- STAAR Resources
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.
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.
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 www.nsta.org/academy to get the details and complete an application. The deadline is July 1.
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.
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.
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Vote for Members At Large Until May 6!
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PARSIPPANY, N.J. – April 11, 2011 Jean-Yves Chever, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Americas, OHAUS Corporation, announces that Marcy Whited, a teacher at Farmersville Intermediate School, in Farmersville, TX, has won the 2011 Gustav Ohaus Award. Whited played an integral role in the development, fundraising and implementation of the Farmersville Intermediate School Outdoor Lab, which provides a hands-on approach to earth science and measurement skills education.
For nine years, Whited has provided energetic, practical education, designing a science curriculum that requires active participation instead of simply reading and testing. The Outdoor Lab, outfitted with rain gauges, anemometers and thermometers, allows students to read and record changes of specific units of measure including temperature, rainfall volume and wind speed. It also allows for valuable earth science lessons, as students create landforms to witness erosion, while also burying and unearthing objects to observe decomposition. The students utilize OHAUS balances to compare soil mass, density and porosity, as each measurement is a valuable component of the earth science curriculum.
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.
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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 email@example.com.
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.