January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

News and Events in Region 2

Posted: Thursday, September 1st, 2011

by Eric Lewis

So school is underway here in San Francisco and will be underway across the state in the next week or two. I hope that you had a great summer and that you are fresh and ready to take on a new year! Did you spend time this summer doing professional development? This was my first year participating in IISME. I had heard about it for a long time and was thrilled to be placed at KQED for the summer working with QUEST. I really enjoyed my experience with IISME and will hopefully participate again in the future. What were some of your favorite professional development opportunities? I’d love to hear about some of the things that CSTA members engaged in this summer. Please email me with your experiences and I’ll try to highlight some of these programs in the future!

Please let me know if there are things that you’d like to add to our Region’s offerings! Also, encourage your colleagues to join CSTA. I’m hoping that we’ll have the opportunity to grow our organization and expand to meet your needs and your colleague’s needs. To that end, please feel free to email me directly so that I can represent your questions and concerns with the CSTA board as a whole.

Good luck with the start of your school year! I look forward to seeing you all down in Pasadena for our next CSTA conference October 21 – 23!

Eric Lewis, lewise2@sfusd.edu


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Region 2 includes Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Solano counties.

Resources and Events in Region 2

Green Hairstreak News

Come steward Green Hairstreak Habitat on Saturday, September 17 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at 14th & Pacheco in San Francisco.

The Green Hairstreak workdays are now the 3rd Saturday of the month. Come for a half hour to socialize and enjoy morning treats with other neighbors, volunteers, and nature enthusiasts. The workday begins at 10:00 am promptly, when we will orient volunteers on the different sites.

Aquarium of the Bay

Important days for Aquarium of the Bay:

September 1, 2011: Registration for K-12 free classes and tours open all Bay Area teachers.

October 12, 2011: Teachers Night Out at Aquarium of the Bay! Get an exclusive tour of our exhibits and special preview of our classroom shenanigans.

October 15, 2011: Hybrid Ferry Discover the Bay Program scholarship applications due for 2011-2012 school year.

California Coastal Cleanup Day Is Saturday, September 17, 2011, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Join more than 80,000 of your friends and neighbors and help protect our coast and shorelines!

What is Coastal Cleanup Day? California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup, is the state’s largest volunteer event. In 2010, over 82,500 volunteers removed more than 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways. When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events in the world.

Why are beach cleanups so important? California’s coast and waterways have historically been collecting spots for annual accumulations of trash and debris. This debris, if not removed, can be harmful and even fatal to all manners of marine wildlife, can damage our state’s economy, and can even become a human health hazard. Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to join together, take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, learn about the impacts of marine debris and how we can prevent them, and to have fun!

How do I participate? Participating in Coastal Cleanup Day is as easy as 1, 2, 3! For tips for teachers participating with their classes, see our Educator’s Guide.

The Coastal Commission is committed to eliminating the waste created at Coastal Cleanup Day. Please join our efforts by bringing your own reusable supplies to the Cleanup. Learn more on our BYO page.

Be part of the solution to marine pollution! Join us on Saturday, September 17, 2011, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm for the 27th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. Click here to learn more.


Volunteer stewards needed for Alemany Natives

Find over 70 species of San Francisco native plants, enhancing the habitat resources for birds, butterflies, herbs, and other species, while also providing opportunities for visitors to learn about native plants, local ecosystems, and how to increase habitat value in agricultural practices, landscaping – all in an urban environment.

At the center of a 3.5 acre beautiful volunteer-run farm, we need good people to volunteer to manage this area ASAP! If this might be you, or you know the perfect person, please email Iris or call 415-312-2214.

And come by our 3rd Sunday workdays from 1:00 pm -4:00 pm. Our next workday is September 18 at Alemany Farm, 700 Alemany Boulevard in San Francisco.

Check out these photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/42160901@N08/sets/72157627324305799/

Ted Kipping Pot Luck/Slideshows

4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm (slide show at 8:00 pm) at the San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th Avenue & Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park.

Served by Muni bus lines #6, 43, 44, 66, 71, and the N-Judah Metro.

