Connect with CSTA at the NSTA Los Angeles Conference
Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017
by Jessica Sawko
It is not too late to register and join me at the NSTA Conference in Los Angeles! Over 10,000 science educators from across the country are expected to arrive in Los Angeles at the end of the month to participate in the largest science education conference in the United States. CSTA and many of our members will be in attendance. Members will be presenting workshops, professional learning institutes, featured presentations, and attending several of more than 1,000 events that will take place during the March 30-April 2, 2017 event.
On Wednesday, the pre-publication version of California’s Science Curriculum Framework was made available electronically. Are you ready? As the Executive Director of the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA), I spend a lot of time helping teachers answer questions like that. And I’m able to answer them best when I’m connected with teachers and we navigate the new opportunities together.
So I’m pleased to invite you to join me in Los Angeles later this month at the 2017 National Conference on Science Education, where there will be some amazing events for teachers nationwide (I’m personally looking forward to getting my book signed by Martian author Andy Weir!). But more importantly, there will be many sessions presented by your colleagues from California.
Below is a small sampling of professional learning opportunities California educators are spearheading. In addition to these, you’ll have a chance to take a deep dive into the Next Generation Science Standards with dozens of sessions, a share-a-thon, workshops, and more. See all the NGSS activities here.
In addition to offering member registration rates to all current CSTA members (be sure to put “CSTA” into the “affiliate type” box to get the appropriate rate if you are a CSTA member), NSTA has selected three well-regarded California science educators for leadership positions in the planning committee. CSTA members Tim Williamson (conference chair), Therese Shanahan (program coordinator), and Susan Gomez-Zwiep (local arrangements coordinator) have teamed up along with many other volunteers to bring to Los Angeles a high-quality, active, engaging, and dynamic conference that is sure to offer something for every science educator in California.
Amazing Keynote Presentations by Two Californians
Andy Weir, author of The Martian and resident of Mountain Valley, CA will deliver this year’s keynote address: The Martian: The Story Behind the Story on Thursday, March 30, 9:15 – 10:30 am.
Pasadena resident Bill Nye will present a special Planetary Society pre-conference Lecture on Wednesday, March 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Featured Presentations by California Science Educators
Kathy DiRanna, Statewide Director, K-12 Alliance @ WestEd and CSTA member will present on Thursday, March 30, 8:00 – 9:00 am
Laura Henriques, CSU Long Beach Professor of Science Education and CSTA Past President will present on Friday, March 31, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jacqueline Barber of the Lawrence Hall of Science will present on Friday, March 31, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Jose Rivas, Physics and Engineering Teacher in Inglewood will present as part of a panel on Friday, March 31, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Lucy Jones of the USGS in Pasadena will present Friday, March 31, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Michelle Center, Director of the Assessment Division, California Department of Education will present on Friday, March 31, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm as a part of a panel on statewide summative assessments for NGSS
Professional Learning Institutes (Wednesday, March 29 – Ticketed Events) Presented by California Science Educators
PLI-2: Helping Students Make Sense of the World Using Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices, Presenter(s): Christina Schwarz (Michigan State University: East Lansing, MI), Cynthia Passmore (University of California, Davis: Davis, CA – CSTA member), Brian Reiser (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL)
PLI-7: Equity in Science Education, Presenter(s): Jerry Valadez (California State University, Fresno: Sanger, CA – CSTA member), Gary Nakagiri (Alameda County Office of Education: Hayward, CA – CSTA member)
Plus more than 100 hands-on workshops and short courses presented by California science educators as well as educators from across the country.
Won’t you please join us in Los Angeles? Click the “register now” button below to learn more about the conference. I’ll be there, and you can email me, or ask for me at the CSTA membership booth (booth #634). I’d love to meet you and hear about your challenges and successes as a California science teacher. Please introduce yourself and let me know how we can help!
Posted: Monday, March 27th, 2017
The California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) stands with our science and science education colleagues in endorsing the March For Science and its associated activities.
The decision by the CSTA Board of Directors to support the March for Science was based on the understanding that this is an opportunity to advocate for our mission of high quality science education for all and to advance the idea that science has application to everyday life, is a vehicle for lifelong learning, and the scientific enterprise expands our knowledge of the world around us. The principles and goals of the March for Science parallel those of CSTA to assume a leadership role in solidarity with our colleagues in science and science education and create an understanding of the value of science in the greater community. CSTA believes that the integrity of the nature of science and that the work of scientists and science educators should be valued and supported. We encourage your participation to stand with us.
There are over 30 satellite marches planned for the April 22, 2017 March for Science in California (to find a march near you, click on “marches” in the upper right of the main page, select “satellite marches” and use the search feature). We encourage members who participate in the March for Science to share their involvement and promotion of science and science education. Feel free to promote CSTA on your signs and banners. For those on social media, you may share your involvement via Twitter, @cascience and our Facebook groups.
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…