Congratulations to Dean Gilbert and Josiah Jones
Posted: Monday, October 1st, 2012
CSTA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award, Dean Gilbert, and the 2012 Future Science Teacher Award, Josiah Jones. The recipients of the awards will be honored at the Awards Breakfast during the 2012 California Science Education Conference in San Jose on October 20, 2012. To purchase tickets for the event, go online today.
Meet the winners:
Many of our readers are familiar with the passion and drive with which Dean Gilbert works for the improvement of science education in California. Not only does he work hard, he has been successful as well. The letters of recommendation for Dean were numerous and glowing. Here are a few excerpts:
Dean has been in the field of education for 38 years. He exemplifies the true meaning of the word “educator”. He served as president of CSTA and is, or has been, the guiding force behind most of the state’s growth in the field of science education. He was also instrumental in developing the state’s high school integrated science education curriculum.
He has built the LA County Science Fair into a tour de force. There are corporate sponsors and hundreds of volunteers who help make the event happen. Student winners move on to national competitions, and win scholarships and recognition. Most importantly, the Science Fair is a very public recognition of student interest and talent in science and engineering. The LA County Science Fair has evolved into this high profile event because of Dean’s contributions.
Mr. Gilbert is an extraordinary educational leader with a unique ability to work effectively with diverse groups to solve problems and reach consensus in a productive manner.
He created numerous teaching resources while at LACOE that he has share with other COEs and teachers throughout the state. Along with Tim Williamson he created a science safety training DVD, a multilingual science dictionary to help teachers with some of the 50+ languages spoken in LA County, training for the California Science Framework, the Science Textbook Adoption Toolkit, and NASA curriculum linked to California standards.
He has been instrumental in providing statewide leadership in the field of science education. His knowledge of how students learn and what instructional strategies work has impressed me.
I consider Dean to be one of California’s finest educational resources.
Dean is synonymous with quality education and the joy of learning. His personal integrity is beyond reproach. If he gives his word to a program, you can be guaranteed that the work will be done–on time–and that it will be of the highest quality. He expects no less from those he works with, and uses his interpersonal skills to provide a caring environment for those that work with him. He is dedicated, conscientious–and fun! Indeed, his sense of humor and timing give him a flair that few can match.
CSTA has a long tradition of selecting EXCEPTIONAL awardees for the Margaret Nicholson Award. Dean Gilbert should be among those so honored.
It is for these reasons and many more that Dean Gilbert was selected at the winner of the 2012 Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award. Click here to learn more about the award and view a list of past recipients.
Josiah Jones has a BS in Environmental Studies and a BS in Physical Geography from UC Santa Barbara. He completed his student teaching at Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach Unified School District teaching environmental science and oceanography. A quick perusal of Josiah’s resume will show you that he is a student who has done much more than simply complete a degree program and earn a credential. He looks to get involved in professional development opportunities and is eager to use what he has learned in the classroom.
Josiah is an eager and highly dedicated educator. As a Noyce scholar, he was a constant contributor in our seminar
discussions and he showed his passion for teaching through thoughtful questions and comments. He is clearly a caring
individual and I am confident that he will be an asset to any school that he becomes a part of as well as to the teaching profession. I can recommend him highly for the CSTA future teacher award. – Anna Brochet, Robert Noyce Scholars Program Coordinator, SAS Center at CSULB.
In my twenty-five years of teaching, Josiah is one of the most outstanding if not the most outstanding student teachers I’ve had the pleasure to work with. His energy and enthusiasm are quite impressive. He constantly threw himself wholeheartedly into his assignment and tirelessly went above and beyond the call of duty to attend extracurricular activities to the delight of his students. His rapport with students and vast knowledge of the subject matter ensure me that he will be a tremendous asset to the teaching profession. He will be sorely missed by me, my fellow staff, and his students. I look forward to following his successful career in the future. – Steve Willie, Master Teacher, Wilson Classical High School.
Congratulations Josiah on your accomplishment, it is with pleasure that CSTA recognizes you as the 2012 Future Science Teacher of the Year. The $1,000 prize that accompanies this award is provided by SeaWorld San Diego. We thank them for their contribution.
Posted: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
The pre-publication version of the new California Science Curriculum Framework is now available for download. This publication incorporates all the edits that were approved by the State Board of Education in November 2016 and was many months in the making. Our sincere thanks to the dozens of CSTA members were involved in its development. Our appreciation is also extended to the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the Instructional Quality Commission, and the Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee and their staff for their hard work and dedication to produce this document and for their commitment to the public input process. To the many writers and contributors to the Framework CSTA thanks you for your many hours of work to produce a world-class document.
For tips on how to approach this document see our article from December 2016: California Has Adopted a New Science Curriculum Framework – Now What …? If you would like to learn more about the Framework, consider participating in one of the Framework Launch events (a.k.a. Rollout #4) scheduled throughout 2017.
The final publication version (formatted for printing) will be available in July 2017. This document will not be available in printed format, only electronically.
Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017
The 2017 Award Season is now open! One of the benefits of being a CSTA member is your eligibility for awards as well as your eligibility to nominate someone for an award. CSTA offers several awards and members may nominate individuals and organizations for the Future Science Teacher Award, the prestigious Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award, and the CSTA Distinguished Contributions Award (organizational award). May 9, 2017 is the deadline for nominations for these awards. CSTA believes that the importance of science education cannot be overstated. Given the essential presence of the sciences in understanding the past and planning for the future, science education remains, and will increasingly be one of the most important disciplines in education. CSTA is committed to recognizing and encouraging excellence in science teaching through the presentation of awards to science educators and organizations who have made outstanding contributions in science education in the state and who are poised to continue the momentum of providing high quality, relevant science education into the future. Learn More…
Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017
CSTA is now accepting applications from regular, preservice, and retired members to serve on our volunteer committees! CSTA’s all-volunteer board of directors invites you to consider maximizing your member experience by volunteering for CSTA. CSTA committee service offers you the opportunity to share your expertise, learn a new skill, or do something you love to do but never have the opportunity to do in your regular day. CSTA committee volunteers do some pretty amazing things: Learn More…
Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017
by Marian Murphy-Shaw
If you attended an NGSS Rollout phase 1-3 or CDE workshops at CSTA’s annual conference you may recall hearing from Chris Breazeale when he was working with the CDE. Chris has relocated professionally, with his passion for science education, and is now the Executive Director at the Explorit Science Center, a hands-on exploration museum featuring interactive STEM exhibits located at the beautiful Mace Ranch, 3141 5th St. in Davis, CA. Visitors can “think it, try it, and explorit” with a variety of displays that allow visitors to “do science.” To preview the museum, or schedule a classroom visit, see www.explorit.org. Learn More…
Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017
by Joseph Calmer
Probably like you, NGSS has been at the forefront of many department meetings, lunch conversations, and solitary lesson planning sessions. Despite reading the original NRC Framework, the Ca Draft Frameworks, and many CSTA writings, I am still left with the question: “what does it actually mean for my classroom?”
I had an eye-opening experience that helped me with that question. It came out of a conversation that I had with a student teacher. It turns out that I’ve found the secret to learning how to teach with NGSS: I need to engage in dialogue about teaching with novice teachers. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching science in some capacity for 12 years. During that time pedagogy and student learning become sort of a “hidden curriculum.” It is difficult to plan a lesson for the hidden curriculum; the best way is to just have two or more professionals talk and see what emerges. I was surprised it took me so long to realize this epiphany. Learn More…