June/July 2016 – Vol. 28 No. 10/11

CALENDAR

Jun
1
Wed
2016
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 1 – Aug 15 all-day

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

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

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

THE ONLINE COURSE:

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

The online course, which may be completed over a two-month period or by the course deadline, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

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

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

Jun
26
Sun
2016
University of New Hampshire Project SMART for High School Students @ University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH
Jun 26 – Jul 22 all-day

EventListingProjectSMARTProject SMART is a UNH outreach program for high school students considering a career in science.  SMART is a residential program where students live on campus for 4 weeks and participate in 1 of 3 modules of their choosing. Students learn advanced concepts in science and participate in active research programs with UNH faculty. Students who select Biotech and Nanotech learn advanced concepts in genetics and perform sophisticated laboratory experiments. Students in Marine and Environmental Science divide their time between field and laboratory work and spend part of their time continuing long-time studies of environmental change in the mountains, woods, ponds and marine environments of New Hampshire. Students in Space Science work with faculty on diverse current research efforts including the use of spacecraft data and build a balloon payload with scientific instruments of their own construction that they fly to the edge of space.  Learn more at http://www.smart.unh.edu and http://projectsmartspacescience.sr.unh.edu/.

Jun
28
Tue
2016
2016 National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) Summer Leadership Institute @ Marriott Mission Valley Hotel
Jun 28 – Jul 1 all-day

Join us June 28 – July 1, 2016 in San Diego for the annual NSELA Summer Leadership Institute!  Kathy DiRanna, Kendall Zoller, and Jodi Peterson are keynote speakers with topics including:

  • Understanding the Change Process
  • Building a Culture for Change
  • Making Decisions Based on Evidence

Learn more about program details and register!

Make your Marriott room reservations HERE.

National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) @ Marriott Mission Valley Hotel
Jun 28 @ 1:00 pm – Jun 30 @ 4:00 pm

ACT NOW! Offer expires June 26, 2016. Flinn has partnered with the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) to promote a limited-time offer for those interested in attending the Summer Leadership Institute this month.

Call for Free NSELA Membership and Save $225 on Your Registration! The National Science Education Leadership Association is offering this exclusive opportunity to attend its annual Summer Leadership Institute, June 28 – July 1, at the Marriott Mission Valley Hotel in San Diego, California.

NSELA’s Summer Leadership Institute, “Leadership in a Sea of Change,” is an exceptional summer learning event for all science educators including STEM faculty. This year’s topics are: Understanding the Change Process, Building a Culture for Change, and Making Decisions Based on Evidence.

To take advantage of this exclusive offer, please contact Beth Harris by June 26 at membership@nsela.org  or 919-561-3612.

Your limited-time exclusive offer includes:
–Access to 4 days of professional development and mind-share with fellow science educators and administrators. (See Agenda items below.)
–A Reduced Registration Fee, now only $350 (regularly $575) and includes a free NSELA membership ($60 value).
–Free access to special dinner receptions and includes breakfasts and lunches during the institute.

The agenda includes:
–Three keynote speakers: Kendall Zoller, Kathy DiRanna, and Jodi Peterson
–Nine breakout sessions focusing on best practices in science leadership and learning
–Two receptions: one featuring Gerald Solomon of the Samulei Foundation and the STEM Funders Network, and a second at the USS Midway, voted the top tourist attraction in San Diego by Trip Advisor.

Details regarding the conference may be found on the NSELA website, http://www.nsela.org/sli
An additional opportunity for a behind the scenes tour at the San Diego Zoo is available on Friday, July 1 for $25. Tour capacity is limited.

To take advantage of the discounted rate in this exclusive offer, please contact Beth Harris by June 26 at membership@nsela.org or 919-561-3612.

Jul
6
Wed
2016
Summer Teacher Workshops 2016: Carmel Valley
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – Jul 8 @ 4:00 pm

MONTEREY BAY EDUCATORS! This summer the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District are partnering on a three-day workshop that incorporates Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree national curricula with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core standards. This workshop is designed for K-8th grade teachers, but all grade levels are welcome. Teachers are welcome to attend one, two or all three days of the workshop. Please select the number of days you would like to attend. Continuing Educational Units are available through CSU Monterey Bay for an additional fee. Please visit our website to register at: http://www.pgmuseum.org/teacher-resources/#Teacher2016 or contact Ann Wasser if you have questions at wasser@pgmuseum.org or (831) 648-5716 ext.14.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

