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Thank you for attending the 2013 California Science Education Conference. 

To view a list of workshops with handouts posted online, click here

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Friday, October 25
 

8:00am

Meet-Connect-Learn-Conference Orientation, Sponsored by VWR Education
Join CSTA and the VWR Education family of companies for a cup of coffee and informative session that will give California Science Education Conference attendees tips and pointers on how to make the most of their time at the conference. Mix with CSTA board members and other conference attendees and give your networking a kick-start. Meet fellow science educators, connect with new colleagues, and learn how to navigate and maximize your conference experience. Door prizes! Sponsored by VWR Education

Speakers
avatar for Laura Henriques

Laura Henriques

Professor, CSU Long Beach

Exhibitors
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VWR Science Education

Wards Science
Wards provides hands-on, standards-based science activities, specimens, and supplies for every science discipline so you can do what you do best - teach, inspire, and connect.

Sponsors
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VWR Science Education

Wards Science
Wards provides hands-on, standards-based science activities, specimens, and supplies for every science discipline so you can do what you do best - teach, inspire, and connect.


Friday October 25, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Pasadena Ballroom 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

8:00am

California Science Safety
This science safety workshop will provide participants with a general overview of science safety and liability for public schools. A comprehensive set of materials will be provided to each participant. Grades PreK-13+

Speakers
avatar for Dean Gilbert

Dean Gilbert

Science Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education


Friday October 25, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Sierra

9:00am

Coffee Break - Sponsored by Chevron
Enjoy a hot cup of coffee before heading off to your first session of the conference.
Sponsored by Chevron

Sponsors

Friday October 25, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Oasis Foyer 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

9:00am

Exhibit Hall
The exhibit hall will open for the first time on Friday at 9:00 am.
Click here to view a current floor plan of all exhibitors

Friday October 25, 2013 9:00am - 6:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Oasis 1 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

9:15am

Keynote Address: Implementing the NGSS: Shifts in Classroom Practice; Opening Session; and Membership Meeting
Join CSTA for the annual meeting of members!  CSTA President, Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California.  Following Laura's address will be the keynote presentation by Dr. Stephen Pruitt.  Dr. Pruitt is the Vice President for Content, Research, and Development for Achieve and led the development of the Next Generation of Science Standards.

Stephen will update the audience on current adoption and implementation efforts around the Next Generation Science Standards in California and other states, as well as discuss the vision for how classroom practice will shift as a result of the NGSS.
Sponsored by Chevron

Link to PDF of PowerPoint Presentation

Speakers
avatar for Laura Henriques

Laura Henriques

Professor, CSU Long Beach
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Stephen Pruitt

Vice President for Content, Research, and Development, Achieve
Stephen Pruitt is senior vice president at Achieve. For the past three years, he has been leading the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. Stephen began his career as a high school chemistry teacher in Georgia, where he taught for 12 years. In 2003, he joined the... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday October 25, 2013 9:15am - 10:45am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Primrose B 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

11:00am

Make Your Class a Story Worth Telling: Conceptual Flow Graphics for Course
Too much to teach, but can’t cut anything? Conceptual Flow Graphics are a novel course planning paradigm to streamline class sequencing for a story worth telling. Integrate labs and curriculum in a dynamic way to save time and increase engagement. Grades PreK-12

Link to Handouts: 

http://www.wscacademy.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=240273&type=u&pREC_ID=537209


Speakers
avatar for Bethany Dixon

Bethany Dixon

Science Teacher, Western Sierra Collegiate Academy


Friday October 25, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree E

12:00pm

Exhibit Hall - Exculsive Hour
Grab lunch from the concession stand while visiting the exhibit hall. Enter your name for door prize drawings which will take place on Saturday afternoon.
Click here to view the current floor plan of all exhibitors.

