May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

Welcome New and Renewing Members – April and May 2016

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016

Thank you and welcome to the following 212 new and renewing CSTA members who joined or renewed in April or May 2016:

Michelle Abernathy
Sarah Aguinaga
Kristen Akl
Lana Albertson
Dolores Alexander
David Alkass
Christina Allen
Irene Allert
Vanessa Andre
Dianne Anderson
Joelle Andrews
Lisa Anglim
Miguel Appleman
Michelle Arias
Valerie Arkle
Sarah Atallah

Moksha Badarayan
Jesse Balderas
Teresa Barnett
Paul Beardsley
Alison Becchina
Ana Benitez
Matt Bidwell
Gypsy Biller
Bill Bishop
Samantha Bores
Linda Braatz-Brown
Erin Bradley
Victoria Brady
Russell Brown
Nancy Bruce
Elizabeth Buchnoff
Drew Bueno-Potts
Betty Burkhard
Kathy Burkholder
Joy Burton

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Kim Calderon
Elizabeth Callaghan
Leslie Canin
Daniel Cantelmi
Elizabeth Cantu
Ashley Carter
Carol Castro
Linda Chilton
Judith Chong
Anil Chopra
Lisa Christensen
Donna Cima
Judith Coats
Gloria Contreras
Tammy Cook-Endres
Corrie Cruise

Shannon Dadlez
Shauna Dauenhauer
Diode de Dios
Jennifer De La Cerda
John DeMartini
Dara DeVicariis
Sandra Derby
Bethany Dixon
Pamela Dominguez
Steve Doucette
Veronica Dyer

Chris Einspahr
Erica Evans

Maria Fajardo Mendez
Michelle Ferrara Peterson
Nancy Floerke
Natasha Fraley
Jeff Frates

Alexandria Garcia
Carmela Golden-Reyna
Jana Grant
Greg Greenberg
Jeannette “Nikki” Griffin
Jeffrey Griffith
Philip Gruber
Maria Guevara
Ronald Guilliams
Cynthia Guillen
Angelica Gunderson

Debra Hammill
Rich Hedman
Lauriana Hemenway
Angela Her
Jackie Herst
Rita Hill
Helen Hixon
Maria Holcomb
Jennifer Horton
Kevin Horton
Ashley Holzhauer
Carol Howell
Cohri Huffman
Julie Humphrey

Khadija Iyer

Wendy Jackson
Christina Jacobs
Jessica Jacobsen
Jennifer Janzen
Kyra Jenkins-Neyland
Beth Johnson
Marsha Johnson
Samantha Johnson
Khaleisheia Jones
Brooke Judge

Jane Kelson
Krisha Kerr-Poole
Carmen Knopke
Carl Kohns
Annie Kohut Frankel
David Kulka

Jean Lecuyer
Marc Lee
Leni Liakos
Rachel Limeburner
Xiangyi (Sean) Lin
Diane Loflin
Leslie Longabach
Ana Lopez
Erin Luna

Muriel Machin
Madaleine Macholtz
Bill Madden
Paula Magdaleno
Kathy Magnani
Stephanie Mann
Phyllis Marchese
Jared Marr
Barbara Marrs
Karen McDonough
Melody McGill
Molina Meas
Lynnea Mitchell
Erika Monterrubio
Mark Morrill
Sudipta Mukherjee
Jennifer Mutch
Jerry Myers

Frederick Nelson
Wai Ian (Cecilia) Ngou
Sheila Nguyen
Claire Norris
Linda Nutile

Mark O’Shea
Daniel O’Brien
Alison O’Neal

Brian Paavo
Mary Ann Palencia
Steve Pauls
Christie Pearce
Griselda Perez
Carol Peterson
Marcella Place

Tiffani Quan
Heather Quigley

James Rader
Loyda Ramos
Annie Ransom
Jennifer Rasic
Joy Rasic
Stacie Rego
Jennifer Regrut
Teresa Richard
Katrina Richards
Sandra Rodriguez
Michelle Rossi
Jacqueline Ruiz
Hector Ruiz

Ronald Saltinski
Anna Schechter
Susan Scott
Alison Shoup
Kathleen Shreve
Linda Shumate
Nancy Sirski
Scott Sleeper
Heather Sloan
Elizabeth Smit
Aaron Sottile
Matthew Srolestar
Shawneen Staley
Jennifer Stewart

Karen Tavares
Bong Bai Thao
Ronald Thompson
Katrina Tonkogolosuk
Jo Topps
Huy Tran

Ronald Ulrich

Brittani Vaillancourt
Donald Van Ness
Daisy Vang
Christine Veliz
Lonny Villalobos
Blia Vue

Timothy Wagner
Camie Walker
Deborah Walker
Rebecca Ward
Susan Weatherby
Nicole Weaver
Anne Webster
Jimia White
Gina Woodard
Zachary Woodward
Jeanine Wulfenstein

Natalie Yakushiji
Pei-Hsuan (Peggy) Yang
Caprice Young

Rachel Zimmerman Brachman
CarlaAnn Zimmermann-Madrid

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CSTA Annual Conference Early Bird Rates End July 14

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

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Teachers engaging in hands-on learning during a workshop at the 2016 CSTA conference.

