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CSTA Annual Meeting and Opening Session
Friday, October 18, 2019, 9:40am-10:10am

Join us for the CSTA Annual Meeting of members presided over by the 2019-2021 President Shawna Metcalf. Learn about how CSTA has taken a leadership role in all aspects of the implementation of CA-NGSS at the state level.

Keynote Presentation - Teaching Science in the Era of Climate Crisis
Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:10 am - 11:10 am

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, PH.D. Founder & CEO, Ocean Collective & Urban Ocean Lab

This talk will explore some of the most important aspects of science that are key to understanding the challenges of and solutions to addressing our changing climate, from photosynthesis, to microbes, to water cycles, to ecosystems.

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, conservation strategist, and Brooklyn native. She is founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv, a strategy consulting firm for conservation solutions grounded in social justice. Her new venture is Ocean Policy Lab, a think tank focused on coastal cities. She also holds appointments as an adjunct professor at New York University, as a science scholar at Pioneer Works, and mentors next generation ocean leaders.

Closing Keynote Address - Environmental Literacy? Climate Change? Don't Forget the Ocean!
Sunday, October 20, 2019, 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Craig Strang, Associate Director, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley

For people living in California, or at other locations on Planet Earth, environmental literacy must include understanding the ocean, climate change, and the complex interconnections between the two. In fact, you can’t be science literate without being ocean literate. In just the last year, we have seen ocean and climate related issues intersect with the needs and priorities of communities of color, and challenge us to be able to distinguish between scientific thinking, opinions, beliefs and political spin. Let’s do some thinking together about the importance of the ocean, how we respond to the climate crisis, and who we trust to predict the path of a hurricane.

Craig is Associate Director of Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He directs the Learning and Teaching Group which designs and carries out professional learning programs around the country and internationally for leaders in schools, science centers, aquariums, museums, colleges and universities, and delivers science programs for school groups throughout the Bay Area.


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