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Climate Summit Events @ the 2019 California Science Education Conference

The following events are a part of the Climate Summit and are embedded within the California Science Education Conference. Registration for the Climate Summit Pre-Conference Day does not include the California Science Education Conference. Registration to the 2019 California Science Education Conference is required for participation in any of the events listed below.

Friday, October 18, 2019

10:10 am - 11:10 am Keynote Presentation
  • Presenter: Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Founder & CEO, Ocean Collective & Urban Ocean Lab
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Focus Speaker: Overcoming Doubt and Denial in Teaching Climate Change
With upward of 97% of climate scientists agreeing on the basic facts about climate change, the topic is anything but scientifically controversial. But climate change remains socially controversial, owing to a mix of not only ignorance but also cognitive, ideological, and cultural barriers to accepting evolution education. It is clear from anecdotes and surveys that the social controversy over climate change affects the extent and quality of climate change education in science classes. Fortunately, there are ways of teaching climate change that maximize student learning, minimize the risk of provoking a backlash, and preserve the integrity of the scientific content.
  • Presenter: Glenn Branch, Deputy Director, National Center for Science Education (NCSE)
2:30pm - 4:00 pm Focus Speaker: Nexus between Wildfire Catastrophes, Climate and Population Growth in California
In the last 20 years California has experienced an explosion of large catastrophic wildfires. Climate change is widely viewed as a major factor and the importance of this appears to vary in between Northern and Southern California. This talk will also explore other contributing factors such as the fact that California has added six million more people since 2000.
  • Presenter: Dr. Jon Keeley, Research Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm SC09: Climate Literacy with informal Education Centers
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. It is designed to highlight effective practices by informal centers in partnership with classroom teachers that address climate change issues facing communities.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: Not Grade Specific
  • Science & Emphasis: Informal Science Education, Environmental Literacy
  • Presenters: Kurt Holland, Environmental Literacy Specialist and Lecturer, Department of Science Education, CSU, Long Beach; Lori Walsh, Education/Operations Supervisor at SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND California Resort; and Crystal Howe, Science Coordinator, San Diego County Office of Education and CREEC Region 9 Coordinator
SC27: Life in the Balance: Coastal Carbonate Chemistry
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. Participants experience a high school Chemistry and Earth and Space Science learning sequence focusing on ocean acidification and chemical equilibria through the lens of the plight of west coast oysters. Receive a full unit conceptual flow and targeted learning sequence plans aligned to the NGSS and incorporating California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: High School 3-Course Model (ESS Embedded)
  • Science & Emphasis: Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Environmental Literacy
  • Presenters: Tera Black, High School Science TOSA, Torrance Unified
4:20 pm - 5:50 pm Focus Speaker: Facing challenges together: Enhancing climate literacy, community, and classroom instruction with the UC Berkeley Understanding Global Change Project
Together we can prepare tomorrow’s innovative scientists, engineers, and informed citizens to understand the multifaceted causes of global climate change so that they are ready to tackle some of the most challenging issues of our time. The Understanding Global Change (UGC) Project at the University of California Museum of Paleontology at UC Berkeley developed a suite of online and interactive learning materials that support educators and their students to understand the Earth as an interconnected, dynamic system. The UGC resources, developed with support from classroom teachers and leaders in climate education, are integrated with research-based teaching practices that utilize modeling of phenomena to make learning visible, and support the investigation of local and global actions that reduce human impacts on global environments.
  • Presenter: Dr. Jessica Bean, Project Scientist, Understanding Global Change Project, UC Berkeley

