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Proposal Deadline: January 15, 2015

We invite you to share your teaching strategies and science expertise with your colleagues by presenting a short course at the California Science Education Conference. CSTA seeks classroom teachers, informal educators, university professors, education professionals, and other members of the education community who can conduct interesting, informative, and useful three- or six-hour short courses for conference attendees.

About Short Courses: Short courses are ticketed courses that offer participants an opportunity to explore a topic in-depth during a three- or six-hour course. Short courses typically consist of a considerable amount of hands-on activity, interactive instruction, group work, and discussion. A short course presenter is typically considered an expert in his or her field. Proposals should have embedded in the content appropriate 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.

CSTA encourages you to make your short course subject matter and grade level specific (as opposed to spanning all grade levels). This, along with a well organized, well written, and informative description, will increase your chances of having your proposal accepted.

In addition to providing the standards to be addressed, short course proposals will ask you to provide the following information:

SCIENCE (select one):

  • Chemistry
  • Earth/Space Science
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Integrated Science
  • Life Science/Biology
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • STEM

TRACKS (may select more than one):

  • PreK-2 (Primary)
  • 3-5 (Intermediate)
  • 6-8 (Middle School/Jr. High)
  • 9-12 (High School)
  • 13+ (Community College/University)

EMPHASIS (may select up to three):

  • 3-D Learning
  • CCSS–Literacy
  • CCSS–Math
  • Classroom Management/Engagement
  • EL
  • Pedagogy
  • Informal Science Education


  • Preservice Teacher Education
  • Technology
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs)
  • Science & Engineering Practices (SEPs)
  • Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs)
  • Leadership (coaching, site leadership, administrator, professional development)

Presenter Reimbursement: Short course lead presenters will be reimbursed for materials used during their session based on the estimated cost indicated on the short course proposal form. Lead presenters will be required to submit original receipts and an itemized list of materials used. A reimbursement form and instructions will be included in the presenter registration packet.

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

Review of Proposals: All short course proposals will be reviewed by two members of the 2015 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 www.cascience.org/csta/pdf/rubric.pdf.

Proposal Selection: CSTA seeks to offer a variety and balance of programming across grade levels and subject matters. Thus, the selection of short courses 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, 2015.

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