November/December 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 2

Events in Region 1

Posted: Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Topics in Regenerative Medicine Lecture Series
May 10, 2001

The next presentation in the Topics in Regenerative Medicine lecture series at Sacramento State will take place on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:00 pm in the University Union Ballroom III. This is the fourth and final lecture on regenerative medicine to be held this academic year. The title of the talk is “To Each His Own: How engineers, scientists and doctors are using your own cells to create personalized stem cell medicine” presented by John Chapman, Ph.D., President and Founder, Stem Cell Partners, LLC and Adjunct Professor, Sacramento State Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Chapman will describe how treatment with autologous stem cells offers potential benefits beyond those of standard medical care, including the potential for repair and/or regeneration of damaged organs. Autologous cell therapy is at the forefront of the emerging field of regenerative medicine. In autologous therapy, a patient’s own cells are the therapeutic agent for treating serious diseases and injuries. The most common sources of therapeutic cells are blood, bone marrow and, surprisingly, fat tissue. Cellular therapy presents exciting challenges and opportunities for engineers and scientists to work with physicians to create new tools to remove, purify, expand, activate and deliver cell products.

Presented by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Excellence, the Topics in Regenerative Medicine lectures are funded through a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) grant in collaboration with the UC Davis Stem Cell Program.This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Center for STEM Excellence website at http://www.csus.edu/stem/eventsRegenSecond.stm.  Directions and a parking permit can be found on the postcard link on the site. Questions can be directed to The Center for STEM Excellence at (916) 278-2789 or e-mail stem@csus.edu . For more information on the Topics in Regenerative Medicine lecture series, contact Dr. Thomas Peavy at trpeavy@csus.edu.

350 Home and Garden Challenge
GROW MORE, USE LESS

May 14 – 15, 2011

On May 14 and 15, thousands of people across Sonoma County will rise to the challenge of creating a more sustainable community.  Our goal is to create 1000 actions to grow food, conserve water and save energy on that weekend.  We were able to create 628 garden actions in 2010, and now we have added the home energy component to make our impact even bigger!  Some ideas to consider are: transform your lawn into a food garden (many cities offer cash for grass rebate incentives), plant a row for the hungry, switch to drip irrigation, unplug energy zapping appliances, conduct a school energy reduction challenge, weatherize your home or school. If you are worried about summer maintenance, try hooking up with a local environmental organization or contacting the North Bay Conservation Corps’ Project Regeneration Program. This May, make a commitment to include gardens, homegrown food, and energy resources in your school’s curriculum….or take on a challenge at home to be a part of this movement! Register your project at dailyacts.org or go to the website to learn more.  We need your help to make a difference!  (707) 789-9664.

Written by Valerie Joyner

Valerie Joyner

Valerie Joyner is a retired elementary science educator and is a member of CSTA.

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Apply to Join Achieve’s Science Peer Review Panel

Posted: Friday, December 15th, 2017

Achieve is excited to announce the expansion of the Science Peer Review Panel!

Achieve’s Science Peer Review Panel (“Science PRP”) is an elite group of educators who work to evaluate and share high-quality lesson sequences and units that are designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Members of the Science PRP are part of the solution to a persistent problem in the science education field: not enough examples of high-quality instructional materials designed for the NGSS.

Join the Science PRP by filling out this online application and connect with a network of educators across the country committed to advancing science education for all students, develop your expertise in the NGSS, and work to make better science instructional materials more widely available to the science education field. This opportunity includes free, valuable professional learning experiences designed to deepen your understanding of the NGSS and the evaluation process for instructional materials. Learn More…

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

Priority Features of NGSS-Aligned Instructional Materials

Posted: Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Recommendations for Publishers, Reviewers, and Educators. The California Science Teachers Association and the science teachers associations of three other Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) west-coast states, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, have co-authored a white paper on priority features of NGSS instructional materials. This is the first time our states have collaborated to convey a common vision on an issue of great importance for the implementation of the NGSS. We understand all too well that for meaningful shifts to happen and to support the full vision of the NGSS, strong K-12 Instructional materials are required. Learn More…

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

State Board Moves Forward Two Key Pieces Supporting CA NGSS Implementation

Posted: Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

CSTA President Jill Grace provides public comment at the November 8, 2017, California State Board of Education meeting.

On November 8, 2017, the California State Board of Education (SBE) took action on two items of import relating to the implementation of the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS). One item was relating to the California Science Test (CAST) and the other to instructional materials. CSTA provided both written and oral comments on both items along with providing input on what CSTA and many other advocates view as a critical component of our state’s emerging accountability system – student access to a broad course of study. Learn More…

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NGSS – Early Attempts and Later Reflections from an Early Implementer Teacher

Posted: Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

by Christa Dunkel

  • There are so many acronyms! Where do I start?
  • What “baby step” should I take first? 
  • How can I make this happen in my elementary classroom?

All of these thoughts and more swam through my head over three years ago when I began my journey into NGSS. I was fresh from a week-long institute with the K-12 Alliance as part of the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative. Much of the week was spent on digging into the NGSS architecture – how the standards are set-up, how to read the standards, what each of the three dimensions meant. Now that I knew how to read them, I needed to figure out how to implement them into my classroom of 24 eight-year-olds. With some guidance from the K-12 Alliance leaders and my own district-level NGSS team, I began the process with some easy “baby steps.” Learn More…

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In 2015 CSTA began to publish a series of articles written by teachers participating in the California NGSS k-8 Early Implementation Initiative. This article was written by an educator(s) participating in the initiative. CSTA thanks them for their contributions and for sharing their experience with the science teaching community.

CSTA Is Now Accepting Nominations for Board Members

Posted: Friday, November 17th, 2017

Current, incoming, and outgoing CSTA Board of Directors at June 3, 2017 meeting.

Updated 7:25 pm, Nov. 17, 2017

It’s that time of year when CSTA is looking for dedicated and qualified persons to fill the upcoming vacancies on its Board of Directors. This opportunity allows you to help shape the policy and determine the path that the Board will take in the new year. There are time and energy commitments, but that is far outweighed by the personal satisfaction of knowing that you are an integral part of an outstanding professional educational organization, dedicated to the support and guidance of California’s science teachers. You will also have the opportunity to help CSTA review and support legislation that benefits good science teaching and teachers.

Right now is an exciting time to be involved at the state level in the California Science Teachers Association. The CSTA Board of Directors is currently involved in implementing the Next Generations Science Standards and its strategic plan. If you are interested in serving on the CSTA Board of Directors, now is the time to submit your name for consideration. Learn More…

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