September/October 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 1

Get Started with NGSS and Common Core

Posted: Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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A wave of change is surging through the California K-12 education system. Are you ready to jump on the surf board and ride that wave, or are you running for higher ground?

Join two longtime science education experts—Cynthia Passmore, associate professor at UC Davis and Kathy DiRanna, director of the K-12 Alliance at WestED—for a FREE 90-minute online web seminar on June 17 that will introduce you to the changes coming with Next Generation Science Standards, how NGSS and Common Core will move our students from “knowing about” to “figuring out”, and how “figuring it out” in all science subjects means learning through practices.

A free web seminar is being offered as an introduction to a multi-faceted and rich learning experience around NGSS and CCSS that the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have developed for teachers this year:

Shifting Instruction Through Practices: NGSS and Common Core in California Schools: Getting Started
Web Seminar Date/Times: June 17, 2014
(register for the free web seminar today)
4:30 pm PT, 7:30 pm ET, 6:30 pm CT,  and 5:30 pm MT

Registration for the entire blended learning opportunity is now available online. Registration for the full blended professional learning opportunity will include:

  • Your choice of one of two day-long face-to-face Summer Institutes: July 21, San Francisco Bay Area or July 25, Anaheim (lunch included);
  • A post-institute web seminar, September 11; where teachers will focus on classroom practices.
  • A special event on the last day of the NSTA Area Conference (in Collaboration with CSTA), December 6

(An optional web seminar will be available for those unable to attend either of the July Summer Institutes.)

Registration is $275, members of CSTA and/or NSTA are entitled to a 20% discounted registration rate of $225.

Who Should Attend?

  • Classroom teachers – all levels
  • School administrators
  • Curriculum developers
  • Professional Development Coordinators
  • STEM facilitators

Keynote Topics and Presenters for the Face-to-Face Institutes

NGSS and Common Core

Kathy DiRanna

Kathy DiRanna

Kathy DiRanna is the Statewide Director of the K-12 Alliance at WestEd. She has over 28 years of experience in science professional development devoted to increasing teacher content knowledge, pedagogical skills and leadership ability. She is a skilled facilitator and has been intimately involved with the California NGSS for the past three years. She has done extensive work with teachers on how to implement and integrate Common Core and NGSS.

 

Science & Engineering Practices/Crosscutting Concepts

Cynthia Passmore

Cynthia Passmore

Cynthia Passmore is an associate professor in the School of Education at University of California, Davis. Her scholarship investigates issues around engaging students in scientific practice, specifically modeling, as an avenue for developing deep understanding of science ideas and learning about the scientific enterprise. Her recent work explores these issues in the context of the design of teacher professional development.

 

 

 

 

 

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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