January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

Celebrating CSTA Members in the New School Year

Posted: Thursday, September 15th, 2016

by Lisa Hegdahl

April through July, 2016, the California Science Teachers Association welcomed the following New and Renewing Members
(CSTA/NSTA Joint Memberships may not be reflected in this list):

Rachel Abercrombie
Michelle Abernathy
Jamie Alvarez
Sarah Amarragy
Yvonne Andrade
Joelle Andrews
Brittany Appleby
Richard Archer
Angela Arechiga
Michelle Arias
Monique Armstrong
Guadalupe Arteaga
Mary Jane Ashley
Stacy Baehr
Kathryn Baker
Maria Aurora Barron
Andrea Barron
Jessica Bibbs-Fox
Matt Bidwell
Gypsy Biller
John Billman
Debbie Bonilla
Gina Bosotino
Sarah Boughey
Frank Bovi
Cindy Braby
Jessica Bracken
Meredtih Brandon
Delores Bravo
Michelle Brouchoud
Ryan Brown
Barbara Brown
Teryl Burditt
Nicole Cabase
Araceli Caldera
Mary Campbell
Elizabeth Cantu
Michaelann Carroll
Aaron Carter
Kimberly Cashin
Carmela Castrejon
Stacey Castro
Brikia Cephus
Kathryn Chaffins
Kimberly Claytor
Eugene Cordero
Lydia Cordova
Nancy Cotter
Roger Cramer
Corrie Cruise
Robert Curcio
Hardiman Cureton
Dany Dara
Shauna Dauenhauer
Alyssa Davis
Scott Davis
Olivia De La Torre
Tanvir Dhillon
Julie DiMaio
Gabriella Dominguez
Julie Draa
Lillie Dubai
Shawna Duncan
Carola Dunham
Linda Ekstrom
Elizabeth Elliot
Patrick Escott
Janice Farmer
Irma Fernandez
Joseph Fiktarz
Courtney Fitzgerald
Maria Flaherty
Leslie Flores
Carolina Fonseca
Vannessa Fowler
Eric Garber
Alex Gibbons
David Gomes Bourdier
Sandra Goodrich
Maria Guevara
Ronald Guilliams
Mary Gunderso
Candice Guy
Carla Hale
Stuart Hall
Mark Hamamura
Bill Harris
Gloria Harwood
Allison Hernandez
Kelly Herrman
Kelly Hickman
Linda Hill-Lindsay
Maria Holcomb
Taylor Holloway
Tiffany Hughes
Kristen Hurst
Mary Inglish
Carrie Isbell
Khadija Iyer
Damien Jacotin
Kelly Jacotin
Mozhdeh Jamison
Daniel Jaramillo
Leslie Jimenez
Salvador Jimenez
Susan Johnson
Heather Johnson
Kelly Jones
Jill Jones
Stephanie Jordan
Brooke Judge
Leslie Kapner
Krisha Kerr-Poole
Lyndsey Kier
Jerry Knaack
Carl Kohns
Jennifer Kramer
Jessica Kurtz
Denise Lambert
Michelle Lambeth
Karen Lane
Randy Lapin
Marlene Larios
Rosa Latorre
John LeFay
Eric Lehew
Chelsea Lewis
Jomei Liao
Dolores Loera
Leslie Longabach
Jill Lytle
Michele Marcus
Joni Marques
Vanessa Marquez
Barbara Marrs
Richard Martin
Carol Martindale
Lance Mayhofer
Christine Mazalewski
April McBride
Monique McWayne
Molina Meas
Susana Medina
Richard Medina
Rosa Mitchell
Jill Moeller
James Monroe
April Montes
Kat Montgomery
Michael Mullen
Julie Munoz
Jenny Munoz
Jerry Myers
Patricia Newman
Sheila Nguyen
Ellen Noble
Sara Norris
Linda Nutile
Roger Olson
Shirleen Oplustic
Scot Oschman
Lori Ott
Brian Paavo
Rudolph Patterson
Amanda Penaloza-Banks
Kimberly Petrov
Heidi Plowe
Chelsea Poma
Michelle Posnikoff
Margaret Purdy
Tiffani Quan
Carleen Quezada
Tina Ramsey
Jennifer Rasic
Joy Rasic
Isaac Raymond
Patty Reetz
Stacie Rego
Marcia Reilly
Erin Reiss
Danielle Reo
Stephanie Rice
Michele Robb
Michael Robinson
Dorothy Rodriguez
Brandon Rodriguez
Feliciano Rodriguez
Colin Rodriguez
Beth Rogers
Erick Roldan
Jaclyn Rosen
Renee Rubio
Daisy Rubio
Robert Ruiz
Denise Ryan
Cristina Salas
Siria Salas
Rhonda Salyer Wixom
Emily Sanders
Susan Scott
Hanna Seidler
Jaclyn Severn
Molly Shaw
Tristan Shorba
Kathleen Shreve
Linda Shumate
Elizabeth Silveira
Wendy Simpson
Elizabeth Smit
Laurie Smith
Laura Solarez
Sibyl Sperber
Cyrene St. Amant
Shawneen Staley
Sasha Stallard
Holly Steele
Michelle Steever
Anne Stephens
Andrew Swelnis
Shannon Tabata
Maria Torres
Elizabeth Usher
Jim Vanides
Margaret Vargas
Ana Vazquez
Heather Vernon
Colleen Villasenor
Elaine Wallace
Darren Webb
Anna Weber
Anne Webster
Christi Wilkins
Ben Williams
Rebecca Wingerden
Hilary Wolcott
Marta Wood
Casey Woodgrift
Michelle Woods
Jenae Worsham
Rebecca Wright
Kristine Yoder
Mamiche Young
Derek Zhang
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core_ideasAll CSTA members benefit from:

