January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Region 1, April 2014

Posted: Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

by David Pummill and Marian Murphy-Shaw

As a science educator, or supporter of science education, this article has a list of some events and updates you may want to get on your calendar now! Consider looking at what you can align your resources to support this spring, summer, and next fall. With NGSS science is coming to life in CA we hope you are as excited as we are not to miss the fun!

  • Chico State 14th Annual Science Teaching SymposiumApril 26 from 8:30-3:30, from attached or contact the CMSE at CSU Chico. Register by April 22!
  • California Science Teacher’s Association has some great membership deals for new teachers, current members and those attending the December joint conference with NSTA!
  • First and Second Year Teachers: Get two years’ CSTA membership for the price of one! Join CSTA at the regular member rate of $50 and get your second year of membership for free! We must receive verification of your status as a new (first or second year) teacher, signed by your principal or BTSA provider. Download a membership form and send it in to CSTA along with your verification. Click here for a sample verification form.
  • Current Members: Get three, get one free. Current CSTA members who bring in three new members will get their following year’s membership free! Introduce your colleagues to the benefits of belonging to their professional organization and get a year’s free membership in the bargain. Send in memberships for three individuals who are not and have not been CSTA members for at least three years; new memberships must be submitted at the same time. Download this membership form for your colleagues (don’t forget to fill in your name at the bottom!) and send all three in at the same time.
  • NEW for 2014: Joint 1-Year NSTA/CSTA Membership: $105 (a $125 value) To celebrate the 2014 NSTA Area Conference in Long Beach in Collaboration with CSTA (join on the NSTA website – look under “Membership Type”, it is the last option) This is a limited time offer only available in 2014 and only via the NSTA website.
  • Second Annual CA STEM Symposium: September 22-23, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center. Save the date.
  • CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA! December 4-6 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Conference Strands for 2014 are:

• #NGSS #Implementation
• Science: The Gateway to Common Core State Standards
• STEM Classrooms: Anytime/Anyplace/Anywhere

Additional Region 1 Events:

CREEC Student Competitions and Contests
April 15, 2014: Nominate a Young Environmental Hero for a $5,000 Barron Prize.Do you know a young person who is doing great things to help other people or the planet? Nominate him or her for the 2014 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes! The Barron Prize celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people (ages 8–18) who have made a significant positive difference to people and our environment. Each year, 10 to 15 winners each receive a $5,000 cash award to support their service work or higher education. Half of each year’s winners are chosen for their work to protect the environment. Deadline: April 15, 2014

May 30, 2014: Green Living Project: Student File Project
GLP Films has launched the 2014 Student Film Project! Students are encouraged to document and submit unique and compelling short films (5 minutes or less) about local or global sustainability-related projects. Winning films will be screened at GLP events this year! Winners also receive prize packages valued at $500 from Mountainsmith, The North Face, Think Tank Photo, Freewaters, Pura Vida, Relan and more. The contest is open to 6th grade through graduate level students. Regular Deadline: May 30, 2014

May 3, 2014: NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE SATURDAY
When: May 3, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Sacramento State Union
Cost: $90 (after April 28 late registration is $99)
Included: Three Workshops, Workshop Materials,
Breakfast, Lunch, 6 Professional Development Hours
Download A Super SIRC Flyer
Download a Registration Form

Marian Murphy-Shaw is the student services director at Siskiyou County Office of Education and is CSTA’s secretary.

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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: Friday, January 13th, 2017

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Science Education Policy Update

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

January 2017 has proven to be a very busy month for science education policy and CA NGSS implementation activities. CSTA has been and will be there every step of the way, seeking and enacting all options to support high-quality science education and the successful implementation of CA NGSS.

California Department of Education/U.S. Department of Education Science Double-Testing Waiver Hearing

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NSTA Los Angeles Conference Features Many CA Science Leaders

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

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