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March 25, 2015
High School Science Newsletter #15

Bringing Environmental & Sustainability Education Into the School Day

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9:30am-3pm
John O'Connell High School, 2355 Folsom St.

Join us for a day of Environmental Literacy with workshops, hands-on learning, and exhibitions from members of the San Francisco Science, Sustainability and Stewardship Collaborative and fellow SFUSD teachers. You will learn how to bring science lessons outside and be able to take home materials and curriculum to try in your classroom.

Keynote Speaker: Mary Ellen Hannibal, Citizen Science and You
Mary Ellen Hannibal is a Bay Area writer and editor focusing on science and culture. Hannibal’s book The Spine of the Continent is about a social, geographical, and scientific effort to save nature along the Rocky Mountains. She will be discussing how Citizen Science, even on a small scale, can have a big impact.

Resource Fair & Lunch

  • Free catered lunch
  • Learn about professional development, field trip and student learning opportunities
  • Connect with colleagues and community members

Free Workshop Sessions Include:

Register here: Prop A hours are available if approved by your Principal.

Eco-Hero Nominations
Do you know an eco-hero? San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is looking to honor students, staff, and school community members who have gone above and beyond to promote environmental awareness, to conserve natural resources, or to protect the environment. You may self-nominate or nominate another person. Awards will be given out at the Environmental Literacy for All 3rd Annual Educators' Conference. This eco-hero award is part of a school district initiative to support the sustainable operations of school buildings while aiming to graduate students as environmentally literate citizens.
Please submit your nominations here by Monday, April 6. Winners will be notified by April 15.


Explore Environmental Literacy Education With Experts

Secondary Science Professional Learning Groups

PLGs 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 on Wednesday, April 8, 4:30-6:30pm at the SFUSD Science Resource Center as we focus on the important role of Earth and Space Science in the NGSS and the lives of our students.
  • Engage in an awesome collaborative introductory activity with colleagues
  • Learn from practicing scientist and Director of Education at UC Museum of Paleontology, Dr. Lisa White
  • Participate in content area activities
  • 2 extended hours pay, tasty snacks & science collaboration!
Register on Cornerstone here.
Biology & Chemistry Summer School Teachers Wanted!

Applications for teaching High School Biology and Chemistry credit recovery classes are now open! As an exceptional science teacher for summer courses, you will receive curriculum packets, lab materials and exciting hands-on fun! PD/prep days are June 8 & 9 and instructional dates are June 10–July 16 (July 3rd is a non-paid holiday). Times are 7:50am-1:15pm and locations are Lincoln, Balboa, Galileo, & Mission High Schools. More information here & apply here by April 9.

