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2013 CALIFORNIA SCIENCE
EDUCATION CONFERENCE

OCTOBER 25-27, 2013 • PALM SPRINGS

PROGRAM STRAND:
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

Are you prepared? New science education standards were adopted by the California State Board of Education on Septebmer 4. The Next Generation Science Standards are not just another set of state standards, they are a set of performance expectations that will help students develop 21st century skills including critical thinking skills, communication, and collaboration. The NGSS are more than students memorizing science facts, students must actually do science.

The 2013 California Science Education Conference is the place to get background information, early implementation strategies, performance-based assessment tools, and sample lessons to help you hit the ground running when it comes to implementing the new standards. (Please note, if adopted, full implementation of the NGSS is not expected until 2015/2016 at the earliest.)

Next Generation Science Standards [NGSS] sessions include:

Keynote Address by Stephen Pruitt of Achieve, the man responsible for coordinating the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. No one knows more about them or understands them better than Dr. Pruitt.

Friday, October 19, 9:15 am - 10:45 am

OPENING SESSION AND KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Next Generation Science Standards with Stephen Pruitt

Join CSTA for the annual meeting of members! CSTA President Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California. Following Laura's address will be the keynote presentation by Dr. Stephen Pruitt. Dr. Pruitt is the Vice President for Content, Research, and Development for Achieve and led the development of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Sponsored by Chevron.

 


Short Courses:

SC06: Hands-On Science Performance Assessment, the Common Core Standards, and the NGSS
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 CC and NGSS.
Grades 6-12 Ticket $30

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


Workshops: (Complete schedule of workshops is available by click here)

Explaining California’s Recommended NGSS Integrated Learning Progressions for Middle School
Learn about the rationale for the proposed integration in grades 6-8 and receive examples of how the connection of performance expectations in integrated science domains reinforces the learning progressions for each grade level through the Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts. [NGSS]
Grade Level: K-12
Integrated Science
Presenters: Kathy DiRanna, Statewide Director, K-12 Alliance; and Maria Simai, Executive Director, California Science Project

NGSS: The Basics - This workshop will be presented twice, once on Friday, once on Saturday
Feel like you are just starting to learn about Next Generation Science Standards? Do you find the whole thing a little overwhelming? Come join us for an overview presentation regarding the Next Generation Science. Develop a deeper understanding of the key elements of these standards, the connection to 21st Century Skills, and the strong emphasis on engineering and technology integration. Time will be devoted to answering your questions and presenting the draft timeline for implementation. [NGSS]
Grade Level: K-12
Cross- Disciplinary
Presenters: Phil Lafontaine, Director, Professional Learning Support Division, California Department of Education

WS015: Next Generation Science Standards: A Developmental Update
Join us for an up-to-date overview and current developmental status of the Next Generation Science Standards. Develop a deeper understanding of the key elements of these standards, the “storyline” thinking and reasoning used by the Science Expert Panel to assign specific standards to middle school grades, and implementation "next steps" for California. [NGSS]
Grade Level: PreK-13+
Cross-Disciplinary; Science Leadership
Presenter: Dean Gilbert, Science Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education

WS017: 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! (CISC) [NGSS; Elementary]
Grade Level: K-2
Cross-Disciplinary; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenter: Maureen Allen, Science Consultant, Orange County Dept. of Education

WS018: 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! (CISC) [NGSS; Elementary]
Grade Level: 3-5
Cross-Disciplinary; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenters: Sandra Yellenberg, County Science Coordinator, Santa Clara COE; Patricia Garrett, Director, San Luis Obispo COE

WS019: Next Generation Science Standards for 21st Century Teaching 6 - 8
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 6 - 8. Leave the workshop with implementation ideas! (CISC) [NGSS]
Grade Level: 6-8
Cross-Disciplinary; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenters: John Spiegel, Science Coordinator, Curriculum and Instruction Unit, San Diego COE; Anthony Quan, Faculty Advisor, Los Angeles County Office of Education

WS020: Next Generation Science Standards for 21st Century Teaching 9 - 12
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 9 - 12. Leave the workshop with implementation ideas! (CISC) [NGSS]
Grade Level: 9-12
Cross-Disciplinary; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenters: Yamileth Shimojyo, Science Coordinator, Riverside COE; Maria Simani, Executive Director, California Science Project

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

WS052: Analyzing and Interpreting Data - Building a New Understanding
Explore a robust version of the practice of Analyzing and Interpreting Data. Take a look at this practice across grade levels, explore a process for engaging with colleagues in building a shared vision and connect to the intent in this practice. (CSP) [NGSS]
Grade Level: K-12
Cross-Disciplinary; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenter: Arthur Beauchamp, Director, Sacramento Area Science Project

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

WS062: Abscond with the Bubbles
Abscond with the bubbles. Discover a variety of ways (short and long) to assess students' knowledge and drive instruction. The assessment ideas gives students ways to practice for the Next Generation Science testing through a variety of assessment techniques. (CSP) [NGSS]
Grade Level: 2-11
Cross-Disciplinary; Assessment
Presenter: Karren Krosby, Teacher, Roosevelt Elementary School

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

WS065: Conservation of Matter: A Modeling Approach
Explore and deepen your understanding of the conservation of matter by experiencing a carefully structured sequence of lab activities centered in the scientific practice of modeling. Take home a coherent set of teacher-tested lessons ready for immediate classroom use. (CSP) [NGSS]
Grade Level: 3-5; 8-12
Physical Science; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenter: Richard Hedman, MASE Director, CSU Sacramento; Kaye Schwartz, James Rutter Middle School

