May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

Registration Is Just One Month Away!

Posted: Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

by Jessica Sawko

The phones in the CSTA office have started to ring with requests for registration rates for the 2011 California Science Education Conference (October 21 – 23 at the Pasadena Convention Center). Now is the time to put your budget together and make your plans to attend this once-a-year event. In order to help you along, I have created a sample budget that can be found here: http://bit.ly/l8R9qs. Simply download the spreadsheet to customize the budget.

I am pleased to announce that the early-bird member rate is still just $98! That’s right, for less than $100 you will gain access to over 180 standards-aligned professional development workshops (with the option to attend up to 15 hours of workshops), seven focus speaker sessions, two general sessions, and access to the exhibit hall full of freebies and resources. For an extra fee, you can purchase tickets to participate in field courses, short courses, and the Awards Breakfast featuring renowned food scientist, cookbook author, and biochemist: Shirley Corriher.

Registration rates and discount cut-off deadlines are as follows:

Registration Type by July 31, 2011 by October 7, 2011 On-Site
CSTA Members*
Full Registration $98 $123 $138
Weekend Only $88 $98 $113
CSTA Student Members*
Full Registration $68 $83 $98
Weekend Only $35 $40 $45
Group Registration

(20 or more, single payment)

$83/person $100/person n/a
Nonmembers
Full Registration w/ one year CSTA membership $137 $162 $177
Full Registration $148 $173 $188
Weekend Only w/ one year CSTA membership $127 $137 $152
Weekend Only $138 $148 $163

*(paid thru 11/2011 or later)

Hotel reservations are now being accepted; check out these great rates!

Hotel Rate + Tax
(Currently 15% + $.20 per night)
Notes
*Parking Subject to Change
Sheraton $155 + Tax – Single/Double
$165/$175 + Tax – Triple/Quad
Attached to the Convention Center
Parking: $13
Hilton $149 + Tax – Single/Double/triple/quad 2 Blocks to the Convention Center
Parking: $15 Self / $21 Valet
Courtyard by Marriott $124 + Tax – King Bed w/ pull out sofa
$139 + Tax – Two Double Beds (max 4p)
8 Blocks (.75 Miles) to the Center
Parking: $15 Self/ $17 Valet
Pasadena Inn $95 + Tax – King Bed
$119/$119 – Two Double Beds
4 Blocks (.4 Miles) to the Center
Complimentary parking, internet access and light breakfast
Vagabond Inn Executive $95 + Tax – Single/Double
$105/$115 + Tax – Triple/Quad
1 1/2 Miles to the Convention Center
Complimentary parking, internet access and light breakfast

Visit http://www.conferencehousing.com/csta/Pasadena/ to make your reservations today.

Look for a wealth of information about the conference over the next few weeks. Stay tuned to www.cascience.org/csta/conf_home11.asp for details.

Jessica Sawko is the executive director of CSTA.

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California Science Teachers Association

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

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CSTA Annual Conference Early Bird Rates End July 14

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

Teachers engaged in workshop activity

Teachers engaging in hands-on learning during a workshop at the 2016 CSTA conference.

Don’t miss your chance to register at the early bird rate for the 2017 CSTA Conference – the early-bird rate closes July 14. Need ideas on how to secure funding for your participation? Visit our website for suggestions, a budget planning tool, and downloadable justification letter to share with your admin. Want to take advantage of the early rate – but know your district will pay eventually? Register online today and CSTA will reimburse you when we receive payment from your district/employer. (For more information on how that works contact Zi Stair in the office for details – 916-979-7004 or zi@cascience.org.)

New Information Now Available On-line:

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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: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Jill Grace

Jill Grace, CSTA President, 2017-2019

On July 1, 2017 five CSTA members concluded their service and four new board members joined the ranks of the CSTA Board of Directors. CSTA is so grateful for all the volunteer board of directors who contribute hours upon hours of time and energy to advance the work of the association. At the June 3 board meeting, CSTA was able to say goodbye to the outgoing board members and welcome the incoming members.

This new year also brings with it a new president for CSTA. As of July 1, 2017 Jill Grace is the president of the California Science Teachers Association. Jill is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, a former middle school science teacher, and is currently a Regional Director with the K-12 Alliance @ WestEd where she works with California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative districts and charter networks in the San Diego area.

Outgoing Board Members

  • Laura Henriques (President-Elect: 2011 – 2013, President: 2013 – 2015, Past President: 2015 – 2017)
  • Valerie Joyner (Region 1 Director: 2009 – 2013, Primary Director: 2013 – 2017)
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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: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson unveiled an addition of 285 award-winning titles to the Recommended Literature: Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve list.

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The Recommended Literature: Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve list is a collection of more than 8,000 titles of recommended reading for children and adolescents. Reflecting contemporary and classic titles, including California authors, this online list provides an exciting range of literature that students should be reading at school and for pleasure. Works include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama to provide for a variety of tastes, interests, and abilities. Learn More…

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Peter A’Hearn is the Region 4 Director for CSTA.