California Educator

October/November 2021

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Phenomenal Resource The Exploratorium supports K‑12 science teachers statewide By Sherry Posnick‑Goodwin © Exploratorium, T H E E X P L O R A T O R I U M in San Francisco is a museum of science, art and human perception where visitors don't just look at exhibits — they play with them. For example, you can dance with your own shadow, touch a tornado, mix colors and break light apart. You can also suspend a ball in a stream of air and stamp your feet to create a miniature earthquake. The museum has been cre- ating interactive exhibits since 1969 for science buffs of all ages. It's a fantastic field trip, but visiting the Exploratorium is just one of many ways educators can take advantage of what it has to offer. There's also a plethora of free online and in-person resources and trainings available to teachers throughout California that are designed to make science fun, engaging and hands-on for K-12 students. In fact, the Exploratorium is playing a strong role in supporting the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) across the state. "Our goal is promoting equitable K-12 science education for all students in California by supporting teachers at all levels of their careers," says Lori Lambertson, director of the Exploratorium's Teacher Institute. "We have professional development geared for beginning teachers, experienced science teachers, and those in leadership posi- tions like TO SAs [teachers on special assignment] and department heads. We believe that science keeps students inter- ested in what's going on around them — and that science can be integrated into all subject matter." Professional development a priority e Teacher Institute provides professional development for middle and high school teachers, and the Institute for Inquiry focuses on K-5 science education. Both Daisy Yeung uses a bug-catcher for a science experiment. "They are constantly developing new classes, updating their curriculum, and responding to the needs of teachers and changes in education." —Daisy Yeung, Sequoia District Teachers Association 37 O C T O B E R / N O V E M B E R 2 0 21 Teaching & Learning

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