April 2016 – Vol. 28 No. 8

NGSS Town Hall Meeting

Posted: Monday, July 29th, 2013

When:
August 22, 2013 @ 11:00 pm – August 23, 2013 @ 1:00 am
2013-08-22T23:00:00+00:00
2013-08-23T01:00:00+00:00
Where:
Orange County Department of Education
200 Kalmus Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
USA
Cost:
Free

The Orange County Department of Education invites Principals and K-12 Science Teachers to a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the architecture and key issues related to the pending approval of the Next Generation Science Standards for California.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • K-12 Principals
  • K-12 Teachers of Science, specifically middle school teachers
  • Curriculum Leaders

WHAT IS THE COST? Free
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED OUTCOMES?

  • Learn to read the standards and supporting architecture
  • Understand the rationale and “storyline” used by the Science Expert Panel (SEP) to designate specific performance expectations for Grades 6, 7, and 8 to be recommended to State Superintendent Torlakson
  • Gain awareness of NGSS implementation timeline and statewide assessment
  • Opportunity for Q & A’s
  • Opportunity to share perspectives

HOW DO YOU PARTICIPATE?

Register online at: http://ocde.k12oms.org/1248-73708

The Orange County Department of Education, Office of Academic Content, may take photographs of participants at the event. These photographs will be used to document the event, promote events in written materials, post on the OCDE website and on the World Wide Web, and on the digital frame in the entry to the OCDE offices. Individuals with disabilities in need of auxiliary aides and services may request assistance by contacting Sandra Pradyanata at (714) 966-4470.

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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Call for Presenters: Northwest Nevada Math & Science Conference

Posted: Monday, April 11th, 2016

When:
August 22, 2013 @ 11:00 pm – August 23, 2013 @ 1:00 am
2013-08-22T23:00:00+00:00
2013-08-23T01:00:00+00:00
Where:
Orange County Department of Education
200 Kalmus Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
USA
Cost:
Free

Looking to take your NGSS presentation on the road? Consider submitting an application to present in the fellow NGSS-adoption state of Nevada!

You are invited to submit a proposal for a 90 minute presentation at the first annual Northwest Nevada Math & Science Conference on Saturday August 27, 2016.  Take this opportunity to share your ideas and enthusiasm and to highlight your successes and challenges with fellow attendees at the inaugural conference. The deadline to submit a proposal is April 22. 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.

Apply Today to Assist in New Science Assessment Item Writing

Posted: Monday, April 11th, 2016

When:
August 22, 2013 @ 11:00 pm – August 23, 2013 @ 1:00 am
2013-08-22T23:00:00+00:00
2013-08-23T01:00:00+00:00
Where:
Orange County Department of Education
200 Kalmus Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
USA
Cost:
Free

by Jessica Sawko

One of the number one questions that has been posed by teachers since the adoption of the California Next Generation Science Standards in 2013 is: “What about the assessments?” (or some version of that question). Last month, we reported the most recent information available on that topic and since then work has launched to being writing and reviewing assessment items for the new science summative assessment.

Many of you may have already put your names “into the hat” to participate in this process. For those of you who have not and would like to be considered for such an opportunity, I urge you to submit your application today: http://caaspp.org/reviewers.html. CDE’s testing contractor Educational Testing Services (ETS) is soliciting applications for content reviewers for the new CA NGSS assessment and alternate assessment.

This is your opportunity to participate in the implementation of the California NGSS and the new science summative assessment. Seize the moment and apply today!

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.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Present at an NSTA Conference

Posted: Sunday, April 10th, 2016

When:
August 22, 2013 @ 11:00 pm – August 23, 2013 @ 1:00 am
2013-08-22T23:00:00+00:00
2013-08-23T01:00:00+00:00
Where:
Orange County Department of Education
200 Kalmus Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
USA
Cost:
Free

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is currently accepting proposals for speakers to present at the 2017 National Conference on Science Education in Los Angeles, March 30–April 2. Strands can be viewed here and focus on the Next Generation Science Standards, STEM, science and literacy, and equity. To submit, please click here. The deadline to submit is April 15, 2016. Learn more about NSTA conferences. Questions? Please e-mail conferences@nsta.org. 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.

Hitting the Wall: When Your District Isn’t Behind NGSS

Posted: Friday, April 8th, 2016

When:
August 22, 2013 @ 11:00 pm – August 23, 2013 @ 1:00 am
2013-08-22T23:00:00+00:00
2013-08-23T01:00:00+00:00
Where:
Orange County Department of Education
200 Kalmus Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
USA
Cost:
Free

by Joanne Michael

It’s coming…NGSS implementation. You’ve been going to the CSTA conferences to learn more, reading articles, following the “Early Implementers” twitter handle (@earlyimplement), and are excited to start trying out all of the new standards and lessons. One hiccup… your district isn’t ready to begin implementing-in fact, is telling you directly to NOT begin transitioning your lessons for at least another year. What’s a motivated, focused science teacher to do?

This exact situation is what I am in right now. To be fair, my district is beginning to implement in the middle school level and preparing for implementation at the high school level, but we were given direct instructions to not begin implementing any lessons at the elementary level for a bit longer (to give the classroom teachers a chance to adapt to the new Common Core math and ELA curriculum and standards). While frustrating, there are some things that can be done in the interim before getting the go-ahead to begin implementation. 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.

Activity Mania, This Is Not!

Posted: Friday, April 8th, 2016

When:
August 22, 2013 @ 11:00 pm – August 23, 2013 @ 1:00 am
2013-08-22T23:00:00+00:00
2013-08-23T01:00:00+00:00
Where:
Orange County Department of Education
200 Kalmus Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
USA
Cost:
Free

by Terry Shanahan

In preparation for the summer 2015 Southern California K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Institute in Vista, our grade 2 cadre of science educators from elementary, secondary, and the university, planned a week of science investigations around matter and its interactions. Of course, we began our planning with the question, “What would you expect a second grader to know about matter?” After our quick write, we began our conceptual flow, using post-its for each of our statements. We then checked our conceptual flow against “A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Cross-Cutting Concepts, and Core Ideas”. Had we left out any important concepts? Our biggest idea became: Matter is observable and it is not created or destroyed even as it changes form. Our conceptual flow moved from left to right: concrete to abstract. Our smaller ideas and the concepts we found in the Framework document later became the guiding statement for each day of our institute: 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.