January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Region 1 – News and Events

Posted: Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

by Valerie Joyner

I am very excited about upcoming January 8th release of the Next Generation Science Standards!  Since the initial review period last fall your ideas and input have been used to revise this next draft of the standards.  This month we will have the opportunity to review the revisions that have been made and offer our additional expertise, ideas, and comments.  CSTA will keep you up to date about the release and review period.  I hope that you and your colleagues, at all grade levels, will review and provide comment for this important new document.

It is also time to submit workshop and short course proposals for our 2013 Conference.  We are always looking for new and exciting ideas and presentations.  Short Course proposals are due January 31, 2013 and workshop proposals are due March 4, 2013.  Please consider sharing your ideas and expertise in Palm Springs, October 25-27, 2013.

Future Events and Deadlines:

Creek Restoration/Native Plant Planting in Petaluma
January – March 2013
The Sonoma County Water Agency has scheduled three Community Service Days this school year. The first two involve planting native species in local creeks to improve habitat for steelhead and salmon.  The third will be a creek cleanup (details below). High school and middle school students can earn three community service hours and learn a bit about riparian ecology while having a good time with friends. The Community Service Days are also a first step in getting students interested in the “Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps” which is a paid summer jobs program that helps students learn job-readiness skills.
Teachers can contact the Water Agency by calling Stefan Klakovich at (707) 547-1930 for more information or to arrange a class presentation.

January 12, 9-12 noon: Native planting
Corona Creek, Petaluma  (Near Sonoma Mountain Pkwy and Corona Road)
Park on Maria Drive (cross street Telford Lane)

February 2, 9-12 noon: Native planting
Five Creek, Rohnert Park (Cross Street Ellen Street)
Park at Eagle Park on Emily Road

March 9, 9-12noon: Creek cleanup
Pollen Creek, Santa Rosa (Cross Street: Guerneville Road)
Park at Northwest Community Park on Marlow Road

San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival Student Competition (March 2013)
January 14, 2013 deadline for submission
Middle and high school students

Sonoma County Science Fair
February 23, 2013
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park
mroa@scoe.org   re: science fair
Handbook and forms available at www.scoe.org
Contact Mike Roa for additional information

Sonoma County Science Olympiad
March 27, 2013
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park
Next planning meeting is Tuesday, January 15 (4:00-5:00) at Luther Burbank Elementary School in Santa Rosa.
Handbook and forms available at www.scoe.org
Contact Mike Roa for additional information mroa@scoe.org   re: science olympiad

Sonoma County Spring Science Showcase (May 14, 2013)
Sonoma County will host the first Spring Science Showcase for students grades 4-12 who did not participate in the county’s Science Fair.  Learn how your students can participate in this event May 14, 2013.

For more information contact Mike Roa at mroa@scoe.org  re: Spring Science Showcase

Project ASTRO Summer Workshop
This program of the astronomical Society of the Pacific “seeks 3rd-9th grade teachers…to attend a free 2-day summer workshop to learn hands-on, inquiry-based astronomy activities.  The workshop will be Aug 2-3 at the San Mateo County Office of Education. Online applications are due by May 29, 2013.

For information, call 415-715-1426 or complete teacher application

Written by Valerie Joyner

Valerie Joyner

Valerie Joyner is a retired elementary science educator and is CSTA’s Primary (grades K-2) 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.

Learn More…

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

Opportunities to Support NGSS Implementation with CTC

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

What follows are several opportunities for science teachers to work with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) on various projects that have direct or indirect implications for the implementation of NGSS in California. Please consider applying to one or more of the following opportunities.

CSET Field Testing Opportunities

Field testing opportunities for future CSET Multiple Subjects and Science tests are available beginning Dec. 5, 2016. Participants will have the choice between a $50 Barnes and Noble eGift Card or a $75 test fee voucher that may be applied to future test registration fees. For more information, including how to register to participate, please visit: http://www.pearsonvue.com/espilot/cset.asp. Learn More…

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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

Achieve has launched and is facilitating an EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science–a group of expert reviewers who will evaluate the quality and alignment of lessons and units to the standards–in an effort to identify and shine a spotlight on emerging high-quality lesson and unit plans designed for the NGSS.

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.

Opportunity for High School Students – Los Angeles County

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

An upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children in Los Angeles, CA. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments. Learn More…

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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

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

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.