The California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Board of Directors has selected WestEd’s K-12 Alliance as one of two recipients* of the 2016 CSTA Distinguished Contributions Award, for its sustained and significant impact on science education in California.

States CSTA in its California Classroom Science publication (September 2016):

“Throughout their [K-12 Alliance’s] two dozen years of work, several things have remained consistent. They provide high-quality professional learning opportunities for educators. Their staff is well prepared, knowing content, pedagogy, and facilitation. Teachers leave having learned and with increased confidence in their abilities to teach science.

“The K-12 Alliance and its staff, including statewide director Kathy DiRanna, have played a critical part in all aspects of the California Next Generation Science Standards. From review and adoption to curriculum framework development and NGSS Statewide Symposium Rollout writing and presenting, the K-12 Alliance has been there every step of the way.”

States DiRanna: “What a surprise and honor for the K-12 Alliance to be awarded the Distinguished Contributions Award and to be recognized by our peers for our efforts. We appreciate being partners in helping move science education to new heights for California students!”

K-12 Alliance staff will be honored at the CSTA Awards Luncheon, October 22, 2016, Palm Springs, CA.

* The California Science Project is also a recipient of this year’s award.