Spring Summit: A Call to Action Workshops

Spring Summit: A Call to Action Workshop Listing

Additional workshops will be added at a later date (subject to change).
To register for the Spring Summit: A Call to Action, please visit the Summit webpage for more details.

Pathways for Multilingual Learners
Presenter: Diana Velez & Claudio Vargas
Join us to “do” science and “do” language through hands-on activities. Santa Barbara USD will share how they use science as the context for their designated ELD programs. Free samples and ELD lessons!

The Union of Science and Career Education
Presenter: Doron Markus
If you're reading this, you know the importance of a strong science education and a scientifically-literate society. But there's more! Solving our wicked problems require a well-trained, green workforce. Learn more about our efforts and become part of the solution.

Hue are you?: Color, light and the human eye
Presenter: Eric Muller
Learn how your eyes perceive light and color. We will investigate your eye-brain system with easy to do NGSS aligned hands-on activities from the Exploratorium Teacher Institute. All materials are designed to be effective, cheap and easily obtainable.

Free Year-long 5E NGSS Chemistry Curriculum including Climate Change
Presenter: Katrina Rotter
SFUSD has developed a free 5E NGSS Chemistry curriculum with ESS embedded (stars + climate change). You’ll have an experience of the integration of climate change alongside traditional content. Bring a device for best experience.

It's Elementary Modeling my Dear
Presenter: Krystal Poloka
Description coming soon

Choose Your Own Adventure with Classroom and Teacher Friendly DNA Electrophoresis!
Presenter: Erika Fong
In this session, you will choose which scenario you want to investigate using electrophoresis - a CSI murder mystery, who is baby whale Luna's dad, or how a gene for bitter taste is inherited. See how you can incorporate engaging biotech in your class, get results in one class period without breaking the bank.

Making Connections: Life Science, Critical Thinking, and Dissection
Presenter: Sally Sanders
Participants will explore connections between life science performance expectations and the role of dissection in supporting teaching and learning goals, get hands-on experience with dissection software programs and models, and explore strategies for engaging and effective instruction.

Instructional Coaches: Our Secret Agent for Equity in Elementary Science
Presenter: Sonnie Dae
We don’t have time for science, focus on math/ELA” Not teaching science daily creates drastic inequities for underrepresented minorities in STEM. Learn how a large, urban district leveraged elementary instructional coaches to implement NGSS instruction through a social justice lens.

Connect and Engage with Your Environmental Education Community
Presenter: Mark Lewin
Do you miss collaborating with your Environmental Education family in person? Join us for this workshop where you will be given time to connect and collaborate with your colleagues to share resources and opportunities in Environmental Education across the state.

Productive Talk in the Science Classroom
Presenter: Megan Bettis
Participants will explore the importance of productive talk to help students with sense making and be introduced to, and have the opportunity to try out, various strategies. We will also explore how productive talk fits into a larger literacy framework.

Putting Meaningful Grading into Practice
Presenter: Melissa Marcucci
Hear accounts from two different district efforts to implement Standards Based Grading in the classroom. Participants will have guided time to explore and implement steps towards meaningful and equitable grading practices.

Prompting Student Sensemaking and Discourse: The Power of Crosscutting Concepts
Presenter: Peter McLaren
This session is designed to support participants in the creation of focused and targeted prompts using crosscutting concepts. The goal of this workshop is for educators to learn ways to engage student discourse and questioning around causality for phenomena.

Teaching the FACTS about Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

Presenter: Lacey Felder
Each year thousands of California high school students apply for their first driver’s license or identification (ID) card. They are presented with the opportunity to join the organ and tissue donor registry through Donate Life California. Many students are unaware of what being a donor means and how they can greatly help their communities by saying “YES!” to donation when applying for their driver’s license. This presentation help educators understand the FACTS and how you can use Donate Life California’s resources to teach your students or schedule a guest speaker for your class.

Introduction to the NGSS Toolkit for Student-Centered Assessment
Presenter: Rudy Escobar
Description coming soon

Read, Wonder, Investigate: Building Blocks for Early Years Climate Education
Presenter: Stephanie Sisk-Hilton
Participants will explore ways to engage young children in climate-aware science learning that builds positive, empowered science identity. We will engage in place-based learning around water in the environment as a model for early education for a changing climate.

Equity, Antiracism, & Social Justice Oh My!
Presenter: Tara Sikorski
Think these are topics reserved for only humanities classes? In this session participants will explore the use of anti-racist teaching to create equitable outcomes for all students and ensure that ALL truly means ALL.

Skills > Content... Assessing students in ways that MATTER!
Presenter: Tyler Haglund
Standards-based Instruction and Assessment is becoming more and more popular at the secondary level, but HOW do you make it work in a world where percentages are king? Learn from OUR mistakes and help YOUR standards-based journey succeed!

Living by Chemistry: A Phenomenon-Based Curriculum for High School Students
Presenter: Angelica Stacy
Invite your high school chemistry students into a phenomenon-based curriculum that captures students’ interest. Perform a periodic table card sort and learn how to build an understanding of whether it is possible to turn a copper penny into gold.

Beginner Biotech: Micropipetting and Gel Electrophoresis for Middle/High Schools
Presenter: Alex Dainis
miniPCR bio makes bringing biotechnology to the classroom easy. Create micropipetting art, then build and run a gel electrophoresis system with the Bandit™ STEM Electrophoresis Kit. Introduce biotechnology to your students on a budget you didn't think was possible!

Diving into SFUSD’s FREE NGSS-aligned curriculum for Middle School
Presenter: Eric Lewis
Participants will learn about LER's Sprocket and SFUSD's MS Science Core Curriculum. This curriculum integrates a project-based curriculum with the 5E instructional model. The curriculum is free and can be adapted for any classroom in any district.