Want to dig deeper? Excited to learn from seasoned experts in the field? Wish you could have a guaranteed seat in the room? Do you enjoy a smaller session with more presenter interaction? Then conference short courses are calling your name!
CSTA is proud to present an amazing lineup of 16 short courses for this year's conference. These short courses are designed to help you dig deeper into NGSS, engineering design, and more. Each short course's duration is three to six hours, giving you the chance to really interact and make sense of the material.
Short courses are ticketed events, guaranteeing you a seat in the room and relevant hand-outs. You will have hands-on experiences that are designed to help you envision relevant to use in your classroom. Many short courses will also provide you with sample materials that are ready for use. Be sure to sign up for these soon—we expect these short courses will sell out fast this year!
If you are in need of support by your district, you can remind your administrator that the District's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Priority #2 supports the implementation of the state's academic standards. CSTA's Conference on Science Education will provide you with short courses that will help you with this. All short courses support the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the California Common Core State Standards, or both. The short course descriptions below include the following information:
SC01: Science-Literacy (K-2): A Win-Win for Both
This primary grade three-member "Early Implementer" team will share Earth science learning sequences designed to deepen understanding for K (weather), 1 (sun, moon, and stars) and 2 (landform changes) linked to CCSS ELA using note booking and ELA scaffolding strategies.
SC02: Grappling with Stability and Change in Systems
This course focuses on the crosscutting concept of stability and change. Participants will explore several dynamic systems and what makes them have varying levels of stability. Investigate types of ecosystem disturbances and come to understand how feedback affects system stability.
SC03: Class Ethos: The "4th Dimension" of the CA NGSS
The NGSS requires three-dimensional instruction. This short course examines a critical fourth dimension that creates the environment for three-dimensional classrooms to flourish: class ethos. Not just culture, its the
SC04: Academic Vocabulary Through Engaging Phenomena
We'll explore owl pellets in a series of NGSS lessons designed to engage English language learners and build academic vocabulary through discussion, writing and reading. Participants will deepen content knowledge based on hands-on activities. Handouts will be provided to support classroom use of the lessons.
SC05: Learning by Making for STEM Success
Learn to use the NGSS-aligned, integrated STEM curriculum developed by Sonoma State University's Learning by Making
SC09: ChemEx^2: Chemistry Experiments and Experiences for Learning
You will experience multi-use experiments to foster student learning, improve your students' ability to argue from evidence, and learn to re-engineer experiments for deeper understanding. These experiments, designed and vetted by Stanford University Department of Chemistry, are aligned with NGSS and CCSS.
SC10: Avoid NGSS Implementation Pitfalls!
Whether you are in awareness, transition, or full implementation of NGSS, engage with district leaders from the Early Implementation Initiative about the successes and challenges of implementation. Learn about tools and processes to help you in our role as
SC11: Creating Storylines to Support Coherent Three Dimensional Learning
Wondering how to organize and frame science instructional units around the new California instructional segments? Join the UCLA Science Project to create a unit for classroom instruction. This workshop will guide participants by using a simplified process of phenomenon anchored storyline planning through a concept of their choice.
SC12: Are Your Lessons Designed for the NGSS?
Participants will be guided through the NGSS Lesson Screener—a tool derived from the EQuIP Rubric for Science for more quickly examining how well lessons are designed for the NGSS. Using this tool helps educators evaluate, select, and modify instructional materials and digs deep into bringing three-dimensional standards to life.
SC13: Making the Most of Science Notebooks
Explore how to use science notebooks to support student meaning-making. Participate in an engaging learning sequence and leave with strategies for how to set up science notebooks and use them to support
SC17: Citizen Science in the Elementary Classroom
In citizen science, students collect and contribute data that they and scientists use to generate new knowledge. Participants will learn what citizen science is, what it looks like in the elementary
SC18: NGSS Implementation for Teacher Leaders
Join the Exploratorium Teacher Institute as we engage
SC19: Strategies for NGSS Teaching for Learners with Special Needs
Participants will engage in a phenomenon-driven 3-dimensional learning experience followed by a critical examination of the 5E lesson plan to understand the instructional strategies to support students with special needs. Follow up Q&A with practicing classroom educators with
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