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STATFlash: February STATellite is Here!

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Thu, 02/24/2011

Inside this issue of STAT's Official Newsletter the STATellite:

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Business Leaders Call for Full Funding for Textbooks by PSF

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Texas business & political leaders are stressing how important it is for State legislators to fully fund the purchase of textbooks and instructional materials during this year’s budget debate for public school students.   

Read the full article here.

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STATFlash: CAST 2011 Date Changes

STATFlash: 
Thu, 02/03/2011

URGENT NEWS:  CAST 2011 DATES HAVE CHANGED!  With the tremendous growth of CAST, we must change the dates of our conference.  You loved having CAST under one roof in Houston, so we have changed the dates to have all functions in the convention center. The Dallas CAST is now November 17-19.  Please mark your calendars and start asking your district to let you attend!  Early registration rates remain at $115!

Discuss the 82nd Legislative Session.  We've started a new group on the members-only section of our website to discuss bills that could affect your career.  Follow our new Legislative Tracker and log into the members-only site to post your opinions.  We value your feedback and hope our members across the state will be able to connect and discuss concerns together.  Go here to add a post to the group: http://www.statweb.org/group/82nd-legislative-session.  You can login with your username and password on the left hand side of your screen under “User Login.” If you have forgotten your password, simply select “request new password” under the “User Login” box, enter your email, and a password will be sent to you. 

Submit Your Artwork for “The Art of Science” Program Cover Contest!  Due to the changing of our conference dates, we will accept submissions for the “Art of Science” contest until February 18, 2011. You may view the contest rules here.  Any form of artwork may be submitted, but all work must be submitted electronically, and emailed to stat@bizaustin.rr.com.

Get Your Work Published in the STATellite.  If you missed the February 1st deadline for submissions, we will still consider articles, editorials, discoveries, and generally fun science-themed material for our February STATellite.  Help STAT start this year off with a great newsletter for the members of your association. It’s easy to submit:  simply attach your article and send to stat@bizaustin.rr.com, where our editor will take your work and bring it to the published page.  Articles for the newsletter should be a maximum of two single-spaced pages and may be edited for length.  We always encourage pictures to be submitted with your articles.  Pictures submitted as attachments, rather than embedded in word documents, are preferred.

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Register Your School for Virtual Guest Lecturers

Allegro Production’s Virtual Scientist Guest Lecturer Series, in celebration of the National Engineers Week Foundation’s “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” on February 24th, is pairing up engineers with schools to serve as virtual scientist guest lecturers to discuss with students (grades 6-12) the work involved in becoming, and being an engineer, in an effort to educate students about the field of engineering.  Virtual visits will take place via Skype or existing videoconferencing systems.  Support for this event is funded by a grant from the Motorola Foundation; there is no charge to participate.  To register or receive more details, please contact Fallon@ssrvideo.net.  The deadline is Friday, February 11 at 5pm EST.  Visit the website at www.ssrvideo.com.

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STATFlash: Supplemental Science Instructional Materials

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Fri, 01/21/2011

The Texas House Appropriations Bill (HB1) as filed does not include funds for supplemental science instructional materials.  Nevertheless, STAT continues to express its opinion of the necessity of new textbooks and other learning materials to keep up with the changing curriculum and testing requirements.

STAT Legislative Committee Chair Sandra West Moody again today testified before the State Board of Education of the importance of these new resources in the classroom.  State Senator Florence Shapiro, chair of the Senate Education Committee, recently committed to working toward funding up-to-date textbooks.

To make your opinion on this subject known to your elected officials, click here.

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STATFlash: New Legislative Tracker, STATellite Call for Submissions

STATFlash: 
Wed, 01/19/2011

New Member Benefit: Legislative Tracker.  The 82nd Legislative session has begun, and STAT is keeping on top of the bills from the House and Senate that relate directly toyou and science teaching in the state of Texas.  Visit the new Legislative Tracker.

Budget Cuts Bring Urgency for Teachers’ Coverage.  With all the cuts to public education, we’re expecting a surge in employment-related suits from Texas teachers.  Don’t let yourself get caught in a bad situation.  Get covered today by signing up for Educators’ Professional Liability Insurance.  It’s the most important $50 you’ll spend all year.  Visit the EPLI websiteto purchase now.

