September 2014 – Vol. 27 No. 1

NGSS Middle School Science Standards Arrangement Meeting

Posted: Thursday, August 1st, 2013

When:
August 28, 2013 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2013-08-28T17:00:00-07:00
2013-08-28T19:00:00-07:00
Where:
Mather Room, Sacramento County Office of Education
10474 Mather Boulevard
Mather, CA 95655
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Connie Morrill
916-979-7004

CSTA and the Sacramento County Office of Education will hold an informational and discussion meeting on the middle school arrangement proposed. In attendance will be Rick Pomeroy of UC Davis School of Education (CSTA past president and SEP member), Glen Lusebrink (CSTA and SEP member) a teacher in the Woodland Joint Unified School District, Lisa Hegdahl, 8th grade science teacher at McCaffrey Middle School and CSTA president-elect, and Phil Romig, Science Curriculum Specialist for the Sacramento County Office of Education (CSTA member).

RSVP Required: Please click here to complete the RSVP form.

 

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:
August 28, 2013 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2013-08-28T17:00:00-07:00
2013-08-28T19:00:00-07:00
Where:
Mather Room, Sacramento County Office of Education
10474 Mather Boulevard
Mather, CA 95655
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Connie Morrill
916-979-7004
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:
August 28, 2013 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2013-08-28T17:00:00-07:00
2013-08-28T19:00:00-07:00
Where:
Mather Room, Sacramento County Office of Education
10474 Mather Boulevard
Mather, CA 95655
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Connie Morrill
916-979-7004

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:
August 28, 2013 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2013-08-28T17:00:00-07:00
2013-08-28T19:00:00-07:00
Where:
Mather Room, Sacramento County Office of Education
10474 Mather Boulevard
Mather, CA 95655
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Connie Morrill
916-979-7004

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:
August 28, 2013 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2013-08-28T17:00:00-07:00
2013-08-28T19:00:00-07:00
Where:
Mather Room, Sacramento County Office of Education
10474 Mather Boulevard
Mather, CA 95655
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Connie Morrill
916-979-7004

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:
August 28, 2013 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2013-08-28T17:00:00-07:00
2013-08-28T19:00:00-07:00
Where:
Mather Room, Sacramento County Office of Education
10474 Mather Boulevard
Mather, CA 95655
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Connie Morrill
916-979-7004

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.