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Give Us Your Feedback for CAST 2011 Jam Sessions!

STATFlash: 
Tue, 07/12/2011

STAT wants your feedback to help create the best Science Jam Sessions for CAST 2011!
 
Submit your answers to our quick 2-question CAST 2011 Jam Session Survey and voice your opinion on this year's programming.  Jam Sessions are 45-minute sessions that run concurrently with workshops, to help jam-pack your day full of learning opportunities!
 

Register Extra-Early for CAST until midnight, Friday July 15th!  Registration will close for maintenance as hundreds of optional short courses and field trips are added. Registration will re-open on August 15th.

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Only 10 Days Left for Extra-Early Registration

STATFlash: 
Thu, 07/07/2011

Extra-Early Bird Registration closes July 15, so hurry and register now to secure your spot.

Book your housing at the official housing site.

Registration will re-open on August 15.

 

Governor Perry announced his appointment of Barbara Cargill as SBOE Chair on Friday, July 1. Cargill is founder and director of Wonders of the Woodlands (WOW!) Science Camp. She is an elected member of the State Board of Education, with more than six years of service, and is currently chair of the board's Committee on Instruction.

Read the official release here.

 

The STAT Nominating Committee has streamlined its request for STAT Officer Nominations this year.  

 

If you, or a colleague, wish to be considered for volunteer elected office, simply submit your resume, along with preferred office for consideration, to stat@bizaustin.rr.com by August 15, 2011. The Committee will contact those from whom they wish more extensive materials.

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Urgent: Voice Your Opinion on Supplemental Science Materials

STATFlash: 
Tue, 06/28/2011

Dear STAT Members,

The State Board of Education will be discussing adopting supplemental science materials at their July 20-22 meeting.  We encourage all STAT members across Texas to review the supplemental science samples on TEA's website and make your voice heard: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147487077.   

 

Please visit the SBOE website and download the public testimony form here: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index3.aspx?id=1156July 1st is the last day to submit your written testimony.

 

See the press release sent by State Board of Education member Michael Soto regarding the adoption.

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Nominating Committee Simplifies the Process

STATFlash: 
Thu, 06/23/2011

The STAT Nominating Committee, in an effort to encourage as many self-nominations for office as possible, has streamlined its request for STAT Officer Nominations.  

 

If you, or a colleague, wish to be considered for volunteer elected office, simply submit your resume, along with preferred office for consideration, to stat@bizaustin.rr.com by August 15, 2011. The Committee will contact those from whom they wish more extensive materials.

 

There: Simple.  Efficient.  And thank you for your consideration of contributing further to your professional association.

 

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Legislative Alert: SB6 and SB8 Could Have Impact on Your Career

STATFlash: 
Fri, 06/03/2011

Special Session Bills May Have Impact on Public Education 

Senate Bill 6

Senate Bill 6 of the Special Session was passed in the Education Committee yesterday, and will now travel to the Senate.This bill deals with the establishment of the instructional materials allotment, and the adoption, review, and purchase of instructional materials and technological equipment for public schools.

Senate Bill 8

Senate Bill 8 also passed in committee and is moving forward.  If SB8 passes, it would give school boards the power to cut teachers' salaries, implement a furlough program to reduce the number of days worked, and decrease the number of days' notice an ISD needs to give a teacher that they are firing from 45 to 10.    

Members can discuss this and other issues

by logging in to www.statweb.org and using our social groups and blogs.

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The May STATellite is Now Available!

STATFlash: 
Wed, 05/18/2011

Inside this issue of STAT's official newsletter, the STATellite:

  • Lesson Plans and Tips
  • New STAT Officers
  • STAT Awards Nominations
  • Membership News
  • Board Retreat Photos
  • and more...!

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The Extra-Early Bird Gets the Worm! CAST Registration is Now Open!

STATFlash: 
Tue, 05/03/2011

Register now for CAST 2011!

Checking out for the summer?  Change your email with www.statweb.org so you can receive important CAST updates while you take your well-earned vacation.  Simply Login and click "My Account," then use the "edit" tab to change your information. Or, email us at stat@bizaustin.rr.com

 

Nominate an Outstanding Teacher for the STAT Awards

Do you know an outstanding science educator who deserves to be recognized for their accomplishments and dedication?  Then nominate them for a STAT Award.  Choose from eight awards, and you can even nominate yourselfPlease remember: only current STAT members may be nominated for the awards.  The deadline for awards nominations is June 1.  Award recipients will be recognized at the CAST 2011 Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, November 17th.

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Proposals Deadline Extended to May 14! Submit Member At Large Votes.

STATFlash: 
Wed, 04/20/2011

Submit CAST Proposals Online!

Calling all science teachers:  we want you to present at CAST!  Share your best science teaching tips and submit today!  We've just extended the proposal deadline to May 14.

 

View the proposal guidelines.
Remember to login when you are ready to submit your proposal.  If you have trouble logging in, email us at stat@bizaustin.rr.com, or request a new password via the new password link below the Login box.

 

Vote for Members At Large Until May 6!

We need your votes for Member at Large positions on the STAT Executive Committee.  Please respond to this e-mail by choosing three names out of the six below you would like to serve on your executive board.

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Beat the Budget Blues: Indulge in The Texas Science Teacher Journal

STATFlash: 
Thu, 04/14/2011

THE APRIL ISSUE OF THE TEXAS SCIENCE TEACHER JOURNAL IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

Inside this issue of STAT's official academic journal, the Texas Science Teacher :

  • A Message from STAT President Joel Palmer.
  • Confusing Language for Science and Mathematics Studentsby Sandra S. West and Sandra T. Browning.
  • Enhancing Science Knowledge through Proven Instructional Strategiesby Gloria Gresham, et. al.
  • Science-Fair Scorecard of Dallas/Fort Worth Area Independent School Districtsby Ramesh S. Hegde, Ph.D.

Subscription to the Texas Science Teacher Academic Journal is for STAT Members only.  You must be logged in to view the journal.   

If you cannot remember your password, click the "request new password" link below the login box to the left of the main page at www.statweb.org.

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Awesome and Artful CAST 2011 Programming Announced!

STATFlash: 
Tue, 04/12/2011

CIRQUE IMAGINATION TO PERFORM AT CAST 2011!

Enjoy The Art of Science while taking in a performance of gravity-defying human energy!  Cirque Imagination will perform at the CAST Opening Reception on Thursday, November 17th, from 5:30-7:30pm.  

 

REGISTER EXTRA-EARLY FOR CAST. 

Beginning May 1st, we will open extra-early registration at $115 for the full conference (short courses and extra sessions will be available August 15th).   

We are doing this to help your districts send you to CAST using any leftover money from last year's budget.  In these uncertain times, we want to give you as many opportunities to attend as possible!

 

DALLAS SENATOR ROYCE WEST TO SPEAK AT CAST!

We're partnering with Senator Royce West to introduce the Royce West Science Teaching Scholarship, a new program designed to send teachers to CAST!   

Senator West will address the STAT membership at the CAST Opening Reception to honor contributors and recipients of this new scholarship.   

Education has always been a priority for Senator West, who presently serves on the Senate Education, Higher Education, and Finance Committees. Visit his State Senate Profile to learn more about his political career in Texas.

If you wish to contribute to the scholarship, visit the Sponsorship Page, or call the STAT office at 512-491-6685 for more details on how to get involved!