January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

Region 2 News & Events

Posted: Friday, July 1st, 2011

by Eric Lewis

Summer is upon us – a time to get relax and gather our thoughts about the school year that just finished up.  Of course, many of you take the summer to revise curriculum, participate in professional development, and collaborate with colleagues to strategize about meeting the needs of students at your site.  For those of you that tend to take the summer as a time to improve your curriculum the work never seems to stop.  Though everyone should be grateful for the extra effort that many of you take, I applaud the fact that you continue to improve your practice, even though our current system does little to recognize the work that you do.

Personally, I am doing an IISME Fellowship (www.iisme.org), and getting paid to work with the talented folks at QUEST at KQED (www.kqed.org/quest).  Through my work this summer, I’m getting very acquainted with QUEST’s resources and doing some strategizing around how to make their material more accessible to teachers.  I plan to take this experience back to my district and encourage more teachers to use their resources.  Check them out!

Regardless of what you’re doing this summer – be it traveling around the globe or working at a science laboratory at a local university or biotech company – may it bring you new ideas and excitement for teaching come the fall.

Please let me know if there are things that you’d like to add to our Region’s offerings!  Also, encourage your colleagues to join CSTA.  I’m hoping that we’ll have the opportunity to grow our organization and expand to meet your needs and your colleague’s needs.  To that end, please feel free to email me directly so that I can represent your questions and concerns with the CSTA board as a whole.

I look forward to seeing you all down in Pasadena for our next CSTA conference!

Eric Lewis, lewise2@sfusd.edu

Invasive Plant Removal at Peir 94 in San Francisco
Saturday, July 2, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Golden Gate Audubon at Pier 94 on San Francisco’s Southern Waterfront. Lend a hand at Pier 94 in San Francisco where we will learn about and participate in invasive plant removal and caring for native plants and trash pickup.  We will focus on removing Algerian Sea Lavender. The site is home to native California Sea-blite- an endangered plant, as well as habitat for shorebirds and water birds and a nesting site for several resident species of birds.

Directions: Take Third Street and turn east (toward the bay) onto Cargo Way and take the first left onto Amador Street.  This industrial road turns right (480 Amador St.) in San Francisco turn into parking area just before the chain link fence.  Ahead you will see a small sign next to the left of white barriers. This is the entrance to Pier 94.

Park in front of the barriers and join us at the marsh.

Public Transit: The Muni Metro T-Line stops at Marin, which is located a couple blocks before Cargo Way on Third Street. Please visit www.511.org for a transit planner from your location. Follow the directions above from Third Street turning onto Cargo Way.

We’ll provide gloves, tools, and snacks. Please bring your own water bottle to cut down on trash, we’ll provide water. Wear sturdy shoes, a hat, sunscreen, dress in layers of clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty – you’ll have fun while helping local birds. For details visit:  www.goldengateaudubon.org/volunteer


July 2 Saturday Walk the Wiggle
July 3 Sunday Water Walking
July 6 Wednesday Outside Lands walk

All walks start at 10:00 am. The water tour is 3 ½ hours and the others are 2 ½ hours. Check the Tours page at http://thinkwalks.org for full details and to RSVP.

Thinkwalks explore the overlap of urban and natural San Francisco. Life in the city, don’t forget, is life in a natural environment. The valleys and waterways may be filled in or paved over, but they still exist. Clues to their influence are all around us—especially when nature burps. Earthquakes, rainstorms, even the ever-present wind are forces still shaping the land and our habits. Cultural and political forces have heaved against the land forms, too—and for thousands of years! Human history is clearly part of nature’s big picture. Come scrutinize evidence about what really transpired. Let’s look at how SF got to be what it is. Thinkwalks are a chance to understand natural patterns in the broadest sense so we can shape our collective future wisely.

17th Annual San Francisco Butterfly Count
Sunday, July 3, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The rescheduled date for the 17th Annual San Francisco Butterfly Count is Sunday, July 3, 9:00 am -5:00 pm. This is an intense, one-day inventory of all the butterfly species/individuals flying in SF city and county.  We will begin at the Randall Museum (199 Museum Way) before heading out with assigned groups.  The Presidio Group, lead by Matt Zlatunich, will meet there (contact mbzlat@yahoo.com to join his group).  Each group will have a copy of Nature in the City’s Butterflies of San Francisco Field Guide to make it easier on the novice. BRING YOUR LUNCH.

