January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

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 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.

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Opportunities to Support NGSS Implementation with CTC

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

What follows are several opportunities for science teachers to work with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) on various projects that have direct or indirect implications for the implementation of NGSS in California. Please consider applying to one or more of the following opportunities.

CSET Field Testing Opportunities

Field testing opportunities for future CSET Multiple Subjects and Science tests are available beginning Dec. 5, 2016. Participants will have the choice between a $50 Barnes and Noble eGift Card or a $75 test fee voucher that may be applied to future test registration fees. For more information, including how to register to participate, please visit: http://www.pearsonvue.com/espilot/cset.asp. Learn More…

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Submit Your NGSS Lessons and Units Today!

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

Achieve has launched and is facilitating an EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science–a group of expert reviewers who will evaluate the quality and alignment of lessons and units to the standards–in an effort to identify and shine a spotlight on emerging high-quality lesson and unit plans designed for the NGSS.

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