- STAAR Resources
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Articles may be edited for length, and pictures submitted as attachments are strongly encouraged.
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
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!
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 email@example.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.
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
Science Teacher Association of Texas
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.
The Welch Summer Scholar Program (WSSP) for over twenty-five years has been the premiere summer research program for students attending Texas high schools. WSSP provides an authentic, hands-on research experience for 5-weeks to approximately 45 selected students each year at one of five Texas university host sites. Over 1300 students have participated in this program since its inception.
We are now accepting applications for the 2011 Program, which will run from June 12 through July 15, 2011. Note that the application deadline is Feb. 28th, 2011. No late applications will be accepted.
In order to get your students started on the application process, please visit our website at www.wssptx.com . You can also follow along with all of our exciting new developments on our new Facebook page, at facebook.com/WelchSummerScholarProgram.
With more than 7,000 attendees all under one roof at this year’s CAST, we hope you enjoyed the smooth registration process and easier access to sessions than ever before. We thank you for joining us in Houston!
CONTACT THE SBOE TODAY:
The State Board of Education meets Thursday on two issues of importance to science teachers. STAT will be well-represented, but in order for your board member to pay attention, you must contact him in advance with your concern.
Item 6 deals with supplemental science instruction materials. With the changing expectations for students and teachers, it is vital that the Legislature appropriate sufficient funding for resource materials. Some would say this is particularly crucial for the middle schools.
Item 8 refers to process – when textbooks are scheduled to be purchased. Science students have waited until now for their time, even as the curricula and test are changing. Now is their time during Proclamation 2012. We should oppose any change in process that delays the 82nd Legislature from rescheduling purchases during this cycle.
You may contact your SBOE Representative here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/
Put in your address and click “District Type: SBOE”
STATELLITE CALL FOR ARTICLES:
What You Need to Know Before You Go
CAST Registration is now CLOSED! We are SOLD OUT! In an effort to make your experience the best possible we have capped registration and will not be allowing additional registrants online. We thank you for registering early!
Click here for a general CAST Schedule.
Below you will find important details about badge pickup, tote bag pickup, parking, transportation, and more. Please read this carefully to be prepared for the biggest CAST yet! (Read more behind the cut.)
The Texas Education Agency with the assistance of Texas educators has developed a number of resources related to the STAAR program. These resources, which are available on a new STAAR webpage at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/, include the following:
- Assessment attributes
- Assessed curriculum
- Test blueprints for the grades/subjects and courses assessed
New TEA correspondence regarding STAAR has been posted at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/taa.