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District Leadership Seminars 2016-2017 – CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

The BaySci District Leadership Seminars are only open to participating BaySci district Science Leadership Teams.

  • Thursday, October 13, 2016 – 8:30am – 2:30pm Location: Clark Kerr Campus, UC Berkeley
  • Thursday, February 2, 2017 – 8:30am – 2:30pm Location: Clark Kerr Campus, UC Berkeley
  • Monday, April 24, 2017 – 8:30am – 2:30pm Location: Clark Kerr Campus, UC Berkeley

A continental breakfast will be served at 7:30am. All Seminars begin promptly at 8:30am, and include a catered lunch.

Direct all questions to BaySci Director, Vanessa Lujan at (510) 643-0311 or vlujan@berkeley.edu

The next review period of the second draft of the CA Science Framework will be JUNE 28 TO AUGUST  29, 2016.
This second draft is a result of the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) revisions based on feedback from the first draft reviews and IQC teleconference meeting on June 20, 2016.  See notes from this meeting in the link below.
The agenda and attachments for the June 20, 2016 Instructional Quality Commission(IQC) teleconference meeting is posted on the IQC Web page at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/cc/cd/jun20iqcmtgagenda.asp<http://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=4062&d=m7Xb18euC6-tkh8DoHmBy1S6FV_LS4M3aKD32Fs9ag&s=1109&u=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2ecde%2eca%2egov%2fbe%2fcc%2fcd%2fjun20iqcmtgagenda%2easp>

We encourage all stakeholders to give comment to this draft.

2016 BaySci Teacher Leadership Academy
Science, Literacy & the Next Generation Science Standards

Seeking opportunities to reflect on your teaching?
Want to collaborate with colleagues to improve science in your district?
Would you like to learn important ways to connect science and literacy?
Interested in joining your district’s Science Leadership Team?

Join an emerging network of like-minded Bay Area teachers for the 2016 BaySci Teacher Leadership Academy at the Lawrence Hall of Science. (The BaySci Teacher Leadership Academy is only open to participating BaySci school districts or districts committed to joining BaySci during the following school year.)

One 5-Day Summer Workshop
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday – Friday August 1 – August 5, 2016

Location: Lawrence Hall of Science, Room 150

• Examine links between the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.
• Experience hands-on activities that exemplify the strategic integration of science & literacy.
• Explore strategies for the effective use of science notebooks and classroom discourse to support meaning making in science.
• Learn to use classroom evidence to be more reflective about teaching and learning.
• Network with like-minded BaySci teachers from partner districts to share strategies, grow your classroom practice and build your leadership in science.

Please contact Vanessa Lujan at vlujan@berkeley.edu if you are interested in attending.

In an effort to strengthen science education through California’s new local control finance and accountability processes – known as a school district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), the Lawrence Hall of Science and California STEM Learning Network have assembled an LCAP toolkit to help stakeholders successfully advocate for science in their local school district budget development process.

Access the LCAP toolkit here:http://baysci.org/?page_id=3

You will see the toolkit provides specific sample language for including and budgeting for various capacities to include in your current LCAP to be submitted in July, and additional supporting language for other components that would help to support robust district science/NGSS implementation.  In addition, environmental education (residential outdoor science school, school gardens, teacher professional learning, etc.) is called out prominently as critical to successful NGSS implementation that warrants representation directly in district LCAPs.

Our hope is that BaySci districts and others can use the toolkit themselves and will forward it on throughout their other networks and contacts in support of science education in the state.

The highly anticipated CA Science Framework was released this Tuesday, November 17, beginning the 60-day public review period.  The Science Framework contents include such things as vignettes for how grade level implementation of NGSS should look, high school course pathways, middle school implementation guidelines for both the preferred integrated model and alternative discipline specific model, information on assessment, etc.

