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Urgent: Adoption of New Science Instructional Materials - Action Needed

Tue, 01/24/2012

Do you want new science instructional materials?

Do you need up-to-date science content to teach students?


STAT (Science Teachers Association of Texas) President-Elect Sharon Kamas will be present at the upcoming The State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting on January 26thSee more details here. 


During this meeting, the future adoption of instructional materials will be discussed.  STAT has been fighting to get Science instructional materials at the top of the SBOE's adoption cycle. Some of our textbooks are between 8-14 years old: the time for action is now!     


The new Science TEKS need to be supported by new instructional materials.  If STAAR is based on our new Science TEKS, then we need new instructional materials to match these new Science TEKS.  


Please take a moment and send an email to your State Board of Education member:    


Find your SBOE representative by entering your home address here:

Send an email addressed to your SBOE member to:   


Thank you for taking the time to help advance science education in Texas!

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STAT Takes a Stand at the Capitol This Month

Fri, 01/13/2012

President Ross Ann Hill and President Elect Sharon Kamas  

to Represent STAT at SBOE and House Public Education Committee Meetings 


STAT (Science Teachers Association of Texas) President-Elect Sharon Kamas will be present at the upcoming SBOE meeting on January 26th.  See more details here. 


Both Kamas and President Ross Ann Hill will also represent STAT at the upcoming House of Representatives Public Education Committee meeting on January 23rd.  The implementation of the new state assessment system (STAAR), and its "impact on students, instruction, teachers, and graduation or promotion rates" will be discussed.  View more details here. They are also scheduled to meet with the Chief of Staff of Senator Kel Seliger, who has just been appointed by the Lt. Governor to the Math and Science Advisory Board.


If you have any recommendations on the above topics, or would like to attend the meeting, please contact, or


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The December STATellite is Now Available!

Tue, 12/13/2011

Check out the post-CAST edition of the STATellite for special promos for CAST 2012, teaching tips, CAST photos, and more!

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CAST 2011 Pics and SBOE Victory!

Wed, 11/30/2011

Check out pics from CAST 2011!

(Click the picture to be taken to the slide-show.) 


CAST 2011 Pictures


If you have photos you would like to share, email them to, and we'll put them in our album! 



While we were at CAST...


STAT President-Elect Sharon Kamas was at the Capitol on November 17 to weigh-in on the issue of providing Texas classrooms with new textbooks.  See Sharon's testimony here.


Shortly after the November 17 meeting, we recieved word that science materials are in the top spot on the SBOE's Adoption Cycle!  This is indeed a victory for science teachers across Texas.  View the Proposed Adoption Cycle of the SBOE here.


As the school year winds down, we'd like to wish you a very relaxing winter break.   

We're excited to see what 2012 will bring your association.   

Happy Holidays!

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Speaker of the House Joe Straus releases Interim Charges for House Committees

Fri, 10/21/2011

Yesterday, October 20, Joe Straus announced the Interim Charges for the Texas State House of Representatives Committees.  In addition to the charges assigned to each committee, he requested all committees find ways to increase transparency, accountability, and efficiency within the state government, and to make recommendations for significantly improving the state’s manufacturing capability.  Charges relevant to science educators are below, but for a complete list of all charges, click here.

    House Committee on Public Education:

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STAT Takes a Stand at SBOE Meeting

Thu, 09/22/2011

President Ross Ann Hill and Sandra West Testify at SBOE Meeting 


STAT President Ross Ann Hill addressed the Committee of the Full Board last Thursday.  She advocated for "updated, comprehensive instructional materials at all levels of classroom learning."  Read her testimony here.  


STAT Legislative Committee Chair Sandra West was also present, and spoke on the privatization of education as well as the need for science materials.  Read her testimony here. 


View photos from the SBOE meeting.


Email your SBOE representative:  

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Speak Out to the SBOE!

Fri, 09/09/2011

Supplemental Science Materials on SBOE Agenda

Click here to see the Agenda for next week's SBOE meeting.

We invite you, the members of STAT, to be present at this important meeting on September 15th.  If you wish to provide your own public testimony, view the SBOE Operating RulesYou may register by phone or fax today or on Monday, September 12th.  

President Ross Ann Hill will speak on behalf of the association. View our official letter to Commissioner Robert Scott.

You can always email your SBOE representative to voice your opinion. Locate them here:

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SBOE Meeting May Impact Science Materials

Thu, 09/01/2011

Are supplemental science materials enough

A STATweb Open Discussion.


The SBOE meeting from September 14-16 may impact materials in your science classrooms.  Read the details below, then comment on this post to share your opinion on the necessity of updating science materials.  Please Note: you must be logged in to comment on posts.

From September 14-16, the State Board of Education will meet to discuss items pertaining to K-12 curriculum materials, and STAT is going to be there, advocating for a complete textual system update for science classrooms. 


We invite you, the members of STAT, to be present at this meeting.  If you wish to provide your own public testimony, view the SBOE Operating Rules You must register via phone or fax the Friday before the meeting (September 9th).  


Public testimony will take place on Thursday, September 15.  President Ross Ann Hill will speak on behalf of the association.   


 View our official letter to Commissioner Robert Scott. 


We will keep you updated on the exact schedule of the meeting as details arise.

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Oklahoma Science Teachers Association Invites You to Their Fall Conference!

Fri, 08/19/2011

The OSTA Fall Conference, the largest and best science professional development opportunity in the state will take place Saturday, October 1st at the University of Central Oklahoma.

”The Branches of STEM are rooted in Science”

  1. get out your calendar and mark the date.
  2. submit your proposal to present.  This year all proposals will be submitted using our convenient on-line form.  DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE DEADLINE!  Space is limited.
  3. nominate yourself or someone you know for an position on the OSTA Board. The following Board positions are accepting nominations: President-elect/vice-president, treasurer, elementary director, high school  director, Region 1/NE , Region 3/SW, Region 5/Tulsa Public Schools.  Submit your nomination online HERE.
  4. nominate yourself or someone else you know for an OSTA Award using our electronic nomination submissions forms.  Each year the OSTA awards program seeks to recognize outstanding elementary, middle school, high school and college science teachers.  We also honor outstanding contributions to science education in Oklahoma with OSTA’s highest award, the Jack Renner Award, named for the late, esteemed Science Education Professor from the University of Oklahoma.

If you are exhibitor - OSTA is now accepting reservations for exhibit space at the conference.  Exhibit space utilizes the primary halls and the atrium of Howell Hall on the UCO campus.  Commercial vendors pay a nominal fee  for exhibit space, approved non-profits can exhibit for no charge.  Book your exhibit space using our ON-LINE FORM.

All exhibitors and program presenters must register for the conference.

Ready to Register for the Conference?  Click the link to register for the 2011 OSTA Fall Conference.

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The CAST 2011 STATellite is Here!

Wed, 08/17/2011

The Special CAST 2011 Edition of the STATellite is Here!

It's our biggest issue of the year!  Check out the August edition of the STATellite for inside information on CAST 2011, how to get involved as a volunteer, back-to-school tips, and more!