January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

News from Region 2

Posted: Monday, November 1st, 2010

by Eric Lewis

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

Region 2 News and Events

Greetings from our great region and home of the World Series Champions!  As usual, our area of California is full of wonderful events and resources for science teachers!

A free online database of high-quality science lessons from the Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP) at UCSF:

Each year, the teachers and volunteers involved in SEP programs, as well as the SEP staff themselves, design and pilot hundreds of high quality science lessons—lessons that actively engage learners in the processes of science.  These lessons have been captured and shared through SEP’s online lesson plan database, SEP Lessons (http://seplessons.ucsf.edu)—an online resource of high quality, investigative lesson plans to benefit the K-12 science teaching community.  Classroom-tested partnership lessons are reviewed by SEP staff and then published on the free, publicly accessible site.  All lessons in the database can be printed as conveniently formatted lesson plans for classroom use.  In addition, many lessons in the database include attachments of supporting materials such as diagrams, student data sheets, etc., as well as web links and more traditional citations.

Chabot To Open Bill Nye’s Climate Lab on November 20th and 21st

Chabot Space & Science Center will be featuring a new permanent exhibition: Bill Nye’s Climate Lab.  This new exhibition in the science center will feature Emmy-award-winning Bill Nye the Climate Guy® as commander of the Clean Energy Space Station.  In the exhibit, visitors will be doing some hands-on activities to design and implement a mission to help stop climate change on our planet.  Visitors will explore air, water, and land galleries to discover how climate change affects the earth’s interconnected system and how we can use the energy from the sun, wind, land, and water to generate clean energy for our energy needs.

As part of the exhibit, visitors will ride a hot-air balloon and imagine diving into the ocean in an underwater research vessel.  Visitors will learn how scientists uncover our planet’s climate history through samples of ancient ice, trees, and mud.  Bill Nye’s humor and excitement for science education is a perfect match with Chabot’s hopeful, solutions-oriented approach to climate change education.  By focusing on solutions for a healthier planet, rather than focusing on the threats posed by climate change, visitors to this exhibit will take away tools to make smarter choices in their homes, their cars, and their lives.

To join in the opening weekend celebration November 20 and 21, check Chabot’s website, http://www.chabotspace.org for a schedule of activities.

Expanding Your Horizons in Science & Mathematics(tm)
On Saturday, November 20, 2010 at San Francisco State University (8:30 AM – 2:45 PM), students will once again have the opportunity to attend the Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics(tm) conferences nurture girls’ interest in science and math courses to encourage them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The mission of this conference is to encourage young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. The San Francisco Expanding Your Horizons Conference (EYH) will provide STEM role models and hands-on activities for middle school girls. Our ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st century challenges. The Keynote Speaker for the event will be Cathy Valentino, Author-in-Residence, Houghton Mifflin Company.

Please go to http://sf-eyh.com/ to get more information and to get students to register for the event!

The Exploratorium to move into new home at Piers 15 and 17 in SF by 2012

The Exploratorium, San Francisco‘s hands-on science museum, is preparing to move from the Marina for its new home along the Embarcadero in San Francisco.  While the museum has received over $90 million to help the move to happen, there is still additional fundraising to be done to get the job done.

While many people lament the move from the Palace of Fine Arts, it is clear that the move will bring the Exploratorium into the future.  The new site will not only be incredibly modern—especially when compared to its current home—but the move will also bring additional programs for local teachers, students, and the public at large.

To learn more about the Exploratorium programs and resources and to plan a visit to the museum while it’s still in the Marina, visit their website at www.exploratorium.edu.

Excited about the World Series win?  Teach about the Physics of Baseball from our region’s resources

At KQED QUEST’s online site, you can find out about how UC Berkeley science undergraduates were experimenting with force, velocity, and aerodynamics.  Of course, to do their investigations they eschewed the laboratory and took up temporary residence at a baseball diamond.  The QUEST site has a link to the original television story, as well as additional links to teacher resources.  Check it out at: http://www.kqed.org/quest/television/out-of-the-park-the-physics-of-baseball.

After checking out the KQED QUEST site, head over to the Exploratorium’s award-winning website on the Science of Baseball.  This site has great links to experiments that you can do with your students, historical articles about baseball, and a variety of other great articles that help you to learn about the science of the game, http://www.exploratorium.edu/baseball/.

Finally, if you want a more personal feel to your baseball science, check out the Physics Teacher SOS site.  One of the major contributors to the site is a HUGE baseball fan—of the SF Giants to be specific—and he has created a variety of baseball themed activities and experiments for his students.  Once you go to the website, contact Paul Robinson about his work with baseball, http://www.ptsos.org.

The 34th Annual BAEER Fair, with 75 exhibitors and numerous workshops for educators and parents with a special interest in wildlife, ecology, adventure, and much more, will take place on  Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Discover the latest in classroom materials, environmental education programs, and field trip sites. Attend workshops introducing conservation and wildlife education, transportation, and fuel use, plus strategies for fostering environmental awareness. General admission to the BAEER Fair is just $12.00; high school students and seniors $10; youth $8; children 6 and under are free. For more information, please call Ken Hanley at (510) 657-4847 or contact Ken via email at kenpacx@yahoo.comRead a personal story about how the BAEER Fair affected one science teacher.

Eric Lewis is high school area science support in the San Francisco Unified School District LEAD office and is CSTA region 2 director.

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

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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.

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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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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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