January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Enjoy CSTA Membership Benefits with Your Family!

Posted: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

by Lisa Hegdahl

There has never been a better time to be a member of the California Science Teachers Association.  CSTA members:

  • Keep updated on NGSS implementation
  • Gather at the Annual Conference
  • Enhance their Knowledge & Skills
  • Share Teaching Tools & Resources
  • Influence State Education Policy

As the advocate for high quality science education in California for more than 50 years, the California Science Teachers Association offers networking, professional development, and advocacy to ensure state policies and legislation support you in inspiring your students. Members form a community of more than 2,500 K-6, middle school, and high school science teachers, college faculty, and educators.

There’s More!

As a CSTA member, you continue to enjoy membership benefits while on your well-deserved breaks.

Check them out!

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The Happiest Place on Earth!

  • Access discounted tickets to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park.
  • Ticket prices with a slash through them are the regularly priced tickets, and the discounted price shows below the regular price.
  • These special savings are for members only, but can be used to purchase tickets for family and friends. The limit is eight tickets per order.
  • Note: This discount offer only applies to Disneyland Resort that is located in Southern California, and not to Walt Disney World in Florida.
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Discover the Wonder of the Aquarium!

CSTA members can purchase tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium at a discounted price via the CSTA Preferred Ticket sales store. CSTA members and their guests save $5 on admission. Tickets must be purchased via the online store and printed to take to the Aquarium for admission.

 Discount Tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium: Click to access the CSTA Members Only online store to buy your tickets to the Aquarium today! – Members save $5!

While making your travel arrangements to Disneyland and Monterey Bay Aquarium this summer, don’t forget that CSTA also offers members discounts at AVIS/Budget Rental Car:

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Avis/Budget Rental Car:

  • Up to 25% off promotional rates.
  • Convenient airport locations.
  • Where 2TM GPS – State-of-the-art GPS system that guides through every mile of your trip, giving you clear, simple directions, real-time road conditions and much more.
  • Time saving services, like Avis Preferred Service, e-Receipt and Roving Rapid Return.
  • Avis e-Receipt – Within 24 hours of returning your vehicle, you’ll have your Avis receipt e-mailed to you, free of charge. It’s a convenient way to avoid lost receipts, complete expense reports, and save time when returning your car.
  • Complimentary Preferred® Service enrollment – A fast and easy counter bypass program with added benefits and special amenities, such as the best parking spots and more vehicles.
  • Available at participating locations.

(Visit the Members Only Discount page for the discount codes.)

The California Science Teachers Association would like to thank you for your membership. Without your support, we could not have accomplished all we have during these past 50 years. We would also like to thank you for all you do for your students every day of the school year.

We wish you a fun and productive spring semester.

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Written by Lisa Hegdahl

Lisa Hegdahl

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

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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.

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

Opportunities to Support NGSS Implementation with CTC

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

What follows are several opportunities for science teachers to work with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) on various projects that have direct or indirect implications for the implementation of NGSS in California. Please consider applying to one or more of the following opportunities.

CSET Field Testing Opportunities

Field testing opportunities for future CSET Multiple Subjects and Science tests are available beginning Dec. 5, 2016. Participants will have the choice between a $50 Barnes and Noble eGift Card or a $75 test fee voucher that may be applied to future test registration fees. For more information, including how to register to participate, please visit: http://www.pearsonvue.com/espilot/cset.asp. Learn More…

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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

Achieve has launched and is facilitating an EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science–a group of expert reviewers who will evaluate the quality and alignment of lessons and units to the standards–in an effort to identify and shine a spotlight on emerging high-quality lesson and unit plans designed for the NGSS.

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