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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!

Summer workshop from Astronomical Society of the Pacific

by rochelle on May. 10th, 2014 No Comments

NGSS and the Solar System
An Astronomical Society of the Pacific Galileo Teacher Training Program Workshop for Teachers in Grades 3-9 (and those who work with them)

Saturday – Sunday, August 2 – 3, 2014 / 8:30am – 5:00pm both days
Hyatt-Regency, Burlingame, CA

UCMP Short Course BannerExplore the solar system through classroom tested, inquiry-rich activities designed to help students learn the processes of science through the study of the solar system.

Explicit alignment to the NGSS cross cutting theme of Scale, Proportion and Quantity and the practices of Developing and Using Models and Engaging in Argument from Evidence. Connections to Literacy and the Common Core.

Participants receive a wealth of teaching resources, including The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD-ROM, a large collection of resources for teaching astronomy.

Workshop facilitators include:

  • Linda Shore, Astronomical Society of the Pacific (formerly of the Teacher Institute at The Exploratorium)
  • Brian Kruse, Astronomical Society of the Pacific
  • Brian Day, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Rob Sparks, National Optical Astronomy Observatory

*** Scholarships are Available for California Teachers ***
*** Academic Credit is Available ***

Part of the 125th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Cost: $80 Early Bird rate through July 4
To register: go to http://www.astrosociety.org/education/asp-annual-meeting/

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

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

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.