September/October 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 1

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.

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  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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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2017 Finalists for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Posted: Wednesday, September 20th, 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

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today nominated eight exceptional secondary mathematics and science teachers as California finalists for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

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The California Department of Education (CDE) partners annually with the California Science Teachers Association and the California Mathematics Council to recruit and select nominees for the PAEMST program—the highest recognition in the nation for a mathematics or science teacher. The Science Finalists will be recognized at the CSTA Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Learn More…

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.

Thriving in a Time of Change

Posted: Wednesday, September 13th, 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 Jill Grace

By the time this message is posted online, most schools across California will have been in session for at least a month (if not longer, and hat tip to that bunch!). Long enough to get a good sense of who the kids in your classroom are and to get into that groove and momentum of the daily flow of teaching. It’s also very likely that for many of you who weren’t a part of a large grant initiative or in a district that set wheels in motion sooner, this is the first year you will really try to shift instruction to align to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). I’m not going to lie to you, it’s a challenging year – change is hard. Change is even harder when there’s not a playbook to go by.  But as someone who has had the very great privilege of walking alongside teachers going through that change for the past two years and being able to glimpse at what this looks like for different demographics across that state, there are three things I hope you will hold on to. These are things I have come to learn will overshadow the challenge: a growth mindset will get you far, one is a very powerful number, and it’s about the kids. Learn More…

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Written by Jill Grace

Jill Grace

Jill Grace is a Regional Director for the K-12 Alliance and is President of CSTA.

If You Are Not Teaching Science Then You Are Not Teaching Common Core

Posted: Thursday, August 31st, 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 Peter A’Hearn 

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Written by Peter AHearn

Peter AHearn

Peter A’Hearn is the Region 4 Director for CSTA.

Tools for Creating NGSS Standards Based Lessons

Posted: Tuesday, August 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 Elizabeth Cooke

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Written by Elizabeth Cooke

Elizabeth Cooke

Elizabeth Cooke teaches TK-5 science at Markham Elementary in the Oakland Unified School District, is an NGSS Early Implementer, and is CSTA’s Secretary.

News and Happenings in CSTA’s Region 1 – Fall 2017

Posted: Tuesday, August 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 Marian Murphy-Shaw

Cal

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Written by Marian Murphy-Shaw

Marian Murphy-Shaw

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.