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Region 1 Dec 2019/Jan 2020 Update

Region 1 Dec 2019/Jan 2020 Update

Here is a list of resources and events happening in the Region 1. (Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra,…
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If You Give a Teacher a Flyer...

If You Give a Teacher a Flyer...

I was fortunate enough to attend the Climate Summit pre-conference day at the 2019 CSTA Conference in San Jose. In addition to wonderful speakers, the pre-summit offered participants an opportunity to sit in on roundtable sessions to learn about the…
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Grading NGSS in the K-2 Classroom

Grading NGSS in the K-2 Classroom

Grading can be an indecisive process, to begin with. Add in new standards, new curriculum and science notebooks, and it becomes a whole new ballgame.
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Reviewing NGSS Instructional Materials with a Lens for Equity

Reviewing NGSS Instructional Materials with a Lens for Equity

There’s a lot of discussion around instructional materials and what materials adoption you should be going through right now. In my opinion, the best part of an adoption process is the professional learning around the standards as seen with the CA…
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How I Teach Science in Three 25 Minute Sessions

How I Teach Science in Three 25 Minute Sessions

I have a passion for science. However, even with my dedication to my favorite subject, I find it difficult to find the time to teach science at the elementary level with a mountain of subjects piled on my desk.
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San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research: Home of Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science

San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research: Home of Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science

When you hear about the World Famous San Diego Zoo, what comes to mind? Most people think of a beautiful facility that supports wildlife conservation around the globe. World-class professional development programs for formal and informal educators…
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Engaging Students in the LA River through Interdisciplinary Science

Engaging Students in the LA River through Interdisciplinary Science

On September 20th, 2019, youth around the world left class and joined fellow students, staff, faculty, and community members to speak out about climate change. This date ideally corresponded with a field trip that a group of students in the Los…
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Follow the Moon and Naked-Eye Planets in December 2019 and January 2020

Follow the Moon and Naked-Eye Planets in December 2019 and January 2020

Venus becomes ever more prominent in the evening, while Jupiter, and then Saturn, disappears into the southwest twilight glow in December. Mars, very slowly brightening, appears in the southeast morning sky, with bright Mercury below it in the first…
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Just a Teacher

Just a Teacher

“I am just a teacher, there is only so much I can do.” How many times have you heard a colleague say this? Have you said it yourself? For me, the phrase became “I am just a Teacher Specialist.” It wasn’t until I had an opportunity to hear Dr. Stephen…
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We’ve Only Just Begun

We’ve Only Just Begun

CA NGSS adopted! California Science Framework written! Instructional materials State approved! California Science Test (CAST) Assessment results are on their way! We are done! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that combination of reality and pixie dust…
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