2015 California Science Education Conference

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See You in Sacramento!

Advanced registration is now closed - but you can still make plans to attend! Click for details.

The CSTA conference will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center, located at 1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. For directions, parking information, and more, visit our travel information pages:

The CSTA Conference Registration Desk will be located in the 3rd Floor East Lobby of the convention center. Click for the registration desk schedule and to download a registration form for on-site registration.

Registration will be open in the 3rd Floor East Lobby: (click for directions)

Thursday, October 1, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm (There are no events on Thursday, only on-site registration and badge pick-up.)

Friday, October 2, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 3, 7:00 am - 5:45 pm

Sunday, October 4, 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

The California Science Education Conference is the annual conference of the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA). For more than 20 years the conference has been providing up-to-the-minute educational programs for California's science educators. The conference features the perfect mix of hands-on, one-hour workshops, engaging lectures from professional scientists and university-level educators, in-depth three- and six-hour courses, one-of-a-kind field course experiences, and quality networking opportunities that are only possible when meeting face-to-face.

*NEW* 2015/16 California State Budget Allocates Over $3 Billion to Be Used to Support NGSS Implementation

Just over $3 billionwill be distributed to school districts for the purpose of reimbursement of state-mandated local program costs. This payment is a pay down of the debt that the state owes to LEAs. These funds are discretionary in the 2015/16 budget - meaning “the governing board of a school district or community college district may expend the one-time funds received [...] for any purpose, as determined by the governing board.” The budget goes on to state “It is the intent of the Legislature that school districts shall prioritize the use of these one-time funds for professional development, induction for beginning teachers [...], technology infrastructure, and any other investments necessary to support implementation of the common core standards in English language arts and mathematics, the [...] English language development standards, and the [...] Next Generation Science Standards.” Click to learn more.

Conference sessions are designed to meet the needs of both new and veteran science educators. There are sessions for all grade levels, Pre-K-12 and preservice educators. Each educational session is designated by one of the following tracks: earth/space science, life science, biology, environmental science, chemistry, physics, physical science, integrated science, STEM, and engineering; and addresses one or more of the following emphasis:

  • NGSS 3-Dimensional Learning
  • Classroom Management/Engagement
  • Common Core - Literacy
  • Common Core - Math
  • Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs)
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs)
  • Science & Engineering Practices (SEPs)
  • English Learner/English Language Development
  • Informal Science Education
  • Leadership (coaching, site leadership, administrator, professional development)
  • Pedagogy
  • Preservice Teacher Education
  • Technology

Reservations for the 2015 Exhibit Hall are now being accepted.