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Thank you for attending the 2013 California Science Education Conference. 

To view a list of workshops with handouts posted online, click here

Friday, October 25
 

7:00am

FC01: It's Your Fault! - The San Andreas Fault Up Close - SOLD OUT
Welcome to the San Andreas fault! Where else in the world can you put one foot on the Pacific tectonic plate and the other foot on the North American plate?

During this field course you will explore several truly remarkable features created by the San Andreas fault from the San Gabriel mountains to Palm Springs. While on the bus and during the stops you will participate in several standards-based activities which can be immediately taken back to the classroom. Throughout the day there will be an emphasis on how principles such as Steno's laws (e.g. superposition), the rock cycle, geologic time, and plate tectonics can be used as powerful tools to understand earthquakes. You will learn about current research in earthquake science, how STEM fields contribute to understanding earthquakes, and the Great California ShakeOut. Lunch provided. Ticket: SOLD OUT
Sponsored, in part, by the Southern California Earthquake Center 

Speakers

Friday October 25, 2013 7:00am - 5:30pm
Offsite Field Course - Bus Departs Palm Springs Convention Center 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

9:00am

FC02: College and Career Readiness in Alternative Energy and Utilities
Limited Capacity seats available

You are preparing your students to be college and career ready in science. Find out what this really means as you tour a solar powered waste-water reclamation plant, a wind farm, a community college alternative energy training facility, and a business startup "reactor" where alternative energy startups are inventing the jobs of tomorrow! Even in a struggling economy there are many good jobs with benefits that go unfilled because applicants lack the skills in science and math. You will meet people in their job sites, find out what they do, and learn how they use science and math in their careers. Lunch provided. Ticket: $55
Sponsored, in part, by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. 

Photo Courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB. 


Friday October 25, 2013 9:00am - 3:00pm
Offsite Field Course - Bus Departs Palm Springs Convention Center 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

1:00pm

FINESSE #1 Using Data to See Beneath Earth’s Surface
Using compilations of NASA data, including geochronology, topography, seismology and volcanology, participants will engage in a set of jig saw classroom activities designed to help them identify and classify earth’s features and describe plate tectonic activity at various around the earth. Participants will analyze data, develop models, create explanations and communicate observations and findings. Participants will receive digital copies of all workshop materials.

Link to Handouts:

https://sites.google.com/site/presentationspomeroy/ca-science-ed-2013

 

Speakers
avatar for Rick Pomeroy

Rick Pomeroy

Lecturer/Supervisor, UC Davis School of Education
Past President CSTA; Science Educator, University of California, Davis; Director, UC Davis Young Scholars Program


Friday October 25, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Chino A 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

1:00pm

SC01: Science Literacy: Writing, Reading and Oral Language in CCSS - SOLD OUT
Inquiry science instruction is the best way to teach the Common Core standards ELA. Participate in an integrated inquiry science lesson that uses speaking, reading and writing to develop students’ science understanding while meeting the demands of the new CCSS.  Grades K-13 Ticket $25

Link to Handouts:


Speakers
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Susan Gomez-Zwiep

Department of Science Education, CSU Long Beach - K-12 Alliance


Friday October 25, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, San Jacinto 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

1:00pm

SC02: Science: The Perfect Context for Language and Literacy
Research and the new framework suggest that science is an appropriate forum to develop language and literacy. In this Short Course, we will experience and develop science lessons that are blended with the Common Core English Language Arts standards. Ticket $25

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Friday October 25, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Chino B 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

1:00pm

SC03: Teaching Ecology and Scientific Practices Using Real Data
Use real data collected by Dr. Whitcraft and her Wetlands Ecology Lab at CSULB. Learn how to implement a scientific research project designed to teach students about scientific practices,  writing, and skills needed to understand the nature of science. Grades 9-13+.  Ticket $25

Speakers
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Wendy Hagan

Granada Hills Charter High School


Friday October 25, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Pueblo 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

1:00pm

SC04: Computer Supported Collaborative Science (CSCS) in the Chemistry Classroom:
 Using Google Applications to Investigate Chemical Reactions
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to use free cloud-based collaborative online documents (Google) to perform continuous formative assessments of student understanding during science instruction. Grades 6-13.
Ticket $10


Friday October 25, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Palm Springs USD, Tech Room A

1:00pm

SC05: Leading the Change: Common Core State Standards- Literacy in Science, Part 1 - SOLD OUT
Lead your school/district in implementing the Common Core for Literacy in Science. The 6-hour module, part of CDE’s PLMs, provides K-12 examples for inquiry, writing, reading, and oral language. Experience the module; get materials necessary to lead discussions back home. Part 1 

Ticket: SOLD OUT

Speakers
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Kathy DiRanna

Statewied Director, K-12 Alliance
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Maria Simani

Executive Director, California Science Project


Friday October 25, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Santa Rosa 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

