January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

Region 2 News and Events

Posted: Saturday, January 1st, 2011

by Eric Lewis

Begin the new year with resolve to get personal and professional development in 2011.  Build your experiences in science education at NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco.  Scheduled for March 10-13, more than 2000 sessions will be offered-hands-on workshops, seminars, and symposia will increase your content knowledge, performance strategies, and techniques in the classroom.  Nationally-known presenters will inspire and inform.  Thousands of your peers will share ideas, experiences, and challenges. Invest in yourself, your career, and your future.  Register before Jan. 14 to save the most. http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2011SAN/

  • Featured Presentation: Ira Flatow, President and Executive Producer, NPR’s Science Friday
  • Giving Elementary Science Teachers the Confidence, Skills, and Experience to Teach Chemistry. (lesson plans, strategies, and rubrics are the take-away’s.)
  • Shaping Children’s Views of Science by Doing and Knowing About Inquiry. Elementary, (research-based techniques)
  • Linking Assessment to Teaching: Ideas and Evidence. Middle School
  • From Cells to Sea Ice: Analyzing Data from Digital Images. Middle-High
  • Developing Literacy and Addressing Content Standards Through Issue-oriented Science. Middle-High
  • Variation, Selection, and Time. (Natural selection) Middle-High
  • Hands-On Learning Activities for AP Biology. High School
  • NASA Brings You Newton’s Laws of Motion. 20 hands-on investigations. Middle-High
  • Featured Presentation: Deeply Digital Science Teaching, Chad Dorsey, Pres, CEO, The Concord Consortium
  • Featured Presentation: Dr. Art’s Planet Earth Show. Art Sussman, Sr Project Director, WestEd
  • Exhibit Hall-test and try the most cutting edge products from companies across the nation. Bring an extra tote for giveaways.
  • Field trips (ticketed) for real discovery. USS Pampanito, Lawrence Hall of Science, the Match Science Nucleus, Wes Gordon Fossil Hall, the Tech Museum, RAFT, and more.

sciencepalooza! Judges Needed

You are cordially invited to be a judge at the 12th annual sciencepalooza! to be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011 in San Jose.  Judges arrive by 8:30 am and can be done by 11:30 am.  As before, the event will be held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, just off Highway 101 in San Jose.  Breakfast is provided and parking is free for judges.  sciencepalooza! has grown to become one of the largest competitive science fairs in California.  Please make a difference, donate a Saturday morning and register at the Synopsys Outreach Foundation website via this link: http://www.outreach-foundation.org/judges.html.

January 22, 2011, Oakland, CA
Bay Nature’s 10th Anniversary “Nature at Home” Gala

Great local food, wine, and beer, followed by inspiring presentations from Bay Nature cofounder Malcolm Margolin, poet Robert Hass, naturalist/performer Claire Peaslee, artist/naturalist Jack Laws, and musicians Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum. Doug McConnell of Bay Area Backroads and OpenRoad TV will be the MC. Now is the time to get your ticket; they won’t be sold after January 17 or at the door. Event tickets are $100 per person, and proceeds benefit the Bay Nature 10th Anniversary Fund. Pre-registration can be found here: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/epo/families/explore/registration.php.

January 22, 2011, San Rafael, CA
34th Annual Bay Area Environmental Education Resource (BAEER) Fair

Discover the latest in classroom materials, environmental education programs, and field trip sites. Attend workshops introducing conservation and wildlife education, transportation & fuel use, plus strategies for fostering environmental awareness. General admission to the BAEER Fair is $12, high school students and seniors $10, youth $8, and children 6 and under are free. At the Marin Civic Center from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact Ken Hanley at kenpacx@yahoo.com or 510-657-4847 for more information.

February 7-9, 2011, San Francisco, CA
Assessing for Learning

Offered by the Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry. For a detailed workshop brochure, visit http://www.exploratorium.edu/ifi/workshops. For questions, call 415-561-0397.

Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association’s Teacher Workshop Series

These free workshops are fantastic professional development and are a great way to access programs for students; teachers who come to the January and/or March programs would then be able to have their students (middle school, high school, and college) participate in LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students) http://www.limpetsmonitoring.org.

LiMPETS Introduction to Rocky Intertidal Monitoring

Saturday, January 29, 9:00 am 3:00 pm, Half Moon Bay and Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, San Mateo County

Participate in this in-depth science education program for students.  Participants receive the new five-unit LiMPETS curriculum, learn to correctly identify algae and invertebrates, and practice the monitoring methods used in the field.

LiMPETS Introduction to Sandy Beach Monitoring

Saturday, March 26, 8:30 am 2:30 pm, Sanctuary Office and Crissy Field Beach, San Francisco

Get involved in this exciting science education program for students.  Participants receive the new five-unit LiMPETS curriculum and are trained to survey the distribution and abundance of the Pacific mole crab (Emerita analoga) at one of many monitoring sites along the coast.

