Focus speakers are highly regarded scientists and education experts who present 90-minute, in-depth sessions on subjects relevant to science teaching. The focus speaker series allows you to expand your understanding in a wide range of critical topics.
Join the lead writer (Matthew d’Alessio) and California Department of Education staff for an engaging and in-depth view of the soon-to-be-adopted California Science Curriculum Framework (set for action by the State Board of Education in November, 2016). This incredible document has been written, re-written, reviewed, and examined many times over the past 18 months by many hundreds of science educators – all with the end goal of helping California educators implement the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA-NGSS). Learn how to navigate/approach the document, about the various course models for middle school and high school, recommendations for implementing CA-NGSS in the early grades, instructional strategies for ALL grades, TK-12, and more. Lots of time for Q&A will be provided. Come prepared with your questions: review the draft Curriculum Framework at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/ (not required for participation).
Sandy Marshall, Founder/CEO, Project Scientist
Join Project Scientist Founder/CEO and Leija Irvin, 8th
grade math and science teacher at Edgewood Academy and Project Scientist
Academy teacher as they introduce you to gender equitable teaching
strategies in STEM through SciGirls. SciGirls is an Emmy award-winning
PBS Kids TV show, website, and outreach program designed to change how
millions of girls think about STEM. Videos and hands-on activities work
together to spark excitement and inspire STEM learning and participation
for all girls (ages 8-13). Participants will experience the SciGirls
Seven, research-based strategies to engage girls in STEM, as they
complete team-based challenges and explore SciGirls’ extensive free
resources for classroom and informal settings.
Project Scientist is a non-profit dedicated to serving girls in STEM through six-week summer STEM Academies on university campuses and year-round STEM Expeditions.
Stephen Pruitt, Kentucky Commissioner of Education
Attend this inspiring and informative presentation by one of the nation’s top NGSS experts. Now the Kentucky Commissioner of Education (an NGSS-adoption state), Stephen Pruitt was once at Achieve leading the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. Glean information about lessons learned in Kentucky’s journey to implement NGSS. Gain a deeper understanding of the conceptual and instructional shifts that the NGSS call for, and the promise that these standards hold for our students' futures. As a teacher, you are the most critical player on the NGSS implementation team – join us for inspiration, motivation, and education.
Alan Colburn, Professor of Science Education, CSU Long Beach
“When do I tell students they are wrong? What if they still have misconceptions? When do I give the right answer?” Teachers struggling to navigate NGSS’s demands often hear inaccurate thinking, especially when engaging students in the open-ended activities that come with inquiry-based instruction. The temptation to simply correct this thinking is overwhelming. This presentation focuses on how and why sometimes it’s better to let students confront their misconceptions and construct their own meanings, waiting until students are confident in their conclusions or need more information. Facilitate that process, take “teacher telling” off the table for awhile, and transform your students’ science experiences.
Alice Steinglass, VP of Product and Engineering at Code.org
Irene Lee, Director, Project GUTS; Research scientist, MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program
Trish Williams, Member and Liaison to NGSS and CS, CA State Board of Education
Elsa Hennings, Senior Systems Engineer in NAWCWD's Escape, Parachute and Crashworthy Division
The Orion Capsule parachute system is presented, from the developmental testing through the installation into the Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) spacecraft, to the Pacific Ocean recovery operation for EFT-1. The presenter is Elsa Hennings, the Navy's Chief Engineer for parachutes, who has been a consultant to NASA since the beginning of the Orion parachute program and has been involved with the system each step of the way.
John Stenger-Smith, Chemistry Professor and DoD Researcher, Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest, CA
Ever wonder how these are related? Please come join me as I speak about my experiences in life, chemistry and comedy. I'll talk about the path that lead me to my current career from the moment three gentlemen (not the 3 Stooges) made a mistake in the UPENN Chemistry Research Laboratory to the present, warts, "C"s and all. I'll also speak about my past experiences as a Chemistry teacher at a community college and give very frank opinions on some latest education related topics, and a discussion about hands-on laboratories in science. The 13-year journey of "The Tattoo" will be explained. Interspersed with this information will be interesting information about the 3 Stooges, questions and lab safety. Questions are encouraged. I will also sing "Happy Birthday" to whomever has a birthday in October.
Rita Januszayk, Writer for the NGSS; and Member of the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team
One of the writers of the NGSS and NGSS Evidence Statements presents an introduction to NGSS Evidence Statements intended to inform participants of their structure and function. Participants analyze a sample Evidence Statement in order to understand how it articulates the use of a practice and a crosscutting concept to demonstrate the understanding of the DCI. Applying the understanding of Evidence statements to specific lesson examples demonstrates the utility of Evidence Statements in instructional and assessment design. Participants are encouraged to bring an evidence statement from their grade or discipline accessed online.
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