September 2014 – Vol. 27 No. 1

March LASER Event

Posted: Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

When:
March 12, 2012 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
2012-03-12T18:45:00-07:00
2012-03-12T21:00:00-07:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

6:45pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.

7:00-7:25pm: Indre Viskontas, “Music that Moves: The Art and Neuroscience of Effective Performance”

We are constantly bombarded by a cacophony of sounds and yet music still has the power to influence us, often outside our awareness. We will explore how music engages the brain and why it continues to be a worldwide addiction.

7:25-7:50pm: Rebecca Kamen (Northern Virginia Community College), “Making the Invisible, Visible: Discoveries Between Art and Science”

Discoveries between art and science were revealed during research residencies at the American Philosophical Society and the Chemical Heritage Foundation libraries and collections. We will discuss the notion of scientist as artist and artist as scientist, highlighting historic images from these library collections. The main focus will be the genesis of a large sculpture/sound installation, Divining Nature: An Elemental Garden and the different research areas that have informed its development.

7:50pm-8:10pm: BREAK  Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work.

8:10-8:35pm Shamit Kachru (Stanford Physics Dept) on “Are There More Dimensions of Space?”

Some leading approaches to theoretical physics (for example, the so called String Theory) suggest that there may be extra dimensions of space, “compactified” to such small size that we have not yet detected them with modern experiments (or our eyes!).

8:35pm-9:00pm: Scott Kildall (Artist) on “Tweets in Space”

Tweets in Space is a new art project by Scott Kildall and Nathaniel Stern, where we will beam Twitter messages from participants worldwide to Gliese 581d – an exoplanet 20 light years away that can support extraterrestrial life.

http://www.leonardo.info/isast/events.html#LASER-Mar12

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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NGSS PD Coming to Fresno, Covina, and Fairfield

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

When:
March 12, 2012 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
2012-03-12T18:45:00-07:00
2012-03-12T21:00:00-07:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA
CSTA_CASCD

Updated September 4, 2014

CSTA and CASCD have teamed up to bring you and your curriculum developers a one-day professional learning opportunity. Both CSTA and CASCD members may register at member rates. Event dates and location are:

Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning
This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards. In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions. During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session. Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms. 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.

Call for Public Input on New Accountability Rubric

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

When:
March 12, 2012 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
2012-03-12T18:45:00-07:00
2012-03-12T21:00:00-07:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

Accountability in California is undergoing dramatic changes. The Pubic Schools Accountability Act (PSAA) Committee is considering college and career readiness indicators to be included in API calculations for secondary schools (among other changes), and under the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)  LEAs were required to develop Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs) that outlined how they would spend the money allocated to them to address the eight state priorities. LCAPs are now in the hands of County Offices of Education to review and approve, and the next critical step in the process is to develop the LCFF evaluation rubric (see information about those rubrics below).

This call for public comment is an excellent opportunity for science teachers to add their voice to the conversation and to encourage that the LCFF rubric includes an accountability for science. State priority #2 is for implementing California’s academic standards, including the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math, the Next Generation Science Standards, and the English language development, history social science, visual and performing arts, health education and physical education standards. State priority #7 is for insuring all students have access to classes that prepare them for college and careers, regardless of what school they attend or where they live. Both of these priorities make it clear that students should be provided with access to a high quality science education. 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.

Where Will You Be in December?

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

When:
March 12, 2012 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
2012-03-12T18:45:00-07:00
2012-03-12T21:00:00-07:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

by Laura Henriques

I sure hope you answered that question with an enthusiastic “I’ll be in Long Beach for the conference” sort of response!

Come join your science education colleagues for three to four days of professional learning. The conference, hosted by NSTA with some input from CSTA, will take place on December 4-6. With a couple hundred workshops, lectures, short courses and field trips, this is the place to be! You can peruse the schedule on-line and get a sense of some of the outstanding sessions awaiting you. The keynote speakers will address a range of topics that include linkages between science and Common Core ELA, STEM, and science education moving forward. (Go online today to verify your membership or join CSTA today – CSTA members can register for the conference at the NSTA Affiliate Member rate and save $90 on their registration!) Learn More…

Written by Laura Henriques

Laura Henriques

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

The Power of Linking Science to Common Core

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

When:
March 12, 2012 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
2012-03-12T18:45:00-07:00
2012-03-12T21:00:00-07:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

by Laura Henriques

If you are like me, there are significantly more things you would like to do in your class than time allows. Finding ways to link my science instruction to other curricular expectations is one way for me to ‘buy’ time. This sometimes means that I grade an assignment for multiple purposes – I am looking at students’ understanding of science concepts and content and also looking at their writing. Students may even get two grades on the assignment. Learn More…

Written by Laura Henriques

Laura Henriques

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

ELA in My Science Class? Wait..What?

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

When:
March 12, 2012 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
2012-03-12T18:45:00-07:00
2012-03-12T21:00:00-07:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

by Jill Grace

For many science teachers, the thought of having responsibility for the language development of students is a sobering prospect. Burned into my memory are the comments of many of my single subject peers in my credential program that could be summed up with the phrase, “I’m teaching science, not reading, that’s the job of the language arts teacher,” clearly unhappy over the prospect of having to take a course on reading and writing in the subject area. Over the years, these words still echo in staff meetings, on discussion boards, and even over meals between colleagues.

From day one, I was shocked by this mentality. Learn More…

Written by Jill Grace

Jill Grace

Jill Grace teaches 7th grade science at Palos Verdes Intermediate School and is the Middle School/Jr. High Director for CSTA.