February 28, 2014
High School Science Newsletter #11
Click here to view this email in your web browser. 

Spotlight on getting ready for taking your students outdoors to learn!
Risk Management, strategies, and techniques for best practices in field science
by Lisa Wojcik, program director of the Environmental Science Center. Contact:


Our school district is fortunate in its geography. Oceanic and estuary systems keep our climate temperate (and outdoor-science lesson worthy!) year-round. Within the perimeter of our city, planning agencies have dedicated land for ~70 parks, each boasting incredible biodiversity of native, rare and endangered species. Between these parks, many green corridors are emerging to connect these lands. Our location on the Pacific Tectonic Plate boundary provides for world-class earth and geological science lessons. Our city is literally overflowing with rich, authentic science lessons right outside your classroom door, or even a quick free MUNI ride down to our closest natural open space.
Not sure to do when you get there? The best introductory guide for educators’ field experiences in San Francisco is 
Finding Urban Nature, an Educators Guide to Exploring San Francisco Natural History. This publication is free, and often provides summer professional development workshops. The guidebook provides detailed prep tips to consider, bathroom locations, MUNI routes and ‘quick tips’ about each park. Important information about what to consider, how to pack and prepare are also included in this guide.
Not sure a trip is worth the extra effort?  Increasing bodies of research cite that students’ time in natural settings improve enthusiasm about school, attendance, peer-to-peer relationships, and overall academic performance. A good introductory source for this research can be found

To start preparing for an outdoor excursion, we suggest focusing on the following:  

  • Plan early: If you are interested in a supported program look to register early as programs fill up. Partner programming offering educator support are available here:
  • Chaperones: Offsite programming is better with assistance. Work with a peer teacher or entire grade level to organize a school outing.  You can also check-out SF School Volunteers if you need assistance finding a chaperone.
  • Preparedness:
    • Start your planning as early as possible, and begin to organize for your trip 1-month minimum before you leave.
    • Organize groups, prepare name tags, prepare curriculum work and questions, and ensure risk management forms are in.
    • Plan for student meals, or order free lunches for students. Outline dress policies for their trip date with guidelines for weather ( no heels, closed toed shoes, jackets, hats, etc.)
    • Introduce students to the schedule for the day and set expectations.
    • Go Early! Best weather for outdoor learning is September and October!  By bringing students outside to learn this early, you will provide experiences and peer bonding that will last the entire year.

Finally, if you need assistance or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact the SFUSD Science Department team. Our end goal is scientific and ecological literacy for all SFUSD students, and we are committed to helping assist you with this meaningful work.

SFUSD Science Professional Learning for Teachers - extended hours opportunities!

The Next Generation Science Standards: Cross Cutting Concepts
Thursday, March 4, 4:30-6:30pm - Register here on Cornerstone
Learn the basics about the major shifts NGSS will bring to science education. Explore the NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts through a series of hands-on and interactive activities. Engage in productive dialogue around these big ideas as a way to make connections in science and to your classroom practice. This workshop may be taken individually or as part of the NGSS series. Extended hourly pay will be provided for all attendees.

Additional NGSS PDs are on Saturday, March 22 and Thursday, April 10. These SFUSD NGSS workshops are designed to introduce the major shifts in science education that the Next Generation Science Standards will bring.  The workshops can be taken individually or as a series, and will incorporate hands-on science activities and planning resources.  All workshops are planned in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences.  Search and register for any of 3 NGSS workshops here through Cornerstone*. Extended hour pay provided for all attendees. Flyer here.

*First time users on Cornerstone, use your SFUSD ID and the password Welcome1 (case-sensitive). You will then be prompted to create a new password.
Opportunities and Resources for High School Science Teachers  (Yes, there are MANY opportunities - including summer ones - advertised in this newsletter.  Start planning now as deadlines are approaching!) 

