March 2015 – Vol. 27 No. 7

Helen Quinn on the Framework for K-12 Science Education

Posted: Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Presented at the Lawrence Hall of Science on July 28, 2011. This video will provide you with information about the research behind the framework and key features of the framework. Helen Quinn will present the opening keynote address at the 2012 California Science Education Conference in San Jose on Friday, October 19, 2012.

The Framework for K-12 Science Education Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas was developed by the National Research Council and is the document guiding the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. Helen Quinn served as the chair of the NRC Committee that wrote the Framework. The Framework is available for download for free from the National Academies Press at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13165.

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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 Launches Auto-Membership Renewal Option

Posted: Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Starting this month, CSTA one-year and retired members may now select the option to have their membership dues billed automatically to the Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover card of choice! We know many of our members want to make sure that their membership is maintained over the years, but that like many things that happen only once a year, we sometimes miss the reminders to renew. That will no longer be a concern for those members who select the option to auto-renew the next time they pay their membership dues. Learn More…

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

Celestial Highlights for April 2015

Posted: Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

by Robert Victor and Robert D. Miller

A predawn total lunar eclipse on Saturday, April 4. (For more on that event, see the March issue of CCS). As many as four planets can be seen at dusk. Many bright stars are gathering in the west before their annual departures later in spring.

Few people may choose to arise early to catch the start of the lunar eclipse on Saturday morning, April 4, when the Moon begins to enter the umbra, or dark central core of Earth’s shadow at 3:16 a.m. PDT. For the next 1.7 hours, progressively more of the Moon will be immersed in Earth’s circular dark shadow, until the start of total eclipse at 4:58 a.m. Even before then, the rusty color typical of the Moon in deep eclipse should be noticed, at least in the lower part of the Moon’s disk, closer to the center of Earth’s shadow. Learn More…

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Robert C. Victor was Staff Astronomer at Abrams Planetarium, Michigan State University. He is now retired and enjoys providing skywatching opportunities for school children in and around Palm Springs, CA. Robert is a member of CSTA.

Spring Is in the Air!

Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2015

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California State Board of Education Approves Suspension of State’s Accountability Measurement System

Posted: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

SACRAMENTO— State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that the State Board of Education voted unanimously to suspend the Academic Performance Index (API) for the 2014-15 school year Learn More…

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Engineering Brings It All Together

Posted: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

by Peter A’Hearn

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I am really enjoying the creativity that NGSS is awakening in teachers. Those who want to create are taking the standards (and the freedom that comes from the lack of a test) and really exploring what engages their students. I found though, that even when trying our best to match up to the expectations of NGSS, there is a feeling that we missed something. Did we remember the crosscutting concepts? Did the students engage in the practices at the level that NGSS expects? Did we get to the engineering? How about the Nature of Science? Was the content deep enough to really teach the DCI to the point where it could be applied to a new situation? Was it engaging? About a real world phenomenon or problem? Learn More…

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Peter A’Hearn is the K-12 science specialist in the Palm Springs Unified School District, Co-Chair of the 2013 Conference Committee, and a member of CSTA.