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Friday, October 25
 

8:00am

5E's and ELD
Learn to balance the language learning needs of English Learners through science! This innovative approach integrates English Language Development and science. Discover ways to get science into your teaching day. Grades K-2

Speakers
JT

Jo Topps

Regional Director, K12 Alliance


Friday October 25, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite H 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

11:00am

Next Generation Science Standards for 21st Century Teaching K - 2
Are you prepared to use the Next Generation Science Standards in your classroom? Come get an in-depth look at the design/architecture of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in grades K - 2. Leave the workshop with implementation ideas!

Speakers
MA

Maureen Allen

Science Consultant, Orange County Dept. of Education


Friday October 25, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree F

1:00pm

Beyond the Rock Cycle! – California’s Mineral Resources and How They Affect Our Everyday Lives
California was founded on gold, our state mineral! But what are California’s modern day mineral resources? Explore six California mined minerals’ geology, economics, environmental concerns, and how we use them every day! Rock samples, PPTs, posters, classroom activities, online resources. Grades 4-6 & 9-12

Speakers
CP

Cynthia Pridmore

Engineering Geologist, California Geological Survey
JP

Joyce Pulliam-Fitzgerald

Production & Quality Control Manager, Elementis Specialties


Friday October 25, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree B 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

1:00pm

Energy Education + Common Core = Improved Literacy
Use materials from NEED to improve literacy and teach your students about energy sources. Common Core standards relating to literature, drama, and informational text will be matched to free resources in energy education.  Grades K-6

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Lamb

Rebecca Lamb

Program Director, National Energy Education Development


Friday October 25, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree D 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

1:00pm

Yes We Can Build It: Engineering Design for (K-5) Elementary Classrooms
This session will conduct two activities that utilize the Engineering Design process at a developmentally appropriate level for K-2 (Pinwheels) and 3-5 (windmill Blades Design). The design process will be experienced (inquiry) and documented in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Grades K-5

Speakers
avatar for Dr David Crowther

Dr David Crowther

NSTA President & Professor Science Education, David Crowther
Dr. David T Crowther is a Professor of Science Education and the Executive Director of the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education at the University of Nevada, Reno. David is also the President of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Dr. Crowther received his PhD... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree F

2:30pm

May the (Magnetic) Force Be with You! Physical Science Fun for All
Hands-on lessons... learn how earth acts as a giant magnet, make magnetic fields more visible, build a motor, and more. Handouts, motor materials, and link to complete website with grades 4-6 earth, life, and physical science units provided.
Link to Handouts:

Speakers
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Hortencia Garcia

Teacher Leader, Roosevelt Elementary School
CM

Christina Mavaro

Teacher, McKinley School


Friday October 25, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite H 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

2:30pm

Singing Science with Tim Griffin!
A live performance of music that helps elementary and middle school students master key concepts and vocabulary of the science standards. Teachers love Tim’s music because it helps kids master the standards; students love it because it makes learning fun!
Grades PreK-8

Link to music, lyrics, notes, and more information: http://www.griffined.org

Speakers
avatar for Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin

executive director, lead educator/performer, Griffin Education (GriffinEd)
Tim Griffin is an award-winning educator, singer/songwriter, and storyteller with a passion for making learning fun. After retiring from the Los Angeles Unified School District, Tim now runs a small educational nonprofit called GriffinEd (www.GriffinEd.org), a team of musicians and... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite C 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

4:00pm

Amazing Aircraft
Take your students on an aerial adventure in science with the Hiller Aviation Museum! Experiment with forces using inexpensive gliders, airplanes and helicopters in an exciting make-and-take workshop. Grades K-3

Link to Handouts: http://www.hiller.org/files/docs/Amazing_Aircraft_2.pdf

Speakers
JW

Jon Welte

Education Programs Manager, Hiller Aviation Museum
As Education Program Manager for the Hiller Aviation Museum, I develop and promote hands-on science curriculum supporting the Museum's mission of furthering aerospace education.
AW

Amy Welte

Science Teacher


Friday October 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree D 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

4:00pm

Skywatching Activities for 2013-2014
Track changes in the evening sky as Earth overtakes five bright stars and three bright planets, and is overtaken by Venus and Mercury. See two lunar eclipses and a solar. Observing guide, desktop activities. Grades K-3, 5, 8-13+

Links to Handouts:
 

Speakers
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Robert Victor

Staff Astronomer (retired), Abrams Planetarium, Mich St Univ


Friday October 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree B 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

4:00pm

“Steer” You to STEM- Careers in Animal Agriculture
Participate in hands-on activities from CFAITC 's newest STEM unit. The unit focuses on the STEM involved in animal agriculture. Careers highlighted include agriculture engineer, range manager, animal physiologist, animal nutritionist, and animal geneticist. Free curriculum available for participants. Grades 3-5

Speakers
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Stephanie Etcheverria

Program Coordinator, CA Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom


Friday October 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite G 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262
 
Saturday, October 26
 

8:00am

Earthquakes – A Workshop for Teachers (Part I)
For teachers who wish to learn more about earthquakes, seismology, plate tectonics and related Earth science, and implement exciting hands-on activities. Free materials provided.