  • Mesa Verde National Park: Convergences and Crossroads in the American Southwest:  This year, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center will offer two week-long NEH Summer Landmarks workshops for K-12 educators.  These workshops are guided by Crow Canyon archaeologists, educators, and American Indian scholars and include: experiential learning, hands-on archaeological fieldwork, and field trips at Mesa Verde.  Each scholar receives a $1200 stipend to cover the cost of travel and living expenses. Click here for more information.  Applications must be postmarked by 3/4/14. 
  •  MAVEN Educator Ambassadors: The MAVEN Educator Ambassador (MEA), NASA-funded program focuses on in-depth learning experiences around Earth, space, & physical science topics for grades 6-12 educators. The goal of the MEA program is to develop the capacity and provide the opportunity for educators to train other teachers on NASA Heliophysics and Planetary Science educational resources. This program will provide educators with a week-long professional development workshop, plus follow-up support for several years via teleconference calls and other electronic communications. We expect that the educators involved in the MEA program will implement the lesson plans and education resources in their own classrooms, as well as train other teachers at local and regional professional development conferences or meetings. All expenses-paid, plus additional stipend after teaching a local training. Information and application here. Application deadline is March 7th, 2014, program is July 14-18th in Boulder, CO.
  • Seeing Radiation: Nuclear Science Experiments -A FREE teacher workshop for high school science educators:  This workshop will focus on using cloud chambers and Geiger counters to help teach the principals of radioactivity and radiation.  Participants will receive a wealth of materials - a cloud chamber kit and Geiger counter, workbooks, and classroom activities.  This workshop will include a tour to the advanced Light Source and lectures by leading scientists. Friday, March 14th from 8 AM - 5 PM at UC Berkeley.  Click here for more information and to register.
  • Bay Area Earth Science Institute (BAESI) Workshops: Each workshop presents a blend of science concepts and ready-to-use classroom activities for teaching them. Free and you may combine any two sessions to earn 1 Geology unit from SJSU for $50. Each workshop meets from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm on the San Jose State University (SJSU) campus. Details & registration here. March 15:  Extinction and Biodiversity Loss. May 3:  Exploring Geology at Alum Rock Park.
  • Exploratorium Workshop - Be a Bay Detective! Exploring Issues Affecting SF Bay and Ocean Health: Come investigate what is happening in our bay and ocean by looking at trends in measurable chemical and biological properties. We'll focus on the mechanisms and instruments that help us detect pollutants in the San Francisco Bay.  We will also explore the water quality of local coastal environments and how pathogens migrate through watersheds to infect marine mammals. This workshop meets at the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center at San Francisco's Crissy Field and will be co-presented by Justin Holl of the GFNMS.  Register here. $50 stipend. March 15, 2014 8:30 AM-12:30 PM. 
  • The Exploratorium Teacher Institute's 3-Week Classic Summer Institute: Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 25 (9:00am -- 3:30pm, M-F). All applicants will be notified in the first week of April about their application status. $1000 stipend. Information & apply here.  Application & resume due by March 15.
  • Science and Social Justice Workshop: A workshop by teachers for teachers to further explore the issue of teaching science with a social justice lens. Our plan is to break up into content-specific and grade-specific groups to share teaching science for social justice curriculum and teaching strategies. Please bring curriculum that you have already tried in your classroom, curriculum ideas that you wish you already had but have not yet created, open mind, monetary donation for breakfast. We will provide time for sharing existing curriculum and for small teams to develop new ideas into curriculum. All materials will be shared and accessed by the group as a whole. Please sign up here so we know who to expect and can plan our small groups accordingly. Saturday, March 22, 9 AM-noon, optional informal lunch from 12-1:00 PM, June Jordan School for Equity, SF. 
