January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Bringing Science Together for Elementary and High School Students

Posted: Monday, April 1st, 2013

by Valerie Joyner

This month I was very excited to see two local science programs prominently placed on the front page of two separate newspapers in Sonoma County.  Lee Boyes, Honors Chemistry teacher at Petaluma High School, and Steve Carpenter, Physics teacher at Piner High School in Santa Rosa, have independently developed collaborative science programs involving their high school seniors with younger elementary students within their districts. These programs were developed to help support elementary science and assist students in developing a greater interest in and understanding for the science they are learning.  Throughout the year, the high school science students visited the local elementary classrooms to teach science concepts through hands-on activities.  In March, each program brought the elementary students to their high schools and learned more chemistry and physics from their teenage mentors.

Boyes and Carpenter are well aware of the challenges that elementary teachers face with regards to science: not enough time, money, or support for necessary professional development or implementation.  They also know that the time to get students excited about science is in the elementary grades.  As an outgrowth of their research (High Hopes – Few Opportunities, WestEd, 2011 and CALPASS) and experience they realized the need to have an impact on their future science students.

I know there are many similar examples of high quality science education programs being carried out.  I congratulate and thank all of you for your efforts to improve science education and create a future filled with enthusiastic science students.  As we move forward with NGSS, STEM Blueprints, and A Framework for K-12 Science Education, it is time to keep science education in the forefront of the publics mind.  Don’t forget to send your local news outlets press releases or even just a quick phone call about your programs and projects.

Finally, it is never too soon to begin to secure funding for CSTA’s 2013 Conference, October 25-27, in Palm Springs.  April is often the deadline for spending 2012-2013 funding for your school.  You might be able to use some of this year’s funds for the conference.  Another option is to find local groups and/or businesses that want to promote science education in your area.

Events and Happenings in Region 1

Project WILD

April 2, 2013

4:00-7:00 pm

Sonoma County Office of Education

5340 Skylane Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA

Contact: Mike Roa at mroa@scoe.gov

Project WILD is a resource for teaching about organisms.

Ticks, Yellow jackets, Mosquitoes and More!

April 11, 2013

4:00 – 7:00 pm

Sonoma County Office of Education

5340 Skylane Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA

Contact: Mike Roa at mroa@scoe.gov

This workshop will teach you about a variety of invertebrates that have importance to the health of you and your students

Super SIRC (Science in the River City) Science Saturday

Saturday, May 4, 2013

9:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Sacramento State Union, Sacramento State University

Hosted by Sacramento Area Science Project and the Center for Mathematics and Science Education

Target audience: K-12 teachers

SIRC is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. This 1-day science conference is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities, connecting the Science Content Standards and Common Core. Included are 3 workshops, workshop materials, breakfast, lunch, and 6 professional development hours.

For more information please visit www.csus.edu/mase/sircsaturday.htm or email Debbie Dennick at debbie@csus.edu.

Written by Valerie Joyner

Valerie Joyner

Valerie Joyner is a retired elementary science educator and is CSTA’s Primary (grades K-2) Director.

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STEM Conference Hosted by CMSESMC

Posted: Saturday, January 14th, 2017

The Council of Math/Science Educators of San Mateo County will be hosting the 41st annual STEM Conference this February 4, 2017 at the San Mateo County Office of Education. This STEM Conference is the place to get lots of new lessons and ideas to use in your classroom. There will be over twenty-five workshops and a variety of exhibitors that provide participants with a wide range of practical and realistic ideas and resources to use in their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs from Pre-K to grade 12. With California’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, we are dedicated to ensuring that we prepare our teachers to take on these educational policies.

Teachers, administrators, and parents are invited to explore the many exciting aspects of STEM education and learn about and discuss the latest news, information, and issues. This is also an opportunity to network with colleagues who can assist you in building your programs and meet new friends that share your interests and love of teaching. Register online today!

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

Submit Your NGSS Lessons and Units Today!

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

Achieve has launched and is facilitating an EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science–a group of expert reviewers who will evaluate the quality and alignment of lessons and units to the standards–in an effort to identify and shine a spotlight on emerging high-quality lesson and unit plans designed for the NGSS.

If you or your state, district, school, or organization has designed NGSS-aligned instructional materials, please consider submitting these in order to help provide educators across the country with various models and templates of high-quality lesson and unit plans. Learn More…

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

Opportunity for High School Students – Los Angeles County

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

An upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children in Los Angeles, CA. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments. Learn More…

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

Science Education Policy Update

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

January 2017 has proven to be a very busy month for science education policy and CA NGSS implementation activities. CSTA has been and will be there every step of the way, seeking and enacting all options to support high-quality science education and the successful implementation of CA NGSS.

California Department of Education/U.S. Department of Education Science Double-Testing Waiver Hearing

The year started with California Department of Education’s (CDE) hearing with the U.S. Department of Education conducted via WebEx on January 6, 2017. This hearing was the final step in California’s efforts to secure a waiver from the federal government in order to discontinue administration of the old CST and suspension of the reporting of student test scores on a science assessment for two years. As reported by EdSource, the U.S. Department of Education representative, Ann Whalen, a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary John King Jr., committed to making her final ruling “very shortly.” Deputy Superintendent Keric Ashley presented on behalf of CDE during the hearing and did an excellent job describing the broad-based support for this waiver in California, the rationale for the waiver, and California’s commitment to the successful implementation of a new high-quality science assessment. As previously reported, California is moving forward with its plans to administer a census pilot assessments this spring. The testing window is set to open on March 20, 2017. For more information visit New CA Science Test: What You Should Know.

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Jessica Sawko is CSTA’s Executive Director.

NSTA Los Angeles Conference Features Many CA Science Leaders

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

The early-bird registration rates for the 65th NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Los Angeles is just days away (ends Feb. 3). And as the early-registration deadline approaches excitement is building for what is anticipated to be the largest gathering of science educators (both California and nationwide) – with attendance expected to reach 10,000 or more. If you have never had the pleasure of attending the NSTA National Conference, I recommend you visit their website with tips for newcomers that describe the various components of the event. A conference preview is also available for download. Learn More…

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Jessica Sawko

Jessica Sawko is CSTA’s Executive Director.