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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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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…
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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.…
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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°…
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Transitions

Transitions

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…
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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.…
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California Skies, May, June, and July 2021

California Skies, May, June, and July 2021

The May 2021 Sky Calendar, depicting gatherings of Moon, planets, and bright stars at dusk and dawn, and a detailed map of the evening sky are now available for free download at www.abramsplanetarium.org/skycalendar/ The calendar and map may be…
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Can Cheating be Reduced in a Take Home Exam in Chemistry?

Can Cheating be Reduced in a Take Home Exam in Chemistry?

Although I teach at a university, the beginning portion of General Chemistry has much the same content as chemistry at the high school level. During the pandemic, my campus moved to virtual instruction, which intensified worries about cheating. For…
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Employing Participatory Action Research to Explore How to Achieve Equitable STEM Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education

Employing Participatory Action Research to Explore How to Achieve Equitable STEM Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education

You are invited to participate in this study if you are an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Teacher in STEM. We hope that our research will lead to considerable contributions to further investigate ECE STEM education, including insight into areas of…
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