a spectator, exhibitor, or speaker, you will find it impossible to not be inspired by the infinite creativity and optimism that is the driving force behind this event and the maker movement in general.

Nov
12
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Nov 12 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Nov
15
Sat
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY EDUCATORS! The Contra Costa County Water District invites you to this wonderful hands-on training and take-away materials for immediate use in your classroom. You’ll experience a wide-range of activities that will spark student interest through investigations of their own environment– all of which have been correlated to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. An inspired start to the new school year in a beautiful, natural place! To register, please contact Gina Oltman, CCWD Education Coordinator, at (925) 688-8010 or goltman@ccwater.com.

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

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

Oct
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.

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

Workshop 1:  Grades K, 1, 2

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

Come learn more about Project SWELL!

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

Register Today!

Oct
29
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guest Speaker

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

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

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

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

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

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

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

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Nov
6
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Nov 6 – Nov 7 all-day

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

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

Nov
7
Fri
2014
Project WET Workshop
Nov 7 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

SANTA CLARA VALLEY EDUCATORS! All Santa Clara County educators are invited to participate in this FREE Project WET training, which includes hand-on demonstrations of the lessons and activities in the Project WET Guide 2.0. Participants will become “immersed” in the world of water and experience it firsthand and be able to supplement classroom science work with a FREE copy of the Project WET Guide 2.0 upon completion. Mark your calendar for this workshop! To register, please contact Janet Hedley, Education Outreach: 408 630-2601 or JHedley@valleywater.org.