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2013 CALIFORNIA SCIENCE
EDUCATION CONFERENCE

OCTOBER 25-27, 2013 • PALM SPRINGS

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STRANDS -

The California Science Education Conference offers two unique professional development opportunities for teachers. Upper division university credit and a certificate of completion are available.

No Child Left Behind Professional Development Strand:

The No Child Left Behind/Title II Professional Development Strand includes in-depth Short Courses, Field Courses, Focus Speakers, and workshops. Participants may earn one upper division university credit from CSU, Long Beach and/or a certificate of completion from CSTA. There is an additional tuition fee (TBD) and written assignment requirement for the unit of credit.

Qualifying Sessions: All sessions presented at the 2013 conference qualify for the NCLB credit. To earn the unit of university credit, participants will be asked to submit a written assignment along with their professional development passport describing how the sessions they chose to attend will help them in their professional development goal. For the certificate of completion from CSTA, submission of the professional development passport is the only requirement.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

CSTA Certificate of Completion:
1. Twelve hours of instruction through attendance at conference sessions. Participants may select any combination of sessions, including Short Courses, Field Courses, Focus Speaker sessions, and workshops which total 12 hours.

2. Submission of Completed Passport by December 2. Passports will be included in the conference program book. Participants must have their passports signed by the presenters in order to earn the certificate of completion.

University Credit from CSU Long Beach
1. Twelve hours of instruction through attendance at conference sessions. Participants must submit their signed professional development passport, a written assignment (after the conference) describing the sessions they attended, how they will implement what they’ve learned and how the sessions help them to meet their professional development goals. You may select any combination of sessions, including Short Courses, Field Courses, Focus Speaker sessions, and workshops which total 12 hours.

2. Completion of the NCLB Course Assignment by December 2. Assignment will be available on the web in September. Participants must submit their signed professional development passport, course registration and fees. and their written assignment by December 2, 2013. Assignment and registration details will be available online at www.scienceteaching.org. The course will appear on your transcript as SCED490: Special Topics in Science Education.

New Teacher Professional Development Strand:

The New Teacher Professional Development Strand is designed specifically for teachers in their first three years of teaching. The strand is designed to provide new teachers with both content knowledge and pedagogical skills. Participants in the strand may earn university-level credit from CSU Long Beach and/or a certificate of completion from CSTA. There is an additional fee ($125) and required written assignment for the unit of credit. The New Teacher Professional Development Strand will cover essential skills for new teachers in classroom management, literacy, materials management, integration, pedagogy, and conceptual understanding.

Qualifying Sessions: A preliminary list of qualifying sessions may be found on-line. Qualifying sessions are indicated with an apple icon . A complete list of qualifying events, including workshops, will be updated continually on the CSTA website and are searchable by professional development strand. All professional development sessions will be printed in the official conference program.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

CSTA Certificate of Completion:
1. Twelve hours of instruction through attendance at qualifying sessions. All sessions that qualify for this Professional Development Strand will be clearly marked in the official conference program and will be listed at www.cascience.org. You may select any combination of qualifying sessions, including Short Courses, Field Courses, Focus Speaker sessions, and workshops which total 12 hours.

2. Submission of Completed Passport by December 2. Passports will be available for pick-up at the registration desk. Participants must have their passports signed by the presenters in order to earn the certificate of completion.

University Credit from CSU Long Beach
1. Twelve hours of instruction through attendance at qualifying sessions. All sessions that qualify for this Professional Development Strand will be clearly marked in the official conference program and will be listed at www.cascience.org . You may select any combination of qualifying sessions, including Short Courses, Field Courses, Focus Speaker sessions, and workshops which total 12 hours. The assignment associated with this course requires participants to create lesson plans, try new activities and/or strategies in their classroom, and write post-lesson reflections. Assignment and registration details will be available online at www.scienceteaching.org.

2. Completion of the Course Assignment by December 2. Assignment will be available on the web in September. Participants must submit their signed professional development passport, course registration and fees and the written assignment by December 2, 2013. The course will appear on your transcript as SCED490: Special Topics in Science Education.

NOTE: Participants may apply for only one unit of credit, either the NCLB credit or the New Teacher Professional Development credit, not both.

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