March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

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Posted: Monday, July 1st, 2013

California Science Teachers Association
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Folsom, CA 95630

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California Classroom Science (CCS), published twelve times per year, is CSTA’s source of news and information for and about teachers of science.

Publisher:
California Science Teachers Association
950 Glenn Drive, Suite 150
Folsom, CA 95630
916.979.7004
Email: csta@cascience.org

Executive Editor:
Jessica Sawko

Copy Editor:
Carolyn Holcroft

Circulation Manager:
Connie Morrill
admin@cascience.org

Advertising Sales Manager:
Jessica Sawko
916.979.7004
Email: jessica@cascience.org
Advertising information may be found on the CSTA website at http://www.cascience.org/csta/pub_ccs.asp.

Publications and Materials Review Committee:
Carolyn Holcroft, Co-Chair
Valerie Joyner, Co-Chair
Judith Aguilar
Fred Nelson
Jeanine Wulfenstein
Laura Henriques, Ex Officio

Contributors and CSTA Board of Directors:

Laura Henriques, President
Long Beach, president@cascience.org

Lisa Hegdahl, President-Elect
Lodi, lhegdahl@galt.k12.ca.us

Rick Pomeroy, Past President
Woodland, jrpomeroy@ucdavis.edu

Marian Murphy-Shaw, Secretary
Mt. Shasta, mshaw@siskiyoucoe.net

Heather Wygant, Treasurer
Los Gatos, geofaultline@gmail.com

Valerie Joyner, Primary Director
Petaluma, v_joyner_99@yahoo.com

Sean Timmons, Intermediate Director
Stockton, setimmons@sjcoe.net

Jill Grace, Middle/Junior High School Director
Palos Verdes, grace@mac.com

Jeff Orlinsky, High School Director
Irvine, jorlinsky@cox.net

Carolyn Holcroft, 2-Year College Director
Mountain View, holcroftcarolyn@foothill.edu

Greg Potter, 4-Year College Director
Elk Grove, gpotter@pacific.edu

Mary Whaley, Informal Science Education Director
Monterey, mwhaley@mbayaq.org

Valerie Joyner, Region 1 Director
Petaluma, v_joyner_99@yahoo.com

Eric Lewis, Region 2 Director
San Francisco, lewise2@sfusd.edu

Fred Nelson, Region 3 Director
Fresno, fnelson@csufresno.edu

Jeanine Wulfenstein, Region 4 Director
Temecula, jwulfenstein@tvusd.k12.ca.us

Robert C. Victor, Contributor

Peter A’Hearn, Contributor

Executive Director: Jessica Sawko

Folsom, (916) 979-7004, jessica@cascience.org

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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.

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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.

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