May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

Dive Deeper with Short Courses!

Posted: Monday, June 20th, 2016

by Lisa Hegdahl

Conference_Side_Column_Register-EarlyPalm Springs will be home to the 2016 California Science Education Conference, October 21-23. Attendees will enjoy access to over 150 workshops, keynote and focus speakers, field courses, and evening events designed to help attendees decompress after a long day of learning.

As if that were not enough to make the 2016 California Science Education Conference the place to be for all teachers of science, this year there are 15 Short Courses to choose from!  There are short courses designed to help you dig deeper into NGSS, engineering design, and more. Short courses range from three to six hours giving you the chance to deeply interact and make sense of the material.

With such a large selection, there is something for every grade level and science content area.

Just a few of the 15 Short Course available:

  • Step into the light with What Happened to My Unit On Light?  presented by Arthur Beauchamp, Senior Director of Professional Learning, UC Davis School of Education and Cynthia Passmore, Associate Professor, UC Davis.  This 6-hour (two, 3-hour sessions) short course will show a K-8 NGSS progression around the concept of light.
  • Join CA NGSS Early Implementer presenters Barbara Woods and Neika Etsy from Galt Elementary School District for Integrating Science, ELA, and ELD: It All Works Together. Discover how seamlessly the ELA and ELD standards fit into well planned NGSS lesson sequences.    
  • Want to know more about what the CA NGSS Early Implementers are up to? Join Kathy DiRanna, Statewide Director, K-12 Alliance @ WestEd for Digging In: Year 2 Lessons Learned from the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative.  Hear real stories about the successes and challenges of implementation and learn about tools and processes to help you.
  • How to Help School Districts Decide the Middle School QuestionIn 2013, the California State Board of Education adopted the Preferred Integrated Middle School Model and the alternate Discipline Specific Middle School Model.  Learn the difference between the two and engage in the process of making an informed decision.  Presented by Jo Topps, Regional Director, K-12 Alliance/WestEd.
  • If you’re like me, teaching NGSS is invigorating, but trying to find ways to assess students is a challenge. Join Deborah Tucker, Science Education Consultant and Grant Gardner, President, Assessment Services, Inc for  Using Hands-On Performance Assessment in 6-8 Classrooms: Assessing Student Mastery of the Science Practices, DCIs, and CCSS-ELA.  Engage in a hands-on performance assessment task, use a protocol to develop tasks of your own, and take home a sample student set-up.
  • Can you name all the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices?  Did you forget  Math and Computational Thinking?  Well, never again!  Focus on Practices: Math and Computational Thinking, Your New Favorite Practice.  Have fun and learn how this practice not only stands on its own but can be a powerful ally to strengthen student facility with all of the other practices and crosscutting concepts.

Check out the full list of Short Courses HERE!

Benefits of attending a Short Course:

  • Instructors are seasoned experts in the field
  • You are guaranteed a seat
  • Sessions are smaller with more presenter interaction

How to Register for a Short Course

Links to Short Course registration are available to individuals who have registered for the conference.  They are ticketed events so be sure to sign up soon—they are expected to sell out fast this year!

If you are in need of support by your district, you can remind your administrator that that the District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Priority #2 supports the implementation of the state’s academic standards. CSTA’s Conference on Science Education will provide you with short courses that will help you with this. All short courses support the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the California Common Core State Standards, or both.

SEE YOU IN PALM SPRINGS!!!

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Lisa Hegdahl is an 8th grade science teacher at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt, CA and is President for CSTA.

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