Latest on CSCS

New CSCS Faculty Member Li Ye

posted Nov 13, 2017, 11:13 AM by Brian Foley

We are happy t
Li Ye
o welcome Li Ye to the CSCS family. Li is a new faculty member in the Chemistry Dept at CSUN. She has experience studying chemistry education at the college level and is looking forward to working with HS and MS teachers.

Christine Hirst selected for NASA mission

posted May 5, 2017, 12:29 PM by Brian Foley   [ updated May 5, 2017, 12:36 PM ]

CSCS Teacher Leader Christine Hirst (West Ranch HS) was one of 37 teachers nationwide selected to ride NASA's SOFIA the high altitude observatory airplane.


NGSS workshop May 10th

posted Apr 27, 2017, 2:51 PM by Brian Foley

I want to spread the word about another NGSS workshop. This is not a CSCS workshop but other groups at CSUN have organized it with the Better Together organization. It looks like a great event.  See the attached flyer (RSVP link).


Date/Time: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Reception: 5:30pm
Program 6:00-8:00pm
CHIME Charter K-8
19722 Collier Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Science Teacher Survey

posted Apr 25, 2017, 2:44 PM by Brian Foley

Thanks to the 113 Science Teachers who completed our survey. 
Kyle Skaff was the lucky winner of the Thermal imaging camera.

Here are some of the key findings:

results from the survey

It's Dr. Babaie!

posted Mar 29, 2017, 11:17 PM by Brian Foley   [ updated Mar 29, 2017, 11:18 PM ]

It's Dr. Babaie!
Our own Mahya Babaie has finished her doctorate at Pepperdine University
old photo of Dr. Babaie

SEP & CCC Posters

posted Mar 8, 2017, 10:56 AM by Brian Foley   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 2:59 PM ]

At the Open House we gave out Science and Engineering Practice posters - images to remind students what they are supposed to be doing. The SEP Posters were put together by Matthew d'Alessio. If you want to print those on your own you can download them here.

As a Bonus we have included posters for the Cross Cutting Concepts as well - thanks to Peter A'hern ( for sending those to us!

2017 Open House

posted Feb 28, 2017, 12:52 PM by Brian Foley

Over 60 science teachers attended the 2017 open house to participate in workshops about NGSS transistion, 3-Dimentional teaching, use of technology for science teaching and coding for science.

Thanks to everyone who participated - see you next year.

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 -
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 with the text (not the subject line) unsubscribe 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

1-10 of 36