FEBRUARY WORKSHOPS - VIA ZOOM

 

PHENOMENA & THEIR ROLE IN IMPLEMENTING NGSS

Heather Parker, Professional Development Coordinator at Sutter County Superintendent of Schools
Phenomena are a key factor in having students engage in sense making during science experiences. As more elementary schools are adopting NGSS curriculum we want to make sure we do not lose sight of the importance of phenomena and their role in implementing NGSS. During this workshop we will discuss what phenomena are, characteristics of strong phenomena and how to use them to engage students in sensemaking in the elementary classroom.
Designed for Grades: K-5

HOW TO BUILD INQUIRY-BASED ACTIVITIES FROM NGSS EVIDENCE STATEMENTS

Corinne Rushing, West Campus High and Nick Bua, Monterey Trail High School
In this workshop, we will demonstrate our process for dissecting the NGSS evidence statements for each performance expectation and turning those evidence statements into learning targets and success criteria. We will also discuss how to take those learning targets and success criteria and turn them into engaging, hands-on, inquiry-based, visual activities in which students figure out a big idea before applying it to their unit model. We will use sample models, labs/activities, and phenomena from a high school Chemistry in the Earth System classroom that involve chemical bonding and reactions.
Designed for Grades: K-12

A FLOWCHART APPROACH TO MODELING

Melissa Marcucci, Ceres High School
Participants will engage in activities that prompt them to develop and revise a model. This model will be in the format of a flowchart that has questions, rules, and vocabulary and be revisable over time as well as have the ability to increase in complexity as a phenomenon-prompted learning sequence dives deeper. Participants will then adapt this idea to their own classrooms. Designed for Grades: 4-12

INTEGRATING SEL SKILLS DIRECTLY INTO SCIENCE ACTIVITIES

Steven Ramsay, Laguna Creek High School
In this workshop we will be doing a couple of science activities that have SEL skills built directly into them. There will be a mix of physics and biology activities as well as some general ideas of how to implement SEL skills to your lessons.
Designed for Grades: 7-12

MARCH WORKSHOPS - VIA ZOOM

 

EXPLORING STEM IN THE CLASSROOM WITH LOCAL LATINX AND NATIVE AMERICAN SCIENTISTS

Tess Gibson and Angelica Carranza, UC Davis SACNAS Chapter
Wondering how we can inspire our diverse student populations to engage in science? Take advantage of this opportunity to collaborate with graduate and postdoctoral scholars from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) at UC Davis. Explore lesson offerings for local elementary, middle and high schools that provide both NGSS-aligned presentations and help increase representation in science.
Designed for Grades: K-12

OZONE: SURFACE POLLUTANT OR UPPER ATMOSPHERE SHIELD

Arlene Laurison, Sheldon High School
Explore a variety of strategies that help students make sense of the benefits and disadvantages of ozone in the different layers of our atmosphere. This one-day lesson augments a climate change unit during which students ask, "What about ozone?"
Designed for Grades: 7-12

PBL CRASH COURSE: HOW TO IMPLEMENT PROJECT-BASED LEARNING (PBL) INTO A SCIENCE CLASSROOM

Michael Proshek, Colusa High School
If you have ever had an interest in exploring Project-Based Learning (PBL) but were unclear on where to begin or afraid the rigor wouldn't be there then this workshop may be for you. We will clarify the difference between Projects and PBL and then move into highlighting a classroom tested PBL project as well as how it was planned. Participants will be encouraged to dive into the beginning stages of planning their own PBL as well as provided resources to complete and implement the project in their classroom. (Experienced PBLer's are welcome as well!) *Please come with ideas of focus topic, standards, or unit you would be interested in turning into a PBL.
Designed for Grades: 7-12

 

 

 

APRIL WORKSHOPS - VIA ZOOM

 

PUTTING MEANINGFUL GRADING INTO PRACTICE

Brian Ellis, Vista del Lago High School and Melissa Marcucci, Ceres High School
This workshop builds on the Fall 2021 workshop, “Grading Practices that Reflect the Learner and Educator” which provided background into equitable grading practices. Attendance of that workshop is not required, however. In this session, two different district efforts to implement Standards Based Grading in the classroom will be discussed. Participants will be given guided time to create proficiency scales (rubrics) for their classrooms.

Designed for Grades: K-12

SALMON & TROUT - THE PERILS OF OUR LOCAL WATERWAYS

Lisa Hegdahl, NGSS District Lead Teacher, Galt Joint Unified Elementary School District
Participants will explore portions of a 3-dimensional, 4th grade learning sequence that engages students in a Central Valley environmental phenomenon. Experience our local waterways from the perspective of salmon and trout and consider the impact of human population growth on the fish populations. This learning sequence was written to accompany the California Aquarium Education Program (from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife) but can be taught on its own.
Designed for Grades: 3-5

KITCHEN ENGINEERING: SCIENCE AS A TOOL

Jay Brennan, Sheldon High School
In this workshop, we will experiment with different ingredients and their impact on making homemade bioplastics, yogurt, pancakes, bread, root beer, cheese, and kimchi. Teachers will explore strategies to increase engagement and relevance of biology and chemistry concepts. Key words: Respiration, Fermentation, Polymers, Carbohydrates, Proteins, Lipids, pH, Reagents, Types of Reactions, Reaction rates.
Designed for Grades: 7-12

EARTH SCIENCE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS! IMPLEMENTING EARTH SCIENCE STANDARDS INTO BIOLOGY OF THE LIVING EARTH

Amy Burke, Laguna Creek High School
Walk away with a curated collection of classroom-tested inquiry based lessons that integrate the following topics: The Carbon Cycle, Climate Change, and the Coevolution of Earth’s Atmosphere and Life.
Designed for Grades: 9-12