  • The public has until January 19, 2016, to review the Science Framework online. The draft framework is on the CDE Science Framework Public Review and Comment Web page, where the public may leave comments at scienceframework@cde.ca.gov. Interested parties may also visit one of the 23 Learning Resource Display Centers statewide to review hard copies of the draft framework. The public’s comments will be presented to the Instructional Quality Commission in February and March 2016 for review and possible inclusion into the final draft of the Science Framework. The final draft will be available for a second public review in late spring or early summer. The State Board of Education is scheduled to review and act on the Science Framework in September/November 2016.  If you have any questions regarding the public comment review period or the Science Framework revision process, please contact Bryan D. Boyd, Education Programs Consultant, Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division, by phone at 916-445-4910 or by e-mail at bboyd@cde.ca.gov.

We encourage all of our districts to forward this email to their various teacher leader teams, so that both administrator and teacher input is given during this limited public review time period.  The California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) has information on how individuals may organize their feedback in addition to information on organized meetings that are being held around the state, prodiving opportunities for teachers to share their feedback with each other and organize a collective response.  http://www.classroomscience.org/your-chance-to-review-the-california-science-curriculum-framework-is-almost-here

Come to the Lawrence Hall of Science to preview the new FOSS Next Generation K–5 materials.  Open House Sessions – Take the opportunity to talk with FOSS Staff and get your questions answered.

The Lawrence Hall of Science, Room 119
Drop-in hours 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

December 9, 2015, January 27, 2016, February 24, 2016

RSVP to FOSS@berkeley.edu and indicate which of the three dates you plan to attend. Questions? Call 510-643-3478

District Leadership Seminars 2015-2016 – CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

The BaySci District Leadership Seminars are only open to participating BaySci district Science Leadership Teams.

  • Friday, October 10, 2015 – 9:00am – 3:30pm Location: Lawrence Hall of Science
  • Thursday, February 4, 2016 – 9:00am – 3:30pm Location: Clark Kerr Campus, UC Berkeley
  • Monday, April 25, 2016 – 9:00am – 3:30pm Location: Clark Kerr Campus, UC Berkeley

A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30am. All Seminars begin promptly at 9:00am, and include a catered lunch.

Direct all questions to BaySci Director, Vanessa Lujan at (510) 643-0311 or vlujan@berkeley.edu

Today, the California Blueprint for Environmental Literacy was officially released at a press conference at Lincoln High School in San Francisco. You can download the Blueprint at http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/sc/oeeintrod.asp

In 2014, the Lawrence Hall of Science’s associate director, Craig Strang, along with the California Academy of Science’s Elizabeth Babcock, were appointed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to co-chair the California Environmental Literacy Task Force and create a blueprint for achieving environmental literacy for all California students. This is the first such effort in the state since 2002.

Environmental literacy has never been more important than it is now. With climate change, drought, overfishing, ocean acidification, and many more environmental challenges of today, we need every student who graduates from California K–12 schools to be environmentally literate. Achieving environmental literacy is also integral to successfully reaching the goals of both the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards.  Only 13% of CA schools indicate that their schools have successfully integrated environmental education into their curriculum. To help meet that need, the new Blueprint for Environmental Literacy provides an extensive guide detailing achievable strategies and steps for integrating environmental education into California schools—from making environmental education a priority both in and outside the classroom.

BaySci District Teacher Leadership Academy

BaySci Professional Development | May 7 | 9 a.m.-3:20 p.m. | 150 at Lawrence Hall of Science

2014-2015 BaySci Teacher Leadership Academy
Science, Literacy & the Next Generation Science Standards

Seeking opportunities to reflect on your teaching?
Want to collaborate with colleagues to improve science in your district?
Would you like to learn important ways to connect science and literacy?
Interested in joining your district’s Science Leadership Team?

Join an emerging network of like-minded Bay Area teachers for the 2014-15 BaySci Teacher Leadership Academy at the Lawrence Hall of Science. (The BaySci Teacher Leadership Academy is only open to participating BaySci school districts.)

One 5-Day Summer Workshop
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Monday – Friday July 28 – August 1, 2014
and…
Three Full-Day Follow-up Sessions
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Oct 28, 2014 / Jan 29, 2015 / May 7, 2015

• Examine links between the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.
• Experience hands-on activities that exemplify the strategic integration of science & literacy.
• Explore strategies for the effective use of science notebooks and classroom discourse to support meaning making in science.
• Learn to use classroom evidence to be more reflective about teaching and learning.
• Network with like-minded BaySci teachers from partner districts to share strategies, grow your classroom practice and build your leadership in science.

