January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

Region Updates: Region 2

Posted: Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

by Eric Lewis

After a long wait,  the Next Generation Science Standards will be released on January 8, 2013!  It will be important for as many of us as possible to review them and provide feedback.

In general, I’m excited about the new standards though I’ve grown quite fond of our old standards.  Well, perhaps “fond” isn’t the right word… it’s more like I have grown comfortable with them.  I’ve been teaching with our current standards for my whole career.  I’ve never had to teach anything else and I’m excited and nervous about the changes that are coming to our science standards.

One aspect of the Next Generation Science Standards that I’m very happy about is the attention to communication of science by our students.  I think this part of the standards will be a boon to our English Language Learners by ensuring that science class is one that is language rich in reading, speaking and writing.  Of course as science teachers, this is an area where we will need to build new skills and be prepared to struggle and stumble.

I do think that science fairs are a natural fit for these expectations in science.  I’ve been becoming a bigger and bigger fan of science fairs and science symposia over the past few years.  If you are interested in getting involved in science fairs, check out the Bay Area Science Fair website and the Science and Humanities Symposium website.  And, please read my interview with Tokiwa Smith – the director of SEM Link – in this month’s eCCS.  Tokiwa’s organization might be really helpful in getting science fairs started in your classroom.

Finally, don’t forget to submit your ideas for workshops for next year’s Education Conference in Palm Springs!  And, please let me know if there are things that you’d like to add to our Region’s offerings.  Don’t forget to 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.

Eric Lewis, lewise2@sfusd.edu

Events in Region 2

Houge Park Star Party

Friday, 1/4/12, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

San Jose Astronomical Association, Houge Park, Twilight Drive, San Jose

Meet with members of San Jose Astronomical Society for a Star Party, weather permitting.

For more information visit their website at http://www.sjaa.net/.

Fabulous plants and stories from the East Bay flora

Saturday, 1/5/13, 10:30 AM

Regional Parks Botanic Garden Visitors Center, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley

Join us for our popular series of free public lectures on a broad array of topics related to plants and natural history. Named in honor of its founder, the Wayne Roderick Lecture Series takes place in the Visitor Center of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden. These illustrated presentations are enjoyable for beginners and professionals alike. All lectures are free and open to the public.  Speaker: Heath Bartosh

Note: Seating is limited, so it is advisable to arrive early, save a seat, and enjoy the garden until lecture time.
For more information, call (510) 544-3169 or visit their website.

Free Day of Science

Sunday, 1/6/13, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month.  Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm.

For more information, call 510-238-2200 or visit their website.

The atmospheric circulation of Pluto and Triton as predicted by a general circulation model

Tuesday, 1/8/13, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

SETI Institute Colloquium Series, 189 Bernardo Avenue, Mountain View

A variety of previous studies have investigated the 1D vertical temperature-pressure profiles of Pluto and Triton’s atmospheres, while another class of models has investigated the bulk north-south transport of volatiles on these worlds.  However, only recently have modern, 3D general circulation models (GCMs) been applied to Pluto and Triton.

GCMs are global models that solve for the primitive equations of the atmosphere and surface simultaneously, and can be used to predict surface, subsurface, and atmospheric temperature; atmospheric pressure; the three components of atmospheric flow; and surface ice thickness and extent in a physically consistent way.  Most importantly from a meteorological standpoint, is that GCMs are the best tool for predicting atmospheric circulation, since this property is difficult to measure remotely.

Dr. Zalucha will discuss the results from one such Pluto/Triton GCM based off of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology GCM dynamical core.

Speaker: Angela Zalucha, SETI

For more information, email info@seti.org, call 650.961.6633, or visit their website.

Beach Clean Up

Saturday, 1/12/13, Start Time TBA

Ocean Beach at Taraval, San Francisco

Meet on the  steps at the end of Taraval at noon. We’ll pick up trash and look for shorebirds along 1.5 miles of Ocean Beach. Bags and gloves will be provided. We’ll finish up with refreshments at the Park Chalet! Heavy rain cancels.