Friday October 25, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Oasis 1 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

2:30pm

Implications of CCSS on NGSS
Participants will gain an understanding of the implications and correlations of the Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts, and Mathematics on Next Generation Science Standards. PreK-13+

Link to Handouts:  

http://tinyurl.com/LACOE-ImplicatioinsCSTA2013


Speakers
avatar for Anthony Quan

Anthony Quan

Consultant III, STEM, Los Angeles COE
A firm believer that all students are capable of entering Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Fields. Students should all be given the opportunities, experiences, and tools to become successful. Teachers should all be given appropriate and practical professional development... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree F

2:30pm

Singing Science with Tim Griffin!
A live performance of music that helps elementary and middle school students master key concepts and vocabulary of the science standards. Teachers love Tim’s music because it helps kids master the standards; students love it because it makes learning fun!
Grades PreK-8

Link to music, lyrics, notes, and more information: http://www.griffined.org

Speakers
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Tim Griffin

executive director, lead educator/performer, Griffin Education (GriffinEd)
Tim Griffin is an award-winning educator, singer/songwriter, and storyteller with a passion for making learning fun. After retiring from the Los Angeles Unified School District, Tim now runs a small educational nonprofit called GriffinEd (www.GriffinEd.org), a team of musicians and... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite C 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

2:30pm

STEM Can Lead the Way
STEM Can Lead the Way, a report synthesizing the recommendations by 30 experts was commissioned to catalyze a dialogue to define and implement systemic reforms in teacher preparation through the lens of STEM. The report will guide the session. Grades PreK-13+

Link to Handouts:

Speakers
avatar for Marcella Klein Williams

Marcella Klein Williams

Cheif Education Officer, California STEM Learning Network
STEM can lead the way! We are living in dynamic times. Technological advances have changed our world and education is shifting to meet the challenge. The changes in education are huge with both the redesign in funding (LCFF) and standards (CCSS and NGSS). I am the Chief Education... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree E

4:00pm

Planning SMART: Improving Student Achievement
Research shows that time spent planning "smarter" translates into improved student achievement. Explore elements of a standards-based instructional unit, using the backwards mapping model. Receive printed materials and interactive CD.

Speakers
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Dean Gilbert

Science Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education


Friday October 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Sierra

5:00pm

Exhibit Hall - Exculsive Hour
Stop in the hall for some shopping and to visit with exhibitors. View exciting new products, learn about services and opportunitites for students and teachers alike.

Click here to view a current floor plan of all exhibitors.

Friday October 25, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Oasis 1 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

6:30pm

STEM Pool Party and Engineering Challenge
Limited Capacity seats available

Palm Springs is all about hanging by the pool! Join CSTA for a fun evening of music, networking, and more around the largest swimming pool in Palm Springs! The Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel pool deck features cabanas, fire pits, and a heated swimming pool. CSTA and the UCR Bourns College of Engineering/MESA program will add a twist to the standard pool party scene with engineering challenges! Register your team for the cardboard boat challenge (teams of 2 to 4) and race across the swimming pool, try to build a stomp rocket that will clear the pool, or just kick back and enjoy the music of Tim Griffin. Tim Griffin is a former educator and music artist specializing writing and performing science and educational songs. To get a sneak preview of his music visit www.TimGriffinMusic.com.  Be sure to buy your ticket, only $10, for this fun and new event. No need to find a place to have dinner in town before the event, your $10 ticket entitles you to $10 worth of food and drinks from the hotel BBQ and bar at the event to help fill your belly and fuel the conversations. The BBQ and bar will feature drinks, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and salads. 

Friday October 25, 2013 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Pool Deck 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
 
Saturday, October 26
 

5:15am

Astronomy on the Lawn: Pre-Dawn Star Gazing
Can't do astronomy during the day? Think again. Meet astronomer Robert Victor of the Abrams Planetarium on the back lawn of the convention center to see some amazing sites in the daytime (and pre-dawn) sky. From 5:15 to 6:15 AM join for some cool pre-dawn viewing of Mars, Jupiter, the Moon, Comet ISON and winter skies in October. From 8 to 10 AM learn how to use a polarizing filter to do high contrast Moon observations during the day. In the afternoon from 3 to 4:30 PM see a gibbous planet Venus in broad daylight!

