January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

News from Region 2

Posted: Friday, October 1st, 2010

Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano counties

Region 2 News and Events

Insecta-Palooza at Sonoma State University, October 30.  Explore the fantastic world of insects, including basic bugs, garden allies, habitat gardens, aquatic insects, insect defenses, and Japanese theme special features: insect haiku exhibit, origami, film and silk moths.  A family-friendly event for all ages, from budding entomologist to  expert gardener, beekeeper to aquatic insect enthusiast.  Lectures, interactive labs, tours, children’s activities, displays, costume contest, silent auction, film, and much more.  More information on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/insecta-palooza.

This summer, Stanford University launched a science program called Geoscape Bay Area: Towards an interactive approach to teaching earth science.

This is a new effort by Stanford to help develop teachers and provide insights into the teaching of science in sixth grade.  Geoscape Bay Area has many components, including a summer institute for teachers, three follow-up sessions during the school year, facilitated mentoring at school sites, and a culminating summer institute.  The program currently involves teachers from Ravenswood City School District and San Francisco Unified School District and has been collaboratively designed and implemented by a team of faculty and graduate students.  Jonathan Osborne from Stanford School of Education and Greg Beroza from the Stanford School of Earth Sciences are leading the project.

This program will foster close connections and productive partnerships between Stanford faculty in Education and Earth Sciences, teacher educators, and teacher leaders.  The goals for the program include: enhanced teaching of science through content and pedagogy, increased use of local examples for the teaching of earth sciences, supported teaching of science for English learners, and a general increase of students’ conceptual understanding of science.  For more information, visit CSET’s website at: http://cset.stanford.edu/.

The Bay Area Science Festival is a weeklong celebration of the unique science and technology of the Bay Area.  Scientists from our local universities, companies, and museums will share their stories, passion and science at over 50 events – designed to invigorate interest in science.  Scheduled for October 2011, programs will feature hundreds of hands-on-activities, provocative conversations, electrifying performances, and tours of cutting-edge facilities.  Science is heading out of the lab and into our community!  Planned programs include:

Science Carnivals—Large-scale celebrations of science with hundreds of exhibitors presenting family-friendly hands-on-activities, performances, and demonstrations.  Opening carnival at Cal State East Bay Hayward with closing event at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

OpenLabs—Dozens of the Bay Area’s leading science organizations will provide exclusive opportunities to see science-in-action at the region’s research laboratories.  These unique behind-the-scenes tours will be targeted to local area high school students.

Wonder Dialogues—Conversations on science and culture between accomplished researchers and compelling individuals. Discussions and debates revolve around the questions at the edge of scientific understanding.

The festival is organized by UCSF through the Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP).  Bay Area science museums, universities, professional laboratories, and corporations have already convened to collaboratively plan the event.  Regardless of where you live in the Bay Area, you’ll find a science event happening close by.

For more information, visit http://www.bayareasciencefestival.org (site launching at end of August).

This year’s Math/Science Resource Fair from the Council of Math/Science Educators of San Mateo County (CMSESMC) will be on September 29th at the San Mateo County Office of Education, at 101 Twin Dolphin Drive in Redwood City, CA.  Be sure to save the date and enjoy this great opportunity to get science resources and materials from Bay Area organizations and agencies.  For more information visit http://cmsesmc.org/.

The Exploratorium Teacher Institute (TI) and Literacy For Environmental Justice (LEJ) present:  Understanding The Science of Sustainability on Saturday, September 11 and Saturday, October 16, 2010, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The Understanding the Science of Sustainability institute will focus on environmental awareness, stewardship, eco-literacy, and sustainability.  This institute for teachers will be based at LEJ’s new EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park in San Francisco.  The EcoCenter is the first environmental education center in the Bay Area to focus on environmental justice.  In the institute, teachers will examine the use of various technologies and strategies through hands-on activities and discussions.  Subject areas will include solar power, wastewater treatment, wetlands as filters, rainwater catchment, green building, and native plant gardening.  Sample activities include building simple solar cells, modeling filtration systems, participating in a beach cleanup at Heron’s Head Park, exploring the mathematics of rainwater catchment, and calibrating the amounts of water needed for native plants.  Time will be provided during the Institute for teachers to meet in small groups to adapt institute ideas to their own curricula and to help teachers plan a field trip to the EcoCenter.  Teachers attending both days of this institute will be paid a $200 stipend.  Follow-up half-day Saturday workshops will be offered during the 2010/2011 school year.  Attendance at these follow-up workshops is not required.   Please contact Lori Lambertson at llambertson@exploratorium.edu or (415) 353-0499 for more information about this great opportunity.

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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  1. The 35th Annual Spring Math/Science Conference of the Council of Math/Science Educators of San Mateo County (CMSESMC) will be on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at Sequoia High School, in Redwood City, starting at 8 a.m.

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California Science Test Academy for Educators

Posted: Thursday, February 15th, 2018

California Science Test Academy for Educators

To support implementation of the California Science Test (CAST), the California Department of Education is partnering with Educational Testing Service and WestEd to offer a one-day CAST Academy for local educational agency (LEA) science educators, to be presented at three locations in California from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. As an alternative to traveling, LEA teams can participate virtually via WebEx on one of the dates listed below.

