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2018 California Science Education Conference:

The following are sessions that will be presented at the 2018 California Science Education Conference (Pasadena, CA), a partner strand led by K-12 Alliance directors, project directors, core leadership team members and/or teacher leaders of K-12 Alliance’s CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative. For more information on the conference and to register, visit http://conference.cascience.org.

  • Short Courses:

    Friday, November 30, 2018

    • SC01: Science-Literacy (K-2): A Win-Win for Both
      Audience: PreK-2 Grade
      2:30 – 5:30 PM • Hilton, San Diego
      Presenter: Karen Cerwin, Regional Director, K-12 Alliance/WestEd
    • SCO4: Academic Vocabulary Through Engaging Phenomena
      Audience: 3-5th Grade
      2:30 – 5:30 PM • Hilton, Pacific C
      Presenters: Kate Gallagher, Teacher, Oakland Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team and Joanna Totino, Director, Bay Area Science Project
    • SCO6: Ice, Ice, Baby: Climate Summit 6th Grade Integrated Learning Sequence
      Audience: 6th Grade Integrated
      2:30 – 5:30 PM • Hilton, Santa Barbara
      Presenters: Ian Eisenman, Associate Professor, University California, San Diego; Till Wagner, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Wilmington; and Leah Wheeler, Curriculum Coach, Galt Joint Unified Elementary School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Project Director

    Saturday, December 1, 2018

    • SC10 Avoid NGSS Implementation Pitfalls!
      Audience: All
      8:30 – 11:30 AM • Hilton, Monterey
      Presenters: Kathy DiRanna, Statewide Director, K-12 Alliance/West Ed and Dave Tupper, TOSA, Lakeside Union School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Project Director
    • SC14: Don’t Dry for Me California: Climate Summit K-2 Grade Learning Sequences
      Audience: K-2nd Grade
      8:30 – 11:30 AM • Hilton, Santa Barbara
      Presenters: Katherine Altman, Teacher, San Diego Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team; Keegan Gillette, Teacher, Aspire Public Schools, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team; Jenny Hofmeister, Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife; and Debra Jenkins, Teacher, Lakeside USD, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Teacher Leader
    • SC15: Hot and Out of Breath: Climate Summit 7th Grade Integrated Learning Sequence
      Audience: 7th Grade Integrated
      8:30 – 11:30 AM • Hilton, Santa Clara
      Presenters: Olivia Allison, Science Teacher, San Diego Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team and Yassir Eddebbar, Postdoctoral Scholar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    • SC20: Dangerous Earth: Climate Summit 3-5th Grade Learning Sequences
      Audience: 3-5th Grade
      3:00 – 6:00 PM • Hilton, Santa Barbara
      Presenters: Kate Gallagher, Teacher, Oakland Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team; Darcy Taniguchi, Biology Professor, California State University, San Marcos; Alyssa Nemeckova-Fairfield, Teacher, Palm Springs Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team; and Carolyn Hernandez, Teacher, San Diego Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Teacher Leader
    • SC22: Think Globally, Act Locally: Climate Summit 8th Grade Integrated Learning Sequence
      Audience: 8th Grade Integrated
      3:00 – 6:00 PM • Hilton, Santa Rosa
      Presenters: Alex Hangsterfer, Geological Collections Manager, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Stephanie Sanchez, Science Teacher, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Teacher Leader
  • Workshops:

