September/October 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 1

Call for Proposals for 2011 CSTA Conference

Posted: Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Conference LogoThe California Science Teachers Association is actively seeking classroom science teachers to present one-hour workshops and three- or six-hour Short Courses at the 2011 California Science Education Conference, October 21-23 in Pasadena, CA.  Science educators from throughout the state will gather for this highly-regarded annual professional development opportunity. 

Classroom teachers are invited to share best practices, pedagogy, labs, lessons, and units in the following content areas for all grades.

CSTA is seeking workshop and Short Course proposals in the following strands:

  • Chemistry
  • Earth/Space Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Integrated Science
  • Life Science
  • Multidisciplinary Science
  • Physical Science or
  • Physics

With emphasis in

  • Assessment
  • Pedagogy/I & E
  • Classroom Management
  • Literacy/EL
  • Technology
  • Science Leadership
  • Informal Science
  • Teacher Education or
  • STEM/Career/Workforce

About Workshops: Workshops address a specific area of science content, address one or more of the California science standards, and are of interest to a variety of teachers.  They are one hour in length and may consist of hands-on activities, lecture, demonstration, and/or discussion.  Proposals should have embedded in the content appropriate investigation, experimentation, and inquiry processes and address one or more of the California Science Standards (http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/sciencestnd.pdf).

About Short Courses:  Short Courses are ticketed courses that offer participants an opportunity to explore a specific science concept in-depth during a three- or six-hour course.  Short Courses typically consist of a considerable amount of hands-on activity, interactive instruction, group work, and discussion.  A Short Course presenter is typically considered an expert in his or her field.  Proposals should have embedded in the content appropriate investigation, experimentation, and inquiry processes and address one or more of the California Science Standards (http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/sciencestnd.pdf).

About the Conference: The California Science Education Conference is the largest statewide professional development event in the state designed specifically for science teachers.  The conference provides science educators of all grade levels with the content knowledge and pedagogy they need to deliver quality science education to California’s students.

Complimentary Registration: Lead presenters who are current members of CSTA will receive a complimentary conference registration, allowing full access to over 200 free workshops and events over the course of the conference.  Non-member lead presenters may join CSTA or pay a $39 registration fee, in exchange for which they will receive a complimentary one-year membership.  The teacher’s name, title, and school name will also appear in the printed conference program.

Review of Proposals: All workshop proposals will be reviewed by two members of the 2011 Conference Committee.  The name of the proposal submitter is not viewable by the reviewer.  For a copy of the rubric that will be used to review the proposals, please visit www.cascience.org/csta/pdf/rubric.pdf.

Proposal Selection: CSTA seeks to offer a variety and balance of programming across grade levels and subject matters.  Thus, the selection of sessions is based not only on their review score, but also on the number of sessions needed to offer this diverse programming.  Those submitting proposals will be notified by mail and/or e-mail of the status of their Short Course proposal in mid-March and of workshop proposals in mid-April, 2011.

Proposals are accepted on-line only at: http://www.cascience.org/csta/conf_home11.asp.

Short Course Proposal Deadline: January 31, 2011

Workshop Proposal Deadline: March 7, 2011

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

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

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