February 2015 – Vol. 27 No. 6

Free Day at the Exploratorium – Engineering Day

Posted: Monday, June 3rd, 2013

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day GMT0
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

The Exploratorium is free to everyone five days every year effective fall 2013.

Our Free Access Program includes upcoming free days on

Engineering Day (September 29, 2013)
Founder’s Day (October 13, 2013)
Groundhog Day (February 2, 2014)
Pi Day (March 14, 2014)
Mother’s Day (May 11, 2014)

For more information visit http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/faq.

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

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

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State Board Takes First Steps Towards Changes in Accountability, Gov. Brown Includes NGSS Funding in Proposed Budget (Sort of), Curriculum Framework Development Delay Proposed, and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing Hears Input on Teacher Preparation in an NGSS World

Posted: Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day GMT0
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

by Jessica Sawko

2015 got off to a very busy start in terms of NGSS implementation at the state level, and CSTA was there to represent the voice of science educators at every turn. The following is a summary of some of the important issues that were addressed in January 2015.

State Board and Accountability

On January 14, 2015 the California State Board of Education had one of what will be many dynamic conversations around the state’s future accountability system. There are many changes to be expected over the coming year with AYP, API, Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP), College and Career Indicators, graduation rates, and much more. CSTA is committed to engaging in all conversations to insure that science is well represented in all of these accountability measures. CSTA provided a written response as well as oral public comments at the meeting advocating for an accountability system that supported all student’s access to a high-quality science education, K-12. Learn More…

Written by Jessica Sawko

Jessica Sawko

Jessica Sawko is CSTA’s Executive Director.

President’s Message

Posted: Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day GMT0
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

by Laura Henriques

2015 is off to a busy start. As you will read in executive director, Jessica Sawko’s legislative update, there have been numerous meetings at which CSTA has represented your interests in just the first month of the year. There are lots of state entities and organizations working on different elements in order for the implementation of NGSS to become a reality. We recognize that all the different elements must fit together so that we have robust professional learning opportunities, quality instructional materials, well aligned assessments, state accountability plans that count science and local district plans which include science education in their locally controlled accountability plans (this includes teacher professional learning time and support, classroom resources, and dedicated time to teach science). As we see shifts in what will be happening in K-12 classrooms we need to see parallel shifts in higher education, in particular teacher preparation programs. So while the CDE is overseeing the development of the California Science Framework, assessments and accountability plans, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing needs to look at changes to how we credential teachers. Lots of moving parts and CSTA is paying attention to all of them. Learn More…

Written by Laura Henriques

Laura Henriques

Laura Henriques is a professor of science education at CSU Long Beach and president of CSTA.

Bold: adj. Showing the Ability to Take Risks

Posted: Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day GMT0
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

by Lisa Hegdahl

I just finished my first attempt at planning and implementing a Next Generation of Science Standards Lesson Series.   While I never intended it to be printed in a statewide publication, I am reminded of the words of Stephen Pruitt, Achieve Senior Vice President, Content, Research & Development, in an address to California Science Educators in September 2014 when he said,

Be bold

Since hearing those words, I have tried to apply them to everything I do regarding NGSS – including sharing a lesson series that is far from exemplar. While the lesson series does not always provide learning at the nexus of all 3 dimensions of NGSS – Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI), Science and Engineering Practices (SEP), and Crosscutting Concepts – it does provide students opportunities to take control of their own learning and reflect on their learning progress. Learn More…

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Written by Lisa Hegdahl

Lisa Hegdahl is an 8th grade science teacher at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt, CA and is president-elect of CSTA.

Caveat Lector: The Perils of Critical Thinking for Today’s Students

Posted: Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day GMT0
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

by Kevin Raskoff and George I. Matsumoto

The world has changed remarkably for our students, with information more readily available, easier to find, and of increasingly poorer quality than at any time in history. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) topics are receiving more attention in the classroom and the new Next Generation Science Standards1 (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards2 (CC) focus on deeper understanding and application of concepts rather than memorization. Critical thinking and problem solving have been outlined as essential components of both NGSS and CC, and being able to demonstrate understanding by asking and answering questions is core to these new benchmarks. Learn More…

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Battling Plagiarism in the Science Classroom

Posted: Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day GMT0
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

by Minda Berbeco

When I was a graduate student teaching introductory biology courses, academic integrity was an issue every single semester. We’d go through what plagiarism looked like, how to avoid it, what the penalties were, and even have students submit their work through a program that searched the web and all previous submissions for similarities. And yet, year after year, we still had problems with plagiarism. Learn More…

Written by Minda Berbeco

Minda Berbeco

Minda Berbeco is the Programs and Policy Director at the National Center for Science Education and is a member of CSTA.