Speakers
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Robert Victor

Staff Astronomer (retired), Abrams Planetarium, Mich St Univ


Saturday October 26, 2013 5:15am - 6:15am
Palm Springs Convention Center, East Lawn 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

8:00am

Get Green-Early Childhood Environmental Experiences
Try out fresh ideas that engage young students in exploring the natural world. Take home Project Learning Tree’s early childhood guide and a music/movement CD.
PreK-2

Speakers
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Sandra Derby

CA PLT State Coordinator, Project Learning Tree
I am the new California Coordinator for Project Learning Tree. Although I am new to PLT, I am not new to Environmental Education. I have spent my professional career teaching and learning in the field of Environmental Education- it is what I love to do. I am looking forward to bringing... Read More →
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Carrie Raleigh

Education and Public Outreach Manager, Santa Ana Watershed Association


Saturday October 26, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite G 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

8:00am

Project Based Learning: 3 Easy Steps to Implementation
Want to try Project Based Learning in your Classroom? Discover 3 tools to make it fun and engaging for your students and easy for you while still maintaining rigor.

Speakers
HG

Heather Glanz

GATE Teacher, Rio Seco School
One of my true loves lies in teaching. That moment when a student's eyes and face light up because of something you taught them, that they finally "got", or when they try something new and they are amazed with the results. I love being a part of that! I love the idea that as educators... Read More →
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Dave Tupper

NGSS Early Implementation Director/TOSA, LAKESIDE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT


Saturday October 26, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite H 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

8:00am

Astronomy on the Lawn: Daytime High-Contrast Moon Observations
Can't do astronomy during the day? Think again. Meet astronomer Robert Victor of the Abrams Planetarium on the back lawn of the convention center to see some amazing sites in the daytime (and pre-dawn) sky. From 5:15 to 6:15 AM join for some cool pre-dawn viewing of Mars, Jupiter, the Moon, Comet ISON and winter skies in October. From 8 to 10 AM learn how to use a polarizing filter to do high contrast Moon observations during the day. In the afternoon from 3 to 4:30 PM see a gibbous planet Venus in broad daylight!

Speakers
RV

Robert Victor

Staff Astronomer (retired), Abrams Planetarium, Mich St Univ


Saturday October 26, 2013 8:00am - 10:00am
Palm Springs Convention Center, East Lawn 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

8:00am

FC03: Exploring Joshua Tree National Park - SOLD OUT
Limited Capacity seats available

Joshua Tree National Park is immense, nearly 800,000 acres, and infinitely variable. Viewed from the road, this desert park only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their home in this land shaped by strong winds, unpredictable torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. This land may appear defeated and dead, but within this parched environment are intricate living systems waiting for the opportune moment to reproduce. They depend on their entire ecosystem for survival. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place.
With National Park Service Rangers, come explore this amazing desert ecosystem. Learn about amazing adaptations of plants and animals that call this area home. Explore the geology of one of the top ten rock climbing places in the world. Participants will be hiking in the Wonderful Land of Rocks area of the park. Lunch provided. Ticket: SOLD OUT

Saturday October 26, 2013 8:00am - 4:00pm
Offsite Field Course - Bus Departs Palm Springs Convention Center 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

9:00am

Exhibit Hall
The exhibit hall will open at 9:00 am on Saturday.
Click here to view a floor plan of all exhibitors.

