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Saturday, April 9
 

8:00am

8:30am

AvidaED and Teaching Evolution in a Project Based Classroom
Understanding evolution is critical for understanding biology, but its abstract nature can make it a difficult concept for students to grasp. Experimental work is typically limited to growth of bacteria, and is not always successful under the time and resource constraints of the classroom. Avida-ED, an award-winning, educational application that simulates evolution, was developed by scientists at Michigan State University to overcome some of these challenges. Avida-ED gives students the opportunity to design evolution experiments and test hypotheses using digital organisms. We present our experience of implementing Avida-ED in a project-based learning environment and pose ideas for future use. 

Speakers
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Cate Challen

Teacher, High Tech High
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Matthew Leader

11th Grade Biology Teacher/Science Methods Instruc, High Tech High/HTH GSE
Matthew Leader is an 11th grade biology teacher at High Tech High North County and is a science methods instructor with HTH’s Graduate School of Education. Prior to High Tech, he volunteered in community development projects in Central America and worked in microbiology at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Matthew received a B.S. from UCSD in General Biology and teaching credentials from SDSU. He is an AmeriCorps alumnus and... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 53-544A 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

8:30am

Hands-on Chemistry with Supermarket Chemicals
Solids, Liquids, and Gasses, OH MY! Come play with chemicals you can use in your classroom! This session shares ways to safely working with a variety of chemicals in order to observe chemical reactions. The chemicals are all inexpensive and found in the supermarket, or a drug or home improvement store; there is no need to "order ahead". These chemicals are safe to use even in classrooms without a sink. This session is appropriate for all teachers. Addresses PS1.A and PS1.B for grades 2, 5, MS and HS, along with PEs 2-PS1-1, 5-PS1-3, 5-PS1-4, 3-5-ETS1, 3-5-ETS-2, 3-5-ETS-3, MS-PS1-2, MS-PS1-6, HS-PS1-4.

Speakers
avatar for Jodye Selco

Jodye Selco

Professor, Cal Poly Pomona
Jodye Selco is a chemist and Professor of Science Education in the Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education at Cal Poly Pomona. She teaches General and Physical Chemistry and has been active in working with teachers and school districts to improve the teaching and learning of science.


Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 55-525 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

8:30am

Learning with Litter
Learn to lead a campus cleanup as a springboard to teach math and science! We'll also review I Love A Clean San Diego's free classroom presentations and student service projects for elementary, middle and high school students.

Speakers
avatar for Emily  Nelson

Emily Nelson

Education Manager, I Love A Clean San Diego
As I Love A Clean San Diego’s Education Manager, Emily Nelson collaborates with schools across San Diego County to educate 30,000 youth annually on waste diversion, watershed pollution prevention, and ocean conservation. Emily has a diverse background teaching all ages through outdoor and informal education with such organizations as Girls Scouts San Diego, the YMCA, and National Archives and Records Administration of Washington, D.C..


Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 51-576 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

8:30am

Citizen Science: An Overview and Examples from K-12 Classrooms
Public Participation in Scientific Research (PPSR) has gained momentum in recent years and Citizen Science is now a nationally and internationally recognized professional field. Citizen Science is an authentic way to engage students in science and to connect with research around the globe and in our own community of San Diego. After a brief overview of the history of Citizen Science, participants will be introduced to a variety of citizen science projects and resources for K-12 Educators. Presenters Shelley Glenn Lee and Matt Leader will share some personal experiences with using Citizen Science in Project Based Learning (PBL) at both the Elementary and High School levels. 

Speakers
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Shelley Glenn Lee

Elementary Science Teacher, High Tech Elementary North County
A Science Educator in San DIego for over 20 years in both informal and formal settings, Shelley Glenn Lee is loving her current role as an elementary science teacher with the High Tech High (HTH) organization. Having a background in Biology, Shelley works to connect students with the local scientific community and the amazing natural diversity of San Diego through Project Based Learning and Citizen Science. This is her fifth year with HTH. She is... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 51-575 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

8:30am

Talking Change: How and Why We Need to Communicate about Climate Change

Setting the stage for Climate Kids Interactive Workshop by Amber Pairis



Speakers
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Danielle Boudreau

Coastal Management Specialist, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve


Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 51-573 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

8:30am

Geology We All Should Learn About in Southern California
Southern California's physical environment presents many challenges for a growing population, having both fantastic qualities and potentially terrifying results from natural events without planning ahead. This presentation is a brief overview of highlights of California’s amazing geologic features and environments, and presents information that are of perhaps most concerning to scientist regarding preparing an a educated citizenry for potentially subtle and catastrophic changes that may happen in our future. Planting geologic information in the minds of children is the most effective means of preparing families for both potential disasters and getting everyone interested and ready for great outdoor vacations. 

Speakers
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Phil Stoffer

Instructor - Oceanography, MiraCosta College
Phil Stoffer is a retired geologist who started a career as a science librarian before becoming a NYC high-science teacher. After completing a Geology PhD at CUNY he worked as both a librarian and geologist for the US Geological Survey focusing on developing general educational resources (starting education.usgs.gov). After retiring, he now manages GeologyCafe.com and teaches at MiraCosta College.


Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 31-356 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

8:30am

STEAMing Our Way to Success!
Come check out 3rd and 6th grade NGSS and CCSS aligned units that we are implementing in our classrooms.


Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 55-526 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

8:30am

Exploring Schoolyard Habitats and Gardens
Teachers and students can discover botany, entomology, ornithology, and astronomy together, with hands-on outdoor activities and a sense of adventure.  Schoolyard-based lessons require minimal materials and classroom management adjustments. These lessons inspire project based learning, citizen science and invite students to explore nature in their everyday lives.

Speakers
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Linda Rasmussen

Teacher, Highland Ranch Elementary, Poway


Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 51-574 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

8:30am

SWPPP Internship Program: How Students Design and Implement Best Management Practices to Improve Stormwater Runoff at their Schools.
Learn about EUSD’s latest science curriculum; The SWPPP Internship Program. Program director, Bill Dean, along with several 5th and 6th grade interns will share details of this science-based program that engages students in a deeper understanding of the impact storm water runoff has in our community. The production of a SWPPP, modeled after a requirement that many businesses and special districts must produce, provides a real world understanding of how we are all connected to the same goal of improving our coastal water quality. It also develops real skills that create a foundation for future learning and possible career development. 

Speakers
avatar for Bill Dean

Bill Dean

President, Dean and Associates
Bill is the Founder and President of Dean &Associates, an education and outreach contractor to the Encinitas Union School District and the City of Encinitas. Bill is a long time resident of San Diego North County with a wide variety of experience in the environmental field. As the Recycling Director for Mashburn Waste & Recycling, Bill implemented recycling programs in North County. For EDCO Waste & Recycling Bill was the Environmental Compliance... Read More →
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Kathy Hacker

Dean and Associates


Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 55-527 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

8:30am

Water-Energy Curriculum
Particpants learn about the water-energy nexus and how to make inform decisions to protect both. Will also include an overview of curriculum ideas. 

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Siria Salas

Project Coordinator, The Energy Coalition
Siria is an experienced K-8 educator and she holds a BA from Point Loma Nazarene University and an MA in Education from the University of Phoenix. Siria also earned a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a Bilingual, Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) certification. She first connected with TEC when she was trained as a PEAK teacher implementing the program in the San Diego area. In addition to working at TEC... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 31-373 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

8:30am

Foodborne Outbreak Investigation
It's in the news, it's in your food. In this lab, your students will gain practical experience with technology and protocols that are easy to implement and in line with NGSS. This AP Biology level lab is designed to be equivalent to a college level lab. This lab is a student-driven discovery process based on a real-world Shigella outbreak. Students use scientific reasoning to mimic a foodborne outbreak investigation and design an experiment using gel electrophoresis to determine the source of the outbreak.

