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Science Fair Family Academy

Science Fair Family Academy

Getting middle school students to participate in the annual science fair has always been challenging. And the fact that it’s a virtual science fair meant that we knew we had to do something new to support our students. Our plan: a Science Fair Family…
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Q&A For The Day

Q&A For The Day

I was recently interviewed by a 9th grade biology student working on an assignment and some of the questions he asked reminded me of the numerous discussions regarding CA NGSS implementation I have had over the last few years.
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California Skies: February and March 2021

California Skies: February and March 2021

Evening (see evening twilight charts for February and March 2021, above): Follow the Moon nightly at dusk, from a thin crescent low in WSW on February 12, to Full, low, north of east, two weeks later on February 26. Moving an average of 13° per day…
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WestEd Early Science Supplementary Program Opportunity

WestEd Early Science Supplementary Program Opportunity

Attention all first-grade teachers! Are you looking for ways to bring science back into your classroom this school year? Check out this spring 2021 opportunity to test out a new supplemental science program developed by Twin Cities Public Television…
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The Joy of the Cal Water H2O Challenge

The Joy of the Cal Water H2O Challenge

Brought to you by California Water Service and in conjunction with DoGoodery, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and in partnership with CASE, the Cal Water H2O Challenge is a project-based, environmentally-focused classroom competition for grades 4-6. This…
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Increasing English and Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics on the California Assessment Through Science

Increasing English and Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics on the California Assessment Through Science

This study tested the theory that district use of STEMscopes increases district English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics proficiency through increases in science proficiency. Academic learning and achievement is often a synergistic process, with…
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We Made It!

We Made It!

December 2020...we made it! We are so close to 2021. Looking back on what many refer to as the dumpster fire that was 2020, it is difficult to remember that it was not just a year of horrible events. This year was also filled with positivity and that…
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Using Citizen Science to Support Social and Emotional Learning Needs During Covid-19 to Engage Students and Caregivers

Using Citizen Science to Support Social and Emotional Learning Needs During Covid-19 to Engage Students and Caregivers

As teachers, students and caregivers transition from in-person instruction to distance learning, hybrid learning, or a blend of both, many are struggling with how to develop a classroom culture that engages and inspires students as they develop an…
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Teaching Diversity with the Lives of Scientists

Teaching Diversity with the Lives of Scientists

Racial justice is a renewed cry in our society. Major organizations have pledged to make equity an integral part of their mission statement. In the Los Angeles Times, 6 October 2020, the owner, Patrick Soon-Shiong, wrote: “We are committed to change,…
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Region 4 Update | December 2020/January 2021

Region 4 Update | December 2020/January 2021

I hope that you have all had a peaceful Thanksgiving break. I can’t believe it is already December. There have been many goings on in the region including the California Science Education Conference in October. It was certainly a lot different than…
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