January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Summer and Fall Professional Development Opportunities Provided by CSTA and its Chapters

Posted: Monday, June 3rd, 2013

by Lisa Hegdahl

The students are gone, the meetings are over, your classroom is clean – there is nothing left to do but go home and relax for the summer.  However, before that chaise lounge becomes too comfortable, consider using the summer months to attend professional development opportunities and plan for those that are offered in fall through CSTA and its Chapters.
Take a look at what is planned so far:

Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP)
“Science and the Common Core Institute”
Dates: June 13 & 14, 2013 (8:30am – 3:45pm)
Who: Separate Sections for grades 4-6 and grades 7-12
Location: Foothill Ranch Middle School – 5001 Diablo Dr., Sacramento 95842
Registration Fee: $180
All participants will receive a science literacy book
Registration is open until June 7th
Content Questions: Arthur Beauchamp, (530) 752-5876, acbeauchamp@ucdavis.edu.

Registration questions: Thu Pham, (530) 752-8467, tjpham@ucdavis.edu.
http://sasp.ucdavis.edu/news/science-and-common-core-institute

Gold Coast Science Network, GCSN
“Get to the Common Core of Science”
Date: Thursday, October 10th (4-6:30 pm)
Who: Break out sessions for grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12
Location: Earth Magnet School – 2626 Michael Drive, Newbury Park, CA 91320
Registration Fee: $15
Take home ready-to-use lessons and ideas
Questions? Nathan Inouye, ninouye5009@gmail.com
http://www.goldcoastscience.org/

California Science Teachers Association, CSTA
California Science Education Conference
Dates: October 25-27, 2013
Who: Break out sessions for grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12
Location: Palm Springs Convention Center and Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel
Host Hotel: Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel
Registration Opens: June 3, 2013
Early-Bird Registration Deadline: July 8, 2013
Pre-Registration Deadline: October 7, 2013
More information will be posted on the website in the coming weeks. In the meantime, mark your calendars for October 25-27, 2013!
Program Questions:  Jessica Sawko, jessica@cascience.org
Registration Questions: admin@cascience.org
https://www.cascience.org/csta/conf_home13.asp

Science in the River City, SIRC
Fall series – October, November, and December at California State University, Sacramento
The fall schedule (and most of the spring schedule) with workshop descriptions will be on the SIRC website at the end of August.  Program offerings are Tuesday evenings from 4:30-8:00pm with workshops in Physical, Life, and Earth Science with dinner and a speaker.
Continuing Ed Units are also optional.
Questions: Debbie Dennick, debbie@csus.edu
http://www.csus.edu/mase/sem_inst/sirc.htm

 

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Lisa Hegdahl is an 8th grade science teacher at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt, CA and is President for CSTA.

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Posted: Saturday, January 14th, 2017

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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. Register online today!

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Submit Your NGSS Lessons and Units Today!

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

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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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Opportunity for High School Students – Los Angeles County

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

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Science Education Policy Update

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

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California Department of Education/U.S. Department of Education Science Double-Testing Waiver Hearing

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NSTA Los Angeles Conference Features Many CA Science Leaders

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

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Jessica Sawko is CSTA’s Executive Director.