January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

2014 Call for Workshop and Short Course Proposals

Posted: Monday, November 4th, 2013

Long-Beach-Fall-Conf-newIn 2014 CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the NSTA Long Beach Area Conference in Collaboration with CSTA! (There will be no California Science Education Conference in October 2014.) The event will be held December 4-6, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Proposals for workshops and short courses are now being accepted. The deadline for submitting a proposal is January 15, 2014. Visit http://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx to get started today.

Conference Strands
The 2014 Long Beach Area Conference is open to all science educators. To help you make the most of the professional development opportunities available at the Long Beach conference, the Conference Committee has planned the conference around three strands that explore hot topics science educators will face in 2014.The conference strands enable you to focus on your specific area of interest or need.
• #NGSS #Implementation
• Science: The Gateway to Common Core State Standards
• STEM Classrooms: Anytime/Anyplace/Anywhere

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to be an NSTA member to present?

No, but membership in both CSTA and NSTA are always encouraged and will save you money on registration fees.

What Are the Criteria for Rating Proposals?

The program committee will be looking at the following:

  • Does the proposal clearly describe the session?
  • Is the information provided in the proposal complete?
  • Is the proposed session topic timely/appropriate?
  • Is the proposed session based upon recommended practices?
  • How does the proposed session address the National Science Education Standards?
  • If identified for a particular strand, does the proposed session address the corresponding criteria?

Reviewers will be looking through your whole proposal to check the completeness of the information provided but will focus on your 150-200 word summary to review its content.

TO BE CONSIDERED, SESSION PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE DEADLINE. Due to space limitations, not all deserving proposals can be accommodated. Reviewers will prioritize proposals based on a balanced program (i.e., science disciplines and teaching levels) as well as the above criteria.

I Submitted My Session Proposal … Now What?

Your session proposal will go to the conference program committee for consideration. Composed of educators of all levels, the committee will review all proposals, determining which to include in the program. NSTA Headquarters will then notify you by mail of the decision regarding your proposal. If your proposal was accepted, you and your co-presenters will each receive a confirmation letter giving the date, time, and place of your scheduled session.

I Received a Confirmation Form. What Should I Do Now?

Read the confirmation form carefully. Your name and affiliation will appear in the program as shown; are they correct? Are the names and affiliations of your co-presenters correct? Did we address your needs for audiovisual equipment correctly? Is your room set-up correct?

Check the facts. Will you be able to be there on the date shown? Are your co-presenters still intending to be there? If all information is correct, please read our safety practices (attached to the e-mail) and reply to our e-mail and answer the safety questions. Remember, only presenters and co-presenters who have indicated compliance with NSTA safety practices can be listed in the final conference program.

If you need a letter to your administrator or supervisor to document your participation as a presenter, please include this information in your e-mail reply.

Can I Cancel a Session?

If you are canceling your session, the Conference Office needs to be informed as soon as possible so that your space can be assigned to someone else. Please e-mail Jo Neville at jneville@nsta.org.

Can I Add or Remove Presenters/Presiders?

If you wish to add or remove a presenter or presider, please e-mail Jo Neville at jneville@nsta.org. Any new presenters will have to submit their names and contact information. They will receive an e-mail confirmation and they must reply to our e-mail and answer the safety questions.

I Did Not Receive a Response to My Proposal—Why Not?

If you did not receive a response either way from NSTA, there may have been a miscommunication or a problem with your e-mail address.

Session confirmation e-mails s are usually sent by mid-May.

If you have not received an e-mail from the NSTA Conference Department by the above dates, please e-mail our database manager Jo Neville at jneville@nsta.org.

How Will My Session Be Listed on the Conference Website and in the Final Conference Program?

Preliminary descriptions of scheduled sessions, including presenters, will be accessible on our website prior to the conference using the conference session browser/personal scheduler.

The final conference program, distributed on-site, reflects the most recent information available as submitted via confirmation e-mails. Presenters and co-presenters who do not send an e-mail reply to their session confirmation e-mail, will not be listed in the final printed program.

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California Science Teachers Association

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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