CSTA

Committees

Committee Volunteers for 2020/2021 -

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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 and do a great deal of the work of the association. CSTA is now seeking volunteers for various committees for 2020-2021. Committee service is a great way to get involved with CSTA and develop your leadership skills.

Committee terms are for one year and terms run July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 (with the exception of the conference committee). The Conference committee will serve from October 2020 through October 2021.

You must be a current CSTA member to participate on a committee and must maintain that membership throughout your term. Update your membership today!

There are eight committees to choose from:

  • 2021 Conference Committee
  • Environmental Literacy Committee
  • Legislative Oversight Committee
  • Membership/Marketing Committee
  • NGSS Committee
  • Outreach/Electronic Communications Committee
  • Policy Committee
  • Publications Committee

If you are interested in serving on one of the committees please complete the interest form by Friday, May 15, 2020.

Committee Interest Form


2019-2020 Committees


2020 Conference Committee

The 2020 California Science Education Conference will be held in Palm Springs, CA October 16 - 18, 2020. This committee's work is from September 2019 - November 2020. Committee members will meet in person and over the phone to plan the content - both fun and educational - for the 2020 conference.
Committee Chair: Debbie Gordon
Staff Liaison:
Beth Bettencourt

Environmental Literacy Committee
The Environmental Literacy Committee is a new committee for CSTA in 2019/2020. This committee will serve in an advisory capacity and as a resource for CSTA, providing input to staff and other committees as their work relates to Environmental Literacy.
2019/20 Task Force Co-Chairs: Kurt Holland and Peter A'Hearn
Staff Liaison: Camron King

Legislative Oversight Committee
The Legislative Oversight Committee (LOC) monitors State and Federal legislative and budget issues, develops potential responses to issues and assists Executive Director and President in composing letters and communications in response to proposed legislation and state budget. The LOC informs members of pending legislation by writing articles for the association's newsletter, California Classroom Science, and other social media venues.
2019/20 Committee Co-Chairs: Kurt Holland and Shawna Metcalf
Staff Liaison:
Camron King

Membership/Marketing Committee
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. 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.
2019/20 Committee Co-Chairs: Peter A'Hearn and Linda Tolladay
Staff Liaison:
Zi Stair

NGSS Committee
To monitor the progress of the implementation 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 2018/2019 will be active in participating in instructional materials adoption feedback among other activities.
2019/20 Committee Co-Chairs: Jill Grace and David Tupper
Staff Liaison:
Camron King

Outreach/Electronic Communications Committee
This committee oversees all aspects of electronic communications and social media for the Association (currently Twitter and Facebook). 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. The committee also proposes policies and procedures for maintaining and promoting the digital image of the Association.
2019/20 Committee Co-Chairs: Alyssa Nemeckova-Fairfield and Maralee Thorburn
Staff Liaison:
Michele Holcomb

Policy Committee
The CSTA Policy Committee works on both policy for CSTA as an organization, in conjunction with CSTA staff, and on position statements that are developed to articulate CSTA's position and represent the membership's views on topical issues that will promote high-quality science education for all students. Membership on this committee by non-board members is vital to fully represent the diverse voices of California science teachers in this work.
2019/20 Committee Co-Chairs: Jenna Porter and Claudio Vargas
Staff Liaison:
Camron King

Publications Committee
Oversees the publication of the California Classroom Science newsletter by soliciting, writing, and editing articles from members on a bi-monthly basis. Develops strategies for generating income for the Association through advertising in Association publications. Investigates possible strategies for providing members only content.
2019/20 Committee Co-Chairs: Vickie Harri and Debbie Gordon
Staff Liaison:
Michele Holcomb