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

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Jul
15
Fri
2016
CA Science (NGSS) Framework 2nd Draft/Final Public Review @ Ventura COE Conference and Educational Services Center
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please join science educators and administrators around Ventura County to preview the 2nd and final draft of the CA Science Framework before being submitted for approval to the CA School Board of Education (SBE). The 2nd draft will be the last opportunity for the public to make recommenda-tions and comments on the framework that will be used to guide and sup-port the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in California. The Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) will be facilitating an overview and break-out session to review specific chapters of the framework. Participants are not required, but are encouraged to pre-read chapter 1 and 2 from the CA Science Framework draft. We look for-ward to your participation in our framework review.

Jul
18
Mon
2016
Argument-Driven Inquiry Train the Trainer Institute @ Sonesta Hotel, Austin, TX
Jul 18 @ 8:00 am – Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm

ADIThis course is designed to help district science supervisors and teachers develop the knowledge and skills needed to be able to train teachers about the Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) instructional model. Participants will first learn about the limitations of typical laboratory instruction and why ADI can help all students develop the knowledge and skills they need to be proficient in science. Next, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the ADI instructional model by partaking in all eight stages of two different ADI lab investigations from start to finish. From there, participants will see how ADI is aligned with state and national standards for Science and English-Language Arts and learn about ways to support the needs of different students during each stage of the approach. Participants will then learn how to integrate ADI into a science curriculum. Finally, participants will learn how to host an ADI 101 or AD1 102 course for other teachers, how to get teacher buy-in, and how to help teachers adopt this new approach of instruction. Register online at: http://www.argumentdriveninquiry.com/adi-trainer-certification-institute.html

Use Coupon Code: CSTA10 to receive 10% off registration.

Jul
25
Mon
2016
Floodplain Ecology Institute: Chico
Jul 25 @ 8:00 am – Jul 27 @ 4:00 pm

UPPER SACRAMENTO VALLEY EDUCATORS! The Floodplain Ecology Institute is designed to increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of floodplain ecosystems and provide participants with the tools to educate their students about their relationship to their watershed. The program includes the introduction of standards based curriculum (Project WET and the Education and the Environment Initiative Units), field experiences, hands-on inquiry-based lab activities, and guest speakers and demonstrations by agencies. $200 Stipend upon completion of the project.  Please contact Anne Stephens for questions or to register at: akstephens@csuchico.edu or 530-898-5515 for additional questions. (8:00 am – 4:00 pm/each day)

Jul
29
Fri
2016
Better Together: California Teachers Summit @ Various Locations Across California
Jul 29 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

BetterTogetherAs California embraces new ways of teaching and learning, you deserve more opportunities to connect with and learn from your fellow teachers. Teachers are the experts when it comes to the California Standards – no one knows more about what’s working in the classroom and where you need more support.

The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the California State University (CSU), and New Teacher Center invite you to join thousands of teachers across the state for the second annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit. This free day of learning will provide the opportunity to share ideas, join a teacher network, and learn effective strategies for implementing the new California Standards in your classroom. Building on momentum from last year’s event that drew 15,000 teachers, this year’s Summit will be even stronger. Like last year, the Summit will feature keynote addresses by education leaders, TED-style EdTalks presented by local teachers, and Edcamp discussions, led by teachers, for teachers.

This free event will take place on Friday, July 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at nearly 40 locations, including college and university campuses across the state. You will walk away from the Summit with:

  • Insights from fellow teachers about effective strategies for implementing the California Standards in English/Language Arts and Math and the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • A powerful network of colleagues from your home region to support future collaboration.
  • Access to new resources and concrete tools that are already working in classrooms across the state.

We encourage you to register for this opportunity today! The event is free to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators. Continuing education credits will also be available to interested teachers at a minimal cost.

Go to cateachersummit.com to learn more, find the location nearest to you, and register for the day of learning.

We also know teachers want to hear and learn from one another. Please share this flyer to ensure your colleagues are able to take advantage of this unique learning opportunity.

Thank you for all your work this school year, and see you at the convening!