Speakers

Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 31-371 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

8:30am

Building a NGSS Lesson
Learn how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies Performance Expectations, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices and Cross- Cutting Concepts that support that understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Bowers

Karen Bowers

Science Department Chair/Noyce Master Teacher, GUHSD/UCSD Noyce
Karen Bowers, UCSD Noyce Master Teacher, ACS Teacher of the Year, SDSEA Excellence in Science Teaching Awardee, Golden Apple Awardee and Google Ninja recently presented at the 2015 NSTA convention, two SDSEA conferences and the CA STEM Symposium. She also co-presented at the CA NGSS Rollouts 1 and 2. Further, Mrs. Bowers serves as the NGSS TOSA for GUHSD and is the Science Department Chair at Monte Vista High School where she has taught Honors... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 53-551A 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

8:30am

Socio-Scientific Issues to Engage Students
We will introduce our two-week curriculum that teaches the history of the U.S. eugenics movement and its impact on modern genetic technologies. Evidence supports that discussion of ethical issues enhances student engagement. In particular, the historical eugenics movement can inform modern practices related to genetic testing and gene editing technologies, such as CRISPR.

Exhibitors
avatar for Jessica Ficklin

Jessica Ficklin

University of San Diego
We have created a high-school level interactive curriculum to teach the history of the U.S. eugenics movement and its impact on modern genetic technologies.
avatar for Laura Rivard

Laura Rivard

Outreach Coordinator for the Sciences, University of San Diego
Dr. Rivard has been teaching in the Biology Department at the University of San Diego for the past 12 years. Her doctoral research at the University of California, San Diego focused on spinal cord development. She has taught a number of different lecture and laboratory classes from introductory freshmen courses to senior seminars. Her interest in genetics has led to an exploration of ethical issues surrounding the rapidly advancing field... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 55-528 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

8:30am

K-2 Engineering Design Process
Many students enjoying creating and building with various materials. However, getting students in the primary grades to create a plan and/or write about what they are building can be challenging. This workshop will explore methods of engaging students in the Engineering Design Process through the use of LEGOs.

Speakers
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Giulia Longo

1st Grade Teacher, Wolf Canyon Elementary (CVESD)
Giulia is in her third year of teaching and her first year teaching first grade. She tries to incorporate common low to no-cost materials into her lessons. She encourages students to have a growth mindset especially when it comes to engineering.


Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 55-524 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

8:30am

Integrating the Acronyms: How Science Fair integrates STEAM, NGSS, and CCSS
Science fair projects serve as portfolio presentations which weave together numerous elements from the latest curriculum standards and movements. Join us as we explore the science fair process and learn how to generate project ideas. 

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Gretchen Taylor

Retired Science Educator


Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 53-544B 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

8:30am

Watershed Heroes
We will discuss the three part, Watershed Heroes program. This standards aligned program is delveried to 65 schools, focusing on 4th graders as the target audience. We aim to educate, inspire, and empower students using watershed ecology, science, and conservation as a vehicle. The program incoporates an assembly, classroom, and Zoo component. During this presentation, we will demonstrate some of the interactive activiites used in this program to encourage and support learning with diverse audiences.

Speakers
avatar for Maya O'Connor

Maya O'Connor

Senior Educator, San Diego Zoo Education
avatar for Kristina Seitz

Kristina Seitz

Lead Educator, Watershed Heroes


Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 31-358 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

8:30am

iPads in the Middle School Classroom
Google Slides Presentation Link: https://goo.gl/xwofY6

"Share All About It: iPads in the Middle School Classroom"

Attention, anyone and everyone who is interested in using iPads in the middle school classroom... veterans and newbies alike! How do YOU use iPads with your middle school students? Don't you often wonder what other teachers are doing with iPads?? Let's get the conversation going! I'll have a few of my own science classroom examples to share with you, but the floor will be open to anyone else who wants to jump in to share their own experiences and expertise (similar to an EdCamp session). It's a fantastic way to gain some new, fresh ideas for your classroom! And don't worry if you aren't using iPads just yet... you're welcome to join us to simply listen in and/or ask questions!

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Yeh

Ashley Yeh

7th Grade Science Teacher, Rincon Middle School


Saturday April 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
Room 55-523 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:15am

9:30am

Inside Out: Using Picture Books to teach Common Core Writing in the School Garden
School gardens and school yards are the perfect place to bring engagement into the writing process. Participants will learn how to help students connect what they are learning in science and language arts through picture books that draw on garden experiences. 

Speakers
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Cindy Jenson-Elliott

Teacher, Author
Cindy Jenson-Elliott is a credentialed teacher, environmental educator and the author of 17 nonfiction books for children. Her books and inservice lessons help connect inside learning with outside experience through literature.


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 53-544A 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:30am

Stimulating Learning with Simulations
One of the problems in learning chemistry is the inability to visualize what is occurring during a chemical reaction or described by an instructor.  Another problem is the inability of students to try multiple strategies for solving problems and/or receiving timely feedback on those attempts.  Three simulations have been developed in collaboration with Cal Poly Pomona’s eLearning team; this session will demonstrate websites aimed at helping learners of chemistry visualize how the periodic table is organized, how to make Dot Structures and ionic compounds, what happens during chemical equilibrium. Simulations are free for all users. Bring your own device to play along. Focuses on HS-PS1-1, HS-PS1-2, HS-PS1-6.

Speakers
avatar for Jodye Selco

Jodye Selco

Professor, Cal Poly Pomona
Jodye Selco is a chemist and Professor of Science Education in the Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education at Cal Poly Pomona. She teaches General and Physical Chemistry and has been active in working with teachers and school districts to improve the teaching and learning of science.


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 55-525 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:30am

Taking Action to Protect Marine Life
Small groups, impacts of water pollution on marine life.

Speakers
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Vanessa Joy

High Tech High


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 51-576 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:30am

Discovering Biodiversity in the National Parks
There are many ways to find your park, and many places you can find it. We encourage San Diego educators to start their journey at Cabrillo National Monument, where you’ll find a park rich in natural and cultural resources and opportunities to explore. This presentation will delve into the many new and upcoming opportunities to get classrooms out into nature and discovering the biodiversity that surrounds them.

Speakers
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Alexandria Warneke

Science Program Coordinator, Cabrillo National Monument - National Park Service


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 51-575 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:30am

Climate Kids: Using Art, Science, and Storytelling to Build Community Resilience
Climate Kids is a series of community level collaborative projects to support youth engagement on climate change through action based science activities, storytelling, and art. Climate Kids brings together artists, scientists, and storytelling into a unified partnership to inspire and educate children. Activities take place both inside and outside of the classroom and field trips are paired with class modules. Climate Kids projects also connect educators with training opportunities in climate science. Interested? Learn more about opportunities to join this collaborative effort and become a part of the network. Climate Kids is an initiative of the Climate Science Alliance-South Coast.  

Speakers
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Amber Pairis

Director, Climate Science Alliance-South Coast
Dr. Amber Pairis is the Director of the Climate Science Alliance-South Coast covering southern California and Baja. Her current work focuses on building a science focused network of leaders, scientists, and managers focused on sharing ecosystem-based resiliency approaches to safeguard our communities and natural resources from climate change. Pairis leads several initiatives related to innovative community engagement including Climate Kids and... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 51-573 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:30am

Archaeology for Kids
What do you think of when you hear “archaeology”? Do images of Indiana Jones running from boulders and snakes come to mind? Come find out what the real world of archaeology is all about. The San Diego Archaeological Center specializes in teaching innovative archaeology lessons, come hear from Education Program Director, Cara Ratner, as she discusses the exciting field of archaeology and how you can incorporate archaeology lessons into your classroom.

