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Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program

by megan on Sep. 26th, 2013 No Comments

Teacher in International ClassroomFulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program

Announcing the launch of the 2014-2015 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program Online Application for K-12 teachers!

Are you a U.S.:

• Primary and/or secondary classroom teacher?
• Guidance counselor?
• Curriculum specialist?
• Curriculum head?
• Talented and Gifted coordinator?
• Special Education coordinator?
• Media specialist/librarian?

You may be eligible to participate in a unique international professional development opportunity for 3-4 months through the Fulbright Program!

By conducting educational research abroad, U.S. teachers gain new skills, learn new instructional methods and assessment methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Teachers also have the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures and international education systems that will enrich their U.S. schools and local communities with global perspectives.

Teachers may travel to: Chile, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Access the application today: https://dafulbrightteachers.org/

Application deadline: December 15, 2013

Eligibility Requirements: http://www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org

Application Info: http://www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org/application-tp2

This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Technical assistance for afterschool programs

by megan on Sep. 13th, 2013 No Comments

Expanded Learning Collaborative

Do you work in an afterschool or summer program in San Francisco?

Then get connected to the Expanded Learning Collaborative’s Technical Assistance Project and:

  • Receive individualized coaching for your program
  • Attend workshops
  • Look for, and post jobs or other resources online
  • Have lunch and network with your peers!

Interested in learning more?

Visit www.sfelc.org to sign up, join the mailing list, and get started!

The purpose of the Expanded Learning Collaborative Technical Assistance Project (ELC TAP) is to improve the quality of out of school time programs across San Francisco by increasing the awareness and use of common tools, encouraging peer learning and creating coherence in approaches to quality programming. This project is made possible through the support of the San Francisco Unified School District; the SF Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families; and the Silver Giving Foundation.

Virtual Expeditions, an Academy youth opportunity

by rochelle on Sep. 11th, 2013 No Comments

Do you know a science geek, filmmaker, artist, or maker in the 9th-12th grades?

The Academy is currently recruiting for our upcoming youth program, “Virtual Expeditions”. We are looking for youth who are excited about creating a science pop-up experience for Academy visitors. Please forward to youth who you think may be interested!

Virtual Expeditions: Making Science Come Alive for the Academy’s Visitors
Virtual Expeditions

Digital Learning is looking for a team of teens to work together over this school year to create a “virtual science expedition” for visitors to the Academy. Youth in the program will get to learn about our recent field expeditions around the world, and then will be challenged to translate what our scientists do in the field into an interactive, fun, and educational experience for our visitors. Interacting closely with our researchers, teens will use technologies like video, sensors, and mobile devices to make science come alive on the public floor.

Applications are due September 26 at 5pm.

For questions about the Virtual Expeditions program, email Rik Panganiban

Click here to learn more about our other youth opportunities.

Program Requirements
Virtual Expeditions participants should:

  • currently be in high school
  • have a strong interest in science and the California Academy of Sciences
  • enjoy working with digital media and technology (prior tech skills desired, but not required)
  • want to create fun, educational experiences for the public
  • commit to seeing through a project that will take many months to complete

Interested youth can apply here: http://tinyurl.com/VirtualExpeditions

How Science Works, a new iTunesU Course

by megan on Sep. 11th, 2013 No Comments

How Science Works

How does the real process of science really work?

Gain a new perspective of the dynamic process of science and how it relates to you with this iTunes U course co-produced by the California Academy of Sciences and University of California Museum of Paleontology.

Designed for middle- and high-school science educators to broaden their own knowledge and understanding and to use with students, the course weaves together activities, videos, and classroom-ready materials into a primer on the process of science that includes exploration and discovery, testing ideas, community feedback and peer review, and benefits and outcomes.

Content from this course was inspired by the Understanding Science website produced by UCMP.

Click here to see course details in iTunes!


Teacher Feedback

“I am in the process of developing a course of my own right now. I also have been using the Earthquakes course from the Academy in my Earthquakes unit. I know I will use pieces of this course next year as well! Playing with iTunes U in this class inspired me to investigate this further.”

I enjoyed the sections that had thinking questions in them. For example, the first part “How Does Science Work?” asked students to describe in their own words… As a teacher, I appreciate things that are ready to go and include some great reflection questions!

News in the Classroom Workshop at KQED

by rochelle on Sep. 10th, 2013 No Comments

What makes a good news story? What are some tips on asking good interview questions? If you ever wanted to ask a news reporter these questions, now is your chance!

Join KQED Education in a free two-day training series for educators interested in having students engage in writing informative or explanatory text. Hear from KQED science news staff as they provide an inside look into their process for reporting news.

Tuesday, September 17 & Wednesday, September 18, 2013
5:00 – 7:00 pm at KQED
Food and drinks provided

To register, click here and for more information or questions please contact Nancy Yamamoto

Join Molly Samuel, KQED science multimedia producer, and Lauren Sommer , KQED science and environment reporter, for an interesting discussion into what makes a compelling news story. Find out their most difficult, most fun, and oddest investigations. We’ll also take a look at the components of the Common Core Content Standards that align with writing informative/explanatory text for grades K-5.

Need a tech tool to help you get started? Learn how to use a digital voice recorder that can help students record interviews and transcribe information more accurately. Participants will receive a SONY digital voice recorder for their classroom.

**This is not an Academy event, direct all inquiries directly to KQED.**