January 16, 2015
Education Roundup for the Week Ending January 16, 2015
SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today issued this week's roundup of education-related announcements of public interest.
Science Standards Rollout Symposium
Science teachers can take advantage of three professional learning opportunities to prepare them for implementing California's new science standards. The first "Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium" will be in San Jose on February 2-3, 2015. Two others are being planned for April 17-18 in San Diego, and June 1-2 in Ventura.
Science teachers will delve deeply into the philosophy and design of the new standards, explore available resources, and experience sample lesson plans. There will also be opportunities for participants to talk and share ideas with other educators from around the state.
Standards define what students should know in each grade. The new science standards require students having a more active role in their learning, which helps them gain deeper understandings of science and the natural world.
The symposia are being presented by the CDE, K-12 Alliance/WestEd, California Science Project, California Science Teachers Association, and the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee. The cost of each symposium is $200 per participant. District teams are limited to 4-6 people. For more information and to register, visit the Next Generation Science Standards [https://live.iplanevents.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=reg.info&page=Welcome&event_id=2530®id=~-~&flow=reg] Web page.
Career Technical Education Demonstration Days
Students from around the state are gathering at CDE headquarters in Sacramento this month to put on a series of exhibits called "Career Technical Education Demonstration Days."
On January 20, students from James C. Enochs High School (Modesto) will showcase their award-winning forensics display to introduce people to the scientific concepts and laboratory research techniques currently used in the field of biotechnology.
On January 23, students from San Juan High School (Citrus Heights) and Cordova High School (Rancho Cordova) will showcase their food service and hospitality skills, and discuss the benefits of being part of a home economics careers program.
On January 27, students from Millennium Charter School (Salinas) will showcase their TechMobile. This 18-wheel truck is filled with state-of-the-art broadcasting equipment that shows students how to connect to their community through art, education, and technology.
On January 28, students from California DECA [http://www.californiadeca.org/] —a nonprofit student career technical educational organization—will share their experience in the business, hospitality, and management program. They will also demonstrate a learning exercise that challenges students to compete and learn about idea generation and entrepreneurship.
The exhibits are free and open to the public at 1430 N Street in Sacramento. The exhibits build upon State Superintendent Tom Torlakson's Career Readiness initiative, designed to provide high school graduates with the skills they need for college and careers.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100