Speakers
LB

Lawrence Braile

Professor, Purdue University
SB

Sheryl Braile

Teacher, Happy Hollow School


Saturday October 26, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite C 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

8:00am

Exploring the Power of the Sun
Explore scientific concepts of solar energy through hands-on activities for all grade levels. Activities include: solar beads, balloons and ovens; NaturePrint® paper; thermometers; radiometers; solar concentration and collection; and photovoltaics. Grades K-6

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Lamb

Rebecca Lamb

Program Director, National Energy Education Development


Saturday October 26, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree C 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

8:00am

Get Green-Early Childhood Environmental Experiences
Try out fresh ideas that engage young students in exploring the natural world. Take home Project Learning Tree’s early childhood guide and a music/movement CD.
PreK-2

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Derby

Sandra Derby

CA PLT State Coordinator, Project Learning Tree
I am the new California Coordinator for Project Learning Tree. Although I am new to PLT, I am not new to Environmental Education. I have spent my professional career teaching and learning in the field of Environmental Education- it is what I love to do. I am looking forward to bringing... Read More →
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Carrie Raleigh

Education and Public Outreach Manager, Santa Ana Watershed Association


Saturday October 26, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite G 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

8:00am

Next Generation Science Standards for 21st Century Teaching 3 - 5
Are you prepared to use the Next Generation Science Standards in your classroom? Come get an in-depth look at the design/architecture of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in grades 3 - 5. Leave the workshop with implementation ideas!

Link to Handout 

Speakers
avatar for Marian Murphy-Shaw

Marian Murphy-Shaw

Educational Services Director, Siskiyou COE
avatar for Sandi Yellenberg

Sandi Yellenberg

County Science Coordinator, Santa Clara COE
Sandi holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Santa Clara University, a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington University in St. Louis, and a multiple subject credential with a supplemental credential in science.  She has presented numerous times for... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Ventura

9:30am

Earthquakes – A Workshop for Teachers (Part II)
For teachers who wish to learn more about earthquakes, seismology, plate tectonics and related Earth science, and implement exciting hands-on activities. Free materials provided.

Speakers
LB

Lawrence Braile

Professor, Purdue University
SB

Sheryl Braile

Teacher, Happy Hollow School


Saturday October 26, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite C 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

9:30am

Please? Can I Write? High-Interest Science Topics Motivate Beginning Writers
Discover a combination of structured and creative techniques to help students write easily and enthusiastically. Using science topics that are innately fascinating to students, you can motivate and facilitate diverse learners to be successful and have confidence when writing. Grades K-2

Speakers

Saturday October 26, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree E

9:30am

Speak, Explore, Speak Again, Ask, Clarify, Confirm, Speak...
K-12 interactive session explores K-5 Speaking and Listening Standards in conjunction with Norms of Collaboration and Accountable Talk. Create an atmosphere where students "Talk to Learn."  Grades K-5

Speakers
JL

John Lacy

K-12 Alliance Staff Developer, Tulare City School District
AR

Angie Ruiz

5th Grade Teacher, Mission Oaks Elementary


Saturday October 26, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite H 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

9:30am

Three Physical Science Concepts Every K-8 Teacher Should Understand
This workshop will focus on 3 common misconceptions: Circular Motion (Centripetal vs. Centrifugal Force), “The Rising Water Cup Trick”, and The Potato Clock. Grades K-8

Speakers
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David Eisenberg

Science Teacher, CSU Long Beach


Saturday October 26, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree C 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

11:00am

CANCELLED - Science Stories That Will Grab Your Students' Attention
This workshop has been cancelled by the presenter due to a death in the family.

Use wonderful, true, dramatic stories to introduce lessons. I've accumulated accounts of true events, from over 25 years of teaching and reading, in astronomy, physics, chemistry, geology, and more. I'll also describe the lessons that can accompany the stories. Grades PreK-5


Speakers
CB

Camilla Barry

President, Barry Scientific


Saturday October 26, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree D 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

11:00am

“What if…?” “I Wonder…?” Extend Your Read Alouds Through Scientific Inquiry and Math Explorations
Explore innovative, standards-based activities that take you into, through, and beyond the text. Estimate melting time for the Gingerbread Man, discover how the Little Red Hen became a scientist, analyze how peddlers balance caps, measure the longest earthworm, and more!  Grades PreK-K

Speakers
JR

Judy Ross

Kindergarten Teacher, Glazier Elementary School


Saturday October 26, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree E

12:30pm

4th Grade Earth Scientists Program
Be an 'Earth Scientist' and dig deep into hands-on, inquiry-based lessons appropriate for teaching Earth Science standards in your 4th grade classroom. Curriculum CD featuring eight weeks of classroom curriculum included!

