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development opportunities for science teachers to post their
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Last updated: September 23, 2014
Gray Whales: Celebration of Conservation
How would California science teachers like whale experts
to share their daily research directly with their students?
The Southwest Fisheries Science Center-NOAA and WhaleTimes,
Inc. have teamed up once again to offer classrooms the Gray
Whales: Celebration of Conservation program. The Celebration
of Conservation brings gray whale research into your classrooms
in a unique and inviting way and creates a connection between
students, animals and the scientists who study them.
The story of the eastern gray whales, from endangered to
thriving, is a beacon of hope for other conservation efforts.
Not so long ago, people feared gray whales would become extinct.
But today, due to protective measures and researcher, the
population so healthy the United States removed it from the
endangered species list.
Scientific efforts continue to be sure the population remains
healthy and strong. Find out this spring. A select number
of classrooms from around the country will "virtually"
join Southwest Fisheries Science Center-NOAA scientists at
the gray whale field (research) station. The scientists correspond
with classes through daily emails, Q&A, and photographs.
Students will discover more about gray whales, gray whale
research, and the researchers themselves.
This program meets science standards, Common Core, STEM,
ocean literacy standards as well as other standards. It is
an excellent culmination of a classroom's science or conservation
Here are the specifics:
Dates: April 2015 (exact week TBD soon. Based on the timing
of the whales' migration)
Grades: 3rd to 6th grade
Cost: Free with scholarship (funded by grant and donated
time and effort by WhaleTimes and SWFSC scientists)
Scholarship: Classrooms chosen based on the teacher's submission
of a 500 word (max) description of how the teacher will this
program will incorporate gray whales into science, conservation,
or other curriculum. (Note: To allow this opportunity at several
schools, there are a limited number of enrollments per school.
Please check with WhaleTimes before enrolling more than two
Visit the WhaleTimes website: www.whaletimes.org
for more information or to register.
National Association of Geoscience Teachers – Far Western
Section October 10-12, 2014 Conference
This is a hands-on-geology fieldtrip/workshop oriented conference
with registration open to anyone with an interest in geology.
K-12 teachers who attend both a Saturday fieldtrip and Sunday
fieldtrip/workshop are eligible for professional development
hours via Sacramento State University. It is a great opportunity
for educators, professors, geoscientists, and all others who
are interested in these subjects to network, share experiences,
and promote geoscience education!
This year's Saturday field trip opportunities include geology
of the Sierra Nevada Hwy 80 corridor (Eldridge Moores), Yuba
Goldfields (California Mineral Education Foundation), Sacramento
Delta hydrology and geology (Rob Berry), local Sacramento
geology (Tim Horner), mercury in Gold Rush streams (Mike Hunerlach)
and Blodgett Research Forest (Rob York).
Sunday workshops and ½ day field trips cover topics such
as mineral uses, Mesozoic reptiles in California, atmospheric
circulation modeling for the "Next Generation Science
Standards", and more!
Friday evening presentation will be by Stephen Testa, California
State Mining Board, speaking on “Oil, Gold, Earthquakes and
Higher Education in the latter half of the 19th Century.”
Saturday dinner presentation will be Sue McClurg, Water Education
Foundation, speaking on “The Bay Delta Conservation Plan:
How did we get here, and where are we going?”
For more information on fieldtrips, workshops, and registration
go to: http://nagt-fws.org/
Marine Education Fellowship for Teachers
Ecology Project International (www.ecologyproject.org)
is a non-profit science education and student travel organization
that also offers professional development opportunities for
science teachers. We operate hands-on student field programs
in Yellowstone, Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize, Panama, and Ecuador.
In the spring of 2015, we will host up to 36 science teachers
from across the U.S. on our 3rd annual Marine Education Fellowship
in Baja and Costa Rica.
We're excited to share this opportunity with teachers, and
our application is now open!
For complete detailed information visit the Fellowship website:
Learning How Light Works: Reflection
This fun, two-hour workshop, introduces K-12 teachers and
anyone interested in doing science outreach to a make-and-take
kaleidoscope activity that teaches students some of the basic
properties of light. This workshop aligns with the newly developed
Next Generation Science Standards and attendees can earn CEUs
Fee waives available on request. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For complete information on this workshop, go to:
New Master's Program for Science Teachers at UC Irvine
Announcing an exciting opportunity to obtain a truly innovative
advanced degree designed especially for science teachers.
The University of California at Irvine is offering a new Master's
of Science program in Biological Sciences and Educational
Media Design (UCI M.S. BSEMD), tailored to meet the needs
of working science teachers. Gain Master's-level expertise
in biological science content knowledge, advanced pedagogical
methods, and cutting-edge media production techniques. Core
courses are conveniently offered during the evenings, and
electives can be chosen to fit your desired focus and schedule
on a full-time or part-time basis. UC Irvine is proud to support
the California community of teachers with this rigorous new
program and applications
are now being accepted for admission this coming Fall.
