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David L. Evans Selected as New Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association

Former Smithsonian Under Secretary for Science Tapped to Lead Nation’s Science Educators and Shape the Future of STEM Education - Click here to read the full story.

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Judge rules Texas school finance system unconstitutional

Judge rules Texas school finance system unconstitutional; case likely headed to state Supreme Court.

In a ruling that could signal a huge fiscal impact on Texas, a state judge ruled Monday that the Texas school finance system is not delivering enough funding for schools to do their job and is sending out that money in an unfair and unconstitutional manner. Read the full article here.

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eCYBERMISSION Deadline Extended

The eCYBERMISSION team has extended the student registration deadline from December 14th to January 15th.

To register, click here.

In the drop down menu on the first page of registration please choose: NSTA: Referred by NSTA State Chapter

For more information, contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator.

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NSTA 2013 Spring Conference in San Antonio

NSTA is coming to San Antonio, Texas from April 11-14, 2013 for their Annual Spring Conference.

Register by February 22 to take advantage of the Earlybird rate.  Don't forget, STAT Members get a discount. You can sign up to be a STAT member here and if you went to CAST, you're already a member!

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Apply for NSTA Committees, Advisory Boards, and Panels

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.

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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.

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Texas Medical Association Awards

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!

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Job Openings and Other News

Job Openings

Lago Vista High School Job Openings

There are two science positions open at Lago Vista High School for next year.

One is for a biology teacher, the second is for IPC and an alternative science to be determined, with some sections of chemistry, or possibly all chemistry and IPC.  Experience is a plus!  Information is on our website at  We are an exemplary campus.

Round Rock ISD Job Opening

LOCATION: Central Administration
Bachelor's degree, valid Texas Teacher Certificate, and five years of teaching experience are required. Master's degree and elementary Science teaching experience preferred.

More details here.

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National Math and Science Initiative Receives $200,000 from JPMorgan Chase for UTeach Program to Train Math and Science Teachers

DALLAS, Apr 05, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) announced today that JPMorgan Chase will provide $200,000 to support the highly regarded UTeach program to train math and science teachers on four university campuses across the United States: the University of California at Berkeley, Florida State University, Louisiana State University and the University of Texas at Dallas.

“This welcome support from JPMorgan Chase will help create a new generation of math and science teachers in the United States,” said Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, President and CEO of NMSI. “Our nation needs an additional 280,000 math and science teachers by 2015, and the UTeach program is playing a key role in providing those teachers.”

The grant from JPMorgan Chase will be used for induction training to help UTeach graduates majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields to make the transition from college to public school classrooms. Since 2005, JPMorgan Chase has given nearly $340 million to education nationwide.

“At JPMorgan Chase, we believe that strengthening education is critical to the progress of our country,” said Kimberly Davis, President of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. “We are happy to partner with NMSI and UTeach, who are working to do just that.”

Join the JASON National Argo Team!

The JASON Project is seeking a diverse, creative, and adventurous group of students and educators to venture into the field with scientists to perform cutting edge science explorations. The Argonauts will embark on an exciting journey, during which they will:  

  • Work side by side with scientists in the field,
  • Serve as a mentor and role model for the JASON Community 
  • Regularly interact with the entire JASON community through speaking engagements, online posts and more! 

National Student and Educator Argonauts will spend up to 10 days in the field during the summer or fall of 2012. JASON will pay for all travel, lodging, food (meals and snacks), and programming/equipment costs related to JASON Argonaut activities.

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Summer Professional Development Opportunities

NASA's Multiwavelength Universe Online Professional Development for Educators June 25-July 13, 2012

NASA has developed an on-line course for teachers on Multi-wavelength astronomy.  There is a small fee if you want 1 credit hour or CEU credit.  On a space-available basis, teachers may audit the course for free.You need access to a computer (Internet) plus a telephone for the live-sessions.    (Some sessions are "on your own" with homework.) Some materials will be mailed to you in advance of the workshop.

Explore NASA resources in a combination of online synchronous and asynchronous formats to understand how astronomers use their knowledge of light to investigate the universe. Participants will have the opportunity to obtain academic credit through Sonoma State University (I credit for EDUC 490 or 1.5 Continuing Education Credits).

For more information and to register for the course, go to:

iD Programming Academy held at UT Austin

What can be better than spending two full weeks with other Teens who enjoy programming as much as you do, and with staff who have the real-world programming expertise to make your projects come to life.  A 2-week, pre-college overnight program for Teens, held at prestigious universities nationwide.  iD Programming Academy guarantees small class sizes (max 8:1) taught by top-tier instructors who have degrees in the field and impressive backgrounds in programming, computer science, robotics, and application development. Ages 13-18 learn personalized curriculum with a small group of peersto optimize learning and social experiences. 

At iD Programming Academy, you’ll meet people from all over the world, collaborate with others who share your same interests, and explore the many things that make programming and robotics so appealing.  There’s never been a better or more important time to engage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.  Accredited Continuing Education Units are also available from Stanford or Villanova to demonstrate that you’ve completed course content with college level difficulty.


Fun, challenging courses let you dive into a variety of programming interests.  From the intro course iD Programming Labs 101 to more advanced courses, choose from one of the following five options:

·         iD Programming Labs 101

·         iPhone and iPad App Development – Objective-C & Xcode

·         Google Android App Development with Java

·         Java Programming for the AP Exam

·         Robotics Engineering & Coding


Held at UT Austin, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, Yale, UCLA, American, and Lake Forest College.


Additional 2-week immersive Teen academies include iD Gaming Academy and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking and photography).  Visit for courses and university locations.  There are also weeklong, day and overnight summer video game and technology camps for ages 7-17 located at 60 prestigious universities in 27 states ( including St. Edward’s, the University of Houston, Trinity, TCU, SMU, and others.


Visit for more information and to register online (check real-time-up-to-the-minute-availability).  Or call 1-888-709-TECH (8324) to speak to a Program Advisor who can recommend a customized summer schedule to develop a student’s interest.

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Out-of-State Professional Development Opportunities

Spring Symposium on STEM Education presented by Triangle Coalition

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Washington, DC