CSTA is seeking teams of 3 - 5 consisting of a combination of TK-2 (for the Primary Pathway) and Grade 3-5 (for the Upper Elementary Pathway) teachers and an administrator/TOSA/specialist from the same district who commit to participation and attendance in all nine hours of the program. Applications will be accepted on a priority admission described below. Once accepted, teams have 10 business days to complete the conference registration.
Should openings become available, wait listed teams/individuals will be invited to participate.
In order to maximize participation from districts around the state, priority for admission will be given in the following order:
Capacity: 30 participants per pathway
As California educators strive to provide a twenty-first century education for all students, there is nothing more important than a strong foundation in science education. The time to nurture and develop this foundation is at the beginning, as students enter primary grades. It is essential for the youngest of our students to develop scientific literacy and interest from the start. As we focus priority on our youngest students, there are few missions more urgent to long-term educational goals than equipping primary and upper elementary grade teachers with science content knowledge and pedagogical strategies to kindle the love of science in their students and set a course for lifelong learning.
To that end, the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) has created two conferences within the conference! These compact and powerful nine hour professional development courses are specially designed for teachers of TK-2 and 3-5 to help them integrate NGSS, CCSS, and ELD standards into their daily curriculum. These courses will provide thorough grounding in science instruction and fortify teachers with an understanding of the three dimensional learning associated with NGSS.
Rita Januszyk, 4th Grade Teacher, Gower West Elementary in Willowbrook, IL; Writer for the NGSS; and Member of the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team
The Next Generation Science Standards offer a vision for learning science and engineering for all students, but how do we reach the vision? By using the book NGSS for All Students as a resource, we will examine instructional shifts necessary to prepare all your students for college and careers and develop an understanding of how to provide access by engaging students in three-dimensional learning with research-based strategies. Participants will leave with a practical and tangible route toward effective science instruction with diverse student groups.
Rita Januszyk has been a teacher at Gower District 62 in Willowbrook, Illinois since 1985, and is currently a 4th grade self-contained classroom teacher. From 1988 to 2002, she served as Science Coordinator of the Gower District 62 Curriculum Council. During that same period, from 1994 to 2002, Ms. Januszyk taught science in grades 1-5 for Gower and served as the district's Enrichment Coordinator.
The cost of participation for this event is conference registration fees + $40 to cover materials fees and breakfast on Saturday. Participants will also have access to 2016 California Science Education Conference events included with their registration.
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