March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

CSTA Welcomes New and Renewing Members from January and February 2016

Posted: Monday, March 14th, 2016

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Our many thanks to the following 174 individuals for joining CSTA or renewing their membership in CSTA in the months of January and February 2016. CSTA has more than 3,000 members and represents science educators in call grade levels K-university. CSTA members enjoy the benefits of:

One-year, three-year, CSTA/NSTA joint membership, new teacher, retired teacher, and preservice teacher memberships are all options that CSTA offers. Visit our membership website for more information.

New and Renewing Members:

Davin Aalto
Candice Aguirre
Peter A’Hearn
Tracy Albrecht
Stephanie Anastasopoulos
Kathleen Anders-Sagan
Bill Andrews
Vivian Ariza
Andrea Aust

Kenneth Balderrama
Kristina Bandziulis
Robyn Battaglia
Jessica Beckham
Michael Beiersdorf
Anne Marie Bergen
Kyla Bradylong
Valarie Broadhead
Barbara Brydon
Jackie Burneson
Heather Butler

Joseph Calmer
Kelly Canino
Juan Catalan
Bill Cavanagh
Jamie Chan
Anjali Chandran
Elizabeth Chang
Cheryl Chase
Sylvia Chatagnier
Alan Chen
Tara Clarke
Koreen Corbett
Diane Coventry
Jen Cox
Christine Crispin
Thomas Crofoot

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Adam Daley
Dena Deck
Marina DeGroot
Tova Diaz
Polly Diffenbaugh
Kevin Dufault

Joan Ellis
John Feathers
Christina Fintikakis
Joanne Firestone
Jason Fisk
Aulikki Flagan
Carolyn Fong
Justin Fournier
Sherwood Fuellas

Courtney Gagnon
Anna Gaiter
Bridget Gardea
Prudence Gemmell
Carolyn Gencarella
John Gifford
Maria Giordano-Licoscos
Anna Grace
Jennie Guzman

Wendy Hagan
Stacey Hamamura
Lorie Hammond
John Hampton
Abraham Hanono
Erica Hardbarger
Julie Hargrove
Vickie Harri
Jennifer Hartigan
Lee Anne Hatch
Melody Haughton
Doug Henderson
Herman Hilkey
Amy Hjortland
Linda Hodges
Rick Hoffman
Barbara Hogan
Julie Huffman

Nathan Inouye

Cynthia Jenson-Elliott
Kim Jones

Richard Keene
Michael Kenny
Paul Killian
Laura Kitagawa
Brian Kruse
Benjamin Ku

Chad Lazreg
Janet Lee
Obie Leff
Amanda Libke
Alison Linden
Jose Lopez
Peggy Lubchenco
Nicole Luckin
Jeff Lukens
Glen Lusebrink
Heather Lutes
Taylor Lyen

Suzanna Macedo
Shirley Magnusson
Lilian Marmon
Wendy Marshall
Guadalupe Martin
Sarah Martin
Patricia McBride
Sarah McGrew
Shawna Metcalf
Ellen Metzger
Dorothy Mockus Lubin
Dawn Moffett
Katharine Monsma
Linda Morris
Mark Moss
Sylvia Mulvehill
Heather Murphy

Julie Newdoll
Greg Nicholas
Mary Nowak

Laura O’Dell

Parul Patel
Roger Pence
Nick Perez
Michel Perez
Aileen Perry
Gaia Pine
Krystal Poloka

Erik Ramirez
Gretchen Reynolds
Jennifer Rigby
William Ritz
Lynda Rogers
Jessie Rubner
Amani Rushing

Peter Sabin
Katherine Sanchez
Kaleigh Schiro
Karen Schmidt
Andrea Schnitz
Mike Schulist
Jodye Selco
Susan Selle
Dee Sheahan
April Shishido
Bud Smith
Sarah Soule
Toby Spencer
John Spiegel
Sandra Starr
Christine Steigelman
Georgia Stern
Jamie Stevenson
Jennifer Stewart
Laura Stockton
Gina Stolpestad
Jasmine Suttles
Rajasree Swaminathan

Laurie Thomas
Wayne Thompson
Michelle Trimble
Nelly Tsai
Shelley Turski

Susan Varney
Carolyn Viviano

Jennifer Weibert
Mary Whaley
Arielle Whitacre
Marla White
Ali Widmar
Emily Williams
Karen Wilson
Brian Woods

David Youngblood

Shana Zent

Written by California Science Teachers Association

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

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CSTA Endorses March for Science

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.

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

California Science Curriculum Framework Now Available

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.

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

Call for CSTA Awards Nominations

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…

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

Call for Volunteers – CSTA Committees

Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017

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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…

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

A Friend in CA Science Education Now at CSTA Region 1 Science Center

Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017

by Marian Murphy-Shaw

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Marian Murphy-Shaw is the student services director at Siskiyou County Office of Education and is CSTA’s Region 1 Director and chair of CSTA’s Policy Committee.