May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

Where Will You Be in December?

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

by Laura Henriques

I sure hope you answered that question with an enthusiastic “I’ll be in Long Beach for the conference” sort of response!

Come join your science education colleagues for three to four days of professional learning. The conference, hosted by NSTA with some input from CSTA, will take place on December 4-6. With a couple hundred workshops, lectures, short courses and field trips, this is the place to be! You can peruse the schedule on-line and get a sense of some of the outstanding sessions awaiting you. The keynote speakers will address a range of topics that include linkages between science and Common Core ELA, STEM, and science education moving forward. (Go online today to verify your membership or join CSTA today – CSTA members can register for the conference at the NSTA Affiliate Member rate and save $90 on their registration!)

  • Julie Scardina Naturalist, Author, SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Ambassador is the conference’s keynote speaker at the General Session. She’ll have some animal ambassadors on hand with her.
  • Myrna Perez Sheldon, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Rice University, Houston, Texas will talk about Using the Past to Take Science Education into the Future.
  • Arthur Beauchamp, Interim Director of the Sacramento Area Science Project and Senior Director of Professional Learning Systems, School of Education, University of California–Davis, is well known in California and is a long-time member of CSTA. He’ll be talking about The Central Role of Dialogue in the Sense-Making Classroom.
  • Another California/CSTA notable, Nancy Taylor, Principal Investigator, Exploring STEM Careers at San Diego State University, will be talking about STEM the New Normal! Really When Did That Happen?

Conference Field Trips cover a wide range of topics and interests. There will be six events offered during the conference, with two additional trips are offered as pre-conference trips. All field trips are ticketed events and have limited space available.

  • Journey into Space at the Columbia Memorial Space Center Thursday, December 4, 8:00 AM–1:15 PM
  • Up Close and Personal with Ocean Critters: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Thursday, December 4, 12 Noon–5:15 PM
  • The Science in Your Beer: Chemistry, Microbiology, and Sensory Analysis at Smog City Brewing Company Thursday, December 4, 12:30–5:10 PM
  • Looking to the Future: Visiting the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Endeavour Space Shuttle Friday, December 5, 8:00 AM–1:00 PM
  • Wet and Wild Adventures with the Southern California Marine Institute Friday, December 5, 8:00 AM–1:00 PM
  • Slip-Sliding Away: A Palos Verdes Geology Tour Friday, December 5, 12 Noon–5:00 PM

In addition to the events at the conference, CSTA is hosting four events that merit your attention.

The CSTA Annual Meeting of the Membership will occur on Thursday afternoon, 3:15-4:30. At this session, CSTA will honor the CSTA Award recipients and the California State Finalists and Awardee of the Presidential Awards for Excellence and Math and Science Teaching, and conduct its brief annual meeting. Following that, Stephen Pruitt, Sr. Vice President at Achieve, will be sharing the latest resources to help us implement and understand NGSS. His talk, entitled Using the Tools of the NGSS to Support Quality Science Instruction, promises to be timely and readily useful.

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Thursday evening CSTA and the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific are hosting an event for conference attendees. The aquarium will be the venue for an evening with the fish, interesting science and science education mini-lectures, and an NGSS & Engineering Lesson Showcase. This is a ticketed event and includes light hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket. The evening is generously sponsored by Chevron. CSTA Members will get an e-mail soon about submitting proposals to be part of the NGSS & Engineering Lesson Showcase.

As if 200 workshops, lectures, and the evening at the aquarium isn’t enough, you can arrive in Long Beach a day early to participate in one of two all-day field trips! CSTA has arranged opportunities for you to spend a day of geoscience on the San Andreas Fault or a day doing marine biology at Catalina Island. Tickets for these field trips are available now.

Talk to your school and district administrators! Do what you need to do in order to be in Long Beach. The conference strands address NGSS, science and Common Core, and STEM education. You will learn timely, useful information and strategies which will inform your practice.

See you in Long Beach! Conference registration is open now with early bird rates until October 24.

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Laura Henriques is a professor of science education at CSU Long Beach and a past-president of CSTA.

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