2015 California Science Education Conference Workshops

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Many presenters promised and provided handouts online. For find the workshops with handouts posted online—check the conference app for the “Handouts Posted” option or follow these links:

CSTA thanks the many presenters who volunteered their time and expertise to present at the 2015 conference. CSTA will be soliciting proposals for the 2016 conference in Palm Springs in late-November.

Workshops are one-hour educational sessions. Many workshops are hands-on and led by other classroom teachers. Workshops are open to all conference registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshops will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center and the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel. All workshops presented are aligned to/support one or more California State Adopted Standards. This includes the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.

In addition to those workshop presented by volunteer presenters, CSTA will be offering a special strand of workshops offered by the California Department of Education and Achieve.

The following is a sampling of workshops to be presented. The conference includes over 180 workshops. Workshops are scheduled during the following dates and times:

Friday, October 2, 2015: 8:00 am - 9:00 am; 11:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm; 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm; 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, October 3, 2015: 8:00 am - 9:00 am; 9:30 am - 10:30 am; 11:00 am - 12:00 pm; 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm; 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm; 4:35 pm - 5:35 pm

Sunday, October 4, 2015: 9:20 am - 10:20 am; 10:40 am - 11:40 am; and 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.

Primary (TK-2):

  • Science Notebooks: Journeys from Seeds to Soup, Building Bridges and Floating Boats
  • Integrated Arts Science Projects for Kindergarten
  • Schoolyard Quadrats
  • Write Like an Ecologist!
  • Educational Shifts and the NGSS
  • Project-Based Learning: EVERY Day for EVERY Child!
  • and more!

Intermediate (Grades 3-5):

  • NGSS “Ways” of Thinking About Science Instruction
  • Engineering for Earth Hazards: Empathy’s Role in Design
  • NGSS 3 Dimensional Learning for ELL in Life Science
  • Science Writing Task: Assessing Evidence-Based Opinion Writing in Science
  • I Got Math All Over My Science and Liked it: How to Use Mathematics Connections to Enhance your NGSS Science Lessons

Middle School/Jr. High (Grades 6-8):

  • Exploring the Three Dimensions of NGSS in the Middle School Science Classroom
  • A Planning Process for NGSS Integrated Middle School Progression
  • Argumentation and Making the Transition to NGSS: How Do Students Develop Fluency in Engaging in Argument from Evidence?
  • Engineer a Solution to Beach Erosion!
  • Creating a Systems Model for a Human Habitat on Mars: A Sixth Grade Unit for the Integrated Model
  • NGSS Literacy Strategies for the Diverse, Urban, Middle School Classroom

High School (Grades 9-12):

  • BLASTing through Biological Evolution
  • Students and Social Media: Tweeting for NGSS and the Common Core
  • What Does it Mean to “Do” Science? Integrating Science and Engineering Practices into High School Science Instruction
  • High School Teachers Collaborating on District Wide Implementation of NGSS
  • NGSS Chemistry Course with Climate Change
  • ELD in the NGSS Classroom
  • Using My Google Maps As A Tool In The Earth Science Classroom To Support Literacy

Not Grade Specific:

  • Turning One Dimension into Three Dimensions: Shifting the Lessons
  • Weaving the Environment into Three-Dimensional Learning
  • Building Local Capacity for NGSS and CCSS Implementation
  • A Window into a NGSS Shifted Classroom
  • Starting With The End In Mind: Building An Instructional Unit From NGSS Performance Expectations
  • STEAM Grant Writing 101
  • Innovative Approach to NGSS Lesson Design
  • The Power of Coaching Science Teachers

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