Free and Compensated
  • Reading to Learn in Science: A free online course from Stanford University Graduate School of Education with Professor Jonathan Osborne, Michelle Friend, & Quentin Sedlacek. The language of science is unique. You, as a science teacher, are uniquely qualified to share the language of science with your students - & this course is designed to provide you knowledge & strategies to help you do so. We will examine the selection of useful science texts; see specific strategies for supporting student comprehension before, during, & after reading; learn how to recognize the unique challenges posed by science texts & how to help students overcome them; & acquire the skills to foster productive discussion around scientific ideas & texts. There will be opportunities to apply your learning inside your classroom & to pool ideas and resources with colleagues around the country. Information here. April 1-June 1.
  • Grants & Discounts! Opportunities to get funding for your classroom or PD:
    • Safeway Foundation Grants: $2500-$10,000 for educational needs. Apply here by April 1.
    • ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grants: up to $1500 for Laboratory Equipment & Supplies, PD, Field Studies, or Science Outreach Events to support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development, and reveal the wonders of chemistry. Apply here by April 1. 
    • Dorothy Stout PD Grants: $750 and a one-year membership to the National Association of Geoscience Teachers for K-12 teachers who teach Earth Science to participate in Earth science classes or workshops; attend a professional scientific or science education meetings; bring students on an Earth science field trip; or purchase Earth science materials for classroom use. Apply here by April 15.
    • Unsung Hero Awards: Full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective projects that improve student learning can apply for one hundred awards of $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. There are three additional awards of $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000. Apply here by April 30.
    • California Science Teachers Association Awards: nominate Future & Current Science Teachers, as well as Science Organizations. Nominate here before May 8.
  • Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) Program: a program hosted at two world leading nuclear physics laboratories: Nuclear Science Laboratory located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame & the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory located on the campus of Michigan State University. 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, activities, dorm housing, & meals are free; participants are responsible to getting to & from the program. Apply here by April 6. Program Dates:
    • Notre Dame: June 21-26 (students) 
    • Michigan State: July 19-24 (teachers) 
    • Michigan State: July 26-31 (students)
  • BAESI San Andreas and Calaveras Faults Field Trip: On this field trip, we will observe the San Andreas and Calaveras faults in the vicinities of San Juan Bautista and Hollister.  We will be “Fault Trackers” identifying the evidence for faulting and we will also do activities that can be done with students on a similar field trip.  In San Juan Bautista, we will see how the San Andreas Fault has created the elevated area upon which the mission stands and we will trace the fault to the St. Francis Retreat. Just south of Hollister, we will see the San Andreas Fault again, as it dissects the DeRose Winery.  In Hollister, we will see evidence of past and present movement along the Calaveras Fault, look at a fault scarp, and examine the effects of fault creep as the Calaveras continually displaces sidewalks, curbs, and walls. Saturday, May 2, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Bird Language Saturday Series: The ancient skill of interpreting Bird Language is an art form that has existed as long as humans have interacted with the land and animals. This experiential workshop will immerse you in a village based learning model that will help you to connect your students with the natural world even in the most urban parts of the city! $45 per session, $120 for all three. To sign up or learn more, click hereSaturday, March 28, April 18, May 16, 10am-4pm, San Francisco's Presidio.
  • Exploratorium After Dark - Sideshow Science: Step right up! The Exploratorium transforms into a carnival of amazing animal acts, astounding forces of nature, mysterious mind reading, and thrilling games of skill and chance. Within these walls lurk some of the most astonishing phenomena found in nature—the biggest “freak show” of them all. $15. Tickets hereThursday, April 2, 6-10pm.
  • American Association of Physics Teachers, Northern California/ Nevada Section Conference: featuring a Poster Session, share and tell, discussion groups, keynote speaker Alex Filippenko of UC Berkeley's Astronomy Department, and a “behind the scenes” at PASCO tour. Lunch & breakfast pastries are included with registration. $35 for first time attendees. Friday evening "History of PASCO" & Social event is free. Register hereSaturday, April 25, 8am-4:30pm, PASCO Scientific in Roseville.
  • California Academy of Sciences: Conversations on Science. Science-themed lecture series. $27 non-members, $24 members. Click here for more details.
    • The Neuroscience of Zen: Happiness, Love and Wisdom Wednesday, April 8th 7:30pm, Nourse Theatre 275 Hayes Street
  • Stanford Summer Teaching Institute: Two different weeks of great courses for educators interested in learning new teaching strategies, developing materials for classroom use, and joining a vibrant community of practitioners. Courses vary in length during the weeks of July 6-10 and August 3-7. Example courses include AP Biology: Adapting to the New Framework & Transforming Teaching and Learning with TechnologyChemEX2, and many others! Standard registration is $600 by June 19. Final deadline is July 6. CEUs & $100 group discounts availableFull course descriptions & application here.
