It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing the retirement of our executive director, Christine Bertrand, effective March 31, 2011. As president of CSTA I don’t know what we are going to do without her! She has been with us for just over 15 years! Needless to say, she will be missed. Most of you know her and have seen her at our state conferences, but maybe you don’t know just how much she has done for our organization. She has had a myriad of responsibilities, too many to mention, that have impacted CSTA in a memorable and meaningful way. What follows barely scratches the surface of all that Christine has done over the years, but bear with me as I make mention of some of them. (more…)
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
CSTA Science Education Conference 2011, Pasadena
Pasadena, the city of the famous Tournament of Roses parade, is soon to become the “City of Science.” The 20th California Science Education Conference will be held in this beautiful Southern California city this fall. The conference committee has been hard at work creating a program that will burst into bloom October 21-23, 2011.
You say it’s a bit early to be thinking about a conference that is nine months away? It is actually a perfect time to begin thinking about this conference. You may not know it, but your school district is starting to plan for the distribution of its Title II monies for the 2011-12 school years’ professional development activities. Past Title II money distributions have typically gone to the so-called high-needs areas of math and reading/language arts. It’s my guess that this is because many teachers are not aware that these monies can and should be divided equally between all of the content areas. (more…)