October 7, 2015
High School Science Newsletter #3

Adapted from NGSS Appendix G - Crosscutting Concepts

A Framework for K-12 Science Education identifies seven overarching or Crosscutting Concepts that bridge disciplinary boundaries, uniting core ideas throughout the fields of science and engineering. The Crosscutting Concepts collectively comprise one of the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards. Their purpose is to help students deepen their understanding of the disciplinary core ideas and develop a coherent and scientifically based view of the world.

For natural and build systems alike, conditions of stability and determinants of rates of change or evolution of a system are critical elements of study. Visit for information and resources related to the Crosscutting Concept of Stability & Change.  


Professional Learning Groups are designed to support new and experienced middle and high school teachers of science with content-specific learning groups that focus on relevant pedagogy and best practices. Join us to meet with practicing scientists, participate in content-area probes & classroom application, make Next Generation Science Standard connections, and collaborate with colleagues. Content Area Groups include: Life Science, Physics, and Chemistry with Earth & Space Sciences integrated! Extended hours pay and snacks provided! Sign up here! You are welcome to attend one or all.

Free and Compensated
  • KQED Science Education Working Group: Are you interested in deepening your work with media and technology? Would you like to impact the resources developed by KQED for educators? Join the 2015-2016 KQED Science Education working group for middle school and high school science teachers! Deadline: Friday, October 9. More information about this opportunity, the stipend associated with it, and to apply. 
  • Educator Open House at Creativity Museum: Join us for an evening of FREE food & wine while you meet our education team & learn how our standards-aligned field trips for PK-12 are designed to support your curriculum while building your students’ creative confidence. Get supplies for your classroom & other surprise giveaways! RSVP hereTuesday, October 13, 5-7:30pm, SF.
  • Hands-on Chemistry with Household Supplies!: Join us for a free Fun Exchanges & Activities for Science Teachers (FEAST) workshop with guests from American Chemical Society and USDA - Agricultural Research Service. Information & RSVP (by 10/10) hereSaturday, October 17, 9am-noon, Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland.
  • Science Educators' Day with The Optical Society: focusing on effective and innovative approaches to science education, with an emphasis on hands-on, interactive activities. Free dinner, door prizes and more! Info & RSVP hereWednesday, October 21, 5-8pm, San Jose Fairmont Hotel. 
  • Plate Tectonics with Tanya Atwater: Come and enjoy a unique evening with Tanya Atwater, one of the pioneering scientists whose explorations and analysis in the 1960s and 70s led to the plate tectonics revolution in earth science. Tanya was also the earth science representative on the National Research Council that created A Framework for K-12 Science Education (the framework for the Next Generation Science Standards). More information hereTuesday, October 27, 6-9pm, Mission Science Center at Mission HS.
  • Implementing the New California Science Framework - A BaySci Forum: Join State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson; Chair of both the NRC Board on Science Education Committee that developed "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" and the CA Science Framework Committee, Helen Quinn; and President of the State Board of Education, Michael Kirst for an evening of presentations and Q&A. Light dinner. RSVP here by 10/26. Monday, November 9, 5:30-8:30pm, Exploratorium. 
  • National Science Teachers Association Area ConferenceOctober 22-24, 2015 in Reno, NV. 
  • Upcoming Cal Academy NGSS Workshops: All workshops here. $15 unless otherwise specified. Flyer here.
    • (K-12) Unlocking the Science & Engineering Practices: Saturday, October 24 AND November 7, 9am-3pm. Sign up here. $35.
  • Exploratorium After Dark: Pairings is the theme. Thursday, October 8, 7-10pm. $15 purchase here.
  • Science Talk! How do your students talk about science? How can you use their language practices as a resource? This group will engage new and veteran science teachers in discussing student talk samples from a strengths-first perspective. We will explore research-based practices for supporting student understanding before requiring target science language practices to explain phenomena. Participants will also unpack the language demands of the NGSS. Attend a welcome event on Thursday, October 22, 5-8pm, at the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching at Stanford University to meet facilitators, engage in the first work session for your registered course, and formally decide if you’d like to continue in the course you’ve registered for. Registration fees are not due until the end of welcome event. More information
  • Snowshoeing Training Course with Bay Area Wilderness Training This experience-based course teaches you the skills you’ll need to take kids out snowshoeing. The course takes you into the mountains of Tahoe National Forest. Pre-trip mtg Wed 2/3/16 6-8pm in Oakland. Upon your return, you will be qualified to borrow snow gear and snowshoes from BAWT Gear Libraries. $60 general registration. More Information.
