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STATFlash: SBOE Announcement

Mon, 09/16/2013

Dear STAT members,

We are facing another pivotal point in science education and we need your input.

This week, the State Board of Education is meeting. Committee members will hear testimony and make critical decisions about several issues. The first is transitioning to the new graduation plans under HB5. The law allows the State Board of Education to identify advanced courses related to the new graduation program, identify the curriculum requirements for the endorsements, and determine the requirements for performance acknowledgments related to the new graduation program. We need your input as we provide feedback to the SBOE for defining "advanced courses" and which courses should be included for each endorsement.


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CAST Registration

CAST Registration is now open.

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Volunteer Registration is now Open

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STATFlash: August 20, 2013

Tue, 08/20/2013

We are excited to announce that the August Issue of The STATellite is now available!

In this issue you will find informative articles such as:

    CAST TOUR 2013
    Call for Award Nominations
    Aero-Dynamic Heli-Device
    Shifting Current Lab Activities
    K-12 Science Practices
    Cultivating Critical Thinkers
    and much more!

You can view this issue HERE

STATFlash: 7/11/13

Thu, 07/11/2013


Texas science association leaders met Commissioner of Education Michael Williams to discuss implementation and further policy issues resulting from legislation passed during the recent legislative session.  STAT and TSELA spokespersons thanked the Commissioner for his early support of four years of high school science and pledged to continue to provide input on such issues as teacher preparation (both content and pedagogy), alternative certification, scientific quality of career and technology courses, and college and career readiness.

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Award Submissions Deadline

The deadline for awards submissions is September 3, 2013.

Review requirements and submit your nomination here:

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Twitter Chat and STAT Awards

Tue, 06/25/2013

Join us for the last STAT Twitter chat before we take summer break!    

Tuesday, June 25th at 8:00 CST/7:00 MST    #txscied

Our discussion will include HB5 and teacher certification standards. We have been asked to submit questions that teachers and administrators have. We need your voice.

What questions do you have about the new endorsements and graduation plans?
What effects will HB5 have on science education?
What topics do you want to discuss during future chats?

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STATFlash: Social Media Update

Mon, 06/10/2013

Social Media Committee Update    

Facebook Contest Winners Announced and Week Three of STAT Twitter Chat

Congratulations to Tim Holt for the most referrals on our CAST Tour 2013 Facebook page and Kathryn A. Collins Kraften for winning the drawing.  Each will receive a $25 gift card.

Join STAT for a discussion about science and science education on Tuesday, June 11th at 8/7PM CDT/MDT


What does science mean to you?

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STATFlash: May STATellite

Thu, 05/30/2013

We are excited to announce that the May Issue of The STATellite is now available!

In this issue you will find informative articles such as:

  • Teaching Future Teachers
  • Earth Space TEKs
  • NanoSpace News
  • Texas Envirothon
  • STAT Facebook Contest
  • CAST 2013 Info
  • and much more!

You can view this issue here:

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STATFlash: The End of C SCOPE

Tue, 05/21/2013

As of August 31 no lesson plans will be available through CSCOPE.

"The CSCOPE era is over. However, what the last several months has proven is that the state will have to create a plan to monitor all on line material in the future so that our schools and classroom remain completely transparent to parents and the legislature knows what is being taught in our classrooms across Texas" Senator Dan Patrick said in a press release yesterday.

Go here to see the press release.      

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STATFlash: New Twitter Chat and Facebook Contest

Tue, 05/28/2013

Hello friends and colleagues!

I am excited to announce two wonderful opportunities from STAT. The first is our inaugural Twitter Chat on Tuesday, May 28th at 8PM #txscied Let us know what you want to talk about #STAT