March 14, 2014
High School Science Newsletter #12
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NGSS Science & Engineering Practices 
Saturday, March 22, 9am-Noon, SFUSD Science Resource Center: Register on Cornerstone here*
Explore the NGSS Science & Engineering Practices through a series of hands-on & interactive activities. Receive lesson-planning resources to apply this training to your own classroom. In this workshop, you will also read the document and its organization around the three dimensions: Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and the Crosscutting Concepts.

Science and Social Justice Workshop
Saturday, March 22, 9am-noon, optional informal lunch from noon-1:00pm, June Jordan School for Equity 

A workshop organized by the JJSE science 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 & 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, an open mind, & a monetary donation for breakfast. We will provide time for sharing existing curriculum & 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.

Unwrapping the Standards
Thursday, April 10, 4:30-6:30pm, John O'Connell High School: Register on Cornerstone here*

This workshop will focus on making meaning of the new standards through close analysis of the Performance Expectations. The focus will be on reading the document and its organization around the three dimensions: Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and the Cross Cutting Concepts.

*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!

  • 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.
  • 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 15th
  • Tour the Southeast Treatment Plant!  Learn about San Francisco's unique combined sewer system, about how the treatment process works, and find out how you can bring your own classroom on a FREE Southeast Treatment Plant field trip.  RSVP to attend a teacher tour on Tuesday, 3/18 from 4-6PM.  Click here for more information and here to RSVP. 
  • 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.
  • Summer Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science @ San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research: Join the San Diego Zoo this summer for a 3-day, 2-night workshop in conservation science for middle and high school science teachers, held at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The program offers teachers the opportunity to study the science of saving species at the largest zoo-based research facility in the world while gathering stories, activities, and lessons in conservation to bring back to students in the classroom. The program includes a $500 travel stipend, all room & board is included, and CE credits are available. Click here for more information, summer dates, and an application. Application Deadline: 3/31/2014
  • 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. 
  • AP Summer Institute Scholarships Available!  Apply NOW!  The College Board has raised funds to pay for a limited number of AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2 teachers to attend an AP Summer Institute for these redesigned courses this summer. Click here for instructions on how to submit a letter of commitment.  Applications are being accepted until 4/15. 
  • 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
  • NSTA/FDA PD in Food Science: this all-expenses paid one-year program includes an overview of the farm to table process and visits to agricultural facilities, the FDA labs, and the University of Maryland (UMD) Microbiology Labs, where experiments from the Science and Our Food Supply curriculum are taught by UMD microbiology professors. In the fall, teachers teach segments of the curriculum in their classrooms. At the NSTA/CSTA Regional Conference, they prepare to teach the program to their professional colleagues in the spring. Open to middle & high teachers in at least their third year of teaching. Information and online application here. Applications due by Friday, April 25, program is July 20-27 (in Washington, D.C.) and December 4-6 (at NSTA/CSTA Regional Conference in Long Beach, CA).
  • 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.
  • Research Experiences for Teachers: Funded by the National Science Foundation, this 6-week summer residential program gives K-12 teachers the chance to participate in real-world science & cutting-edge magnetic field research. Through weekly seminars, discussion groups, PD & tech workshops, teachers develop strategies & resources to translate the experience into material for their classrooms. Each teacher accepted by the program receives a $3,600 stipend, classroom materials, up to $600 in travel support, & housing. Teachers are expected to return to their jobs as leaders in service education, implementing science research in their classrooms. Information & application hereApplication due Friday May 2 and program is June 16th - July 25th at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida.
  • 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.
  • Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math and Science Looking for summer staff: Click here for a job description and how to apply. 

  • Attend an evening lecture at California Academy of Sciences. Explore each of the three lecture series here.
  • 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.
  • (6-12) Reengineering Your Science Curriculum - STEM Conference at the Exploratorium: Wondering how to integrate the 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. Sunday, April 13, 9am-7pm at the Exploratorium.  $45 fee includes lunch.  Click here to register.   
  • Forestry Institute for Teachers: The Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT) is a multi-day residence workshop held at 4 northern California locations. The goal of FIT is to provide K-12 teachers with knowledge, skills and tools to effectively teach their students about forest ecology and forest resource management practices. The institute also provides hands-on experience in: NGSS, CCSS, Project Wild and Project Learning Tree. There are 4 1-week sessions scheduled at 4 different locations. PLEASE NOTE: Each session can accommodate a roster maximum of 30-50 participants. To apply, click here. If you have questions please call the FIT Helpline at 1-888-348-7765. The institute is free to 1st time participants, though they must cover their personal travel costs to the session location. There is a non-refundable $25 registration fee. Registration deadline: April 30, 2014. 
  • 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!   Direct your students to to further explore these opportunities.          
  • 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.  S 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. 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.  Deadline 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.  March 28-29, 2014.
  • TeenTechSF Spring Conference with MakeGamesWith.Us! Don't just play video games…learn how to create them!  Hands-on workshops including: game design, coding, and professional development. Meet with tech leaders from MakeGamesWith.Us, Google, DropBox, LinkedIn, and more. Keynote with Jeremy Rossman, founder of MakeGamesWith.Us. Saturday, March 29, 9am to 12 pm.
  • National Academy of Engineering--Engineering for YOU Video Contest: In honor of the NAE's 50th anniversary, they're looking for 1-2 minute videos showing the world how you see engineering enhancing quality of life and serving the needs of society between 1964-2064. Entry deadline is March 31.
  • (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
  • (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
  • (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
  • (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.
  • Global Spark!Lab Invent It Challenge: from the Smithsonian, this challenge for different age groups encourages students to think a real world problem and come up with a solution. Prizes include a week at an invention camp, Legos, and a patent.  Deadline is April 11.  
  • 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.
  • (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.
  • 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 this challenge by July 1, 2014.
Highlighted Field Trips / School Visit Opportunities!  For additional information on the field trips and school opportunities, visit
  • UC Berkeley Stem Cell Presentations for your students!  Undoubtedly, stem cell research and regenerative medicine are simultaneously the most discussed and questioned scientific advances of the 20th and 21st centuries.  The Student Society for Stem Cell Research (SSSCR) at UC Berkeley can have members give a presentation to your students at your school site or at the UC Berkeley campus on a “Stem Cell Saturday.”
  • 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.
  • (Grades 10-12) Sutro Tower Field Trip...Bus now provided! Have you ever wondered how it actually works? Well, so have your students!
  • Dark Universe Planetarium Show: Book a spring or summer field trip and pre-reserve seats in the 11:30am showing of Dark Universe!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Felidae Conservation Fund: Offers free presentations, labs and field trips for Bay Area schools.
  • 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.
Save the Date for Science Events!
  • 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
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