  • American Meteorological Society's Project Atmosphere: A two-week teacher enhancement workshop specifically designed for teachers of science courses with atmospheric content. It is intended to introduce teachers to the latest technologies and techniques for sensing, analyzing, and forecasting weather; and explore ways in which the products of these technologies and techniques can be employed in school studies of the atmospheric environment. Accepted teachers will get: a stipend of $600; single hotel room for twelve nights, arranged by AMS; food and incidentals allowance of $350; round-trip air or land travel from US home to Kansas City, MO; instructional and laboratory supplies; tuition; and a set of instructional materials. Workshop will be held Sunday, July 13 - Friday, July 25 at the U.S. National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Applications due by March 28, 2014.  Click here for more information. 
  • EduBlitz: Teachers can also join in the BioBlitz fun! Participants will receive teaching resources, have the chance to meet scientists and other experts, and mingle with food, wine and music. If this sounds fun to you, please RSVP here. Friday, March 28, 4-6 PM, BioBlitz festival at the east end of Crissy Field.
  • (6-12) The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is now accepting applications for their 2014 Teacher Workshops.  Apply for a 3-day, 2-night teacher workshop in Conservation Research.  This workshop is open to middle and high school science teachers and includes a $500 stipend upon completion.  Application deadline: March 31, 2014.  To apply or learn more, click here
  • Eco Classroom Program in Costa Rica: biology, life science, earth and environmental science teachers can apply in teams of 4 teachers from 4 different schools for 2 weeks of all-expenses paid, first-hand field collection of biodiversity and climate data using Conservation International’s Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) scientific protocols at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. Information/application here. Application due March 31; program is July 7-20. Contact Dawn Rege ( to assist with finding other interested SFUSD science high school teachers.
  • GEOSCAPE Bay Area Summer PD for Earth Sciences Teachers: Learn about current scientific research and understanding of the local geoscape, which is a way to look at the geological landscape - water resources, natural hazards, and earth resources. This workshop for both novices and experts is to enhance your skills, confidence, and knowledge of Earth sciences and invigorate classroom instruction. Taught by Stanford Earth Sciences faculty and staff, this 8-day workshop includes sessions on: Tectonic Setting of the Bay Area, Earthquakes in California, Plate Tectonics, Stanford CSI, What does it mean to be a scientist?, Geologic mapping of your neighborhood, plus an all-day geology field trip! More information and application here. $100 stipend, daily lunch & 3 CEUs available for $75. $50 refundable application fee. 8-day workshop July 14-17 and July 21-24, all day. Applications are due April 1. 
  • Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) - A free residential summer camp for high school students and science teachers at Michigan State University and Notre Dame:  PAN is an outreach program at two world leading nuclear physics laboratories: Nuclear Science Laboratory located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory located on the campus of Michigan State University.  The opportunity is open to students who have completed at least one year of high school and science teachers (primarily high school physics or chemistry, though others have found the program useful). The program introduces participants to the fundamentals of the extremely small domain of atomic nuclei and its connection to the extremely large domain of astrophysics and cosmology. Program dates are during the summer.  Applications are due by April 7th.  Click here for more information about the program, specific dates, and applications. 
  • Through the College Access Lens: Common Core State Standards; Preparing Students for College and Career:  Join us for the launch of The CEP Institute on Wednesday, 4/9 from 4 - 6 PM at UC Berkeley Campus, 110 Sproul Hall.  Information covered includes: How will the CCSS and the NGSS support college readiness?  How will the CCSS and NGSS affect the youth we serve?  How can we best prepare our instructors and tutors to provide academic support aligned to the CCSS and NGSS?  Click here for more information and to RSVP. 
  • Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC) Application: The California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) are recruiting applicants for the Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC) to assist with the revision of the Science Framework for California Public Schools, K-12 (Science Framework) to incorporate and support the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, K-12 (CA–NGSS), that were adopted by the SBE in September 2013. Curriculum frameworks provide guidance to teachers, administrators, and parents on how a standards-based curriculum is implemented in the classroom. The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) will submit a list of recommended applicants to the SBE for appointment in May of 2014. Apply here.  Applications will be accepted until April 16, 2014 at 3 PM
  • CTA Institute for Teaching Grants: intended for CTA members and chapters to support strength-based, teacher-driven reform for students and public schools in the 2014-15 school year. Grants awarded to individuals & small teams of teachers up to $5,000. Chapter grants awarded to associations up to $20,000. Announcements of awards in June 2014. Information hereDue April 30. 
