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CSCS Teacher Darshana Shah wins Bio Teacher of the Year

posted Sep 29, 2016, 10:18 AM by Brian Foley   [ updated Sep 29, 2016, 10:25 AM ]

Darshana photo
Darshana has been a leading teacher at Portola MS for years and an early CSCS adopter and the director for Girls in Science and Technology club. She been named the California winner of the 2016 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA) sponsored by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

CSCS Email list

posted Aug 24, 2016, 9:19 PM by Brian Foley

CSCS email list - cscs1617-g@csun.edu
We will be sending emails out to this list all year. If you want to get off this email list at any time you can email majordomo@csun.edu with the text (not the subject line) unsubscribe myname@myemail.com. Or if you know people who want to get on the list have them send a subscribe email to the same address.

New Year!

posted Aug 24, 2016, 9:14 PM by Brian Foley   [ updated Aug 24, 2016, 9:15 PM ]

CSCS News for the new school year:
  • NGSS moves forward. The CA Science Framework is in its final public comment period. It should be official in early 2017. Testing for NGSS will pilot this spring going statewide in 2017-18. Our own Profs. Vandergon, Herr and d'Alessio are key writers for the Framework.
  • CSCS held 3 workshops this summer partnering with LAUSD Science and the Ten Strands Environmental Education organization.  Welcome to all the new people on this list who attended these workshops.
  • First Saturday workshop will be Sept 17.  (This conflicts with the AP meeting days - we will avoid that in the future). Future Dates are still TBA.
  • We will hold our first CSCS hangout Q&A on August 29 at 8:30pm (next Monday). No RSVP needed, just log on to hangout.csunscience.com

West Ranch High Altitude Balloon

posted Jun 12, 2016, 12:53 PM by Brian Foley

Christine Hirst's Astronomy Team at West Ranch HS made a successful launch and recovery of a high altitude weather balloon. Check out the video of the launch.

Recent presentations

posted Jun 12, 2016, 12:48 PM by Brian Foley

Check out CSCS presentations at the NSTA 2016 conference and a discussion of NGSS Frameworks from the CSP Directors meeting

2016 CSCS Open House

posted Jun 12, 2016, 12:45 PM by Brian Foley

Big success at the Open house on Feb 20 2016. Over 80 science teachers participated in 10 workshops including our first Google Cardboard workshop. Check out the agenda.

History of CSCS and SFVSP

posted Dec 17, 2015, 10:38 AM by Brian Foley

We started out 17 years ago as the San Fernando Valley Science Project - funded by the California Science Project.  After many iterations we have evolved into CSCS.  This talk goes over some the highlights:

Save the Date: CSCS Open House Feb 20 2016

posted Nov 2, 2015, 11:04 AM by Brian Foley

Our next Open House will be Feb 20th (Saturday) from 9am-1pm.  More information is coming but if you want to get in early here is the RSVP Link. We will provide a number of workshops for science teachers to learn about how to use technology classrooms. Spread the word!

Dr. Castillo!

posted Jul 20, 2015, 6:34 PM by Brian Foley

Congratulations to Kelly Castillo! Kelly has been a long time CSCS leader has finished her doctorate in the CSUN Ed.D. program.  Her research on comparing two versions of CSCS training showed the different strengths of the program and generally supported the "clinical professional development" model for helping teachers learn to use technology in science class.

CSUN Today Article on New Grant

posted May 29, 2015, 10:31 AM by Brian Foley

CSCSers will recognize the arguments we made to support our new project aimed at helping new teachers use CSCL (not just science anymore) in the classroom.
CSUN Today

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