  • Front Country Leadership Training with Bay Area Wilderness Training Entry-level experiential learning course that covers all the basic skills you will need to take youth on car-camping based overnight trips. Skills covered include: camping safety, day-hiking, tent and stove-set up, clothing, nutrition and team building. Tilden Park. Pre-trip mtg 3/15 5-7pm, Oakland. $65 general registration. More Information.
  • #STEMChallenge: share your inspiring, tech-rich, and innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) lessons for a chance to win $2000 from Common Sense Media. Submit here by October 19 at midnight PST.
  • BioLink Depot Supply Giveaway: The CCSF BioLink Depot is having an open house to give away truckloads of materials donated by local science & technology companies. Registration & rules here and directions hereSaturday, October 24, 10am-2pm. 
  • Pasco STEM Educator Award: applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of STEM teaching experience and implement innovative inquiry-based, technology infused STEM programs. Recipients will receive a travel stipend to attend the NSTA Conference in Nashville, $500 & $5,000 in PASCO equipment. Apply here by November 30.
  • Habitat Earth Video from CAS: Habitat Earth HD is a special free version of our award-winning planetarium show made specifically for educators and is complemented by a suite of free science-rich media and activities designed specifically for classrooms and informal learning environments. Students go on a journey through the complex web of connections within and across ecosystems on Earth. Download film, educator guides, or request a DVD here
  • SF Department of the Environment Curriculum: free activities, readings, and writing prompts for a range of lessons focusing on environmental awareness. Explore curriculum here
  • Free STEM Posters: beautiful STEM posters that integrate physics, music, sports, math & more. Request free posters & download lesson plans. 
  • Whale Tail Grants: The Whale Tail® grants support programs that teach California's children and the general public to value and take action to improve the health of the state's marine and coastal resources. Apply here by Sunday, November 1.
  • FREE Science Saturdays at the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park
    Join a family friendly event this month at Heron’s Head Park! More information.
    • October 10th 9am-12pm: Get Down and Dirty with Our Native Plant Garden
    • October 10th 11am-3pm: Bay Splash
    • October 17th 10am-12pm: Cooking Matters with 18 Reasons
    • October 24th 10am-12pm: Heron's Head Park Trail Walk
    • October 31st 11am-1pm: Eco-Art Mask-Making Workshop with SCRAP
  • FREE Youth Stewardship Program: SF Rec & Park's YSP is now accepting applications! YSP is a free environmental education & service learning field trip program located at a local park near your school. Application here & programming begins in November.
    • The YSP Kick-Off Event for returning, new, and interested teachers will be held Thursday, October 22, 4-6pm at the EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park. Meet this year's educators, learn more about the free YSP program, and schedule your field trips for the year (bring your planner!). We provide snacks and time to network among like-minded professionals. Flyer here.
  • Universe 2015 Festival at the Chabot Space & Science Center: a full-day family astronomy festival featuring special free programming for early learners through adults. Flyer here. Normal admission fee. Info & tickets here. Saturday, October 10, 10am-5pm, Oakland. 
  • The Junior Academy: The New York Academy of Sciences has just launched The Junior Academy, an online STEM program that connects students (ages 13-19) with STEM mentors to learn the latest in scientific research and provides opportunities for students to apply their knowledge, creativity, and skills towards real-world challenges. The mentors have been recruited from prominent research universities and leading science and tech companies. The program culminates in a two-day summit in New York City with field trips, cultural excursions, and opportunities to connect with renowned STEM leaders. Top students will be awarded cash prizes and all-expense paid trip to the summit. Details & application here. Apply by Thursday, October 15.
  • Emperor Science Award Program: Do you have students in grade 10 or 11 who love science? PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up To Cancer are proud to announce the Emperor Science Award program - a unique mentoring program that pairs university-level research scientists with high school students, presenting an exciting opportunity for them to explore the world of science, grow their skills, build confidence and conduct rewarding research. 100 students will be awarded with the mentorship opportunity, a Chrome Notebook at $1500 to help towards their research. Students must submit a 750-word essay on why science research is important to finding a cure for cancer. More information and entry form. Apply by Sunday, November 1
The Science Team at C&I is here to support your science education needs. In addition to centrally-located professional development opportunities, we are available to provide on-site individual and department-wide support.

Shahram Mostarshed, High School Science Content Specialist, Curriculum & Instruction
Dawn Rege, High School Science Content Specialist,
Curriculum & Instruction
Katie Tobin, High School Science Content Specialist, Curriculum & Instruction
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