January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Region 1 – News and Events for March 2013

Posted: Friday, March 1st, 2013

by Valerie Joyner

Monday, March 4, is the deadline to submit workshop proposals for our CSTA Conference in October 2013. This is an opportunity for you to share your teaching discoveries and insights with your colleagues.  Whether you teach science in kindergarten, have special skills and/or lessons for middle school students, have evolved unique strategies for your English Language Learners, or challenges for your AP Chemistry students, we are looking to you to provide a variety of workshops for all different levels, disciplines, and current frameworks and standards.  I invite you to think outside the box and submit a proposal!

Are you looking for an unusual and exciting Offshore Ecology Professional Development opportunity this summer?   The Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary and PRBO Conservation Science are recruiting one teacher to join their science team and learn about the offshore ecology. You will stay onboard the research vessel R/V Fulmar and assist with daily operations as you learn about the ocean and how marine ecologists are monitoring distribution and abundance of marine wildlife as it relates to oceanographic conditions.

Visit http://cordellbank.noaa.gov/education/teachatsea2013.html to get the application materials, complete the application form (form a) (along with the two letters of recommendation forms b and c) and send to:

Jennifer Stock
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
PO  Box 159
Olema, CA 94950
fax: 415 663 0315
phone: 415 663 0314
jennifer.stock@noaa.gov

Events and Happenings Region 1:

The Sonoma County Office of Education is offering several spring workshop opportunities.  For additional information contact Mike Roa at mroa@scoe.gov.

Here are samples of the offerings:

Mar. 2: Redwood Ed. (4th -12th grades) (9:00 a.m. – noon) Sonoma County Office of Education

Redwood Ed is a resource that provides both content and curriculum materials for teaching about the coast redwoods.

Mar. 2: Project WILD Aquatic (K-12th grade) 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. – Sonoma County Office of Education

WILD Aquatic is a K-12 curriculum resource for teaching about aquatic organisms and ecology.

Mar. 6: The Conifer Connection (4th -12th grades) (4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) – Sonoma County Office of Education.  The Conifer Connection is a resource that provides content and curriculum materials for teaching about coniferous forests.

April 2: Project WILD (K-12th grades) (4:00-7:00) – Sonoma County Office of Education

Project WILD is a resource for teaching about organisms and ecology.

April 11: Ticks, Yellow Jackets, Mosquitoes and More! (K-8th grades) (4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.), Sonoma County Office of Education.  This workshop will teach you about a variety of invertebrates that have importance to the health of you and your students.

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. Register online today!

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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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Jessica Sawko is CSTA’s Executive Director.

NSTA Los Angeles Conference Features Many CA Science Leaders

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

The early-bird registration rates for the 65th NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Los Angeles is just days away (ends Feb. 3). And as the early-registration deadline approaches excitement is building for what is anticipated to be the largest gathering of science educators (both California and nationwide) – with attendance expected to reach 10,000 or more. If you have never had the pleasure of attending the NSTA National Conference, I recommend you visit their website with tips for newcomers that describe the various components of the event. A conference preview is also available for download. Learn More…

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Jessica Sawko

Jessica Sawko is CSTA’s Executive Director.