September 27, Brian Kemble: Botanizing Northern Baja

*Please bring a dish and beverage to serve 8 people

What: A geological walk in downtown San Francisco retracing the events of the 1906 earthquake and fire
When: Saturday, October 15, 2011, 9:00 am
Where: Meet at 9:00 am at the City Center BART station on Market Street
Who: K-12 teachers only

A $30 refundable registration fee is require, the fee will be refunded upon attendance. Lunch will be provided in Chinatown.

This walk in downtown San Francisco is part of the Northern California Geological Society’s activities for teachers during the Earth Science Week program for 2011. We will spend the time reliving the events that occurred on that fateful day of April 18, 1906.

Earthquakes are an important part of our life in the Bay area. The walk is of particular relevance to teachers of all grade levels who are interested in including an earthquake lesson in their classroom. We will explore the downtown area in order to  discover the lessons and  knowledge we have acquired  in the past 100 years about the importance of earthquakes for those of us who live in an extremely seismically active area. A well illustrated guide book will be provided to enrich the walk and there will be many places to take photographs. Examples of possible sites we will visit  include buildings in the subsidence area in the South of Market, pre-1906 buildings along Market Street that survived the earthquake, the site of the first residence in San Francisco, and other historical places in the city.

We will assemble at 9 AM at the Civic Center Bart Station The first stop will be at Sixth and Howard streets in the South of Market. This location was “ground zero” for the 1906 tremor.  It was here that the greatest loss of life and the greatest damage occurred at dawn on that April day. It was in this area that most of the fires originated that destroyed the city in the following days. This part of the city was rebuilt following the quake but the area around Sixth Street has retained much of its character. The South of Market is undergoing redevelopment and the older building are disappearing so it is very appropriate to bring your camera and record this part of the city.

The walk continues along Market Street following the path of the fire as it spread outwards from the South of Market. We will see many of the “survivors” or pre-1906 buildings along Market. We eventually end up at Lotta’s Fountain, the site each year of the 1906 remembrance event. The fire reached this part of the City about late morning of the first day and we are on schedule to follow its path through the present day Financial District and Chinatown. NCGS is hosting a lunch for the group at a restaurant in Chinatown.

The walk will be led by Dr. Raymond Sullivan, Emeritus Professor of Geology at San Francisco State University.

For further information and registration contact Paul Henshaw at phenshaw@berkeley.edu925-673-8745, or 925-212-9492 (cell).

Eris Lewis is high school area science support in the San Francisco Unified School District LEAD office and is CSTA region 2 director.

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Eris Lewis is high school area science support in the San Francisco Unified School District LEAD office.

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California Science Test Academy for Educators

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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California Science Teachers Association

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!

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!

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.



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

The Teaching and Learning Collaborative, Reflections from an Administrator

Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018

by Kelly Patchen

My name is Mrs. Kelly Patchen, and I am proud to be an elementary assistant principal working in the Tracy Unified School District (TUSD) at Louis Bohn and McKinley Elementary Schools. Each of the schools I support are Title I K-5 schools with about 450 students, a diverse student population, a high percentage of English Language Learners, and students living in poverty. We’re also lucky to be part of the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative with the K-12 Alliance. Learn More…

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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

CSTA is pleased to announce that we are now accepting proposals for 90-minute workshops and three- and six-hour short courses for the 2018 California Science Education Conference. Workshops and short courses make up the bulk of the content and professional learning opportunities available at the conference. In recognition of their contribution, members who present a workshop or short course receive 50% off of their registration fees. Click for more information regarding proposals, or submit one today by following the links below.

Short Course Proposal

Workshop Proposal Learn More…

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

CSTA’s New Administrator Facebook Group Page

Posted: Monday, January 15th, 2018

by Holly Steele

The California Science Teachers Association’s mission is to promote high-quality science education, and one of the best practice’s we use to fulfill that mission is through the use of our Facebook group pages. CSTA hosts several closed and moderated Facebook group pages for specific grade levels, (Elementary, Middle, and High School), pages for district coaches and science education faculty, and the official CSTA Facebook page. These pages serve as an online resource for teachers and coaches to exchange teaching methods, materials, staying update on science events in California and asking questions. CSTA is happy to announce the creation of a 6th group page called, California Administrators Supporting Science. Learn More…

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