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The moment has arrived! CSTA is now accepting workshop and short course proposals for the 2018 California Science Education Conference. The 2018 conference proposal forms will ask you to share information about what you and participants will be doing during the workshop or short course; how your session demonstrates what CA NGSS looks like in the classroom; how the three dimensions of CA NGSS are integrated into your lesson; and how you see the session fitting into a classroom setting (if applicable). In order to help you plan your proposal, here are a few resources that you will find useful:
About Workshops: Workshops address an area of science, are targeted to one or more tracks, and may address several areas of emphasis. Workshops must be aligned with adopted state standards. They are 90 minutes in length and may consist of hands-on activities, lecture, demonstration, and/or discussion. Proposals should have embedded in the content appropriate disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and/or crosscutting concepts. CSTA encourages you to make your workshop subject matter and grade level specific (as opposed to spanning all grade levels). This, along with a well-organized, well written, and informative description, will increase your chances of having your proposal accepted. Submitters are limited to ten workshop proposals.
About Short Courses: Short courses address an area of science content, are targeted to one or more grade bands, and may address several areas of emphasis. Short courses must be aligned with adopted state standards. They are three- or six- hours in length and may consist of hands-on activities, lecture, demonstration, and/or discussion. Proposals should have embedded in the content appropriate disciplinary
core ideas, science and engineering practices, and/or crosscutting
concepts. Proposals should also include an agenda with a time estimate of each task, a description of what the presenter and participant are doing during this time, as well as time for participant reflection during or at the conclusion is encouraged.
Submitters are limited to three short course proposals.
*NEW* Proposal System: CSTA has partnered with Slayte for our call for proposal system. Receipt of proposal confirmation emails will come from Slayte. In order to submit a proposal, you must log-in to your CSTA profile (the links provided will direct you to do so). Please take care when logging into the CSTA system to not create a duplicate record for yourself. Please use password recovery options, or contact CSTA at 916-979-7004 to update your email address rather than creating a new record. If this is your first interaction with CSTA in the last ten years, you may need to create a record for yourself.
Discounted Presenter Registration: Lead presenters who are current members of CSTA will receive a fifty percent discount on conference registration, allowing full access to more than 200 workshops and events over the course of the conference. Registration is compulsory for all presenters. Co-presenters are not eligible for registration discounts.
Short Course Presenter Reimbursement: Short course lead presenters will be reimbursed for materials used during their session based on the estimated cost indicated on the short course proposal form. Lead presenters will be required to submit original receipts and an itemized list of materials used. A reimbursement form and instructions will be included in the presenter registration packet.
Review of Proposals: All workshop proposals will be reviewed by two members of the 2018 Conference Committee. The name of the proposal submitter is not visible to the reviewer.
Proposal Reviews and Scoring Rubric: All proposals will be reviewed by two members of the 2018 Conference Committee. The name of the proposal submitter is not visible to the reviewer. The scoring rubric is available here.
Proposal Selection: CSTA seeks to offer a variety and balance of programming across grade levels and subject matters. Thus, the selection of workshops and short courses is based not only on their review score, but also on the number of workshops and short courses needed to offer this diverse programming. Those submitting proposals will be notified by mail and/or e-mail of the status of their proposal as follows:
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