January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

Hey students, there are many ways to attend the conference!

Posted: Friday, September 30th, 2011

by Laura Henriques

If you are a preservice science teacher, have we got good news for you! The upcoming California Science Education Conference in Pasadena has many things to offer you. CSTA has done all it can to help make conference attendance attractive to you!

Lots of Sessions Just for You – While you would be able to find value in just about all of the conference offerings, there are dozens of sessions specifically developed and tailored just for you. These sessions address topics such as classroom management, science safety issues, understanding what administrators are looking for when they come observe your teaching, assessment techniques, the unveiling of a new website to support new teachers, and strategies for teaching students with special needs and English learners. Many other sessions in the conference will address these topics, but the sessions listed in the new teacher strand were selected just for you!

The conference has more than 200 sessions (all free) in addition to field trips, short courses, and an awards breakfast (these have a fee associated with them). The exhibit hall will dazzle and amaze you. As you begin thinking about your own classroom and what you will want to have on hand for doing labs, you must visit the vendors in the exhibit hall. You will get all sorts of good ideas and see examples of new science teaching equipment that is available.

There is an option to enroll in a 1-unit course associated with the conference. As a new teacher (or new teacher-to-be) you can enroll to earn 1 unit of upper division credit from CSULB. Assignment descriptions and registration information are available online at www.scienceteaching.org.

Affordable Conference Rates– CSTA knows how important it is for preservice teachers to become actively engaged in professional organizations. As a result, we’ve adopted a conference registration rate that makes attendance affordable.

  • Option 1: $83 for the entire 3-day conference. You must be a CSTA member to get this rate; you may join when you register for the conference. (You must register by October 7th or the price goes up.)
  • Option 2: $40 student registration for weekend only. (Again you must be a CSTA member and the rates go up on 10/7.)
  • Option 3: $25 (for CSTA student membership) Volunteer to work at the conference for 4 hours and you get to attend the entire conference. By far, this is the best option out there! Get to know CSTA members, see how the conference works and attend the entire three days.

Making the Most of the Conference – My suggestion to you is that you visit the conference website well in advance of the conference. The entire conference program is searchable. Each session, field trip, speaker, and workshop is listed. You can search the site and be as specific as you need to be. Find all the middle school sessions, the high school physics sessions, or 3rd -5th grade life science sessions, for example. You can search by day of the week, grade level range, science area (called track) and pedagogical focus such as assessment, literacy, and management (called emphasis). Descriptions of each session are included online so you can get a sense of what to expect. The conference program is available online at http://csta2011.sched.org. From this site you can search and map-out your conference schedule. Create a conference account, log in and then save and print your personalized conference schedule. A video is posted online to walk you through the steps of how to do this (http://www.cascience.org/csta/conf_programbook_video.asp). For other information about the conference and to register, visit http://www.cascience.org/csta/conf_home11.asp.

We know that this conference will be a huge benefit to you. Presenters are able to post their handouts on-line (and many do!). If the hand-outs aren’t posted now, revisit the site as the conference date approaches.

If this is your first CSTA conference I encourage you to read the August 2011 article entitled Your Official Guide to the California Science Education Conference. It provides information about how to select sessions, what to bring and what to wear.  I also encourage you to attend the Friday 8:00 AM session specifically designed for first-time attendees. This session is in Ballroom G of the Pasadena Convention Center and is sponsored by Science Kit, Sargent-Welch, and Ward’s Natural Science. In addition to great information, you will also enjoy a continental breakfast, and be entered into a drawing to win prizes.

Mark your calendars now – October 21-23. See you in Pasadena!

Laura Henriques is a professor of science education at CSU Long Beach, the co-chair of the 2011 California Science Education Conference Committee, and president-elect of CSTA.

 

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Laura Henriques is a professor of science education at CSU Long Beach and a past-president of CSTA.

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California Science Test Academy for Educators

Posted: Thursday, February 15th, 2018

California Science Test Academy for Educators

To support implementation of the California Science Test (CAST), the California Department of Education is partnering with Educational Testing Service and WestEd to offer a one-day CAST Academy for local educational agency (LEA) science educators, to be presented at three locations in California from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. As an alternative to traveling, LEA teams can participate virtually via WebEx on one of the dates listed below.

The dates and locations for the CAST Academy are as follows:

  • Monday, April 23, 2018—Sacramento
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018—Fresno
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018—Irvine

The CAST Academy will help participants develop a deeper understanding of the assessment design and expectations of the CAST. The academy also will provide information and activities designed to assist educators in their implementation of the California Next Generation Science Standards and three-dimensional learning to help them gain an understanding of how these new science assessment item types can inform teaching and learning. The CAST Academy dates above are intended for school and district science instructional leaders, including teacher leaders, teacher trainers, and instructional coaches. Additional trainings will be offered at a later date specifically for county staff. In addition, curriculum, professional development, and assessment leaders would benefit from this training.

A $100 registration fee will be charged for each person attending the in-person training. Each virtual team participating via WebEx will be charged $100 for up to 10 participants through one access point. Each workshop will have the capacity to accommodate a maximum of 50 virtual teams. Each virtual team will need to designate a lead, who is responsible for organizing the group locally. Registration and payment must be completed online at http://www.cvent.com/d/6tqg8k.

For more information regarding the CAST Academy, please contact Elizabeth Dilke, Program Coordinator, Educational Testing Service, by phone at 916-403-2407 or by e‑mail at caasppworkshops@ets.org.

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Accelerating into NGSS – A Statewide Rollout Series Now Accepting Registrations

Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018

Are you feeling behind on the implementation of NGSS? Then Accelerating into NGSS – the Statewide Rollout event – is right for you!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
If you have not experienced Phases 1-4 of the Statewide Rollout, or are feeling behind with the implementation of NGSS, the Accelerating Into NGSS Statewide Rollout will provide you with the greatest hits from Phases 1-4!

OVERVIEW
Accelerating Into NGSS Statewide Rollout is a two-day training geared toward grade K-12 academic coaches, administrators, curriculum leads, and teacher leaders. Check-in for the two-day rollout begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a continental breakfast. Sessions run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Day One and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Day Two.

Cost of training is $250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast, and lunch on both days. It is recommended that districts send teams of four to six, which include at least one administrator. Payment can be made by check or credit card. If paying by check, registration is NOT complete until payment has been received. All payments must be received prior to the Rollout location date you are attending. Paying by credit card secures your seat at time of registration. No purchase orders accepted. No participant cancellation refunds.

For questions or more information, please contact Amy Kennedy at akennedy@sjcoe.net or (209) 468-9027.

REGISTER

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Host: San Mateo County Office of Education
Location: San Mateo County Office of Education, Redwood City

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Host: Orange County Office of Education
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Host: Tulare County Office of Education
Location: Tulare County Office of Education, Visalia

MAY 3-4, 2018
Host: San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools
Location: West End Educational Service Center, Rancho Cucamonga

MAY 7-8, 2018
Host: Sacramento County Office of Education
Location: Sacramento County Office of Education Conference Center and David P. Meaney Education Center, Mather

JUNE 14-15, 2018
Host: Imperial County Office of Education
Location: Imperial Valley College, Imperial

Presented by the California Department of Education, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association/County Offices of Education, K-12 Alliance @WestEd, California Science Project, and the California Science Teachers Association.

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