Exhibitors
avatar for Cara Ratner

Cara Ratner

Education Program Director, San Diego Archaeological Center
The San Diego Archaeological Center specializes in teaching interactive, hands-on K-12 STEAM programs. We use archaeology as a tool to teach scientific inquiry, and focus heavily on enhancing students’ observation and inference skills. Our curriculum aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards, and is an excellent way to promote cultural awareness and sensitivity. Our outreach programs allow you to bring the museum experience into your... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 31-356 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:30am

Robotics in My School
Robots seem to be everywhere these days. Why aren’t they at all our schools? Smart Mind Robotics successfully teaches Robotics and programming to children from Kinder through High School. Join us and learn which are the best Robots on the market for teaching and learn about the curriculums that keeps students engaged and having fun while simultaneously tackling those pesky CCSS and NGSS. Different Robotics equipment will be available to inspect and ask questions regarding their ease of use, durability and of course fun factor.

Speakers
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Alvin Mangaliman

Smart Mind Robotics
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Baltazar Perez

Director, Smart Mind Robotics
I am the owner of Smart Mind Robotics (SMR), based in Chula Vista, CA. SMR is an Robotics enrichment program provider with participating schools from Chula Vista to Poway and Solana Beach. We currently provide Robotics programs from Kinder to Middle School. Our trained instructors come to the schools with all our equipment, including laptops and Robotics Kits. Our staff is all professionally trained and Life Scan verified. Our Robotics equipment... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 55-526 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:30am

Hands-on Activities and Discovery Kits bring Nature to the Classroom
Located throughout San Diego County, the Discovery Program immerses students and teachers in nature related activities to learn about the science and history of the environment.  The program has assisted thousands of educators and their students explore the wealth of nature in their own backyards. Each Discovery Kit is customized to fit the special characteristics of the park. Each hands-on course includes:  Pre-field trip activities for classroom use, Hands-on field trip activities in the park, and Post-field trip activities for classroom and home use. 

Speakers
avatar for Alex Gilbert

Alex Gilbert

Park Ranger, County of San Diego, Dept. of Parks & Recreation


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 51-574 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:30am

Students Become Environmental Activists
Presentation by Innovations Academy

Speakers
avatar for Beth Foster

Beth Foster

Teacher, Innovations Academy
Beth teaches at Innovations Academy, a project-based charter. Her expertise in sustainability education and connecting students to real-world experiences and outcomes has shaped her teaching style. She has over 15 years experience in San Diego school as a classroom teacher, and as a sustainability, garden, and nature educator.


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 31-373 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:30am

Effectively Partnering with Community STEM Partners (Panel)
With the Plethora of STEM related resources, how can you best work with the community to engage your students? Effectively Partnering with Community STEM Partners panel will focus of highlighting companies dedicated to STEM education and exploration.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Liisa  Bozinovic

Liisa Bozinovic

Biocom Institute
Biocom Institute’s mission is to support life science innovation and success in Southern California by creating opportunities for STEM participants, teachers, enthusiasts and life science industry companies and scientists to work together. Our booth will feature opportunities for teachers and students.
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Dona Mapston

Education Outreach Programs Manager, Salk Institute
Salk’s Education Outreach has a nearly half-century tradition of sharing its groundbreaking biological research with the San Diego community. Programs are tailored for adults and student groups while special events are designed for all ages. Education Outreach’s signature programs—Mobile Science Lab, High School Scholars and March of Dimes High School Science Day—are complemented by scientific presentations and community outreach... Read More →
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Lindy Villa

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 31-371 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:30am

Contextualized Science -Bridging the Classroom, College & Careers
Learn strategies to bring more real world and career relevance into your science classroom! Labs that bring a new perspective including medical, global, engineering, sustainability and more into your classroom are a fantastic way to address NGSS while providing your students with a college and career perspective. Check out CareerAcademics.org or HASPI.org for free resources and curriculum. We will provide hands on examples of how you can integrate this into your classroom.  

Speakers
avatar for Jewyl Clarke

Jewyl Clarke

Medical Chemistry Teacher, Regional Pathways SB1070 (Grossmont College)
Jewyl has spent 10 years in the classroom, teaching Medical & Regular Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science & Math, and is currently working on a regional project through Grossmont College to bring more career focused curriculum & resources to the classroom. She wrote much of the HASPI medical chemistry curriculum and works to create similar curriculum for other subjects and career sectors.


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 55-527 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:30am

NGSS 5 E Learning Sequence
Go deeper into building a NGSS lesson by incorporating a new way to design a learning sequence that addresses the 3D aspect of the NGSS. Learn how to order concepts from a conceptual flow and Phenomenon-Question-Practice (PQP) chart into an instructional sequence that resonates with the 5Es (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate) instructional model.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Bowers

Karen Bowers

Science Department Chair/Noyce Master Teacher, GUHSD/UCSD Noyce
Karen Bowers, UCSD Noyce Master Teacher, ACS Teacher of the Year, SDSEA Excellence in Science Teaching Awardee, Golden Apple Awardee and Google Ninja recently presented at the 2015 NSTA convention, two SDSEA conferences and the CA STEM Symposium. She also co-presented at the CA NGSS Rollouts 1 and 2. Further, Mrs. Bowers serves as the NGSS TOSA for GUHSD and is the Science Department Chair at Monte Vista High School where she has taught Honors... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 53-551A 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:30am

Science Safety
Are your science lessons safe? Do you meet the CA safety standards?

A fun AND informative session covering the safety standards for K-12. Hands on materials and a ppt to take back to your schools.

Door prizes!

Exhibitors
avatar for VWR Science Education

VWR Science Education

Wards Science
Wards provides hands-on, standards-based science activities, specimens, and supplies for every science discipline so you can do what you do best - teach, inspire, and connect.


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 55-528 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:30am

Electricity and Magnetism
Come explore energy from an inquiry based perspective using low to no cost materials. In this presentation I show how to demonstrate a magnetic field and how we use that unseen force to create electricity. I will demonstrate how to construct a homopolar motor, and a basic motor with a commutator. I will provide many ways to tie this in to the standards and the curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Lehmann

Michael Lehmann

Reuben H. Fleet
I am a teacher at Taft Middle School. Over the last 21 years there, I have taught Math, Science, Social Studies, and Technology. I have been the department chair for Math, Science, and Technology. I have also been a lead teacher with the district in both Math, and Science. I currently teach Gateway to Technology, and Intro to Computers. In GTT, I teach 3-D modeling, Automation and Robotics, Alternative Energies, and Basic Electronics.


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 55-524 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:30am

Elementary Science Field Day
The San Diego County Science Field Day is a program designed, organized, and administered by teachers from throughout San Diego County. Fifty-eight schools will be sending teams this year to participate in the event. Students in grades four, five, and six practice all year in science activities. In the spring the students come together in one location to compete in these events. However, the Field Day is not only a competition, it is a celebration of science. One of our primary goals is to develop a positive attitude towards science.

