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Last Chance for STAT Award Nominations

STATFlash: 
Mon, 06/11/2012

This week is your last chance to nominate an outstanding teacher for a STAT Award. If you know a STAT member who has made notable contributions to science education, tell us about them!

Award recipients receive a variety of prizes and recognitions, including plaques, honorariums, and VIP tickets to CAST 2012 events.

Nominations and required materials must be received by Friday, June 15, 2012. Award recipients will be recognized at the CAST 2012 Opening Ceremonies. Please remember: only current STAT members may be nominated for awards.

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The May STATellite Is Here!

STATFlash: 
Wed, 05/30/2012

 

Start Your Summer Right with the STATellite!

Summer is here, but before you grab that favorite beach read, check out the latest edition of the STATellite! It's jam-packed with knowledge, with topics including:

  • STEM Strategies
  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • Teaching Mitochondrial Genetics
  • CAST 2012 Information
  • ...and more!

View the STATellite here!

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STAT Awards Open/Science Standards Released

STATFlash: 
Wed, 05/23/2012

2012 STAT Awards Open for Nominations!

Do you know an outstanding teacher who has made notable contributions to science education? Tell us about them! Nominate a friend, colleague, mentor, or yourself for a STAT Award.

Award recipients receive a variety of prizes and recognition, including plaques, honorariums, and VIP tickets to CAST 2012 events.

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Last Call for CAST Proposals/STAT Officers Elected!

STATFlash: 
Tue, 05/01/2012

Your New STAT Officers Have Been Chosen!

The votes are in! 

Presenting Your 2012-2013 STAT Executive Committee:
President: Sharon Kamas, Crosby ISD
President-Elect: Donald Burken, Spring Branch ISD
Vice President: Lola Henning, Region 16 ESC
Secretary: Jo Anne Jackson, Lubbock ISD
Treasurer: Terry Ward, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
Members At Large: Kiki Corry, Project WILD, Texas Parks and Wildlife;
George Hademenos, Richardson ISD; and Denise Hill, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Thank you for casting your votes! 
New officers will take their positions on June 1, 2012.


Spread the word!  See the official press release here.


CAST Proposal Deadline is May 7!

There is only ONE week left to submit your
CAST 2012 Proposals!
 
 
If you have questions about submitting, be sure to download our handy Sample Applications at the bottom of the proposals website so you can preview your proposal before submitting!

CAST Extra-Early Registration is Now Open!


For a limited time, we are offering registration for only $115 all three days of CAST. 

Registration will be open from May 1 - July 15.  We will temporarily close the site from July 15 - August 15 so it can be populated it with short courses, field trips, and optional events.

For more details, visit the Registration Website.

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The April Texas Science Teacher Journal Now Online!

STATFlash: 
Wed, 04/25/2012

Click Here to Download a PDF of the April Texas Science Teacher directly! 

 

Inside this issue of STAT's official academic journal, the Texas Science Teacher:

  • Letter from the Editor, Not "Goodbye" but "Until We Meet Again," by Dr. Joel Palmer 
  • Engaging Elementary Students in STEM Camp, by Dr. Tracy M. Walker, et. al. 
  • Why Students Choose a College Major in STEM Fields, by Dr. Cynthia B. Powell and Erin Boyd 
  • Effects of Labs on At-Risk Students, by Dr. Gianluca Corsi

Subscription to the Texas Science Teacher Academic Journal is for STAT Members only.  You must be logged in to view the journal.  View the current issue and past issues  here

 

If you cannot remember your password, click the "request new password" link below the login box to the left of the main page at www.statweb.org.


Good luck this week with Science STAAR testing for Grades 5 and 8! 


This just in!  The new EOC performance standards for the STAAR have just been released.  See the official release here.

 Check out more resources at the STAT STAAR Page.

In other news... STAT advocated for math and science integration at the April 18 SBOE Committee of the Full Board Meeting.  Read the testimony here


Submit Articles for the May STATellite

The wildflowers are blooming, and the students are getting antsy.  Summer is almost upon us!  

 

Reflect on your year as a teacher for the May issue of the STATellite.  We're looking for editorials, but also lesson plans and teaching tips.  Did something you did in class this year really work?  Submit your findings in article format by May 1st to 

stat@bizaustin.rr.com.   

 

Articles should be a maximum of 2 single-spaced pages in length, and may be edited before publishing.  Pictures are strongly encouraged.  Please attach them directly to your email. 


 

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Nominate Outstanding Teachers for STAT Awards!

STATFlash: 
Mon, 04/16/2012

Submit a Nominee for the 2012 STAT Awards!

Do you know an outstanding science educator who deserves to be recognized for their dedication?

   

Then nominate them for a STAT Award.  Choose from eight awards, and you can even nominate yourself!  Please remember: only current STAT members may be nominated for the awards. 

 

The deadline for awards nominations is June 15.  Award recipients will be recognized at the CAST 2012 Opening Ceremonies.


Deadline Approaching: Submit CAST Proposals by May 7th!

Hurry!  There are only 3 weeks left to submit your CAST 2012 Proposals! 

 Click here to get started!

If you have questions about submitting, be sure to download our handy Sample Applications at the bottom of the proposals website so you can preview your proposal before submitting!


The CAST Housing Site is Open!

Book your room now!
 

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Urgent: Review of Next Generation Science Standards

STATFlash: 
Tue, 04/10/2012

Dear STAT Colleagues,

A new set of national science education standards, called the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), is currently being developed. The first draft of the NGSS is scheduled to be released for public comment in mid-to-late April 2012. Various groups throughout the United States will be reviewing the first draft of the NGSS and will submit their comments to the NGSS writing teams.