The Year to Get Connected.  Take advantage of the vast network at your fingertips.  More than 8,000 science teachers and administrators can get connected through the STAT website. Login to create blogsand share teaching tips, invite colleagues to join groupsand reconnect. Even “like” us on Facebookor follow us on Twitter.  2011 is a year full of possibilities.  Get connected today.

Share Your Knowledge and Opinions.  Are you excited to share a new discovery with your classes this semester?  Have you done enough kicking back and noshing on holiday meals, and just want to get back to work?  Alright, maybe we’re stretching it… but we know you’re excited for the new school year, with all the promise and potential it brings.  That’s why you should submit to the February edition of the STATellite. Let us know about an opportunity in your community, a retrospective on your 2010 teaching year, or anything that strikes your fancy.  Simply attach your article and send to stat@bizaustin.rr.com.  Articles may be edited for length, and pictures submitted as attachments are strongly encouraged.

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STATFlash: December STATellite Now Available; CAST 2010 Videos and Pictures

STATFlash: 
Wed, 12/15/2010

The December STATellite is now available HERE!

In this issue:

  • Hundreds of CAST 2010 Pictures, and Keynote Speaker Videos
  • STAT President Joel Palmer Comments on the Upcoming Legislative Session
  • Dr. Barbara ten Brink’s Study, On the Brink of Success:  Mapping the Statewide Elementary TAKS
  • CAST 2011 Art Contest Rules and Information
  • Helpful Teaching Hints
  • Opportunities for Science Teachers from the McDonald Observatory
  • Web-Based Teaching Resources from Rice University

Relive the Exhilaration of CAST 2010!  See Keynote Speakers in our high-quality CAST videos HERE.  See pictures of yourself and your friends HERE

Thank you for your support of STAT and CAST 2010.  We couldn’t succeed without our dedicated members.

STAT wishes you a very Happy Holiday Season and a Bright New Year!

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STATFlash: See CAST 2010 Pictures; Important TEA Nominations

STATFlash: 
Thu, 12/09/2010

CAST 2010 Pics Now Available!  Spot your friends, download photos, and relive all the fun and exciting moments from CAST 2010 here! There are over 500 photos to browse; if you have a CAST photo you would like to share for the photo album or for the upcoming STATellite December newsletter, email us at stat@bizaustin.rr.com with the picture attached and the names of those in the photo, and we’ll put it up! 

Important News from TEA:  Nominations for State Review Panel Due By December 31 (Supplemental Science Materials).  The Texas Education Agency is now accepting nominations for the state review panels that will evaluate instructional materials submitted under the Request for Supplemental Science Materials. This request calls for supplemental materials for Science in grades 5-8, Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC), and Physics. The adoption of materials under this request is scheduled to occur in April 2011 for high school and July 2011 for grades 5-8. All adopted materials are scheduled to be implemented in schools beginning with the 2011-2012 school year. The deadline for submission of nominations is December 31, 2010. Additional information about the request for supplemental science materials is available at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147487077.

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STATFlash: Join the STAT Board!

STATFlash: 
Tue, 11/23/2010

Dear STAT Members,

We are in need of dedicated individuals to run for STAT office.

We need candidates who would be interested in serving in the following positions:

Vice President - 1 year term

Secretary- 1 year term

Treasurer - 1 to 5 year term. The treasurer can choose to run for up to 5 consecutive terms.

I know there are many of you who would do a great job in one or more of these positions.

Please fill out the forms and required documents found here: http://www.statweb.org/nominations

I need the nominations by Nov 29th - the Monday after Thanksgiving. They may be faxed or emailed.

 

Dr. Joel Palmer

President

Science Teacher Association of Texas

jpalmer59@gmail.com

Fax 972-882-5511

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Society for Science and the Public Fellows 2011 Application Now Open!

The SSP Fellows 2011 application period is now open.  This is your chance to be one of ten high school teachers competitively selected from across the country.

The SSP Fellows program, with generous support from Intel, provides teachers financial and training resources to support and inspire the success of their most enthusiastic science students. SSP Fellows guide students to produce project-based research of the highest quality, such as is selected for SSP’s premiere science competition, the Intel Science Talent Search.