  • The Forestry Institute for Teachers is a highly regarded multi-grade/subject Professional Development program that emphasizes CDE content standards including Common Core and Next Generation Science through the lens of the forest. Teachers enjoy an intense week of learning and doing to gain a deeper understanding of forest ecosystems and human use of natural resources. Participants receive Project Learning Tree and Project WILD curriculum. FIT is professionally enriching and it’s fun too! Associated costs are $25 application fee, and travel. For more information click here. Click here for flier. Registration deadline has been extended - apply now! 
  • Ecosystems and Water Resources of the Central Valley Flood Plain Summer Institute: workshop will focus on water issues, Flood Plains ecology, riparian ecology, delta ecology, and watersheds. Receive Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI), Project WET, NGSS, Department of Water Resources, and other valuable classroom resources. $125 registration; $200 stipend. Information here. Email Jerry Valadez ( to register. June 15-19, Sanger & Fresno, CA.
  • SUNY Cortland Belize Summer Teacher Institute: Are you a K-12 teacher looking for an affordable international professional development opportunity? Or a student who would like to earn 3 credits while learning about culture, history and languages of Central America as well as tropical ecology and sustainability? Participate in the SUNY Cortland Belize Summer Teacher Institute from July 10-19, 2015. We will spend time in the Western Belize rainforest and meet with Belizean educators for 5 days during the course, share environmental education lessons and classroom practices and ideas. The group will go on several guided tours and the Belize Zoo. For additional information please contact or SUNY Cortland International Programs Office 607-753-2209 Website: July 10-19.
  • Wilderness Leadership Training: hosted by Bay Area Wilderness Training, this is a 5-day, intensive entry-level backpacking course designed to give you the required backcountry tools for teachers to lead youth on multi-day outdoor adventures. Skills learned include: clothing requirements, nutrition, equipment use, map & compass reading, basic wilderness first aid, leadership styles, group dynamics & more. Food & transportation are provided & no previous experience is necessary. Sign up ASAP as this will fill up. Sliding scale cost of $195-$395.
    • Monday, July 27–Friday, July 31 in Tahoe National Forest & pre-trip meeting on Saturday, July 18, 9am-4pm in Oakland
  • Summer Astronomy Institute: Space Science and the NGSS, A Hands-on Workshop for Teachers of Grades 5-12: Workshop Content Includes: Classroom tested, inquiry-rich activities designed to help students learn the processes of science through the study of space science, explicit alignment to the Three Dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards, connections to Literacy and the Common Core. $300 registration. Scholarships and CEUs are available. Click here to register. Click here for flier. Monday-Thursday, August 3-6, 8:30am-4pm Astronomical Society of the Pacific 390 Ashton Ave. at Ocean Ave. 
  • Bird Walk at SF Zoo: Bring your binoculars & join Master Birder Allan Ridley for a morning Bird Walk for a free stroll through the Zoo. Information hereSunday, March 29, 8:30-10am, meet at the Zoo's Main Gate.
  • Beatmaking with Nature at Cal Academy: Learn how to use digital music-making software led by teen leaders from the Bay Area Video Coalition, incorporating sounds from the natural world. Participants will get to create their own unique beats, get exposed to music industry professional software tools and methods, and meet young music producers from the Bay Area. The Academy’s own sound collections collected by our researchers from around the world will be made available to participants to use in their mixes. Classroom flyer here. $40. Tickets hereSaturday, April 4, 10am-2:30pm.
  • "Collaborate and Communicate - The Language of Tech" Conference: Organized by the teens of TeenTechSF. Keynote Presentation by Tony Fadell, Founder & CEO of Nest and Godfather of the iPod. Followed by networking with tech leaders MakeSchool, FIRST Robotics, Polyera/IDEO, and Stanford and exciting breakout sessions with hands-on workshops on app creation, game design, Arduino microprocessors, robotics, design thinking, coding, social media, and an EdTech panel for parents! Classroom flyer here. Free for students & parents. Register hereSaturday, April 4, 8:30am-12pm, Palo Alto.
  • (Grades 9 & 10) Careers in Science Intern Program at Cal Academy: The CiS Intern program is a paid multi-year internship  to prepare and empower youth from diverse backgrounds to enter the professional field of science. Interns explore, explain and sustain life both inside and outside of the museum, acquire transferable skills and confidence through authentic work experiences, and set education and career goals Through hands-on trainings, field experiences, and peer and professional mentorships, interns develop essential knowledge and skills to become scientific leaders. Classroom flyer hereApply here by April 5. 
  • Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) Program: a program hosted at two world leading nuclear physics laboratories: Nuclear Science Laboratory located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame & the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory located on the campus of Michigan State University. 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, activities, dorm housing, & meals are free; participants are responsible to getting to & from the program. Apply here by April 6. Program Dates:
