Professional science education communities integrate learning with practice and provide opportunities for collaboration. The Science Education Community will: 1) Address the isolation of classroom teachers and instill a strong sense of efficacy, which is important in raising student achievement; 2) Support a collaborative culture where reflective practice is an important element of improving science teaching and learning; 3) Promote the effective implementation of science instructional materials in the classroom; 4) Focus on improvement of content and pedagogical knowledge in support of teaching and learning science; and 5) Provide support to implement a high quality science program in all classrooms.
Science Education Professional Societies
As a new science teacher, you are among an elite family of individuals committed to improving students' critical thinking and problem solving through the process of scientific investigation and the language of science. Below, you will find links to outstanding resources to help you achieve this goal. Join a professional organization and stay in touch with your colleagues. It is a critical step to long term career satisfaction.
Learn more about science education professional societies that have been set up to support your efforts.
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Interested in honing your best practices in science education and meeting the new credentialing demands? You can find out about the many exciting professional development opportunities for California Science Teachers by visiting www.cascience.org and nationally by visiting www.nsta.org
Also you may visit the website at your local CSU campus to learn what may be offered in your area. The list of CSU campuses is available at www.calstate.edu
California Science Project
The California Science Project is currently represented regionally by 18 sites. Although they have much in common, each site is staffed by individuals with unique science and teaching backgrounds. Each site has designed and developed programs to meet local educational needs. For futher information, please visit http://csmp.ucop.edu.
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