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Region 2 Updates - June/July

By Claudio Vargas, Region 2 Director

JUNE
(6/13) Webinar: CSET Review - Life Science
Fresno State University | Contact Alyssia Aguilar for the required form
Grades: K-12
Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Cost: FREE
Click here for registration
Life Sciences for those needing more review for Subtest I (215) and those wanting to prepare for Subtest II (217). The MSTI wants to serve as many teachers as possible throughout California, so we are offering these workshops online and free of charge! The workshops are offered in an interactive, online format in partnership with StudentNest. The teachers are all experienced professional educators and highly effective online instructors. Each workshop is recorded. Following the workshop, you will receive a link to access this recording so you can review selected topics again on your own. If you are already a credentialed teacher or a student at Fresno State, you can have your CSET fees reimbursed, too!

(6/15 6/19) Engaging Math and Science Students in Engineering Design: California Knowles Teacher Initiative
Grades: 9-12
Cost: $600. 
Time: 8:30 AM–4:30 PM (lunch and snacks will be provided)
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Click here for registration
Endorsed by the American Society for Engineering Education, this year-long, professional development course offers nine months of coaching and support for teachers aiming to integrate engineering design in their classrooms. Initiated by a week-long, in-person workshop facilitated by biology, physical science, and math teachers with experience in using engineering successfully, this program will assist teachers in gaining the knowledge and confidence needed to implement engineering design challenges that inspire their students to apply math and science concepts and solve real-world problems.

(6/19-6/25 and 6/29-7/5) Costa Rica Rainforest Ecology Teacher Training
Ecology Project International
Grades: K-12
Cost: $1995 + airfare
Click here for registration
During this field-based course, you will learn teaching strategies and tools developed by Ecology Project International (EPI) for creating and delivering authentic science lessons aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Through participation in authentic research and conservation projects, you will develop your ecological knowledge and hone your science process skills. You’ll learn strategies for helping your students observe, question, discuss and conduct independent scientific research. You’ll increase your comfort with lesson planning using NGSS, and better understand how to teach science in and out of the regular classroom. You will leave the course with a lesson plan you have created to use at home, a template for creating future lesson and/or unit plans on your own, and resources to support and guide you on your teacher journey.

(6/20)  Webinar: CSET Review -Earth and Space Sciences
Fresno State University | Contact Alyssia Aguilar for the required form
Grades: K-12
Time: 12:30pm - 4:30 pm
Cost: FREE
Click here for registration
Earth and Space Sciences for those needing more review for Subtest I (215) and those wanting to prepare for Subtest II (test code 219).  The MSTI wants to serve as many teachers as possible throughout California, so we are offering these workshops online and free of charge! The workshops are offered in an interactive, online format in partnership with StudentNest. The teachers are all experienced professional educators and highly effective online instructors. Each workshop is recorded. Following the workshop, you will receive a link to access this recording so you can review selected topics again on your own. If you are already a credentialed teacher or a student at Fresno State, you can have your CSET fees reimbursed, too!

(6/20) Webinar: CSET Review -Chemistry
Fresno State University | Contact Alyssia Aguilar for the required form
Grades: K-12
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: FREE
Click here for registration
Chemistry for those needing more review for Subtest I (215) and those wanting to prepare for Subtest II (218).  The MSTI wants to serve as many teachers as possible throughout California, so we are offering these workshops online and free of charge! The workshops are offered in an interactive, online format in partnership with StudentNest. The teachers are all experienced professional educators and highly effective online instructors. Each workshop is recorded. Following the workshop, you will receive a link to access this recording so you can review selected topics again on your own. If you are already a credentialed teacher or a student at Fresno State, you can have your CSET fees reimbursed, too!

(6/23 and 6/30) Webinar: Ask Jack
John Muir Laws
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Click here to register
Do you have questions about drawing, journaling, naturalist skills, or journaling teaching techniques? Join John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club every week for an open forum discussion where we troubleshoot your questions.

(6/23 - 6/27) Wilderness Leadership Training Sierra Nevada Carr Lake 
Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT)
Grades: K-12
Cost: $300-995 
Click here to register
The Wilderness Leadership Training (WLT) is a five-day intensive entry-level backpacking course at the heart of BAWT’s programs. It is designed to give you the tools you need to lead youth on multi-day backpacking adventures. After completing the course, you will gain full access to our gear libraries. The Wilderness Leadership Training consists of a pre-trip meeting and five days of backpacking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skills learned include clothing requirements, nutrition, equipment use, map and compass reading, basic wilderness first aid, leadership styles, group dynamics and more. Role playing exercises are used to give participants a realistic backcountry leadership experience. Food and transportation are provided and no previous experience is necessary. Cost: Fees for the WLT are on a sliding scale. Please choose the appropriate registration fee by selecting your agency’s annual budget (total support and revenue for the past fiscal year.) Please note, training costs for one individual are waived for organizations in exchange for the use of a 15-person passenger van. If financial constraints prohibit you from signing up for the WLT, please consider applying for the full tuition Amy Chamberlain Scholarship Fund. For more information please contact us at programs@bawt.org.

