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Free stuff from Save the Frogs!

by megan on Jan. 30th, 2014 No Comments

Attention, teachers! Groupon has donated funds to SAVE THE FROGS! in order for them to send free packets of educational materials to schools in the Bay Area of California.

Apply by filling out this form.


Each packet contains:

What a package!

If you would like to receive this free packet of educational materials, please apply by filling out this form.

Good luck!

Bank of America supports Student Leaders

by megan on Jan. 25th, 2014 No Comments

Bank of America IconDid you know that Bank of America has provided Student Leaders with Leadership training since 2004?

Their Student Leaders program connects youth with employment that helps to give them the necessary tools and resources they need to advance. Through the Student Leaders program, high school juniors and seniors step outside of the classroom to contribute service in their own communities and beyond.

Student Leaders are awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofit organizations and participate in a Student Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C.

Know youth who may be interested in the 2014 Student Leaders program?
The application period for the 2014 Student Leaders Program is now open.

Bank of America Student LeadersEligibility
The Student Leaders program is an eight-week summer experience for high school juniors and seniors. The program includes a paid internship with a local nonprofit organization as well as the Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. The program gives Student Leaders the opportunity to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on community work experience while discovering their own talents for serving their community and leading others. Click here to apply.

To become a Student Leader, one must:

  • Currently be a junior or senior in high school
  • Be able to participate in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit/charitable organization and work 35 hours a week
  • Be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship through the end of September
  • Be able to participate in a week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. (All expenses paid as part of the Student Leaders Program. This week will be part of your 8-week experience.)
  • Be a student in good standing at your school
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator.

Spread the word!

Climate Myths for middle and high school teachers!

by megan on Jan. 17th, 2014 No Comments

“Climate Myths” Series workshop

“The greenhouse effect is not naturally occurring. It is the result of human activities.”

“The only impact of climate change is global warming.”

Simple Global Warming Diagram“The only reason people don’t care about climate change is because they don’t understand the science behind it.”

Have you ever encountered these misconceptions about climate change?

There are many myths that skeptics use to argue against climate change. In the brand-new teacher workshop, Climate Myths, we will address these myths, and more, through hands-on lab investigations and collaborative discussions.

Session 1: Wednesday, January 29
We’ll spend one session diving deeper into our own understandings of the Greenhouse effect, the molecular structure and function of greenhouse gases, and why the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is such a big deal.

Session 2: Wednesday, February 5
The second session will focus on exploring one of the other, lesser-known global impacts of climate change.

Session 3: Wednesday, February 12
The final session will be spent grappling with the other pieces of the climate change puzzle, like how the framing of a climate change message influences the way in which someone thinks about the topic, and some common sources of student’s misconceptions.

Each session is 4:30-6:30 PM, and participants must attend each session.

This workshop is designed for middle and high school teachers. Tickets are $35.
Click here to register!

Summer 2014 field trips, up for grabs!

by megan on Jan. 17th, 2014 No Comments

Registration is now open for summer 2014 field trips to the Academy!

docent helping students

If a trip to a science museum fits within your summer plans, submit the online application for either preK-12 schools or youth-serving organizations such as summer camps and youth development programs, so we can process you on your preferred visit date.

You can bring a group of kids on either weekdays or weekends, except on or around holidays.

And remember, admission rates are a healthy discount off general admission!

Note that to attend a show in the Planetarium, you need to reserve seats in advance, and children must be at least 7 years old.

When you apply, you have the option to request seats in either the 11:30am or 1:30pm showing of the Planetarium show playing to the general public that date. On weekdays, we’ll be playing Dark Universe, which comes with an Educator Guide!

You’ll notice visit dates are still available through May 2014, if the school year works better for your group. Rest assured there will be plenty to do on a field trip!

Teacher Institute Applications due March 15th!

by megan on Jan. 15th, 2014 No Comments

The Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability (TISS) is now accepting applications!

Apply today, as applications are due March 15, 2014.

The Academy’s Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability (TISS) is a teacher professional development program designed to provide educators with the critical tools and knowledge to inspire the next generation to protect our most precious resource: the planet Earth.

Teacher Institute Teachers doing a group task!Each year, a select group of 3rd — 5th grade teachers embarks on a two-year program to become leading educators of science and sustainability.

The program includes in-depth workshops at the California Academy of Sciences, individual and team coaching visits at school sites, and stimulating trips to scientific institutions, outdoor spaces, and more.

Program topics include climate change, energy use, and food and water systems. Quality science teaching practices, reflective pedagogy, and teacher collaboration guide our efforts.

As the state moves toward the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in K-12 classrooms, TISS is excited to continue to find ways to support teachers in enhancing their science teaching practices. Our program now infuses the NGSS scientific practices into all we do.

In each year of the program, our teachers participate in a 2-week summer session and over 25 hours of school year professional development.

If that isn’t enough reason to apply, TISS teachers also receive…

  • an annual $2000 stipend,
  • a membership to the Academy,
  • a class set of science notebooks for each year of the program,
  • school site coaching,
  • access to Academy educational resources,
  • free field trip admission, and
  • continuing education credits (fee-based) for their participation.

To learn more, download the 2014 TISS Brochure, visit the TISS website, or email TISS@calacademy.org.

Applications to be a part of Cohort 6 are due March 15, 2014! Apply today. Priority is given to teams of two to four teachers applying from schools located within 20 miles of the Academy.