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Science Educators

The San Diego Science Educators Association is a professional organization supporting science educators. Our mission is to promote science literacy and advocate for science education by promoting professionalism, leadership, and community outreach.

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Conference registration has closed for now. On site registration will be available beginning at 7:45 a.m., Saturday, in Griffin Center on the Grossmont College Campus.

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7:45 - 3:45

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 Grossmont College Campus Map

Free parking all day in the Parking Structure
(#56 on the map)

Check in first at Griffin Center (#60 on the map) for registration, name tags, lunch tickets, printed programs, materials pick up and morning coffee, beginning at 7:45 a.m.

Presentations begin at 8:15 a.m.

Door Prize drawings for exhibitor donations, will occur throughout the day in the Griffin Center Exhibits Area.  Win a $350 gift certificate from SDSEA, drawn at the close of the conference.

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Conference Exhibitors for 2015

Thank you Ward's Science for assisting with conference sponsorship

Visit these companies and organizations in the exhibit area, and on line, using the links provided. Their participation helps make the conference possible.

Ward’s Science - conference cooperating sponsor

Activate Learning

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

California Science Teachers Association (CSTA)

California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC)

Delta Education

Earth Discovery Institute

Explore Learning

First Investors Inc.

CPO Science and Frey Scientific

Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair (GSDSEF)

Jeanne's Garden program for Children

LEGOLAND California

Living Coast Discovery Center

Master Gardeners

National Weather Service

National Park Service - Cabrillo National Monument

Project Cornerstone, Inc.

Quantum Applied Science and Research, Inc.

Sally Ride Science, Inc.

San Diego Archaeological Center

San Diego Coastkeeper

San Diego County Office of Education Outdoor Education

San Diego Natural History Museum

San Diego Science Alliance

San Diego Science Educators Association

Seeds Software

UCLA Biomedical Library - National Library of Medicine

UCSD Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment

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Conference Features

This energizing conference offers you all of this and more: NGSS and Common Core Standards, awareness and planning tips, expert Featured Speakers, natural sciences strand, practical ideas, STEM strands, model lessons, hands-on workshops, exhibitors and door prizes, college credit available.

70 sessions to choose from, so you'll get just what you need

Saturday, February 28, 2015

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Grossmont College

Session Sampler

Be sure to check the interactive conference schedule link above

The sessions shown below are scheduled for the February 28 Conference. In addition to these, John Spiegel, Science Coordinator at the San Diego County Office of Education, will be giving a timely update on NGSS plans statewide and locally, while Don Whisman, Science Program Manager for San Diego Unified, will offer sessions for ways to make NGSS and Common Core concepts work together.

NGSS Specific Strand

NGSS 101: An Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards:  Become aware of the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the development, intent and design of the Next Generation Science Standards adopted by California.  Learn how to read the architecture of the NGSS and example key components. 

NGSS 102: Exploring the Instructional Shifts of the Next Generation Science Standards:   Delve deeper into the intent and design of NGSS and some of its supporting appendices, analyze key instructional shifts and reflect on how to adapt available resources to assist in planning for instructional changes. 

NGSS Performance Expectations:   Understand the shift in the NGSS from content knowledge to a focus on performance expectations.  Analyze a learning progression for success during classroom formative assessments or district benchmark assessments of the PE.

Understanding the NGSS Middle Grades Learning Progressions:   Explore the State Board of Education’s preferred integrated standards for middle school and the alternative discipline specific model.  Discuss possible implementation strategies for the integrated model. 

Linking NGSS and CCSS:   Learn how to use the Science Literacy Professional Learning Module as a resource to help K-12 teachers better understanding how literacy (speaking, listening, writing and reading) deepen student understanding of science.

Environmental Strand

San Diego Children and Nature Strand

Bird Behavior and Biology - Start in Your School Yard: K - 5

Watersheds and Restoration in San Diego Bay:

Engaging Students as Citizen Scientists: 3 - 12

The Power of Scientific Illustration: K - 12

and many more...

2015 Science Trek

The Next Generation Conference

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Richard Somerville


"What Does A Climate Scientist Think We Should Do About Climate Change?"

Dr. Somerville is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD, and was a major contributor to work resulting in the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Dr. Somerville was a Coordinating Lead Author for the Fourth Assessment Report (2007) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007. The Nobel Committee cited IPCC, “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.” 

In addition to authoring or editing over 200 research journal articles, he is the author of The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change (2008). This accessible book presents in clear, jargon-free language the science of global change, including human-induced climate change, the ozone hole, acid rain, and air pollution.

In 2009 he co-authored The Copenhagen Diagnosis, a report by 26 experts from 8 countries. It is a brief and readable update of recent developments in climate change science. It synthesized the latest policy-relevant science for the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen, in December, 2009.

Dr. Somerville’s research includes the physics of clouds and their role in the climate system, and fundamental contributions to the mathematical and physical foundations of computer models for the dynamics of fluid flows, weather prediction, and climate simulation.

He is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Meteorological Society, is currently the Science Director of Climate (a web site “making science heard and understood”), he's testified before Congress, trained teachers, and has been a climate change consultant for ABC News.

This quote summarizes his current endeavors:

"Perhaps the most important function of climate science on an issue of broad interest like global warming is to help educate the public and to provide useful input into the policy process. Governments, corporations, and individuals should listen to and learn from the science, just as intelligent people listen to their physicians when their health is in question. Good science input can inform wise policy making. The role of scientists is to help assess the science and present it in an intelligible way that is policy relevant."

- The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change


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Over 500 very pleased teachers attending this conference last year, can tell you what an outstanding event this is.

Robert A. Dean
Memorial Scholarship

Bob Dean was an inspiring leader in science education for decades both locally and nationally.  As Science Coordinator at the San Diego County Office of Education, he founded the Greater San Diego Science Teachers Association, which later became SDSEA.  He also helped found the San Diego Computer Using Educators Association (SDCUE). In addition he established the Southern California Association of Science Supervisors (SCASS) and was president of the National Science Supervisors Association, later to become NSELA.  After "retiring" from the County Office of Education, he and his wife Melanie wrote, received, and coordinated many NSF grants for summer science teacher training academies at UCSD.

Bob's impact on science education in our area and beyond was amazing.  He constantly sought to bring out the best in everyone around him, and tirelessly encouraging others to pursue their dreams.  In this spirit, SDSEA is announcing a science leadership scholarship fund in his memory. Details are available by clicking the "Scholarships" link at the left.


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