January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

News and Events in Region 2

Posted: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

by Eric Lewis

While the glow from being around over 1,400 science teachers from across California is still pretty bright, I’m finding myself missing Pasadena and the myriad workshops that I didn’t get to attend.  If you’re like me, you might be wondering about all the things that you missed.  Well, be sure to continue looking under the science conference tab on the CSTA homepage.  If you click on the Sessions with Handouts you will be able to access some of the resources that were created and used for the conference.  Sure it would have been better to see the workshop in person, but I’ll take whatever I can get.

Upon returning to the Bay Area, I was greeted with more and more news about the Bay Area Science Festival.  Just in case you missed this announcement last month, the science festival will span 10 days – it started on October 29 – and will incorporate science and technology activities throughout the entire Bay Area from Santa Rosa to San Jose.  There will be all sorts of science events from lectures, debates and exhibitions, to concerts, plays, workshops, and even a science-themed pub-crawl in the Mission District of San Francisco (really, there will something for EVERYONE).  The festival’s FREE grand finale will be at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Sunday, November 6, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  There will be over 170 hands-on interactive science activities for students, families and the community at large to enjoy.  For the complete program schedule visit http://www.bayareascience.org.  Kudos to UCSF for choreographing this awesome series of science events!

Please let me know if there are things that you’d like to add to our Region’s offerings!  Also, encourage your colleagues to join CSTA.  I’m hoping that we’ll have the opportunity to grow our organization and expand to meet your needs and your colleague’s needs.  To that end, please feel free to email me directly so that I can represent your questions and concerns with the CSTA board as a whole.

Eric Lewis, lewise2@sfusd.edu

Events in Region 2:

SFPUC Lunchtime Talk: Introduction to Residential Graywater Systems in San Francisco
Thursday, November 17, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm
1155 Market St, 6th Floor Conference Room

Don’t let good water go to waste! Come learn about the potential to reuse graywater in your San Francisco landscape. Local expert Laura Allen will give an overview of where and when to install residential graywater systems for outdoor irrigation.  The presentation will cover laundry-to-landscape and branched drain systems, as well as more complex systems.  To learn more about the SFPUC’s graywater programs: www.sfwater.org/graywater.

To RSVP for the lunchtime talk, send an e-mail to: landscape@sfwater.org. Please note that this is a brownbag presentation. You will need to bring your own lunch.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Open House

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Alex Pitcher Room
Southeast Community Facility
1800 Oakdale, San Francisco

Thursday, November 17, 2011
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Mission Bay Visitor Center
255 Channel, San Francisco

Each Open House will present information so that you can:

  • Learn about local water supply planning and how recycled water helps sustain our city.
  • Find out about your role in helping shape the eastside recycled water project.
  • Be eligible for a door prize.

Watershed Tool Workshop

SFPUC is again sponsoring a workshop geared towards teaching teachers, educators, and parents hands-on activities, art projects and scientific investigations they can use with children to learn about our watershed and pollution prevention at home and at school.

Name: Watershed Tool Workshop
Hosted by: The Watershed Project
Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
When: Saturday, November 5, 2011, 9am-4pm
Where: Alice Fong Yu Alternative School
1541 12th Ave, San Francisco 94122
Cost: Free!
Registration, call (510) 269-7TWP

UC Landscape Architecture Environmental Program lecture series

All talks are on Monday evenings, beginning at 6:30pm in Room 112 Wurster Hall.
November 7, 2011: “Community, Sustainability, and Public Space: Urban Design after the Arab Spring” – Amir Gohar, Urbanics, Cairo.
December 5, 2011: “The Inclusive City:  Planning Policy and Design Solutions” – Dan Iacofano, MIG, Berkeley
Visit: http://laep.ced.berkeley.edu.

Annual Creeks and Watershed Conference
This year’s conference is titled “Healthy Creeks/Vibrant Bay”.

The conference will take place on November 5, 2011 and with run from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm. It will be held in the beautiful conference room at Linkedin in Mountain View at 2025 Stierlin Court, Building 3.

During the conference, the Creek Advocate of the Year award will be presented to Florence & Phillip LaRaviere  and the Watershed Steward of the Year award will be presented to David Lane.

The keynote speaker will be The Honorable Sally Lieber, former State Assembly Member for the 22nd District & Candidate for State Senate.

Talks this year include two panel discussions relating to Creeks and the San Francisco Bay and an update on the status of Steelhead in the South Bay area.

Special guests include: Ron Blatman from KQED’s Special, “Saving the Bay” & Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer of the State of California Coastal Conservancy.

Advanced Registration is now open for the event which is FREE but we do suggest a donation of $10.00 this year to help us with the cost of lunch.

Heron’s Head Park
Upcoming workday is November 12, 2011.

The activities will last from 9:00 am-12:00 pm and may include planting, weeding, and general care of HHP.  All tools and safety gear are provided. Please wear layered clothing that can get dirty and don’t forget a refillable canteen for water.

