Committees

2018/2019 Committees

CSTA's Board of Directors and the work of CSTA are served by several standing and ad hoc committees. These committees act in an advisory capacity to the board and do a great deal of the work of the association. All committees are filled and directed by volunteer members and supported by CSTA staff. Each committee also has a board liaison. You must be a member of CSTA to serve on a committee. Committee services is a great way to get involved with CSTA and hone your leadership skills.

CSTA accepts applications for committee service March - May. Committee terms are for one year (except conference committee, which is closer to 18 months) and terms run July 1 - June 30. Conference committee terms end after the conference concludes.

Below you will find a list of CSTA's 2018/19 committees, a brief description of the committee, the names of the committee chairs, and the staff liaisons for each committee. If you would like to reach the chair of a committee, please contact the staff liaison.

2018 Conference Committee
The 2018 California Science Education Conference will be held in Pasadena, CA November 30 - December 2, 2018. This committee's work is from November 2017 - December 2019. Committee members will meet in person and over the phone to plan the content - both fun and educational - for the 2018 conference.
Committee Chair: Anthony Quan
Staff Liaison:
Beth Bettencourt

2019 Conference Committee
The 2019 California Science Education Conference will be held in San Jose, CA October 18-20, 2019. This committee's work is from October 2018 - November 2019. Committee members will meet in person and over the phone to plan the content - both fun and educational - for the 2019 conference.
Committee Chair: Jennifer Janzen
Staff Liaison:
Beth Bettencourt

Outreach/Electronic Communications Committee
This committee oversees all aspects of electronic communications and social media for the Association (currently Twitter and Facebook). Working in collaboration with the Executive Director and office staff, the Outreach/Electronic Communications Committee maintains all electronic social media and facilitates communications with members. Proposes policies and procedures for maintaining and promoting the digital image of the Association.
Committee Co-Chairs: Jenny Chien and Jill Grace
Staff Liaison:
William Valentine

Legislative Oversight Committee
The Legislative Oversight Committee (LOC) monitors State and Federal legislative and budget issues, develops potential responses to issues and assists Executive Director and President in composing letters and communications in response to proposed legislation and state budget. The LOC informs members of pending legislation by writing articles for the association's newsletter, California Classroom Science, and other social media venues.
Committee Co-Chairs: Kurt Holland and Shawna Metcalf
Staff Liaison:
Jessica Sawko

Membership/Marketing Committee
Develops strategies for increasing the visibility of the Association and attracting support from currently untapped sources. Reviews and provides feedback on new marketing materials to promote the association and membership. Promotes increased membership in the Association by attracting new members, retention of existing members, and return of past members. Monitors and proposes membership incentives designed to increase membership. Develops strategies to engage new and preservice teachers in the Association.
Committee Co-Chairs: Allison Bogart and Lisa Hegdahl
Staff Liaison:
Zi Stair

NGSS Committee
To monitor the progress of the implementation of NGSS and inform the board as necessary, develop strategies and proposals for the CSTA board to consider as it relates to CSTA's role in the implementation of the NGSS in California. The NGSS committee in 2018/2019 will be active in participating in instructional materials adoption feedback among other activities.
Committee Co-Chairs: Wendy Hagan and David Tupper
Staff Liaison:
Jessica Sawko

Policy Committee
The CSTA Policy Committee works on both policy for CSTA as an organization, in conjunction with CSTA staff, and on position statements that are developed to articulate CSTA's position and represent the membership's views on topical issues that will promote high-quality science education for all students. Membership on this committee by non-board members is vital to fully represent the diverse voices of California science teachers in this work.
Committee Co-Chairs: Marian Murphy-Shaw and Jenna Porter
Staff Liaison:
Jessica Sawko

Publications and Materials Review Committee
Oversees the publication of the California Classroom Science newsletter by soliciting, writing, and editing articles from members on a bi-monthly basis. Develops strategies for generating income for the Association through advertising in Association publications. Investigates possible strategies for providing members only content. The newsletter is scheduled for an overhaul in 2018/19 and volunteers will be asked to inform that work.
Committee Co-Chairs: Vickie Harri and Jill Grace
Staff Liaison:
William Valentine

Environmental Literacy Taskforce
The Environmental Literacy Taskforce has been charged with developing CSTA's position statement on Environmental Literacy for consideration by the CSTA Board of Directors. In addition, the committee is tasked with providing input to staff and other committees as their work relates to Environmental Literacy.
Committee Co-Chairs: Kurt Holland and Shawna Metcalf
Staff Liaison:
Jessica Sawko