6:30pm

STEM Pool Party and Engineering Challenge
Limited Capacity seats available

Palm Springs is all about hanging by the pool! Join CSTA for a fun evening of music, networking, and more around the largest swimming pool in Palm Springs! The Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel pool deck features cabanas, fire pits, and a heated swimming pool. CSTA and the UCR Bourns College of Engineering/MESA program will add a twist to the standard pool party scene with engineering challenges! Register your team for the cardboard boat challenge (teams of 2 to 4) and race across the swimming pool, try to build a stomp rocket that will clear the pool, or just kick back and enjoy the music of Tim Griffin. Tim Griffin is a former educator and music artist specializing writing and performing science and educational songs. To get a sneak preview of his music visit www.TimGriffinMusic.com.  Be sure to buy your ticket, only $10, for this fun and new event. No need to find a place to have dinner in town before the event, your $10 ticket entitles you to $10 worth of food and drinks from the hotel BBQ and bar at the event to help fill your belly and fuel the conversations. The BBQ and bar will feature drinks, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and salads. 

Friday October 25, 2013 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Pool Deck 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
 
Saturday, October 26
 

7:30am

Awards Breakfast: Earth and Life Science, Animation and Art: Intersections That Speak to Our Students' Futures
Limited Capacity seats available

Stuart Sumida will describe his work as a paleontologist at the intersection of life and earth sciences, and his work at the intersection of the sciences and the arts as an anatomical consultant to animation and digital effects studios.  Using his experiences from among the over 50 films on which he has consulted  - films such as Lion King, Harry Potter, How to Train Your Dragon, to Life of Pi - he will demonstrate the powerful connections between the sciences and the arts, and how they can benefit our students.

Speakers
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Stuart Sumida

Professor of Biology, CSU San Bernardino
Stuart is the eldest out of 4 children, the only boy. Stuart has always been a highly gifted student, graduating at the top of his class both under and post-grad at UCLA. He has written books on Vertebrate Morphology as well as Palentology, teaching both subjects (and more)at universities... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 7:30am - 9:00am
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Pasadena Ballroom 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

8:00am

FC03: Exploring Joshua Tree National Park - SOLD OUT
Limited Capacity seats available

Joshua Tree National Park is immense, nearly 800,000 acres, and infinitely variable. Viewed from the road, this desert park only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their home in this land shaped by strong winds, unpredictable torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. This land may appear defeated and dead, but within this parched environment are intricate living systems waiting for the opportune moment to reproduce. They depend on their entire ecosystem for survival. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place.
With National Park Service Rangers, come explore this amazing desert ecosystem. Learn about amazing adaptations of plants and animals that call this area home. Explore the geology of one of the top ten rock climbing places in the world. Participants will be hiking in the Wonderful Land of Rocks area of the park. Lunch provided. Ticket: SOLD OUT

Saturday October 26, 2013 8:00am - 4:00pm
Offsite Field Course - Bus Departs Palm Springs Convention Center 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

9:00am

FINESSE #2 Promoting Inquiry: Backward Faded Scaffolding
Participants will engage in two complete sets of activities designed to demonstrate effective strategies for engaging students in authentic inquiry. Topics will include exploring the models Galileo used to develop his heliocentric theory of the structure of the solar system. The second activity will investigate weather, climate, and the techniques teacher can use to engage their students in identifying and investigating real world problems. Backward Faded Scaffolding (BFS), a strategy that teachers can use to engage their students in authentic, data driven, investigations of natural phenomena will be the instructional format for both sets of lessons. Participants will receive a collection of nine additional activities written in the BFS format.

Link to Handouts:

https://sites.google.com/site/presentationspomeroy/ca-science-ed-2013

 

Speakers
avatar for Rick Pomeroy

Rick Pomeroy

Lecturer/Supervisor, UC Davis School of Education
Past President CSTA; Science Educator, University of California, Davis; Director, UC Davis Young Scholars Program


Saturday October 26, 2013 9:00am - 12:00pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Chino A 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

9:00am

SC05: Leading the Change: Common Core State Standards- Literacy in Science, Part 2 - SOLD OUT
Lead your school/district in implementing the Common Core for Literacy in Science. The 6-hour module, part of CDE’s PLMs, provides K-12 examples for inquiry, writing, reading, and oral language. Experience the module; get materials necessary to lead discussions back home. Part 2

This short course is SOLD OUT. 