The Bay Area Science Festival: Unleash Your Inner Scientist
The Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is pleased to lead the inaugural Bay Area Science Festival, whose mission is to engage Bay Area residents in a region-wide celebration of its scientific wonders, resources, and opportunities by exploring the role of science, engineering, and technology locally and in the world!  The 10 day festival, scheduled October 29 – November 6, will provide a wide range of science and technology activities – lectures, debates, exhibitions, concerts, plays, workshops, etc. – at a variety of locations throughout the Bay Area.

Young people will understand that science is fun, exciting and important, encouraging them to pursue careers in science; parents will feel more confident about supporting their kids’ interests in science; and teachers will have new resources to get students thinking about science outside of the classroom. Here is a sampling of some of the exciting events!

For students, families and teachers:
Encourage your students to attend free Discovery Days Events! 
Each will be packed with hands-on activities, performances, interactive demonstrations and family-oriented science entertainment.

Saturday November 5, 2011: In­fineon Raceway in Sonoma, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday November 6, 20-11: AT&T Park in San Francisco, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Bay Area Science Festival Star Party
Saturday evening, Nov. 5, 2011
Organized by Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College and Astronomical Society of the Pacific)
A “star party” is an occasion to view the night sky together, with our eyes, binoculars, or telescopes. As part of the Bay Area Science Festival, we are throwing a regional star party at over 20 different sites. Colleges, schools, observatories and science centers around the Bay Area will be open, and both professional and amateur astronomers will be on hand to offer telescope viewing and observing tips. If the sky is cloudy, many sites will still offer indoor astronomy activities. Some institutions will also have astronomy talks and events that evening, regardless of the weather. Join us for a stellar evening and meet local astronomers at a dozen star party sites across the Bay Area.

Locations are throughout the bay area, so check out the latest information at: http://www.bayareascience.org/11/05/bay-area-star-party/

Educator Give Away! Just for teachers. 
Sponsored by BABEC, PROBE, SCCBEP, and CCSF’s BIO-LINK Depot, the give aways, for educators only, will provide free excess stock/equipment/materials from labs/companies across the area.

Pre-registration is required.

SF/Peninsula Giveaway: at the BIO-LINK Depot near SFO airport on Saturday, November 5, 10:00 am -12:00 pm.
Educator Events at the Tech Museum and the California Academy of Sciences.
On Saturday, November 5, 2011, both the Educator Extravaganza at California Academy of Sciences (1:30-5:30 pm) and the Teacher Open House with an Astronaut at The Tech Museum of San Jose (9:30 am-1:00 pm) will be hosting special educator events with free admission and educational activities that can be used in the classroom.

These are just a few of the many activities and events planned for the Bay Area Science Festival. Complete details can be found at http://www.bayareascience.org. Help spread the word! Check out the flyer at: http://www.bayareascience.org/wp-content/uploads/BASFTeachers.pdf

Eris Lewis is high school area science support in the San Francisco Unified School District LEAD office and is CSTA region 2 director.


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Eris Lewis is high school area science support in the San Francisco Unified School District LEAD office.

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

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!

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!

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.



MARCH 28-29, 2018
Host: San Mateo County Office of Education
Location: San Mateo County Office of Education, Redwood City

APRIL 10-11, 2018
Host: Orange County Office of Education
Location: Brandman University, Irvine

MAY 1-2, 2018
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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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

The Teaching and Learning Collaborative, Reflections from an Administrator

Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018

by Kelly Patchen

My name is Mrs. Kelly Patchen, and I am proud to be an elementary assistant principal working in the Tracy Unified School District (TUSD) at Louis Bohn and McKinley Elementary Schools. Each of the schools I support are Title I K-5 schools with about 450 students, a diverse student population, a high percentage of English Language Learners, and students living in poverty. We’re also lucky to be part of the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative with the K-12 Alliance. 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.

2018 CSTA Conference Call for Proposals

Posted: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

CSTA is pleased to announce that we are now accepting proposals for 90-minute workshops and three- and six-hour short courses for the 2018 California Science Education Conference. Workshops and short courses make up the bulk of the content and professional learning opportunities available at the conference. In recognition of their contribution, members who present a workshop or short course receive 50% off of their registration fees. Click for more information regarding proposals, or submit one today by following the links below.

Short Course Proposal

Workshop Proposal Learn More…

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

CSTA’s New Administrator Facebook Group Page

Posted: Monday, January 15th, 2018

by Holly Steele

The California Science Teachers Association’s mission is to promote high-quality science education, and one of the best practice’s we use to fulfill that mission is through the use of our Facebook group pages. CSTA hosts several closed and moderated Facebook group pages for specific grade levels, (Elementary, Middle, and High School), pages for district coaches and science education faculty, and the official CSTA Facebook page. These pages serve as an online resource for teachers and coaches to exchange teaching methods, materials, staying update on science events in California and asking questions. CSTA is happy to announce the creation of a 6th group page called, California Administrators Supporting Science. Learn More…

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