May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

Kudos and Thank You! CSTA Members Serve in a Variety of Ways

Posted: Monday, February 3rd, 2014

by Laura Henriques

Applause_Pres_ArticleFor the last couple of months, CSTA has challenged members to become active participants in California’s science education landscape, and you are stepping up to do that. In the past couple of months CSTA members have volunteered their time and expertise in a variety of ways. I want to take this space in this month’s column to highlight some of those efforts and to provide my heartfelt thanks. Your contributions of time and service will have positive impacts throughout the state.

ELA/ELD Framework Review Committees

CSTA extends a big thanks to Jeanine Wulfenstein, Cristina Trecha, Lisa Hegdahl, Mary Whaley and Marian Murphy-Shaw. Each of them hosted a review session of CSTA members to provide feedback on the ELA/ELD Framework. I also give a huge thanks to dedicated CSTA members who read portions of the Framework and provided their time and input during these meetings. There were five meetings throughout the state. CSTA members were invited to participate in the meetings. Prior to coming to the meeting they read a few chapters of the 1,000+ page draft framework. Teams then spent 2-3 hours together talking about the document and providing specific feedback. This will be compiled and shared with the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC).

A huge shout-out to CSTA members who participated in the review process with us. They include:

  • Long Beach Team: Sarah Aguiñaga, Stephanie Bauer, Amy Frame, Jill Grace, Deborah Gray, Laura Henriques, and Kurt Holland
  • San Diego Team: Norma Acosta, Josephine Golchcer, Denise Maggard, Cristina Trecha, Emily Tsai, and Jeanine Wulfenstein
  • Monterey Team: Rick Carriero, Christian Ceci-MacGillis, Lauren Foote, Elva Garcia, Celia McCormack, Laura Mercer, Heather Murphy, Hope Oliver, Lynda Rogers, Claudio Vargas and Diana Velez
  • Sacramento/San Francisco area Team: Elizabeth Cooke, Lori Corona, Mary Elizabeth, Lisa Hegdahl, Karen Murray, Jessica Sawko, Yvonne White, and Barbara Woods

If you want to provide your own feedback on the ELA/ELD Framework you may do so between now and February 13, 2014. The draft Framework and survey are available on the CDE website.

CSTA Members Participate as Focus Group Members for Science Framework

We know that lots of CSTA members applied to serve on the Science Framework Focus Groups and 26 of you were selected. In addition, several CSTA members observed the Framework Focus Groups as part of the public. Board Member Heather Wygant served as a focus group member at the San Francisco area meeting. You can read about the process in Heather’s article. A full list of Focus Group members is online. Among those who served/will serve are CSTA Members:

Peter Ahearn, Palm Springs Unified School District
Marie Bacher, Alameda County Office of Education
Gwen Blankenship, Newport-Mesa Unified School District
James Michael Boykin, Merced Union High School District
Linda Braatz-Brown, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
Brennan Brockbank, Burlingame School District
Melanie Brown, Sweetwater Union High School District
Juanita Chan, Rialto Unified School District
Ayham Dahi, Los Angeles Unified School District
Hilary Dito, Contra Costa County Office of Education
Mary Elizabeth, Twin Rivers Unified School District
Rae Fearing, Del Norte County Unified School District
Michelle French, Tulare County Office of Education
Jill Grace, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
Crystal Howe, San Diego Unified School District
Michal Kreiselman, Los Angeles Unified School District
Jared Marr, Tulare County Office of Education
Dawn O’Connor, Alameda County Office of Education
Ron Pembleton, Kentfield School District
Philip Romig, Sacramento County Office of Education
Rachael Tarshes, San Diego Unified School District
Eric Thiessen, Tulare County Office of Education
David Tupper, Lakeside Union School District
Don Whisman, San Diego Unified School District
Heather Wygant, Morgan Hill Unified School District
Anne Ybarra, Fresno Unified School District

CSTA Members are Writing for CCS

California Classroom Science (CCS) is your publication. We invite you, members of CSTA, to submit articles for inclusion. This school year has already seen more than a dozen articles by CSTA members. Thanks to CSTA members Peter A’Hearn, Tamara Araya, Minda Berbeco, Bethany Dixon, Stephanie Fisher, Susan Gomez Zwiep & Jody Sherriff, Jim Kisiel, Christina Morales, Walter O’Brien, Cheryl Romig, Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty, Martin Smith and Steven Worker, and Rebecca Smith for their contributions to CCS this academic year. We still have 6 issues left this year. If you would like to write for CCS please see refer to the author guidelines and due-dates. As you think about what you might contribute, consider the types of articles you like to see in CCS. Successful lesson ideas, integration of NGSS practices or crosscutting concepts, and classroom management strategies are always popular topics.

