- STAAR Resources
This is the last week to nominate a STAT member for the STAT Executive Committee.
If you or another current STAT member is interested in becoming a leader in a vibrant and growing community of science educators and administrators, a nomination must be made by September 15, 2012.
Sneak Peek at CAST 2012: Get Your Geek On!
The August issue of The STATellite has all the latest news and information about CAST 2012 in Corpus Christi. Also, be sure to check out all the fun and helpful information, such as:
- 2012 STAT Award Winners
- A Framework for K-12 Science Education has Arrived
- Free video resources from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
- ...and more!
Become a leader in a vibrant and growing community of science educators and administrators from across Texas: nominate yourself or another current STAT member for the STAT Executive Committee.
Join our mission of facilitating quality science education and disseminating best teaching practices at this pivotal time in STAT's history.
All nomination materials must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15, 2012.
Complete nomination requirements may be viewed on the Nominations page.
We've been hard at work revamping the CAST site. Check it out, and stay tuned for CAST updates on Facebook, Twitter, and STATweb!
CAST Registration re-opens on August 15th. Start planning to attend - you won't want to miss it. We'll see you there!
The STATellite is the newsletter of our organization and serves to keep you informed about best practices in science.
We are looking for articles to be published in the next STATellite and we need your help. It would be great for the science teachers of Texas to have you publish in the upcoming STATellite.
Knowledge never takes the summer off. Share yours with STAT in August's STATellite. Email your articles, teaching tips, favorite iPad apps or let us know about your summer science experiences in our most-read issue of the year! Email us at email@example.com by August 1st.
I hope that you will be able to submit an article or teaching tip.
President-Elect, Science Teachers Association of Texas
House Committee Reviews STAAR Results
The Texas House Committee on Public Education took testimony yesterday to better understand the surprisingly low scores from this year's first iteration of the new STAAR test. Recurring themes included questioning the 15 percent of final grade requirement and whether it is redundant to also have a teacher-prepared final exam. Numerous parents questioned why the expensive testing program coincided with the state appropriations decrease.
This week is your last chance to nominate an outstanding teacher for a STAT Award. If you know a STAT member who has made notable contributions to science education, tell us about them!
Award recipients receive a variety of prizes and recognitions, including plaques, honorariums, and VIP tickets to CAST 2012 events.
Nominations and required materials must be received by Friday, June 15, 2012. Award recipients will be recognized at the CAST 2012 Opening Ceremonies. Please remember: only current STAT members may be nominated for awards.
Start Your Summer Right with the STATellite!
Summer is here, but before you grab that favorite beach read, check out the latest edition of the STATellite! It's jam-packed with knowledge, with topics including:
- STEM Strategies
- Next Generation Science Standards
- Teaching Mitochondrial Genetics
- CAST 2012 Information
- ...and more!
2012 STAT Awards Open for Nominations!
Do you know an outstanding teacher who has made notable contributions to science education? Tell us about them! Nominate a friend, colleague, mentor, or yourself for a STAT Award.
Award recipients receive a variety of prizes and recognition, including plaques, honorariums, and VIP tickets to CAST 2012 events.
Your New STAT Officers Have Been Chosen!
The votes are in!
Presenting Your 2012-2013 STAT Executive Committee:
President: Sharon Kamas, Crosby ISD
President-Elect: Donald Burken, Spring Branch ISD
Vice President: Lola Henning, Region 16 ESC
Secretary: Jo Anne Jackson, Lubbock ISD
Treasurer: Terry Ward, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
Members At Large: Kiki Corry, Project WILD, Texas Parks and Wildlife;
George Hademenos, Richardson ISD; and Denise Hill, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
Thank you for casting your votes!
New officers will take their positions on June 1, 2012.
Spread the word! See the official press release here.
CAST Proposal Deadline is May 7!
There is only ONE week left to submit your
CAST 2012 Proposals!
CAST 2012 Proposals!
If you have questions about submitting, be sure to download our handy Sample Applications at the bottom of the proposals website so you can preview your proposal before submitting!
CAST Extra-Early Registration is Now Open!
For a limited time, we are offering registration for only $115 all three days of CAST.
Registration will be open from May 1 - July 15. We will temporarily close the site from July 15 - August 15 so it can be populated it with short courses, field trips, and optional events.
For more details, visit the Registration Website.
Inside this issue of STAT's official academic journal, the Texas Science Teacher:
- Letter from the Editor, Not "Goodbye" but "Until We Meet Again," by Dr. Joel Palmer
- Engaging Elementary Students in STEM Camp, by Dr. Tracy M. Walker, et. al.
- Why Students Choose a College Major in STEM Fields, by Dr. Cynthia B. Powell and Erin Boyd
- Effects of Labs on At-Risk Students, by Dr. Gianluca Corsi
Subscription to the Texas Science Teacher Academic Journal is for STAT Members only. You must be logged in to view the journal. View the current issue and past issues here.
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.
Good luck this week with Science STAAR testing for Grades 5 and 8!
This just in! The new EOC performance standards for the STAAR have just been released. See the official release here.
Check out more resources at the STAT STAAR Page.
In other news... STAT advocated for math and science integration at the April 18 SBOE Committee of the Full Board Meeting. Read the testimony here.
Submit Articles for the May STATellite
The wildflowers are blooming, and the students are getting antsy. Summer is almost upon us!
Reflect on your year as a teacher for the May issue of the STATellite. We're looking for editorials, but also lesson plans and teaching tips. Did something you did in class this year really work? Submit your findings in article format by May 1st to
Articles should be a maximum of 2 single-spaced pages in length, and may be edited before publishing. Pictures are strongly encouraged. Please attach them directly to your email.