CSTA Classroom Science

Region 3 Update

By: Linda Tolladay, CSTA Region 3 Director

Region 3 update.  As the school year gets well underway throughout our region, and classroom instruction and coaching are into the fall groove, it is time to think about attending some professional development!


Of course, you won’t want to miss the annual CSTA Conference in San Jose from October 18-20, and if you missed out last year, please consider attending the fabulous Climate Summit being held as a pre-conference event on Thursday, October 17.

This year’s CA NGSS Statewide Rollout is all about Environmental Literacy and will be taking place in several locations in our region this fall:  

OCTOBER 22-23, 2019
Host: Los Angeles COE
Location: 700 S. Almansor St, Alhambra

OCTOBER 28-29, 2019
Host:   Tulare COE
Location: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd, Visalia

NOVEMBER 5-6, 2019
Host: Ventura COE
Location: 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo

Not in our Region, but nearby for those in the LA area there are also sessions as follows:

NOVEMBER 21-22, 2019
Host: San Bernardino & Riverside COEs
Location: West End Educational Service Center, 8265 Aspen Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga

DECEMBER 11-12, 2019
Host: Orange CDE
Location: 200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa

Registration for any of the Rollouts is here:  https://web.cvent.com/event/46dc5200-97b9-4b08-9e51-e4d5032fdfa6/summary

In the Central Valley

Consider attending the Fresno County Office of Education Professional Learning Communities:  Elementary teachers can attend grade level based PLCs with training focusing on units connect to Picture Perfect Science.  Middle and High School teachers training focuses on Ambitious Science Teaching.  Sessions occur multiple times during the year.

For dates and more information contact Lesley Gates (lgates@fcoe.org) for elementary and Jennifer Weibert (jweibert@fcoe.org) for secondary.

On October 19, the STEM Team from the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools is holding the 6th annual STEM for Girls Conference at Fresno Pacific University.
This is a conference for girls in 5th-12th grades. This day-long event will include hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). At the conference, girls will get a chance to meet STEM role models and learn more about careers in those fields. Our ultimate goal is to motivate all students to become innovative and creative thinkers.
Keynote speaker is Dr. Knatokie Ford (more info HERE).
This conference tends to fill quickly – register HERE.

And there is an opportunity for those who are looking at receiving NGSS training and some assistance in using evidence to make piloting decisions:

Piloting NGSS Curriculum
Dates: Monday, December 9, 2019
Fee: $150 per person, includes Breakfast,
lunch, and materials!
Time: 8:00 am—3:30 PM
AIMS Conference Center
@ Fresno Pacific
Fresno, CA 93711
Register here:  https://fresno.k12oms.org/eventdetail.php?gid=141&id=175847

On the South Central Coast

If you are living in the Southern part of the Central Coast you might wish to consider becoming part of our CSTA Chapter.  The Gold Coast Science Network serving Ventura County and its Central California neighbors Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, and Kern. https://www.goldcoastscience.net/ 

Girls Make Tech with Heart - Saturday, October 19.
Use science, technology, engineering, and math to care for the people you love.
Girls in middle school will become scientists and engineers for a day. They can choose from workshops on chemistry, circuits, imaging & virtual reality, solar energy, programming & cybersecurity, or assistive devices; with a focus on how these technologies can be used by an aging population.
Parents can attend a concurrent program with a mix of hands-on experiences that can be duplicated at home and discover the future that awaits their daughters in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The parents' program will conclude with a visit to the classrooms to see what the students have learned.
Girls can participate without parents attending. All girls will be under the supervision of mentors.
Registration here:  www.ieee-bv.org/stem



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Linda Tolladay

Linda Tolladay is CSTA's Region 3 Director.