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Strategic campaigns to raise awareness of the overall benefits of education
Meeting the emerging needs of the community by providing leadership and support for children, schools, and the greater community.
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The mission of the Science Department is to provide service and support for all educational stakeholders. We offer workshops, conferences, and student events that promote the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Science explores and explains phenomena around us. It is a way of gaining, organizing, applying, and conveying knowledge of that phenomena. Having science as one of the core contents in K-12 education is vital as it influences our culture and has allowed society to flourish.
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October 24, 2020
This stand-alone online workshop
for K-12 educators will showcase vetted exemplar NGSS lesson sequences
that infuse California’s Environmental Principles & Concepts. Teachers do not have to be a part of the ELCoP to participate in this workshop. The participation fee is paid for by the CELP grant. It is free to the participants.
Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: FREE for ALL! *
*Disregard the $125 fee on the flyer
SJCOE Environmental Literacy Distance Learning Workshop (1).pdf
California Health Education Framework (HEF) Rollout Project
The HEF Project aims to shift educators to more advanced student-centered, skill-based teaching and learning practices, as well as health content, while building a statewide system of support for health education.A series of professional learning opportunities will be provided in 2020 and 2021. The first session will focus on the overarching framework guidance and implementation resources to support educators.Join Us To:• Develop a deeper understanding of the CA Health Education Framework guidance• Connect with other educators to build your health education toolbox
Time: 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Session 1: October 13, 2020
Session 2: December 16, 2020
Session 3: January 28, 2021
Session 4: March 31, 2021
The Environmental Literacy Leadership Network will explore how to connect and partner with Community-Based organizations and collaborate on ways to infuse environmental literacy into our classrooms and schools.
Via Zoom- Link will be sent before the meeting
Santa Clara County Office of Education is dedicated to supporting elementary school educators and the many challenges of Distance Learning.
This one-hour weekly series will be for elementary teachers to network, learn, and share strategies for successful NGSS instruction in your current setting. The meeting will start as a whole group session and we will break out into grade-level teams. We will share resources, lessons, and units that can be adapted to distance learning. We will provide Next Generation Science Standards and 3-Dimensional Science Support. Everyone is welcome.
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Via Zoom- Link will be sent before the first meeting
October 5, 2020
October 12, 2020
October 19, 2020
October 26, 2020
Santa Clara County Office of Education is dedicated to supporting middle school educators and the many challenges of Distance Learning.
This one-hour weekly series will be for middle school teachers to network, learn and share strategies for successful NGSS instruction in your current setting. The meeting will start as whole group session and we will break out into grade-level teams. We will share resources, lessons, and units that can be adapted to distance learning. We will provide Next Generation Science Standards and 3-Dimensional Science Support. Everyone is welcome.
Home-Based Science & Engineering
October 10 & 27, 2020 | Cost: $45 (materials and shipping included)
Backyard Botany Workshop Series
October 14, 21 & 28 | Cost: FREE
Creative Reuse Materials
October 20 & 22, 2020 | Cost: $45 (materials and shipping included)
Virtual STEAM Showcase
October 27 & 29, 2020 | Cost: $45 (materials and shipping included)
RAFT STEAM Project Kit Series: Learning Progressions with Kits
October 29 & December 10 | Cost: $45 (materials and shipping included)
RAFT STEAM Project Kit Series: Hands- on in the Virtual Classroom
November 12, 2020 | Cost: $45 (materials and shipping included)
3rd grade in English | Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
3rd, 4th, & 5th grade in Spanish & English | Thursdays at 10 a.m.
4th & 5th grade in English | Tuesdays at 11 a.m.
Sessions will explore how redwood trees are able to grow so large and live for so long compared to other tree species
October 27 | Mission to the Moon (Grades K - 2) 10:30 am PT for English-only presentation
November 6 - 20 | 3-part Series: Solar System Explorations (Grades 3 - 5) 10:30 am PT on Fridays for English-only presentation
November 5 or 19 | Our Solar System and Beyond (Grades 6 - 8) 10:30 am PT for English-only presentation
Explore the worlds of our solar system and discover what makes each one unique! From tiny terrestrials to giant jovians, the planets nearby are shaping our understanding of the Universe beyond.
November 7, 2020
Support students in using data to draw conclusions and tell stories about the world. Prepare them to think critically about claims made based on data and correlations.
This three-hour online learning experience will be highly interactive and will engage you in small-group discussions and individual exploration. You will try out activities as a learner, as well as reflect with your peers on how to apply these ideas in your own teaching.
This workshop is designed for teachers of grades 6 - 12. All educators are welcome.
For the past ten years, the Silicon Valley Section of the American Chemical Society has provided elementary and secondary school educators with the tools they need for science programs. The section is pleased to once again announce a call for proposals from K-12 science teachers to apply for a BUBBLE grant of up to $1,000 for worthwhile science projects. Grants will be awarded for projects that enhance the teaching of physical, life or earth science. This grant program will consider funding of amounts requested in a proposal, but reserves the right to fund some proposals partially. The grant may not be used for teacher awards or compensation. Qualified uses of the funds are purchases related to the proposed project such as scientific equipment, instructional materials and/or supplies.
The annual grant program is open for applications on
The deadline for submission of all proposals is
The winners will be announced and contact by email after
For more information about Project Description, Proposal Evaluation or the Grant Terms and Conditions feel free to email:
The Forestry Challenge is an academic event for high school students in technical forestry and current forestry topics. Participants spend four days in the forest learning about the ecology and management of the forested landscapes that provide communities with water, recreational opportunities, wood products, and wildlife habitat. Students take on a rigorous critical thinking exercise which is timely and addresses current forestry topics such as wildfire, insects, and forest health.
Customized trainings for your district or school are available in the following areas:
Abby Sobrato Science and Sustainability Center at Walden West
Guadalupe River Parks & Gardens
Hillier Aviation Museum
The Tech Interactive (formerly The Tech Museum)
Youth Science Institute