San Diego
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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24th Annual Conference 

Be a session presenter by applying at this link… Speaker/Presenter proposal deadline is January 16, 2015.

Conference Presenter Application

The primary presenter of a session attends the conference free of charge. Any co-presenters will need to register at regular rates to attend.

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Conference Exhibitor Application

(commercial or non-profit)

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Register to attend

(San Diego Unified District, please register through Science Program Manager
, Don Whisman, at your district office)

Teachers in all other districts can save by
using this Registration Form (pdf) for group registration rates with a purchase order (P.O.) through your school or district office.
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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

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.

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


2015 Science Trek

The Next Generation Conference

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Richard Somerville

We are very pleased to announce Dr. Richard Somerville as our Keynote Speaker. 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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General Information
Elementary Level
Secondary Level
Over 500 very pleased teachers at this conference last year, can tell you what an outstanding event this is.

Job Opening
Director of Education

Elementary Institute of Science

EIS Background

The Elementary Institute of Science (EIS) is a nonprofit that has been providing engaging, hands-on science enrichment programs for students, ages 6 to 18, for the past 50 years. Our mission is to give children of all backgrounds opportunities to build a bright future by stimulating an understanding of science and technology. Located near the corner of Market and Euclid, our after school, weekend, and summer programs are a nationally respected model of STEM education, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Qualifications for the Director of Education Position

The ideal candidate for the Director of Education will have experience providing classroom instruction and supervising staff in a school or after school student enrichment program. Competitive candidates will have a teaching credential or a science background and Spanish language proficiency is a plus.

Director of Education Job Description

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Education’s key responsibility is to develop, oversee and evaluate STEM enrichment instruction for our students. The Director of Education recruits, trains and supervises instructors most of whom are graduate students or upper division undergraduate students with a STEM related degree or academic major. Additional responsibilities include cultivating relationships with local schools and other community organizations to recruit students and develop new programs. This position also maintains relationships with corporations, museums and individuals who provide STEM enrichment presentations and instructional resources.


Direct and shape curricula and teaching program

Recruit, hire, train and supervise teaching staff

Evaluate teacher performance and provide guidance for staff development

Ensure student safety and oversee applicable regulatory compliance

Ensure teaching staff is trained and complies with appropriate teacher-student interaction and supervision norms

Research and secure curricula enrichment resources such as field trips, visiting lecturers and demonstrations

Oversee proper use of educational equipment, classrooms and materials

Develop and maintain budget and prioritize expenditures for instructional staff, educational materials, supplies and field trip expenses

Conduct regular outreach presentations in schools and community based organizations to recruit new students and build awareness of EIS

Foster collaborative relationships with school administrators, other nonprofits and local universities’ education departments

Seek out partnerships with businesses, museums and other nonprofits to enhance the educational program and bring in additional educational resources and support

Document educational accomplishments and units of service, design and implement program evaluations

Where applicable, design program curricula to comply with local, state and national standards such as California’s Common Core Curriculum and the Next Generation Science Standards

With the help of EIS’ Administrative Director:

Publicize EIS programs to promote enrollment in target community

Develop, implement and oversee efficient electronic student registration and enrollment processes

Maintain regular communications with parents

Supervise and train Office Manager (reception/administrative staff) in Education Department tasks

With the help of Director of Development:

Design and implement new programs for the purpose of reaching more students and increasing revenues by both grant funding and fees for service

Supervise Program Administrator in performing the following tasks related to the Education Department:

Student registration and billing

Communications with parents

Supervision of student arrivals and pick up, and assist in student supervision

Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or Board of Directors

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Brandon Harrison:

Mailing address:

Director of Education Search Committee

Elementary Institute of Science

608 51st Street

San Diego, CA 92114

We will be accepting applications until the end of January but hope to begin interviews by the second week of January.


Science Conference
Over 500 science educators joined us in exploring Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards at "Science Trek - The Next Generation" Science Conference, March 1. Attendees experienced an amazing array of more that 80 excellent presentations, practical ideas, new resources, strategies, and model lessons. So many people commented on the energy and networking that are part of conference attendance, and how that enhanced their learning.

Thank you
Thank you to so many who volunteered, making this conference possible. If you are interested in a volunteer leadership opportunity, helping to shape science education professionalism, please contact SDSEA.
Thank you, as well, to our helpful co-sponsors for their support.

SDSEA Conference Co-Sponsors
San Diego Unified School District
San Diego County Office of Education
San Diego Science Alliance
Grossmont College

Thank You Conference Exhibitors
Exhibitors are an important part of any conference. Their financial support is essential for providing all the other facets of the conference.  The expertise provided by exhibitors is even more value to teachers with instructional problems to solve.

Stay in contact with exhibitors you met at the conference by clicking on their name to be linked to their web site.

San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative (SDCaN)

California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC)

Acorn Naturalists

San Diego Archaeological Center

Achieve 3000

Robotis Inc.

Boojum Institute for Experiential Education

San Diego Computer Using Educators (SDCUE)

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

San Diego Maker Faire

SCI Foundation - American Wilderness Leadership School

Coastal Studies For Girls

Living Coast Discovery Center

San Diego Zoo Global

San Diego Natural History Museum

U.S. Geological Survey California Water Science

San Diego County Office of Education Outdoor Education

San Diego Science Educators Association (SDSEA)


National Park Service - Cabrillo National Monument

San Diego Super Computer Center at UCSD

First Investors Inc.

California State Parks PORTS Program


UCLA Biomedical Library - National Library of Medicine

Lockheed Martin

California Science Teachers Association (CSTA)

Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair (GSDSEF)

 CPO Science and Frey Scientific

Delta Education

Werkz Publishing

LEGOLAND California

Life Sciences Summer Institute

Sea World San Diego Education/Conservation Programs

National Geographic Learning - Cengage Learning

Klein Educational Systems

San Diego Coastkeeper

Project SWELL


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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