Last Chance to Register! Don’t Miss This Opportunity
Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
The 2016 California Science Education Conference is just a few weeks away and more than 1,000 teachers are already registered for this incredible professional learning event. The exhibit hall is sold out, more than 200 workshops have been scheduled, and excitement and anticipation for this annual event are building! If you have not already registered, be sure to do so by Monday, October 3 to secure great rates and save you time when you arrive at the conference.
Let CSTA Help You Plan
CSTA has several tools available to help you plan your conference participation. These tools include:
- A letter directed towards LEA and school leaders – with rationales, justifications, and encouragement for them to support your participation in this year’s conference.
- A conference budget planner to help you create a budget for submitting a request for funding, or for planning your own investment.
- A list of potential sources for funding your conference participation.
- An online program book and conference app that allows you to create and save your own conference schedule, browse workshops by science, grade level, and more!
- A complete registration brochure was mailed to more than 10,000 educators. If you didn’t receive your own copy, you can download one at: http://bit.ly/cascience16
Quality Professional Learning Workshops You Won’t Get Anywhere Else!
With the generosity of our volunteer presenters, CSTA is able to offer more than 200 workshops designed by and for California educators working to implement our state’s new science standards. This includes presentations by classroom teachers, informal science education institutions such as the Exploratorium and Monterey Bay Aquarium, county office of education science specialists, and California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative teacher participants, and many more. Information about workshops presented by our partners is available here. To browse the complete listing of workshops, visit our online program book (and start saving your favorites to your schedule).
Top Tier Speakers Addressing Hot Topics in California Science Education
- The role of computational thinking in CA-NGSS – with Code.org!
- Science Curriculum Framework and Course Models – with the writers!
- California’s New Science Assessment – CAST – with the assessment developers!
- NGSS Evidence Statements and how to use them – with one of the writers!
- And many more!
Networking, Connecting, and More!
Afternoons and evenings at the Calfornia Science Education Conference offer a host of networking opportunities – allowing you to make the most of your time at the conference by expanding your professional network, relaxing with colleagues, and re-energizing your batteries before heading back to work on Monday. Make plans to participate in one or more of these events:
- Lunch in the Exhibit Hall – enjoy a hot or cold lunch in the exhibit hall on both Friday and Saturday. It is a great time to grab a bite to eat, meet new people, explore the exhibits, and reflect on your learning. Affordable and nutritious options will be available.
- STEM Pool Party – they only conference event this year to combine engineering, swimming pool, DJ, food, and drinks! Create a team and participate in the challenge, dance, enjoy dinner by the pool, and more. Tickets are just $10 – and include $10 worth of food and beverage tickets for use at the pool bar and food stand.
- Dine About Palm Springs – meet and network with fellow science teachers
- Casino Night – Feeling lucky? Want to take your chance at pulling the wheel or your luck of the draw? The Spa Resort Casino is a stone’s throw away for those with a gambling spirit or adventure for nightlife.
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.
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.
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…
Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017
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…
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…