SuperSchool Teacher Training Seminars

SuperSchool teacher training seminars are offered periodically and in a variety of subject areas. SuperSchool helps to enable teachers to broaden their science expertise, jump start their course content and renew their teaching spirit along with their colleagues. SuperSchool is open to teachers at regular public schools, dependent charter schools, independent charter schools with 501(c)(3) public charity status and private non-profit schools with 501(c)(3) public charity status located in California.

Review the class descriptions, instructor profiles and CEU information below.  A link to the SuperSchool registration form is located at the bottom of this page.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Got (Plant) Science?
Instructor: Gloriane Hirata
For teachers of grades K-8
(teachers of other grades may find this seminar not quite as useful, but definitely interesting)
Oak Grove High School, 285 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose 95123
Room X – 10 (enter second parking lot off Eagles Lane
                                                                9:30 am – 3:30 pm,   Wednesday July 12, 2017   (note: the Tuesday July 11 class is full.  This second class has been added).

This is the fourth workshop in the Got Science? series taught by Gloriane Hirata.

The emphasis for this session will be botany.  All workshops in this series focus on using common materials found in schools, homes, and the local shops in your community.  You don’t need expensive equipment to teach science concepts.  The world will be our lab, and we just need to take a closer look to find the “science” behind the things that we use every day.

These activities were designed to supplement what you already do in your classroom. All activities are correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Note to Participants: Some activities from the previous Home and Garden and Got Science? workshops may be included in this session, but will be explored in greater depth.Activities in this workshop may be “messy” so please dress appropriately.

The seminar is appropriate for teachers in grades K-8.  Teachers of other grades may find this seminar not quite as useful, but definitely interesting. There are no course pre-requisites.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Plants: Their Parts and What They Do with Them
“digging into more about seeds, roots, leaves, etc.”
Instructor: Heidi Black
For teachers of grades 3-8 (but all interested parties are welcome)
Oak Grove High School, 285 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose 95123
Room X – 10 (enter second parking lot off Eagles Lane
9:30 am – 3:30 pm, July 13, 2017

Let’s take a look at these taken-for-granted organisms that provide us with both the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat. We’ll dissect them, look at growing them, explore their reproductive parts, their ingenious adaptations, and the processes of photosynthesis and respiration.

Participants will come away with an understanding some of the ways plants survive in a world when they are “stuck” in place, and an appreciation for their ability to adjust and defend. We will discover NGSS aligned methods of getting students to defend and argue their way through plants.

You’ll leave with a copy of Botany on Your Plate (Accidental Scientist Series) as well as equipment that will help bring the plant lessons into the classroom or school garden.

The seminar is appropriate for teachers of grades 3-8. The course uses the NGSS standards in grades 3-8 as a guideline, but all interested teachers are welcome. This class was last offered during the summer of 2016.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Got (Animal) Science?
Instructor: Gloriane Hirata
For teachers of grades K-8
(teachers of other grades may find this seminar not quite as useful, but definitely interesting)
Oak Grove High School, 285 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose 95123
Room X – 10 (enter second parking lot off Eagles Lane
                                                           9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (note: the Tuesday July 18 class is full.  This second class has been added).

This is the fifth workshop in the “Got Science” series.  The emphasis for this session will be zoology.  All workshops in this series will focus on using common materials found in schools, homes, and the local shops in your community.  You don’t need expensive equipment to teach science concepts.  The world will be our lab, and we just need to take a closer look to find the “science” behind the things that we use every day.

These activities were designed to supplement what you already do in your classroom. All activities are correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Note to Participants: Some activities from the previous Home and Garden and Got Science? workshops may be included in this session, but will be explored in greater depth. Activities in this workshop may be “messy” so please dress appropriately.

The seminar is appropriate for teachers in grades K-8. Teachers of other grades may find this seminar not quite as useful, but definitely interesting. There are no course pre-requisites.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Waves: Light, Sound, Action
Instructor: Heidi Black
For teachers of grades 4-12 (but all interested parties are welcome)
Oak Grove High School, 285 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose 95123
Room X – 10 (enter second parking lot off Eagles Lane
9:30 am – 3:30 pm, July 20, 2017

This NGSS-based course will use wave characteristics and phenomena to answer some big questions such as, “How do we know what we know?” We will use Slinkies, bottles, and laser pointers to help us understand how we know the universe is expanding and how we can build structures that will better withstand earthquakes.  Teachers will learn through doing and go home with materials necessary to do the activities in class.  There will be something for everyone from 4th grade through high school.

The seminar is appropriate for teachers of grades 4-12. This class was last offered during the summer of 2016.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Instructor Profiles

Heidi Strahm Black holds credentials in physics and biology and has been with the East Side Union High School District for over 30 years.  Heidi spent a year as a Teacher-in-Residence with the Exploratorium and her focus is hands-on learning. She has contributed to the Exploratorium’s curriculum and published in The Physics Teacher.  For the past 15 years Heidi has worked with science fairs at all levels, from individual elementary schools to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Gloriane Hirata retired as the Science Coordinator from the Santa Clara County Office of Education.  With over 30 years of experience in education, Gloriane began her career in elementary and middle school classrooms.  She has also worked outside the public school system as science product manager of an educational software company, manager for The Tech Museum, and educational director for Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT).  Gloriane has served on several non-profit boards, including RAFT and California Science Teachers Association and has also chaired and co-chaired two CSTA statewide conferences. Gloriane has spent the second half of her career providing professional development seminars/workshops to classroom teachers in science.  Even in retirement, she continues to pursue her interest in working with teachers.

Continuing Education Units

CEUs are handled through San Jose State University. If you have a question about CEUs, please call 408-924-2685 or email ceuprograms@sjsu.edu. SuperSchool classes have been approved for Continuing Education Units CEUs. Please note: Ten hours of instruction are required for each CEU and are awarded only in whole number increments (1.0, 2.0, etc.) Each SuperSchool class is only 5 hours in duration, so to receive 1.0 CEU, you must complete at least 2 SuperSchool Classes. Here’s how it works:

If you take 1 SuperSchool class, you are eligible for 0 CEUs.
If you take 2 SuperSchool classes, you are eligible for 1 CEU.
If you take 3 SuperSchool classes, you are eligible for 1 CEU.
If you take 4 SuperSchool classes, you are eligible for 2 CEUs.

We’ll have the paperwork available at each class. FYI, 1 CEU costs $ 60, payable to SJSU.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________
Click here to register for SuperSchool classes