2021 California Science Education Conference

TOSAs and Science Coaches Pre-Conference

Onward: A Pre-Conference Event for District-Level Science Coaches, Science Leaders, and TOSAs - Year 1 and 2 Tracks

NOTICE: The Year 1 Track Is SOLD OUT - No On-Site Registrations Are Allowed

Thursday, October 12, 2017 • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Are you…

  • Coaching science teachers;
  • A TOSA stepping into new roles;
  • At a small school and serving as a leader in NGSS informally?

Then you need to join us at the CSTA Pre-Conference for Coaches, Science Leaders and TOSAs as we…

Focus on supporting you in leading change and building your leadership skills to help teachers align their practice with NGSS shifts, building leadership skills for supporting teachers and the integration of CCSS and NGSS, advice for making district decisions, techniques for leading K-12 professional learning, and networking opportunities with colleagues from across the state. This event is also recommended for those who may be serving small schools, in an informal role doing the same work.

The $135 fee includes breakfast, lunch and supplies. Registration is limited to county office of education, district, school, charter, and private school employees. This event is likely to sell out. Registration for the Year 2 track is limited to those who participated in the 2016 Pre-Conference and those that attended will receive and invitation email to register.

Presenters include:

  • Karen Cerwin, Regional Director, K-12 Alliance
  • Kathy DiRanna, Statewide Director, K-12 Alliance
  • Dawn O'Connor, Science Director, Alameda COE
  • Anthony Quan, STEM Consultant, Los Angeles COE
  • John Spiegel, Science Coordinator, San Diego COE
  • Jo Topps, Regional Director, K-12 Alliance
  • Vanessa Wolbrink, Program Associate Science Policy & Practice, Achieve Inc.

Schedule (subject to change)

This is a full day event and your complete participation is encouraged in order to fully benefit from the learning.

7:45 am - 8:15 am Check-in and Breakfast 3rd Floor Meeting Rooms, Sheraton Grand
8:15 am - 8:30 am Welcome
CSTA President Jill Grace, K12 Alliance WestEd and CSTA Region 1 Director Marian Murphy-Shaw, Siskiyou COE
3rd Floor Meeting Rooms, Sheraton Grand
8:30 am - 8:45 am Transition from 3rd Floor to 2nd Floor Breakout Rooms
8:45 am - 11:45 am Year 1 Cohort: Breakout Session
Leading Change: Building Leadership Skills to Help Teachers Align Practice with CA-NGSS Shifts and Integration of CCSS and CA-NGSS

Year 2 Cohort: Breakout Session:
Game of Changes: Further Developing Leadership Abilities
Beavis and Bondi

11:45 am - 12:00 pm Transition from 2nd Floor to 3rd Floor
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch and Presentation
What Is the Current Work from Achieve Helping Science Leadership
Vanessa Wolbrink, Program Associate, Science, Policy & Practice, Achieve, Inc.
3rd Floor Meeting Rooms, Sheraton Grand
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Year 1: Resume Morning Breakouts Beavis and Bondi
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Year 2: Resume Morning Breakouts Falor
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Year 2: Table Talks Falor
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Year 1: Table Talks
Year 2: Presentation & Consultation Sign-Ups
The Art of Effective Communication with Achieve, Inc.: Increasing capacity of leaders to utilize communication practices in the service of NGSS Implementation, Problems of Practice, and Policy
Michael Gilligan, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Chad Colby, Vice President, Strategic Communications & Outreach, and Vanessa Wolbrink, Program Associate, Science, Policy & Practice, Achieve, Inc.
Beavis and Bondi
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Networking Reception Morgan's - 2nd Floor, Sheraton

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