Juice From Juice: A Cross-cutting Concepts Workshop on Solar
Engineering Presented at Caltech
Free professional development workshops offered on either
October 11, 2014, Jan 31, 2015, March 28, 2015 or May 9, 2015.
The workshops are presented by Caltech's NSF funded Center
for Chemical Innovation in Solar Fuels. The project, titled
"Juice from Juice", provides instruction on 4 lessons
relating to solar and renewable energy. Participants learn
to make their own dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) and practice
three supporting lesson plans in chemistry, biology and physics.
In addition, they can sign-up for a site visit from the Caltech
researchers who run the workshop to help them implement the
lessons in the classroom for the first time. Visit www.thesolararmy.org/jfromj
to learn more about the project.
It's a fun, engaging workshop that will help bring current
scientific research problems into the classroom in a hands-on,
inquiry-based manner. To RSVP for one of the workshop dates
or for more information, email email@example.com
or call (818) 515-6502. Hope to see you there!
English Language Arts: Writing to Inform, Argue, and Analyze
The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased
to announce that the English Language Arts: Writing to Inform,
Argue, and Analyze professional learning module (PLM) is now
available online on the Brokers of Expertise California Common
Core State Standards (CCSS) PLM Web page. This module is part
of the CCSS for California Educators series and was developed
in collaboration with the University of California Berkeley/California
Writing Project. The module is available in two formats: online
independent use and on-site blended group facilitation. Additional
professional learning modules will become available in early
to access the English Language Arts: Writing to Inform, Argue,
and Analyze professional learning module.
MAT@USC: University of Southern California’s online Master
of Arts in Teaching Program
Teachers: Would you like to earn your MAT and teaching credential?
-- At the University of Southern California’s Rossier School
of Education, we challenged ourselves to re-imagine our Master
of Arts in Teaching program; to create a trailblazing curriculum
that integrates rich, interactive online learning with intensive,
school-based fieldwork experiences, no matter where students
live -- the result is the MAT@USC, the same rigor as our traditional
on-campus MAT program, conceived and built around an honest
discussion about how to integrate theory effectively with
classroom practice. For more information visit:
Online Teaching Program
Whether you are a student, changing careers, looking for
a job, or are a teacher from another state or country, TEACH
California has everything you need to know about teaching
and how to become a California teacher. You'll find information
about pay, jobs, credentialing, licensure and financial aid.
You can even make and save your own personal career plan,
and it's all free. Details can be found at http://www.teachcalifornia.org/
Amgen Scholarships Available for Science Teachers Pursuing
National Board Certification
Amgen scholarships are available for science teachers pursuing
National Board Certification, the most prestigious credential
in the teaching profession. The Amgen Foundation is committing
$1.5 million over three years to support science teachers
in schools across the country who choose to obtain National
Board Certification. Scholarships will be given on a first-come,
first-served basis to teachers in select communities. First
priority will be given to science teachers teaching ages 11-18.
If funding remains available, scholarships will also be awarded
to elementary teachers teaching students ages 3-12 who are
responsible for science instruction. Teachers from the following
California couties may apply: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin,
Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma,
and Ventura. To apply visit: http://nbpts.org/scholarships.
Global Ozone (G03) Project
Teachers: Would you like to participate in an exciting new
project for high school students, measuring ozone and meteorological
parameters, and receive a free instrument package, valued
at $5,000, for your school? In the GO3 Project, students around
the world measure ozone and meteorological parameters outside
their school and upload their data to an overlay in Google
Earth to share with other students, teachers, and scientists
around the world. Eighteen schools participating at the present
time, including four international sister schools in Madrid,
Moscow, Sydney, and Cairo. GO3 students are learning about
environmental science while helping create the world's first
ground-level ozone database. To learn more about the project,
see the G03 website and 2-minute video at http://www.go3project.com.
OnlineColleges.org is a nonprofit resource for students considering
an online college for their associates, bachelors, masters
or doctorate level degree. All the schools are listed on the
front page and lead directly to each program, additionally
they are sorted by state. Visit http://www.onlinecolleges.org/.
Masters in Education Guide
The Masters in Education Guide is an on-line directory of
Masters in Education programs. Programs are searchable by
subject matter, state, or type of degree (masters or doctorate).
The site also offers informational articles and links to job
Online Education Degrees
Education degree.com includes over 20,000 teacher education
degree and certificate programs, offered by over 1,700 colleges
and school districts across the US, reviewed and compiled
by hand from the college and district websites. Visit http://www.educationdegree.com for links and information.
Foundational Level General Science/Math Credentials
The School of Education at Sonoma State University will offer
summer institutes for teachers who want to earn foundational
level teaching credentials in science or mathematics. The
general science teaching credential allows for teaching science
at the junior high school level or basic high school science
classes, but not college prep high school lab science classes.
