- STAAR Resources
Thank You for Joining us at CAST 2012!
I hope you had a blast in Corpus Christi, because we had a great time putting on this year's CAST! Check out this year's CAST photos and reminisce on all the fun!
Don't miss the upcoming issue of The STATellite to get a full recap of the conference and more! Have an idea for an article or want to share your experience at CAST? Send it in! We're always happy to publish our member's articles in our newsletter. Submit your articles by December 1, 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear NSTA District XIII Science Education Colleagues,
NSTA is accepting applications from members who are interested in serving on committees, advisory boards and panels. The deadline for applications is December 8th.
More information about NSTA committees and how to apply can be found here.
Remember, use NSTA: referred by NSTA State Chapter when asked for a Registration Code!
eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) competition free for students in grades six through nine where teams can compete for state, regional and national awards while working to solve problems in their community. Sponsored by the U.S. Army in response to the nation's need for increased literacy in STEM, the competition expands STEM education opportunities across the country and will help improve our global competitiveness and national security. It will open doors to new career paths for American students that lead to a brighter tomorrow. To learn more and to register a team to compete, visit the eCYBERMISSION website.
The Texas Medical Association is giving away $22,500 in CASH prizes! Three Texas science teachers will receive $5,000 each and an all-expense paid trip to TMA’s annual conference for the presentation ceremony in May 2013! Their schools will receive a $2,000 award to use toward the science curriculum! In addition, second-place winners receive $500 for their schools!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.