The NGSS Classroom: Connecting Climate Research with the Clean Energy Industry

How do you explain global warming AND make it relevant for middle school students? First, connect two Port of San Diego environmentalists with one Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher. Next, add five enthusiastic middle school science teachers.  Then, meet for two days to co-develop a brand new Earth Science lesson that will tie together authentic…

The NGSS Classroom: SDSP Tackles Argumentation in Secondary Science

(Photo by Melanie Villanueva, @MrsVchemistry) If you were asked, “Is climate change actually occurring?” would you base your answer on what you believe, or are you able to back your answer with evidence to support your claim? In science, the practice of argumentation – making a claim, providing evidence, and offering strong reasoning to support…

Advancing Literacy for All: San Diego Area Writing Project Receives Literacy Award

SDAWP’s Carol Schrammel (right) accepts a Celebrate Literacy Award from the Greater San Diego Reading Association on May 5. The San Diego Area Writing Project at UC San Diego was recognized with a Celebrate Literacy Award for its 41 years of professional development service at this year’s Greater San Diego Reading Association’s Literary Awards ceremony….

Best of San Diego Math Network Learning Events, March 2018

The San Diego Math Network, a network linking math educators from the San Diego Unified School District, Sweetwater Union High School District, Chula Vista Elementary School District, and Vista Unified School District (as well as countywide!) sponsored a range of learning opportunities for local mathematics educators earlier this year. Funded by an initial grant from…

CSTA Reboots to Support Computer Science Educators

Art Lopez and Dr. Beth Simon (third and fourth from left) with members of UC San Diego’s “CS foreach” student organization at the January CSTA session at Liberty Station. We live in a time of face-recognition iPhones, virtual reality experiences and artificial intelligence. Consider this: In 2011, only 10 percent of San Diego County high…

Tapping Real Science for San Diego Classrooms

Each ONR-REAL teacher team created a poster and presented a five minute “flash talk” on their research-based lesson at the fall 2017 ONR REAL showcase. SIO’s Dr. Michael Latz (right) with SDUSD and SUHSD science teachers Scott Frazier, Kearny High School; Tracy Mesina, Granger Junior High School; Katie Kennedy Hendrick, Olympian High School; and Alexandra…