January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

Nominations for Election to Board of Directors of CSTA, 2012-2014 Term

Posted: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

by Tim Williamson

It’s that time of year when CSTA is looking for dedicated and qualified persons to fill the upcoming vacancies on its Board of Directors. As the immediate past president I am constantly being asked by CSTA members “How do I get more involved in the association?” The answer is simple! Become a board member. This opportunity allows you to help shape the policy and determine the path that the Board will take in the new year. There is a time and energy commitment, but that is far outweighed by the personal satisfaction of knowing that you are an integral part of an outstanding professional educational organization, dedicated to the support and guidance of California’s science teachers. You will also have the opportunity to help CSTA review and support legislation that benefits good science teaching and teachers.

So, how do you become a Board member? Read on!

Applications can be downloaded from the CSTA website, http://www.cascience.org/csta/aboutNominations.asp.

Nominations for the following positions on the CSTA Board of Directors are now being accepted:

  • Treasurer
  • 4-Year College Director
  • High School Director
  • Intermediate (3-5) Director
  • Region 2 Director*
  • Region 4 Director*

Directors will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2012, and ending June 30, 2014.

All current members of CSTA are encouraged to participate in the nomination process.

  • Step 1: Complete the Nomination Form.
  • Step 2: Submit the Nomination Form along with your resume by the deadline listed below.
  • Step 3: Upon receipt of the Nomination Form, nominees will be sent additional information and will be asked to submit two letters of endorsement from CSTA members, as well as statements of philosophy about science education and the role of CSTA.

Nomination papers will be evaluated by the Nominations Committee, which will select up to two final candidates for each vacant position. Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Professional Characteristics: Be a science educator and a member in good standing of CSTA; demonstrate a commitment to the improvement of effective science teaching; have a knowledge of the issues facing science education in the state; demonstrate involvement and scholarship in science education; demonstrate knowledge of CSTA and a commitment to its vision and goals; be able to communicate effectively and be a visible spokesperson and strong advocate for CSTA positions; represent the interests and concerns of the members of CSTA. Nominees will be expected to be able to fulfill the duties as described in position descriptions for directors. Directors representing a particular grade level should have adequate experience at that grade level. Regional Directors must reside or work in the region to which they are being elected.

Personal Characteristics: Possess strong leadership skills; possess a high energy level; demonstrate a willingness to make the necessary time commitment to hold a critical leadership position in the association; possess integrity, poise, adaptability, flexibility, a sense of humor, and an appreciation and respect for diversity; possess the ability to create a team effort, build consensus, motivate and involve others, and delegate authority.

*Region 2: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano counties. *Region 4: Imperial, Inyo, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego counties.

Fax, e-mail, or mail your application to…

California Science Teachers Association
3800 Watt Avenue, Suite 175
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 979-7004; FAX (916) 979-7023
email: admin@cascience.org

NOMINATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED, FAXED, OR EMAILED NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31, 2012.

Nominees whose Nomination Form is complete will be sent a Candidacy Packet with further information within ten days of receipt of the completed form. Nominees will be required to submit two letters of endorsement from CSTA members, as well as statements of philosophy about science education and the role of CSTA. Completed Candidacy Packets are due in the CSTA office in February, 2012. Nomination papers that do not include the nominee’s signature or resume, or are received after the filing deadline, will be disqualified.

Now is the time to quit procrastinating and step up to an opportunity that will allow you to hold a critical leadership position in your professional association. It will give you an opportunity to sharpen your leadership skills and help CSTA continue to share its vision, support and commitment to all science teachers in California.

Just do it!

Tim Williamson is a science methods instructor at CSU Long Beach and is past-president of CSTA.

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

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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!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
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!

OVERVIEW
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.

REGISTER

http://bit.ly/ACCELERATINGINTONGSS

DATES & LOCATIONS
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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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

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CSTA’s New Administrator Facebook Group Page

Posted: Monday, January 15th, 2018

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