NGSS Rollout #3 – Registration Opens 2/19/16
Posted: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
Registration will open for the next round of professional learning events designed to help teachers and administrators implement the California Next Generation Science Standards on February 19. Session offerings for Rollout #3 are available below. Registration is now available online at Registration is now online at https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2016Training.
April 13-14: San Joaquin County
April 26-27: Riverside and San Bernardino Counties
May 17-18: Orange and Los Angeles Counties
September 7-8: Hayward
October 13-14: Fresno County
November 7-8: Santa Clara County
November 15-16: San Diego County
November 29-30: Siskiyou County
December 12-13: Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties
NGSS Statewide Rollout Phase 3
Welcome Day 1
|CA NGSS Assessment Update||The CDE will be sharing information on the development and progress of the new CA NGSS student assessments.|
|Environmental Principles & Concepts (EP&G)||Overview of how EP&C are integrated into NGSS|
|Tool P: Administrator Strand: Observing Implementation
|The Administrator Strand is designed to provide PD aimed at the leadership work of administrators. The session includes an overview of the shifts of NGSS and then provides training on the use of two observational protocols designed to create awareness of supports needed for the implementation of the NGSS. Opportunities to utilize these protocols are embedded into the Roll Out as well as follow up session.|
|Tool E: Teacher Strand: Putting it Together||Building on Tool A, B, C, and D, Tool E helps teachers analyze their resources for alignment to the NGSS, and inclusion in a 5 E learning sequence.|
|Tool E to K-2 Learning Sequence||Apply Tool E to see how a teacher planned a learning sequence and then experience it as a learner.|
|Tool E to 3-5 Learning Sequence||Apply Tool E to see how a teacher planned a learning sequence and then experience it as a learner.|
|Tool E to 6-8 Learning Sequence||Apply Tool E to see how a teacher planned a learning sequence and then experience it as a learner.|
|Tool E to 9-12 Life Science Learning Sequence||Apply Tool E to see how a teacher planned a learning sequence and then experience it as a learner.|
|Tool E to 9-12 Physical Science Learning Sequence||Apply Tool E to see how a teacher planned a learning sequence and then experience it as a learner.|
Welcome Back Day 2
|Deepening Understanding of Modeling in the Elementary Classroom||Scientific modeling is an essential Science and Engineering Practice in NGSS. After experiencing an engaging science lesson, participants will learn how to use NGSS Evidence Statement to support the planning of three dimensional assessments and instruction.|
|Deepening Understanding of Modeling in the Secondary Classroom||Scientific modeling is an essential Science and Engineering Practice in NGSS. After experiencing an engaging science lesson, participants will learn how to use NGSS Evidence Statement to support the planning of three dimensional assessments and instruction.|
|Table Talks||Lunch opportunities to have follow-up conversations on topics of choice.|
|Admin Planning for Communication||The first session of the Administrator Strand is designed to provide a quick overview of the shifts needed for NGSS implementations, as well as, introduce two observation protocols aimed at helping to identify the support needed by administrators in implementing NGSS into their school/district. The session will provide opportunities to learn about and determine how the two protocols will be utilized by administrators during the Roll Out. The two observation protocols were designed by two initiatives charged with developing and disseminating processes to help California implement NGSS into the state school system.|
|Science and Common Core ELA||Experience the authentic use of CCSS ELA to obtain and communicate science understanding. The integration benefits learning in both disciplines.|
|Exploring Integration at Middle School||This session is designed for those who have selected, or are strongly leaning towards, the integrated progression for middle school. It will give you an opportunity of what it means to be integrated, and how to use phenomena and use models from the draft framework to think about integration.|
|High School Models||Review the policy issues related to the implementation of NGSS at the high school level. Explore and compare sample HS course sequences that might be appropriate for your district. Discuss strategies for leading school/district discussions with stakeholders about which model(s) are best for your context.This session is an updated version of the High School Sequence session offered at Rollout II taking into account assessment decisions and examining Achieve’s Accelerated Model.|
|Cross Cutting Concepts:
Deepening Our Understanding
|Experience the impact on thinking as different cross cutting concepts are used as a lens for understanding.|