Advanced LiMPETS: Data Analysis Activities for the Classroom

Saturday, April 16, 9:00 am 1:00 pm, Sanctuary Office, The Presidio, San Francisco

LiMPETS teachers, learn about our NEW online tools and data analysis activities.  Participants will receive curriculum and practice classroom activities designed to help your students interpret data and look for patterns and changes over time.

Teachers/educators MUST register beforehand.  The online registration can be found at: http://www.farallones.org/education/teacher_workshops.php.

Get students excited about electricity and magnetism with PEAK

Learn how to make the science of energy more engaging.  Teach students how to become eco-conscious energy users.  PEAK Student Energy Actions is a comprehensive standards-based curriculum for 3rd-7th grade students.

Benefits of PEAK include teacher training and ongoing support, an easy-to-follow guidebook with hands-on activities, a toolkit with everything that teachers need to teach the science labs, fun, interactive software and easy-to-use online resources, and visits from PEAK’s energy-saving superhero, Bulbman.

Best of all, PEAK is provided at no cost to schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.  All teachers need to do is to attend one of our daylong Teacher Trainings (PEAK will even pay a $100 stipend or reimburse for your substitute teacher).

Upcoming PEAK Teacher Orientation and Trainings:

• Tuesday, January 25 in San Francisco

• Thursday, February 17th in Oakland

• Your chosen date at your school (Contact PEAK now to register or for more information.)

Trainings usually take place from 9 am – 3 pm and include a catered lunch.

Please RSVP one week prior to reserve your spot.  Email Elise Noland: enoland@energycoalition.org, or call: (510) 444-5060 ext. 11.  Visit PEAK online at www.peakstudents.org.

Exciting Programs Available from The Marine Mammal Center

You may have heard about the Bay Area treasure located in the Marin Headlands near Rodeo Beach—the Marine Mammal Center.  It has grown and transformed into a world-class rehabilitation hospital, research and educational center.  Since 1980, tens of thousands of Marin school children have enjoyed their programs.  The new facility and specially designed programs (that correlate to California state science standards) offer students a unique educational opportunity to learn and become inspired by marine mammals and the ocean.  Reservations for the entire 2010/2011 school year are now being taken for all programs. You are invited to participate in the following educational opportunities:

mammal center

Tours and Classroom Programs at The Marine Mammal Center: Bring your class to the Center.  New interactive programs in the marine science classroom include unique themes and activities, including specimen touch, for different grade levels.  Guided tours allow students to view seal and sea lion patients, watch volunteer animal care crews in action, look at exhibits, and hear stories about current patients.  Combine both a tour and program for a complete experience (two hours) and receive a discount on each.

The Whale Bus at Your School: If you can’t bring your group to the Marine Mammal Center, then the Whale Bus van can come to your school!  The Whale Bus brings exciting programs about local marine mammals and real specimens such as bones, pelts, and baleen that transform your classroom into a marine mammal museum.  Up to four presentations can be taught in one day—the more we do, the lower the cost per presentation.Whale bus

Sea Lions in the City (at Pier 39 in San Francisco): Bring your students to observe California sea lions up close in the wild at Pier 39 in San Francisco.  A Center educator will meet your class and guide their observations.  Students learn about sea lion natural history, behavior, and conservation.  This one-hour program includes exploration with seal and sea lion pelts.

Please check out the “Education” section of the website for The Marine Mammal Center: www.MarineMammalCenter.org, for a reservation form and more detailed information. You may also contact them by phone:  (415)289-7330, or email: edu@tmmc.org.

Eris 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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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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NGSS Early Implementer

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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From time to time CSTA receives contributions from guest contributors. The opinions and views expressed by these contributors are not necessarily those of CSTA. By publishing these articles CSTA does not make any endorsements or statements of support of the author or their contribution, either explicit or implicit. All links to outside sources are subject to CSTA’s Disclaimer Policy: http://www.classroomscience.org/disclaimer.

Find Your Reason to Engage

Posted: Monday, January 15th, 2018

by Jill Grace

I was recently reflecting on events in the news and remembered that several years ago, National Public Radio had a story about a man named Stéphane Hessel, a World War II French resistance fighter, Nazi concentration camp survivor, and contributor to the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The story focused on a book he had published, Time for Outrage (2010).

In it, Hessel makes the argument that the worst attitude is indifference:

“Who is in charge; who are the decision makers? It’s not always easy to discern. We’re not dealing with a small elite anymore, whose actions we can clearly identify. We are dealing with a vast, interdependent world that is interconnected in unprecedented ways. But there are unbearable things all around us. You have to look for them; search carefully. Open your eyes and you will see. This is what I tell young people: If you spend a little time searching, you will find your reasons to engage. The worst attitude is indifference. ‘There’s nothing I can do; I get by’ – adopting this mindset will deprive you of one of the fundamental qualities of being human: outrage.  Our capacity for protest is indispensable, as is our freedom to engage.”

His words make me take pause when I think of the status of science in the United States. A general “mistrust” of science is increasingly pervasive, as outlined in a New Yorker article from the summer of 2016. Learn More…

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Jill Grace

Jill Grace is a Regional Director for the K-12 Alliance and is President of CSTA.