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June 2021/July 2021 – Vol. 33 Issue 6


President's Message

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Four years ago, I was approached about running for President of CSTA. I can honestly say that my first reaction was to laugh because there was no way I would be elected. Come on. Who was I to think that the science teachers in California would want me to lead the association? I can still list all of the reasons that ran through my head for why I…
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5 Common Questions Teachers are Asking About NGSS-Designed Science Materials

5 Common Questions Teachers are Asking About NGSS-Designed Science Materials

The Next Generation Science Standards challenges how science was taught for decades. K-12 NGSS Teacher Morgan Martin answers common questions teachers are asking about making the shift to the NGSS Framework.
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Racial and ethnic equity: A necessary response to the changing demographics of the California Science classroom

Racial and ethnic equity: A necessary response to the changing demographics of the California Science classroom

Hello, I’m glad you’re here! Welcome to the first article of a series of articles devoted to the topic of equity in science education. This article series will tackle equity in the science classroom as it relates to the diversity of our students. While our students come from highly diverse races, ethnicities, gender identities, socioeconomic…
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Yearlong Fifth-Grade Science Curriculum for All Students, Including English Learners

Yearlong Fifth-Grade Science Curriculum for All Students, Including English Learners

In this excerpt, our fifth-grade English learners (ELs) are developing a model to explain how the hydrosphere interacts with the geosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere in order to answer the driving question of the unit, “Why does it matter if I drink tap water or bottled water?” How does this engagement in sense-making and purposeful classroom talk…
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"I’m Asian and I’m not supposed to rock the boat”: How California Asian American science educators are working to change the narrative.

"I’m Asian and I’m not supposed to rock the boat”: How California Asian American science educators are working to change the narrative.

“They’re Asian, they’re not going to say anything.” This is a sentiment rooted in Asian American culture that often leads to overlooking the challenges that both Asian American science students and educators face in the context of their identities. In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and in an effort to #stopasianhate,…
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In CASE you Missed it (June/July 2021)

In CASE you Missed it (June/July 2021)

Summer is officially here! We know the last part of the academic year can be busy, so we’ve made a list of everything you might have missed in the last few months.
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Spotlight

California Skies, June/July 2021

California Skies, June/July 2021

In July 2021, evening twilight gatherings of brilliant Venus, faint Mars, and the star Regulus include close pairings, on July 11-14, 21, and 29; a crescent Moon passing through on July 11 and 12; and a gathering of three bodies in a field just 5° across on July 21. Three hours after sunset on July 1 (backing to one hour at month’s end), bright…
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Science Classroom Move

CASE’s newsletter, California Classroom Science, has always had great articles about resources, lessons, planning tools, and issues in science education. But sometimes the things that help us the most are the little things: A classroom move. This is a new interactive column that allows you to share those little moves. We’d love to hear from all of you!

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