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May 20, 2015
High School Science Newsletter #19


During the 2014-15 school year, SFUSD science teachers and administrators spent over 3000 hours learning about the Next Generation Science Standards through SFUSD Science presentations, centrally offered workshops, and site specific professional development. Interested in learning more about the Next Generation Science Standards and what they mean for SFUSD? Summer is a great time to check out and share the newly launched NGSS section of our website.
Looking for some science reading to do over the summer? All of our spotlights are archived in the SFUSD Science blog on our website. 

What is the SFUSD Science Team up to this summer? We are:
  • working with Marshall Elementary School, the Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry, and SFUSD Multilingual Pathways to explore English language development through the context of science
  • working with middle school teachers to design the first part of the SFUSD Science Core Curriculum for Sixth Grade
  • working with high school science teachers to develop a Scope and Sequence for NGSS-Life Science, NGSS-Chemistry, and NGSS-Physics courses
  • planning a Secondary Science PD Day for all secondary science teachers on Thursday, August 13th
  • attending PDs at the Exploratorium, Cal Academy, and more!

What are you doing this summer to continue to grow as a science teacher? Share it with us via Twitter @SFUSD_Science or use #SFUSDScience in your tweet.
See below for summer science learning opportunities that still have openings. We look forward to working with you and seeing you at science-related learning opportunities this summer!


Free and Compensated
  • Game Time Expo at Hoover Middle School: Come here Hoover STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) Coding students pitch the games they made. RSVP hereThursday, May 21, 5:45-7:30pm, Hoover Middle School.
  • MAVEN Educator Ambassadors Workshop: Join NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission team! In September of 2014, the MAVEN mission began exploring Mars’ upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind. The MAVEN Educator Ambassador (MEA) program will focus on in-depth learning experiences around Earth, space, and physical science topics for educators teaching middle and high school grades. In this week-long, NASA funded program, you will receive training to become a MAVEN Ambassador and to train other teachers on NASA Heliophysics and Planetary Science educational resources. Participants receive a single travel stipend of $700. Free housing and meals will be provided. Information & application here. August 3-7, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. Apply by Fri, May 22. 
  • BAESI Teacher Advisors: Bay Area Earth Science Institute is organizing, improving, & developing new & existing resources to support teachers in implementation of the NGSS & CCSS. We're seeking teachers who are available to work between mid-June & July 20.  Most of the work can be completed from your home & Teacher Advisers will choose tasks that best match their interests & available time, earning a stipend of up to $300, depending on tasks completed. Potential tasks will include: going through BAESI workshop resources & activities to select the best ones; review NGSS-aligned curricular materials developed in partnership with the Green Ninja Program; review 2 self-paced online courses developed in partnership with Creative Change Educational Solutions. Apply here by Wednesday, May 27 (soft deadline).
  • Modeling Watershed Workshop: Participants & their students will use free portal-based activities that employ maps & models to study their own school’s watershed; teachers will participate in two summer face-to-face workshops and two online courses. $1000 stipend for completion of all NSF-funded research activities (travel & housing reimbursed). Information & apply here by Saturday, May 30. June 23-25 in Sanger, CA, plus follow up in 2015-16 school year. Spots are being held for SFUSD teachers!
  • Informational Webinar: Communication Projects with LiMPETS! LiMPETS has developed a new science communication curriculum for our program, which includes opportunities for your students to write science blogs, produce films, and present at science conferences. The activities are designed with the NGSS science practices in mind, to help your students communicate the implications of their LiMPETS findings in a clear and effective manner. Please join us for one of our informational webinars to learn about the new elements of our program. More information & registration! Dates & Times: June 2, 2015, 3:30-4:00pm and June 10, 2015, 4:00-4:30pm.
  • Fab School Labs: teachers or school admin can apply for up to $100,000 to remake their science lab. Apply here by June 12.