    Friday, November 30th, 2018

    • Where Do Trees Get All That Mass? A 7th Grade Integrated Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative
      Audience: 7th Grade Integrated
      8:00 – 9:30 AM • PCC - Ballroom B
      Presenters: Brenda Mueller, Teacher, San Diego Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team and Philip Hudec, Science TOSA, Palm Springs Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Project Director
    • Phenomenal Phenomena! What Makes it Phenomenal?
      Audience: All
      8:00 – 9:30 AM • PCC - Ballroom C
      Presenters: Sylvia Brown, Science Teacher, Vista Innovation & Design Academy, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team and Donna Markey, retired Vista Unified School District Teacher and CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team
    • Sound: A 1st Grade Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative
      Audience: 1st Grade
      12:30 – 2:00 PM • PCC - Ballroom B
      Presenters: Claudio Vargas, Consultant, K-12 Alliance/WestEd; Crystal Howe, Science Coordinator, San Diego County Office of Education; and Nicole Hawke, Teacher, Westside Elementary School, Coachella Valley Unified School District
    • 3D NGSS Early Implementers Lesson: Energy Transfer Through Collisions
      Audience: 3-5th Grade
      12:30 – 2:00 PM • PCC - Ballroom C
      Presenters: Diane Deem, Teacher, Temple Heights Elementary, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team, and Jenny Chien, STEM Specialist, Casita Center, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team
    • Badwater 135: A 6th Grade Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative
      Audience: 6th Grade Integrated
      2:30 – 4:00 PM • PCC - Ballroom B
      Presenters: Rachael Tarshes, K-8 Resource Teacher, San Diego Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Project Director and Dave Tupper, TOSA, Lakeside Union School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Project Director
    • Lights! Camera! Science! Integrating Filmmaking into NGSS
      Audience: 3-5th Grade
      2:30 – 4:00 PM • PCC - Ballroom C
      Presenter: Georgia Terlaje, Teacher, Della S. Lindley Elementary, Palm Springs Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team
    • Got Crosscutting Concepts? Need More Student Questioning
      Audience: 6-12th Grade
      2:30 – 4:00 PM • PCC - 212
      Presenters: Jill Mayorga, 6-12 STEAM Content Specialist, Aspire Public Schools, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team and Sarah Molfese, NGSS Elementary Content Specialist, Aspire Public schools, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team
    • Chain Reactions, Energy on the Move: A 4th Grade Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative
      Audience: 4th Grade
      4:20 – 5:50 PM • PCC - Ballroom B
      Presenters: Alyssa Nemeckova- Fairfield, Teacher, Vista del Monte Elementary, Palm Springs Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team and Chelsea Cochrane, Science Coordinator, San Diego County Office of Education
    • Eat or Be Eaten: Energy/Matter Flow and Human Impact
      Audience: 3-8th Grade
      4:20 – 5:50 PM • PCC - Ballroom C
      Presenters: Barbara Woods, Teacher, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team and Brian Ehlers, Assistant Director for Education & Environmental Affairs, CalRecycle
    • Solving Human Problems by Mimicking Natural Solutions
      Audience: 6-12th Grade
      4:20 – 5:50 PM • PCC - 211
      Presenter: Lesley Gates, Science Consultant, Fresno County Office of Education

