See our Environmental Education Section below for additional information.
Thank you for subscribing to the Delta Sierra Science Newsletter, a publication of the San Joaquin County Office of Education and the Delta Sierra Science Project. The state roll out of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) continues in 2020-21 throughout the state of California as the transition progresses towards the full implementation of the science standards and assessments supported by the newly adopted California Science Framework.
Please contact our SJCOE STEM Programs office if you have any questions or concerns at 209.468.4880 and visit our website at http://www.sjcoescience.org/
STEM Teacher Professional Development and Announcements
SJCOE STEM Programs Professional Learning
SJCOE Distance Learning Support Modules
Join the SJCOE Educational Service Distance Learning Team and view any or all of the 5-part series of Workshops for Virtual and Blended Learning. Purchase one PLC unit to help you move over on the salary schedule.
Module 1 - Essential Skills for Virtual and Blended Learning
Module 2- Model Lessons for Virtual and Blended Learning
Module 3 - Lesson Planning for Virtual and Blended Learning
Module 4 - Unfinished and Learning Loss
Module 5 - Designated ELD in a Virtual Setting
SJCOE Climate Change Summit
California Environmental Literacy Project
September 26, 2020 8:00 AM - 2:15 PM
Learn from scientific experts about climate change to support your teaching of this complex topic. Guest speakers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, UC Davis, The Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory / CalTech will present the science of climate change. Grade band-specific breakout sessions will provide a chance for educators to share ideas on implementation.
This online workshop for K-12 educators will showcase vetted exemplar NGSS lesson sequence that infuse California's Environmental Principles and Concepts. Teachers do not have to be a part of Region 6 Community of Practice to participate in this workshop.
Join us for an interactive video series and online dialogue - Making the Change to Next Generation Science Teaching and Learning - to hear practical insights and research findings from national experts, district and state leaders, and teachers who participated in a multi-year Investing in Innovation (i3) study of professional learning.
Are you looking to build your distance learning toolbox? Join the Region 6 STEM Team Distance Learning workshops as we a tackle difference online tool each week. Free Weekly workshops include highlighting a single online tool with built-in opportunities for discussion, collaboration and reflection.
Regional STEM Opportunities and Resources for Teachers
The Exploratorium believes that learning is joyful and lifelong. By creating inquiry-based experience and tools that spark wonder; offer hands-on experiences; and encourage questions, explorations, and individual discovery, they're transforming the way people learn. Learning this way empowers people to figure things out for themselves-about science, but also about any topic, claim or idea.
If you're a teacher, parent, after-school educator, or professional developer, there are lots of unique resources for you.
The CA NGSS 3D Assessment Implementation Modules website is designed to provide teachers with assessment resources that support high-quality 3-dimensional learning for formative and summative purposes. The website resources for analyzing, modifying and creating assessment items include:
See Nature Differently with the Youth Design Challenge
Challenging times call for new ways of problem solving. Now is the time to empower your students to re-imagine a sustainable world with nature-inspired design.
The Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge is now open for registration for the 2020-2021 school year! While social distancing may be drawing students and teachers apart, the opportunity to grow closer to nature through STEM-rich biomimicry learning has never been more important.
Dinner with a Scientist is going virtual this year!! - Zoomin' with a Scientist
Zoomin' with a Scientist is an evening of inspiration and insight for middle and high school students who may be interested in entering the field of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). Students will get the rare opportunity to spend 15-20 minutes with four different STEM professionals of their choice. STEM volunteers will discuss their professions and answer any questions the students may have. More information will be available soon.
Hold the Date: November 5, 2020, 6-8pm
LLNL Distance Learning
The sensors that are part of almost every mobile phone provide a great opportunity to improve students' experiences with physics. Making measurements with high-quality sensors enables them to engage in science and engineering practices as they learn core disciplinary ideas.
LLNL Distance Learning is a series of presentations outlining a wide range of experiments that are well-aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. These were being developed for the classroom, but many can be done by students in their own homes. Some have been successfully piloted in high school physics classes. Presentation titles below are available to download by visiting LLNL Distance Learning. Send feedback or questions to Dr. Dave Rakestraw at email@example.com.
The Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center is a regional center for STEM and environmental exploration. It sits on over 200 acres of land nestled in a large meander of the San Joaquin River in Manteca, California. Several miles of hiking trails, seasonal ponds, oak woodlands, a meadow, over 80 acres of wild riparian forest, various picnic areas, a working farm, and the shores of the mighty San Joaquin River are a few highlights of this special place. Please visit our website for more information.
Youth for Environmental Literacy - Virtual High School Youth Meeting
Are you at a high school in San Joaquin County and passionate about the environment? YEL (Youth for Environmental Literacy) if you are!
High school students and advisors are invited to attend our inaugural meeting of YEL (Youth for Environmental Literacy) on Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 10 am - 12 pm. All high school students are invited to attend whether you participate in an Enviro Club at your school or not. Maybe YOU will be the person to get a club started.
The CPEL Network (Community Partners for Environmental Literacy) will be meeting virtually on
November 17, 2020
February 11, 2021
May 13, 2021
The goal of CPEL is to convene environmental education partners in the community who are embedded in EL work, and connect those partners and their work to the students, schools and districts in San Joaquin County. For more information or to be added to CPEL distribution list, please contact 209.468.4880 or email
All field trips are temporarily on hold due to COVID-19.
MEANDER field trips, Grades 3-5
The San Joaquin County Office of Education has field trip opportunities for students in grades 3-5. Field Trip cost: $300 for a class of no more than 32 students. We can accommodate up to three classes of students at a time for this field trip. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
BioBlitz field trips, Grades 6-12
Students will work in small groups to identify and record the predominant species at the Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center. Students will hike, use maps, data sheets and iPads to contribute their observations to the iNaturalist app and help build a data base of the local species.
Field Trip cost: $300 for a class of no more than 32 students. We can accommodate up to two classes of students at a time for this field trip. For more information, please contact email@example.com
Volunteer at Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center
Are you passionate about nature? Would you like to share your love for the outdoors with elementary school students? Volunteers will help run science activities, hike to the San Joaquin River, work with student groups in grades 3 - 5. Please register here
Please email Kristine Stepping for more information regarding programs at Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center : firstname.lastname@example.org
California Environmental Literacy Initiative
The California Environmental Literacy Initiative (CAELI), led by Ten Strands, works statewide with guidance from a leadership council to create systems change in support of environmental literacy with a focus on access, equity, and cultural relevance for all students. Learn more.
Online Resources to teach climate change in K-12 classroom:
A student's guide to global climate change: epa.gov
The SJCOE FabLab is a state of the art maker space. Students come for field trips or a series of field trips and learn to engineer using circuits, 3D printers, hand tools, laser cutters and more. Students address NGSS Engineering Design standards through fun activities like engineering a bridge to test and destroy, or building a robot to complete simple task. There are virtual field trip options for grades K-12. If you are interested in scheduling a virtual field trip or just have questions
Teaching Opportunities for Partners in Science (TOPS) is a program that places individuals with a background in STEM at your school where they teach hands-on lessons. Each volunteer spends about 8 hours per month at a specific school site where together with a teacher they help provide interactive, hands-on science and engineering lessons. If you are interested in having the program at your school or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Lissa Gilmore: email@example.com or 209-468-4880 for more information.
San Joaquin County Office of Education STEM Programs is the CCSESA Region 6 Science Lead and the Co-Director of the Delta Sierra Science Project, a California Subject Matter Project. Thank you for reading our newsletter.