Who Should Apply?
K–5 Elementary Teachers interested in science leadership who…
• are from a BaySci partner district
• are interested in becoming more reflective in their practice
• are willing to share ideas and best practices with colleagues
• are available and willing to attend the summer institute and all 3 follow-up sessions during the school year

Participants Receive:
• catered meals provided at all sessions
• up to 6 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) from Dominican University (optional; registration fee paid by participant)
• BaySci support throughout the year

Attendance restrictions: Application window is now closed. This event is open only to selected participants.

Event Contact: vlujan@berkeley.edu, 510-643-0311

See the full calendar listing for more information about this Professional Development event.

BaySci Professional Development | April 30 | 9 a.m.-3:20 p.m. | Room 150 at Lawrence Hall of Science

This event is for BaySci district science leadership teams. This event will be held October 10, 2014; February 5, 2015; and April 30, 2015.

Contact our BaySci Program Director, Vanessa Lujan, at vlujan@berkeley.edu or (510) 643-0311 if you have any questions.

Please contact your district assistant superintendent’s office or science coordinator for more information.

If your district is interested in becoming a BaySci school district, please contact Vanessa Lujan at vlujan@berkeley.edu or 510-643-0311.

See the full calendar listing for information about this Professional Development event.

BaySci Master Group Seminar Series: For 2008-2014 veteran BaySci teachers

BaySci Professional Development | April 23 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 150 at Lawrence Hall of Science

Join an emerging network of like-minded BaySci teachers for the 2014-15 BaySci Master Group Seminars.
Teachers who have participated in past BaySci summer workshops held by the Lawrence Hall of Science and Exploratorium may register for the BaySci Master Group Seminars led by the Lawrence Hall of Science. These workshops will focus on advancing leadership practices and developing familiarity with facilitation tools to support science in your school and/or district.

Three full day workshops:
Tuesday Nov 4, 2014 9:00am-3:30pm
Thursday Feb 26, 2015 9:00am-3:30pm
Thursday April 23, 2015 9:00am-3:30pm

Participants are encouraged to attend all three days, though may attend single days.

Who Should Apply?
K–5 Elementary Teachers interested in science leadership who:
• are from a BaySci partner district
• participated in a summer BaySci workshop in any of the following years: 2008 through 2014.

Participants Receive:
• catered meals provided at all sessions

For information about BaySci, please contact BaySci Director, Vanessa Lujan at (510) 643-0311 or vlujan@berkeley.edu

See the full calendar listing for more information about this Professional Development event.

On September 4, 2013, the California State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards. The California State Board of Education will delay decision on middle school arrangement of NGSS until their November meeting.

Source: California Department of Education

On August 8, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the results of the 2013 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessments, reporting that scores slipped by a fraction of a percentage point this year as schools dealt with ongoing budget reductions and the transition to the Common Core State Standards.

Students managed to hold on to the vast majority of gains posted over the last 11 years, with a majority of students statewide continuing to achieve at the proficient or advanced level in mathematics and English-language arts. Only one student in three achieved proficiency in 2003, the year that the STAR tests became fully aligned with the former state content standards.

“As you would expect for a school system in transition, results varied from grade to grade, subject to subject, and school to school, but the big picture is one of remarkable resilience despite the challenges,” Torlakson said. “While we all want to see California’s progress continue, these results show that in the midst of change and uncertainty, teachers and schools kept their focus on students and learning. That’s a testament to the depth of their commitment to their students and the future of our state.”

Statewide, 51.2% of students posted a score of proficient or above in mathematics, which was slightly lower than last year. In science, 59.1% scored at least proficient, again slightly lower than last year. The percentage of students scoring proficient or above rose slightly for second and fourth graders, as well as for students taking Algebra I. There were declines among third graders, seventh graders, and high school students taking Geometry, Algebra II, and Integrated Mathematics 1. The performance of 5th and 6th graders scoring at least proficient was unchanged from last year, as was the performance of students taking General Mathematics or the Summative High School Mathematics assessment.

