Board Member Elections
Posted: Monday, June 3rd, 2013
by Rick Pomeroy
When I began my term as president in July of 2011, one goal I had was to engage more members in leadership positions in the Association. By actively recruiting members to serve on standing committees, conference planning committees and as attendees at the myriad non-association meetings such as the NGSS reviews, legislative hearings, etc. I feel that we have a start but there is still a long way to go to engage more members in the vision and work of CSTA.
Most recently, we held elections for seven open Board positions. It is my pleasure to announce the winners of those elections. Each of these people has volunteered some of their “free” time to help guide CSTA into the future and to represent you and your interests as we plan for the future of science education.
Results of the election:
President-Elect: Lisa Hegdahl
Two-Year College Director: Carolyn Holcroft
Primary Director: Valerie Joyner
Middle School Director: Jill Grace
Region 1 Director: David Pummill
Region 3 Director: Fred Nelson
Informal Science Education Director: Mary Whaley
If you know these people, please congratulate them and thank them for committing to two exciting years as CSTA works to provide the services and support you need as we approach and implement new science standards. If you don’t know these people, please plan to stop by the CSTA Booth at the California Science Education Conference in Palm Springs, October 25-27, 2013 and introduce yourself.
Service on the CSTA Board is a two-year commitment. This system provides continuity to the Board from year to year. Current Board members who will be continuing on the board are:
Laura Henriques: President
Rick Pomeroy: Past-President
Marian Murphy-Shaw: Secretary
Heather Wygant: Treasurer
Sean Timmons: Intermediate Director
Jeff Orlinsky: High School Director
Greg Potter: Four Year College Director
Eric Lewis: Region 2 Director
Jeanine Wulfenstein: Region 4 Director
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to thank those members of the Board who are completing their terms.
Tim Williamson: Past President
Michelle French: Primary Director
Dean Gilbert: Region 3 Director
Grahme Smith: Informal Science Director
Board service takes commitment and a willingness to devote time and energy on behalf of all of our members. Beyond serving on the Board, there are many other opportunities for members to be involved in the leadership of the Association and I encourage you to consider volunteering to serve on one of those committees this year. Committees include Finance, Membership and Pre-service, Electronic Communications, Legislative Oversight, Publications and Materials Review, and ad hoc committees for Marketing, Long Range Planning, NGSS, and NSTA Relations. Descriptions of most of the committees are available on the CSTA Web site at: http://www.cascience.org/csta/aboutCommittees.asp. (Note: You must be a member of CSTA to serve on committees.) If you are interested in volunteering for a committee or would like one of the Board members to contact you, please leave a comment below.
Posted: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
by Jessica Sawko
In June 2016 California submitted a waiver application to discontinue using the old CST (based on 1998 standards) and conduct two years of pilot and field tests (in spring 2017 and 2018, respectively) of the new science assessment designed to support our state’s current science standards (California Next Generation Science Standards (CA-NGSS) adopted in 2013). The waiver was requested because no student scores will be provided as a part of the pilot and field tests. The CDE received a response from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on September 30, 2016, which provides the CDE the opportunity to resubmit a revised waiver request within 60 days. The CDE will be revising the waiver request and resubmitting as ED suggested.
At its October 2016 North/South Assessment meetings CDE confirmed that there will be no administration of the old CST in the spring of 2017. (An archive of the meeting is available at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ai/infomeeting.asp.) Learn More…
Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
by Carol Peterson
1) To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Google has put together a collection of virtual tours combining 360-degree video, panoramic photos and expert narration. It’s called “The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks” and is accessible right from the browser. You can choose from one of five different locales, including the Kenai Fjords in Alaska and Bryce Canyon in Utah, and get a guided “tour” from a local park ranger. Each one has a few virtual vistas to explore, with documentary-style voiceovers and extra media hidden behind clickable thumbnails. Ideas are included for use in classrooms. https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/25/google-offers-360-degree-tours-of-us-national-parks/. Learn More…
Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
CSTA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 CSTA Awards for Distinguished Contributions, Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award, 2014 and 2015 PAEMST-Science recipients from California, and the 2016 California PAEMST Finalists. The following individuals and organizations will be honored during the 2016 California Science Education Conference on October 21- 23 in Palm Springs. This year’s group of awardees are truly outstanding. Please join us in congratulating them!
Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award
The Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to science education in the state and who, through years of leadership and service, has truly made a positive impact on the quality of science teaching. This year’s recipient is John Keller, Ph.D. Dr. Keller is Associate Professor, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Co-Director, Center for Engineering, Science, and Mathematics Education, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In her letter of recommendation, SDSU science education faculty and former CSTA board member Donna Ross wrote: “He brings people together who share the desire to make a difference in the development and implementation of programs for science teaching. Examples of these projects include the Math and Science Teaching Initiative (MSTI), Noyce Scholars Program, Western Regional Noyce Initiative, and the Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program.” Through his work, he has had a dramatic impact on science teacher education, both preservice and in-service, in California, the region, and the country. He developed and implemented the STEM Teacher and Researcher Program which aims to produce excellent K-12 STEM teachers by providing aspiring teachers with opportunities to do authentic research while helping them translate their research experience into classroom practice. SFSU faculty member Larry Horvath said it best in his letter:“John Keller exemplifies the best aspects of a scientist, science educator, and mentor. His contributions to science education in the state of California are varied, significant, and I am sure will continue well into the future.” Learn More…
Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
by Peter A’hearn
NGSS is a big shift. Teachers need to learn new content, figure out how this whole engineering thing relates to science, and develop new unit and lesson plans. How could NGSS possibly make life easier?
The idea that NGSS could make our lives easier came to me during the California State NGSS Rollout #1 Classroom Example lesson on chromatography. I have since done this lesson with high school chemistry students and it made me think back to having my own students do chromatography. I spent lots of time preparing to make sure the experiment went well and achieved the “correct” result. I pre-prepared the solutions and organized and prepped the materials. I re-wrote and re-wrote again the procedure so there was no way a kid could get it wrong. I spent 20 minutes before the lab modeling all of the steps in class, so there was no way to do it wrong. Except that it turns out there were many. Learn More…
Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
by Robert C. Victor. Twilight sky maps by Robert D. Miller. Graph of evening planet setting times by Dr. Jeffrey L. Hunt
Our evening twilight chart for September, depicting the sky about 40 minutes after sunset from SoCal, shows brilliant Venus remaining low, creeping from W to WSW and gaining a little altitude as the month progresses. Its close encounter within 2.5° N of Spica on Sept. 18 is best seen with binoculars to catch the star low in bright twilight. The brightest stars in the evening sky are golden Arcturus descending in the west, and blue-white Vega passing just north of overhead. Look for Altair and Deneb completing the Summer Triangle with Vega. The triangle of Mars-Saturn-Antares expands as Mars seems to hold nearly stationary in SSW as the month progresses, while Saturn and Antares slink off to the SW. Learn More…