  • Bay Area Meeting - Expanding Potential in STEM: In Fall 2014, Synberc & QB3 hosted an inaugural Expanding Potential Workshop which focused on issues faced by women in STEM. We would like to continue and broaden the conversations at this Meet-up. Information & RSVP hereSaturday, June 27, 4-6pm at Cafe Valparaiso. In addition to food, drinks and mingling, the Meet-up will include conversations about:
    • creating outreach programs for groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM with Marlena Jackson, the founder of NexGeneGirls & Shannon Noonan who runs outreach programs at the Gladstone Institute
    • gender norms and intersectionality with Julia Chang, a Berkeley grad student, & Nol Simonse, a choreographer who will perform a piece about questioning gender norms.
  • Tinkering Fundamentals with the Exploratorium: The Tinkering Fundamentals online course will offer educators an opportunity to develop a practice of tinkering & making. The Exploratorium Institute of Inquiry sees tinkering as a serious endeavor -- one that is generalizable across content & especially good at interweaving disciplines in a way that leads to complex projects and individualized learning opportunities. Sign up here for this free, online Coursera course July 22 - September 3. 
  • NSTA New Science Teacher Academy Fellowship: Are you finishing your first, second, third, or fourth year of teaching? If so, you are eligible to apply to be a New Science Teacher Academy Fellow with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and be supported with a mentor, NSTA members & attendance at the NSTA Conference in Nashville, among many other benefits. Information & application here. Apply by Saturday, August 15.
  • 2015 Stanford Summer Teaching Institute (SSTI): Two great opportunities for high school Chemistry and AP Biology Teachers! More information & to register!
    • ChemEx2: Teachers will work with a set of chemistry experiences and experiments that can foster student learning and expand high-leverage, core teaching practices in chemistry. The experiences will provide opportunities for participants to make strong connections with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards. Participants will develop a plan for their own classrooms that uses these experiences, experiments, and core teaching practices to address the science learning goals in the NGSS and Common Core State Standards. Follow-up days during the academic year will enhance learning through additional instruction, collaborative feedback, and your own continued reflection on effective teaching practice in chemistry.This two-week course is generously supported by a grant, and therefore costs the same as our one-week courses. July 27 - August 6, 2015 (M - Th each week)
    • NABT/BSCS AP Biology Teacher Academy: Teachers will use research-based strategies to strengthen their pedagogical knowledge in order to enhance their students' conceptual understanding of biology. By focusing on integrating the AP Science Practices as outlined in the AP Biology Curriculum Framework, teachers will work collaboratively to analyze and enhance their current curriculum to better reflect the big ideas and unifying concepts of biology. Teachers will explore biology curriculum-building, teaching practices, and assessments in the context of their upcoming school year. July 6 - 10, 2015 or August 3 - 7, 2015.
  • California Academy of Sciences: Conversations on Science. Science-themed lecture series. $27 non-members, $24 members. Click here for more details.
    • The Science of Sleep TONIGHT, 7:30pm, Nourse Theatre 275 Hayes St.
    • Drugs, Dopamine and Lessons from the Brain Tuesday, June 30th, 7:30pm, Nourse Theatre 275 Hayes St.
  • Exploratorium After Dark - Uses and Misuses of Neuroscience in Law: This week we bring together two great minds to discuss the fascinating and wide-ranging challenges posed by the use of contemporary neuroscience in the courtroom. Hear from prominent author and neuroscientist Dr. Kent Kiehl, who uses brain-imaging techniques to understand mental illnesses—with a special focus on criminal psychopathy. Listen also to Amanda Pustilnik, an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law, whose current research includes work on models of mind in criminal law; evidentiary issues presented by neuroscientific work on memory; and the role of pain in different legal domains. By $15 tickets hereThursday, May 21, 6-10 pm.
  • Cal Academy Teacher Workshops: all workshops will be held at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. More information & registration for all classes here.
