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…

NGSS POWER Grant Energizes South Bay Teachers

Picture a group of science teachers huddled together, arranging themselves as human bowling balls, billiard balls and other moving objects, and moving in slow motion to demonstrate the science of energy transfer. Or imagine constructing the strongest brick possible using only bamboo skewers, an aluminum pan and a polyurethane foam. These along with other creative…

Doing a Deep Dive: Biology Teachers Explore Antarctic Invertebrates at SIO

Ever wonder what lies deep beneath the waters near the South Pole?  At the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), local biology teachers are taking a look at Antarctic marine invertebrates and the role geography plays in connecting these populations from South America to Antarctica. Spearheaded by Cheryl Peach, director of Scripps Educational Alliances, along with…