Common Core Math Coauthor Kicks Off Teacher Leader Collaborative

“We found that the mathematics curriculum was a mile wide and an inch deep: it was an underachieving curriculum.  It was not the students, it was not the teachers; it was what we were teaching.  The way we wrote the previous state standards, there was way too much to teach and too much to learn.” –…

GenePalette Provides a New Way for Students to Learn Science

By Mica Pollock, Director, CREATE and Cristina Trecha, Director, San Diego Science Project   The San Diego Science Project had teachers asking this question: Just what does it mean to “share” DNA with a banana? On Saturday, October 4, 2014, a team of San Diego Science Project high school teachers spent the morning at the…

Another Day at the Beach: Unearthing Clues to a Changing Planet

by Cristina Trecha, Director, San Diego Science Project   Only in California, or make that San Diego. On September 20, middle and high school science teachers hit the beach during record-breaking heat to study the “Snowball Earth” theory (how the earth could have been completely frozen at some time more than 650 million years ago)…

Notebooks Inspire Students, Teachers in K-5 Science Learning

By Cristina Trecha, Director, San Diego Science Project How do we create a classroom culture where students are at the center? What does it mean for students to develop a scientific explanation? What are the links between reading, writing, and science? These questions and more were at the heart of this summer’s Elementary Science Academy (ESA),…