Speakers
SG

Shanette Grieve

Director of Program Development, Ocean Institute


Saturday October 26, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree D 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

12:30pm

Engage Students While Meeting Standards Through Hands-On Science Stations
Experience the excitement of hands-on science stations! You will learn to increase your students' ability to learn and help them to meet standards across the curriculum. It's easy when you understand concepts, set-up, rotation, and self-evaluation techniques. Grades K-1

Speakers
JR

Judy Ross

Kindergarten Teacher, Glazier Elementary School


Saturday October 26, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree E

12:30pm

Layers, Layers, Earth Explored!
How do scientists figure out the layering of the crust? How can you get your students to follow this same thought process in a fun, hands on way? Come explore density and inference with activities ready to use tomorrow.

Link to Handout: http://sbsciencematters.com/ 

Speakers
KC

Kim Castagna

6th grade math and science teacher, Carpinteria Middle School
JF

Jennifer Foster

Carpinteria Middle School


Saturday October 26, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite H 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

3:15pm

Investigations For Little Researchers: Insects Across the Curriculum!
Explore standards-based activities for insect attributes, behavior, and life cycles. Activities include: The Insect Song, BE the Bug, the Silkworm Junior-Senior Researcher Project, and more. You’ll come away with a wealth of ideas you can “use tomorrow” with your students!  Grades PreK-K.

Speakers
JR

Judy Ross

Kindergarten Teacher, Glazier Elementary School


Saturday October 26, 2013 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree E

3:15pm

Recording Your Acoustical Environment
The workshop provides activities and guiding principles to deepen K-5 students’ understanding sounds and the impact they have on an ecosystem. With technology, students can record sounds as a way to collect data and learn about their acoustical environment.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Delaney

Sarah Delaney

Program Administrator - STEM, San Francisco Unified School District
Sarah manages SFUSD’s Science team in the Office of Curriculum & Instruction. She leads the team’s work to transition to the Next Generation Science Standards content and practices for K-12 science education in the district. Sarah's experience includes six years as a middle school... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2013 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite G 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

4:35pm

Asking Questions in Science: Guiding Students’ Curiosity and Understanding
This session focuses on encouraging students to ask testable questions that can be investigated in the classroom. Participants will learn pedagogical strategies that support student-generated questions and explore how asking meaningful questions can lead to deeper understanding of scientific concepts. Grades 2-5

Workshop Handouts:

Speakers
EG

Emily Gibson

Teacher Educator & Instructional Coach, California Academy of Sciences
Teacher Educator & Instructional Coach
BM

Briana McCarthy

Teacher Educator and Instructional Coach, California Academy of Sciences


Saturday October 26, 2013 4:35pm - 5:35pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite E

4:35pm

CANCELLED: Learning from The American Dustbowl - Can You Prevent Soil Erosion?
This workshop has been cancelled by the presenter due to a death in the family.

Visit the American Dustbowl through first-hand accounts, photos, songs and other resources. Then build a "mini-farm" in a cardbox to see if you can keep your own soil from blowing away. This exploratory lesson integrates with American geography, history, literature.

Speakers
CB

Camilla Barry

President, Barry Scientific


Saturday October 26, 2013 4:35pm - 5:35pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree F
 
Sunday, October 27
 

9:20am

Solar System and the Periodic Table
Take a ride through the solar system using the periodic table as the basis for understanding! Learn to love the periodic table and understand how it makes our everyday lives and the adventures of the future possible!
Grades 3-5

Speakers
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Sandra Kaszynski

Educator, Aerospace Education Specialist, AESP NASA/JPL


Sunday October 27, 2013 9:20am - 10:20am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite D 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

9:20am

Student Notebooks: From a Place to Keep Records to a Tool for Student Thinking in the Age of Common Core and NGSS
Student Notebooks: Are notebooks a tool for thinking or a tool for producing copies of science experiences? Learn a K-12 Alliance process for teacher self-reflection to analyze personal practice for opportunities that encourage students to become independent communicators in notebooks. Grades K-8

Click here for workshop PowerPoint.

Speakers
KC

Karen Cerwin

Regional Director, K-12 Alliance/WestEd
Regional DirectorK-12 Alliance/WestEd


Sunday October 27, 2013 9:20am - 10:20am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite H 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

10:40am

Engineering Is Elementary: Submersibles
Experience the highlights of the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) unit: Submersibles. Use the engineering design process: ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve as you build submersibles that actually retrieve items from the bottom of a model "sea".

Speakers
JT

Jo Topps

Regional Director, K12 Alliance


Sunday October 27, 2013 10:40am - 11:40am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite H 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

12:00pm

Giving Students Ownership by Helping Them Construct Their Own Scientific Explanations
This session focuses on empowering students to learn scientific concepts through constructing their own explanations, an essential NRC Framework practice. Participants will learn strategies to guide observation and small group discussion that allow for deeper student understanding. Grades 2-5

Links to Handouts:

Speakers
EG

Emily Gibson

Teacher Educator & Instructional Coach, California Academy of Sciences
Teacher Educator & Instructional Coach
BM

Briana McCarthy

Teacher Educator and Instructional Coach, California Academy of Sciences


Sunday October 27, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite F 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262