  • The timely content of California Classroom Science 12 times per year
  • Up to date information concerning California’s adoption of NGSS provided through, among other forums, town hall meetings, NGSS resource page on the CSTA website – California Classroom Science, and e-mail blasts.
  • Reduced registration fees to the annual California Science Education Conference (and other CSTA-sponsored events)
  • Exclusive, member-only e-mail alerts on hot topics and issues
  • Representation for members at the state level to influence state policies that enhance the profession

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It is no wonder thousands of California science teachers are proud CSTA members.

Additional membership benefits:

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Discounts:

  • Reduced pricing on over 25,000 in-stock products and 4,000 environmentally responsible products and services.
  • Flexible purchasing options via catalog, online, dedicated, customer service team or in store.
  • Retail Connect SM card gives members their contract-negotiated price in store at any one of nearly 1,000 OfficeMax retail locations.
  • Customized digital print solutions through OfficeMax.

(Check out the Member-only Discount page for the discount codes.)

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  • Monterey Bay Aquarium ticket discounts are available to CSTA members via the CSTA Preferred Ticket sales store.
  • CSTA members and their guests save $5 on admission.
  • Tickets must be purchased via the online store and printed to take to the Aquarium for admission.
  • Visit the CSTA Members Only benefits page to access the online store.

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  • Up to 25% off promotional rates.
  • Convenient airport locations.
  • Where2TM GPS – State-of-the-art GPS system that guides through every mile of your trip, giving you clear, simple directions, real-time road conditions and much more.
  • Timesaving services, like Avis Preferred Service, e-Receipt and Roving Rapid Return
  • Avis e-Receipt – Within 24 hours of returning your vehicle, you’ll have your Avis receipt e-mailed to you, free of charge. It’s a convenient way to avoid lost receipts, complete expense reports, and save time when returning your car.
  • Complimentary Preferred® Service enrollment – A fast and easy counter bypass program with added benefits and special amenities, such as the best parking spots and more vehicles. Available at participating locations.
  • (Check out the Member-only Discount page for the discount codes.)

The California Science Teachers Association would like to thank you for your membership. Without your support, we could not have accomplished all we have these past 50 years.

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Lisa Hegdahl is an 8th-grade science teacher at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt, CA and is Past-President of CSTA.

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California Science Test Academy for Educators

Posted: Thursday, February 15th, 2018

California Science Test Academy for Educators

To support implementation of the California Science Test (CAST), the California Department of Education is partnering with Educational Testing Service and WestEd to offer a one-day CAST Academy for local educational agency (LEA) science educators, to be presented at three locations in California from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. As an alternative to traveling, LEA teams can participate virtually via WebEx on one of the dates listed below.

The dates and locations for the CAST Academy are as follows:

  • Monday, April 23, 2018—Sacramento
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018—Fresno
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018—Irvine

The CAST Academy will help participants develop a deeper understanding of the assessment design and expectations of the CAST. The academy also will provide information and activities designed to assist educators in their implementation of the California Next Generation Science Standards and three-dimensional learning to help them gain an understanding of how these new science assessment item types can inform teaching and learning. The CAST Academy dates above are intended for school and district science instructional leaders, including teacher leaders, teacher trainers, and instructional coaches. Additional trainings will be offered at a later date specifically for county staff. In addition, curriculum, professional development, and assessment leaders would benefit from this training.