Speakers
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Kathy DiRanna

Statewied Director, K-12 Alliance
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Maria Simani

Executive Director, California Science Project


Saturday October 26, 2013 9:00am - 12:00pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Santa Rosa 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

9:00am

SC06: Hands-on Science Performance Assessment, the Common Core Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards
Explore hands-on science performance assessment and its relationship to students’ mastering Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Engage in two hands-on performance tasks, explore the uses and advantages of this form of assessment, and take home sample students set-ups.Grades 3-5 Ticket $40

Speakers
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Grant Gardner

President - CEO, Assessment Services, Inc.
DT

Deborah Tucker

Science Education Consultant


Saturday October 26, 2013 9:00am - 12:00pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Chino B 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

9:00am

SC08: Blending STEM, Common Core and the Science Standards in Elementary Grade Levels
In this Short Course, elementary educators will develop lessons using STEM and the environment. Participants will gain an understanding on how to adjust what they are doing in their classroom to fit the Common Core and future Science Standards. Grades K-5 Ticket $35

Speakers

Saturday October 26, 2013 9:00am - 12:00pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, San Jacinto 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

10:30am

FC04: Palm Springs Tram Engineering Tour
Limited Capacity seats available

This field course will provide a behind the scenes tour of the engineering processes that drive the worlds largest rotating aerial tramway. The tram gains 5,873 feet of elevation in twelve minutes and passes through 5 different biomes on it way to the top of Mt. San Jacinto.  After the engineering tour, the participants will have the option of investigating rocks and minerals, bird watching, or learning different methods of determining the age of trees. Lunch provided. Ticket: $73

Photo Courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB. 


Saturday October 26, 2013 10:30am - 4:00pm
Offsite Field Course - Bus Departs Palm Springs Convention Center 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

1:00pm

SC10: Science, Common Core and NGSS - Integrating More Reasoning, Reading, and Writing in Science - SOLD OUT
Explore a framework that effectively addresses Science Standards and Common Core Reading and Writing Standards while yielding science understanding. Leave with example lessons and an understanding of how to modify or construct lessons to meet CC and NGSS. Grades 6-12 Ticket: SOLD OUT

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Speakers
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Arthur Beauchamp

Director, Sacramento Area Science Project


Saturday October 26, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Santa Rosa 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

1:00pm

SC11: Teaching Climate Change Science in High School Biology
In this 3-hour Short Course for new teachers, the National Center for Science Education will address how to bring climate change science into biology courses. It will involve hands-on activities, demonstrations, discussions, and recommendations on how to manage potential controversy. Grade 9 Ticket $15

Speakers

Saturday October 26, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, San Jacinto 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

1:00pm

SC12: Using Language Processes to Understand Physical Processes
We'll unpack a discrepant event and journey through the complex processes of building explanations and engaging in argumentation. Explore ways to accelerate student learning through hands-on investigations and literacy strategies that promote science content learning and academic language development. Grades 4-8 Ticket $30

Speakers
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Claudio Vargas

Director Bay Area Science Project, UC Berkeley
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Diana Velez

Professional Learning and Curriculum Specialist, Lawrence Hall of Science
Diana Vélez is a professional development specialist and curriculum developer at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California in Berkeley. She currently works with FOSS (Full Option Science System), BaySci, and other science education projects in the area of English... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Pueblo 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

1:00pm

SC13: Sharing the Story of Primary Science
Come delve into the wonderful world of K-2 life science, NGSS, and STEM. Actively explore exciting pedagogical strategies and innovative ideas for the integration of CCSS, NGSS, and STEM in your primary classroom. Leave ready to use these strategies Monday morning! Grades PreK-2 Ticket $25


Saturday October 26, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Chino B 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

2:00pm

FINESSE #3 Wind Farm Field Experience
Participants will travel to local wind farms to learn about wind energy, wind technology and the unique features that make the Palm Springs area a locus for wind and alternative energy production. This field experience will be tied to the content of FINESSE #2. FINESSE #3 is only open to participants of FINESSE #2 who have registered for the four workshop sequence.

Link to Handouts:

https://sites.google.com/site/presentationspomeroy/ca-science-ed-2013

 

Saturday October 26, 2013 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Offsite Field Course - Bus Departs Palm Springs Convention Center 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262
 
Sunday, October 27
 

8:15am

FC05: Sex in the Zoo- Helping Species Survive and Thrive at the Living Desert
Limited Capacity seats available

The Living Desert is a zoo dedicated to the animals and plants of Earth's arid regions. Come explore how the Living Desert helps endangered species. Participants will propagate native plants in the Propagation Greenhouse and take cuttings back to school with them. Teachers will also meet with experts in the Species Survival Plan that is used to make decisions about the mating of endangered animals and use data to make decisions about which individuals should be mated. Participants will also have time to explore the zoo on their own and have lunch. Lunch provided. Ticket: $78

Photo Courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB. 


Sunday October 27, 2013 8:15am - 1:45pm
Offsite Field Course - Bus Departs Palm Springs Convention Center 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

9:20am

FINESSE #4 Re-Designing Your Curriculum Using NGSS and “Understanding by Design”
In this capstone workshop, participants will explore the NGSS both for content (DCI) and Science and Engineering Practices as the guiding principals for redesigning their existing curriculum. Participants will collaborate on revisions to traditional activities and instruction, and develop their own activities to meet the Performance Expectations described in the NGSS. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing instructional strategies that address the specific learning needs of students who have traditionally been underserved by the current instructional landscape.

Link to Handouts:

https://sites.google.com/site/presentationspomeroy/ca-science-ed-2013

 

Speakers
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Stork

University of Dubuque


Sunday October 27, 2013 9:20am - 12:20pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree B 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262