Aug
4
Thu
2016
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Aug 4 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Aug
3
Wed
2016
The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Aug
15
Mon
2016
Understanding California’s High School 3-Course Model that Integrates Earth and Space Sciences into Biology, Chemistry, and Physics @ San Joaquin County Office of Education Wentworth Educational Center
Aug 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Are you considering the high school 3 course model? Come spend a day with the writers of the California Science Framework High School chapters and learn how to develop a coherent Earth Space Science Integrated course for each of the 3 years. The three courses developed in the framework include: The Living Earth, Physics in the Universe, and Chemistry of the Earth System. This workshop format will begin with a facilitated discussion of the overall 3 course model and the role of integration of Earth science into the other disciplines. This will be followed by breakout sessions for each course. During this time participants will deepen their understanding of the course and justification for unit design. The day will conclude with guided discussion of the Pros and Cons for the order of the courses and time for district teams to consider their next steps.
Click here to download the event flyer!
Target Audience:
This workshop is specifically for high school teachers (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science), science chairs,  curriculum developers, and administrators that are planning NGSS courses. The emphasis will be on the 3-course model as outlined in the new CA Science Framework.
Logistics:
Date: Monday, August 15, 2016
Time: 9am -4pm (Continental breakfast and sign-in at 8:30am.)
Payment Information:
$125.00 per participant
Fee includes all materials, Continental breakfast, and lunch.
Cancellation Policy: If the workshop is canceled by SJCOE, registrants will be notified in advance and will obtain a full refund.  No refunds will be given for participant cancellations.  
Feel free to call our office at 209-468-4880 if you have any questions!
Aug
16
Tue
2016
Understanding California’s High School 3-Course Model that Integrates Earth and Space Sciences into Biology, Chemistry, and Physics @ CSU East Bay, University Union, Multipurpose Room A & B
Aug 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Are you considering the high school 3 course model? Come spend a day with the writers of the California Science Framework High School chapters and learn how to develop a coherent Earth Space Science Integrated course for each of the 3 years. The three courses developed in the framework include: The Living Earth, Physics in the Universe, and Chemistry of the Earth System. This workshop format will begin with a facilitated discussion of the overall 3 course model and the role of integration of Earth science into the other disciplines. This will be followed by breakout sessions for each course. During this time participants will deepen their understanding of the course and justification for unit design. The day will conclude with guided discussion of the Pros and Cons for the order of the courses and time for district teams to consider their next steps.

Logistics:
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Time: 9am – 4pm (Registration/continental breakfast at 8:30 am) Location: CSU East Bay University Union, Multipurpose Room A & B 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd Hayward CA 94542 **Any questions, call Sylvia de la Cruz at 510.670.4253 or email: sdelaCruz@acoe.org

 Captionless Image

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

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Sep
7
Wed
2016
Next Generation Science Standards Symposium: Transition to Implementation Rollout #3 Training @ California State University, East Bay (New University Union)
Sep 7 @ 8:00 am – Sep 8 @ 4:30 pm

Rollout #3 Agenda

Day 1

 7:30 – 8:00
Registering and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30
Plenary Session, Welcome, and Set-up for the 2 Days

8:30-9:15
CA NGSS Assessment Update

9:15-9:30
Environmental Principles and Concepts

9:45-12:15
Administrator Session:  Tool P Observing Implementation

9:45-12:15
Teacher Session: Tool E Putting it Together

Lunch 12: 15-1:15

1:15-4:30
Transitional Learning Sequences:  What Does it Look Like at My Grade Span?
(Grade Span Choices: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Physical Science, & 9-12 Life Science)

4:30
Dismissal

 

Day 2

7:30-8:00
Registering and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15
Plenary Session, Welcome, Housekeeping

8:30 – 11:30
Deepening Understanding of Modeling in the Elementary/Secondary Classroom
(Grade Span Choices K-5, 6-12)

Lunch 11:30-12:30

12:30-1:30
Table Talks

Choice:  1:45-3:45

Admin Planning for Communication

Science and Common Core ELA

Exploring Integration at Middle School

High School Models

Engineering in Life Science

(K-12)

Cross Cutting Concepts: Deepening Our Understanding

3:50 – 4:30
Next Steps and Action Planning

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

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Sep
8
Thu
2016
Project WET Workshop: Tehachapi
Sep 8 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

TEHACHAPI USD EDUCATORS! The Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District and Tehachapi Unified School District invite you to join us for this FREE water education workshop, which will include hands-on experience with the activities of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)! Project WET is an exciting water education program that promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources. All Project WET activities are hands-on, investigative and easy-to-use. This workshop has been tailored to the region and will highlight local water.