|Engineering in Life Science||Think engineering is only appropriate in the Physical sciences? Come learn how engineering can drive engaged learning in life science and biology. Experience how an engineering and science sequence can be structured for learning in both.|
Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
by Carol Peterson
1) To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Google has put together a collection of virtual tours combining 360-degree video, panoramic photos and expert narration. It’s called “The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks” and is accessible right from the browser. You can choose from one of five different locales, including the Kenai Fjords in Alaska and Bryce Canyon in Utah, and get a guided “tour” from a local park ranger. Each one has a few virtual vistas to explore, with documentary-style voiceovers and extra media hidden behind clickable thumbnails. Ideas are included for use in classrooms. https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/25/google-offers-360-degree-tours-of-us-national-parks/. Learn More…
Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
CSTA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 CSTA Awards for Distinguished Contributions, Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award, 2014 and 2015 PAEMST-Science recipients from California, and the 2016 California PAEMST Finalists. The following individuals and organizations will be honored during the 2016 California Science Education Conference on October 21- 23 in Palm Springs. This year’s group of awardees are truly outstanding. Please join us in congratulating them!
Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award
The Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to science education in the state and who, through years of leadership and service, has truly made a positive impact on the quality of science teaching. This year’s recipient is John Keller, Ph.D. Dr. Keller is Associate Professor, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Co-Director, Center for Engineering, Science, and Mathematics Education, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In her letter of recommendation, SDSU science education faculty and former CSTA board member Donna Ross wrote: “He brings people together who share the desire to make a difference in the development and implementation of programs for science teaching. Examples of these projects include the Math and Science Teaching Initiative (MSTI), Noyce Scholars Program, Western Regional Noyce Initiative, and the Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program.” Through his work, he has had a dramatic impact on science teacher education, both preservice and in-service, in California, the region, and the country. He developed and implemented the STEM Teacher and Researcher Program which aims to produce excellent K-12 STEM teachers by providing aspiring teachers with opportunities to do authentic research while helping them translate their research experience into classroom practice. SFSU faculty member Larry Horvath said it best in his letter:“John Keller exemplifies the best aspects of a scientist, science educator, and mentor. His contributions to science education in the state of California are varied, significant, and I am sure will continue well into the future.” Learn More…
Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
by Peter A’hearn
NGSS is a big shift. Teachers need to learn new content, figure out how this whole engineering thing relates to science, and develop new unit and lesson plans. How could NGSS possibly make life easier?
The idea that NGSS could make our lives easier came to me during the California State NGSS Rollout #1 Classroom Example lesson on chromatography. I have since done this lesson with high school chemistry students and it made me think back to having my own students do chromatography. I spent lots of time preparing to make sure the experiment went well and achieved the “correct” result. I pre-prepared the solutions and organized and prepped the materials. I re-wrote and re-wrote again the procedure so there was no way a kid could get it wrong. I spent 20 minutes before the lab modeling all of the steps in class, so there was no way to do it wrong. Except that it turns out there were many. Learn More…
Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
by Robert C. Victor. Twilight sky maps by Robert D. Miller. Graph of evening planet setting times by Dr. Jeffrey L. Hunt
Our evening twilight chart for September, depicting the sky about 40 minutes after sunset from SoCal, shows brilliant Venus remaining low, creeping from W to WSW and gaining a little altitude as the month progresses. Its close encounter within 2.5° N of Spica on Sept. 18 is best seen with binoculars to catch the star low in bright twilight. The brightest stars in the evening sky are golden Arcturus descending in the west, and blue-white Vega passing just north of overhead. Look for Altair and Deneb completing the Summer Triangle with Vega. The triangle of Mars-Saturn-Antares expands as Mars seems to hold nearly stationary in SSW as the month progresses, while Saturn and Antares slink off to the SW. Learn More…
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