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CSTA 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. All committees are filled and directed by volunteers 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 recruits committee members February - May of each year.

2016 Conference Committee

Jill Grace, Chair

The 2016 California Science Education Conference will be held in Palm Springs, CA. This committee's work is from October 2015 - October 2016. Committee members will meet in person and over the phone to plan the content - both fun and educational - for the 2016 conference. Volunteers needed: 8 - 12.


Outreach/Electronic Communications Committee

Jill Grace, 2014 Chair

This committee oversees all aspects of electronic communications and social media for the Association. 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. Volunteers needed: 5-7.

Legislative Oversight Committee

Jeff Orlinsky, 2014 Chair

The Legislative Oversight Committee (LOC) monitors State and Federal legislative and policy issues, develops potential responses to issues and assists Executive Director and President in composing letters and communications in response to proposed legislation and state policies. The LOC informs members of pending legislation by writing articles for CCS and other social media venues. Volunteers needed: 6-10.

Marketing/Communications Committee

Lisa Hegdahl, 2014 Chair

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. Volunteers needed: 5-7.


Membership and Preservice Committee

Lisa Hegdahl, 2014 Chair

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. Volunteers needed: 5-7.

NGSS Committee

Peter A'Hearn,
2014 Co-Chair
Laura Henriques,
2014 Co-Chair

To monitor the progress of the inplementation 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 2015/2016 will be active in participating in the curriculum framework development process among other activities.Volunteers needed: 15-20.

Publications and Materials Review Committee

Carolyn Holcroft,
2014 Co-Chair
Valerie Joyner,
2014 Co-Chair

Oversees the publication of the California Classroom Science newsletter by soliciting, writing, and editing articles from members on a monthly basis. Develops strategies for generating income for the Association through advertising in Association publications. Investigates possible strategies for providing members only content. Volunteers needed: 5-7.