(6/27) Webinar: CSET Review - Physics 
Fresno State University | Contact Alyssia Aguilar for the required form
Grades: K-12
Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Cost: FREE
Click here for registration
Physics for those needing more review for Subtest I (215) and those wanting to prepare for Subtest II (test code 220).  The MSTI wants to serve as many teachers as possible throughout California, so we are offering these workshops online and free of charge! The workshops are offered in an interactive, online format in partnership with StudentNest. The teachers are all experienced professional educators and highly effective online instructors. Each workshop is recorded. Following the workshop, you will receive a link to access this recording so you can review selected topics again on your own. If you are already a credentialed teacher or a student at Fresno State, you can have your CSET fees reimbursed, too!


JULY
(6/29 – 7/2) Nanoscience Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers (NanoSIMST) Stanford University 
Grades: 6-8-8
Cost: FREE 
Click here for registration
Stipend: completion of workshop ($500) and classroom implementation ($300).
The Nano facilities at Stanford is offering a four-day Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers (SIMST) June 29-July 2, 2020. Selected teachers will learn about the physical concepts underlying nanotechnology and nanoscience in simple terms. Teachers will also develop lesson plans and receive hands-on activities that bring nanoscience into the classroom. After fully participating in SIMST, teachers can receive up to a $800 stipend ($500 after completion of SIMST, $300 after implementing a Nano lesson in the classroom). Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis. Final day to submit an application is May 29, 2020.

(7/14 - 7/18) Wilderness Leadership Training Sierra Nevada Carr Lake 
Bay Area Wilderness Training
Grades: K-12
Cost: $300-995
Click here for registration 
The Wilderness Leadership Training (WLT) is a five-day intensive entry-level backpacking course at the heart of BAWT’s programs. It is designed to give you the tools you need to lead youth on multi-day backpacking adventures. After completing the course, you will gain full access to our gear libraries. The Wilderness Leadership Training consists of a pre-trip meeting and five days of backpacking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skills learned include clothing requirements, nutrition, equipment use, map and compass reading, basic wilderness first aid, leadership styles, group dynamics and more. Role playing exercises are used to give participants a realistic backcountry leadership experience. Food and transportation are provided and no previous experience is necessary. Cost: Fees for the WLT are on a sliding scale. Please choose the appropriate registration fee by selecting your agency’s annual budget (total support and revenue for the past fiscal year.) Please note, training costs for one individual are waived for organizations in exchange for the use of a 15-person passenger van. If financial constraints prohibit you from signing up for the WLT, please consider applying for the full tuition Amy Chamberlain Scholarship Fund. For more information please contact us at programs@bawt.org.

(7/17) The Growing Classroom: Introduction to Garden Based Learning 
Life Lab Science Program 
Grades: 2-6
Cost: $400 
Click here for registration
Find out how to bring learning to life in the garden. Using The Growing Classroom activity guide for grades 2-6, participants in this workshop experience hands-on activities connected to academic content standards, learn basic science concepts and gardening techniques, and develop management strategies for a school garden program.

(7/27) Webinar: Evaluating and Analyzing Media Content for the Classroom 
KQED 
Grades: K-12
Cost: Free 
Click here for registration
The next cohort starts July 27th.  Misinformation is a constant in our lives, especially in the current global reality. This course will help you empower students to effectively assess the accuracy and quality of information across media formats and understand the techniques content creators use to shape their messages. 

(7/27 - 7/30) Summer Astronomy Institute: Space Science and the NGSS 
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Grades: 5-12
Cost: $195 (scholarships available!) Stipend: $150 
Click here for registration
This 4-day Institute will cover classroom tested, inquiry-rich activities designed to help students actively investigate space science phenomena through three-dimensional learning in support of the Next Generation Science Standards. Institute strands include: Astronomy and the NGSS, tools of the astronomer: telescopes and spectroscopes, exploring the solar system, cross-curricular and STEAM integration, solar and lunar eclipses, stars, and MORE! 


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