January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

CSTA Election Time

Posted: Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

by Rick Pomeroy

Like the dropping of the crystal ball in Times Square and singing Auld Lang Syne, certain things happen at this time every year. January is the month that you and I should consider nominating our colleagues (and CSTA Members) for positions on the CSTA Board of Directors. This year, nominations are open for Treasurer, Grade Level Directors for Four-Year College, High School, and Intermediate (grades 3-5) and Regions 2 and Region 4. All nominations must be postmarked, faxed, or emailed no later than January 31, 2014.

Service on the Board is a two-year commitment involving three teleconferences and one in-person meeting per year. As a member of the Board, you will be responsible for making the decisions that determine the direction of the Association, future conference and professional development venues and formats, outreach to constituencies, and overseeing the implementation of the new strategic plan. Each Board member is asked to participate in at least one of the standing committees, which are Electronic Communications, Legislative Oversight, Marketing, Membership and Preservice, NGSS, Publications and Materials Review. Board members are also asked to represent CSTA and its members whenever possible on committees, task forces, and in local science education activities.

The process for nominating a person to run for office is simple:

Step 1: Complete the Nomination Form found on the CSTA Website

Step 2: Submit the Nomination Form along with a resume by the deadline, January 31, 2014.

Step 3: Upon receipt of the Nomination Form, nominees will be sent additional information and will be asked to submit two letters of endorsement from CSTA members, as well as statements of philosophy about science education and the role of CSTA.

Nomination papers will be evaluated by the Nominations Committee, which will select up to two final candidates for each vacant position. For more information on the desired characteristics, please visit the CSTA Website at http://www.cascience.org/csta/aboutNominations.asp

CSTA is a volunteer organization with the mission of supporting science teachers in their efforts to provide high quality science education.  As with any volunteer organization, we are only as strong as our members and our leadership. Please consider making a contribution to this work by running for a position on the Board of Directors.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me through the contact form below.

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Rick Pomeroy

Rick Pomeroy is science education lecturer/supervisor in the School of Education, University of California Davis.

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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

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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

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Jessica Sawko is CSTA’s Executive Director.