    Saturday, December 1, 2018

    • What Makes Things Move? A Kinder Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative
      Audience: Kindergarten
      8:00 – 9:30 AM • PCC - Ballroom B
      Presenters: Karal Blakenship, Teacher, Franklin Elementary, San Diego Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Teacher Leader and Priscella Barcellos, Teacher, Lakeview Elementary, Lakeside Union School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team
    • 3D 5E 2nd Grade Earth Science: Stream Tables
      Audience: 2nd Grade
      8:00 – 9:30 AM • PCC - Ballroom C
      Presenters: Monica Aguirre, Teacher, Lake Elementary, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team and Diane Deem, Teacher, Temple Heights Elementary, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team
    • Take it to the Playground: A 3rd Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative
      Audience: 3rd Grade
      10:00 – 11:30 AM • PCC - Ballroom B
      Presenters: Craig Groschup, Teacher, Grapevine Elementary, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team and Sue Ritchie, Consultant, K-12 Alliance/WestEd
    • 3D NGSS Early Implementers Lesson: Human Impact on Ecosystem
      Audience: 3-5th Grade
      10:00 – 11:30 AM • PCC - Ballroom C
      Presenters: Jenny Chien, STEM Specialist, Casita Center, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team and Diane Deem, Teacher, Temple Heights Elementary, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team
    • What’s In Our Water? A 5th Grade Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative
      Audience: 5th Grade
      12:00 – 1:30 PM • PCC - Ballroom B
      Presenters: Karen Brown, Teacher, Fallon Middle School, Dublin Unified School District and Kimberly Trench, Teacher, Dingeman Elementary, San Diego Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team
    • 3D NGSS Engineering: Biomimicry Through Helmet Designs
      Audience: K-2nd Grade
      12:00 – 1:30 PM • PCC - Ballroom C
      Presenters: Michelle Armenta, Teacher, Vista Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team; Jenny Chien, STEM Specialist, Casita Center, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Teacher Leader; and Catie Lopez, Teacher, Lake Elementary, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team
    • PBL Experience: Highlighting the SEPs Through Air Tops
      Audience: 6-8th Grade
      12:00 – 1:30 PM • PCC - 211
      Presenters: Susheela Nath, Project Director for the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative at Aspire Public Schools; Ali Gubary, Teacher, Vanguard College Preparatory Academy, Aspire Public Schools, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team; and Patrick Chan, Benjamin Hold Middle School, Aspire Public Schools, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team
    • Understanding White Sharks: An 8th Grade Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative
      Audience: 8th Grade
      3:00 – 4:00 PM • PCC - Ballroom B
      Presenters: Chris Olivas, Math and Science Teacher, High Tech High Middle North County, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team and Katie Beck, STEM Coordinator, Orange County Office of Education
    • K-2 NGSS and Literacy Connections
      Audience: K-2nd Grade
      3:00 – 4:00 PM • PCC - Ballroom C
      Presenters: Catie Lopez, Teacher, Lake Elementary, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team and Michelle Armenta, Teacher, Vista Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team
    • Matter: A 2nd Grade Learning Sequence from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative
      Audience: 2nd Grade
      4:45 – 6:15 PM • PCC - Ballroom B
      Presenters: Monica Aguirre, Teacher, Lake Elementary, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team and Debbie Gordon, STEM TOSA, Palm Springs Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Project Director
    • NGSS: It’s All About Observing and Asking Questions in TK
      Audience: Transitional Kindergarten/Pre-K
      4:45 – 6:15 PM • PCC - Ballroom C
      Presenter: Kathy Maclennan, Teacher, Rancho Mirage Elementary School, Palm Springs Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Teacher Leader

    Sunday, December 2, 2018

    • Developing Students’ CCC Lens Using Picture Books
      Audience: K-5th Grade
      9:45 – 11:15 AM • PCC - Ballroom B
      Presenter: Lesley Gates, Science Consultant, Fresno County Office of Education
    • NGSS Early Implementers: Understanding the “Essences” of Sense-Making Notebooks
      Audience: All
      9:45 – 11:15 AM • PCC - Ballroom C
      Presenter: Jeff Schmitz NGSS Resource Teacher, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Project Director and April Diaz, Assistant Principal, Madison Middle School, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team
    • Living in 3D – How to Plan and Use NGSS Assessments
      Audience: 6-8th Grade Integrated
      11:30 AM – 1:00 PM • PCC - Ballroom B
      Presenters: Crystal Howe, Science Coordinator, San Diego County Office of Education; Rachel Poland, Teacher, Innovation Middle School, San Diego Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team; and Jeremiah Potter, Teacher, Pacific Beach Middle School, San Diego Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Teacher Leader
    • Climate, An Integrated Approach, Proof is in the Reefs!
      Audience: 6-8th Grade Integrated
      11:30 AM – 1:00 PM • PCC - Ballroom C
      Presenters: Marissa Wadsworth, Teacher, Vista Innovation Design Academy, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Teacher Leader and Kristina Morrow, Teacher, Madison Middle School, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Teacher Leader