Oct
1
Sat
2016
Understanding Climate Change in California: San Jose
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

Conference_Side_Column_Register-Early

Jun
1
Wed
2016
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 1 – Aug 15 all-day

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

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

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

THE ONLINE COURSE:

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

The online course, which may be completed over a two-month period or by the course deadline, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

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

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

Jun
26
Sun
2016
University of New Hampshire Project SMART for High School Students @ University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH
Jun 26 – Jul 22 all-day

EventListingProjectSMARTProject SMART is a UNH outreach program for high school students considering a career in science.  SMART is a residential program where students live on campus for 4 weeks and participate in 1 of 3 modules of their choosing. Students learn advanced concepts in science and participate in active research programs with UNH faculty. Students who select Biotech and Nanotech learn advanced concepts in genetics and perform sophisticated laboratory experiments. Students in Marine and Environmental Science divide their time between field and laboratory work and spend part of their time continuing long-time studies of environmental change in the mountains, woods, ponds and marine environments of New Hampshire. Students in Space Science work with faculty on diverse current research efforts including the use of spacecraft data and build a balloon payload with scientific instruments of their own construction that they fly to the edge of space.  Learn more at http://www.smart.unh.edu and http://projectsmartspacescience.sr.unh.edu/.

Jun
28
Tue
2016
2016 National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) Summer Leadership Institute @ Marriott Mission Valley Hotel
Jun 28 – Jul 1 all-day

Join us June 28 – July 1, 2016 in San Diego for the annual NSELA Summer Leadership Institute!  Kathy DiRanna, Kendall Zoller, and Jodi Peterson are keynote speakers with topics including:

  • Understanding the Change Process
  • Building a Culture for Change
  • Making Decisions Based on Evidence

Learn more about program details and register!

Make your Marriott room reservations HERE.

National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) @ Marriott Mission Valley Hotel
Jun 28 @ 1:00 pm – Jun 30 @ 4:00 pm

ACT NOW! Offer expires June 26, 2016. Flinn has partnered with the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) to promote a limited-time offer for those interested in attending the Summer Leadership Institute this month.

Call for Free NSELA Membership and Save $225 on Your Registration! The National Science Education Leadership Association is offering this exclusive opportunity to attend its annual Summer Leadership Institute, June 28 – July 1, at the Marriott Mission Valley Hotel in San Diego, California.

NSELA’s Summer Leadership Institute, “Leadership in a Sea of Change,” is an exceptional summer learning event for all science educators including STEM faculty. This year’s topics are: Understanding the Change Process, Building a Culture for Change, and Making Decisions Based on Evidence.

To take advantage of this exclusive offer, please contact Beth Harris by June 26 at membership@nsela.org  or 919-561-3612.

Your limited-time exclusive offer includes:
–Access to 4 days of professional development and mind-share with fellow science educators and administrators. (See Agenda items below.)
–A Reduced Registration Fee, now only $350 (regularly $575) and includes a free NSELA membership ($60 value).
–Free access to special dinner receptions and includes breakfasts and lunches during the institute.

The agenda includes:
–Three keynote speakers: Kendall Zoller, Kathy DiRanna, and Jodi Peterson
–Nine breakout sessions focusing on best practices in science leadership and learning
–Two receptions: one featuring Gerald Solomon of the Samulei Foundation and the STEM Funders Network, and a second at the USS Midway, voted the top tourist attraction in San Diego by Trip Advisor.

Details regarding the conference may be found on the NSELA website, http://www.nsela.org/sli
An additional opportunity for a behind the scenes tour at the San Diego Zoo is available on Friday, July 1 for $25. Tour capacity is limited.

To take advantage of the discounted rate in this exclusive offer, please contact Beth Harris by June 26 at membership@nsela.org or 919-561-3612.

Jul
6
Wed
2016
Summer Teacher Workshops 2016: Carmel Valley
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – Jul 8 @ 4:00 pm

MONTEREY BAY EDUCATORS! This summer the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District are partnering on a three-day workshop that incorporates Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree national curricula with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core standards. This workshop is designed for K-8th grade teachers, but all grade levels are welcome. Teachers are welcome to attend one, two or all three days of the workshop. Please select the number of days you would like to attend. Continuing Educational Units are available through CSU Monterey Bay for an additional fee. Please visit our website to register at: http://www.pgmuseum.org/teacher-resources/#Teacher2016 or contact Ann Wasser if you have questions at wasser@pgmuseum.org or (831) 648-5716 ext.14.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

