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2013 CALIFORNIA SCIENCE
EDUCATION CONFERENCE

OCTOBER 25-27, 2013 • PALM SPRINGS

PROGRAM STRAND:
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS (CCSS)

Implementation of the Common Core standards is in full swing and assessments will begin in the spring of 2015. Science educators, especially at the elementary and middle school levels, need to have a solid understanding of the Common Core and their role in science education. In addition, with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) showing explicit connections to the Common Core standards, having a working knowledge of the Common Core will aid you with the future implementation of the NGSS.

Did you know that school districts in California will receive $1.25 billion dollars in 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 to help them implement Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? These one-time funds can be used for teacher professional development for those teachers directly involved in instruction of CCSS AND NGSS.

Science teachers do not teach science in isolation of reading and math skills. In fact the Common Core ELA standards have several standards for literacy in science and technical subjects. As a science teacher you may have been asked to integrate these new literacy standards into your already packed science curriculum. Workshops and short courses in the Common Core strand at the 2013 California Science Education Conference will help you do just that.

The following sessions will make up the Common Core [CCSS] strand:

Short Courses:

SC01: Science Literacy: Writing, Reading and Oral Language in CCSS
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

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.
Grades: K-2 Ticket $25

SC05: Leading the Change: Common Core State Standards- Literacy in Science, Part 1 and 2
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.
Grades: K-12 Ticket $20

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

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

SC10: Science, Common Core and NGSS - Integrating More Reasoning, Reading and Writing in Science
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 CCSS and NGSS.
Grades 6-12 Ticket $30


Workshops (Final schedule of workshops is available here):

WS012: Teach Marine Biology in Place of Biology to All CA Biology CST and New Common Core Standards
Comprehensive marine biology course teaching all California biology & new Common Core/Ocean Literacy standards! Lessons, labs, activities, assessments, games, interactive, webquests. CST test scores were: 96% Advanced /Proficient in an inner-city 100% Black /Latino public school! [CCSS]
Grade Level: 9-12
Life Science; STEM Careers/Workforce
Presenters: Mark Friedman, Animo Leadership Charter High School; Gerard Vargas, Biology Teacher, ANIMO Leadership Charter High School

WS026: Integrating the Common Core Literacy Skills in Science Classes
Explore strategies to teach reading and writing literacy standards within your science curriculum. [CCSS]
Grade Level: 6-12
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); Literacy/EL
Presenter: Heather Wygant, Geology Teacher, Sobrato High School

WS027: Implications of CCSS on NGSS
Participants will gain an understanding of the implications and correlations of the Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts, and Mathematics on Next Generation Science Standards. [CCSS; NGSS]
Grade Level: PreK-13+
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); Science Leadership
Presenter: Anthony Quan, Faculty Advisor, Los Angeles County Office of Education

WS057: Beyond the Summary
Common Core, Science, ELA! Come gather six over-arching projects covering Common Core and Science standards. Projects can be adapted for units, unit components, differentiated instruction, ELL’s, advanced students, etc. Leave the workshop with concrete ideas to implement on Monday. (CSP) [CCSS]
Grade Level: 2-9
Cross-Disciplinary; Literacy/EL
Presenter: Karren Krosby, Teacher, Roosevelt Elementary School

WS061: Integrating Common Core and NGSS: Building Leadership Capacity to Transform Science Teaching and Learning
This session will explore a model for building distributed leadership capacity of school districts to support systemic implementation of science practices (from Framework for K-12 Science Education) and Common Core State Standard into science curriculum instruction and assessment. (CSP) [CCSS; NGSS]
Grade Level: 6-13+
Cross-Disciplinary; Science Leadership
Presenter: Dawn O 'Connor, Director, Integrated Middle School Science, Alameda COE

WS063: Shifting Practices to Infuse Science and Engineering Practices with Common Core Strategies
This workshop will focus on illustrating the science and engineering practices described in the Proposed NGSS Standards for California and NRC Framework. Explore Chromatography techniques to separate pigments using paper and column chromatography techniques. (CSP) [CCSS; NGSS]
Grade Level: 5-12
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); Pedagogy/I&E
Presenter: Kirk Brown, Science Department Chair, San Joaquin County Office of Education

