January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

CSTA Named as Partner in 100Kin10, National Network to Grow STEM Teaching Force

Posted: Monday, February 3rd, 2014

New York, New York, January 31, 2014 

100kin10_Partner_BadgeCSTA commits to advancing goal of recruiting, preparing, and retaining 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in 10 years.

100Kin10, a multi-sector network addressing the national imperative to train 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021, today announced that CSTA has been accepted as a partner.

“CSTA is thrilled to have been selected as a partner in this worthwhile and vital network. I am honored to be serving as president of CSTA during our entry into this network and look forward to partnering with other network partners to achieve CSTA’s bold goals for science and STEM teachers in California.” – Laura Henriques, CSTA President

As part of 100Kin10, CSTA will

  • provide outreach, professional development, and teaching tools to 175 science methods instructors at California colleges/universities that prepare future science and STEM teachers by 2017.
  • place 20 new student CSTA chapters on college campuses throughout the state, half of which will be placed on the campuses of 100Kin10 partners, by 2017.
  • provide support and professional development to 10,000 K-12 science teachers in California by 2018 to realize the full implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.

More and better-trained STEM teachers are essential to prepare America’s students to fully participate in our democracy and to understand and respond to complex national and global challenges. To compete in the global marketplace and provide opportunity to all young Americans, all students—not  just those fortunate enough to attend certain schools— must have basic STEM skills and knowledge. CSTA is one of nearly 200 100Kin10 partners unified by a single, ambitious goal: to prepare all students with the high-quality STEM knowledge and skills to equip them for success in college and the workplace.

Organizations are accepted as 100Kin10 partners following a rigorous vetting process conducted by a team of partner reviewers and the University of Chicago. Reviewers are looking for organizations that bring innovation, boldness, and a proven track-record to their commitment(s) toward expanding, improving, and retaining the best of the nation’s STEM teaching force, or building the 100Kin10 movement.

A complete list of partners—with new partners highlighted—appears below and is also available on the 100Kin10 website.

As partners fulfill their ambitious commitments and work together to spark innovation, they have access to exclusive opportunities—including competitive research opportunities, solution labs, collaboration grants, a growing research and learning platform, and a funding marketplace. Each of these is designed to foster collaborative problem-solving and support partners in fulfilling their ambitious commitments.

In January 2014, 100Kin10 launched its third fund with $5 million and leadership from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, and the Overdeck Family Foundation. To date, 100Kin10 funding partners have committed more than $57 million in support of the work of the partners. Over $31 million has already been distributed to partner organizations in 99 grants since the first fund launched in June 2011.

In the first two years of the effort, 100Kin10 partners who have committed to increase the supply of great STEM teachers have recruited and prepared 12,412 teachers. They are projected to prepare just shy of 37,000 teachers by 2016, five years into the project’s ten-year timeline. The network’s continued growth (through organizations such as those announced here) will add to this total number. In addition, nearly 75 partners are working to support and improve existing teachers so that more of them stay in the profession, with the goal of over time reducing the need for so many new teachers entering the workforce.

About 100Kin10

100Kin10 is a multi-sector network that responds to the national imperative to train and retain 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021.

The complete list of partners follows:

