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OCTOBER 21-23, 2016 | Palm Springs, CA


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

The moment has arrived! CSTA is now accepting workshop proposals for the 2016 California Science Education Conference.
For those of you familiar with the California Science Education Conference, there is a change to our workshop program that you need to know. Just as California NGSS is changing science instruction and learning in the classroom, CSTA recognizes that 60-minute workshops are no longer sufficient to provide professional learning about lesson sequences and how they fit into larger lesson segments. As a result, CSTA has modified our conference format to feature 90-mintue workshops.

That is not the only change. The 2016 Conference proposal form will now ask you to share more information about what you and participants will be doing during the course of the workshop; 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.

CSTA encourages you to share your knowledge with your colleagues and submit a proposal to present a workshop today!

The deadline to submit a proposal for 90-minute workshops is March 4, 2016.
About Workshops: Workshops address an area of science, are targeted to one or more tracks, and may address several areas of emphasis. Workshops must be aligned with adopted state standards. They are 90 minutes in length and may consist of hands-on activities, lecture, demonstration, and/or discussion. 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 workshop 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.

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 150 workshops and events over the course of the conference. Registration is compulsory for all workshop presenters. Co-presenters are not eligible for registration discounts.

Review of Proposals: All workshop proposals will be reviewed by two members of the 2016 Conference Committee. The name of the proposal submitter is not viewable by the reviewer.

Workshop Reviews and Scoring Rubric: All workshop proposals will be reviewed by two members of the 2016 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 levels and subject matters. Thus, the selection of workshops is based not only on their review score, but also on the number of workshops 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 April, 2016.
Click to start your workshop proposal today!