January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Greening by Example 2013 Green Schools Summit & Expo

Posted: Monday, November 4th, 2013

The seventh annual Green California Schools Summit and Exposition will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center on November 6-7. Developed under the leadership of an Advisory Board chaired by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and State Architect Chet Widom, the Summit is the state’s largest annual event focused on green programs in California Schools.

The keynote speaker for the Summit will be Tom Steyer. In 2012, Steyer served as chairman for Yes on Proposition 39, setting the stage for an unprecedented influx of funds for energy efficiency projects at public schools in California.

Through an Expo with over 100 companies offering green products and services, an educational program of workshops and concurrent sessions, and special events including a Leadership Awards reception, the Summit offers a unique annual opportunity for public and private sector stakeholders to get updated on developments in policy, practice technology.

Educational Opportunities
In schools across California, energy programs, as well as green building and retrofits are putting significant savings back into school districts’ general funds and providing healthy environments for students. Curriculum and student engagement programs are fostering a culture of sustainability among students, faculty and communities.

Concurrent education sessions at the Summit offer school officials, teachers, administrators an opportunity to be exposed to best practices in these areas, and to hear from regional and national leaders in school sustainability. The education program will also feature sessions on California’s landmark Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum. Information regarding guidelines and best practices for Prop 39 funding for energy efficiency projects will be included in several sessions.

In addition to the Summit’s Advisory board, partners at the U.S. Green Building Council, CalRecycle, Keep California Beautiful, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools, the Green Schools Initiative, Grades of Green, the Alliance for Climate Education and others are helping to organize sessions.

On November 5, the day before the Summit begins, a daylong seminar, “Prop 39: Preparing for Success,” will provide information and resources to help districts capture the opportunities that Prop 39 will provide. Topics covered will include the proposal process, a review of the “best practices” that will be expected to be reflected in project proposals, sources of technical support for planning your projects, incentive programs and other financial resources to help districts leverage Prop 39 funds and expand their efficiency efforts.

Two Summits at Once
The Summit is being held concurrently with the Green California Community Colleges Summit, with a single Expo serving both events. “This [is a] unique chance for green leaders from community colleges and K-12 schools to talk to each other and share best practices,” said Carl Smith, editor-in-chief of Green Technology, the organization that produces the summits.

Leadership Awards
At a reception on November 6, the Summit’s Leadership Awards will recognize achievements in categories ranging from green building and energy efficiency to curriculum. The awards were established by the Summit’s Advisory Board to honor individuals and school districts on the leading edge of school sustainability.

Keynotes and exhibit hall are free. For information and to register, go to www.green-technology.org or call Cindy Dangberg at 626-577-5700.

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

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STEM Conference Hosted by CMSESMC

Posted: Saturday, January 14th, 2017

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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Submit Your NGSS Lessons and Units Today!

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

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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…

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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

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…

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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

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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NSTA Los Angeles Conference Features Many CA Science Leaders

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

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Jessica Sawko is CSTA’s Executive Director.