January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Something for Nothing!

Posted: Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

by Rick Pomeroy

By the time this article hits the e-waves, you will have missed one of the great opportunities to get something for nothing. Well maybe not nothing but definitely for free. With a little planning, you won’t miss the next chance.

By now, you maybe wondering, “What is he talking about?” You guessed it, short course and workshop proposals for the 2012 California Science Education Conference to be held October 19-21, 2012 in San Jose.  It has been the policy of CSTA to offer members free conference registration to the lead presenter of each short course and each workshop offered at the annual conference.  As I have eluded to in the opening paragraph, the deadline for submission of proposals for 3 and 6 hour short courses was midnight, January 31, but the deadline for one-hour workshops isn’t until March 6.  This means that you still have a chance for a free registration to the 2012 conference (approximately $100 value).

For many attendees, the offer of free registration makes the difference between being able to attend the conference and not attending.  From what I have been told, this is not just a monetary issue, though $100 is nothing to sneeze at.  Presenting at a conference is an example of professionalism. Sharing what you do and what you have learned, is one of the highest forms of service that teachers can perform. Some administrators recognize the value of your involvement in a conference as a presenter and thus are more likely to approve of and in some cases support your conference attendance.

Like lawyers, doctors, dentists, accountants and other professionals, teachers need, and should willingly participate in, professional development on a regular basis. Updating your skills, staying abreast of the most recent changes in your content area, and networking with other professionals are the strategies that all professionals should participate in. As a presenter, you are not only giving back to your peers, you are demonstrating to parents, administrators, and community members your commitment to high quality science education. Highly committed professional teachers are the leaders at any school site.  Administrators should recognize these contributions and the value that your work adds to the overall school, culture. Just as we have learned that there is more to learning math and English than practice problems and worksheets, there is more to being a teacher than showing up each day and delivering a lesson.  Engaged teachers commit themselves to life long learning, to taking the extra time (and often the extra personal expense), to continue their education both in content and pedagogy, to insure that each and every day represents the best that they can offer.

If you have an idea, a lesson, or  a strategy that you feel your fellow teachers could use, please consider submitting a workshop proposal by the March 6th deadline.  Demonstrate to your principal that, despite difficult budget times, changing curricula, and uncertain staffing, that you are a committed, professional, science educator. Help them realize that the return on investment for allowing participation in the California Science Education Conference is higher quality instruction, improved morale, and  positive growth for the future.

To review the proposal submission process and forms, go to the CSTA website, http://cascience.org/csta/conf_wsprop.asp.

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Written by Rick Pomeroy

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Rick Pomeroy is science education lecturer/supervisor in the School of Education, University of California Davis.

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