Congratulations!! You made it to summer vacation…one more deserved and needed than any other. The last few months have been challenging to say the least. When I was first given the go ahead to work from home, I was ecstatic. I won’t lie and say there…
Region 2 Updates - June/July
Upcoming events for June and July
Region 4 Update - June/July
By the time this issue comes out, most of us will be finishing up school and summer will be upon us. I hope you can take a breath and pat yourself on the back for the tremendous load you carried the last couple of months.
Region 1 Update June/July
With schools ending their year with distance learning, life is not the same as what we might be used to. If you are like me, I am usually so excited for the last day of school and even the days leading up to it. I relished in celebrating the…
The Crazy Initiative that Could
The K-12 Alliance is well known for a lot of crazy things. We are a group made up of believers, dreamers, and doers. When we gather together enmasse, our openers send the faint of heart into the hallways and our skit nights are so legendary, we…
Does State Testing Help or Hurt Science Education?
CSTA and the STEM4Real team put this question up at the CSTA booth at the CA STEAM Symposium in Anaheim last December. We hoped the poster would get people interested in visiting our booth and start some discussions. We had no idea. As you can see,…
Calling all K-8 teachers of science!
WestEd is conducting cutting edge new research on the impact of the COVID-19 school closures. They need teachers to share their experiences with teaching science through distance learning.
Sit Back, Put Your Feet Up, Relax, and Read
What better way to wrap up the 2019-20 edition of CCS, than to recommend a variety of books that you or your students might enjoy in the coming months. Here are five books representing environmental, physical and biological sciences.
Transforming the Classroom with OpenSciEd
How often have you heard the following questions from your students: Why do I need to know this? Is this going to be on the test? Why does this matter? I, like you, have heard these questions repeated like a broken record over the years of being a…
Making Choices and Making Messes: What student agency looks like in science classrooms
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) encourage students to not just “know about science,” but to actively engage in “doing science.” Rather than carrying out pre-designed investigations, students should have “epistemic agency,” or ownership…