- STAAR Resources
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=1156. July 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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 yourself! Please 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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
CIRQUE IMAGINATION TO PERFORM AT CAST 2011!
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!
MEMBER AT LARGE BALLOT
We need your votes for Member at Large positions on the STAT Executive Committee. Please cast your vote by choosing three names out of the six below you would like to serve on your executive board. Send the names to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denise Hill, Texas A&M University, Chair of Teacher Education
Deidre Parish, Secondary Science Coordinator for High Schools, Frisco ISD
Sharry Whitney, Secondary Science Supervisor, Lewisville ISD
Marinne Dobrovolny, Science Specialist, Region 17 ESC
Susana Ramirez, 8th Grade Science Teacher, PSJA ISD
Kiki Corry, Project WILD Coordinator, Texas Parks and Wildlife
View their bios and position statements HERE. Voting will end on Friday, May 6, 2011.
STAT TO SPEAK OUT ON HB500
The Science Teachers Association of Texas is joining together with seven other Texas education associations to ask for revisions to HB 500. This is a coalition of 25,000 people in various capacities in school districts across the state.
We hope to revise End of Course examination accountability, and the transition from the TAKS to the STAAR.
The results are in! Thank you for your votes.
President: Ross Ann Hill, Idalou ISD
President-Elect: Sharon Kamas, La Porte ISD
Past President: Joel Palmer, Mesquite ISD
Vice-President: Donald Burken, Spring Branch ISD
Treasurer: Terry Ward, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
Secretary: Jo Anne Jackson, Lubbock ISD
The new officers will take their positions on June 1st, 2011.