  • Earthwatch Educator Fellowships: spend 1-2 weeks on an Earthwatch Expedition along with other teachers to research and explore environmental concerns. This years expeditions are to a cloud forest in Ecuador, the desert of Arizona, and the Arctic's edge in Canada. Expedition & transportation costs are covered, plus there is a stipend. Information & application here. Apply ASAP, rolling acceptance starts May 1 for this summer.
  • NGSS Coursera (online) course with Rice University: "Using The Next Generation Science Standards for Students’ Deeper Understanding" is designed to guide science educators towards an understanding of the Framework behind the NGSS and how to integrate the Scientific and Engineering Practices into classroom instruction. The goal will be to answer the question: As teachers begin to address the Science Core Disciplinary Ideas through the lens of STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics) instructional strategies, how and why should the Scientific and Engineering Design Practices be integrated into investigations? This is a free, online 4 week, 2-4 hours per week course. Register here. Free. Starts May 12.
  • NASA Exploration Design Challenge: these grade span (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) STEM challenges set up the goal for students to research and design ways to protect astronauts from space radiation as they travel beyond low Earth orbit and on to an asteroid or Mars. Complete lesson plans & information online. Complete this challenge by July 1.

  • Attend an evening lecture at California Academy of Sciences. Explore each of the three lecture series here.
  • NSTA Virtual Conference: NGSS Practices in Action: Are you looking for practical strategies for integrating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into your classroom? Join NSTA for an intensive one-day virtual conference to learn how to apply the NGSS Science & Engineering Practices with K-12 students. Member/Nonmember price: $79/$99. Register here. Saturday, March 8, 2014, 7 AM-3 PM PST.
  • Mola Mola Soirée: For over a decade, National Geographic Explorer, marine biologist Tierney Thys, Ph.D has been uncovering the secrets of the Mola mola – the world’s largest bony fish. By tagging and tracking molas worldwide, she and her colleagues are discovering their movements, eating habits, and vulnerabilities. Come hear the latest research about these mysterious, peaceful, and utterly odd-shaped giants! $18 admission includes two beverages. Presented by the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Flyer hereSaturday, March 29, 7-10pm at the Randall Museum.
  • Exploratorium Teacher Institute STEM Conference: "Reengineering Your Science Curriculum" Wondering how to integrate the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for engineering into your middle- or high-school classroom? Join the Exploratorium's Teacher Institute for this daylong conference, which features hands-on workshops, and activities you can use in the classroom to engage your students and meet the Standards (you'll leave with handouts of the activities). Lunch and an evening cocktail social at the Exploratorium are included. Sign-up link coming soon....but save the date! Sunday, April 13, 2014 • 9 AM to 7 PM.
  • BAWT Wilderness Leadership Training: The WLT is a 5-day intensive entry-level backpacking course (with pre-trip meeting) from Bay Area Wilderness Training that is designed to give you the tools you need to lead youth on multi-day backpacking adventures. After completing the course, you will gain free full access to our gear loaning libraries. Skills learned include: clothing requirements, nutrition, equipment use, map and compass reading, basic wilderness first aid, leadership styles, group dynamics and more. Food and transportation are provided and no previous experience is necessary. $195.00 (scholarships available & CEUs available). Information & application herePre-Trip Meeting is Sat, July 19 from 9 AM-4 PM in Oakland, course is Wed, July 23 - Sun, July 27, in Tahoe National Forest. 
  • Galileo Investigates the Solar System: In this workshop for teachers and those who work with them, explore the solar system through classroom-tested, standards-based, hands-on activities. Discover investigations and techniques to help teach earth and space science in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards and make connections with the Common Core. Participants receive a wealth of teaching resources, including The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD-ROM (retail value $30), and a large collection of resources for teaching astronomy. $80 (there are a limited number of scholarships available). More information hereSaturday & Sunday, August 2–3, 8:30 AM – 5 PM, Hyatt-Regency, Burlingame.