Speakers

Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 53-544B 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:30am

Save Our Aquatic Resources
Attend this hands-on session, hosted by the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Education team, to get a glimpse of our grant-funded water conservation program!  SOAR (Save Our Aquatic Resources) is an interactive education program offered onsite at the Safari Park that aligns to NGSS for grades 3-5.  In this session, we'll show you how SOAR transforms your students into scientists for a day, allowing them to immerse themselves in the magic of a wetland environment while learning the importance of water for survival of all living things.  You'll see how SOAR allows students to be part of the solution by leaving them with simple action steps they can take to become "heroes for wildlife", making conservation a habit in their daily lives.  Grant details will be discussed, preference for 2016-2017 grant funds will be given to those who attend this session.  (Note:  Receiving schools must meet the requirements of the grant in order to qualify.)

Speakers
avatar for Sasha Stallard

Sasha Stallard

Operations Manager - Education, San Diego Zoo Safari Park Education
Sasha has worked with San Diego Zoo Global for 18 years, the last 9 of those years have been spent managing various educational tours and programs offered at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Sasha currently manages the Safari Park Education Department, which is responsible for all field trip programs (including grant-funded programs), summer camp, teen volunteers, and other various onsite programs aimed to include school-aged children. Sasha has... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 31-358 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

9:30am

Not So Flashy Tech: Integrating Technology with STEM Professional Development
It’s not all robotics and programming! Purposeful technology can be integrated for enhancing and modeling good teaching practices. Learn about how to incorporate apps, eportfolios, Learning Management Systems, various technology tools and other successes and challenges within a middle school STEM professional development program to climb up the SAMR ladder.

Speakers
avatar for Krystle Miller

Krystle Miller

Educational Technology Specialist, Escondido Union School District
Krystle Miller is a National Board Certified teacher with a MA in Teaching. She works as an Educational Technology Specialist focusing on the Common Core State Standards, STEM, professional development, and integrating technology for her K-8 district. She also worked as a Technology Integration Specialist at a 1:1 iPod school and as a 6-8 Social Studies, Science, and ELD teacher. Krystle is heavily involved in coordinating professional... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am
Room 55-523 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

10:15am

10:30am

Schoolyard Literacy
In this session, participants will use picture books to facilitate inquiry into the animals and plants living in their schoolyard.

Speakers
CJ

Cindy Jenson-Elliott

Teacher, Author
Cindy Jenson-Elliott is a credentialed teacher, environmental educator and the author of 17 nonfiction books for children. Her books and inservice lessons help connect inside learning with outside experience through literature.


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 53-544A 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

10:30am

Models to Simulate Chemical Processes
Are you frustrated that your students cannot seem to understand simple chemical concepts?  Don't you wish they could see what you see in your mind?  There are many ways to get across ideas about what happens at the atomic level by using models and analogies. This session presents some ways of thinking about the cross cutting concepts as a basis for chemistry explanations.  Bring your own successful ideas and share!  Appropriate for all teachers.


Speakers
avatar for Jodye Selco

Jodye Selco

Professor, Cal Poly Pomona
Jodye Selco is a chemist and Professor of Science Education in the Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education at Cal Poly Pomona. She teaches General and Physical Chemistry and has been active in working with teachers and school districts to improve the teaching and learning of science.


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 55-525 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

10:30am

Marine Debris – It’s Everywhere! (Even in Your Schoolyard!)
Educators can engage students in a global issue with local solutions through data collection. Students plan a project, carry it out, and propose solutions that impact their daily lives. Students and teachers can access (and contribute to!) a large, international dataset.

Speakers
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Annie Kohut Frankel

Education Coordinator, California Coastal Commission
Annie Kohut Frankel has served as Education Coordinator for the California Coastal Commission’s Public Education Program in San Francisco since 2001. She received her degree in Environmental Sciences from U.C. Berkeley and has been fortunate to work in environmental education in one form or another ever since. At the Coastal Commission she develops curricula for educators to help them teach about our coast and ocean, creates and designs... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 51-576 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

10:30am

River Bugs Are Cool: Engaging Youth in Citizen Science
The San Diego River Park Foundation’s youth education programs seek to empower youth to follow protocols used by professional environmental scientists. In this way, youth can contribute to the body of data in a meaningful way through citizen science and at the same time, develop confidence in conducting inquiry-based science. The River Bugs Are Cool field trip is designed to engage students in grades K-8 in conducting a stream bioassessment of benthic macroinvertebrates based on protocols established by the EPA and CA DFW. Students evaluate the species present to draw conclusions about the health of the San Diego River. In 2015, over 1,000 students participated in citizen science field trips to the San Diego River through the River Park Foundation’s programs.

Speakers
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Sarah Hutmacher

Associate Director, The San Diego River Park Foundation
Sarah Hutmacher has a background in Environmental Systems with an emphasis in Environmental Policy. After graduating from UCSD, she gained experience working for city, county and state government on natural resource issues and became convinced that increasing environmental literacy in the community is essential to the success of policy efforts to protect the natural world. After working and volunteering with several environmental education... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 51-575 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

10:30am

Exploring and Inspiring Science through Biomimicry
Biomimicry is a design discipline that learns from the time-tested patterns and strategies of animals, plants and microbes. A first glimpse at teaching students to observe natural processes and apply the underlying design principles this to innovate products and services. Engage students in applying their science to energy, transportation and more.

Speakers
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Jacques Chirazi

Certified Biomimicry Professional, Biomimicry San Diego
Jacques Edouard Chirazi, Certified Biomimicry Professional, has managed the City of San Diego’s Clean Tech Initiative since 2007. His focus is to create economic growth while fostering sustainability. One emerging initiative is to bridge clean technology with biomimicry.


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 31-356 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

10:30am

GIMME THREE STEPS... TOWARDS NGSS-FYING YOUR LESSONS
Approaching the NGSS documents can be daunting but with a few key steps, your team can develop an excellent curriculum.

Speakers
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Paul Osuna

TEACHER, SWEETWATER UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Paul has been helping middle school students learn science for over 21 years. He's part of a cutting edge team of teachers at Rancho del Rey Middle and has earned numerous recognitions, grants, and awards.


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 55-526 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

10:30am

Taking Students Outdoors
I was a classroom teacher for 20 years and now am a Naturalist Educator. I work with teachers to guide them as to how they can use the outdoors (campus landscaping, nearby nature -canyons, local parks) for science, NGSS, STEM and Common Core learning. I have lots of ideas, methods, resources for teachers to help engage students in hands-on learning which is exciting, fun, meaningful and memorable.

Speakers
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Judie Lincer

Naturalist Educator, Program Manager, San Diego Children and Nature and San Diego Audubon Society
I was a classroom teacher for 20 years and now am a Naturalist Educator. I work with teachers to guide them as to how they can use the outdoors (campus landscaping, nearby nature -canyons, local parks) for science, NGSS, STEM and Common Core learning. I have lots of ideas, methods, resources for teachers to help engage students in hands-on learning which is exciting, fun, meaningful and memorable.


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 51-574 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

10:30am

Water Education for All and Engineering Solutions for Water Purification
Overview of Project SWELL (Stewardship: water Education for Lifelong Leadership), focus on 5th-water purification-engineering solutions. Online curriculum available for K-6th-grade teachers in San Diego Unified School District and 5th & 6th grade in Oceanside Unified. FREE Classroom presentations, kits with materials to teach the lessons and professional development for SDUSD. www.projectswell.org.

Overview of Water Education for All. Lessons for K-12 students about marine debris, watershed & water quality, animal adaptations, weather vs. climate, water conservation and drought. Teachers and informal educators can download the lessons and support materials at http://www.sdcoastkeeper.org/learn/drinkable/water-education-for-all.html.
 