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

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Jul
15
Fri
2016
CA Science (NGSS) Framework 2nd Draft/Final Public Review @ Ventura COE Conference and Educational Services Center
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please join science educators and administrators around Ventura County to preview the 2nd and final draft of the CA Science Framework before being submitted for approval to the CA School Board of Education (SBE). The 2nd draft will be the last opportunity for the public to make recommenda-tions and comments on the framework that will be used to guide and sup-port the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in California. The Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) will be facilitating an overview and break-out session to review specific chapters of the framework. Participants are not required, but are encouraged to pre-read chapter 1 and 2 from the CA Science Framework draft. We look for-ward to your participation in our framework review.

Jul
18
Mon
2016
Argument-Driven Inquiry Train the Trainer Institute @ Sonesta Hotel, Austin, TX
Jul 18 @ 8:00 am – Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm

ADIThis course is designed to help district science supervisors and teachers develop the knowledge and skills needed to be able to train teachers about the Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) instructional model. Participants will first learn about the limitations of typical laboratory instruction and why ADI can help all students develop the knowledge and skills they need to be proficient in science. Next, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the ADI instructional model by partaking in all eight stages of two different ADI lab investigations from start to finish. From there, participants will see how ADI is aligned with state and national standards for Science and English-Language Arts and learn about ways to support the needs of different students during each stage of the approach. Participants will then learn how to integrate ADI into a science curriculum. Finally, participants will learn how to host an ADI 101 or AD1 102 course for other teachers, how to get teacher buy-in, and how to help teachers adopt this new approach of instruction. Register online at: http://www.argumentdriveninquiry.com/adi-trainer-certification-institute.html

Use Coupon Code: CSTA10 to receive 10% off registration.

Jul
25
Mon
2016
Floodplain Ecology Institute: Chico
Jul 25 @ 8:00 am – Jul 27 @ 4:00 pm

UPPER SACRAMENTO VALLEY EDUCATORS! The Floodplain Ecology Institute is designed to increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of floodplain ecosystems and provide participants with the tools to educate their students about their relationship to their watershed. The program includes the introduction of standards based curriculum (Project WET and the Education and the Environment Initiative Units), field experiences, hands-on inquiry-based lab activities, and guest speakers and demonstrations by agencies. $200 Stipend upon completion of the project.  Please contact Anne Stephens for questions or to register at: akstephens@csuchico.edu or 530-898-5515 for additional questions. (8:00 am – 4:00 pm/each day)

Jul
29
Fri
2016
Better Together: California Teachers Summit @ Various Locations Across California
Jul 29 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

BetterTogetherAs California embraces new ways of teaching and learning, you deserve more opportunities to connect with and learn from your fellow teachers. Teachers are the experts when it comes to the California Standards – no one knows more about what’s working in the classroom and where you need more support.

The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the California State University (CSU), and New Teacher Center invite you to join thousands of teachers across the state for the second annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit. This free day of learning will provide the opportunity to share ideas, join a teacher network, and learn effective strategies for implementing the new California Standards in your classroom. Building on momentum from last year’s event that drew 15,000 teachers, this year’s Summit will be even stronger. Like last year, the Summit will feature keynote addresses by education leaders, TED-style EdTalks presented by local teachers, and Edcamp discussions, led by teachers, for teachers.

This free event will take place on Friday, July 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at nearly 40 locations, including college and university campuses across the state. You will walk away from the Summit with:

  • Insights from fellow teachers about effective strategies for implementing the California Standards in English/Language Arts and Math and the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • A powerful network of colleagues from your home region to support future collaboration.
  • Access to new resources and concrete tools that are already working in classrooms across the state.

We encourage you to register for this opportunity today! The event is free to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators. Continuing education credits will also be available to interested teachers at a minimal cost.

Go to cateachersummit.com to learn more, find the location nearest to you, and register for the day of learning.

We also know teachers want to hear and learn from one another. Please share this flyer to ensure your colleagues are able to take advantage of this unique learning opportunity.

Thank you for all your work this school year, and see you at the convening!

