November/December 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 2

GCSN 12th Conference for STEM Education: Assembling Our STEM Ecosystem!

Posted: Monday, July 10th, 2017

When:
November 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
2017-11-04T08:00:00-07:00
2017-11-04T16:30:00-07:00
Where:
Oxnard College
Library Learning Resource Center
4000 S Rose Ave, Oxnard, CA 93033
USA
Cost:
30

Gold Coast Science Network is proud to present its 12th Conference for STEM Education:
“Assembling Our STEM Ecosystem!

Co-sponsored by the Ventura County Office of Education, Oxnard College and the California Science Teachers Association. Lunch generously sponsored by STEMscopes.

  • Attend two keynote speakers and select from more than 20 workshops in four breakout sessions!
  • Bring home Common Core and NGSS-aligned lessons, materials, and ideas for teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
  • Network with local teachers and STEM organizations

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, PARKING, AND GCSN MEMBERSHIP INCLUDED!

Check the GCSN website for workshop descriptions (after Sept 15) and for information about discounted lodging and professional development credit: http://www.goldcoastscience.net

SPECIAL SHORT COURSE OPTION
This year there will be a special short course option for K-8 teachers to participate in the STEM Experiences for Educators and Leaders (SEEL) program sponsored by CSU Channel Islands and VC STEM Network. This event provides educators with a hands-on preview of the CSU Science Carnival taking place on the evening of November 4th. Conference participants who sign up for this short course will get a reserved spot for the SEEL program and priority access to lunch so that they can drive over in time to attend the SEEL event which starts at 1:00 pm at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Oxnard. This short course is FREE but space is limited. To sign up, select this short course option when purchasing your conference registration. For more information, visit http://www.vcstem.org/stem-experiences-for-educators-and-leaders-seel/.

A NOTE ABOUT THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE THEME…
In 2016 Ventura County was designated as a STEM Learning Ecoystem due to its efforts to create collaborative relationships that support STEM Education across multiple domains: formal education, informal education, business and industry, and the community in general. For more than 20 years, GCSN has played an important role in helping to develop and nurture this ecosystem, to include outreach to the surrounding counties of Los Angeles, Kern, and Santa Barbara. The GCSN Conference for STEM Education continues to bring teachers and the community together to share ideas and build inter-agency partnerships and collaborations across our beautiful gold coast and southcentral California. To find out more about the United States STEM Learning Ecosystems, visit http://stemecosystems.org.

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.

2 Responses

  1. Is it possible to exhibit our Edustation flight simulator and K12 curriculum?

  2. Jay – you can find information about exhibiting at Gold Coast at http://www.goldcoastscience.net/2017-conference.html

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Apply to Join Achieve’s Science Peer Review Panel

Posted: Friday, December 15th, 2017

When:
November 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
2017-11-04T08:00:00-07:00
2017-11-04T16:30:00-07:00
Where:
Oxnard College
Library Learning Resource Center
4000 S Rose Ave, Oxnard, CA 93033
USA
Cost:
30

Achieve is excited to announce the expansion of the Science Peer Review Panel!

Achieve’s Science Peer Review Panel (“Science PRP”) is an elite group of educators who work to evaluate and share high-quality lesson sequences and units that are designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Members of the Science PRP are part of the solution to a persistent problem in the science education field: not enough examples of high-quality instructional materials designed for the NGSS.

Join the Science PRP by filling out this online application and connect with a network of educators across the country committed to advancing science education for all students, develop your expertise in the NGSS, and work to make better science instructional materials more widely available to the science education field. This opportunity includes free, valuable professional learning experiences designed to deepen your understanding of the NGSS and the evaluation process for instructional materials. Learn More…

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California Science Teachers Association

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

Priority Features of NGSS-Aligned Instructional Materials

Posted: Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

When:
November 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
2017-11-04T08:00:00-07:00
2017-11-04T16:30:00-07:00
Where:
Oxnard College
Library Learning Resource Center
4000 S Rose Ave, Oxnard, CA 93033
USA
Cost:
30

Recommendations for Publishers, Reviewers, and Educators. The California Science Teachers Association and the science teachers associations of three other Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) west-coast states, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, have co-authored a white paper on priority features of NGSS instructional materials. This is the first time our states have collaborated to convey a common vision on an issue of great importance for the implementation of the NGSS. We understand all too well that for meaningful shifts to happen and to support the full vision of the NGSS, strong K-12 Instructional materials are required. Learn More…

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California Science Teachers Association

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

State Board Moves Forward Two Key Pieces Supporting CA NGSS Implementation

Posted: Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

When:
November 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
2017-11-04T08:00:00-07:00
2017-11-04T16:30:00-07:00
Where:
Oxnard College
Library Learning Resource Center
4000 S Rose Ave, Oxnard, CA 93033
USA
Cost:
30

by Jessica Sawko

CSTA President Jill Grace provides public comment at the November 8, 2017, California State Board of Education meeting.

On November 8, 2017, the California State Board of Education (SBE) took action on two items of import relating to the implementation of the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS). One item was relating to the California Science Test (CAST) and the other to instructional materials. CSTA provided both written and oral comments on both items along with providing input on what CSTA and many other advocates view as a critical component of our state’s emerging accountability system – student access to a broad course of study. Learn More…

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California Science Teachers Association

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

NGSS – Early Attempts and Later Reflections from an Early Implementer Teacher

Posted: Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

When:
November 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
2017-11-04T08:00:00-07:00
2017-11-04T16:30:00-07:00
Where:
Oxnard College
Library Learning Resource Center
4000 S Rose Ave, Oxnard, CA 93033
USA
Cost:
30

by Christa Dunkel

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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.

CSTA Is Now Accepting Nominations for Board Members

Posted: Friday, November 17th, 2017

When:
November 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
2017-11-04T08:00:00-07:00
2017-11-04T16:30:00-07:00
Where:
Oxnard College
Library Learning Resource Center
4000 S Rose Ave, Oxnard, CA 93033
USA
Cost:
30

Current, incoming, and outgoing CSTA Board of Directors at June 3, 2017 meeting.

Updated 7:25 pm, Nov. 17, 2017

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Right now is an exciting time to be involved at the state level in the California Science Teachers Association. The CSTA Board of Directors is currently involved in implementing the Next Generations Science Standards and its strategic plan. If you are interested in serving on the CSTA Board of Directors, now is the time to submit your name for consideration. Learn More…

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