Speakers
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Sandra Lebron

Education Manager, San Diego Coastkeeper
Sandra J. Lebrón joined San Diego Coastkeeper to oversee the implementation of Coastkeeper Education Program and Project SWELL (Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership). SWELL is a partnership with the City of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District, Project SWELL provides a comprehensive and hands-on water quality and pollution prevention curricula to students in the district. | | She has a bachelors in science in... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 31-373 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

10:30am

Low to No Cost Molecular Biology Labs

Do you have a small budget?  No budget?  Interested in having students build molecular models?  In this session I will present several low to no cost molecular biology labs and activities that can be integrated into your existing pacing plan.  All activities and labs link to one or more of the Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts of the NGSS.  Topics include:  biochemistry of water, DNA and protein structures, and use of DNA ladders as crime scene samples.  All attendees will receive a free one of a kind DNA model!  Information about free reagents from New England Biolabs and how the LSSI-Amgen Teacher Program can provide free reagents and equipment to support these molecular biology labs will also be shared.        


Speakers
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My-Nga Ingram

Westview High School
My-Nga started her research career at The Scripps Research Institute in the Department of Cell Biology. At Scripps, her primary focus was the purification and characterization of fibroblast growth factor. She then moved to the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the UCSD campus in the department of Cancer Genetics where she researched the mismatch repair system and its connection to colorectal cancer. Eventually her passion for biology took... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 31-371 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

10:30am

The Vaccination & Immunity Project: An Investigation Into the Safety and Effectiveness of Vaccines
The Vaccination & Immunity Project is a series of modules created in collaboration with Rady Children's Hospital, the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, the Health and Science Pipeline Initiative, and the San Diego Vaccination Coalition. Workshop participants will receive background information on the project and hands-on lab experience.

Speakers
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Heather Peterson

Curriculum Coordinator, SB1070 & the Health and Science Pipeline Initiative
Heather Peterson has had the opportunity to work with science and CTE teachers throughout California as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Health and Science Pipeline Initiative (HASPI) for the past 8 years. She has provided more than 30 hands-on workshops for teachers looking to incorporate health and medical concepts into their core science courses.


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 55-527 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

10:30am

Using Science Notebooks to Support NGSS and CCSS
Science notebooks provide authentic opportunities to support the development of the four domains on Common Core ELA, reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. Students use their notebooks to build conceptual understanding of science ideas and engage in the three dimensions of NGSS. This session will introduce notebooks as a tool for student thinking. See a short video of students using their notebooks in a classroom setting, view sample fifth grade notebooks, and leave with resources to start using or refining the use of notebooks in your own classroom.

Speakers
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Chelsea Cochrane

San Diego County Office of Education
Chelsea Cochrane is a Science Project Specialist with SDCOE. During her 20 years in education, Chelsea has worked as a middle school and elementary classroom teacher, a science lab teacher, a district resource teacher, and as a Teacher in Residence for Sally Ride Science. She has her Masters in Educational Technology. During her career she has worked as a K-12 Alliance Staff Developer, led professional development, and facilitated Lesson Study... Read More →
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Marlys Williamson

Chula Vista Elementary School District
Marlys Williamson, teacher at Wolf Canyon Elementary School in the CVESD, has ten years of teaching experience and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in Science. She is an SDCOE Elementary Science Academy Cohort 1 Teacher, has been nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering, serves as an SDSU and National University Master Teacher. Marlys also works as a Science Resource Teacher and... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 53-551A 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

10:30am

BYOD: Prepare for Next Generation Science Standards with online interactive simulations
Online interactive simulations help prepare students for the Next Generation Science Standards which are not only rich in content for students to understand deeply, but also rich in science practice. Using simulations, students can manipulate key variables, generate and test hypotheses, and engage in extensive “what-if” experimentation. Simulations also allow students to collect, analyze and interpret data, use and evaluate models of scientific concepts, and identify patterns at different scales in a system. Bring your own device to experience some powerful simulations available in the library of Gizmos. All attendees will have access to an extended free trial.

Exhibitors
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Eileen Salsman

ExploreLearning
I represent two award winning products Gizmos - highly interactive online simulations in math and science - aligned to Common Core and NGSS, and Reflex the Brain based Math Fact Fluency program. We have teacher grants available until Feb 7. Apply by following the link below: https://info.explorelearning.com/reflex-grants.html


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 55-528 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

10:30am

If You Engineer It: Teaching Engineering in Elementary School
In this presentation, we will look at how engineering can find a happy home in your classroom in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards. You will engage in a hands-on engineering activity to guide you through effective strategies for engineering instruction in your classroom.

Speakers
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Sarah Atallah

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Sarah Atallah is a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher at Burbank Elementary School in Barrio Logan. She is passionate about hands-on, inquiry based Science instruction. Sarah has also been a lead teacher and Director of Aztec Science Camp held at San Diego State University. Through Aztec Science Camp, Sarah has developed Next Generation Science Standards based curriculum with an emphasis on engineering activities.


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 55-524 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

10:30am

Yes You Can...have a Successful Fifth Grade Science Fair
Come and find out how one school, with great trepidation, took on “The Science Fair” and learned how to make it a successful (not stressful) experience for all. I will share our strategies and resources for designing a developmentally appropriate program for your elementary students.

Speakers
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Judith Carlstrom

Escondido Union School District


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 53-544B 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

10:30am

Conservation in YOUR Community with the AIP
Mackenzie Bergstrom (10:30 am)
The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) is a master's degree program delivered by San Diego Zoo Global in partnership with Miami University that focuses on conservation. Students develop and implement projects that relate to personalized goals that incorporate scientific inquiry, promote community participation and voice, increase understanding of local and regional conservation issues, and inspire environmental stewardship. In this session, two AIP students will share research and insights from projects they developed, and note their application to education and school curricula.

Angela Kemsley (10:35 am)
Bringing the Outdoors Into the Classroom: Creating Better Citizens through Citizen Science
Current research suggests that getting children outside and connected with nature is vital to the development of emotional intelligence. Despite this research, our children tend to spend mere minutes per day outdoors. Educators are working diligently to transition curricula to align with Common Core and NGSS and it is often difficult to find time for outdoor activities during school hours. This presentation will highlight research done for the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) Master’s Degree at San Diego Zoo Global regarding the incorporation of citizen science into K-12 curricula. Educators will learn practical ways in which citizen science may be used in and out of the classroom to immerse students in nature while satisfying educational standards.

Katie Buess (10:55 am)
Community Outreach for the Purpose of Increasing Conservation
Water conservation is a shared communal responsibility. In this period of extreme drought, community engagement is one way to increase active participation in the issue. We will discuss some of the local government programs in place as a way to help activate the community. When this information is shared in the classroom, students learn to play an active role in conservation at an early age.

Speakers
avatar for Mackenzie Bergstrom

Mackenzie Bergstrom

Conservation Programs Specialist - Graduate Programs Advisor, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
I am the graduate advisor to approximately 100 students enrolled in the Advanced Inquiry Program at the San Diego Zoo. This course-based program has been in place since 2013 and offers a Master of Arts in Biology and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Biological Sciences. Please check out our website and/or email me to learn more!
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Katie Buess

AIP Master's student, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
I am a graduate student in the Project Dragonfly Advanced Inquiry Program, which is a joint endeavor between Miami University and the Zoological Society of San Diego. The focus of my graduate degree is the conservation of resources, specifically the conservation of water. Engaging the community is a necessary and exciting way to move the conservation of water from knowledge and awareness to action and participation.
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Angela Kemsley

Master's Student, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
Having grown up at the San Diego Zoo, my passion has always been with saving species. Now as an adult I proudly guide children and adults in conservation techniques through my jobs as an Outdoor Education Program Specialist with the San Diego County Office of Education and a Tour Operator Guide at the San Diego Zoo. I am also finishing my last year in the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 31-358 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

10:30am

Students as Video Producers to Improve Science Comprehension & Literacy
In a world where technology is entering and influencing classrooms, teachers need to thoughtfully think about their use of technology and it's equity in the classroom. This session dives into many topics including NGSS, developing digital content, developing assessment tools, and English Language Learners. Teachers will reflect on their practice and why they choose to use specific technology tools. The presenter will model how she has improved science comprehension and literacy skills using lab reports created with videos on the iPad. This session is an example of equitable technology use in the classroom that teachers can use to fit their content-specific needs!