Check with Sonoma State University at http://www.sonoma.edu/education/ for more information.
Nominate a Distinguished Teacher
TEACH California seeks great science, math, and special ed.
teachers to feature on their Distinguished Teachers” website.
Featuring vignettes of California teachers, the site honors
the thousands of great teachers in the state and allows them
to share their thoughts on teaching. Requirements of the nominated
teachers are: 1. they are GREAT teachers; 2. they are fully
credentialed; and 3. they teach special education, mathematics,
or science (the highest shortage areas). Get more information
and find out how to nominate someone at http://www.teachcalifornia.org/.
Biology Teachers Needed to Lead Field Experiences
Since 1990, Save The Rainforest (STR ) has been sending groups
of high school and middle school students to the rainforest
reserves it helped create with donations from school children.
Many of the biology teachers who have led these groups are
retiring, and STR is looking for a new generation of biology
teachers to take their students on field courses to the Galapagos,
Amazon, Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, and Mexico. For more information
contact Bruce Calhoun at (608) 729- 4877 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
or view STR's website at www.saverfn.org.
STR is a non-profit organization.
Seminars on Science: Online
Graduate Courses for Educators American Museum of Natural
Seminars on Science offers online graduate courses in the
life, earth, and physical sciences to educators throughout
the country and abroad. Designed by the Museum specifically
for K-12 educators, each six-week course immerses the learner
in an area of contemporary research. Educators come away with
a deeper understanding of both the science and the tools of
scientific inquiry as well as an array of classroom resources.
Courses are co-taught and led by Museum scientists and educators
and feature rich web-based discussions. Each course is available
for up to 4 graduate credits from leading institutions. Courses
offered by the program include Evolution; The Solar System;
Earth: Inside and Out; The Ocean System; Genetics, Genomics,
Genethics and more. For more information on courses or to
register, go to http://learn.amnh.org/welcome.php?w=CASTA.
Science In Action Courses from
the University of Nebraska
Science in Action courses are online courses that integrate
the application of content and pedagogy in the biological,
physical, and earth sciences. These courses are designed to
meet the needs of K-12 educators who want to improve their
content knowledge and ability to teach science. Course curricula
align with state and national science standards. Available
courses are Entomology, Natural Resources, Biotechnology,
and Food Science and Technology. For more information, contact
Cindy Larson-Miller at (402) 730-9691 or email@example.com
National Science Resources
Center’s Professional Development Center
The National Science Resources Center's Professional Development
Center cordially invites you to take part in one or more unique
and exciting professional development opportunities—the Smithsonian
Science Education Academies for Teachers. Deepen your knowledge
of life and/or physical science; gain special access to the
scientists, curators, and educators of the Smithsonian Institution
and other museums and research institutions; learn about the
unparalleled resources available to teachers through the Smithsonian,
earn three graduate credits from Montclair State University,
New Jersey; inspire your students to greater understanding
of how the world works. For more information visit http://www.nsrconline.org/professional_development/index.html.
University of Michigan and Northwestern University
As part of an NSF-funded research study, the University of
Michigan and Northwestern University are offering free professional
development to teachers who purchase It's About Time's
Investigations in Environmental Science, a year-long,
case-based environmental science curriculum. Teachers will
receive 48 hours of free professional development along with
a $1,500 stipend upon completion of the study. To learn more
about the curriculum or to apply for the study, visit http://www.worldwatcher.northwestern.edu
or contact Beth Kubitskey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coast Alive! Teacher Institute
Explore the Elkhorn Slough and nearby beaches while learning
to incorporate stimulating, inquiry based, and multimedia
curriculum in your middle or high school science classroom.
The focus on experimental design will help you develop a hypothesis
and conduct research in the best possible setting--the field!
Return with students to design and conduct field studies.
You will participate in hands-on local field investigations,
receive a free Coast Alive!—Land-Sea Interface CD-ROM,
use Coast Alive! materials, and earn a $500 stipend from California
State Parks and the California Institute for Biodiversity.
Enrollment will fill before the end of the school year. For
upper elementary and middle school educators; 6 CSUMB academic
quarter units. Registration fee without credit: $50. For details
and to apply, visit http://www.EurekaSeries.org.
Council for Elementary Science
The Council for Elementary Science International (CESI) invites
teachers to join the effort to improve science teaching. CESI
has a website that provides members access to a variety of
elementary science opportunities, including fellowships, grants,
and science activities (from past Make-It and Take-It programs
held at regional and national NSTA conventions). Newsletters
and the CESI Journal are additional benefits that teachers
will receive when choosing to join the organization. Memberships
can be completed at the web site on-line at http://www.cesiscience.org/.
Questions regarding membership and the CESI organization can
be emailed to email@example.com.