A $100 registration fee will be charged for each person attending the in-person training. Each virtual team participating via WebEx will be charged $100 for up to 10 participants through one access point. Each workshop will have the capacity to accommodate a maximum of 50 virtual teams. Each virtual team will need to designate a lead, who is responsible for organizing the group locally. Registration and payment must be completed online at http://www.cvent.com/d/6tqg8k.

For more information regarding the CAST Academy, please contact Elizabeth Dilke, Program Coordinator, Educational Testing Service, by phone at 916-403-2407 or by e‑mail at caasppworkshops@ets.org.

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

Accelerating into NGSS – A Statewide Rollout Series Now Accepting Registrations

Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018

Are you feeling behind on the implementation of NGSS? Then Accelerating into NGSS – the Statewide Rollout event – is right for you!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
If you have not experienced Phases 1-4 of the Statewide Rollout, or are feeling behind with the implementation of NGSS, the Accelerating Into NGSS Statewide Rollout will provide you with the greatest hits from Phases 1-4!

OVERVIEW
Accelerating Into NGSS Statewide Rollout is a two-day training geared toward grade K-12 academic coaches, administrators, curriculum leads, and teacher leaders. Check-in for the two-day rollout begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a continental breakfast. Sessions run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Day One and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Day Two.

Cost of training is $250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast, and lunch on both days. It is recommended that districts send teams of four to six, which include at least one administrator. Payment can be made by check or credit card. If paying by check, registration is NOT complete until payment has been received. All payments must be received prior to the Rollout location date you are attending. Paying by credit card secures your seat at time of registration. No purchase orders accepted. No participant cancellation refunds.

For questions or more information, please contact Amy Kennedy at akennedy@sjcoe.net or (209) 468-9027.

REGISTER

http://bit.ly/ACCELERATINGINTONGSS

DATES & LOCATIONS
MARCH 28-29, 2018
Host: San Mateo County Office of Education
Location: San Mateo County Office of Education, Redwood City

APRIL 10-11, 2018
Host: Orange County Office of Education
Location: Brandman University, Irvine

MAY 1-2, 2018
Host: Tulare County Office of Education
Location: Tulare County Office of Education, Visalia

MAY 3-4, 2018
Host: San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools
Location: West End Educational Service Center, Rancho Cucamonga

MAY 7-8, 2018
Host: Sacramento County Office of Education
Location: Sacramento County Office of Education Conference Center and David P. Meaney Education Center, Mather

JUNE 14-15, 2018
Host: Imperial County Office of Education
Location: Imperial Valley College, Imperial

Presented by the California Department of Education, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association/County Offices of Education, K-12 Alliance @WestEd, California Science Project, and the California Science Teachers Association.

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

The Teaching and Learning Collaborative, Reflections from an Administrator

Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018

by Kelly Patchen

My name is Mrs. Kelly Patchen, and I am proud to be an elementary assistant principal working in the Tracy Unified School District (TUSD) at Louis Bohn and McKinley Elementary Schools. Each of the schools I support are Title I K-5 schools with about 450 students, a diverse student population, a high percentage of English Language Learners, and students living in poverty. We’re also lucky to be part of the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative with the K-12 Alliance. Learn More…

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In 2015 CSTA began to publish a series of articles written by teachers participating in the California NGSS k-8 Early Implementation Initiative. This article was written by an educator(s) participating in the initiative. CSTA thanks them for their contributions and for sharing their experience with the science teaching community.

2018 CSTA Conference Call for Proposals

Posted: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

CSTA is pleased to announce that we are now accepting proposals for 90-minute workshops and three- and six-hour short courses for the 2018 California Science Education Conference. Workshops and short courses make up the bulk of the content and professional learning opportunities available at the conference. In recognition of their contribution, members who present a workshop or short course receive 50% off of their registration fees. Click for more information regarding proposals, or submit one today by following the links below.

Short Course Proposal

Workshop Proposal Learn More…

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

CSTA’s New Administrator Facebook Group Page

Posted: Monday, January 15th, 2018

by Holly Steele

The California Science Teachers Association’s mission is to promote high-quality science education, and one of the best practice’s we use to fulfill that mission is through the use of our Facebook group pages. CSTA hosts several closed and moderated Facebook group pages for specific grade levels, (Elementary, Middle, and High School), pages for district coaches and science education faculty, and the official CSTA Facebook page. These pages serve as an online resource for teachers and coaches to exchange teaching methods, materials, staying update on science events in California and asking questions. CSTA is happy to announce the creation of a 6th group page called, California Administrators Supporting Science. Learn More…

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