Saturday, October 19, 2019

8:00 am - 9:30 am Focus Speaker: Climate Change - A Space Alien’s Point of View
If an intelligent species had been observing conditions on Earth for thousands of years, what would they have noticed in the past 100? What would they say to us today? Could they be helpful in explaining how we ended up with a climate crisis? More importantly, where would they see viable solutions and reasons for hope? Laura takes us through this imaginary conversation to lay the groundwork for a lively Q&A on teaching climate change in the classroom - and beyond.
  • Presenter: Laura Tucker, Educational Consultant, LT Educational Consulting
8:00 am - 11:00 am SC18: Think Globally, Act Locally
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. Participants experience an 8th grade learning sequence focusing on the increase in CO2 on Earth, how it affects seals and sea ice, and what students can do about it. Receive a full unit conceptual flow and targeted learning sequence plans aligned to the NGSS and incorporating California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: 8 (integrated)
  • Science & Emphasis: Integrated Science, Environmental Literacy
  • Presenters: Alex Hangsterfer, Geological Collections Manager, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Stephanie Sanchez, Science Teacher, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Teacher Leader
SC19: Coral Reefs: Hot, Sour, and Drowning
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. Participants experience a High School Life and Earth and Space Science learning sequence about the effects of temperature, carbon dioxide, and sea level rise on coastal marine ecosystems and coral reefs. Receive a full unit conceptual flow and targeted learning sequence plans aligned to the NGSS and incorporating California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: High School 3-Course Model (ESS Embedded)
  • Science & Emphasis: Life Science, Earth/Space Science, Environmental Literacy
  • Presenters: Wendy Hagan, Biology and Environmental Science Teacher, Granada Hill Charter High School
SC20: Don't Dry For Me California
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. Participants bulid understanding of how the availability of water impacts living and nonliving things in our environment across K-2 and experience sample MGSS-aligned lessons at each grade. Receive a full unit conceptual flow and targeted learning sequence plans aligned to the NGSS and incorporating California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: K-2
  • Science & Emphasis: Integrated Science, Environmental Literacy
  • Presenters: Katherine Altman, Teacher, San Diego Unified school District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Teacher Leader; Keegan Gillette, Teacher, Aspire Public Schools, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Teacher Leader; Jenny Hofmeister, Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW); and Debra Jenkins, Teacher, Lakeside USD, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Teacher Leader
12: 00 pm - 3:00 pm SC10: Ice, Ice Baby
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. Participants experience a 6th grade learning sequence focusing on Earth's heat balance and the melting of ice. Receive a full unit conceptual flow and targeted learning sequence plans aligned to the NGSS and incorporating California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: 6 (Integrated)
  • Science & Emphasis: Integrated Science, Environmental Literacy
  • Presenters: Ian Eiseman, Associate Professor, University of California San Diego; Neika Estey, Science Teacher, Galt Joint Elementary Unified School District; and Leah Wheeler, Teacher, Galt Joint Union Elementary School, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Focus Speaker: Bracing for Fire When the Wind Blows
The Alertwildfire camera network across California provides rapid confirmation of emergency wildfire 911 calls, situational awareness, and in the worse-case scenarios real-time data to help sequence evacuations. Rapid confirmation and situational awareness help first responders scale their response to these disasters and attack fires in their incipient phase. Join Neal Driscoll to learn how the great state of California is using technology to help firefighters and improve public preparedness during wildfire disasters.
  • Presenter: Neal Driscoll, Geophysicist, UC San Diego
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm SC24: Hot and Out of Breath
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. Participants experience a 7th grade learning sequence about oxygen minimum zones in the ocean and their effect on marine ecosystems and artisanal fisheries. Receive a full unit conceptual flow and targeted learning sequence plans aligned to the NGSS and incorporating California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.

  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: 7 (Integrated)
  • Science & Emphasis: Integrated Science, Environmental Literacy
  • Presenters: Olivia Allison, Science Teacher, San Diego Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team and Yassir Eddebbar, Postdoctoral Scholar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
SC25: Considering California's Energy Future
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. Participants experience a high school Physics and Earth and Space Science learning sequence focusing on 100% Renewable Energy by 2045, engineering a solution, and considering the pros and cons of possible solutions to meet Governor Brown’s Climate Initiative. Receive a full unit conceptual flow and targeted learning sequence plans aligned to the NGSS and incorporating California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: High School 3-Course Model (ESS Embedded)
  • Science & Emphasis: Physics, Earth/Space Science, Environmental Literacy
  • Presenters: Melissa Marcucci, Science Teacher, Physics of Universe, Ceres Unified School District; and Dean Reese, Science Teacher, Physics and Maker Space, Tracy Unified School District
SC26: Dangerous Earth
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. Participants build understanding of the effects of changes within Earth’s Systems across grades 3-5 and experience sample NGSS-aligned lessons at each grade. Receive a full unit conceptual flow and targeted learning sequence plans aligned to the NGSS and incorporating California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.

  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: 3-5
  • Science & Emphasis: Integrated Science, Environmental Literacy
  • Presenters: Kate Gallagher, Teacher, Oakland Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team; Rachael Tarshes, Teacher, San Diego Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Teacher Leader; Darcy Taniguchi, Biology Professor at CSU, San Marcos and Alyssa Nemeckova-Fairfield, Teacher, Palm Springs Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team

Sunday, October 20, 2019

8:00 am - 9:30 am Keynote Address - Environmental Literacy? Climate Change? Don't Forget the Ocean!
  • Presenter: Craig Strang, Associate Director, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley

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