Last month, an informal team from Texas attended a national meeting in Raleigh to acquire more background on the NGSS and develop a plan for review. Delegations from 41 states and the District of Columbia attended the Raleigh meeting. The Texas delegation included:

  • Kenn Heydrick, The University of Texas at Tyler - Ingenuity Center, Research Professor High school classroom teacher (10 years), district-wide Science Coordinator (15 years), TEA Science Director (3 years), currently at UT-Tyler/Austin
  • Ross Ann Hill, Science Teachers Association of Texas, President, Middle school classroom teacher (28 years), currently at Idalou Middle School
  • Haidee Williams, SEDL, Project Director, Middle and high school classroom teacher (18 years), School Curriculum Director (3 years), ESC Science Specialist (5 years), currently at SEDL (6 years)
  • Barbara Taylor, The University of Texas at Austin - Dana Center, Senior Program Coordinator, Middle school classroom teacher (20 years), high school classroom teacher (9 years), currently at UT-Austin Dana Center
  • Sandy Dochen, IBM, Manager, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas Business (15 years), Chamber of Commerce (9 years), various community/education leadership roles
  • Patrick White, Texas Instruments, State Policy Director Classroom teacher (9 years), administrator (8 years), director of STEM education nonprofit (4 years), business (17 years)

Once the first draft of the NGSS is released in mid-late April, we will have 3 weeks to review and consolidate our comments. Our Texas delegation would like to invite STAT members to be a part of this review process. If you want to participate, you are asked to review one strand of standards, which include:

  • Physical science, grades K-12, including its three dimensions - process, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas
  • Life science, grades K-12, including its three dimensions - process, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas
  • Earth and space science, grades K-12, including its three dimensions - process, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas
  • Engineering/Technology/Applications of Science, grades 9-12, including its three dimensions - process, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas

If you are interested in serving on the NGSS review panel from Texas, complete the nomination form at  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M2T9JQVby Monday, April 16th. Review members will be notified quickly and will be expected to attend a full-day meeting on Saturday, May 12 in Austin. All travel expenses will be the responsibility of the participant.

Please consider helping STAT in this important review process. STAT would like to have a voice at the national level in developing these important science education standards.

It is important that Texas educators be part of the conversation in improving science education. Previous national efforts, such as the National Science Education Standards and the Project 2061 Benchmarks, influenced the revision of previous Science TEKS. Likewise, the NGSS can influence the development of future TEKS curriculum standards, assessments, and professional development.

Thank you again for your consideration in helping STAT!

Ross Ann Hill

STAT President 

 

Background Information

In regards to the overall development, The National Research Council (NRC), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Achieve embarked on a thorough process to develop the NGSS. More information about the development of the NGSS is found at http://www.nextgenscience.org/. The NRC of the National Academy of Sciences managed the first of two steps in the creation of the Next Generation Science Standards by developing the Framework for K-12 Science Education which was released July 2011.  

You can access the framework at  http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13165.

 

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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 http://www.lagovistaisd.net.  We are an exemplary campus.


Round Rock ISD Job Opening

LOCATION: Central Administration
POSITION: - LEAD CURRICULUM SPECIALIST, ELEMENTARY SCIENCE
JOB
QUALIFICATIONS:
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.
 


Science News


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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Book Your Room Now: CAST Housing Site Open!

STATFlash: 
Tue, 04/03/2012

The CAST 2012 Housing Site is Now Open!

Get the best rooms!  Sign up for CAST 2012 Housing Today!


Those who book within the CAST housing block will:
  • Be guaranteed that their hotel will be on the CAST 2012 hotel shuttle route.
  • Receive lower rates though STAT's block of rooms.
  • Know that official CAST hotels have been inspected by staff prior to booking- we only book with hotels we have reviewed.
  • Be giving back to CAST- future hotel contract negotiations depend on the size of our block.  CAST is able to keep rates low if more attendees book within our designated hotels.
  • Have transportation directly from your hotel to the convention center (no driving around for parking!).

Submit Articles for the May STATellite

 

The wildflowers are blooming, and the students are getting antsy.  Summer is almost upon us!  

 

Reflect on your year as a teacher for the May issue of the STATellite.  We're looking for editorials, but also lesson plans and teaching tips.  Did something you did in class this year really work?  Submit your findings in article format by May 1st to 

stat@bizaustin.rr.com.   

 

Articles should be a maximum of 2 single-spaced pages in length, and may be edited before publishing.  Pictures are strongly encouraged.  Please attach them directly to your email. 


STAT Board: Out and About at NSTA

 

The NSTA national conference in Indianapolis was greatPresident Ross Ann Hill and President-Elect Sharon Kamas were able to attend and represent STAT at this event.  

 

One of the most-discussed topics was the release of the first draft of the new National Science Education Standards (NGSS) on April 30.  This is an incredibly important document that will help shape our science teaching in the next decade.   

 

Stay tuned to hear about how STAT is going to help review this document.  Thanks for your continued support of STAT - have a great week!

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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: http://epo.sonoma.edu/multiu.php


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.

COURSES

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

iD PROGRAMMING ACADEMY LOCATIONS

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

OTHER SUMMER PROGRAMS

Additional 2-week immersive Teen academies include iD Gaming Academy and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking and photography).  Visit www.iDTeenAcademies.com 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 (www.internalDrive.com) including St. Edward’s, the University of Houston, Trinity, TCU, SMU, and others.

WHY iD?

Visit www.iDProgrammingAcademy.com 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.