Next Generation Science Standards Now Available for Public Review
Achieve has released the first draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for public review. The NGSS will be available for review online until June 1, 2012. The website hosting the standards contains the draft standards and a wealth of background information. Click here to access the draft standards.
CSTA has gathered together a variety of NGSS resources for your use. You will find a links to information about group review meetings being hosted around the state (updated daily as we get the information), resources for people hosting group review meetings, links to the Framework, webinars, and the CSTA blog on the NGSS. Please visit http://www.cascience.org/csta/ngss.asp.
NGSS Group Review Meetings
The following are group review meetings scheduled so far. Click the event for more information and registration.
May 22: Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento, CA
May 22: Central Valley Science Project, Fresno, CA
May 30: Siskiyou County Office of Education, Video Conference
If you are planning to host a meeting and would like to have it posted on the CSTA calendar, click here to let us know.
NSTA to Host Two Webinars Next Week
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is a key partner in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. They will be hosting two webinars on May 15 and 16.
May 15: Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) First Public Draft. 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Pacific Time). Click here for more information and to register.
May 16: How to Lead a Study Group on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) First Public Draft. 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Pacific Time). Click here for more information and to register.
by Michelle French
Since the public reviews of the Next Generation Science Standards have come to a close, like many primary teachers, I’ve been wondering what science will look like in kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms. Learn More…
“SOL Grotto, 2012. 1368 glass tubes, paint. Fabrication: Matarozzi Pelsinger, Rael San Fratello Architects. SOL Grotto is a contemporary take on a grotto or Throeau’s cabin – a spartan retreat that is a space of solitude and close to nature – where one is presented with a mediated experience of water, coolness and light. The SOL Grotto also explores Solyndra’s role as a company S#@t Out of Luck. 1,368 of the 24 million high tech glass tubes destined to be destroyed as a casualty of their bankruptcy, are used in the installation. The tube’s original role as a light concentrating element is extended to transmit cool air into the space via the Venturi effect, to amplify sounds from the adjacent waterfall via the vibrations of the tubes cantilevering over the creek, and to create distorted views of the garden. The form of the electric blue array evokes Plato’s Allegory of the Cave where shadows, light and sounds can call reality into question.”
Responses from Readers:
Peter A’Hearn: Rush hour in little blue circle land.
by Valerie Joyner
Congratulations to CSTA member and STEM Educator, Katherine Schenkelberg, of West High School, in Torrance, CA! Katherine was recently awarded one of the 2013 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. An appointed panel of experts selected her for her innovative use of data-collection technology. “The use of data-collection technology in the classroom helps foster students’ interest in STEM education and provides them with engaging, hands-on opportunities for scientific investigation,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “For ten years Vernier and NSTA have recognized innovative STEM educators through this award and this year’s winners are no exception – their projects and programs truly utilize the power of data-collection technology as part of the teaching and learning process.” Learn More…
by Tim Williamson
Members of the California Science Teachers Association are now in the process of voting for qualified CSTA members to fill the seven openings on the CSTA Board of Directors for the 2013-2015 term.
The election is being conducted electronically and opened for voting on April 16, 2013. Voting will close on May 16, 2013. All CSTA members were sent links to the online ballot. Members for whom we do not have current email addresses or who request a paper ballot have been mailed a ballot and candidate statements. Learn More…