Speakers
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Alicia Johal

Teacher, UCSD CREATE, Sweetwater UHSD
Alicia Johal, M. Ed is an 8th Grade Science Teacher and Curriculum Specialist in Sweetwater Union High School District. She has a passion for teaching science through real life application and critical thinking. As a Leading Edge Certified Professional Learning Leader and Apple Foundations Trainer, she has found success supporting English Language Learners and literacy through video creation and production in her classroom. She utilizes problem... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 55-523 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

11:15am

11:30am

Lunch
Saturday April 9, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Griffin Center

12:00pm

Keynote
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Steve Synder

Dr. Steve Synder

CEO, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Dr. Steven Snyder, CEO for the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, has redefined Fleet into a community organization dedicated to helping San Diegans achieve their place in our shared scientific future.  To that end, he has expanded the Fleet Inquiry Institute to teach the inquiry method of science learning to more than 1,000 local educators a year and launched 52 Weeks of Science, which leverages the wealth of local science and technology... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Griffin Center

12:40pm

Tidepool Treasures: Engaging primary students in Project Based Learning
Kindergarten and First Grade Students at HIgh Tech Elementary North County engaged in a 12-week project that used the tidepool habitat as a context to explore animals’ needs for survival (K) and how the moon influences the Earth and its oceans (1). Incorporating Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Math and Language Arts, as well as Deeper Learning Competencies, this science-focused project is a model for how and why Project Based Learning is an authentic, engaging, and meaningful way to develop skills and content knowledge with even the youngest of students. This project was a collaboration between teachers at High Tech Elementary North County (Shelley Glenn Lee/Science, Stephanie Lance/Kinder, Jamelle Jones/Grade 1.)

Speakers
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Stephanie Lance

Classroom Teacher - Kindergarten, High Tech Elementary North County
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Shelley Glenn Lee

Elementary Science Teacher, High Tech Elementary North County
A Science Educator in San DIego for over 20 years in both informal and formal settings, Shelley Glenn Lee is loving her current role as an elementary science teacher with the High Tech High (HTH) organization. Having a background in Biology, Shelley works to connect students with the local scientific community and the amazing natural diversity of San Diego through Project Based Learning and Citizen Science. This is her fifth year with HTH. She is... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Room 53-544A 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

12:40pm

Chemical Batteries
Although we live a battery-powered lifestyle, most of us (middle school and high school students included) have no idea how batteries actually work. In this hands-on workshop, participants will be engaged in an activity from Issues and Physical Science from LAB-AIDS. Make a wet cell battery, explore the effect of using different metal electrodes on battery output, and consider ways to reduce the number of discarded batteries in the waste stream.

Exhibitors
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Fabienne Conrad

Lab-Aids
Middle and High School Science
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Donna Markey

Lab-Aids
Middle and High School Science


Saturday April 9, 2016 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Room 31-356 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

12:40pm

Assessments for Chemistry
There are many ways to assess student learning that are consistent with NGSS that do not mean having to read student writing.  If you and your students investigate chemical or physical changes, and want to explore multiple ways to assess your students' knowledge and abilities, this session is for you. Use of engineering practices, cross cutting concepts, and analogies as a basis of preformance based assessments are the focus of this presentation. Appropriate for all teachers.

Speakers
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Jodye Selco

Professor, Cal Poly Pomona
Jodye Selco is a chemist and Professor of Science Education in the Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education at Cal Poly Pomona. She teaches General and Physical Chemistry and has been active in working with teachers and school districts to improve the teaching and learning of science.


Saturday April 9, 2016 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Room 55-525 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

12:40pm

City to Sea Citizen Science: Engaging urban communities in science
Ocean Discovery Institute piloted a citizen science model to engage an urban and diverse community to take a leadership role in understanding the science in their backyards. The pilot explored the integration of: 1) leaders that reflect the community, 2) relevant science to the participants’ lives, 3) guided experiences, 4) scientist interactions, 5) design that removes unique barriers. Participants conducted research to understand sources of plastic trash within their local, urban canyons; providing a link for participants between daily choices to inspire stewardship. We will share the innovative model, lessons learned and results to date, and the challenges still underway.

Speakers
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Rochelle Mothookakobo

Ocean Discovery Institute


Saturday April 9, 2016 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Room 51-575 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

12:40pm

12:40pm

Learning programming with Drones
Learn coding through our exciting drone platform! Students can learn how to code in the Arduino environment (Text based coding similar to C or C++) and make their drone autonomously fly around.

Speakers
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Hansol Hong

CEO, Robolink
Hansol Hong, is CEO and Founder of Robolink. Hansol has Bachelors degree from UC San Diego and 5 years of entrepreneurial experience. Hansol and Team Robolink has taught thousands of students how to build robots and program drones. Hansol also ran two successful Kickstarter Campaigns (CoDrone, Rokit Smart). He is also an organizer for San Diego Robotics Club with 900+ members. Hansol graduated from UC San Diego with the degree in Management... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Room 55-526 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

12:40pm

Birding in Your Schoolyard-without knowing the name of a single bird! It's easier than you think!
How teachers can utilize their schoolyards to bring birds into their everyday learning.  Birds are easy to observe, common in every schoolyard and neighborhood, spectacular in their habits and form, and brilliant examples of adaptations. Learn how to teach student observation and inquiry skills for bird behavior, habitat needs, and conservation. Start without knowing the name of a single bird! 

Speakers
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Judie Lincer

Naturalist Educator, Program Manager, San Diego Children and Nature and San Diego Audubon Society
I was a classroom teacher for 20 years and now am a Naturalist Educator. I work with teachers to guide them as to how they can use the outdoors (campus landscaping, nearby nature -canyons, local parks) for science, NGSS, STEM and Common Core learning. I have lots of ideas, methods, resources for teachers to help engage students in hands-on learning which is exciting, fun, meaningful and memorable.


Saturday April 9, 2016 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Room 51-574 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

12:40pm

Modeling in the K-12 classroom: Developing and Revising Scientific Models NGSS
In this session, we will explore the NGSS practice 2: Developing
and Using Models. We will engage as learners in developing 
scientific models and discuss strategies to support students 
modeling practice.

Speakers
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Meredith Vaughn

Associate Professor, School of Teacher Education - San Diego State University
My research and professional interests focus on supporting classroom teachers and informal educators in using outdoor spaces and socio-environmental issues to engage youth in science learning. I am a faculty member in the School of Teacher Education at SDSU and teach courses in science teaching and learning in our credential programs, masters and doctoral programs. I work closely with educators across classroom and informal learning spaces to... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Room 53-544B 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

12:40pm

NGSS: Introduction to the Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI) Progressions
Engage in a quick hands-on activity as you explore the three dimensions of NGSS. Understand the coherence of the Disciplinary Core Ideas by taking a close look at the K-12 progression of DCI Component Idea PS2.A: Forces and Motion. Digital access to session materials will be provided.