    • One-Day K-12 Introduction to the NGSS, 9:30am-4pm; offered June 8, 9, & 10. $15
    • Three-Day K-12 Series on NGSS Crosscutting Concepts, 9:30am-3:30pm; offered June 23-25 AND August 4-6. $35 fee with $150 stipend.
    • Three-Day K-12 Series on NGSS Science & Engineering Practices, 9:30am-3:30pm; offered July 6-8. $35 fee with $150 stipend
    • Three-Day PreK-2 Series on Inquiry, 9:30am-3:30pm; offered July 21-23. $35 fee with $150 stipend.
  • Think Evolution VII with UC Museum of Paleontology: Put on your evolution eyeglasses & your nature of science thinking cap & join us for 5 fun-filled days of evolutionary explorations with biologists & educators at the UC. The Think Evolution Summer Institute, returning for its seventh year, will combine lectures by prominent evolutionary biologists with sessions focused on hands-on activities for the grades 6-14 classroom. $75.00 for five days; includes lots of free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks. Register here (ASAP as it will fill up!). July 27–31, 9am-3pm each day, UC Museum of Paleontology at UC Berkeley
  • 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. 
  • Online Summer University Courses in Science Education: Courses ranging from Plant Science: It Grows On You to Quantum Mechanics to Contemporary Issues in Science Education are being offered online from Montana State University's Science Education Department. Cost is $355-$915 depending on number of credits & includes all materials needed for the course shipped to you. NSTA members receive a 10% discount. Most courses are June 15 - July 31.
  •  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, June 27, 10am-2pm.
  • Vetted NGSS Classroom Resources: Led by an expert group of teacher curators, NSTA is vetting resources for K–12 science teachers, including lesson plans, units, instructional guides, books and book chapters, video simulations, and science kits. The first installment of these vetted resources is now available on the NGSS@NSTA Hub, with many more to come!
  • Field Trip Reservations to the Exploratorium now open! Field Trips are primarily self-guided, which lets teachers plan a trip that best meets the needs of their particular students. Students also participate in engaging experiences led by Field Trip Explainers. There are resources that you can use before, during, & after your field trip including classroom activities & tips for chaperones.Title I schools receive free admission for school field trips, subject to availability. Please ask about this program when you make your reservation. Reserve today!
  • Sign-up for 2015-2016 Field Trips to the California Academy of Sciences! Interested in planning a field trip to the California Academy of Sciences for next school year? Dates are now available through May 2016! San Francisco schools receive free admission for groups in grades preK-12. Visit summer, fall or spring! Apply today!
  • Science Saturdays! Looking for a fun way to spend time with your family? Head to the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head for hands-on, nature based, fun events! Website and flyer
    • May 23, 10am-12:30pm: Heron's Head Park Trail Walk
    • May 30, 9:30am-12pm: Why We Love Bees - And So Should You!
  • Exploratorium Explainer: The High School Explainer Program welcomes all high school-aged students, including students that attend alternative schools. A key factor in the selection is reviewing where students are in their development and how this experience will make a difference. In selecting a new group of Explainers, the program director’s main focus is to choose individuals who can work together. Some Explainers are knowledgeable in the sciences while others may display strong public relations skills. The program directors look for students who have a spark for learning new things and a desire to work with people. We are also interested in finding students that speak more than one language. Information here. Online applications will be accepted during the week of August 8 - 16 for the Fall Semester. Interviews will be scheduled the week after applications are due.
  • Upward Bound Math & Science at USF: The Upward Bound Math and Science Summer program at University of San Francisco offers students: hands-on experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM); exposure to college culture & campus life; field trips; and more. This is a FREE opportunity for low-income, first generation college bound students attending these high schools: Academy of Arts and Sciences, Phillip and Sala Burton, International Studies Academy, June Jordan School for Equity, Thurgood Marshall, Mission, or John O'Connell. Summer program is June 4 - July 10, with continued programming through the school year. Teachers can contact for classroom presentations! Flyer here. Apply here by Friday, May 22.
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
  • 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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