May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

UC Berkeley/Lawrence Hall of Science Summer 2017 Workshop

Posted: Monday, April 10th, 2017

When:
June 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – June 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
2017-06-21T09:00:00-07:00
2017-06-23T15:00:00-07:00
Where:
Berkeley, CA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Wilkerson
510-859-3603

Join us for a 3-day workshop about integrating data visualization and analysis into the science curriculum for middle school!

We are excited to announce a professional development workshop for middle school educators and curriculum designers in the implementation of data and data visualization to teach and help students explore core NGSS topics such as Earth’s Systems (MS-ESS2-1), Earth and Human Activity (MS-ESS3-1) and Ecosystems (MS-LS2-1). Having in mind the design of science learning activities for middle-graders, we will discuss contemporary research findings on how youth think and learn with data and review ready-to-use tools and materials relevant to middle school science topics. We will explore these tools through hands-on activities and reflect on them. Since the era of ‘big data’ is already here and the field of novel data visualization is rapidly growing, we are interested in and will ask for your feedback and thoughts on the support that you think teachers need in order to better help their students learn about, make sense of and create comprehensive and engaging data visualizations.

The workshop will take place at the UC Berkeley campus on June 21-23, 2017 (Wednesday-Friday) from 9am to 3pm .

Day 1:

  • Hands-on exploration of tools for data analysis and visualization in middle school.
  • What are the attributes of a rich dataset for science topics exploration? Where can we find one?

Day 2:

  • Design activities that promote and support data exploration and argumentation.
  • Making datasets feel more relevant to the students.

Day 3:

  • Insights from our experiences working with these tools and exploring a few datasets.
  • Identify what worked well and what still needs to be improved.

A more detailed, day-to-day program will be available in this webpage soon, so please come back and check for updates.

Refreshments will be provided all three days of the workshop and a free iPad and monetary compensation will be offered for full participation. Our last day of the workshop will take place in the Lawrence Hall of Science and includes free admission to the museum! If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please contact Michelle Wilkerson (mwilkers-at-berkeley.edu) or Vicky Laina (vlaina-at-berkeley.edu). Hope to see you in June!

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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CSTA Annual Conference Early Bird Rates End July 14

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

When:
June 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – June 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
2017-06-21T09:00:00-07:00
2017-06-23T15:00:00-07:00
Where:
Berkeley, CA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Wilkerson
510-859-3603

by Jessica Sawko

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Teachers engaging in hands-on learning during a workshop at the 2016 CSTA conference.

Don’t miss your chance to register at the early bird rate for the 2017 CSTA Conference – the early-bird rate closes July 14. Need ideas on how to secure funding for your participation? Visit our website for suggestions, a budget planning tool, and downloadable justification letter to share with your admin. Want to take advantage of the early rate – but know your district will pay eventually? Register online today and CSTA will reimburse you when we receive payment from your district/employer. (For more information on how that works contact Zi Stair in the office for details – 916-979-7004 or zi@cascience.org.)

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

Goodbye Outgoing and Welcome Incoming CSTA Board Members

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

When:
June 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – June 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
2017-06-21T09:00:00-07:00
2017-06-23T15:00:00-07:00
Where:
Berkeley, CA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Wilkerson
510-859-3603
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Jill Grace, CSTA President, 2017-2019

On July 1, 2017 five CSTA members concluded their service and four new board members joined the ranks of the CSTA Board of Directors. CSTA is so grateful for all the volunteer board of directors who contribute hours upon hours of time and energy to advance the work of the association. At the June 3 board meeting, CSTA was able to say goodbye to the outgoing board members and welcome the incoming members.

This new year also brings with it a new president for CSTA. As of July 1, 2017 Jill Grace is the president of the California Science Teachers Association. Jill is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, a former middle school science teacher, and is currently a Regional Director with the K-12 Alliance @ WestEd where she works with California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative districts and charter networks in the San Diego area.

Outgoing Board Members

  • Laura Henriques (President-Elect: 2011 – 2013, President: 2013 – 2015, Past President: 2015 – 2017)
  • Valerie Joyner (Region 1 Director: 2009 – 2013, Primary Director: 2013 – 2017)
  • Mary Whaley (Informal Science Education Director: 2013 – 2017)
  • Sue Campbell (Middle School/Jr. High Director: 2015 – 2017)
  • Marcus Tessier (2-Year College Director: 2015 – 2017)

Learn More…

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

Finding My Student’s Motivation of Learning Through Engineering Tasks

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

When:
June 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – June 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
2017-06-21T09:00:00-07:00
2017-06-23T15:00:00-07:00
Where:
Berkeley, CA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Wilkerson
510-859-3603

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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Unveils Updated Recommended Literature List

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

When:
June 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – June 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
2017-06-21T09:00:00-07:00
2017-06-23T15:00:00-07:00
Where:
Berkeley, CA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Wilkerson
510-859-3603

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Teaching Science in the Time of Alternative Facts – Why NGSS Can Help (somewhat)

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

When:
June 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – June 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
2017-06-21T09:00:00-07:00
2017-06-23T15:00:00-07:00
Where:
Berkeley, CA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Wilkerson
510-859-3603

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