    • Notre Dame: June 21-26 (students) 
    • Michigan State: July 19-24 (teachers) 
    • Michigan State: July 26-31 (students)
  • The Garden Project Earth Stewards Program: a paid environmentally based job program where apprentices work in an intensive program, learning organic horticulture and landscaping skills. Apprentices work on a variety of projects each day – cultivating plants or vegetables, clearing brush, or working in the greenhouse. Plants grown by apprentices are used on our city streets and in our parks and all organic vegetables grown by program are donated to local food pantries. Apprentices work 80 hours a month. Information & application here. Apply by April 15.
  • (Grades 9&10) The Greenagers Program is hiring! Are you a 9th or 10th grade student that lives in or attends a school in the southeast of San Francisco? Are you interested in being a youth leader and promoting park stewardship? Do you enjoy working with the community and want to have an active role as a youth leader and advocate for your neighborhood parks and rec centers? Do you enjoy breaking a sweat outdoors and getting your hands dirty? Then we want you to be part of the Greenagers Program. To learn more about the program, visit and apply today! Direct link to the Greenagers Application: Apply by April 17.
  • (Grade 9) The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is opening its lab doors with a new free summer program aimed at rising 10th grade girls. Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory's Outreach Summer aims to expose high school students in underrepresented populations to the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The two-week, full-time program will provide both broad exposure to AI topics through faculty lectures and industry field trips, as well as in-depth experience with a research area through hands-on projects. Mentoring and career/personal development sessions with faculty, researchers, and graduate students will further enable personal growth and an opportunity to explore career interests in AI. Please visit for more information. Flyer.
  • Science Game Jam at Cal Academy: Youth at the Science Game Jam will work with Academy scientists and Bay Area game developers to explore science and game design with 50 other teens. Youth will collaborate with gaming professionals to make a prototype of their game, and compete in teams to win a prize! Spots limited. Lunch and snacks provided. No experience required. Classroom flyer here. FREE. Apply here ASAP (limited spots). Sunday, April 26, 9:30am-5pm.
  • (Grades 8-11) Teen Advocates for Science Communication at Cal Academy: Youth volunteers in the TASC Force program carry out the California Academy of Science’s mission to explore, explain, and sustain life by designing and presenting original public programs. Youth work with Academy professionals to engage museum visitors in experiences that communicate science in fun and exciting ways, such as flash mobs, collections-based fashion shows, interactive theater, and more. Must commit to one program day per week between June 6 - August 15 (Friday-Tuesday; 9:30am-3pm) and to attend monthly all-cohort meetings. Classroom flyer hereApply here by April 26. 
  • (Grades 6-11) TechTeens Summer Street Team: Youth will work with Academy experts to explore current science issues, and use digital media (such as film, photography, audio, and blogs) to create their own science stories. The TechTeens Summer Street Team also serve as Academy ambassadors and communicate science to the public at internal and external events. Classroom flyer hereApply here by April 26.
    • June Crew: for 6th-8th graders able to attend every program day: June 2, 4, 7, 14, 21, & 28
    • July Crew: for 7th-11th graders able to attend every program day: July 7, 8, 9, 12, 19, 26, and August 2
  • Google Science Fair: Get ideas and support for your science fair project. Connect with scientists to get support. Win amazing prizes. Submit here by Tuesday, May 19.
  • Paid Summer Internships at SF Botanical Garden: Interns' primary responsibility is to assist senior interns with our "From Acorn to Oak" summer program. This program serves children enrolled in day camps and similar programs, providing them an opportunity to spend a day working, playing, and learning outdoors. "From Acorn to Oak" is centered around our Children's Garden, where children can plant, pick and eat a variety of garden crops. Flyer here. Must be at least 15 years old as of May 14 & volunteer at garden before applying. Information & application here. Deadline is May 9 & requires action before then.
  • (Grades 10 & 11) Green Energy Camp and Biotechnology Summer Camp at Skyline College for 10th and 11th grade students: Skyline College's Green Energy Camp class,June 15-June 24, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. Learn about alternative energy and produce a video addressing energy solutions. Our Biotechnology Summer Camp, June 15 - June 26, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Learn the various steps involved in manufacturing a new antibiotic and exploring STEM careers. Camp classes are free to high school students. Registration begins May 14. Enrollment Form. For more information contact Rita Gulli at or at 650.738.4491.
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
  • Curriculum development
  • Coaching
Dawn Rege, STEM High School Science Content Specialist, Division of Curriculum & Instruction
Katie Tobin, STEM High School Science Content Specialist, Division of Curriculum & Instruction
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