2015 California Science Education Conference Registration

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Register On-Site!

Advanced Registration is now closed for the 2015 CSTA Conference. You can still plan to attend for practical advice on applying NGSS (and Common Core) in your classroom. We have room available. Download a registration form and bring it with you to the conference or fill one out when you arrive.

Conference registration includes access to over 200 workshops, the exhibit hall, evening events, focus speaker sessions, and keynote speakers.

Already registered for the conference? Click here to start planning your professional development. Save your schedule, share it with your colleagues, and view it on your mobile device while at the conference.

On-site registration will be available. Please see the registration desk schedule below. Want to arrive at the conference ready to register? Download and complete the registration form that is a part of the registration brochure.

Hotel reservations are still being accepted - we have just added another hotel!: Click here for online reservations and pricing details.

On-Site Registration Desk:

The on-site registration desk will be located in the 3rd Floor East Lobby of the Sacramento Convention Center.Click here for directions to the convention center.

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

To register for the conference download a copy of the registration form and bring it completed along with payment (credit card, check, or P.O. made payble to CSTA) to the Sacramento Convention Center.

Registration FAQs: Click here

Download a registration form and bring it completed with payment to the conference.

Click here to download a full copy of the registration brochure.

Registration FAQs: Click here

Get Funded for Your Conference Participation:

The 2015/2016 State Budget signed on June 24, 2015 by Governor Brown includes billions of dollars that can be used by your district to fund you conference participation! It will be up to you at the local level to secure this funding, as much of it is discretionary. CSTA encourages you to make a plan and a budget to present to your administrator.

Here are a few other options for funding your participation:

Receive support from your school or LEA Through the Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control and Accountability Plan: The implementation of state standards is State Priority #2 under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Many districts have earmarked professional development for teachers in Common Core (CCSS), and a few have included the Next Generation Science Standards as well. Check your district's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) under state priority #2 for available funds. The 2015 California Science Education Conference offers workshops and other quality learning opportunities for educators implementing Common Core State Standards and NGSS. (See the FAQs on the California Department of Education Website for information on State Priority #2.)

NCLB Title I Part A, Title II Part A, Part B, and Part D, and Title III Funds: All of these funds have their own requirements, however the conference workshops and other programs offered at the 2015 California Science Education Conference meet many of the requirements. Check with your administrator, district science lead, NCLB coordinator, or grants coordinator for details. Qualifying workshops include those with a Literacy/English Learner focus, subject matter knowledge, improved teaching skills, assisting teachers to use the state content standards, assessment, and technology.

Pay your own way: Investing in your own professional development is a rewarding experience and may even be tax-deductible. When incurred for the purpose of maintaining or improving your present profession, expenses for training (such as tuition, travel, lodging, and meals) may be tax-deductible. Consult your tax advisor for details.

2015 Conference Registration Rates:

CSTA Members save when registering for the conference. Not a member? Join before you register and save! Membership is just $50/year.


Early Bird
On or Before June 30 July 15!

July 1 - September 14

On or After September 14

CSTA Member Registration*

Full Registration




Weekend Only




CSTA Preservice Member*

Full Registration




Weekend Only




Nonmember Registration

Full Registration




Weekend Only




Other Rates









*Membership paid through November 1, 2015 or later.

+Groups of 20 or more qualify for this special rate regardless of the membership status of each registrant. All forms (one for each registrant) must be accompanied by a single check or purchase order and received by September 14, 2015. Group registrations will not be accepted at on-site registration.

Registration FAQs

Q: What is included in the conference registration fee?

A: Your registration fee includes over 200 one-hour workshops, the opening and closing general sessions, focus speaker sessions, and full access to the exhibit hall. Weekend-only registrations include only those workshops,and Focus Speaker sessions held on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 - 4 and access to the exhibit hall on Saturday.

Other ticketed events such as the Awards Luncheon, short courses, evening events, and field courses are not included in your registration fee.

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Q: What forms of payment does CSTA accept?

A: CSTA accepts checks and purchase orders (see note below) for conference fees, made payable to CSTA. We also accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. CSTA's federal tax ID number is 94-2926545. CSTA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

Special Note Regarding Purchase Orders: POs used as payment for the conference must be received by September 14, 2015. You may use a Purchase Order if you register on-site, however, you must have a copy of the original purchase order. We are not able to accept just the purchase order number as payment.

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Q: I want to register at the Early-Bird Rate, but I won't be able to secure funding from my district or school until the fall. Can I still register at the Early-Bird rate?

A: Yes. Complete your registration on-line or via fax with payment. When we receive payment from your school/district in the fall, we will refund the fees in full to your credit card.

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Q: My school district has approved my request to attend the conference but the purchase order will not be processed by the registration deadline. If I pay the conference fees myself, will I be refunded after CSTA receives payment from my school district?

A: Yes, CSTA will refund any funds that were submitted by you once payment has been received from your school district. We recommend you submit your payment with a credit card which will allow us to process your refund more quickly.

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Q: Are registration fees transferable?

A: Yes! In fact, if you are registered for the conference and then find that you cannot attend yourself, we encourage you to send a colleague in your place along with a signed letter stating you wish to transfer your registration fee.

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Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: If you need to cancel your registration, the cancellation notice must be made in writing and received by CSTA prior to September 14, 2015. Cancellations should be directed to the Executive Director and can be mailed (950 Glenn Dr. Ste. 150, Folsom, CA 95630), faxed (916) 979-7023), or e-mailed (registration@cascience.org) to CSTA. Cancellations are subject to a $25 administrative fee. Registration fees are fully transferable; if you need to cancel you are strongly encouraged to send a colleague in your place. To transfer your registration to another person, send a request in writing stating to whom you wish to transfer your registration fee.

A full refund of the registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee, will be granted for all written cancellation requests received by September 14, 2015. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after this date. Refunds will be issued based on the manner of payment by November 15, 2015. Refunds will not be processed at the conference and there are no refunds for no-shows. Meal purchases cannot be refunded, and no refunds will be issued for amounts under $25.

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Q: Can I register at the conference?

A: Yes, you may register at the On-Site registration desk; however, CSTA strongly recommends that you pre-register, which allows you to save time and money. It also ensures you space in ticketed events.

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Q: I've pre-registered for the conference. Will I receive my conference materials in the mail?

A: You will receive an e-mail registration confirmation but the conference materials will not be mailed. The entire conference schedule will be available on the CSTA web site beginning in May. The schedule is searchable by presenter name, subject matter, grade level, professional development strand, and day. CSTA encourages you to view the on-line schedule and plan your participation prior to the conference. Pre-registered attendees may report directly to the Pre-Registration counter and pick up their conference materials.

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Q: Can my spouse/partner attend the conference with me?

A: Registration for a spouse/partner allows admission to exhibits area, general sessions, evening events (if a ticket is purchased), and focus speakers events only. Spouse/Partners may not participate in field courses, short courses, or workshops.

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Q: Can I bring my child to the conference with me?

A: While we recognize that some events may be of some interest to children, our primary concern is for the enjoyment and benefit of our adult attendees. It is not our intention to prohibit attendance by children; however, CSTA assumes no liability for the actions, supervision, care taking, or well being of children. Any children brought to a CSTA event must be accompanied at all times by their parent or adult guardian. Children are required to register for the conference. Children's registration provides admission only to the same activities as the spouse/partner registration.

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