Upcoming Opportunities for your Science Students!   (Please direct your students to to further explore these opportunities.)
  • San Francisco High Schools STEM Career Fair:  Back by popular demand!  Bay Area Teen Science (BATS) will host a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Career Fair.  The fair will include a variety of interactive activities, information tables, hands-on workshops, and other presentations from UC Berkeley and Standford STEM departments and student clubs.  Other presenters from STEM industries, local science museums and STEM-focused youth programs will also be on hand to showcase what they can offer high school students looking to pursue STEM majors and careers.    Location: Balboa High School @ 1000 Cayuga Avenue.  Drop-in any time on March 1st from 10 AM - 3 PM but a reservation and SFUSD High School ID are REQUIRED to enter!  Get tickets at  Click here for more information.  Hosted by BATS and Science @ Cal!
  • iCLEM High School Biotech Internship Summer Internship Program: iCLEM is a summer research internship program for exceptionally motivated high school sophomores and juniors with an interest in biotechnology. The program is operated by UC Berkeley and takes place at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (5885 Hollis, Emeryville) from June 17-Aug 7, 2014. Students work on a team-based bioenergy research project with four scientists and 2 credentialed science teachers. Stipend is $1500 plus a scholarship of $500 upon successful completion of the program. Students must commit to full time work (40 hrs/wk) for eight weeks. Applicants must be enrolled in high school in Alameda, San Francisco or Contra Costa counties, must be US citizens/permanent residents, must be age 16 by 6/1/14, and their families must have income below $60,000. Apply by MARCH 1 at:
  • SF Bay Area Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Career Fair and Exhibition: hosted by Science, Engineering and Mathematics Link Inc (SEM Link), this event will provide K-12 students with an opportunity to explore careers and meet and interact with professionals in these fields. Free, online registration recommended here. Saturday, March 1, 10am to 2pm, Laney College, Oakland, CA
  • Free Ocean Film Festival Education Program: featuring exciting and inspirational ocean-themed films curated from the main film festival program. Following each screening, students participate in  Q&A sessions with filmmakers and marine scientists. Flyer here and registration information hereDates are March 4-7, 2014.
  • (14 & 15 year olds) Join the JASON National Argonaut Team!  JASON Learning is seeking a diverse, creative, and adventurous group of students and educators to venture into the field with JASON researchers.  As a JASON National Argonaut, you will embark on a life-changing journey, where you will work side-by-side with scientists and engineers in the field. Student and Educator Argonauts will spend approximately 7 days in the field during the summer or fall of 2014. Argonauts serve as ambassadors and role models for the JASON community, and may participate in speaking events related to the program. At least one group of Argonauts will have the opportunity to join Dr. Robert Ballard’s team aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, which is slated to explore the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.   JASON will pay for all travel, lodging, food (meals and snacks), and programming/equipment costs related to JASON Argonaut activities. Click here for more information or go to are due by Friday, 3/7/14.
  • 9th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest:  Celebrate DNA Day with the American Society of Human Genetics.  Have your students in grades 9-12 enter this DNA Day Essay Contest.  Prizes range from $100-$1000.  Essay deadline is March 14, 2014.  Click here for more information. 
  • Summer Marine Lab Experience for High School Students: Incoming 9th-11th grade students can apply for the opportunity to spend June 24-30th at USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, CA.  Students will explore Earth's ocean (including the deep ocean) and life below the ocean floor.  Click here for more information about the opportunity and here for the student application.  The entire application packet is due by March 21, 2014. 
  • Kavli "Science in Fiction" Video Contest: Investigate how science is portrayed in TV, films, and games.  Find an example using a film, TV show, or video game, then compare to what we can do today with current or emerging technologies. Or tell us what science needs to discover to make it really happen. Make a video (0:30 - 0:90) that shares your discoveries and states your case. Students can win prizes up to $2000. Information here. Due by March 21.
