2021 California Science Education Conference

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The K-12 Aliiance @ WestEd is one of the leaders in offering professional learning for the implementation of the California Next Generation Science Standards. K-12 Alliance professional development centers around enhancing teacher content knowledge, addressing teacher practices and beliefs, facilitating pedagogical techniques that are effective for all students, analyzing student work for conceptual understanding and student growth, engaging administrators and the community in reform efforts, and developing teacher leaders.

  • The Use of Student Notebooks to Support 3-D Learning: Modeling Chemical Reactions in 7th Grade
  • Making Sense of Science Includes Speaking, Listening, Writing and Reading
  • Purposefully Connecting Math Lessons to Science Activities to Strengthen Students’ Understanding of
  • Science Concepts in Middle School
  • Engineering Bio-Ethanol: An NGSS Classroom Experience
  • Reading in the Content Area

California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative

The California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative is a grant funded initiative that has allowed eight districts and two charter networks in California to get a jump start on implementing the California NGSS. Now in its third year, the initiative is proud to offer exclusively to the California Science Education Conference more than 15 workshops to be presented by teachers and educators who have had the opportunity to explore and begin to implement the new science standards. Don't miss these fantastic offerings from an amazing group of teachers and education leaders.

  • Student Driven Inquiry Within NGSS
  • From Worksheets to Interactive Notebooking: NGSS Thinking Maps to Support the Writing Development
  • of English Language Learners
  • Building a Better Bar: An Engineering Task for Life Sciences and Chemistry
  • English Language Development in an Inquiry Based Science Classroom
  • School-Wide STEAM Challenges
  • Life Cycles: A 3rd Grade Three Dimensional Learning Sequence
  • Roller Coaster Physics with NGSS
  • Student Indicators of High Quality NGSS Learning
  • And More!

California Department & State Board of Education

CSTA is pleased to once again host several representatives of the California Department of Education (CDE) and State Board of Education (SBE). Enjoy this incredible opportunity to hear from CDE and SBE staff and an SBE member on topics of bleeding edge relevance to science education in California today! Presentations include:

Alameda COE/CSU East Bay

The Alameda County Office of Education and California State University, East Bay are partners in a grant to provide enrichment for K-12 science education in area schools. Attend these fantastic offerings and enjoy some of the high-quality professional learning that is normally only available on a limited basis to educators in the California San Francisco East Bay area.

  • The Sound of Breaking Glass
  • A Window into Student Sense-Making
  • Tides Around the World
  • Using Phenomena to Support Literacy Demands of the NGSS
  • Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About: Discourse in the Science Classroom


The Exploratorium, located in San Francisco, is well-renowned for its professional learning offerings and the Exploratorium Teacher Institute. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to attend workshops presented by the amazing team from the Exploratorium without having to travel to San Francisco!

  • Discourse and 3D NGSS Instruction for Language Learner
  • Learning Under Pressure: Sequencing Activities to Help Students Make Mental Models
  • Investigating Light and Color: Next Generation Science Snacks (Science Activities)
  • Plankton Rainbow: Investigating the Senses and Behavior of Brine Shrimp: A Next Generation Science Snack (Science Activities)
  • Exploring the Carbon Cycle and the Role of Carbon in Our Atmosphere Using Data: Next Generation Science Snacks (Science Activities)

Oakland Unified School District

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) has a long-standing reputation for being one of the few districts in the state that has minimum number of minutes for science in elementary school. The OUSD's Science Department supports quality science instruction and their workshops at past CSTA conferences are often filled to capacity - and beyond. Enjoy these workshops from some of California's finest.

  • CCSS and NGSS: Concrete Tools for Deeper Learning of Practices in Science and Math
  • Equity in the Science Classroom
  • Use What You’ve Got: Transitioning to NGSS Using Existing Curricula
  • Designing a District-Wide K-12 NGSS Science Program
  • And More!

San Francisco Unified School District

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Science Team is committed to supporting the practice of daily science experiences for all students that will prepare them for the world to come. Take advantage of this opportunity to engage with educators from a district with plan for NGSS implementation.

  • Teaching ELD Through the Context of Science in SFUSD Elementary Schools
  • Common Learning Experiences in High School Science
  • Using Existing Materials to Teach the NGSS and Develop Environmental Literacy
  • Developing a Scope and Sequence for High School Science - The SFUSD Process
  • A District's Approach to Implementing the CA-NGSS Integrated Model in Grades 6-8
  • And More!

California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN):


The California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN) is a state government consortium of environmental educators representing departments, boards, and commissions of the California Department of Education (CDE), California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), The Resources Agency of California (RA), and the Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). CEEIN fosters broad understanding of the State's environmental and cultural resources while affirming that education is essential to the development of understanding and respect for the environment.

  • Projects and Practices: Remote Sensing of the California Coast
  • Too Much? Too Little? Just Right!
  • How to Create Engaging Environment-Based 3-D Lessons

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