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Informal Science Education: Professional Learning Programs

by megan on Aug. 29th, 2014 No Comments

Informal Science Education
Professional Learning Programs

Introduction
The California Academy of Sciences is pleased to introduce professional learning programs for informal educators interested in exploring the theory and practice of education within free-choice settings. Our programs immerse educators in best practices for engaging the public with science and sustainability. Sessions take place at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Snacks are provided.

~ Flyer ~ . ~ Application ~

Goals of the Programs

  • Develop a common understanding: review current research in science and sustainability education
  • Reflect: observe and evaluate your own teaching; and observe ways other educators teach
  • Nurture a learning community: build a network of educators through shared experiences and collect resources for designing educational activities in informal environments
  • Implement changes to practice: educators develop a new activity on a topic of your choosing- or tweak an existing one- which reflects what you’ve learned

Program 1: Learning, Reflections & Science
October 1 – November 19, 2014
Wednesdays from 4:30 – 7:30pm

This program is based on the Reflecting on Practice program developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science. Participants will explore research on learning and methods for engaging learners in scientific practices. Educators must be available for all of the Wednesday night sessions.

  • How Learning Happens (Oct 1)
  • Accessing Prior Knowledge (Oct 8)
  • Learning Conversations (Oct 15)
  • Observing and Discussing Practice (Oct 22)
  • Nature and Practices of Science (Oct 29)
  • Scientific Practices & the NGSS (Nov 5)
  • Observing and Discussing Practice (Nov 12)
  • Poster Session & Happy Hour (Nov 19)

Program 2: Conservation & Sustainability Education
January 14 – March 18, 2015

This program focuses on the process for creating programs and activities that support learners in engaging with environmentally friendly actions. Participants will engage in a rapid prototyping and iterative design process. Educators must be available for all six Wednesday night sessions from 4:30-7:30pm, and all three Friday night sessions from 5:00-9:00pm.

  • Pedagogical Strategies (Weds, Jan 14)
  • Using Audience Surveys (Weds, Jan 21)
  • Using Findings to Inform Design (Weds, Jan 28)
  • Creating Evaluation Instruments (Weds, Feb 4)
  • Prototyping with SFUSD families (Fri, Feb 13)
  • Reflect and Analyze Data (Weds, Feb 18)
  • Prototyping with SFUSD families (Fri, Feb 27)
  • Reflect and Compare Data (Weds, Mar 4)
  • Prototyping with SFUSD families (Fri, Mar 13)
  • Presentations & Happy Hour! (Weds, Mar 18)

Fees & Application Process
To apply for a spot in the program, please fill out the application here www.surveymonkey.com/s/ISEapp.

Applicants may select a single program, or choose to attend both. If you have questions, or want to know more, please contact Lindzy Bivings at lbivings@calacademy.org

  • Individual Rate: $175 / program
  • Team Rate (2 or more people from the same organization): $125 / program per person
  • If these rates are outside of your ability to pay, please contact us for scholarship information

Want to spread the word? Download this flyer and distribute to your colleagues to encourage them to join your team!

Free Teacher event @ MSI

by megan on Aug. 25th, 2014 No Comments

Marine Science Institute
From Ship to Shore, All You Need to Know and More

Monday, September 15, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join MSI for their fifth annual free special event for teachers!

  • Enjoy a buffet dinner and wine on the shore of the Bay
  • Receive a free MSI membership just for attending
  • Hands-on activity ideas to take back to your classroom
  • Win free MSI programs and other prizes
  • Consult with MSI program staff on your science curriculum
  • Learn how to use a Get-a-Grant toolbox
  • Receive a discount when you and your colleagues book MSI Programs together!

RSVP on Facebook or email Hayley@sfbaymsi.org

MSI Event Flyer

Free teacher preview of Skulls exhibit – online!

by megan on Aug. 8th, 2014 No Comments

Want a free sneak peek at our Skulls exhibit to help plan your field trip this fall?

Skulls Exhibit Preview: For Teachers Grades 3-12

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

If this timing doesn’t work for you, we also encourage drop-ins! We will have an agenda of sorts, but the event will be casual.

Cost: Free!

Register now

Skulls Exhibit EntranceEvent Summary
Academy Educators will take you on a live tour through the exhibit as we roam around with our handy wireless cart. Experience a wide view of the exhibit layout, check out close-ups of skull specimens, and learn which exhibit components are most interactive. We’ll have a special Q&A session with a docent to answer your pressing content questions, and educators will be on hand throughout to answer logistical questions to help plan your trip.

Requirements
All you need is an internet connection, as you’ll access the event via your favorite web browser. Feel free to invite a buddy, or project it for a group of teachers! Exhibit content is most appropriate for grades 3-12, and our target audience is educators who plan to attend — or are considering planning — a field trip to the Academy this fall.

Registration
Simply complete this simple form, and we’ll email you a link to access the event on the day before. Be sure to register by 5pm on August 19th so we can save you a spot.

Register now!

If you have a question, leave a comment below, or email us at teachers@calacademy.org

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.

Project ASTRO Training Workshop 2014

by megan on Apr. 14th, 2014 No Comments

Project ASTRO
ASP’s Project ASTRO partners Teachers with Astronomers in Bay Area Schools & Community Organizations
Galileo Workship

Project ASTRO seeks 3rd–9th grade teachers and astronomers who have a passion for sharing the wonders of astronomy with students. Teacher-Astronomer partners will attend a free 2-day summer workshop to learn hands-on, inquiry-based astronomy activities designed to inspire and excite students in their science pursuits and eventual professions.

Project ASTRO applications are now being accepted for the 2014–2015 school year. All participants are required to attend a free 2-day workshop held July 25–26 at the College of San Mateo Planetarium in San Mateo. Program participants receive The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0, a compilation of astronomy teaching resources, as well as materials from NASA.

Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students majoring in astronomy are also encouraged to apply!

Apply online to join the Project ASTRO program by May 30, 2014.

Teacher application . Astronomer application

Project ASTRO Training Workshop 2014
Friday & Saturday, July 25–26, 2014
9:00am–4:30pm
College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA
Attendance is required!

Target Audience: Teachers in grades 3 – 9
Cost: FREE!
For more information and to register, go to: astrosociety.org/baprojectastro.html