Don’t miss your chance to register at the early bird rate for the 2017 CSTA Conference – the early-bird rate closes July 14. Need ideas on how to secure funding for your participation? Visit our website for suggestions, a budget planning tool, and downloadable justification letter to share with your admin. Want to take advantage of the early rate – but know your district will pay eventually? Register online today and CSTA will reimburse you when we receive payment from your district/employer. (For more information on how that works contact Zi Stair in the office for details – 916-979-7004 or zi@cascience.org.)

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Goodbye Outgoing and Welcome Incoming CSTA Board Members

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Jill Grace

Jill Grace, CSTA President, 2017-2019

On July 1, 2017 five CSTA members concluded their service and four new board members joined the ranks of the CSTA Board of Directors. CSTA is so grateful for all the volunteer board of directors who contribute hours upon hours of time and energy to advance the work of the association. At the June 3 board meeting, CSTA was able to say goodbye to the outgoing board members and welcome the incoming members.

This new year also brings with it a new president for CSTA. As of July 1, 2017 Jill Grace is the president of the California Science Teachers Association. Jill is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, a former middle school science teacher, and is currently a Regional Director with the K-12 Alliance @ WestEd where she works with California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative districts and charter networks in the San Diego area.

Outgoing Board Members

  • Laura Henriques (President-Elect: 2011 – 2013, President: 2013 – 2015, Past President: 2015 – 2017)
  • Valerie Joyner (Region 1 Director: 2009 – 2013, Primary Director: 2013 – 2017)
  • Mary Whaley (Informal Science Education Director: 2013 – 2017)
  • Sue Campbell (Middle School/Jr. High Director: 2015 – 2017)
  • Marcus Tessier (2-Year College Director: 2015 – 2017)

Learn More…

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

Finding My Student’s Motivation of Learning Through Engineering Tasks

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

by Huda Ali Gubary and Susheela Nath

It’s 8:02 and the bell rings. My students’ walk in and pick up an entry ticket based on yesterday’s lesson and homework. My countdown starts for students to begin…3, 2, 1. Ten students are on task and diligently completing the work, twenty are off task with behaviors ranging from talking up a storm with their neighbors to silently staring off into space. This was the start of my classes, more often than not. My students rarely showed the enthusiasm for a class that I had eagerly prepared for. I spent so much time searching for ways to get my students excited about the concepts they were learning. I wanted them to feel a connection to the lessons and come into my class motivated about what they were going to learn next. I would ask myself how I could make my class memorable where the kids were in the driver’s seat of learning. Incorporating engineering made this possible. 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.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Unveils Updated Recommended Literature List

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson unveiled an addition of 285 award-winning titles to the Recommended Literature: Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve list.

“The books our students read help broaden their perspectives, enhance their knowledge, and fire their imaginations,” Torlakson said. “The addition of these award-winning titles represents the state’s continued commitment to the interests and engagement of California’s young readers.”

The Recommended Literature: Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve list is a collection of more than 8,000 titles of recommended reading for children and adolescents. Reflecting contemporary and classic titles, including California authors, this online list provides an exciting range of literature that students should be reading at school and for pleasure. Works include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama to provide for a variety of tastes, interests, and abilities. Learn More…

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Teaching Science in the Time of Alternative Facts – Why NGSS Can Help (somewhat)

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

by Peter A’Hearn

The father of one of my students gave me a book: In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood by Walt Brown, Ph. D. He had heard that I was teaching Plate Tectonics and wanted me to consider another perspective. The book offered the idea that the evidence for plate tectonics could be better understood if we considered the idea that beneath the continent of Pangaea was a huge underground layer of water that suddenly burst forth from a rift between the now continents of Africa and South America. The waters shot up and the continents hydroplaned apart on the water layer to their current positions. The force of the movement pushed up great mountain ranges which are still settling to this day, resulting in earthquakes along the margins of continents. This had happened about 6,000 years ago and created a great worldwide flood. Learn More…

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Peter A’Hearn is the Region 4 Director for CSTA.