March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

Region 4 – News and Events

Posted: Monday, June 3rd, 2013

by Jeanine Wulfenstein

As the school year winds to an end, teachers around the region are reflecting on classroom practice and preparing for summer relaxation and personal enrichment.  It has been a busy month in region 4, with teacher training for implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and forethought as to curriculum shifts and refinement with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Here’s a brief summary of what’s been happening in region 4:

  • In Riverside County, the STEM Leadership Network met again on May 7th, 2013 to discuss the vision for, analysis of, and the implementation of STEM programs across the region.
  • In San Diego, the San Diego Science Alliance continued to provide staff development in computer science principles, and training in environmental and energy curriculum for a clean San Diego.  On May 11-12 and May 18-19, there were 42 events including hikes, nature walks, bike rides, gardening, trail building projects, and community service projects along the San Diego River from Santa Ysabel to Ocean Beach. This event was an outstanding opportunity to get youth and adult volunteers together for meaningful service!
  • Orange County has been busy with the Science Olympiad competition and hosting the State Science Olympiad finals.  The Orange County Department of Education has held a series of Science and STEM network meetings, which are open to the public.    Teachers in Orange County have also been receiving training on ways to get students to think, read and write like a scientist in preparation for the CCS and the NGSS in grades K-6.

Upcoming events in the region include:

  • The 6th Annual International Autonomous Robot Competition will be held June 29th through June 30th at the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center at Balboa Park in San Diego.   For more information about this event visit the http://iaroc.org/.
  • Teachers are invited to learn how to use their schoolyard as an outdoor classroom in an exciting workshop offered in San Diego.   Presentations include planning the plant garden using native plants, plant selection and maintenance, and use of the schoolyard habitat for instruction. The Summer Schoolyard Habitat Workshop is being held at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College in San Diego on June 26th from 9:00am to 3:30pm.  For more information about this event, visit www.Schoolyardhabitatworkshop.eventbrite.com.
  • Are you interested in brushing up on your science safety skills?  If so, the Orange County Department of Education is periodically offering workshops to review current safety requirements and regulations, and to review hazardous materials handling, storage and disposal.   For more information contact spradyanata@ocde.us.

As you can see, although summer is almost here the region is still bursting with life as teachers and students across the region push themselves to new levels of learning!

Written by Jeanine Wulfenstein

Jeanine Wulfenstein

Jeanine Wulfenstein teaches science at Gardner Middle School and is the CSTA Treasurer. You can reach her by emailing jwulfenstein@tvusd.k12.ca.us.

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