March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

Welcome New Board Members – Thank You Outgoing Members

Posted: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

by Rick Pomeroy

On July 1, 2013 CSTA welcomed aboard four new energized and enthusiastic board members and said goodbye to four dedicated and hard-working volunteers. The new members on the CSTA board are Informal Science Director- Mary Whaley, Region 3 Director- Fred Nelson, Region 1 Director- David Pummill, and Middle School/Jr. High Director- Jill Grace. Each board member serves a two year term. Continuing on the board for another two years are: President – Laura Henriques, President Elect- Lisa Hegdahl, Past-President- Rick Pomeroy, and Primary Director- Valerie Joyner (new role),  Two-Year College Director- Carolyn Holcroft (not pictured below), and Secretary- Marian Murphy-Shaw.

2013-2015 Board of Directors from left to right: Carolyn Holcroft, Fred Nelson, Laura Henriques, Marian Murphy-Shaw, Jill Grace, Lisa Hegdahl, Mary Whaley, David Pummill, Valerie Joyner, and Rick Pomeroy

2013-2015 Board of Directors from left to right: Carolyn Holcroft, Fred Nelson, Laura Henriques, Marian Murphy-Shaw, Jill Grace, Lisa Hegdahl, Mary Whaley, David Pummill, Valerie Joyner, and Rick Pomeroy

Board members with one more year in their term continuing on the board are: Region 2 Director- Eric Lewis, Region 4 Director- Jeanine Wulfenstein, Intermediate Director- Sean Timmons, High School Director- Jeff Orlinsky, Four Year College Director- Greg Potter, and Treasurer- Heather Wygant.

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Please plan to stop by the CSTA Booth in the Exhibit Hall  at the California  Science Education Conference to meet your new and continuing Board Members.

I would like to personally thank those Directors who have served on the Board for the past term, Dean Gilbert (10 years of service), Michelle French (4 years of service), Tim Williamson (8 years of service), and Grahme Smith (2 years of service). Their service to CSTA was and is invaluable and we hope that they will continue to be active members for years to come.

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As a volunteer, non-profit, organization, CSTA depends on the members of its Board of Directors and a small professional staff to provide direction and implementation for all of its activities. CSTA, as an organization, advocates for science education in California, provides professional development for teachers through our conference and other opportunities, participates on committees, working groups, and other science organizations, and provides resources for teachers. To accomplish this, CSTA members elect a Board of Directors with representation from all levels of science education, from primary grades through four year college plus informal science education organizations as well.

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Rick Pomeroy is science education lecturer/supervisor in the School of Education, University of California Davis.

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CSTA Endorses March for Science

Posted: Monday, March 27th, 2017

The California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) stands with our science and science education colleagues in endorsing the March For Science and its associated activities.

The decision by the CSTA Board of Directors to support the March for Science was based on the understanding that this is an opportunity to advocate for our mission of high quality science education for all and to advance the idea that science has application to everyday life, is a vehicle for lifelong learning, and the scientific enterprise expands our knowledge of the world around us. The principles and goals of the March for Science parallel those of CSTA to assume a leadership role in solidarity with our colleagues in science and science education and create an understanding of the value of science in the greater community. CSTA believes that the integrity of the nature of science and that the work of scientists and science educators should be valued and supported. We encourage your participation to stand with us.

There are over 30 satellite marches planned for the April 22, 2017 March for Science in California (to find a march near you, click on “marches” in the upper right of the main page, select “satellite marches” and use the search feature). We encourage members who participate in the March for Science to share their involvement and promotion of science and science education. Feel free to promote CSTA on your signs and banners. For those on social media, you may share your involvement via Twitter, @cascience and our Facebook groups.

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California Science Teachers Association

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

California Science Curriculum Framework Now Available

Posted: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

The pre-publication version of the new California Science Curriculum Framework is now available for download. This publication incorporates all the edits that were approved by the State Board of Education in November 2016 and was many months in the making. Our sincere thanks to the dozens of CSTA members were involved in its development. Our appreciation is also extended to the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the Instructional Quality Commission, and the Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee and their staff for their hard work and dedication to produce this document and for their commitment to the public input process. To the many writers and contributors to the Framework CSTA thanks you for your many hours of work to produce a world-class document.

For tips on how to approach this document see our article from December 2016: California Has Adopted a New Science Curriculum Framework – Now What …? If you would like to learn more about the Framework, consider participating in one of the Framework Launch events (a.k.a. Rollout #4) scheduled throughout 2017.

The final publication version (formatted for printing) will be available in July 2017. This document will not be available in printed format, only electronically.

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

Call for CSTA Awards Nominations

Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017

The 2017 Award Season is now open! One of the benefits of being a CSTA member is your eligibility for awards as well as your eligibility to nominate someone for an award. CSTA offers several awards and members may nominate individuals and organizations for the Future Science Teacher Award, the prestigious Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award, and the CSTA Distinguished Contributions Award (organizational award). May 9, 2017 is the deadline for nominations for these awards. CSTA believes that the importance of science education cannot be overstated. Given the essential presence of the sciences in understanding the past and planning for the future, science education remains, and will increasingly be one of the most important disciplines in education. CSTA is committed to recognizing and encouraging excellence in science teaching through the presentation of awards to science educators and organizations who have made outstanding contributions in science education in the state and who are poised to continue the momentum of providing high quality, relevant science education into the future. Learn More…

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

Call for Volunteers – CSTA Committees

Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017

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CSTA is now accepting applications from regular, preservice, and retired members to serve on our volunteer committees! CSTA’s all-volunteer board of directors invites you to consider maximizing your member experience by volunteering for CSTA. CSTA committee service offers you the opportunity to share your expertise, learn a new skill, or do something you love to do but never have the opportunity to do in your regular day. CSTA committee volunteers do some pretty amazing things: Learn More…

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

A Friend in CA Science Education Now at CSTA Region 1 Science Center

Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017

by Marian Murphy-Shaw

If you attended an NGSS Rollout phase 1-3 or CDE workshops at CSTA’s annual conference you may recall hearing from Chris Breazeale when he was working with the CDE. Chris has relocated professionally, with his passion for science education, and is now the Executive Director at the Explorit Science Center, a hands-on exploration museum featuring interactive STEM exhibits located at the beautiful Mace Ranch, 3141 5th St. in Davis, CA. Visitors can “think it, try it, and explorit” with a variety of displays that allow visitors to “do science.” To preview the museum, or schedule a classroom visit, see www.explorit.org. Learn More…

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Marian Murphy-Shaw

Marian Murphy-Shaw is the student services director at Siskiyou County Office of Education and is CSTA’s Region 1 Director and chair of CSTA’s Policy Committee.