March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

Invitation to Review Green Schools Energy Curriculum

Posted: Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, AAAS Project 2061 has been exploring opportunities to engage middle school students in learning about energy and sustainability in the context of green school buildings. As part of that effort, we have developed an outline for a course that includes 5 units, each one focused on some aspect of energy and its use. Many of the instructional activities in the course ask students to draw on energy usage data from their own schools as they learn about and apply energy ideas. In the final unit students consider how to redesign their school building to increase its energy efficiency and reduce its negative environmental impact.We are now seeking input from science educators on their interest in a Green Schools Energy Curriculum and gathering their feedback on the course outline that we have developed. We invite you to participate in that review and hope you will find it worthwhile. As an incentive, once you have submitted your comments and feedback, you will be eligible for a drawing to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards.

We are asking for your feedback in two ways:

  1. Review and comment on the Green Schools Energy Curriculum outline. Please click here to read the outline. To comment on the outline, you will need Adobe Acrobat (version 6.0 or later) or Adobe Reader (version 7.0 or later) to open the document (download the latest version of the free Adobe Reader). Please contact us at project2061@aaas.org if you would prefer to have a Word file.
    • • Once you have saved and opened the PDF using the Adobe Reader, you can use Adobe’s “sticky note” tool to place your comments in the document in the appropriate places. Feel free to comment on any aspect of the outline. Feel free to comment on any aspect of the outline. For directions on how to use the Adobe “sticky note” tool, click here.
    • When you have completed your review of the outline and added your comments, please save the Green Schools Energy Curriculum outline as a PDF with a new file name and email it back to us at project2061@aaas.org.
  2. Respond to a brief survey about the Green Schools Energy Curriculum outline. Please click here to open the Feedback Form, complete the brief survey, and then click on the Submit button at the end of the form to send us your responses.

We would like to have your feedback no later than June 6, 2014.

Thank you so much for participating in this review. We know how busy you are and appreciate your willingness to help.

George DeBoer, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
Project 2061

P.S. If you have colleagues who might be interested in participating in this review, you are welcome to forward this message to them.

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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CSTA Endorses March for Science

Posted: Monday, March 27th, 2017

The California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) stands with our science and science education colleagues in endorsing the March For Science and its associated activities.

The decision by the CSTA Board of Directors to support the March for Science was based on the understanding that this is an opportunity to advocate for our mission of high quality science education for all and to advance the idea that science has application to everyday life, is a vehicle for lifelong learning, and the scientific enterprise expands our knowledge of the world around us. The principles and goals of the March for Science parallel those of CSTA to assume a leadership role in solidarity with our colleagues in science and science education and create an understanding of the value of science in the greater community. CSTA believes that the integrity of the nature of science and that the work of scientists and science educators should be valued and supported. We encourage your participation to stand with us.

There are over 30 satellite marches planned for the April 22, 2017 March for Science in California (to find a march near you, click on “marches” in the upper right of the main page, select “satellite marches” and use the search feature). We encourage members who participate in the March for Science to share their involvement and promotion of science and science education. Feel free to promote CSTA on your signs and banners. For those on social media, you may share your involvement via Twitter, @cascience and our Facebook groups.

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California Science Teachers Association

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

California Science Curriculum Framework Now Available

Posted: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

The pre-publication version of the new California Science Curriculum Framework is now available for download. This publication incorporates all the edits that were approved by the State Board of Education in November 2016 and was many months in the making. Our sincere thanks to the dozens of CSTA members were involved in its development. Our appreciation is also extended to the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the Instructional Quality Commission, and the Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee and their staff for their hard work and dedication to produce this document and for their commitment to the public input process. To the many writers and contributors to the Framework CSTA thanks you for your many hours of work to produce a world-class document.

For tips on how to approach this document see our article from December 2016: California Has Adopted a New Science Curriculum Framework – Now What …? If you would like to learn more about the Framework, consider participating in one of the Framework Launch events (a.k.a. Rollout #4) scheduled throughout 2017.

The final publication version (formatted for printing) will be available in July 2017. This document will not be available in printed format, only electronically.

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.

Call for CSTA Awards Nominations

Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017

The 2017 Award Season is now open! One of the benefits of being a CSTA member is your eligibility for awards as well as your eligibility to nominate someone for an award. CSTA offers several awards and members may nominate individuals and organizations for the Future Science Teacher Award, the prestigious Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award, and the CSTA Distinguished Contributions Award (organizational award). May 9, 2017 is the deadline for nominations for these awards. CSTA believes that the importance of science education cannot be overstated. Given the essential presence of the sciences in understanding the past and planning for the future, science education remains, and will increasingly be one of the most important disciplines in education. CSTA is committed to recognizing and encouraging excellence in science teaching through the presentation of awards to science educators and organizations who have made outstanding contributions in science education in the state and who are poised to continue the momentum of providing high quality, relevant science education into the future. Learn More…

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California Science Teachers Association

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

Call for Volunteers – CSTA Committees

Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017

Volunteer

CSTA is now accepting applications from regular, preservice, and retired members to serve on our volunteer committees! CSTA’s all-volunteer board of directors invites you to consider maximizing your member experience by volunteering for CSTA. CSTA committee service offers you the opportunity to share your expertise, learn a new skill, or do something you love to do but never have the opportunity to do in your regular day. CSTA committee volunteers do some pretty amazing things: Learn More…

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California Science Teachers Association

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

A Friend in CA Science Education Now at CSTA Region 1 Science Center

Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017

by Marian Murphy-Shaw

If you attended an NGSS Rollout phase 1-3 or CDE workshops at CSTA’s annual conference you may recall hearing from Chris Breazeale when he was working with the CDE. Chris has relocated professionally, with his passion for science education, and is now the Executive Director at the Explorit Science Center, a hands-on exploration museum featuring interactive STEM exhibits located at the beautiful Mace Ranch, 3141 5th St. in Davis, CA. Visitors can “think it, try it, and explorit” with a variety of displays that allow visitors to “do science.” To preview the museum, or schedule a classroom visit, see www.explorit.org. Learn More…

Written by Marian Murphy-Shaw

Marian Murphy-Shaw

Marian Murphy-Shaw is the student services director at Siskiyou County Office of Education and is CSTA’s Region 1 Director and chair of CSTA’s Policy Committee.