Torlakson noted that with large-scale field testing of new computer-based assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards proposed for the coming school year, this year’s results likely mark the last use of the STAR program statewide.

“As valuable as STAR has been, we’re getting ready to raise the bar in California’s schools,” Torlakson said. “This coming year, many students will have their first chance to try tests that measure their preparation for college and the world of work. That’s a huge challenge for every part of our education system–but one we have to tackle to give every student the opportunity to prepare for a bright future.”

Full results can be found on the California Department of Education (CDE) Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Results Web page (http://star.cde.ca.gov/).

The 2013 BaySci Science Education Forum will focus on science discourse (argumentation) as a critical scientific practice illuminated in the Next Generation Science Standards. A panel of language arts and science education experts and Bay Area district leadership and teachers will present examples and strategies for encouraging successful student discourse in science and discuss how best to support teachers in implementing more robust discourse in the classroom.

Science Discourse and the Next Generation Science Standards

September 30, 2013, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. The Exploratorium | Pier 15, The Embarcadero | San Francisco, CA 94111

A panel discussion and Q & A with:

Karen Worth, Instructor in Education and Chair of Elementary Education at Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts
Jeff Winokur, Instructor in Education at Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts, and Senior Science Associate at Education Development Center, Waltham, Massachusetts
Martha Heller-Winokur, English Language Arts Coordinator and Literacy Consultant for Milton and Needham, Massachusetts
Maria Santos, Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Leadership & Equity-in-Action, Oakland Unified School District and Co-Chair of the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University, Stanford, California

Karen Worth, Jeff Winokur and Martha Heller-Winokur are co-authors of Science and Literacy–A Natural Fit: A Guide for Professional Developers with Sally Crissman and Martha Davis.

Please RSVP here.

The state budget signed by Governor Brown at the end of June 2013 included $1.25 billion in one-time funding to help districts implement the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and CA English Language Development Standards.

The language of the trailer bill (a legislative vehicle that accompanies the state budget that describes how budget funds are to be spent) includes all three standards documents. Per the language of AB 86, Section 85 the funds are to be spent in 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 and can be used for any of three purposes (specific bill language below for reference):

  • Professional development that is aligned to the CCSS, NGSS for California, and/or ELD Standards. This can be provided for teachers, administrators, paraprofessional educators, or other classified employees directly involved in instruction.
  • Instructional materials aligned to the CCSS, NGSS for California, and/or ELD Standards.
  • Integrating the CCSS/NGSS through technology-based instruction, such as expenses relating to support of computer-based assessment (e.g. high-speed internet connection, etc.

We are encouraged by this support from the state as it is important for our BaySci districts who are already on the forefront of this movement!

Source: Achieve.org

WASHINGTON – April 9, 2013 – On Tuesday, April 9, the final Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a new set of voluntary, rigorous, and internationally benchmarked standards for K-12 science education, were released. Twenty six states and their broad-based teams worked together for two years with a 41-member writing team and partners to develop the standards which identify science and engineering practices and content that all K-12 students should master in order to be fully prepared for college, careers and citizenship. The NGSS were built upon a vision for science education established by the Framework for K-12 Science Education, published by the National Academies’ National Research Council in 2011. The lead state partners include Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

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  • Welcome back to school to all of our BaySci districts and teachers! Please look on our calendar page for all of our upcoming BaySci events.
  • In addition, the second public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards will be releasing this Fall 2012. We hope you are as excited as we are to learn more about this new draft!

  • The first public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is available at www.nextgenscience.org from May 11 to June 1.

Feedback collected during the comment period will be organized and shared with the leading states and writing team members. After the feedback is considered, a feedback report will be issued that will explain how feedback was handled and why.

As you know, there is no doubt that science—and, therefore, science education—is central to the lives of all Americans. To that end, we must ensure that all students have a solid education in science. The recent NAEP science scores show we have a long way to go to ensure all of our students have the science education they will need for college, careers and life. That’s why 26 states are working together to develop the NGSS—internationally-benchmarked and rigorous state science education standards. As part of that development process, there will be two public comment periods where all interested parties are invited to give feedback. The first one began this past Friday, May 11.