For more information, visit their website.

Grid Flexibility and Research Challenges to Enhance the Integration of Variable Renewable Energy Sources

Monday, 1/14/13, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Stanford University Energy Seminar, Huang Science Center, NVIDIA Auditorium, Stanford

Grid flexibility is a characteristic that is proposed to help the integration of variable renewable energy resources. However it has proven very difficult to quantify and this has spurred intense research efforts over the past few years. There are many sources, sinks and enablers for flexibility in the grid and these are all subject to numerous research challenges. Flexibility will be introduced, defined and a number of methods to quantify it will be described. This will be followed by an overview of research into unlocking flexibility in the power system e.g. demand side participation and power system operational strategies. There are potential hidden costs of flexibility and some of these will be highlighted, for example thermal plant cycling, and mitigation measures to reduce these will be formulated. Concluding remarks will try to give insights into how a future grid with very high penetrations of variable renewable energy may look like.

Speaker: Mark O’Malley, University College Dublin

For more information, visit their website at http://energyseminar.stanford.edu/.

From inventories to a mycoflora for North America – ‘Getting to Know California Mushrooms’

Tuesday, 1/15/13, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Mycological Society of San Francisco, Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco

Speaker: Else Vellinga

Due to a scheduling conflict, the general meeting will be held downstairs in the Buckley Room.

For more information, visit their website.

The Sentinel B612 Telescope – Finding Asteroids Before They Find Us

Tuesday, 1/15/13, 7:00 PM

SETI Institute Colloquium Series, 189 Bernardo Avenue, Mountain View

We know how to deflect asteroids, but our technology is useless if we do not scan the skies to look for asteroids to know well in advance if one is on a collision course with Earth.  The Sentinel Space Telescope, the first privately supported deep space mission, is designed to do just that and to enable humanity to protect our planet from future asteroid impacts.   Sentinel is an infrared space telescope to be placed into solar orbit in 2017 from where it will find and track asteroids that threaten Earth.  It will discover more asteroids each month than the total discovered by all other telescopes combined up until the present.   In addition to becoming one of the humanity’s great scientific instruments, Sentinel will be unique in that its main purpose is actually to protect the Earth.

Speaker: Ed Lu, B612

For more information, email info@seti.org, call 650.961.6633 or visit their website.

Getting Comfortable with Global Warming

Wednesday, 1/16/13, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Presidio of San Francisco, Building 105 (Temporary Visitors Center), Lincoln Boulevard & Montgomery Street, San Francisco

What emotional state are you in about global warming? Shock, denial, anger, depression… or acceptance and readiness for action? Bring a brown bag lunch and help move yourself toward action.

Meet Ranger Will Elder at the temporary visitor center, 105 Montgomery St. at Lincoln Blvd.

For more information, visit their website.

The Tigers of Market Street: Our Largest Butterfly

Wednesday, 1/16/13, 7:30 PM

Shaping San Francisco, Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia Street, San Francisco

Not long after the transit tunnels of Muni and Bart went in below Market Street in the ’70s, a San Franciscan butterfly – the Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) moved into an ecosystem freshly lined with one of her host trees: the London Plane sycamore (Plantanus acerifolia). She lays eggs on this tree and much of the creature’s lifecycle has played out for years unheralded by the thousands who walk below this canopy daily. As the city re-imagines our grandest boulevard with the Better Market Street campaign, come this evening and learn of a creature that seems to be keeping up with how radically we’ve altered our landscape and add your two cents to this fascinating convergence of city coexistence. Lepidopterists and artists Amber Hasselbring and Liam O’Brien will “tell the tale of a swallow-tail” and propose novel ideas of connecting our species with this species.

For more information, visit their website.

