March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

Regional Update: Region 4 – Welcome, 2013!

Posted: Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

by Jeanine Wulfenstein

With the start of the New Year, Region 4 is bustling with preparations in anticipation of the next draft release of the NGSS and the impending implementation of Common Core Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments.  This shift in pedagogy and emphasis will mean changes in the way we do business in the classroom. 

If you are interested in being an instructional leader to find out more about what is happening and what this means for teachers, the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) is offering a one day workshop on January 22, 2013 fro 8:30 – 3:30 to introduce what the Common Core Standards mean for Science and History-Social Science instruction across our state.

The Riverside County office of Education (RCOE) is also holding a collaborative meeting for all County Science Leaders.  On February 12, 2013 from 9:00 am to 2:00pm, science leaders from across the county will come together to learn about science assessment, data, available grants, instructional materials, research-based strategies, California Department of Education updates, upcoming events, and hands-on activities.  Participants will have an opportunity to participate in discussions and networking about STEM initiatives, the Next Generation Science Standards, and Common Core Standards.  For additional information contact Yamileth Shimojyo (cces@rcoe.us).

For those needing assistance and support in coordinating a science fair, RCOE is holding a Science Fair Coordinators meeting Thursday January 17, 2013 at 4:00pm.

For the outdoor enthusiast, the Orange County Department of Education is offering a celebration of World Wetlands Day at Upper Newport Bay at the Muth Center in Newport Beach on February 2, 2013.  World Wetlands day helps raise public awareness of the value and benefits of wetlands around the world.  For more information contact: http://ito.ocde.us/home.htm or 714-708-3885.

The Orange County Department of Education is offering even more outdoor fun at the Get Outdoors! Program at Peters Canyon Regional Park located in Orange on January 19, 2013 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm.  Enjoy outdoor activities geared to inspire your family to spend more time outside.  This program includes easy Naturalist led hikes, and crafts.  For more information contact http://ito.ocde.us/home.htm or 714-708-3885.

To remain current on the latest research, Science Educators in the San Diego region are invited to attend the San Diego Science Alliance Perspectives on Science Lecture series located at Point Loma Nazarene University.  Refreshments begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by a formal scientific presentation beginning at 5:00 p.m. Upcoming dates and topics include; The HIV Pandemic: Fighting AIDS in San Diego.  Featuring Dr. Douglas Richman (Professor of Pathology and Medicine and Director of the Center for AIDS Research, UC San Diego, Florence Seeley Riford Chair in AIDS Research, Staff Physician at the VA San Diego Healthcare System) on February 5, 2012.  The Early History of Life: A Solution to Darwin’s Dilemma on January 15, 2013.  The guest speaker will be Dr. J. William “Bill” Schopf, (Professor of Paleobiology & Director of IGPP CSEOL University of California, Los Angeles.)

For additional information on this monthly seminar series for science teachers, visit http://www.pointloma.edu/experience/academics/schools-departments/department-biology/science-education-programs/perspectives-science.

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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For tips on how to approach this document see our article from December 2016: California Has Adopted a New Science Curriculum Framework – Now What …? If you would like to learn more about the Framework, consider participating in one of the Framework Launch events (a.k.a. Rollout #4) scheduled throughout 2017.

The final publication version (formatted for printing) will be available in July 2017. This document will not be available in printed format, only electronically.

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