  • Summer Programs for free: Wishbone helped over 80 high schoolers crowd-fund the summer program of their dream last summer and is accepting applications for summer of 2014 now. Opportunities in many fields, including scienceInformation and application onlineDeadline depends on program selected.
  • GGNRA BioBlitz in Crissy Field: Come join in on the fun as National Geographic's BioBlitz visits Crissy Field! This two day event features scientists and naturalists interacting with the public to identify and inventory living things within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Click here for more information. March 28-29, 2014.
  • (9 & 10) Careers in Science Intern Program @ California Academy of Sciences:  Now recruiting!  If you share a curiosity for the natural world, from the plants to planets, worms to snakes and everything in between, you should think about becoming a CAreers in Science intern.  This is a PAID MULTI-YEAR, year-round science education and youth development program for high school youth underrepresented in the sciences.  Application filing period: 3/1/14 - 4/16/2014.  To apply or learn more, visit:  Click here to access flyers on this and the following 3 CAS Youth Programs. 
  • (Current 10th)  Student Science Fellows: Advanced Science Immersion and Investigation Fellowships @ California Academy of Sciences:  Now recruiting for two-year, unpaid research fellowships for highly motivated youth who are serious about science as a career.  Through the fellowship position, you'll work directly with Academy scientists on a university-level research project.  The program runs September 2014-June 2015.  Application filing period: 3/1/14 - 4/6/2014.  To apply or learn more, visit:
  • (9-12) Digital Learning: Science in Action Film-making Summer Intensive: Create short films to tell science stories to the public during this intensive two week summer program!  This program is open to all high school students and runs M-F, June 16th - June 27th, 10 AM - 4 PM.  Application filing period: 3/1/14 - 5/4/2014.  To apply or learn more, visit:
  • (8-12) TASC: Teen Advocates for Science Communication:  Now recruiting for this volunteer program for rising 8th through 12th graders interested in creating fun and innovative science experiences for museum visitors.  Application filing period: 3/1/14 - 5/4/14.  To apply or learn more, visit:
  • The House App Contest:  This year marks the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the “House App Contest.”  This new competition is designed to engage student’s creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. The competition is a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer The House App Contest devices on a platform of their choice.  The "House App Contest" is open to all high school students in the 12th District of California.  Students entering the competition must submit their app's source code online during the Competition Submission Period between 12 PM EST on 2/1/14 and 11:59 PM EST on 4/30/14 as well as provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process.  Visit for more information. 
  • (10-12) Skyline Green Energy Camp:  Earn 2 college credits that can lead to a green economy career!  Skyline College's Green Energy Camp for concurrently enrolled high school students is Monday, June 16 through Friday, June 20, 2014 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Students participate in hands-on activities with faculty skilled in solar and energy efficiency, and learn social media marketing techniques from green business marketing experts. Students will create social media campaigns reflecting what they learned in class. Registration periods begins on May 10, 2014!  Visit or email Rita Gulli at for more information.  Flyers here and here

Highlighted Field Trips / School Visit Opportunities!
  • Excelsior Science Workshop: Community Science at its best! ESW provides science enrichment field trips to neighborhood schools and provides open workshop times to the local community. We encourage hands-on exploration and curious observations of the world around us, and strive to help our guests figure out how to build their own inventions. We operate on a sliding scale, because science is everywhere and anyone can be a scientist! To schedule a field trip, or find out more, contact Sol McKinney.
  • (Grades 10-12) Sutro Tower Field Trip...Bus now provided! Have you ever wondered how it actually works? Well, so have your students! Field Trip opportunities are available to interested teachers and students to visit the tower and have a guided tour and informational discussion with the General Manager of Sutro Tower inside the control room! This is a great opportunity for students to see physics concepts and electrical engineering in action.
