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Astronomy Teaching Workshop

Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) Southwest Regional Teaching Exchange
May 6, 2017
presented by CAE Southwest Regional Teaching Exchange Coordinator, Rica French (MiraCosta College)

CAE Regional Teaching Exchanges are designed to foster a sense of community amongst geographically linked current and future Astro 101 instructors. Those at CAE don’t want you to feel isolated, and they don’t want you to have to wait to attend (or re-attend) a CAE Tier I workshop to continue your professional development. They have regional experts from the broader CAE community ready, willing, and able to provide the opportunity for you to meet your neighbors, expand your instructional repertoire, and share your own expertise.

So grab your colleagues—instructors, graduate students, and postdocs, alike—and join the Exchange!

Additional information and registration can be found online.

Summer Teaching Workshops

More than 60 summer Modeling Workshops™ in high school physics, chemistry, physical science, biology, and middle school science will be offered, in many states. Most are two or three weeks long.

CEUs; optional graduate credit. Stipends at grant-funded sites.
Modeling Instruction is research-informed, interactive engagement pedagogy.
Ask your school administration to help pay. Mention the research on NGSS readiness: Modelers are better prepared to transition to NGSS than other teachers, research shows.


Workshop descriptions:


Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program and a Promising Educational Technology program by the U.S. Department of Education.

Modeling Workshops are peer-led. Content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through activities alternately in roles of student or teacher, as they practice techniques of guided inquiry and cooperative learning. Models and theories are the purpose and the outcomes of scientific practices. They are tools for engineering design and problem solving. Thus, modeling guides all other practices.

Each MODELING WORKSHOP has these features:

Aligned with National Science Education Standards
Focuses on all 8 scientific practices of NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education.
Addresses multiple learning styles.
Addresses student naive conceptions.
Collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.
Systems, models, modeling.
Coherent curriculum framework, but not a curriculum; thus flexible.
Compatible with Socratic methods, project-based instruction, PBL, etc.
Science & math literacy.
Authentic assessments.
High-tech and low-tech options for labs.

Physics and Astronomy instructors needed for Summer and Fall

Physics and Astronomy instructors needed for Summer and Fall 2017 at Orange Coast College

The Department of Physics and Department of Astronomy at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa has vacancies in the following subjects for the Summer 8 Week session and Fall 2017 full semester (June 26-August 4; August 28-December 16)

Astronomy Laboratory (Astronomy 100L)
Conceptual Physics (Physics 110)
Algebra Based Physics and Lab (Physics 120 and 120L)
Calculus Based Physics and Lab (Physics 185 and 185L; 280 and 280L; 285 and 285L)

If you are interested in teaching in any of the above subjects, please contact Tara Giblin via email ( or phone (714-432-5093) for more details.

Physics and Chemistry instructors needed for Fall 2017

Norco College of the Riverside Community College District is looking to hire a few part-time Physics and Chemistry instructors for this coming Fall 2017 semester from 8/28/17 to 12/14/17.

Minimum Qualifications: Master Degree in Physics for the physics position and Master degree in Chemistry for the chemistry position.

If interested, please email your resume or CV to

Summer program for students

The application deadline for the Caltech Community Science Academy is this Saturday, April 15.

The program is open to all students who will be in grades 9 to 12 next year.

Information and application is online:

UCR QuarkNet workshop

The UC Riverside QuarkNet group will host a two day teacher workshop on Thursday, July 27th and Friday, July 28th at the UCR Department of Physics and Astronomy.  The workshop will review the science of particle and physics and go through some analysis exercises with data from the CMS experiment. Teachers will receive a stipend of $100 / day.  Travel expenses and lodging for those outside of a reasonable commute distance may be covered.

A complete flyer can be found online: you are a teacher and would like to take part in the workshop, please contact Owen Long ( by June 1, 2017.Hurry! Space and budget are limited.  


Lunch and workshop reservations are due

Those interested in the $10 box lunch option need to complete the reservation form immediately. Reservations are due Monday, April 3.

Likewise, the workshop reservations are also due Monday, April 3.

SCAAPT Spring Meeting
April 8, 2017
Loyola Marymount University

Free Professional Development Opportunity

MiraCosta College and the Center for Astronomy Education invite all current and future astronomy instructors (and other related disciplines such as physics, earth/space science, etc.) to the 2017 CAE Southwest Regional Teaching Exchange.

Registration is free. We expect to provide light morning refreshments and a modest lunch.
Saturday, 06 May 2016
MiraCosta College, Oceanside Campus, Room 4526
Oceanside, CA

Whether you have been to a CAE Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop or not, everyone is welcome. Discussions range from active engagement strategies to availability of research-validated curricula, online vs. on-ground, implementation issues, classroom management techniques, and more. Have you seen the materials and Lecture Tutorials on detecting exoplanets using gravitational microlensing and transits? How about the radio astronomy curriculum and Tutorial? Want to talk about teaching in a flipped classroom environment? What else will help you and your students achieve your learning goals? Your needs guide our discussions.

Astronomy instructors wanted (multiple positions)

MiraCosta College has multiple openings for part-time astronomy instructors for Fall 2017.

All courses run 21 August through 16 December 2017.

ASTR 101: Descriptive Astronomy (multiple sections including one online)
ASTR 101L: Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory (two sections)
ASTR 120: Life in the Universe (one section)

Full job announcement with details is here.

All interested parties MUST apply online at <> and submit an application to the “Astronomy Associate (Part-time) Instructor 2017/2018” pool.

Spring Meeting deadlines

FYI: Lunch reservations and workshop reservations are due Monday, April 3. Please complete the online forms soon so we may have accurate counts.
SCAAPT Spring Meeting
April 8, 2017
Loyola Marymount University
The meeting website has information on all aspects of the meeting, including:

Information about the invited speakers: Jonas Mureika, Walter Buell and Michelle Feynman… and just added… Arnold Silver, one of the inventors of the SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device)!
Titles and abstracts of the member contributed presentations.
Logistics information- maps, parking directions and lunch options.