The dates and locations for the CAST Academy are as follows:

  • Monday, April 23, 2018—Sacramento
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018—Fresno
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018—Irvine

The CAST Academy will help participants develop a deeper understanding of the assessment design and expectations of the CAST. The academy also will provide information and activities designed to assist educators in their implementation of the California Next Generation Science Standards and three-dimensional learning to help them gain an understanding of how these new science assessment item types can inform teaching and learning. The CAST Academy dates above are intended for school and district science instructional leaders, including teacher leaders, teacher trainers, and instructional coaches. Additional trainings will be offered at a later date specifically for county staff. In addition, curriculum, professional development, and assessment leaders would benefit from this training.

A $100 registration fee will be charged for each person attending the in-person training. Each virtual team participating via WebEx will be charged $100 for up to 10 participants through one access point. Each workshop will have the capacity to accommodate a maximum of 50 virtual teams. Each virtual team will need to designate a lead, who is responsible for organizing the group locally. Registration and payment must be completed online at http://www.cvent.com/d/6tqg8k.

For more information regarding the CAST Academy, please contact Elizabeth Dilke, Program Coordinator, Educational Testing Service, by phone at 916-403-2407 or by e‑mail at caasppworkshops@ets.org.

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

Accelerating into NGSS – A Statewide Rollout Series Now Accepting Registrations

Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018

Are you feeling behind on the implementation of NGSS? Then Accelerating into NGSS – the Statewide Rollout event – is right for you!

If you have not experienced Phases 1-4 of the Statewide Rollout, or are feeling behind with the implementation of NGSS, the Accelerating Into NGSS Statewide Rollout will provide you with the greatest hits from Phases 1-4!

Accelerating Into NGSS Statewide Rollout is a two-day training geared toward grade K-12 academic coaches, administrators, curriculum leads, and teacher leaders. Check-in for the two-day rollout begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a continental breakfast. Sessions run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Day One and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Day Two.

Cost of training is $250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast, and lunch on both days. It is recommended that districts send teams of four to six, which include at least one administrator. Payment can be made by check or credit card. If paying by check, registration is NOT complete until payment has been received. All payments must be received prior to the Rollout location date you are attending. Paying by credit card secures your seat at time of registration. No purchase orders accepted. No participant cancellation refunds.

For questions or more information, please contact Amy Kennedy at akennedy@sjcoe.net or (209) 468-9027.



MARCH 28-29, 2018
Host: San Mateo County Office of Education
Location: San Mateo County Office of Education, Redwood City

APRIL 10-11, 2018
Host: Orange County Office of Education
Location: Brandman University, Irvine

MAY 1-2, 2018
Host: Tulare County Office of Education
Location: Tulare County Office of Education, Visalia

MAY 3-4, 2018
Host: San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools
Location: West End Educational Service Center, Rancho Cucamonga

MAY 7-8, 2018
Host: Sacramento County Office of Education
Location: Sacramento County Office of Education Conference Center and David P. Meaney Education Center, Mather

JUNE 14-15, 2018
Host: Imperial County Office of Education
Location: Imperial Valley College, Imperial

Presented by the California Department of Education, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association/County Offices of Education, K-12 Alliance @WestEd, California Science Project, and the California Science Teachers Association.

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California Science Teachers Association

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

The Teaching and Learning Collaborative, Reflections from an Administrator

Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018

by Kelly Patchen

My name is Mrs. Kelly Patchen, and I am proud to be an elementary assistant principal working in the Tracy Unified School District (TUSD) at Louis Bohn and McKinley Elementary Schools. Each of the schools I support are Title I K-5 schools with about 450 students, a diverse student population, a high percentage of English Language Learners, and students living in poverty. We’re also lucky to be part of the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative with the K-12 Alliance. Learn More…

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In 2015 CSTA began to publish a series of articles written by teachers participating in the California NGSS k-8 Early Implementation Initiative. This article was written by an educator(s) participating in the initiative. CSTA thanks them for their contributions and for sharing their experience with the science teaching community.

2018 CSTA Conference Call for Proposals

Posted: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

CSTA is pleased to announce that we are now accepting proposals for 90-minute workshops and three- and six-hour short courses for the 2018 California Science Education Conference. Workshops and short courses make up the bulk of the content and professional learning opportunities available at the conference. In recognition of their contribution, members who present a workshop or short course receive 50% off of their registration fees. Click for more information regarding proposals, or submit one today by following the links below.

Short Course Proposal

Workshop Proposal Learn More…

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

CSTA’s New Administrator Facebook Group Page

Posted: Monday, January 15th, 2018

by Holly Steele

The California Science Teachers Association’s mission is to promote high-quality science education, and one of the best practice’s we use to fulfill that mission is through the use of our Facebook group pages. CSTA hosts several closed and moderated Facebook group pages for specific grade levels, (Elementary, Middle, and High School), pages for district coaches and science education faculty, and the official CSTA Facebook page. These pages serve as an online resource for teachers and coaches to exchange teaching methods, materials, staying update on science events in California and asking questions. CSTA is happy to announce the creation of a 6th group page called, California Administrators Supporting Science. Learn More…

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