January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

Sold Out Hotels ~ World Famous People ~ Exclusive Opportunities!

Posted: Friday, September 30th, 2011

What is it you ask?

Is it the World Series? No. The royal wedding of Will and Kate? Nope. The final launch of the space shuttle? NO!

It’s the California Science Education Conference! For the first time ever, the California Science Education Conference is coming to Pasadena and it is better than ever.

Sold Out Hotels:
Two hotels have already sold out, but we still have a few rooms at the Hilton – so make your reservations on-line today:http://www.conferencehousing.com/csta/Pasadena/.

World Famous People:
CSTA has pulled out all the stops for this year’s program.

  • The closing session on Sunday, October 23 will feature none-other than world famous actor and environmental activist Ed Begley, Jr.
  • The internationally-renowned artist Wyland will not only be at the conference to present as a part of a panel presentation on the connections between art, science, and creativity, he will also be auctioning off a limited edition print, the proceeds of which will benefit CSTA and the Wyland Foundation.
  • Famed biochemist, chef, and cookbook author Shirley Corriher will be presenting at the Awards Breakfast. Her expertise has been sought after by the likes of Alton Brown and Julia Child!

Exclusive Opportunities:
In addition to the over 200 workshops, two general sessions, seven focus speakers lectures, a fantastic exhibit hall, and excellent networking opportunities included in your registration, the conference offers exclusive, custom-designed, and even once-in-a-lifetime opportunities at very low prices.

  • Field Course #1 to tour the SOFIA aircraft, receive over $80 in classroom materials, lunch, and more – only $10 – but you must register by October 7, on-site registration is not allowed due to security requirements (must be 18 or older and a US citizen). (Friday, October 21, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm)
  • Awards Breakfast: Featuring Shirley Corriher (see above) – only $25 and includes a hot breakfast – tickets for this event are not available for purchase on-site, you must register by October 7. (Saturday, October 22, 7:30 am – 9:00 am)
  • Over two dozen hands-on Short Courses, ranging from $5 – $65. All are limited participation – reserve your seat today, waiting until you get to the conference could mean that you don’t get a seat.
  • Five additional custom-designed Field Courses that take full advantage of the Pasadena area. These are not your everyday field trips – the CSTA conference committee has worked closely with each Field Course provider to develop a one-of-a-kind experience. This is your opportunity for a behind-the scenes tour of the new eco-systems exhibit at the California Science Center, a “backstage” pass to the Caltech Seismology Lab, or the indoor Mars yard at JPL. All are limited participation – reserve your seat today, waiting until you get to the conference could mean that you don’t get a seat.

On the Serious Side:

  • All workshops at the California Science Education Conference are California science standards aligned and will help you meet your professional development goals.
  • Discounted registration rates are only available through October 7.
  • You will need your CSTA username and password to register:
  • Your username: %username%
  • Your password: %password%

For more information, download a copy of the registration brochure or visit www.cascience.org/csta/conf_home11.asp. There you will find detailed session descriptions and links to register. We look forward to seeing you in Pasadena on October 21 – 23.

CSTA thanks the sponsors of the California Science Education Conference for their support: Chevron, Northrop Grumman, California Institute for Biodiversity, Molina Healthcare, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, CPO Science, Delta Education, Frey Scientific, Generation Earth, Instructional Technology Outreach (LACOE), NEED, SeaWorld San Diego, SOFIA, ArtPlantae – Botany & Botanical Art Education, and UC Davis School of Education

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

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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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From time to time CSTA receives contributions from guest contributors. The opinions and views expressed by these contributors are not necessarily those of CSTA. By publishing these articles CSTA does not make any endorsements or statements of support of the author or their contribution, either explicit or implicit. All links to outside sources are subject to CSTA’s Disclaimer Policy: http://www.classroomscience.org/disclaimer.

Find Your Reason to Engage

Posted: Monday, January 15th, 2018

by Jill Grace

I was recently reflecting on events in the news and remembered that several years ago, National Public Radio had a story about a man named Stéphane Hessel, a World War II French resistance fighter, Nazi concentration camp survivor, and contributor to the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The story focused on a book he had published, Time for Outrage (2010).

In it, Hessel makes the argument that the worst attitude is indifference:

“Who is in charge; who are the decision makers? It’s not always easy to discern. We’re not dealing with a small elite anymore, whose actions we can clearly identify. We are dealing with a vast, interdependent world that is interconnected in unprecedented ways. But there are unbearable things all around us. You have to look for them; search carefully. Open your eyes and you will see. This is what I tell young people: If you spend a little time searching, you will find your reasons to engage. The worst attitude is indifference. ‘There’s nothing I can do; I get by’ – adopting this mindset will deprive you of one of the fundamental qualities of being human: outrage.  Our capacity for protest is indispensable, as is our freedom to engage.”

His words make me take pause when I think of the status of science in the United States. A general “mistrust” of science is increasingly pervasive, as outlined in a New Yorker article from the summer of 2016. Learn More…

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Jill Grace is a Regional Director for the K-12 Alliance and is President of CSTA.