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WISRD Lecture Series

 All are welcome to attend the WISRD Lecture and Poster Session May 8th at Wildwood School @ 11811 W. Olympic Blvd.
Poster Session at 6:30
Lecture at 7:30
Dr. Marc Rayman will be the speaker, his topic:
To Boldly Go… Well, You Know:
NASA’s Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt
 The ambitious and exciting Dawn mission is one of NASA’s most remarkable ventures into the solar system. The spacecraft completed a spectacular exploration of Vesta in 2011-2012 and arrived in orbit around Ceres in 2015. These were among the last uncharted worlds in the inner solar system prior to Dawn. They are the two largest residents of the main asteroid belt, that vast collection of bodies between Mars and Jupiter. Ceres is so large that it is included in the category of dwarf planets, along with Pluto. The alien landscapes Dawn reveals provide humankind with a new perspective on the solar system. Remnants from the time that planets were formed, Ceres and Vesta hold clues that will help scientists understand the dawn of the solar system.


Dawn is the only spacecraft ever to orbit a dwarf planet and is the only one ever to orbit any two extraterrestrial destinations. It has also maneuvered extensively in orbit to optimize its observations. Such a mission would be impossible without the use of ion propulsion, a technology that has largely been in the domain of science fiction, but which was tested extensively on the Deep Space 1 mission, paving the way for Dawn.


Dr. Marc Rayman will give a fascinating and entertaining presentation on the Dawn mission and its use of ion propulsion as well as its two exotic destinations. He also will share the excitement and profundity of controlling a spacecraft in deep space.

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.

Summer Teaching Opportunities

 The University of California Irvine Gifted Students Academy has several teaching opportunities in the physical sciences for summer 2017. Specifically, teachers are needed for middle and high school physics.( Forensic science and environmental science teachers are also needed. )Please email inquiries to Darlene Boyd Ed.D. at :  Telephone 949-824-8927You are welcome to e mail resume or CV as well.

High school physics teacher opening

St. Margaret’s is seeking an engaging Upper School Science Teacher with a background in physics to teach AP Physics C. The teacher would also likely be able to design and teach an elective of their choice. The Science Department is part of a highly functioning and highly achieving Upper School of 475 bright, dedicated students and 60 talented faculty members.Minimum requirements:3 years’ teaching experienceB. S. degree in Physics, Engineering or associated degreePreferred requirements:Teaching experience in an independent schoolM. S. degree in PhysicsInterested and qualified applicants should send cover letters and resumes to

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 Physics Teaching Opportunities

Dear Physics Teachers,


We are writing to let you know about several summer physics and engineering teaching opportunities in the Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco Bay areas (with a bonus opportunity in Seattle!). Please see below for more information.


Physics and Engineering

Teaching Opportunities – Summer 2017


We are seeking enthusiastic instructors for our summer programs for gifted students in grades 2-12. CTY offers intense, 3-week academic programs for highly talented students from across the country and around the world. As science instructors you will have the opportunity to gain experience teaching gifted students, work in a small class setting (approximately 12-18 students, depending on the age group) with an assistant in each room, utilize a generous lab budget, and receive a competitive salary. Room & board are provided at residential locations, but staff local to the site can commute daily and do not have to live on campus. Courses are held over two 3-week sessions. Staff can work one or both sessions where available. Full course descriptions, job descriptions, and application can be found on our website:


We are currently seeking instructor candidates for the following courses, at the listed locations (all locations offer room & board, unless noted as “non-residential”):


Fast-Paced High School Physics

                Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, July 15 – Aug 5

Covers material (such as Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism) ordinarily included in a year-long algebra-based high school physics course intended to prepare students to take AP Physics C the following year. Competitive instructor candidates have undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in Physics, and have taught AP Physics.


The Physics of Engineering

Dominican University, San Rafael, CA, June 22 – July 15

The Nueva School, San Mateo, CA, June 29 – July 22

Through hands-on activities demonstrating basic physics, students examine Newton’s laws and […]

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.  


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.