2021 California Science Education Conference


Included in Registration


Session handouts are now available online or through the conference app via Apple and Android Market App Stores. (Download the CrowdCompass Attendee hub app, then search "California Science Education Conference" to download the event.)

Online or in the app you can peruse the many, NGSS-aligned ideas that you can use in your classroom. You can refine your search by using the left-hand menu to sort by “Grade Level” or scroll down to the Search” button to look for a specific curriculum or content areas. To make finding handouts easier, go to the section titled “Session Handouts.” There, you will find all sessions that have handouts are available to view and download. Handouts are organized by the presentation date then the title of the session.

Access Workshop Handouts This option is limited to conference attendees and current CSTA members only. CSTA members may access the code to unlock the app via the members-only portal.

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The California Science Education Conference offers the most comprehensive science education workshop program in the state. Workshops are 90-minute educational sessions. Many workshops are hands-on and led by other classroom teachers along with other science education professionals. Workshops are open to all conference registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshops will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center and the Sheraton Grand Hotel. All workshops presented are aligned to/support one or more California State Adopted Standards. This includes the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA-NGSS), California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math, and the English Language Development (ELD) Standards.

Workshops are highly interactive and often involve hands-on investigations, group work, and fascinating demonstrations. You’re likely to receive free classroom materials, lesson plans, units, handouts, and other valuable resources. Access to all workshops is included with your conference registration.

CSTA is pleased to have partnered with several organizations and teacher professional development providers to offer workshops as part of our Featured Conference Partner strand.

Check out this amazing group of conference partners and their offerings.

Workshops are categorized by several variables including grade level and type of science (including STEM and Engineering). As well as the following emphases:

  • Assessment
  • Beef Up on Core Ideas
  • Classroom Management/Engagement
  • Common Core-ELA
  • Common Core-Math
  • Computer Science in Science
  • Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs)
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs)
  • English Learners/English Language Deveopment
  • Informal Science Education
  • Leadership (coaching, site leadership, administrator, professional development)
  • NGSS 3-Dimensional Learning
  • Pedagogy
  • Preservice Teacher Education/TPAs
  • Science & Engineering Practices (SEPs)
  • STEM/STEAM/Maker
  • Technology Integration


Friday, October 13

  • 8:00 am to 9:30 am
  • 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
  • 4:20 pm – 5:50 pm

Saturday, October 14

  • 8:00 am to 9:30 am
  • 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm

Sunday, October 15

  • 9:45 am – 11:15 am
  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm


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Upcoming Conferences

  • 2022 Conference
    October 14-16, 2022
    Palm Springs, CA

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