2021 California Science Education Conference

Short Courses


Want to dig deeper? Excited to learn from seasoned experts in the field? Wish you could have a guaranteed seat in the room? Do you enjoy a smaller session with more presenter interaction? Then conference short courses are calling your name!

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CASE is proud to present an amazing lineup of short courses for this year's conference. These short courses are designed to help you dig deeper into NGSS, engineering design, and more. Each short course's duration is three to six hours, giving you the chance to really interact and make sense of the material.

Short courses are ticketed events, guaranteeing you a seat in the room and relevant hand-outs. You will have hands-on experiences that are designed to help you envision relevant to use in your classroom. Many short courses will also provide you with sample materials that are ready for use. Be sure to sign up for these soon—we expect these short courses will sell out fast this year!

If you are in need of support by your district, you can remind your administrator that the District's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Priority #2 supports the implementation of the state's academic standards. CASE's Conference on Science Education will provide you with short courses that will help you with this. All short courses support the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the California Common Core State Standards, or both. The short course descriptions below include the following information:

  • title and brief description
  • ticket price
  • grade level that the course is best suited for
  • the science that is the focus of the presentation
  • the emphasis (up to three) of the course
  • the name of the lead presenter and their affiliation

Friday, October 14 - 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

SC02: Teach Data Better: Strategies to Unpack “Analyze & Interpret Data”
Join us to unpack “Analyzing & Interpreting Data”. We will discuss how to leverage perception sciences to our advantage when working with graphs, consider different ways to use data visualizations to build students’ data literacy, and apply these concepts to adapt our existing science curriculum to better build data skills.

  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: 3rd - 12th
  • Science & Emphasis: All
  • Presenters: Kristin Hunter-Thomson

SC03: Group Work? No, Group Worthy Work with HHMI!
Come explore strategies and teacher moves to shift your group work to more inclusive and effective group worthy work. Learn how to start shifting your students’ status and belonging when you return to school. It’s time to expand our definition of smart!

  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: 3rd - 12th
  • Science & Emphasis: Chemistry;Earth/Space Science;Environmental Science;Life Science/Biology;Physical Science;Physics
  • Presenters: Jim Clark, Next Gen Science Innovations; Samantha Johnson, Arroyo High School, San Lorenzo

Saturday, October 15 - 8:30 am - 11:30 am

SC05: Culturally Responsive Practices for Equity & Inclusion
Learn how to reduce implicit bias and maximize inclusivity of diverse learners by (1) enhancing the cultural competence of your curriculum, and (2) implementing asset-focused strategies for student and family engagement. Leave with powerful strategies and an action plan you can implement right away.

  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: TK - 12th
  • Science & Emphasis: ALL
  • Presenters: Jodi Marchesso, Pasadena Unified School District; Kristin Majda, Oxnard School District/CSU Channel Islands

SC06: Using Crosscutting Concepts to Analyze Student Reasoning on Biology Assessments
Participants will analyze real student reasoning samples (written work and think-aloud interviews) from an NGSS-aligned assessment to better understand how students are reasoning about biological phenomena. Collaborative small group work and whole group discussions will support participants’ understanding of how evidence of students’ reasoning translates to implications for instruction.

  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: 9th - 12th
  • Science & Emphasis: Life Science/Biology
  • Presenters: Elizabeth de los Santos, University of Nevada, Reno; Sylvia Scoggin, K-12 Science Coordinator

Saturday, October 15 - 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

SC08: Addressing Social Justice in Science Spaces: Personal Experiences as Data
Join us for powerful learning and discussion around identity, race, and belonging in science spaces and communities. Through a climate crisis sample lesson using data, we will explore how to support STEM identity in science classrooms to foster an inclusive space and increase student agency.

  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: 6th - 12th
  • Science & Emphasis: Climate;Environmental Science;Life Science/Biology
  • Presenter: Dr. Zachary Cue, UCLA Science Project; Jon Kovach, UCLA Science Project

Saturday, October 15 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

SC09: Environmental Justice in Action: Researching Phenomena in Your Community
Use datasets and geospatial learning tools to research, narrate, and plan an action around a climate change or environmental justice phenomenon in your community. We will conclude with an hour to plan a detailed project with support from teachers who have created climate action projects in Oakland. (Bring laptop!)

  • Tickets: $20
  • Grade Level: TK-12
  • Science & Emphasis: Chemistry;Climate;Earth/Space Science;Environmental Science;Life Science/Biology;Physics
  • Presenters: Helen Fitzmaurice, OEA EJC; Kate Gallagher; Janan Apaydin; Ethan Hessl; Elizabeth Woodward; Joseph Senn; Helen Moore; Deirdre Snyder


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