Get Integrated: How Can I Make the Time for Environmental Learning as Celebrated by NGSS and Foregrounded by the California Science Framework?
All educators are pressed for time; teachers can “make time” by using an integrated instructional strategy that builds on the proven synergy of ELA and science. Join a talented group of teacher-leaders as we introduce a practical approach for integrating across traditional content boundaries. The E5E, or Environmental 5E, approach to learning weaves HSS, ELA, and science instruction into one engaging whole via the Cross-Cutting Concepts (CCCs). With practice, teachers find that demands on their planning time are reduced, that children are more motivated, and that teaching is more fun!
Presenters: Beth Callaghan; Alejandra Santini, Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH); Robyn Stone, Science & Technology Outreach Foundation
Moderator: Kurt Holland
Beth Callaghan develops teacher professional development programs for the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Education Division. After earning Master's degrees in biological sciences from Smith College and science education from Duke University, Beth taught a variety of high school science courses and provided professional development for science teachers of at-risk and incarcerated youth in Massachusetts. Since moving to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Education Division eight years ago, Beth has worked with a highly collaborative team to incorporate the building of environmental identity and environmental literacy into Aquarium programs. As part of their work to incorporate culturally responsive teaching and developing and empowering a diverse group of young leaders who are inspired, science literate, confident and ready to act as agents of ocean conservation, she recently launched a year-long Climate Action Projects Summit for classroom and informal educators who work with youth in Grades 6-12. Her passion for field work and getting students outside is equaled only by her passion for making the science process engaging, relevant and accessible to all.
Alejandra Santini is a multiage teacher at Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH), currently teaching K-1-2. Her experience expands more than 25 years including teaching and leadership in settings from early childhood to graduate school. Alejandra has a MEd from UCLA. Her mission is to promote an image of children as “competent, active, critical, producers of culture, values, and rights, competent in living and learning” (Carlina Rinaldi). This image of children guides her to find and refine best practices. Throughout her career she has found that project based education, focused on the processes of the mind and on seeking depth of understanding, is pedagogically aligned with her image of children.
Robyn Stone is the STEM Education Programs Manager for Synopsys Science & Technology Outreach Foundation. Additionally, Robyn is an adjunct faculty instructor for UCSC Silicon Valley Extension. She has been presenting courses and workshops in engineering, environmental education, inquiry-based science, and mathematics to educators at regional and national conferences for over a decade. Robyn also serves the San Mateo Environmental Literacy Collaborative as an instructional coach. Previously, Robyn was STEM Specialist and Sustainability Coordinator for The Harker School in San Jose. An elementary school classroom teacher and science specialist for 13 years, Robyn holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from University of San Francisco. She has National Geographic Educator Certification and holds both the Administrative Services and Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials issued by the State of California.
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