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Urgent: Voice Your Opinion on Supplemental Science Materials

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:   


Please visit the SBOE website and download the public testimony form here: 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

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 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

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

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The May STATellite is Now Available!

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!

Tue, 05/03/2011

Register now for CAST 2011!

Checking out for the summer?  Change your email with 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


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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Professor Jim Westgate Honored as 2011 Piper Professor


A Lamar University professor is one of 10 Texas professors to be honored by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation as a 2011 Piper Professor.

The award is given annually to 10 professors for superior teaching at the college level,  in the State of Texas.

James Westgate, university professor of earth and space sciences, is the 12th Lamar faculty member to receive the honor since the program began in 1958.

Lamar officials announced the award earlier today, at a news conference in the Geology Building, where Westgate has taught, conducted laboratories and maintained offices since he joined the faculty in 1989.

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PAEMST 2011 Winners Announced!

President Honors Outstanding Math and Science Teachers

WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama today named 85 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  The educators will receive their awards in Washington, D.C. later this year.
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level.  Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades.  The 2010 awardees named today teach kindergarten through 6th grade.

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Comprehensive and Cost-free PD for New Middle and High School Science Teachers

NSTA’s New Science Teacher Academy, a year-long program that offers professional development and mentoring for 2nd and 3rd year science teachers, is looking for applications specifically from educators located in Texas. For those “Fellows” who apply and are chosen to participate, the Academy is designed intended to boost teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge. Among many benefits, Fellows will enjoy:

·    Membership in NSTA and all its advantages;

·    Use of web-based PD learning activities including web seminars;

·    Mentoring-discipline and grade-specific by experts  

·    Complimentary registration to NSTA’s Annual National Conference including lodging, meals, and air travel;

·    Participation in a PD Institute or Research Conference and more.

Sharing these experiences with others across the nation who come together to meet and bond at the NSTA National Conference has served to strengthen the personal benefits of the program and create lasting friendships for the Fellows.
Visit to get the details and complete an application. The deadline is July 1.

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STAT Member Named Regional Winner in NSTA’s Shell Science Lab Challenge

HOUSTON, Texas — April 21, 2011 — Bhavna Rawal, a science teacher at Northbrook High School in Houston, Texas, has been named a regional winner in NSTA’s Shell Science Lab Challenge, a new competition for middle and high school science teachers. The Challenge encouraged teachers (grades 6-12), who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources, to share their approaches for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000. Rawal is one of 17 regional winners named, from which five national winners will be chosen, and from the national winners a grand prize winner will be selected.

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

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, 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.