A $3.00 participation fee that goes towards butterfly conservation is collected. We broke all our records last year : 24 species, 775 individuals and 34 observers! We also had “National High’ on two species: Anise Swallowtail – 53 seen (Papilio zelicaon) and West Coast Painted Lady – 23 seen (Vanessa annabella). Even with over 300 counts throughout the nation, the SF count is starting to get noticed.  Come help us keep up the momentum! And, start learning your SF butterflies at www.sfbutterfly.com

Contact Liam O’Brien  with any questions at liammail56@yahoo.com. The count is sponsored by The North American Butterfly Association.”

San Francisco Natural History Series July Lecture
July 21, 7:30 pm

Vanished Waters and the History of Mission Bay – Chris Carlsson

FREE at the Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco. For more information visit:  http://sfnhs.wordpress.com/upcoming-speakers/.

Santa Clara County Biotechnology Education Partnership 18th Annual Summer Workshop: Biotech Basics
July 25 – 29, 2011, Santa Clara University
Find out how hands-on biotechnology can excite your students while meeting the standards. Be eligible to utilize the SCCBEP mobile kits or consumables only! Earn professional growth hour certificates and SJSU units.
This Workshop is FREE* for Science Teachers

  • wanting to implement hands-on biotech labs in their classroom
  • with various backgrounds and training in biology, molecular biology, biotech
  • teaching ALL levels of life science or biology classes

New to SCCBEP?  Please register only if you can attend the ENTIRE week. Current SCCBEPers?  You may register for specific refresher days. Register NOW! Learn new techniques! Upgrade your knowledge! Space is limited. Acceptance confirmations will be emailed with details.
Register by providing the following information via email to kuokaty@scientist.com or 408.924.4814.

  • Teacher Name, School Name, School District
  • Contact info – email address (home & work), home address, phone# (home & work), fax#
  • Which workshops are you registering for? (New SCCBEP Teachers MUST attend the entire week)
  • What classes will you be teaching?
  • Any dietary restrictions?
  • What prior experience with biotech have you had?

NOTICE: Registration deadline is July 11, 2011.

*Registrants must mail in a reservation check for $50 to guarantee space in the workshop. Your check will be held and returned at the workshop, but will be forfeited in the event you are a no-show. Mail registration check to: SCCBEP, Dr. Katy Korsmeyer, Dept of Chemistry, SJSU, San José, CA 95192-0101.

Fintastic! Sharks Program at San Francisco Library with QUEST
Tuesday, August 2, 2:00 pm – 4:00pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

San Francisco Main Library Branch

Aquarium of the Bay’s Fintastic! Shark Discovery Program

  • 2:00 pm -4:00 pm: Kids programming at the Children’s Center
  • 6:00 pm -8:00 pm: Film screening and discussion surrounding threats to sharks and Assembly Bill, AB 376

QUEST’s Emmy-award winning “Great White Shark: Meet the Man in the Gray Suit” will be screening at the SF Public Library as a part of a special program put together by Kati Schmidt, our partner at the Aquarium of the Bay. Chris Bauer, the producer of the segment, will be a panelist.  He’ll also be at the kids program.

August 3-4, 2011, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA

  • Who:  Silicon Valley Education Foundation in partnership with Krause Center for Innovation/Foothill College
  • What:  2-day conference for K-12 public school administrators, teachers, and technology department leaders (1 day optional)
  • When:   August 3-4, 2011, 10 AM to 3 PM each day
  • Where:  Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA
  • Why:  Hear from keynote speakers Scott McNealy, co-founder and former CEO of Sun Microsystems; and Bernie Trilling, 21st century learning expert and author. Learn new ways to get more educational value from technology today (especially existing technology that is already available in schools)—and build a vision for how technology will support learning in the future.

Team concept

Participants will break out into teams to pool their expertise and talents and develop specific action plans to address educational challenges through technology integration and infusion. We recommend districts register three to five members from the same school or district. An ideal team will include one superintendent, assistant superintendent or a principal along with at least two classroom teachers and a technology department leader.

For more information please visit:  www.svefoundation.org/shiftED.

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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Eris Lewis is high school area science support in the San Francisco Unified School District LEAD office.

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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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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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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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