January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

NSTA National Conference in Los Angeles – Sun, Surf & Science

Posted: Friday, December 9th, 2016

When:
March 30, 2017 – April 2, 2017 all-day
2017-03-30T00:00:00-07:00
2017-04-03T00:00:00-07:00
Where:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
USA
Cost:
$275 - $420 - CSTA & NSTA Members Save $90!
Contact:
NSTA
703.243.7100

Registration is now open for the 2017 National Conference on Science Education – brought to you by the National Science Teachers Association.

CSTA is pleased to partner with NSTA for this event and proud that CSTA members can make the most of their membership in CSTA by registering at the discounted member rate for the conference.

For more information and registration visit http://www.nsta.org/conferences/national.aspx.

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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Science Assessment Update – Alternate Pilot Item Available

Posted: Thursday, January 26th, 2017

When:
March 30, 2017 – April 2, 2017 all-day
2017-03-30T00:00:00-07:00
2017-04-03T00:00:00-07:00
Where:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
USA
Cost:
$275 - $420 - CSTA & NSTA Members Save $90!
Contact:
NSTA
703.243.7100

California Alternate Assessment for Science Training Sample Is Here!

The training test for the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science is now available on the CAASPP Portal CAAs Web page! This training test is the same type of embedded performance task (PT) that will be administered during this year’s pilot CAA for Science. Designed to be administered one on one, the training test PT is nonsecure and for use in preparing for the pilot CAA for Science.

The training test is aligned with the grade five California Next Generation Science Standards but can be used by students in any of the tested grades to familiarize both educators, students, parents, and stakeholders with the testing format of the pilot. The CDE is preparing a letter for LEAs to use to inform parents about this innovative test and the availability of the training test. 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.

STEM Conference Hosted by CMSESMC

Posted: Saturday, January 14th, 2017

When:
March 30, 2017 – April 2, 2017 all-day
2017-03-30T00:00:00-07:00
2017-04-03T00:00:00-07:00
Where:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
USA
Cost:
$275 - $420 - CSTA & NSTA Members Save $90!
Contact:
NSTA
703.243.7100

The Council of Math/Science Educators of San Mateo County will be hosting the 41st annual STEM Conference this February 4, 2017 at the San Mateo County Office of Education. This STEM Conference is the place to get lots of new lessons and ideas to use in your classroom. There will be over twenty-five workshops and a variety of exhibitors that provide participants with a wide range of practical and realistic ideas and resources to use in their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs from Pre-K to grade 12. With California’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, we are dedicated to ensuring that we prepare our teachers to take on these educational policies.

Teachers, administrators, and parents are invited to explore the many exciting aspects of STEM education and learn about and discuss the latest news, information, and issues. This is also an opportunity to network with colleagues who can assist you in building your programs and meet new friends that share your interests and love of teaching. Register online today!

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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.

Submit Your NGSS Lessons and Units Today!

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

When:
March 30, 2017 – April 2, 2017 all-day
2017-03-30T00:00:00-07:00
2017-04-03T00:00:00-07:00
Where:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
USA
Cost:
$275 - $420 - CSTA & NSTA Members Save $90!
Contact:
NSTA
703.243.7100

Achieve has launched and is facilitating an EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science–a group of expert reviewers who will evaluate the quality and alignment of lessons and units to the standards–in an effort to identify and shine a spotlight on emerging high-quality lesson and unit plans designed for the NGSS.

If you or your state, district, school, or organization has designed NGSS-aligned instructional materials, please consider submitting these in order to help provide educators across the country with various models and templates of high-quality lesson and unit plans. 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.

Opportunity for High School Students – Los Angeles County

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

When:
March 30, 2017 – April 2, 2017 all-day
2017-03-30T00:00:00-07:00
2017-04-03T00:00:00-07:00
Where:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
USA
Cost:
$275 - $420 - CSTA & NSTA Members Save $90!
Contact:
NSTA
703.243.7100

An upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children in Los Angeles, CA. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments. 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.

Science Education Policy Update

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

When:
March 30, 2017 – April 2, 2017 all-day
2017-03-30T00:00:00-07:00
2017-04-03T00:00:00-07:00
Where:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
USA
Cost:
$275 - $420 - CSTA & NSTA Members Save $90!
Contact:
NSTA
703.243.7100

by Jessica Sawko

January 2017 has proven to be a very busy month for science education policy and CA NGSS implementation activities. CSTA has been and will be there every step of the way, seeking and enacting all options to support high-quality science education and the successful implementation of CA NGSS.

California Department of Education/U.S. Department of Education Science Double-Testing Waiver Hearing

The year started with California Department of Education’s (CDE) hearing with the U.S. Department of Education conducted via WebEx on January 6, 2017. This hearing was the final step in California’s efforts to secure a waiver from the federal government in order to discontinue administration of the old CST and suspension of the reporting of student test scores on a science assessment for two years. As reported by EdSource, the U.S. Department of Education representative, Ann Whalen, a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary John King Jr., committed to making her final ruling “very shortly.” Deputy Superintendent Keric Ashley presented on behalf of CDE during the hearing and did an excellent job describing the broad-based support for this waiver in California, the rationale for the waiver, and California’s commitment to the successful implementation of a new high-quality science assessment. As previously reported, California is moving forward with its plans to administer a census pilot assessments this spring. The testing window is set to open on March 20, 2017. For more information visit New CA Science Test: What You Should Know.

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Written by Jessica Sawko

Jessica Sawko

Jessica Sawko is CSTA’s Executive Director.