The NGSS have been written as student performance expectations grouped by topics, and can be viewed in the topical groupings or individually. The draft performance expectations are composed of the three dimensions from the NRC’s Framework for K–12 Science Education. These draft performance expectations describe how students will demonstrate their understanding.

We are pleased to announce Science Standards: The Next Generation A BaySci Forum funded by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation being held Wednesday, November 30, 5:30–8:30 pm at the Exploratorium.

11.04.11—In July 2011, the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education unveiled a framework to guide the development of new standards that could transform science education in the United States.

Please join Bay Area science education leaders for an interactive panel discussion with key developers of A Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Download the PDF for full details
Please RSVP by November 8th.

The Center on Instruction hosted a webinar on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 2–3 pm Eastern, entitled “Exploring the New National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education”

10.05.11—This webinar was presented by BaySci staff Craig Strang, Vanessa Lujan, and Lynn Barakos of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

This Framework, released July 19th, is the first step towards creating new standards in K–12 science education and represents an evolutionary step forward for science teaching and learning. The webinar highlights significant approaches that have implications for the implementation of science in every state and the development of a whole new set of standards in the near future. These approaches include such examples as:

  • strong alignment with the Common Core Language Arts Standards focused on disciplinary literacy
  • the expansion of a broader set of science and engineering practices than described in previous standards and frameworks
  • an emphasis on a developmental approach that leads to deeper understanding of a few big ideas in science.

11.01.10—BaySci would like to congratulate Petaluma City Schools BaySci Leadership Team teacher, Valerie Joyner, for her success in publishing an article on student notebooking in the latest November issue of NSTA’s peer-reviewed journal for elementary teachers, Science & Children. The article is titled, “A Menu of Options: Strategies for success with science notebooks in the primary grades

Valerie has participated in the BaySci Integration of Science and Literacy workshops, Classroom Strategies for Hands on Inquiry workshops, Instructional Materials Management workshops, and Leadership Seminars. Congratulations on this accomplishment and promoting effective practices for elementary science teaching, Valerie!

08.02.2010—This workshop at the University of California’s Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley is designed for Newark USD and Novato USD teachers to: directly experience student centered integration of science and literacy, including facilitated scientific discourse, reading of informational texts and writing in science notebooks; explore the nature of meaning making and knowledge construction while thinking about the various roles that literacy activities can play in science investigations; engage in reflective practice about one’s own instructional decision-making with science and literacy integration; deepen one’s classroom practice and take greater advantage of the opportunities for science and literacy integration provided by the FOSS instructional materials; and, develop leadership strategies to share new approaches of integrating science and literacy with one’s colleagues.

06.21.2010—This workshop at the Exploratorium in San Francisco is designed for Newark USD and Novato USD teachers to: experience hands-on activities and video images of classroom inquiry to develop a greater understanding of inquiry- based science; explore strategies for using the FOSS curriculum by taking incremental steps to increase the role of inquiry in classroom science teaching-offering students opportunities to develop stronger inquiry process skills (such as observation, questioning and planning investigations) in relation to the California Science Investigation and Experimentation Standards; deepen one’s classroom practice and take greater advantage of the opportunities for hands-on, inquiry-based science provided by the FOSS instructional materials, including working with student science notebooks and facilitating effective classroom discussions; and, develop leadership strategies to help share these new approaches with one’s colleagues.

03.01.10—The National Science Teachers Association 2011 national conference will be held in our very own backyard—San Francisco! We look forward to joining our colleagues at this wonderful event and supporting our BaySci teachers to continue to develop their professional knowledge. Visit the National Science Teachers Association—Science & Education Resource.

07.15.09—Read an the article written by Tri-City Voice journalist Miriam G. Mazliach on our Newark 2009 BaySci Teacher Leadership Academy Teachers. (more…)

10.01.2008—Read the grant summary of the BaySci Teacher Professional Development Program funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation which funds the Exploratorium and Lawrence Hall of Science to supports the development of an innovative teacher professional development program. (more…)