Speakers
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Rodger Ashworth

San Diego Unified School District
Rodger started his career in education as a Program Manager for Linkage an adult technology training company. He worked in several private high schools before obtaining his teaching credential in 2003. He has worked Zamorano Fine Arts Academy, Millennial Tech Middle School and is currently working at Washington Elementary STEAM Magnet in Little Italy. Roger has his Masters in Education Administration. He is a Project Lead The Way certified... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Room 53-551A 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

12:40pm

How STRS interacts with Social Security
During this session you will learn how to coordinate Social Security with CalSTRS benefits. We will also cover how to coordinate benefits with a spouse, and offer strategies on your pension distributions election. Join us to learn what you need to know to maximize retirement income. 

Speakers
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Foresters Financial

Foresters Financial
Foresters Financial Services, Inc. provides everyday families with financial solutions, guidance and tools, to meet their needs across all life stages. Our representatives offer personalized service combined with a solid, long-term approach to investing.
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Mike Gulker

Foresters Financial
Foresters Financial Services, Inc. provides everyday families and individuals with financial solutions, guidance and tools, to meet their needs across all life stages. Our financial representatives offer personalized service combined with a solid, long-term approach and fresh thinking to help you:save and invest for retirement, education and other life events, Create retirement income strategies, protect the ones you love, plan your legacy


Saturday April 9, 2016 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Room 55-528 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

12:40pm

The Physics of Roller Coasters
In this session, I will share the work I have done developing an NGSS-style unit around the phenomena of roller coasters and how they work without an engine. Through student-directed discovery and exploration, students learn about the roles that important physical science concepts play in the working of a roller coaster such as energy, forces, and momentum as well as human issues of safety. Through the design cycle, their work culminates in the creation of their own new coaster that showcases the laws of physics and their engineering creativity!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Rachael Tarshes

Dr. Rachael Tarshes

Teacher, San Diego Unified School District
Dr. Tarshes teaches 8th grade science at Mann Middle. Previous to coming to the district in 2008, she taught in Seattle, New York City, and China. She has her EdD in Instructional Leadership and is a NBST.


Saturday April 9, 2016 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Room 55-524 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

12:40pm

Reproductive Endocrinology in the Classroom
This workshop uses a combination of lecture and hands-on activities to help bring the science of saving species into the classroom through investigations into the utility of endocrinology in wildlife conservation. Participants will use a mock enzyme immunoassay to generate, graph, and interpret data regarding the reproductive state of individual African elephant females living in the herd at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, CA.

Speakers
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Victoria Dunch

San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
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Kimberly Kutina

Research Coordinator, San Diego Zoo Global
Hi there! I am the research coordinator for in-house programs in the Conservation Education Division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. We deliver professional development programs every summer called the Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science, and these are open to any middle or high school science teachers in the nation. We also host field trips in our lab at the Beckman Center in Escondido, CA, engaging middle and... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Room 31-358 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

12:40pm

Environmental Education Toolkit: Connecting Environmental Education with Today's Educational Standards (Double Session!)
This workshop is intended to provide scientifically based water, plant and animal education information and show how it's correlation to Common Core State Standards, STEM, National Science Education Standards and NGSS. Research has shown hands-on activities in the outdoors and indoors to be important to the retention of information for students. The goals of Project WET , Project WILD and Project Learning Tree are to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water, plant and animal resources. Activities from all three guidebooks are included.  Workshops are held throughout California. 

Speakers
avatar for Katharine Havert

Katharine Havert

Water Education Curriculum Facilitator, Project WET
I am a retired science and environmental education instructor. The activities I enjoy the most are curriculum development for the Redlands Conservancy environmental after school program, Sunday Fundays, and the development of a native plants butterfly garden in The San Timoteo Nature Sanctuary. Since retiring from traditional school teaching I have devoted most of my time to educating Southern California teachers, students and the Redlands... Read More →

Exhibitors
avatar for Lauren Bergh

Lauren Bergh

Zoo Education Specialist, PW Southern California Coordinator, Project WILD & Santa Ana Zoo
I am passionate about connecting people to animals and the environment through informal environmental education. As the Santa Ana Zoo Education Specialist and Southern California Regional Coordinator for Project WILD, I have the pleasure of sparking and nurturing connections for a variety of audiences. Let's compare and build our Environmental Education Toolkits!
avatar for Shayna Foreman

Shayna Foreman

Community Education Specialist, Southern California PLT Coordinator, UCCE Project Learning Tree
Build your environmental education toolkit with resources from Project WILD, Project WET, and Project Learning Tree! | | A biologist and non-formal science educator, I am also the Southern California Coordinator for both Project Learning Tree and the California Naturalist Program, environmental education programs within UC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Division. I work to promote conservation and resource stewardship from the bottom... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 12:40pm - 2:25pm
Room 51-576 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

12:40pm

Salk DNA Activity Kits for Middle and High School Biology (Double Session!)
Limited Capacity seats available

This two hour teacher training session will equip teachers to use the Salk Institute's DNA activity kits for hands-on molecular biology instruction in the classroom. Limited to 15 participants.

Speakers
avatar for Dona Mapston

Dona Mapston

Education Outreach Programs Manager, Salk Institute
Salk’s Education Outreach has a nearly half-century tradition of sharing its groundbreaking biological research with the San Diego community. Programs are tailored for adults and student groups while special events are designed for all ages. Education Outreach’s signature programs—Mobile Science Lab, High School Scholars and March of Dimes High School Science Day—are complemented by scientific presentations and community outreach... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 12:40pm - 2:25pm
Room 31-371 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

12:40pm

Simulating an HIV test using ELISA
To demonstrate the power of an ELISA (Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay) as a biomedical diagnostic tool. This hands-on workshop is simulation of a test for patient exposure to HIV virus (antigen) and will demonstrate how it can be incorporated into your classroom . A patient exposed to HIV virus will have antibodies to the virus in their blood. Using the ELISA, presence of these antibodies can be measured.

Speakers
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Ranita Ghosh Dastidar

Southern California Biotechnology Center


Saturday April 9, 2016 12:40pm - 2:25pm
Room 55-527 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

1:25pm

1:40pm

Education and the Environment Initiative
Presentation on EEI (Education and the Environment Initiative) curriculum and how it meets the Common Core Standards in Language Arts and doing PBL projects

Speakers
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Linda Rasmussen

Teacher, Highland Ranch Elementary, Poway


Saturday April 9, 2016 1:40pm - 2:25pm
Room 53-544A 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

1:40pm

Using anchoring phenomenon to improve student understanding of chemistry concepts within NGSS
This session will focus on how we have transformed our chemistry classrooms using an overarching event to continuously check-in on student understanding throughout a unit. We will bring in examples from our experiences such as water striders to understand intermolecular forces (NGSS P.E. HS-PS1-3) and neonatal incubators to understand thermochemistry (NGSS P.E. HS-PS3-2, 3-3, 3-4). Part of this session will include time for teachers to brainstorm additional anchoring events that will be useful in chemistry units. Teachers will come away with a better understanding of how to plan and implement NGSS 3-D (DCI, CCC, SEP) units.

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Saturday April 9, 2016 1:40pm - 2:25pm
Room 55-525 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

1:40pm

Using Climate Proxies to Learn about Earth’s Climate History

How can scientists tell what Earth’s climate was like thousands of years before human measurements?  This activity simulates the use of fossil ocean foraminifera, tiny organisms whose growth patterns are different in warm or cold water.  Your students will analyze and graph samples of replicas of these organisms, and use this information to determine relative warm and cold periods in the past 200,000 years. This activity is from EDC Earth Science, a new NSF-supported high school earth science program from LAB-AIDS that uses an active, data-oriented approach to the student of earth science and earth systems.


