Welcome to the Science Education Community

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Our Community Members

The CSU Science Education Community is a community for CSU faculty and K-12  and community college educators participating in reforms preparing future and current elementary and secondary teachers for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Community is part of a CSU systemwide initiative designed to prepare teaches who are world class in both the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M).

Promoting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The CSU STEM Education Community is based upon the concept of a “teaching commons” whereby the community of CSU STEM, education, and STEM education faculty advance preparation of future as well as current elementary and secondary teachers for the NGSS through sharing of ideas, practices, information, and resources.

Web Resources in STEM Education-Examples Created by CSU Faculties

Dr. Susan Belgrad, Professor of Elementary Education, CSU Northridge

Dr. Belgrad leads the STEM Innovations Team--with faculty and leaders from the College of Education and Engineering and Computer Sciences. The Team advances the need for educators to focus on the "T and E" in STEM learning that promotes student achievement from Pre-K to College and Career. This website features her recent presentation, announcements of STEM opportunities, and recommended resources for K-12 teachers.
Click here to view Dr. Belgrad's example

Dr. Lesley Farmer, Professor of Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, CSU Long Beach

K12 Digital Citizenship
This site provides K-12 curriculum and resources on digital citizenship and professional development for adults working with K-12 students; targeted for teachers, parents, administrators and tech specialists.
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Dr. Laura Henriques, Co-Director of the FLM/FLGS Programs, CSU Long Beach

Expanding Learning Time in After-School and Summer Enrichment Programs: Science, Math, and Integrated STEM Activities for Middle and High School Students
This site highlights teacher-developed and field-tested math, science, and integrated STEM lessons for 6th – 12th grade.
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Another CSU-MERLOT Partnership

CSU faculty engaged in preparation and professional development for elementary and secondary teachers can share high quality resources and make them available through this web site and through the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) at www.merlot.orgMERLOT provides CSU faculty and partners an opportunity to "publish" online, to develop comprehensive personal collections of valuable resources, and to make contributions to this growing digital library.

Help Build Our Library

This site is available thanks to the hard work of educators throughout the CSU and our many partners. Click Here to learn how to contribute materials on a broad range of topics to its parent library, MERLOT.

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Condition Of STEM 2015 California: American College Testing Report

The American College Testing Program (ACT) Condition of STEM 2015 California Report shows a significant interest in STEM careers among California's 2015 class of graduating seniors. However, of the four subjects measured on the ACT assessment (English, reading, math and science), performance in science is lowest, as described in the full report and summary.

Continuum Integrating STEM in Teacher Preparation and Induction

This report presents a coherent framework moving from pre-service through induction in STEM. It embeds STEM throughout preparation and induction for K-8 teachers, using the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) as a framework. The report connects STEM teacher preparation and induction with the new California standards in all K-8 content areas.

The Keys of Success in K-6 NGSS Implementation III: Exemplars of Learning through Scientific and Engineering Practices

Webinar hosted by California State University and the WestEd Schools Moving Up Community

March 13, 2015, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The scientific and engineering practices in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) focus on the central practices used in the field, including asking questions and defining problems, modeling, investigating, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics, developing explanations, engaging in augmentation and evaluating information. In this highly informative webinar, expert presenters will describe approaches for preparing current and future teachers to advance their students’ understanding of the NGSS scientific and engineering practices by providing engaging experiences that directly engage students in the practices.

PPT for Webinar III Mar. 13 2015 (PDF)

Archive for Webinar III Mar. 13 2015 (PDF)

The Keys to Success in K-6 NGSS Implementation II: Crosscutting Concepts and CCSS Alignment

Webinar hosted by California State University and the WestEd Schools Moving Up Community

February 20, 2015, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) create an unprecedented opportunity to advance students’ understanding and excitement about science. The NGSS features seven key crosscutting concepts across science and engineering. This outstanding webinar will demonstrate how to prepare current and future K-6 teachers to advance their students’ knowledge of how the disciplines connect in a coherent and scientific view of he world. Six expert presenters will provide successful examples of teaching approaches and activities that advance understanding of the crosscutting concepts and the integration of the NGSS with the CCSS in Math and English/Language Arts.

PPT For Webinar II Feb. 20 2015 (PDF)

Archive for Webinar II Feb. 20 2015

The Keys to Success in K-6 NGSS Implementation I: Webinar on Two Exemplary Models from the CSU NGSS Undergraduate Reform Project

CSU, in partnership with WestEd, hosted an NGSS focused webinar that featured two outstanding programs for preparing future elementary teachers in science and engineering. Please visit the archive to learn more.about Next Generation Physics and EverydayThinking (NextGenPET.) and Engineering is Elementary (EiE)