Written by Laura Henriques

Laura Henriques

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

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CSTA Annual Conference Early Bird Rates End July 14

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

Teachers engaged in workshop activity

Teachers engaging in hands-on learning during a workshop at the 2016 CSTA conference.

Don’t miss your chance to register at the early bird rate for the 2017 CSTA Conference – the early-bird rate closes July 14. Need ideas on how to secure funding for your participation? Visit our website for suggestions, a budget planning tool, and downloadable justification letter to share with your admin. Want to take advantage of the early rate – but know your district will pay eventually? Register online today and CSTA will reimburse you when we receive payment from your district/employer. (For more information on how that works contact Zi Stair in the office for details – 916-979-7004 or zi@cascience.org.)

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

Goodbye Outgoing and Welcome Incoming CSTA Board Members

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Jill Grace

Jill Grace, CSTA President, 2017-2019

On July 1, 2017 five CSTA members concluded their service and four new board members joined the ranks of the CSTA Board of Directors. CSTA is so grateful for all the volunteer board of directors who contribute hours upon hours of time and energy to advance the work of the association. At the June 3 board meeting, CSTA was able to say goodbye to the outgoing board members and welcome the incoming members.

This new year also brings with it a new president for CSTA. As of July 1, 2017 Jill Grace is the president of the California Science Teachers Association. Jill is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, a former middle school science teacher, and is currently a Regional Director with the K-12 Alliance @ WestEd where she works with California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative districts and charter networks in the San Diego area.

Outgoing Board Members

  • Laura Henriques (President-Elect: 2011 – 2013, President: 2013 – 2015, Past President: 2015 – 2017)
  • Valerie Joyner (Region 1 Director: 2009 – 2013, Primary Director: 2013 – 2017)
  • Mary Whaley (Informal Science Education Director: 2013 – 2017)
  • Sue Campbell (Middle School/Jr. High Director: 2015 – 2017)
  • Marcus Tessier (2-Year College Director: 2015 – 2017)

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.

Finding My Student’s Motivation of Learning Through Engineering Tasks

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

by Huda Ali Gubary and Susheela Nath

It’s 8:02 and the bell rings. My students’ walk in and pick up an entry ticket based on yesterday’s lesson and homework. My countdown starts for students to begin…3, 2, 1. Ten students are on task and diligently completing the work, twenty are off task with behaviors ranging from talking up a storm with their neighbors to silently staring off into space. This was the start of my classes, more often than not. My students rarely showed the enthusiasm for a class that I had eagerly prepared for. I spent so much time searching for ways to get my students excited about the concepts they were learning. I wanted them to feel a connection to the lessons and come into my class motivated about what they were going to learn next. I would ask myself how I could make my class memorable where the kids were in the driver’s seat of learning. Incorporating engineering made this possible. Learn More…

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In 2015 CSTA began to publish a series of articles written by teachers participating in the California NGSS k-8 Early Implementation Initiative. This article was written by an educator(s) participating in the initiative. CSTA thanks them for their contributions and for sharing their experience with the science teaching community.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Unveils Updated Recommended Literature List

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson unveiled an addition of 285 award-winning titles to the Recommended Literature: Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve list.

“The books our students read help broaden their perspectives, enhance their knowledge, and fire their imaginations,” Torlakson said. “The addition of these award-winning titles represents the state’s continued commitment to the interests and engagement of California’s young readers.”

The Recommended Literature: Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve list is a collection of more than 8,000 titles of recommended reading for children and adolescents. Reflecting contemporary and classic titles, including California authors, this online list provides an exciting range of literature that students should be reading at school and for pleasure. Works include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama to provide for a variety of tastes, interests, and abilities. Learn More…

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From time to time CSTA receives contributions from guest contributors. The opinions and views expressed by these contributors are not necessarily those of CSTA. By publishing these articles CSTA does not make any endorsements or statements of support of the author or their contribution, either explicit or implicit. All links to outside sources are subject to CSTA’s Disclaimer Policy: http://www.classroomscience.org/disclaimer.

Teaching Science in the Time of Alternative Facts – Why NGSS Can Help (somewhat)

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

by Peter A’Hearn

The father of one of my students gave me a book: In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood by Walt Brown, Ph. D. He had heard that I was teaching Plate Tectonics and wanted me to consider another perspective. The book offered the idea that the evidence for plate tectonics could be better understood if we considered the idea that beneath the continent of Pangaea was a huge underground layer of water that suddenly burst forth from a rift between the now continents of Africa and South America. The waters shot up and the continents hydroplaned apart on the water layer to their current positions. The force of the movement pushed up great mountain ranges which are still settling to this day, resulting in earthquakes along the margins of continents. This had happened about 6,000 years ago and created a great worldwide flood. Learn More…

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Peter A’Hearn is the Region 4 Director for CSTA.