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Teaching Science through Citizen Science, Workshop for Grades 6-12

by megan on Apr. 29th, 2014 No Comments

Teaching Science through Citizen Science
One-Day Workshop for Teachers, Grades 6-12

Session A: Wednesday August 6, 2014 or Session B: Thursday August 7, 2014

Teacher and Students studying data at table outside9:00am – 4:00pm
California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Are you looking for ways to incorporate hands-on and inquiry–based learning into your STEM curriculum? Have you wondered how to engage your students in meaningful science research? Citizen science is an opportunity for students to make important contributions to ongoing investigations around the world.

In this workshop, researchers and educators from the California Academy of Sciences will present a toolkit for integrating citizen science into your curriculum, including step-by-step guidance on how to design and implement authentic partnerships between your students and the scientific community.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Foster scientific inquiry skills
  • Structure student involvement in data collection and analysis
  • Increase understanding of science concepts and processes
  • Build science communication skills
  • Evaluate learning through these experiences
  • Choose a citizen science project
  • Identify potential partners in your local community

While the focus of this course is on life sciences and environmental biology, the toolkit and associated resources are relevant to earth and physical science teachers, as well.

Pearson Foundation LogoTarget Audience: Teachers in grades 6 – 12
Cost: FREE!*

For more information and to register, email: rkc@calacademy.org

Space is limited to the first 40 registrants per session. Light breakfast and lunch provided.

*Generously supported by the Pearson Foundation

Saturday, May 3rd: Environmental Literacy for All Educators’ Conference

by megan on Apr. 15th, 2014 No Comments

Environmental Literacy for All
 
2nd Annual Educators’ Conference

Saturday, May 3, 2014
John O’Connell High School
2355 Folsom St, San Francisco
10:00 am – 3:00pm

Explore Environmental Literacy Education With Experts

Register online at http://environmentalliteracyconference.eventbrite.com


 
Resource Fair & Lunch

  • Catered lunch
  • Learn about professional development, field trip and student learning opportunities
  • Connect with colleagues and community members
  • Integrate ELD and Science

Free Workshops for Pre-K-12 Teachers

  • Presented by partner organizations and fellow SFUSD teachers
  • Hands-on learning
  • Connect with colleagues and community members
  • Take home materials and curriculum to try in your classroom

Free event with parking available!
 

For more information, download the flyer or contact Elishama Goldfarb.

Note that the Academy is not the primary planner for this event. If you have specific questions you can contact Elishama Goldfarb directly.

Ecoliteracy for All: Summer Institute for K-2 Teachers

by megan on Mar. 26th, 2014 No Comments

Ecoliteracy for All
Summer Ecoliteracy Institute for K-2 Teachers from SFUSD

Monday June 2, 2014 — Friday June 6, 2014
9:00 am – 3:30pm

This week-long training for K-2 teachers offers an interdisciplinary immersion in ecoliteracy principles.

  • Learn strategies for engaging and effective outdoor learning
  • Foster in your students an awareness of and appreciation for the environment
  • Align science learning with the Common Core State Standards
  • Integrate ELD and Science
  • Get to know the Next Generation Science Standards Practices
  • Build partnerships with your colleagues from your school and throughout SFUSD
  • Year-long support and a celebration

 
Benefits include earning extended hour pay, engaging in outdoor learning, and gaining curriculum and resources.

Morning refreshments and lunch provided daily.

For more information, download the flyer or contact Leah Plack.

Applications Due May 1st
Application online at http://tinyurl.com/sfusdecoliteracy

Note that the Academy is not the primary planner for this event. If you have specific questions you can contact Leah Plack directly.

Want a wetland at your school?

by megan on Mar. 3rd, 2014 No Comments

Wetland at a School!
Would you like to have a wetland at your school?

SAVE THE FROGS! is looking for a school within a two-hour drive of Berkeley, California, that would like to have a wetland. The wetland would be designed to help frogs and provide for outdoor education. It would be shallow, less than 18-inches deep in the middle, and have gradual slopes.

Tom Biebighauser, a Wetland Ecologist would design and oversee the construction of the wetland. He has built over 1,600 wetlands in 20 states and 2 Canadian provinces. There would be no cost to your school for designing and building the wetland!

Application:
If you are interested in having a wetland, please ask the Principal of your school to send the following information to tombiebighauser@gmail.com by April 28, 2014:

1) Name, phone number, and e-mail
2) School name and address
3) Google Earth image showing the school and school property
4) The area available for building the wetland should be circled on a Google Earth image. This area should be at least 5,000 square feet.

Timeline:
Tom Biebighauser and Dr. Kerry Kriger (Executive Director, Save the Frogs) would plan to visit your school to design the wetland project the week of May 18.

Your new wetland would be built on October 14, 2014 as part of a Hands-on Wetland Restoration Workshop that has been funded in part by Nature’s Path Envirokidz Cereal and in part by FrogTape.

Please contact tombiebighauser@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Tips: The area where you would like the new wetland should not contain buried utilities such as gas lines, fiber optic cables or sewer lines. The site should be level with a slope of 6-percent or less. It is recommended that a site be chosen near the back of the school, and the area should not be currently used for other school activities.

To see how wetlands appear at schools, please visit https://picasaweb.google.com/105985116543820569589/SchoolWetlands#

More information about building wetlands at schools is available at www.wetlandsandstreamrestoration.org

The Ordinary, Extraordinary Junco: Evolution in Action

by megan on Jul. 10th, 2013 No Comments

Juncos are among the most common and most abundant “backyard birds” found across North America, and they are easily observable by millions of people daily. Did you know that they also tell an exciting evolutionary story?

The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco is a documentary film project designed to engage, entertain, and inspire student and adult audiences of all backgrounds. The feature-length film (88 min.) is comprised of eight shorter video modules (3 to 20 min.), or “chapters,” that highlight past and present biological research on one of the most common and abundant –yet amazing and diverse – groups of songbirds in North America, the Juncos.

Each video chapter explores key themes in animal behavior, ecology, or evolution, and conveys the process of scientific research with high school and college science standards in mind. Related educational resources are available to facilitate classroom or self-directed (e.g., homework) use.

There is also a teacher guide!

Ordinary Extraordinary Junco

What: A film highlighting research on a common yet amazing group of backyard birds, the Juncos

Run Time: 88 minutes total, but comprised of eight shorter video chapters (3 to 20 min. each)

Created for public and student audiences of all backgrounds and ages

Key themes: evolution, animal behavior, ecology, and the research process

Designed with science and biology education standards in mind (high school and college)

Produced by biologists and filmmakers from Indiana University

Funded by the National Science Foundation and Indiana University

And it’s all available for free!

Read more here