July/August 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 8

News from Region 2

Posted: Friday, October 1st, 2010

Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano counties

Region 2 News and Events

Insecta-Palooza at Sonoma State University, October 30.  Explore the fantastic world of insects, including basic bugs, garden allies, habitat gardens, aquatic insects, insect defenses, and Japanese theme special features: insect haiku exhibit, origami, film and silk moths.  A family-friendly event for all ages, from budding entomologist to  expert gardener, beekeeper to aquatic insect enthusiast.  Lectures, interactive labs, tours, children’s activities, displays, costume contest, silent auction, film, and much more.  More information on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/insecta-palooza.

This summer, Stanford University launched a science program called Geoscape Bay Area: Towards an interactive approach to teaching earth science.

This is a new effort by Stanford to help develop teachers and provide insights into the teaching of science in sixth grade.  Geoscape Bay Area has many components, including a summer institute for teachers, three follow-up sessions during the school year, facilitated mentoring at school sites, and a culminating summer institute.  The program currently involves teachers from Ravenswood City School District and San Francisco Unified School District and has been collaboratively designed and implemented by a team of faculty and graduate students.  Jonathan Osborne from Stanford School of Education and Greg Beroza from the Stanford School of Earth Sciences are leading the project.

This program will foster close connections and productive partnerships between Stanford faculty in Education and Earth Sciences, teacher educators, and teacher leaders.  The goals for the program include: enhanced teaching of science through content and pedagogy, increased use of local examples for the teaching of earth sciences, supported teaching of science for English learners, and a general increase of students’ conceptual understanding of science.  For more information, visit CSET’s website at: http://cset.stanford.edu/.

The Bay Area Science Festival is a weeklong celebration of the unique science and technology of the Bay Area.  Scientists from our local universities, companies, and museums will share their stories, passion and science at over 50 events – designed to invigorate interest in science.  Scheduled for October 2011, programs will feature hundreds of hands-on-activities, provocative conversations, electrifying performances, and tours of cutting-edge facilities.  Science is heading out of the lab and into our community!  Planned programs include:

Science Carnivals—Large-scale celebrations of science with hundreds of exhibitors presenting family-friendly hands-on-activities, performances, and demonstrations.  Opening carnival at Cal State East Bay Hayward with closing event at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

OpenLabs—Dozens of the Bay Area’s leading science organizations will provide exclusive opportunities to see science-in-action at the region’s research laboratories.  These unique behind-the-scenes tours will be targeted to local area high school students.

Wonder Dialogues—Conversations on science and culture between accomplished researchers and compelling individuals. Discussions and debates revolve around the questions at the edge of scientific understanding.

The festival is organized by UCSF through the Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP).  Bay Area science museums, universities, professional laboratories, and corporations have already convened to collaboratively plan the event.  Regardless of where you live in the Bay Area, you’ll find a science event happening close by.

For more information, visit http://www.bayareasciencefestival.org (site launching at end of August).

This year’s Math/Science Resource Fair from the Council of Math/Science Educators of San Mateo County (CMSESMC) will be on September 29th at the San Mateo County Office of Education, at 101 Twin Dolphin Drive in Redwood City, CA.  Be sure to save the date and enjoy this great opportunity to get science resources and materials from Bay Area organizations and agencies.  For more information visit http://cmsesmc.org/.

The Exploratorium Teacher Institute (TI) and Literacy For Environmental Justice (LEJ) present:  Understanding The Science of Sustainability on Saturday, September 11 and Saturday, October 16, 2010, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The Understanding the Science of Sustainability institute will focus on environmental awareness, stewardship, eco-literacy, and sustainability.  This institute for teachers will be based at LEJ’s new EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park in San Francisco.  The EcoCenter is the first environmental education center in the Bay Area to focus on environmental justice.  In the institute, teachers will examine the use of various technologies and strategies through hands-on activities and discussions.  Subject areas will include solar power, wastewater treatment, wetlands as filters, rainwater catchment, green building, and native plant gardening.  Sample activities include building simple solar cells, modeling filtration systems, participating in a beach cleanup at Heron’s Head Park, exploring the mathematics of rainwater catchment, and calibrating the amounts of water needed for native plants.  Time will be provided during the Institute for teachers to meet in small groups to adapt institute ideas to their own curricula and to help teachers plan a field trip to the EcoCenter.  Teachers attending both days of this institute will be paid a $200 stipend.  Follow-up half-day Saturday workshops will be offered during the 2010/2011 school year.  Attendance at these follow-up workshops is not required.   Please contact Lori Lambertson at llambertson@exploratorium.edu or (415) 353-0499 for more information about this great opportunity.

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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  1. The 35th Annual Spring Math/Science Conference of the Council of Math/Science Educators of San Mateo County (CMSESMC) will be on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at Sequoia High School, in Redwood City, starting at 8 a.m.

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CTC Seeking Educators for Science Standard Setting Conference

Posted: Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and Evaluation Systems group of Pearson are currently seeking California science educators to participate in a Science Standard Setting Conference for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) program. Each standard setting panel is scheduled to meet for one-day, in Sacramento, California. The fields and dates are listed below:

Multiple Subjects Subtest II (Science), Monday, October 2, 2017
Science Subtest II: Physics, Monday, October 2, 2017
Science Subtest II: Chemistry, Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Science Subtest II: Life Sciences, Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Science Subtest II: Earth and Space Sciences, Thursday, October 5, 2017
Science Subtest I: General Science, Friday, October 6, 2017

The purpose of the conference is for panel members to make recommendations that will be used, in part, by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) in setting the passing standard, for each field, in support of the updated California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).

Click here to nominate educators. If you are interested in participating yourself, complete an application here for consideration.


Public school educators who are:

• Certified in California
• Currently practicing (or have practiced within the last school year) in one or more of the fields listed above. 

College faculty who are:

• Teacher preparation personnel (including education faculty and arts and sciences faculty)
• Practicing (or have practiced within the last school year) in one or more of the fields listed above, and
• Preparing teacher candidates in an approved California teacher preparation program.

 Benefits of Participation Include:
• Receive substitute reimbursement for their school (public school educators only),
• Have the opportunity to make a difference in California teacher development and performance,
• Have the opportunity for professional growth and collaboration with educators in their field,
• Be reimbursed for their travel and meal expenses, and
• Be provided with hotel accommodations, if necessary.

For more information, visit their website at www.carecruit.nesinc.com/cset/index.asp

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.

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.)

New Information Now Available On-line:

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California Science Teachers Association

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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