2012 Conference Early Registration Option
You can now register extra early for the 2012 California Science Education Conference in San Jose. This is a great option for those teachers looking to use some of this year’s unspent funds to attend the conference in the fall. This option is only available using the early registration form available for download by clicking here. Because this is early registration, and not all of the details have been finalized, ticketed events are not available for registration. Ticketed events will be available for purchase when registration officially opens on June 1.
Even if you don’t have funds from this year that you are looking to use for next, the registration form provides you the information you need to budget for next year. Please view the registration form for 2012 conference registration rates.
The 2012 conference will feature all of your favorites aspects, including 150+ standards-aligned workshops, fun evening events, the exhibit hall, focus speakers, and two keynote speakers. In addition the 2012 conference will offer special programming tracks for:
- Next Generation Science Standards
- Common Core Standards
- Primary and Elementary Science
Group Registration Available
With all that is developing and coming in the near future for science education in California, you cannot afford to miss this conference. Stay current and gain knowledge to bring back to your colleagues, or better yet, bring them with you to get the information first hand. CSTA offers group registration rates for groups of 20 or more educators – for only $1,700 your school or district can register 20 teachers for three days of professional development. Registration and payment for all 20+ teachers must be received by July 1 to take advantage of this offer, the price goes up to $100/person in a group of 20 or more after July 1.
Housing Reservations Available
CSTA has negotiated discounted Hotel rates with the Marriott - Host Hotel, Hilton, Fairmont, Hyatt Place (formerly Crowne Plaza), Saint Claire & the Ramada Limited. All properties are within an easy walk of the Conference. All reservations must be booked through Conference Housing to receive these discounted rates.
More information on events and online registration will be available June 1. Stay tuned to CCS for information.
by Michelle French
Since the public reviews of the Next Generation Science Standards have come to a close, like many primary teachers, I’ve been wondering what science will look like in kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms. Learn More…
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Responses from Readers:
Peter A’Hearn: Rush hour in little blue circle land.
by Valerie Joyner
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by Tim Williamson
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The election is being conducted electronically and opened for voting on April 16, 2013. Voting will close on May 16, 2013. All CSTA members were sent links to the online ballot. Members for whom we do not have current email addresses or who request a paper ballot have been mailed a ballot and candidate statements. Learn More…