WS069: A Framework for K-12 Science Education
Engage in the driver for the Next Generation Standards in Science Education. A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Cross-Cutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. Learn how Next Generation Science Education Standards relate to Common Core Standards in English Language Arts. (K-12A) [NGSS]
Grade Level: K-12
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); Science Leadership
Presenter: Jo Topps, Regional Director, K-12 Alliance/WestED

WS073: The 5 E Learning Cycle Meets the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices
Teachers attending this workshop will see how the 5E Learning Cycle and the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices can be used to teach Physical Science concepts such as Density and Buoyancy and applying them to build working model submersibles. [NGSS]
Grade Level: 8-12
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); Pedagogy/I&E
Presenter: Keith Miller, Science Department Chair, Lakewood High School

WS074: Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards in the Classroom: Start from Where You Are
This workshop intends to build awareness and capacity of teachers to implement effectively the new Science Framework dimensions to better prepare all students with a 21st century science education. (CSP) [NGSS]
Grade Level: K-12
Cross-Disciplinary; Science Leadership
Presenter: Maria Simani, Executive Director, California Science Project

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

WS083: Teaching NGSS with the EEI Curriculum
Teaching NGSS with the EEI Curriculum - Learn how the Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum can be used to teach the Next Generation Science Standards. See the new EEI/NGSS correlation documents and watch an EEI Teacher Ambassador in action. (CEEIN) [NGSS]
Grade Level: K-12
Cross-Disciplinary; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenters: Bryan Ehlers, Deputy Dir. for Ed. and Enviro. Affairs, CalRecycle; Phil Romig, Science Curriculum Specialist, SCOE

WS087: 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. [NGSS; Elementary]
Grade Level: 2-5
Life Science; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenters: Briana McCarthy, Teacher Educator and Instructional Coach; Benjamin Lavender, Teacher Educator & Instructional Coach, California Academy of Sciences

WS088: Engaging Your Students in Scientific Argumentation
Explore ways to incorporate effective scientific argumentation in your science classroom. Participate in a workshop focused on the science of climate change, modeling how to provide students with opportunities to gather evidence and use scientific argumentation to make evidence-based explanations. [NGSS]
Grade Level: 6-9
Earth/Space Science; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenters: Sarah Pedemonte, Ocean Sciences Curriculum Specialist, Lawrence Hall of Science; Emily Weiss, Marine Science and Literacy Education, UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science

WS089: Liquid Density: Integrating the Framework
Challenge students’ thinking about liquid density with some engaging lessons! Lessons includes Framework Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross Cutting Concepts. Unit is designed for middle school, and includes strategies for universal access for all students including ELD/Special Education modifications. (CSP) [NGSS]
Grade Level: 8
Physical Science; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenter: Marie Bacher, Science Resource Teacher, Santa Clara USD

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

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

WS102: Lesson Study As a Vehicle to Integrate Next Generation Science Practices into the Classroom
Teachers will discuss how they utilize lesson study as a means to a collaborative community of practice. Lessons and strategies uncovered through the lesson study process that facilitate use of the science practices will be shared. (CSP) [NGSS]
Grade Level: K-12
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); Science Leadership
Presenters: Ai Vu, Alameda County Office of Education; Christine Lee, Postdoctoral Researcher, CSU East Bay

WS128: 99 Cent Science
99 Cent Science will demonstrate activities created inexpensively. These relate to the NGSS science practices of inquiry, developing models and planning and carrying out investigations. Some of the activities are: Cheesy Rock Cycle, My Blood is Red Hot and Edible Faults. [NGSS]
Grade Level: 7-8
Cross-Disciplinary; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenter: Melanie Brown, District Science Resource Teacher, Sweetwater Union High School District

WS130: Understanding Modeling, the NGSS Practices, and Day & Night
Deepen your understanding of modeling and the interconnectedness of the science practices in the Next Generation Science Standards and A Framework for K-12 Science Education through a hands-on, minds-on science experience related to day, night, and the sun. (CSP) [NGSS]
Grade Level: 3-5; 8-12
Earth/Space Science; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenters: Richard Hedman, MASE Director, CSU Sacramento; Cindy Passmore, Associate Professor, UC Davis

WS134: More Than Memorizing: Engaging Students in the Practices of Science
Science is much more that definitions and formulas—it’s about asking questions, planning investigations, constructing explanations and using evidence. Discover ways to engage students in these practices of science (from the NGSS) using basic physical science concepts and student-centered activities. [NGSS]
Grade Level: 4-9
Physical Science; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenter: James Kisiel, Assistant Professor, CSU Long Beach

WS158: Maker Revolution: How to Make STEM Learning Through the Practices of Science and Engineering Fun
Participants will join the Maker Revolution and learn how to foster a collaborative culture of creativity, innovation, and experimentation with simple and inexpensive projects that effectively teach STEM content and scientific and engineering practices. (CSP) [STEM; NGSS]
Grade Level: K-13+
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); Pedagogy/I&E
Presenters: Jerry Valadez, Director, Central Valley Science Project; California State University, Fresno; Ana Lopez, Science Coach, Central Valley Science Project

WS166: NGSS in the Classroom: Connecting Inquiry Science to the New Standards
Hearing a lot about the Next Generations Science Standards? Scared? Excited? Confused? Join us as we engage in an inquiry-based activity that will shed light on NGSS. Experience NGSS through the eyes of a teacher planning and evaluating a lesson. (K-12A) [NGSS]
Grade Level: K-13+
Cross-Disciplinary; Pedagogy/I&E
Presenters: Christine Bouma, Weaver Elementary School; Susan Gomez-Zwiep, Department of Science Education, CSU Long Beach - K-12 Alliance