    Field Trip Logistics
    Date and TIme: determined by teacher
    Group Size: up to 25
    Length: 1-2 hours
    Transportation: Bus provided
    Contact Katie Tobin or Dave Hyams for more information or to reserve a date.
  • Dark Universe Planetarium Show: Book a spring or summer field trip and pre-reserve seats in the 11:30am showing of Dark Universe! Venture into a new frontier in space exploration in this new planetarium show. Fly through distant galaxies, plunge into the atmosphere of the planet Jupiter, and learn how scientists are attempting to shed new light on dark matter and dark energy—mysterious components that account for 95% of our known Universe. Developed by the American Museum of Natural History (, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences and GOTO Inc. There's an Educator Guide, too!  Click here for more information. 
  • Compass Green, a mobile education project, will be bringing their mobile greenhouse and 1-day Sustainability Program to Bay Area schools in the months of March and April. Compass Green will be teaching all about sustainable agriculture, and the global effects of our local actions. For a limited time, there is no fee involved, and participating schools may have opportunities for school garden scholarships in the future. Space is limited, so contact Compass Green promptly. For more information, contact Justin Cutter.
  • BayMobile - Bringing the Bay Your Way!  Can’t make it to the Aquarium? Now the Aquarium can come to you.  During a visit from the BayMobile, your students will dive into the science of climate change and meet some of Aquarium of the Bay’s animal ambassadors, all without leaving the classroom. Through experimentation and demonstration, your students will engage in scientific practices and gain a better understanding of one of the most important issues of our time. All courses are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, and are taught by our talented education team, who are well-versed in classroom management and education best practices.  We look forward to bringing the Aquarium–and climate change education–to your school!  Click here for more information.
  • The Felidae Conservation Fund: Offers free presentations, labs and field trips for Bay Area schools. The presentations discuss basic physiology and ecology of puma and bobcats. The lab focuses on predator/prey dynamics in the natural, and human modified world. The field trip takes students out to a local wild space to teach them how to identify local wildlife sign, and allows them to work with our research equipment (remote camera, tracking equipment). Presentations are for grades K-12, labs and field trips are for grades 3-12. For more information, click here.
  • Chat with an Academy Scientist! Scientists at the California Academy of Sciences study all sorts of amazing creatures and travel the world in search of new ones. Spark your students' curiosity in a 30-45 minute conversation with a scientist using a free, internet-based platform to connect to the Academy from any California classroom. All you need is a computer with an internet connection and a projector. Information & registration hereRegister now for programming through April 18 (there is a wait list for some programs).
Save the Date for Science Events!
  • San Francisco High Schools STEM Career Fair @ Balboa High School  on March 1, 2014.  See student opportunities for more information! 
  • SCRAP hosts monthly Teacher Material Give-Aways for all San Francisco teachers! We will have all kinds of supplies for your classroom available for free every first Saturday of the month from 1 to 4pm. We’ll have paper, markers, binders, sponges, National Geos, and much more! Upcoming dates are: Mar 1st.  SCRAP, 801 Toland St. (Enter on Newcomb)  For more information, visit or contact (415) 647-1746
  • 4th Annual SLANT Symposium on Wednesday March 26th from 4:30-6:30pm at the deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park. Join us in sharing another year of Integrated Science, Art and Literacy Teaching and Learning as told through the work of SFUSD teachers and students.
Contact us!  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 in:
  • Common Core Literacy Standards for Science
  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • Integrating science inquiry
  • Data-based inquiry to inform your science instruction 
  • Content and Language Objectives in Science
  • Strategies for English Language Learners
  • Curriculum development
  • Coaching
Dawn Rege, Secondary Science Content Specialist, Science Department (STEM @ C & I)
Katie Tobin, Secondary Science Content Specialist, Science Department (STEM @ C & I)
Eric Lewis, Secondary Science Content Specialist, LEAD - High Schools Division
Follow us on Twitter
Visit our SFUSD Science Website
Copyright © 2014 SFUSD Office of Curriculum & Instruction.  STEM Department, Science Division, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences