CSTA Classroom Science

Region 2 Updates

By: Claudio Vargas, CSTA Region 2 Director

October 2019

10/3/2019 - 10/4/2019
Santa Cruz County Office of Education
The CA Environmental Phenomena Summit in Santa Cruz
Grades: TK; K; 1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th
https://sdcoe.k12oms.org/eventdetail.php?gid=1022&id=164933
Spend two days collaborating with local science experts and other educators from the region. Learn about local, environmentally-focused phenomena. Deepen your understanding of phenomena and California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.
Contribute to a resource that will be shared with other educators.
Cost: $150 Scholarships available

10/5/2019
Bay Area Science Project
Saturday Seminar
Grades: PK; TK; K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th https://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/programs_for_schools/professional_development 
Cost: $35

10/5/2019
California Academy of Sciences
Going Deeper with Science Notebooks
Grades: K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th 
http://www.calacademy.org/events/teacher-workshops 
This workshop is intended for educators who have had some experience using science notebooks with their students and are ready to learn more. You will try out more notebooking strategies and explore examples from your grade level. You will have a chance to share your notebooking successes and challenges, and to learn from the successes and challenges of your peers. You do not have to be an advanced notebook expert to participate! However, you should have tried some science notebooking and be interested in continuing to grow your notebooking skills. We recommend that participants should meet at least ONE of the following requirements: 
* have attended our “Making the Most of Science Notebooks” workshop
* have tried out some of strategies or lessons from the “Science Notebook Corner” website * have significant science notebook experience from other sources. 
Cost: $35

10/5/2019
Water Education Foundation 
Project WET: Land-Based Watershed Education to Ocean and Coastal Imp 
Grades: K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th
https://watereducation.org/project-wet-workshops
Location: S Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito, CA 
Cost: $36

10/7/2019
E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation 
Half- Earth Project Educator Ambassador Professional Learning Institute
Grades: 6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th
http://bit.ly/HEDEA2019
This 2-hour NGSS and CA state standards-based Institute will introduce middle school and high school science teachers to the Half-Earth Project through an innovative, interactive tool designed to bring mapping the world’s biodiversity to life for your students. 6-12 grade teachers. 
Cost: free

10/7/2019
PolarTREC 
2019-2020 PolarTREC - Application Due 
Grades: 6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th
https://www.polartrec.com/educators/application
For 2020-2021, we are accepting applications from both U.S. informal science educators as well as formal U.S. classroom teachers (teaching in grades 6-12). Informal educators should have the primary focus on outreach to middle and high school students and/or professional development for their teachers. Applications will be to participate in field research learning experiences during the 2020 (usually Arctic) or 2020-2021 (usually Antarctic) field seasons. 
Cost: FREE 

10/12/2019
The Forestry Challenge 
Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge 
Grades: 9th;10th;11th;12th
http://forestrychallenge.org/
Have you heard about the Forestry Challenge? You and your students are invited to volunteer at the Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge on Saturday morning, October 12. Timekeepers are judges are needed for the final presentations, which will give you and your students a glimpse of the program for possible attendance in future years.
The Forestry Challenge is an academic event for high school students in technical forestry and current forestry topics. Participants spend four days in the forest learning about the ecology and management of the forested landscapes that provide communities with water, recreational opportunities, wood products, and wildlife habitat. Youth benefit by better understanding the relationship of the forested environment to their community, by exposure to natural resource management as a potential career option, and by undertaking a rigorous critical thinking exercise which is timely and addresses current forestry topics such as wildfire, insects, and forest health. 
Cost: Inquire

10/12/2019-10/13/2019
Bay Area Wilderness Training 
Frontcountry Leadership Training (FLT) 
Grades: K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th 
http://www.bawt.org/programs/training/leadership-training/frontcountry-leadership-training/
Frontcountry Leadership Training (FLT) is an entry level course covers all the basic skills you will need to successfully take youth on car-camping based overnight trips. Skills covered include camping safety, day-hiking, tent and stove-set up, clothing requirements, nutrition and team building activities. All learning is experiential. Prior to the weekend training, to get access to our gear libraries, participants also need to complete the Gear Orientation (GO!) training. This can be completed during the pre-trip meeting. Please note that Gear Orientations are offered in both our Oakland and Milpitas offices. Cost: The cost of the course covers all course materials, meals and camping. Participants will have to provide their own transportation to get to the location. The price is $65 for the first participants, and $50 for each additional participant from the same organization (Limit: 2 Discounts per organization). All registrations include a Gear Orientation and pre-trip meeting. 
Cost: $95-225 

10/15/2019 
Cornell Lab of Ornithology 
Webinar: K-5 eBird 
Grades: K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th 
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/webinars-2/ 
3:00 PM PST Build literacy—and scientific literacy—through schoolyard exploration and citizen science. We’ll share our newest eBird Explorers curricula for K-2 and 3-5 teachers. Receive access to free lessons that will support you in teaching bird ID, participating in eBird, and meeting science standards. 
Cost: FREE 

10/16/2019 
Bay Area Wilderness Training
Discovery Session
Grades: K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th 
https://www.bawt.org/about-us/discovery-sessions/
Come learn about BAWT programs and scholarships.
6:00pm Pizza and beverages
6:30-7:30 Discovery Session for new folks
7:30-8:30 Volunteer Night continues (optional) 
Cost: FREE

10/17/2019 
Cornell Lab of Ornithology 
Webinar: K-5 eBird 
Grades: K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th 
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/webinars-2/ 
5:00 PM PST Build literacy—and scientific literacy—through schoolyard exploration and citizen science. We’ll share our newest eBird Explorers curricula for K-2 and 3-5 teachers. Receive access to free lessons that will support you in teaching bird ID, participating in eBird, and meeting science standards. 
Cost: FREE

10/18/2019 
Astronomical Society of the Pacific 
Annual Meeting
Grades: PK; TK; K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th 
https://astrosociety.org/get-involved/events/annual-meeting/annual-meeting-information.html 
A broad science education and outreach conference featuring plenary speakers, panels, contributed 
workshops/sessions, and oral/poster presentations addressing a wide range of professional work, research, and evaluation in education, communication, and diversity in science. This year participants will be celebrating ASP's 130th anniversary. 
Cost: inquire

10/18/2019 - 10/20/2019 
California Science Teachers Association 
CSTA Annual Conference 2019- San Jose, CA 
Grades: PK; TK; K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th 
http://conference.cascience.org/ 
OCTOBER 18 - 20, 2019 | San Jose, CA
The California Science Education Conference is the annual conference of the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA). For more than 20 years the conference has been providing up-to-the-minute educational programs for California's science educators. The conference features the perfect mix of hands-on, one-hour workshops, engaging lectures from professional scientists and university-level educators, in-depth three- and six-hour courses, one-of-a-kind field course experiences, and quality networking opportunities that are only possible when meeting face-to-face. 
Cost: $150-225

10/24/2019 - 10/25/2019 
California Department of Education
CA NGSS and Environmental Literacy Rollout Workshop
Grades: K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th 
https://web.cvent.com/event/46dc5200-97b9-4b08-9e51-e4d5032fdfa6/summary

10/24/2019 - 10/25/2019
San Mateo COE
101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City
The California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Statewide Rollout: Environmental Literacy is a two-day professional learning geared toward grade K-12 academic coaches, administrators, curriculum leads, and teacher leaders. Participants will experience grade appropriate learning sequences with an environmental literacy focus and examples of local environmental phenomena. A variety of community-based partners will feature resources that use the environment as a context for supporting student learning and CA NGSS implementation. It is recommended that districts send teams of four to six, which include at least one administrator. 
Cost: $250 per attendee.

10/26/2019 
Bay Area Wilderness Training 
Hiking Leadership Training
Grades: K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th 
http://www.bawt.org/programs/training/leadership-training/hiking-leadership-training/ 
The Hiking Leadership Training (HLT) is designed to train teachers and youth workers how to plan, organize, and lead fun and safe hikes with youth. Novice and experienced hikers will gain new leadership and facilitation skills. Some of the topics covered during the training include fun games for the trail, leave no trace, the natural history of open spaces, risk management, meal planning, navigation, and more. Registration for this course includes snacks and lunch. Participants are expected to wear footwear appropriate for hiking. Bay Area Wilderness Training can provide boots upon request. Participants are not expected to buy new clothing for this training. The HLT is a partnership program between Bay Area Wilderness Training and the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm Location: South Bay open space preserves 
Cost: $30-90 includes lunch and snacks

10/24/2019 - 10/26/2019 
National Science Teaching Association 
NSTA Area Conference -Salt Lake City, UT:
Grades: K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th 
http://www.nsta.org/conferences/
Navigating Phenomenal Landscapes: Using Phenomena as a Way to Guide Science Instruction
Forming Natural Bridges: Integrating Science Across Content Areas
Hook 'Em for Life: Sustaining Science Teaching and Learning 
Cost: $175 early bird registration

10/26/2019 
Point Bonita YMCA 
Outdoor Education Open House
Grades: PK; K; 1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th 
https://www.ymcasf.org/programs/outdoor-environmental-education-point-bonita
Registration will open the first week of September.
10:30AM-1:30PM. Come explore the magic of the Marin Headlands, enjoy a delicious complimentary meal, take a naturalist-led hike, receive interactive lesson plans to take back to your classroom, and learn more about our program! Our Outdoor Education program is holistic and multi-disciplinary, incorporating hands-on learning, team-building challenges, community service and adventurous fun. We incorporate Next Generation Science Standards and weave social, emotional, physical, intellectual, environmental and spiritual wellness components throughout our program. 
Cost: FREE

10/26/2019 
Water Education Foundation 
Understanding Climate Change in California
Grades: K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th
https://watereducation.org/project-wet-workshops
Location: Fairfield CA
Join the California Department of Water Resources Climate Change team for a day learning about the science of climate change, how local to Federal water managers are applying the science to safeguard California’s water supply and help develop more climate resilient communities – and how the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET can help you integrate climate change science knowledge, concepts and skills in your classroom or education program! 
Cost: $25 Stipend: $50 

10/26/2019 - 10/27/2019 
Bay Area Wilderness Training 
Wilderness First Aid
Grades: K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th 
http://www.bawt.org/programs/training/wilderness-medicine/wilderness-first-aid/
This highly experiential 16-hour class is for anyone who wants to learn how to handle emergency medical situations in the backcountry. It covers basic wilderness first aid topics such as: patient assessment, shock and bleeding, head and spinal injuries, wounds, heat and cold illnesses and much more. Wilderness First Aid certification from Foster Calm available after successful completion of the course and wilderness exam. 
Cost: $195 

10/28/2019 
American Museum of Natural History 
Webinar: Fall 2019 (Oct 28 - Dec 8, 2019)
Grades: K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th
http://learn.amnh.org/
6-week online courses provide access to cutting-edge research, world-class scientists, and powerful classroom resources and are designed around your busy schedule with 6 sessions offered per year. The fee for each Seminars on Science course is $549. All courses are available for graduate credit at an additional cost. 
Cost: $549

November 2019 

10/31/2019 - 11/1/2019 
Maker Ed 
Documenting for Assessment 
Grades: TK; K; 1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th
https://makered.org/professional-development/workshops/
How can documentation support assessment? In the first part of this two-day workshop, we will explore different ways to make learning visible. While engaging in hands-on activities, we will practice capturing our work, our process, and our thinking. We will then use the documentation of our practice to broaden our notion of what is assessable. Using this experience, we will design an assessment or strategy tailored to your environment. 
Location: Maker Ed’s Community Studio, 1808 5th St., Berkeley, CA 94710 
Cost: $400 Stipend: Food: Breakfast and lunch provided daily 

11/1/2019 
National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration 
Applications for Teacher at Sea program BEGINS
Grades: K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/#/how_to_apply/Call_for_Applications
The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Teacher at Sea (TAS) program is to give teachers a clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and to increase their level of environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience. The program provides a unique environment for learning and teaching by sending kindergarten through college-level teachers to sea aboard NOAA research and survey ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew. Then, armed with new understanding and experience, teachers bring this knowledge back to their classrooms. Indeed, the greatest payoff of NOAA's Teacher at Sea program is the enthusiasm for learning more about our ocean planet generated between teachers and students. Since its inception in 1990, the program has enabled more than 430 teachers to gain first-hand experience of science and life at sea. By participating in this program, it becomes possible for teachers to enrich their classroom curricula with a depth of understanding made possible by living and working side-by-side, day and night, with those who contribute to the world's body of oceanic and atmospheric scientific knowledge. 
Cost: FREE

11/6/2019 
Alameda County Office of Education
Constructing Math for the Early Learner (ages 3-8) 
Grades: PK; TK; K;1st;2nd 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/constructing-math-for-the-early-learner-ages-3-8-tickets-68197916805 
Join a Community of Practice focused on supporting Math Learning and Development of a Math Identity in the Early 
Years. The Alameda County Office of Education is offering a grant-funded professional learning opportunity for all Early Childhood coaches and teacher leaders. This project targets educators that support the PK - 2nd Grade to deepen teaching practices to support the early math learning processes through playful, intentional and developmentally appropriate ways. Research-based instructional practices will be the basis for powerful lesson design and assessment that is connected to standards. The professional learning model includes 3 sessions with follow up coaching between each session to support the transference of research to practice. 
Please note that a commitment to the Professional Learning series is a commitment to ALL 3 meeting dates. Please note these dates on your calendar. Reminders will also be sent a week prior to each meeting date. Meeting dates will be November 6, 2019, February 5, 2020 , May 6, 2020.
All meetings will be from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Dinner provided). 
Cost: FREE 

11/5/2019 - 11/6/2019 
California Department of Education 
CA NGSS and Environmental Literacy Rollout Workshop
Grades: K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th 
https://web.cvent.com/event/46dc5200-97b9-4b08-9e51-e4d5032fdfa6/summary
NOVEMBER 5-6, 2019
Host: Sacramento COE
Location: 3661 Whitehead Street, Suite 100, Mather
The California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Statewide Rollout: Environmental Literacy is a two-day professional learning geared toward grade K-12 academic coaches, administrators, curriculum leads, and teacher leaders. Participants will experience grade appropriate learning sequences with an environmental literacy focus and examples of local environmental phenomena. A variety of community-based partners will feature resources that use the environment as a context for supporting student learning and CA NGSS implementation. It is recommended that districts send teams of four to six, which include at least one administrator. 
Cost: $250 per attendee. 

11/16/2019 
California Academy of Sciences 
Mindset Matters: Learning and the Brain
Grades: K;1st;2nd;3rd;4th;5th;6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th 
http://www.calacademy.org/events/teacher-workshops
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Tue Jul 30 at 9:00 am – Classroom image of brain
In the last few years, the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and education have led a surge of research on how people learn. What does it all mean for STEM learning? How can we leverage this research to create deep and equitable learning experiences? How well are the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned with what we’ve learned from this research? New technologies and research methods have led to exciting work on learning and development. Some of this recent work breaks new ground, some of it offers evidence to support the value of beliefs and practices that have been around for ages. This research provides evidence that all students have the capacity to learn and achieve at high levels, as long as we align our instruction to the way the brain learns. In this workshop we will explore and practice ways this research can be applied to our work as educators. We will go beyond, “that’s just good teaching,” to discover how understanding neural pathways can help us create STEM pathways for all of our students. 
This is a brand-new workshop! Space is limited, so register soon. 
Cost: $35

11/19/2019 
Cornell Lab of Ornithology 
Webinar: 6-12 eBird 
Grades: 6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th 
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/webinars-2/ 
3:00 PM PST Build literacy—and scientific literacy—through schoolyard exploration and citizen science. We’ll share our newest eBird Explorers curricula for K-2 and 3-5 teachers. Receive access to free lessons that will support you in teaching bird ID, participating in eBird, and meeting science standards. 
Cost: FREE

11/21/2019 
Cornell Lab of Ornithology 
Webinar: 6-12 eBird 
Grades: 6th;7th;8th;9th;10th;11th;12th 
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/webinars-2/ 
5:00 PM PST Build literacy—and scientific literacy—through schoolyard exploration and citizen science. We’ll share our newest eBird Explorers curricula for K-2 and 3-5 teachers. Receive access to free lessons that will support you in teaching bird ID, participating in eBird, and meeting science standards. 
Cost: FREE


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