January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Region 1 Events for February 2014

Posted: Monday, February 3rd, 2014

by David Pummill

Science in the River City (SIRC)

February 25, 2014: Science Workshops for Teachers
California State University, Sacramento
4:00-8:00 PM

Special Guest Speaker:
Understanding the Common Core State Standards
Judi Kusnick (Sacramento State Geology)

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series
Using Common Core to Explore Electricity
Judi Kusnick, (Sacramento State)
Nancy Ludu, (Butler Elementary)
Standard 4.1

Earth Science 6th-12th Grades
Discovering Plate Boundaries
Rich Hedman (Sacramento State MASE Center)
Standard 6.1, Earth 3

Biology/Life Science 7th-12th Grades
How Do Plants Survive in the Light and Dark?
Michael Hill and Jenny Keyport (Toby Johnson Middle School)
Standard 7.1

Physical Science 8th-12th Grades
Chemistry and the Next Generation Science Standards
Arthur Beauchamp (Sacramento Area Science Project)
NGSS

eSCI Reunion Night: If you were a participant in the original Excellence in Science Program please join us for a special reunion to reconnect with your fellow teachers.

QUESTIONS? Visit: csus.edu/mase or contact the SIRC Coordinator, Debbie Dennick at (916) 278-4497 or email: debbie@csus.ed

March 1, 2014: Placer County STEM Expo
William Jessup University, Rocklin
More than just a County Science Fair:
STEM Expo is Placer County’s alternative to the typical County Science Fair! Students get the chance to showcase their science work in a fun and unique venue, with learning opportunities for the entire family. This free one-day event features exciting science shows, STEM educators & scientists, hands-on activities and lots of cool robots!
STEM Expo is all about having students explore just how fun STEM can be:
By participating in STEM Expo, students connect with Placer County’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) community, get valuable educational opportunities, learn about viable career options – and have a blast!

QUESTIONS? Visit: stemexpo.org or contact: Dr. Eric Bull at Ebull@Jessup.Edu or 916.577.2278

Coming Soon!
Science in the River City (SIRC)
March 18, 2014: Science Workshops for Teachers
California State University, Sacramento
4:00-8:00 PM

Science in the River City (SIRC)
May 3, 2014: Super SIRC Science Saturday
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sacramento State Union
Cost: $90, includes Science Workshops, Workshop Materials, Lunch, Networking, and fun with science!

Written by David Pummill

David Pummill

David Pummill is a retired California science teacher and CSTA’s Region 1 Director.

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STEM Conference Hosted by CMSESMC

Posted: Saturday, January 14th, 2017

The Council of Math/Science Educators of San Mateo County will be hosting the 41st annual STEM Conference this February 4, 2017 at the San Mateo County Office of Education. This STEM Conference is the place to get lots of new lessons and ideas to use in your classroom. There will be over twenty-five workshops and a variety of exhibitors that provide participants with a wide range of practical and realistic ideas and resources to use in their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs from Pre-K to grade 12. With California’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, we are dedicated to ensuring that we prepare our teachers to take on these educational policies.

Teachers, administrators and parents are invited to explore the many exciting aspects of STEM education and learn about and discuss the latest news, information and issues. This is also an opportunity to network with colleagues who can assist you in building your programs and meet new friends that share your interests and love of teaching.

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

Submit Your NGSS Lessons and Units Today!

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

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If you or your state, district, school, or organization has designed NGSS-aligned instructional materials, please consider submitting these in order to help provide educators across the country with various models and templates of high-quality lesson and unit plans. Learn More…

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

Science Education Policy Update

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

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

The year started with California Department of Education’s (CDE) hearing with the U.S. Department of Education conducted via WebEx on January 6, 2017. This hearing was the final step in California’s efforts to secure a waiver from the federal government in order to discontinue administration of the old CST and suspension of the reporting of student test scores on a science assessment for two years. As reported by EdSource, the U.S. Department of Education representative, Ann Whalen, a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary John King Jr., committed to making her final ruling “very shortly.” Deputy Superintendent Keric Ashley presented on behalf of CDE during the hearing and did an excellent job describing the broad-based support for this waiver in California, the rationale for the waiver, and California’s commitment to the successful implementation of a new high-quality science assessment. As previously reported, California is moving forward with its plans to administer a census pilot assessments this spring. The testing window is set to open on March 20, 2017. For more information visit New CA Science Test: What You Should Know.

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