Academy for Urban School Leadership • The Achievement Network • Agile Mind • The Algebra Project, Inc. • American Association of Physics Teachers • American Chemical Society • American Federation of Teachers • American Modeling Teachers Association • American Museum of Natural History • Amgen Foundation (F) • Jeffrey H and Shari L Aronson Family Foundation (F) • Ashoka Changemakers* • Aspire Teacher Residency • Baltimore City Public Schools • Bank Street College of Education • S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation (F) • Boettcher Teachers Program (PEBC) • Boston College • The Boston Foundation (F) • Boston Teacher Residency • Boston University, College of Engineering • Breakthrough Collaborative • The Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT • BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study) • CA Technologies (F) • Cal Teach at University of California Irvine • California Science Teachers Association • California State University • California STEM Learning Network • Capital Teaching Residency • Carnegie Corporation of New York (F) • Center for Engineering Education and Outreach • Center For High Impact Philanthropy • Center for Mathematics Education at the University of Maryland, College Park • Center for the Future of Arizona–Move On When Ready • Change the Equation • Charles A. Dana Center • Chattanooga-Hamilton County Public Education Foundation • Chevron (F) • Citizen Schools • Clinton Global Initiative • Community Resources for Science • DC Public Schools • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (F) • Denver School of Science and Technology • Denver Teacher Residency • Discovery Science Center • DonorsChoose.org • The Dow Chemical Company (F) • Drexel University School of Education • E3 Alliance • Educate Texas • Education Development Center, Inc. • Education Pioneers • ElevatED • EnCorps • Erikson Institute • Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry • Florida International University • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation (F) • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (F) • Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, a program of the Gill Foundation (F) • Girl Scouts • GOOD • GOOD/Corps • Google (F) • The Greater Texas Foundation (F) • Gulf of Maine Research Institute • Hamilton County (Tenn.) Department of Education • Heising-Simons Foundation (F) • The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust (F) • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (F) • High Tech High • Hillsborough County Public SchoolsI-STEM Resource Network • IDEA Public Schools • Illustrative Mathematics • Indiana Department of Education • Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education • Intel Corporation • Internationals Network for Public Schools • Jhumki Basu Foundation • JP Morgan Chase Foundation (F) • Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development • KIPP Houston • Lawrence Hall of Science • Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh • Lehman College (Research Foundation of The City University of New York) • Leonetti O’Connell Family Foundation (F) • LessonSketch • Tammy and Jay Levine Foundation (F) • The Long Beach Educational Partnership • Los Angeles Unified School District • Loyola • Marymount University School of Education • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (F) • Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University • Maryland Business Roundtable for Education • Mass Insight Education & Research Institute • Massachusetts Executive Office of Education • MATCH Teacher Residency • Mathalicious • Memphis Teacher Residency • Merrimack College • Michigan State University • Mills College, School of EducationMIND Research Institute • Montclair State University • Museum of Science and Industry • Mytonomy • National Academy Foundation • National Academy of Sciences • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) • National Association for Research in Science Teaching • National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St. Catherine University • National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston • National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics • National Geographic Education Program • National Math and Science Initiative • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration • National Science Foundation • National Science Teachers Association • National Writing ProjectNew Leaders, Inc. • NewSchools Venture Fund (F) • New Teacher Center • New Visions for Public Schools • New York Academy of Sciences • New York City Department of Education • New York Hall of Science • North Carolina New Schools Project • Noyce Foundation (F) • NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development • Office of U.S. Representative Mike Honda • Office of Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston • Overdeck Family Foundation (F) • PhET Interactive Simulations at the University of Colorado Boulder • Philadelphia Education Fund • PhysTEC (led by APS, in partnership with AAPT) • Project Lead the WayProject Tomorrow • Polytechnic Institute of New York University • Public Impact • Relay School of Education • Rider University • RoadtripNation.org • The Samberg Family Foundation • Samueli Foundation (F) • San Francisco Teacher Residency • The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (F) • Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities • Science Foundation Arizona – AZ STEM Network • Sesame Workshop • SRI International • Stanford Teacher Education Program • State of Arkansas • State of Colorado • State of Maryland • Teach For America • Teacher Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education • Teacher Quality Retention Program at Thurgood Marshall College Fund • Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM • TeachingWorks/University of MichiganTechnology Access Foundation • TED-Ed • Tennessee Department of Education • The Texas Tribune • Tiger Woods Learning Center •  TNTP • Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers •Torrance (Calif.) Unified School District • Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative • U.S. Department of EducationU.S. Department of Energy • Uncommon Schools • University of Arizona STEM Learning Center • University of California, Berkeley • University of California Los Angeles California Teach • University of California, Merced • University of California, San Diego • University of Chicago Urban Education Institute and Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education • University of Colorado Boulder • University of Indianapolis • University of Washington College of Education • University System of Maryland • Urban Teacher Center • Urban Teacher Residency United • USC Rossier School of Education • USNY Regents Research Fund • UTeach-Pan American • The UTeach Institute • Washington STEM • WestEd • Western Governors University • WNET • WGBH Educational Foundation • The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation • Xavier University of Louisiana • The Young People’s Project

F – Funding Partner

B New Partner

* – This Organization’s Commitment Is Completed

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

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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.

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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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