Exhibitors
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Fabienne Conrad

Lab-Aids
Middle and High School Science
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Donna Markey

Lab-Aids
Middle and High School Science


Saturday April 9, 2016 1:40pm - 2:25pm
Room 31-356 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

1:40pm

Underserved youth, an over-Used wetland and 8 years of great outdoor education in Oxnard, CA (The RESTOR Project)
Initiated in 2008, the Research and Education for Students and Teachers about the Ormond Beach Restoration (RESTOR) Project is a teacher and student watershed education program focused on the Ormond Beach wetland. This yearlong project involves K-12 teachers and students in hands-on classroom and outdoor education about wetlands and watersheds. We attempt a tiered-mentoring approach including students, community members and local university students. Most of the resident low-income, multicultural population is unaware of the expansive natural resources at their doorstep. Broader goals are to foster social-ecological resilience and community support for the wetland restoration effort.

Speakers
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Monique Myers

Extension Specialist, California Sea Grant


Saturday April 9, 2016 1:40pm - 2:25pm
Room 51-575 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

1:40pm

Climate Change in NGSS
This workshop will give an overview of how climate change fits into NGSS. It will include how to address climate at each grade band K-12 and how climate change can be taught in a three dimensional way.

Exhibitors
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Crystal Howe

CREEC - California Regional Environmental Education Community
The CREEC booth will feature environmental education programs available in the region and the EEI curriculum from CDE.


Saturday April 9, 2016 1:40pm - 2:25pm
Room 51-573 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

1:40pm

Tracking Wild Animals from the Classroom to the Trail

Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods documents the benefits to children by spending unstructured and unsupervised time in Nature.  Many of the stories he relates are from years past and from rural areas.  The challenge for us now in populous urban areas is how to achieve those same results while sustaining our limited natural resources. 

This presentation proposes that wildlife tracking skills can be a sustainable way for kids (and others) to better experience Nature in neighborhood canyons and open space preserves.  It suggests some classroom/schoolyard activities that can prepare students for nature field trips and describes a simple field trip activity.  Finally, it tries to relate all this to the scientific process.


Speakers
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Fred Kramer

San Diego Tracking Team


Saturday April 9, 2016 1:40pm - 2:25pm
Room 51-574 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

1:40pm

Introduction to NGSS
The Next Generation Science Standards were adopted by California in 2013. If you’re feeling behind on your NGSS knowledge come learn about the standards in this crash course and receive an update on the California Implementation Timeline.

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Chelsea Cochrane

San Diego County Office of Education
Chelsea Cochrane is a Science Project Specialist with SDCOE. During her 20 years in education, Chelsea has worked as a middle school and elementary classroom teacher, a science lab teacher, a district resource teacher, and as a Teacher in Residence for Sally Ride Science. She has her Masters in Educational Technology. During her career she has worked as a K-12 Alliance Staff Developer, led professional development, and facilitated Lesson Study... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 1:40pm - 2:25pm
Room 53-551A 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

1:40pm

Writing Argumentation and Explanation in a Science Classroom
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Shawna Jaggi

Lincoln High School/ SDSU Noyce Fellowship


Saturday April 9, 2016 1:40pm - 2:25pm
Room 53-544B 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

1:40pm

IMPORTANCE OF OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES TO EDUCATION
Current research indicates connections with the natural world
increase children’s ability to learn and improve health and social
behavior. Meaningful outdoor experiences are a powerful tool for
lifelong impact and learning. Recent studies show the average youth
spends more than seven hours in front of an electronic screen and only seven minutes outside daily. For some, this may be their first opportunity to touch tide-pool animals, swim in the ocean, or walk on the beach. These can be experiences that last a lifetime and offer tremendous impact for your students and classroom.

Speakers
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Steve Morris

YMCA Camp Surf
Introduce opportunities for schools to participate in our Overnight Outdoor Education Program located along 1.5 miles of Southern California coastal wetland and beach.


Saturday April 9, 2016 1:40pm - 2:25pm
Room 55-528 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

1:40pm

Balancing Inquiry: supporting young scientists and their discovery of unbalanced forces
Young scientists know all about balanced and unbalanced forces from their life experiences. Using science stations and an inquiry approach, students can turn their understanding into scientific thinking. 

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Corinne Rector

Cardiff School District


Saturday April 9, 2016 1:40pm - 2:25pm
Room 55-524 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

1:40pm

Reproductive Endocrinology in the Classroom (cont'd)
This workshop uses a combination of lecture and hands-on activities to help bring the science of saving species into the classroom through investigations into the utility of endocrinology in wildlife conservation. Participants will use a mock enzyme immunoassay to generate, graph, and interpret data regarding the reproductive state of individual African elephant females living in the herd at the Safari Park.

Speakers
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Victoria Dunch

San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
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Kimberly Kutina

Research Coordinator, San Diego Zoo Global
Hi there! I am the research coordinator for in-house programs in the Conservation Education Division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. We deliver professional development programs every summer called the Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science, and these are open to any middle or high school science teachers in the nation. We also host field trips in our lab at the Beckman Center in Escondido, CA, engaging middle and... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 1:40pm - 2:25pm
Room 31-358 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

1:40pm

Chromebooks & Makerspaces
Chromebooks CAN be a part of your makerspace! This session will provide examples of connecting student-made video and other media to student-created physical projects using the HyperDuino app for Chrome, and also programming the Arduino. If you've heard about the Arduino and makerspaces, or if your schools are creating makerspaces, this is your opportunity to learn about the best introductory approach that also provides many paths for advanced studies.

Speakers
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Roger Wagner

Founder, 1010 Technologies LLC
The presenter is a former physics, chemistry and math teacher, and was named by Technology & Learning Magazine as one of the top 5 "Most Important Educational Technology Gurus of the Past Two Decades". The presenter currently serves on the Board of Directors of a state educational technology organization, and has presented and done workshops on the topic of makerspaces, Arduinos, interactive maker projects, classroom pedagogy and other topics... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 1:40pm - 2:25pm
Room 55-526 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

1:40pm

Interactive Science Notebooks: Low Tech Creations for Higher Level Thinking
Come learn how to use Interactive Notebooks in a science classroom. The session will begin with the brain-based science behind Interactive Notebooks, and why they work for students. Participants will be provided with student work samples and example lessons using Interactive Notebooks. Using Interactive Notebooks helps students build their scientific vocabulary and critical thinking skills by asking students to take Cornell Notes, followed by an application activity based on the notes. Additionally, use Interactive Notebooks for lab procedures, data, and analysis. Having most or all course materials in one place simplifies the class and helps keep many students on track. An added benefit of Interactive Notebooks is that they help to teach students organizational and study skills. 

Speakers
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Marielle Venturino

Teacher & Blended Learning Specialist, Mar Vista Aacdemy
Mari Venturino is a 7th grade science and AVID teacher and Blended Learning Specialist at Mar Vista Academy in San Diego, CA. She is a Google For Education Certified Trainer, a Google Certified Educator Levels 1 & 2, and is Leading Edge Certified in Online and Blended Instruction. Mari co-hosts the EduRoadTrip podcast. Additionally, Mari is the co-founder of #FlyHighFri, a movement to share positivity in person and on social media. She is also... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 1:40pm - 2:25pm
Room 55-523 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

2:25pm