Saturday October 26, 2013 9:00am - 3:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Oasis 1 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

9:30am

21st Century Skills and STEM
Enjoy a fast-paced interactive session that will connect 21st Century Skills to STEM. Through hands-on activities, develop a deeper understanding of the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity), Scientific and Engineering Practices, Standards for Mathematical Practice, and ELA anchor skills. PreK-13+

Speakers
BS

Bradley Schleder

Demonstration Center Director, Kings Canyon USD
MW

Mary Walls

Project Administrator, OMSD


Saturday October 26, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree F

11:00am

Creating a Leadership Legacy Through Science
Disney YES Facilitators will share best practices on how our Cast Members work with students to give them that "ah-ha" moment through Imagination and Science.

Speakers
YF

YES Facilitator

Cast Member, Disney Youth Education Series


Saturday October 26, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree B 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

11:00am

CANCELLED - Science Stories That Will Grab Your Students' Attention
This workshop has been cancelled by the presenter due to a death in the family.

Use wonderful, true, dramatic stories to introduce lessons. I've accumulated accounts of true events, from over 25 years of teaching and reading, in astronomy, physics, chemistry, geology, and more. I'll also describe the lessons that can accompany the stories. Grades PreK-5


Speakers
CB

Camilla Barry

President, Barry Scientific


Saturday October 26, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree D 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

11:00am

Next Generation Science Standards: A Developmental Update
Join us for an up-to-date overview and current developmental status of the Next Generation Science Standards. Develop a deeper understanding of the key elements of these standards, the “storyline” thinking and reasoning used by the Science Expert Panel to assign specific standards to middle school grades, and implementation "next steps" for California. Grade PreK-13+

Speakers
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Dean Gilbert

Science Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education


Saturday October 26, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree C 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

11:00am

“What if…?” “I Wonder…?” Extend Your Read Alouds Through Scientific Inquiry and Math Explorations
Explore innovative, standards-based activities that take you into, through, and beyond the text. Estimate melting time for the Gingerbread Man, discover how the Little Red Hen became a scientist, analyze how peddlers balance caps, measure the longest earthworm, and more!  Grades PreK-K

Speakers
JR

Judy Ross

Kindergarten Teacher, Glazier Elementary School


Saturday October 26, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree E

12:30pm

Power of Discovery: STEM2 Out-of-School Time Initiative
The Power of Discovery: STEM2 initiative focuses on the implementation of a statewide system to support STEM learning opportunities during out-of-school time (OST). The initiative seeks to increase STEM learning in OST and increase student interest and engagement in STEM.
PreK-12

Speakers
JD

Jeff Davis

Program Director, STEM in OST Programs, California Afterschool Network


Saturday October 26, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite E

1:00pm

SC13: Sharing the Story of Primary Science
Come delve into the wonderful world of K-2 life science, NGSS, and STEM. Actively explore exciting pedagogical strategies and innovative ideas for the integration of CCSS, NGSS, and STEM in your primary classroom. Leave ready to use these strategies Monday morning! Grades PreK-2 Ticket $25


Saturday October 26, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Chino B 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

1:30pm

Exhibit Hall - Last Chance and Door Prize Drawings!
This is the last hour and a half of the exhibit hall. Take advantage of the opportunity to grab a late lunch from the concession stand, buy those last minute items, and listen for your name to be called during the door prize drawings. Remember you must be present to win!
Click here to view a current floor plan of all exhibitors.

Saturday October 26, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Oasis 1 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

3:00pm

Astronomy on the Lawn: Gibbous Planet Venus
Can't do astronomy during the day? Think again. Meet astronomer Robert Victor of the Abrams Planetarium on the back lawn of the convention center to see some amazing sites in the daytime (and pre-dawn) sky. From 5:15 to 6:15 AM join for some cool pre-dawn viewing of Mars, Jupiter, the Moon, Comet ISON and winter skies in October. From 8 to 10 AM learn how to use a polarizing filter to do high contrast Moon observations during the day. In the afternoon from 3 to 4:30 PM see a gibbous planet Venus in broad daylight!

