January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Region 3 Events for February 2014

Posted: Monday, February 3rd, 2014

by Frederick Nelson

For Environmental Education Professional Development Providers:

If you are interested in information on how the new standards might impact your current environmental education programs, a workshop will be held on Tuesday February 25, 2014, at the Scout Island Outdoor Education Center. The Provider only Workshop is called Linking NGSS and Common Core State Standards to Your EE Program. Providers have been particularly concerned with aligning to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Lunch will be included.

If you are confused by the new standards and/or want to correlate your programs to enhance your marketability, then this might be the workshop for you. Bring your whole staff and a tablet or computer to get the most out of the day. There will be a breakout session for you and your staff to apply the standards to your own programs. The day should give you a better understanding and provide you with a template to follow.

For more information, contact Jody Bertolucci at Jody@creec.org or (559) 265-4063
Science Instruction – Fresno County Office of Education
Region 7 (Central Valley) California Regional Environmental Education Community Coordinator

California Arbor Week Poster Contest
Deadline: February 14, 2014
California ReLeaf, a statewide nonprofit urban forestry organization, hosts an annual California Arbor Week Poster Contest for third, fourth, and fifth grade students. The theme of the 2014 contest is “Trees Make My Community Healthy” and is designed to celebrate California Arbor Week (March 7 – 14). The poster contest guide is a great resource for classroom teachers, scout troops, after-school programs and others, and includes a variety of lessons, indoor and outdoor activities, and challenges for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

There will be a winner for each of the three grade levels, with the winning artists each receiving a $100 cash prize. Winners will also have their posters displayed at a booth during the 2014 California State Fair. Information can be found at http://arborweek.org/contests/

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Frederick Nelson is an Assistant Professor of Science Education, California State University, Fresno and is CSTA’s Region 3 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.

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.