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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Participate in Chemistry Education Research Study, Earn $500-800 Dollars!

Posted: Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

WestEd, a non-profit educational research agency, has been funded by the US Department of Education to test a new molecular modeling kit, Happy Atoms. Happy Atoms is an interactive chemistry learning experience that consists of a set of physical atoms that connect magnetically to form molecules, and an app that uses image recognition to identify the molecules that you create with the set. WestEd is conducting a study around the effectiveness of using Happy Atoms in the classroom, and we are looking for high school chemistry teachers in California to participate.

As part of the study, teachers will be randomly assigned to either the treatment group (who uses Happy Atoms) or the control group (who uses Happy Atoms at a later date). Teachers in the treatment group will be asked to use the Happy Atoms set in their classrooms for 5 lessons over the course of the fall 2017 semester. Students will complete pre- and post-assessments and surveys around their chemistry content knowledge and beliefs about learning chemistry. WestEd will provide access to all teacher materials, teacher training, and student materials needed to participate.

Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $500-800. You can read more information about the study here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HappyAtoms

Please contact Rosanne Luu at rluu@wested.org or 650.381.6432 if you are interested in participating in this opportunity, or if you have any questions!

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2018 Science Instructional Materials Adoption Reviewer Application

Posted: Monday, May 8th, 2017

The California Department of Education and State Board of Education are now accepting applications for reviewers for the 2018 Science Instructional Materials Adoption. The application deadline is 3:00 pm, July 21, 2017. The application is comprehensive, so don’t wait until the last minute to apply.

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson forwarded this recruitment letter to county and district superintendents and charter school administrators.

Review panel members will evaluate instructional materials for use in kindergarten through grade eight, inclusive, that are aligned with the California Next Generation Science Content Standards for California Public Schools (CA NGSS). Learn More…

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Lessons Learned from the NGSS Early Implementer Districts

Posted: Monday, May 8th, 2017

On March 31, 2017, Achieve released two documents examining some lessons learned from the California K-8 Early Implementation Initiative. The initiative began in August 2014 and was developed by the K-12 Alliance at WestEd, with close collaborative input on its design and objectives from the State Board of Education, the California Department of Education, and Achieve.

Eight (8) traditional school districts and two (2) charter management organizations were selected to participate in the initiative, becoming the first districts in California to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Those districts included Galt Joint Union Elementary, Kings Canyon Joint Unified, Lakeside Union, Oakland Unified, Palm Springs Unified, San Diego Unified, Tracy Joint Unified, Vista Unified, Aspire, and High Tech High.

To more closely examine some of the early successes and challenges experienced by the Early Implementer LEAs, Achieve interviewed nine of the ten participating districts and compiled that information into two resources, focusing primarily on professional learning and instructional materials. Learn More…

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Using Online Simulations to Support the NGSS in Middle School Classrooms

Posted: Monday, May 8th, 2017

by Lesley Gates, Loren Nikkel, and Kambria Eastham

Middle school teachers in Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD), a CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative district, have been diligently working on transitioning to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) integrated model for middle school. This year, the teachers focused on building their own knowledge of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs). They have been gathering and sharing ideas at monthly collaborative meetings as to how to make sure their students are not just learning about science but that they are actually doing science in their classrooms. Students should be planning and carrying out investigations to gather data for analysis in order to construct explanations. This is best done through hands-on lab experiments. Experimental work is such an important part of the learning of science and education research shows that students learn better and retain more when they are active through inquiry, investigation, and application. A Framework for K-12 Science Education (2011) notes, “…learning about science and engineering involves integration of the knowledge of scientific explanations (i.e., content knowledge) and the practices needed to engage in scientific inquiry and engineering design. Thus the framework seeks to illustrate how knowledge and practice must be intertwined in designing learning experiences in K-12 Science Education” (pg. 11).

Many middle school teachers in KCUSD are facing challenges as they begin implementing these student-driven, inquiry-based NGSS science experiences in their classrooms. First, many of the middle school classrooms at our K-8 school sites are not designed as science labs. Learn More…

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In 2015 CSTA began to publish a series of articles written by teachers participating in the NGSS 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.

Celestial Highlights: May – July 2017

Posted: Monday, May 8th, 2017

May Through July 2017 with Web Resources for the Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017

by Robert C. Victor. Twilight sky maps by Robert D. Miller. Graphs of planet rising and setting times by Jeffrey L. Hunt.

In spring and summer 2017, Jupiter is the most prominent “star” in the evening sky, and Venus, even brighter, rules the morning. By mid-June, Saturn rises at a convenient evening hour, allowing both giant planets to be viewed well in early evening until Jupiter sinks low in late September. The Moon is always a crescent in its monthly encounters with Venus, but is full whenever it appears near Jupiter or Saturn in the eastern evening sky opposite the Sun. (In 2017, Full Moon is near Jupiter in April, Saturn in June.) At intervals of 27-28 days thereafter, the Moon appears at a progressively earlier phase at each pairing with the outer planet until its final conjunction, with Moon a thin crescent, low in the west at dusk. You’ll see many beautiful events by just following the Moon’s wanderings at dusk and dawn in the three months leading up to the solar eclipse. Learn More…

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Robert Victor

Robert C. Victor was Staff Astronomer at Abrams Planetarium, Michigan State University. He is now retired and enjoys providing skywatching opportunities for school children in and around Palm Springs, CA. Robert is a member of CSTA.