WS066: Engineering Is Elementary: Putting the T and E in STEM
Receive an overview of the EiE curriculum, the curriculum’s connections to specific grade level California Science Content Standards, how each unit supports the CCSS, and activities to do with your students (technology in a bag and tower building). (K-12A) [CCSS]
Grade Level: 1-8
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); Pedagogy/I&E
Presenter: Jody Sherriff, Regional Director, K-12 Alliance

WS072: 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." (K-12A) [CCSS; Elementary]
Grade Level: K-5
Cross-Disciplinary; Literacy/EL
Presenters: Angie Ruiz, 5th Grade Teacher, Mission Oaks Elementary; John Lacy, K-12 Alliance Staff Developer, Tulare City School District

WS080: Incorporating Cyberlearning into STEM, NGSS and CCSS
Learn how to use Cyberlearning in preparing curriculum for NGSS and CCSS through using technology and obtain valuable websites used for teaching, practicing, preparing for exams, teacher resources, etc. Get hands on experiences with the latest TI-Inspire CAS Handheld Computer. [CCSS; NGSS]
Grade Level: 9-12
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); Technology
Presenter: Gwendolyn Jefferson, Science Teacher, Wilmer Amina Carter High School

WS091: 21st Century Skills and STEM
Enjoy a fast-paced interactive session that will connect 21st Century Skills to STEM. Through hands-on activities, develop a deeper understanding of the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity), Scientific and Engineering Practices, Standards for Mathematical Practice, and ELA anchor skills. [CCSS; NGSS]
Grade Level: PreK-13+
Cross-Disciplinary; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenters: Mary Walls, Project Administrator, OMSD; Bradley Schleder, Demonstration Center Director, Kings Canyon USD

WS094: Let’s Get Writing
Science offers many opportunities for students to write. During this workshop you will learn a few techniques to help your students become better writers. [CCSS]
Grade Level: 4-12
Cross-Disciplinary; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenter: Debra Bereki, PhD Candidate, Gold Coast Science Network

WS095: Student Notebooks: A Tool for Thinking in the Age of Common Core and NGSS
Simplifying Science Notebooks: Come learn about the “Essences” of a sense making science notebooks and how you can move from teacher to student driven while addressing NGSS and supporting Common Core. Resources provided. (K-12A) [CCSS; NGSS]
Grade Level: PreK-13+
Cross-Disciplinary; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenters: David Tupper, CaMSP Project Director/TOSA, Lakeside Union School District; Heather Glanz, GATE Teacher, Rio Seco School

WS096: 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. [CCSS; Elementary]
Grade Level: K-6
Cross-Disciplinary; Literacy/EL
Presenter: Rebecca Lamb, Program Director, National Energy Education Development

WS112: From Plato to Moon Phases: Addressing Misconceptions in Science
Common Core literacy meets Next Generation Standards: Come see the process of planning a team taught lesson and the doors opened for inquiry among our staff in developing cross-curricular lessons as we share the connection between Plato and moon phases. [CCSS]
Grade Level: 10-12
Earth/Space Science; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenters: Tom Traeger, Earth Sciences Teacher, La Canada High School; Jamie Lewsadder, La Canada High School

WS116: Teach Common Core Science Writing Standards While Teaching Science Content
Claims-Evidence-Reasoning is the basis behind most writing in science classrooms. Learn to use a newly developed Graphic Organizer that helps support both students’ deeper understanding of science content and their ability to write more effectively. [CCSS]
Grade Level: 6-12
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); Literacy/EL
Presenter: Sandra Yellenberg, County Science Coordinator, Santa Clara COE

WS118: Science and the Common Core in ELA: A Real World Opportunity to Write
Wondering how to integrate science and CCSS ELA? This session models the integration and shares a protocol that includes hands-on science with routine use of notebooks combined with designing specific writing prompts providing formative assessment for science and ELA goals. (K-12A) [CCSS]
Grade Level: K-8
Cross-Disciplinary; Assessment
Presenter: Karen Cerwin, Regional Director, K-12 Alliance/WestEd

WS121: Media Making: Bridging Science and the Common Core
Discover how media-making projects help students learn science content while also addressing common core standards. Walk away with tools that will assist you in implementing media-making projects into your curriculum. (KQED) [CCSS]
Grade Level: 6-13+
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); Technology
Presenter: Andrea Swensrud, Project Supervisor, Science Education, KQED

