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: Monday, March 27th, 2017
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.
There are over 30 satellite marches planned for the April 22, 2017 March for Science in California (to find a march near you, click on “marches” in the upper right of the main page, select “satellite marches” and use the search feature). We encourage members who participate in the March for Science to share their involvement and promotion of science and science education. Feel free to promote CSTA on your signs and banners. For those on social media, you may share your involvement via Twitter, @cascience and our Facebook groups.
Posted: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
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.
The final publication version (formatted for printing) will be available in July 2017. This document will not be available in printed format, only electronically.
Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017
The 2017 Award Season is now open! One of the benefits of being a CSTA member is your eligibility for awards as well as your eligibility to nominate someone for an award. CSTA offers several awards and members may nominate individuals and organizations for the Future Science Teacher Award, the prestigious Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award, and the CSTA Distinguished Contributions Award (organizational award). May 9, 2017 is the deadline for nominations for these awards. CSTA believes that the importance of science education cannot be overstated. Given the essential presence of the sciences in understanding the past and planning for the future, science education remains, and will increasingly be one of the most important disciplines in education. CSTA is committed to recognizing and encouraging excellence in science teaching through the presentation of awards to science educators and organizations who have made outstanding contributions in science education in the state and who are poised to continue the momentum of providing high quality, relevant science education into the future. Learn More…
Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017
CSTA is now accepting applications from regular, preservice, and retired members to serve on our volunteer committees! CSTA’s all-volunteer board of directors invites you to consider maximizing your member experience by volunteering for CSTA. CSTA committee service offers you the opportunity to share your expertise, learn a new skill, or do something you love to do but never have the opportunity to do in your regular day. CSTA committee volunteers do some pretty amazing things: Learn More…
Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017
by Marian Murphy-Shaw
If you attended an NGSS Rollout phase 1-3 or CDE workshops at CSTA’s annual conference you may recall hearing from Chris Breazeale when he was working with the CDE. Chris has relocated professionally, with his passion for science education, and is now the Executive Director at the Explorit Science Center, a hands-on exploration museum featuring interactive STEM exhibits located at the beautiful Mace Ranch, 3141 5th St. in Davis, CA. Visitors can “think it, try it, and explorit” with a variety of displays that allow visitors to “do science.” To preview the museum, or schedule a classroom visit, see www.explorit.org. Learn More…