Aug
4
Thu
2016
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Aug 4 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Aug
3
Wed
2016
The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Aug
15
Mon
2016
Understanding California’s High School 3-Course Model that Integrates Earth and Space Sciences into Biology, Chemistry, and Physics @ San Joaquin County Office of Education Wentworth Educational Center
Aug 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Are you considering the high school 3 course model? Come spend a day with the writers of the California Science Framework High School chapters and learn how to develop a coherent Earth Space Science Integrated course for each of the 3 years. The three courses developed in the framework include: The Living Earth, Physics in the Universe, and Chemistry of the Earth System. This workshop format will begin with a facilitated discussion of the overall 3 course model and the role of integration of Earth science into the other disciplines. This will be followed by breakout sessions for each course. During this time participants will deepen their understanding of the course and justification for unit design. The day will conclude with guided discussion of the Pros and Cons for the order of the courses and time for district teams to consider their next steps.
Click here to download the event flyer!
Target Audience:
This workshop is specifically for high school teachers (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science), science chairs,  curriculum developers, and administrators that are planning NGSS courses. The emphasis will be on the 3-course model as outlined in the new CA Science Framework.
Logistics:
Date: Monday, August 15, 2016
Time: 9am -4pm (Continental breakfast and sign-in at 8:30am.)
Payment Information:
$125.00 per participant
Fee includes all materials, Continental breakfast, and lunch.
Cancellation Policy: If the workshop is canceled by SJCOE, registrants will be notified in advance and will obtain a full refund.  No refunds will be given for participant cancellations.  
Feel free to call our office at 209-468-4880 if you have any questions!
Aug
16
Tue
2016
Understanding California’s High School 3-Course Model that Integrates Earth and Space Sciences into Biology, Chemistry, and Physics @ CSU East Bay, University Union, Multipurpose Room A & B
Aug 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Are you considering the high school 3 course model? Come spend a day with the writers of the California Science Framework High School chapters and learn how to develop a coherent Earth Space Science Integrated course for each of the 3 years. The three courses developed in the framework include: The Living Earth, Physics in the Universe, and Chemistry of the Earth System. This workshop format will begin with a facilitated discussion of the overall 3 course model and the role of integration of Earth science into the other disciplines. This will be followed by breakout sessions for each course. During this time participants will deepen their understanding of the course and justification for unit design. The day will conclude with guided discussion of the Pros and Cons for the order of the courses and time for district teams to consider their next steps.

Logistics:
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Time: 9am – 4pm (Registration/continental breakfast at 8:30 am) Location: CSU East Bay University Union, Multipurpose Room A & B 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd Hayward CA 94542 **Any questions, call Sylvia de la Cruz at 510.670.4253 or email: sdelaCruz@acoe.org

 Captionless Image

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

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Sep
7
Wed
2016
Next Generation Science Standards Symposium: Transition to Implementation Rollout #3 Training @ California State University, East Bay (New University Union)
Sep 7 @ 8:00 am – Sep 8 @ 4:30 pm

Rollout #3 Agenda

Day 1

 7:30 – 8:00
Registering and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30
Plenary Session, Welcome, and Set-up for the 2 Days

8:30-9:15
CA NGSS Assessment Update

9:15-9:30
Environmental Principles and Concepts

9:45-12:15
Administrator Session:  Tool P Observing Implementation

9:45-12:15
Teacher Session: Tool E Putting it Together

Lunch 12: 15-1:15

1:15-4:30
Transitional Learning Sequences:  What Does it Look Like at My Grade Span?
(Grade Span Choices: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Physical Science, & 9-12 Life Science)

4:30
Dismissal

 

Day 2

7:30-8:00
Registering and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15
Plenary Session, Welcome, Housekeeping

8:30 – 11:30
Deepening Understanding of Modeling in the Elementary/Secondary Classroom
(Grade Span Choices K-5, 6-12)

Lunch 11:30-12:30

12:30-1:30
Table Talks

Choice:  1:45-3:45

Admin Planning for Communication

Science and Common Core ELA

Exploring Integration at Middle School

High School Models

Engineering in Life Science

(K-12)

Cross Cutting Concepts: Deepening Our Understanding

3:50 – 4:30
Next Steps and Action Planning

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

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Sep
8
Thu
2016
Project WET Workshop: Tehachapi
Sep 8 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

TEHACHAPI USD EDUCATORS! The Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District and Tehachapi Unified School District invite you to join us for this FREE water education workshop, which will include hands-on experience with the activities of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)! Project WET is an exciting water education program that promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources. All Project WET activities are hands-on, investigative and easy-to-use. This workshop has been tailored to the region and will highlight local water.

Oct
1
Sat
2016
Understanding Climate Change in California: San Jose
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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