WS122: How Big Is the Foot You Put in Your Mouth
Learn about the carbon footprint of the food you eat while integrating Common Core Standards into an engaging lesson which promotes critical thinking as science content knowledge is applied to real world situations. Leave knowing how to create similar lessons. [CCSS]
Grade Level: 6-12
Cross-Disciplinary; Literacy/EL
Presenter: Sandra Yellenberg, County Science Coordinator, Santa Clara COE

WS125: 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. (K-12A) [CCSS; Elementary]
Grade Level: K-8
Cross-Disciplinary; Pedagogy/I&E

Presenter: Karen Cerwin, Regional Director, K-12 Alliance/WestEd

WS132: Evidence-based Argumentation in Practice
How can we accelerate students’ conceptual understanding and critical thinking? Engaging in argumentation supports meaning making and promotes reasoning. Join us for a heated debate on temperature and density. We’ll explore best practices that include all students in academic discussions. [CCSS]
Grade Level: 5-8
Cross-Disciplinary; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenters: Claudio B. Vargas, Coordinator, Elementary Science, UC Berkeley; Diana Velez, K-5 Specialist, UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science

WS141: Science Content and Notebooking (SCAN) - An Introduction, Part 1
Join our Science Content and Notebooking leadership team to see the program 65 teachers from 4 districts are implementing. Teachers are building notebooks that show evidence of learning, reflection, reading, writing, and academic growth. (SCAN) [CCSS]
Grade Level: 6-12
Life Science; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenters: Yamileth Shimojyo, Science Coordinator, Riverside COE; Don Ward, Corona-Norca USD

WS142: Science Content and Notebooking (SCAN), - CNUSD, Part 2
Join Science Content and Notebooking Corona Unified teachers to see the program they have created that successfully supports their classroom instruction. Successful Science Notebooks (SNB's) will be presented as well as critical practices that support the success of their students. (SCAN) [CCSS]
Grade Level: 6-12
Physical Science; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenter: Yamileth Shimojyo, Science Coordinator, Riverside COE

WS143: Science Content and Notebooking (SCAN), - RUSD, Part 3
Join Science Content and Notebooking Riverside Unified teachers to see the program they have created that successfully support their classroom instruction. Successful Science Notebooks (SNB's) will be presented as well as critical practices that support the success of their students. (SCAN) [CCSS]
Grade Level: 6-12
Life Science; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenter: Yamileth Shimojyo, Science Coordinator, Riverside COE; Henry Shimojyo, LOGOS Education System

WS144: Science Content and Notebooking (SCAN), - AUSD, RSCS, Part 4
Join Science Content and Notebooking Alvord Unified and River Springs Charter teachers to see the program they have created that supports their classroom instruction. Successful Science Notebooks (SNB's) will be presented along with critical practices that support the success of students. (SCAN) [CCSS]
Grade Level: 6-12
Physical Science; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenter: Yamileth Shimojyo, Science Coordinator, Riverside COE; Scott Herrick, Professor, Riverside Community College

WS145: Science Fairs LOVE the Common Core!
Come and see the value of having students participate in a SCIENCE FAIR! As students work through the steps in science they will be working with the Common Core in Language Arts as they research, cite data, and communicate results. [CCSS]
Grade Level: 7-12
Cross-Disciplinary; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenter: Emily Hoffman, Teacher; Department Chair, South Pasadena Middle School

WS151: Flip Your Classroom! Uniting Science Classrooms and the Common Core with Flipped Teaching
Flip Your Classroom! Flipped teaching is a new trend that brings many powerful benefits to the science classroom. This session will focus on the benefits and best practices of flipped instruction as well as the nuts and bolts of implementation. (CSP) [CCSS]
Grade Level: PreK-13+
Cross-Disciplinary; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenter: Jennifer Alcazar, Co-Director, UC Irvine Science Education Program

WS159: Incorporating Performance Assessments in Biology and Chemistry Classes
This session will focus on developing and writing performance assessments for a biology or chemistry class. By the end of the session, you should feel comfortable adding a performance assessment to your next test. [CCSS]
Grade Level: 9-13+
Chemistry; Assessment
Presenters: Jeff Orlinsky, Department Chair/Teacher, Warren High School; Jeff Bradbury, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Cerritos College

WS170: 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. [CCSS; Elementary]
Grade Level: K-2
Cross-Disciplinary; Literacy/EL
Presenter: Karen McDonough, Teacher