January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Teacher Scholarship Available for 2014 Family Nature Summit Monterey Bay, California

Posted: Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Teachers, apply now for free registration, meals, & lodging to attend the 2014 Family Nature Summit in Monterey Bay, California June 28 to July 4, 2014. The application deadline is May 1, 2014.

The 2014 Family Nature Summit is a national environmental education and outdoor program for folks of all ages.  Founded by the National Wildlife Federation in 1970, now an independently run 501(c)(3) organization, we are offering scholarships for teachers/educators from California to join us at this summer’s 2014 Family Nature Summit, June 28 through July 4! Visit our website at www.familynaturesummits.org to learn more about our program.

We have funding available for one full scholarship, and we may offer additional partial scholarships based on the quality of the applicants and donations available to fund them.

The full scholarship covers registration fees ($675 per adult) and room/board ($830 per adult, double occupancy) for the selected teacher and one guest. The value of this package is approximately $3,000. Partial scholarships will at least cover registration fees for the selected teacher and may cover registration fees for one guest, a value up to $1,350. Partial scholarship awardees will be responsible for room and board for themselves and any guests they bring. All scholarship awardees will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the Summit site.

All scholarship awardees will be expected to participate in the full program for the entire week, and at the end of the week, submit a written synopsis of the experience for use in future educational and promotional materials. Program offerings are expected to include nature classes, ocean adventures, hiking, fieldtrips to areas of interest, classes in art, photography, birding, butterflies, orienteering, geology as well as presentations on various environmental and nature topics, including ways to use nature with your own students. Many of our faculty members are nationally-renowned in their respective fields.

Scholarship awardees may also bring other family members at their own expense and are encouraged to bring children since the Family Nature Summit youth programs are an integral and valued part of what we offer.

To apply, email the application form to scholarship@familysummits.org.

Deadline May 1, 2014   

More information and application forms are available onlineIf you have questions please contact DeLene Hoffner at 719-310-7349, email scholarship@familysummits.org call the Summit office at 949-743-2567 or email at info@familysummits.org

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

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STEM Conference Hosted by CMSESMC

Posted: Saturday, January 14th, 2017

The Council of Math/Science Educators of San Mateo County will be hosting the 41st annual STEM Conference this February 4, 2017 at the San Mateo County Office of Education. This STEM Conference is the place to get lots of new lessons and ideas to use in your classroom. There will be over twenty-five workshops and a variety of exhibitors that provide participants with a wide range of practical and realistic ideas and resources to use in their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs from Pre-K to grade 12. With California’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, we are dedicated to ensuring that we prepare our teachers to take on these educational policies.

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

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

Opportunity for High School Students – Los Angeles County

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

An upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children in Los Angeles, CA. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments. Learn More…

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

Science Education Policy Update

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

January 2017 has proven to be a very busy month for science education policy and CA NGSS implementation activities. CSTA has been and will be there every step of the way, seeking and enacting all options to support high-quality science education and the successful implementation of CA NGSS.

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

The year started with California Department of Education’s (CDE) hearing with the U.S. Department of Education conducted via WebEx on January 6, 2017. This hearing was the final step in California’s efforts to secure a waiver from the federal government in order to discontinue administration of the old CST and suspension of the reporting of student test scores on a science assessment for two years. As reported by EdSource, the U.S. Department of Education representative, Ann Whalen, a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary John King Jr., committed to making her final ruling “very shortly.” Deputy Superintendent Keric Ashley presented on behalf of CDE during the hearing and did an excellent job describing the broad-based support for this waiver in California, the rationale for the waiver, and California’s commitment to the successful implementation of a new high-quality science assessment. As previously reported, California is moving forward with its plans to administer a census pilot assessments this spring. The testing window is set to open on March 20, 2017. For more information visit New CA Science Test: What You Should Know.

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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.