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OCTOBER 13-15, 2017 | Sacramento, CA


Share what you've learned with your peers. Click to start your short course proposal today!

The moment has arrived! CSTA is now accepting short course proposals for the 2017 California Science Education Conference.

Science teachers are invited to share labs, lessons, lesson sequences, and best practices.
The 2017 Conference proposal form will ask you to share more information about what you and participants will be doing during the course of the short course; how your session demonstrates what NGSS looks like in the classroom; how the three dimensions of NGSS are integrated into your lesson; and how you see the session fitting into a classroom setting. A complete list of proposal questions is available here, as is the scoring rubric.

About Short Courses: Short courses address an area of science content, are targeted to one or more grade bands, and may address several areas of emphasis. Short courses must be aligned with adopted state standards. They are three- or six- hours in length and may consist of hands-on activities, lecture, demonstration, and/or discussion. Proposals should have embedded in the content appropriate performance expectations using 3-Dimensional Learning, including disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and/or crosscutting concepts; and address one or more of the California NGSS and/or Common Core State Standards for Literacy or Math. Proposals should also include an agenda with a time estimate of each task, a description of what the presenter and participant are doing during this time, as well as time for participant reflection during or at the conclusion is encouraged.

CSTA encourages you to make your short course subject matter and grade band specific (as opposed to spanning all grade bands). This, along with a well-organized, well written, and informative description, will increase your chances of having your proposal accepted.
CSTA encourages you to share your knowledge with your colleagues and submit a proposal to present a short course today!

The deadline to submit a proposal for a short course is February 6, 2017.
Discounted Presenter Registration: Lead presenters who are current members of CSTA will receive a fifty percent discount on conference registration, allowing full access to more than 200 workshops and events over the course of the conference. Registration is compulsory for all workshop presenters. Co-presenters are not eligible for registration discounts.

Short Course Reviews and Scoring Rubric: All short course proposals will be reviewed by two members of the 2017 Conference Committee. The name of the proposal submitter is not viewable by the reviewer. For a copy of the rubric that will be used to review the proposals, please visit http://www.cascience.org/csta/pdf/Rubric.pdf.

Proposal Selection: CSTA seeks to offer a variety and balance of programming across grade bands and subject matters. Thus, the selection of short course is based not only on their review score, but also on the number of short courses needed to offer this diverse programming. Those submitting proposals will be notified by mail and/or e-mail of the status of their proposal in late March, 2017.
Click to start your short course proposal today!