Speakers
RV

Robert Victor

Staff Astronomer (retired), Abrams Planetarium, Mich St Univ


Saturday October 26, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, East Lawn 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

3:15pm

Investigations For Little Researchers: Insects Across the Curriculum!
Explore standards-based activities for insect attributes, behavior, and life cycles. Activities include: The Insect Song, BE the Bug, the Silkworm Junior-Senior Researcher Project, and more. You’ll come away with a wealth of ideas you can “use tomorrow” with your students!  Grades PreK-K.

Speakers
JR

Judy Ross

Kindergarten Teacher, Glazier Elementary School


Saturday October 26, 2013 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree E

4:35pm

Issues of Small Science Organizations
This meeting is for leaders of science organizations to meet and discuss their issues. Representatives of CSTA Chapters or those interested in starting an organization are welcomed. Grades PreK-13+

Speakers
DB

Debra Bereki

PhD Candidate, Gold Coast Science Network


Saturday October 26, 2013 4:35pm - 5:35pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite A 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

7:00pm

Evening Star Party - Both Indoors and Out!
Join us for a beautiful evening under the starry desert skies! Head outdoors to see the stars
for yourself through high-powered telescopes and binoculars provided by the Astronomical
Society of the Desert. When you’ve finished stargazing, you can head back indoors to
explore a STARLAB Portable Planetarium, where you’ll see the night sky devoid of any light
pollution. You can also learn how to make your own inflatable planetarium for your classroom,
presented by Maureen Allen of the Orange County Office of Education. The finished
project is large enough to seat 35-40 children and costs less than $35 to make! This event is
included with your registration. CSTA requests that you RSVP with your registration.

Just added to the Stargazing Party:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Invasion of the Cognitive Scientists - into Astronomy 

Stephanie J. Slater, Ph.D., Research Professor Capital College Department of Engineering and Executive Director of CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research

Given the innately captivating nature of astronomy – alien planet landscapes, exploding stars, black holes hidden within galaxies, and speeding space probes – teachers are often surprised at how challenging it is to convert astronomy from a lecture-dominated descriptive class to a scientific inquiry-oriented one as called for in the NGSS. Fortunately, recent advances in cognitive science offer new pathways for teaching astronomy through inquiry. Dr. Slater will illustrate how a scaffolding approach dramatically enhances students’ ability to do scientific inquiry in astronomy and improve their conceptual understanding of science.

Speakers
MA

Maureen Allen

Science Consultant, Orange County Dept. of Education
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Stephanie Slater

Research Professor Capital College Department of Engineering and Executive Director of CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research


Saturday October 26, 2013 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, East Lawn 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262
 
Sunday, October 27
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast, Sponsored by Chevron
Gather with colleagues and get a good start to your day! Chevron will host a continental breakfast before the closing keynote speaker. Take this time to plan your Sunday, grab contact information from colleagues, and get a cup of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal before heading into the Closing Session.

Sponsored by Chevron

Sponsors

Sunday October 27, 2013 7:30am - 8:00am
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Ballroom Foyer 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

8:00am

Closing Session and Keynote Address
How will the combination of a booming global population and global warming change the world? Which countries will struggle, and which will prosper? Laurence Smith believes the North is set for major gains. In his talk, Smith will outline the changes that our world will face in the next 50 years, both geologically and societally.

Sponsored by Chevron

Speakers
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Laurence Smith

Climate Scientist and Professor, and Author of The World in 2050.

Sponsors

Sunday October 27, 2013 8:00am - 9:15am
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, California Ballroom 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

10:40am

Flip Your Classroom! Uniting Science Classrooms and the Common Core with Flipped Teaching
Flip Your Classroom! Flipped teaching is a new trend that brings many powerful benefits to the science classroom. This session will focus on the benefits and best practices of flipped instruction as well as the nuts and bolts of implementation.

Link to Handouts: http://goo.gl/t9aeWr
 

Speakers
avatar for Jen Alcazar

Jen Alcazar

Co-Director, UC Irvine Science Education Program


Sunday October 27, 2013 10:40am - 11:40am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite C 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262