What’s Trending? Sustainable, Prosperous and Greener Corporations

Thursday, 1/17/13. 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

UC Berkeley Extension, Room 212, 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley

Today, leading companies are using dramatically fewer materials, less energy and safer chemicals when they manufacture products. These innovations impressively address climate change and natural resources depletion while generating corporate profits, community benefits and professional pride. Engineers, managers and interested citizens hear a hopeful, future story based on real-world examples in this dynamic presentation.

Please register here and visit their website for more information.

Houge Park Star Party

Friday, 1/18/12, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

San Jose Astronomical Association, Houge Park, Twilight Drive, San Jose

Meet with members of San Jose Astronomical Society for a Star Party, weather permitting.

For more information visit their website at http://www.sjaa.net/.

Central coasting, with emphasis on our diverse marine algae

Saturday, 1/19/13, 10:30 AM

Regional Parks Botanic Garden Visitors Center, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley

Join us for our popular series of free public lectures on a broad array of topics related to plants and natural history. Named in honor of its founder, the Wayne Roderick Lecture Series takes place in the Visitor Center of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden. These illustrated presentations are enjoyable for beginners and professionals alike. All lectures are free and open to the public.  Speaker: Bob Case

Note: Seating is limited, so it is advisable to arrive early, save a seat, and enjoy the garden until lecture time.

For more information, call (510) 544-3169 or visit their website.

Jazz Under the Stars

Saturday, 1/19/13, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

College of San Mateo, Building 36, 1700 W. Hillsdale Road, San Mateo

Visit our roof top observatory and see the moon and Saturn thru our telescopes, while listening to KCSM Jazz 91 FM. Dress warmly.

No food or drinks in the observatory. Children are welcome and need to be attended at all times. Parking is free in lot 5.

For more information, visit their website.

Newly described mushroom poisoning syndromes

Tuesday, 1/22/13, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Bay Area Mycological Society, 338 Koshland Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley

Denis R. Benjamin, MD, grew up in South Africa, emigrating to the Pacific Northwest in 1970. He practiced pediatric pathology at the children’s hospitals in Seattle, Washington and Fort Worth, Texas. He became an amateur mycologist soon after his arrival in the USA. He recently returned to the east slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Washington to continue his passion for mushrooms, the outdoors and natural history. He was a consultant to the regional poison control center, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Puget Sound Mycological Society and a past Chairman of the Toxicology Committee of the North American Mycological Association. He is frequent speaker at mushrooms clubs and societies. In addition to nearly 100 professional publications, he has contributed to the lay literature and mushroom magazines. He was chosen to be a community Op/Ed writer for the Fort Worth Star Telegram. His is author of the landmark book on the health effects of mushrooms (Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas) and recently published a collection of mushroom foraging essays (Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging).

For more information, visit their website.

Genomic Medicine

Thursday, 1/24/13, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

UC Berkeley, Stanley Hall, Room 105. Berkeley

Dr. Thomas White, former Chief Scientific Officer of Celera will be giving a talk titled Genomic Medicine: The Development, Economic and Ethical Challenges of Translating Basic Research Into Clinical Practice. There will be a reception immediately following the talk.

For more information, visit their website.

On the trail of Streptanthus (jewel flowers) from Lily Lake (Modoc) to Mt. Eddy, by way of southern Oregon

Saturday, 1/26/13, 10:30 AM

Regional Parks Botanic Garden Visitors Center, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley

Join us for our popular series of free public lectures on a broad array of topics related to plants and natural history. Named in honor of its founder, the Wayne Roderick Lecture Series takes place in the Visitor Center of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden. These illustrated presentations are enjoyable for beginners and professionals alike. All lectures are free and open to the public.  Speaker: Dick O’Donnell

Note: Seating is limited, so it is advisable to arrive early, save a seat, and enjoy the garden until lecture time.

For more information, call (510) 544-3169 or visit their website.

Written by Eric Lewis

Eric Lewis

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!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
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!

OVERVIEW
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.

REGISTER

http://bit.ly/ACCELERATINGINTONGSS

DATES & LOCATIONS
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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