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Awesome and Artful CAST 2011 Programming Announced!

STATFlash: 
Tue, 04/12/2011

CIRQUE IMAGINATION TO PERFORM AT CAST 2011!

Enjoy The Art of Science while taking in a performance of gravity-defying human energy!  Cirque Imagination will perform at the CAST Opening Reception on Thursday, November 17th, from 5:30-7:30pm.  

 

REGISTER EXTRA-EARLY FOR CAST. 

Beginning May 1st, we will open extra-early registration at $115 for the full conference (short courses and extra sessions will be available August 15th).   

We are doing this to help your districts send you to CAST using any leftover money from last year's budget.  In these uncertain times, we want to give you as many opportunities to attend as possible!

 

DALLAS SENATOR ROYCE WEST TO SPEAK AT CAST!

We're partnering with Senator Royce West to introduce the Royce West Science Teaching Scholarship, a new program designed to send teachers to CAST!   

Senator West will address the STAT membership at the CAST Opening Reception to honor contributors and recipients of this new scholarship.   

Education has always been a priority for Senator West, who presently serves on the Senate Education, Higher Education, and Finance Committees. Visit his State Senate Profile to learn more about his political career in Texas.

If you wish to contribute to the scholarship, visit the Sponsorship Page, or call the STAT office at 512-491-6685 for more details on how to get involved!

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Member at Large Ballot

STATFlash: 
Fri, 04/08/2011

MEMBER AT LARGE BALLOT 

We need your votes for Member at Large positions on the STAT Executive Committee.  Please cast your vote by choosing three names out of the six below you would like to serve on your executive board. Send the names to stat@bizaustin.rr.com.

 

 Denise Hill, Texas A&M University, Chair of Teacher Education

 Deidre Parish, Secondary Science Coordinator for High Schools, Frisco ISD

 Sharry Whitney, Secondary Science Supervisor, Lewisville ISD

 Marinne Dobrovolny, Science Specialist, Region 17 ESC

 Susana Ramirez, 8th Grade Science Teacher, PSJA ISD 

 Kiki Corry, Project WILD Coordinator, Texas Parks and Wildlife

  

View their bios and position statements HEREVoting will end on Friday, May 6, 2011.

 

STAT TO SPEAK OUT ON HB500

The Science Teachers Association of Texas is joining together with seven other Texas education associations to ask for revisions to HB 500.  This is a coalition of 25,000 people in various capacities in school districts across the state.  

 

View the full details our proposed revisions.

 

We hope to revise  End of Course examination accountability, and the transition from the TAKS to the STAAR.

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Your New STAT Officers Have Been Chosen!

STATFlash: 
Tue, 04/05/2011

The results are in!  Thank you for your votes.

 

President: Ross Ann Hill, Idalou ISD

 

President-Elect:  Sharon Kamas, La Porte ISD

 

Past President: Joel Palmer, Mesquite ISD 

 

Vice-President:  Donald Burken, Spring Branch ISD

 

Treasurer:  Terry Ward, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

 

Secretary:  Jo Anne Jackson, Lubbock ISD

 

The new officers will take their positions on June 1st, 2011.

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Get a Jump on It: CAST 2011 Housing Now Open!

STATFlash: 
Tue, 03/29/2011

Book Your CAST 2011 Room @ the Housing Site!

It's never too early to make sure you have a warm place to rest your head during CAST!  Visit the Housing Site today to book your room within the block at discounted STAT rates.  Be guaranteed transportation to the convention center and stay at our host hotel, the Sheraton Dallas! 

Member At Large Nominees Needed!

STAT Membership approved the 2011 version of the Bylaws via online voting.  Now, we need your help to find nominees for our new Member at Large positions on the STAT Executive Committee.  Fill out the Nomination Form, then submit a short bio and mission statement to:  stat@bizaustin.rr.com.  Nominations are due by Wednesday, April 6th.

Submit Articles for the May STATellite

We know you've had an eventful year.  Now that it's coming to a close, submit an article for the May issue of the STATellite.  It's the perfect opportunity to sort out all of your school year's tensions and triumphs.  Final articles are due by May 1st.

Submit editorials, articles, and news 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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Two Days Left: Make Sure Your Vote is Counted!

STATFlash: 
Tue, 03/22/2011

HURRY: VOTE TODAY AND MAKE SURE YOUR OPINION IS COUNTED!

Bylaws Ballot and Officer Elections Still Open 

We've put the latest STAT Bylaws amendments on the web, but you've only got TWO DAYS left to vote!   

Visit the Amendment Site to get started.

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Show 'em What You've Got: Submit Your CAST Proposals Now!

STATFlash: 
Wed, 03/09/2011

The Time is Now to Submit CAST 2011 Proposals

The proposal site is up and running, and we're ready for your very best submissions for CAST workshops, short courses, and field trips.  Hurry and be one of the first to submit!   The proposal site will close May 6th.  Visit the official proposal site to enter your proposals today. View the proposal rubric to get an idea of how they are graded, and email us atpresenters@statweb.org with any questions or comments concerning the website or your proposal. Please remember to login using your STATweb user name and password.  If you have forgotten your password, you may request a new one under the user login box to the left of the screen on www.statweb.org.  

Bylaws Ballot and Officer Elections Open

We've put the latest STAT Bylaws amendments on the web, and we're asking you to cast your vote "yea" or "nay" for the changes.  Visit the Amendment Site to get started. Your new STAT officer nominees have been chosen.  We've got a great crop of candidates this year and we're expecting it to be a close race, so visit the Election Page to cast your ballot today.  Remember: You must be logged in as a member in order to submit votes on either of these items!

Officer voting closes April 1, and Bylaws Amendment votes are open until March 24.  Don't hesitate:  log in to exercise your rights as a STAT member today!

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STATFlash: Show off Your Smarts: Present at CAST 2011!

STATFlash: 
Tue, 03/01/2011

Now, more than ever, the high-quality continuing education that teachers receive at CAST is of utmost importance to their careers.  With budget cuts and extra help dwindling, isn't it time for you to lend a helping hand to your colleagues?  

 

Support your association and your fellow teachers by submitting your best workshop, short course, and field trip proposals for CAST 2011!  You know you've got a great classroom tip, method, lesson, or hands-on activity that you're dying to share with teachers across the state of Texas.  

Visit the official proposal site to enter your proposals today. Proposal site will close May 6th, 2011. 

 

Please remember to login using your STATweb User name and password.  If you have forgotten your password, you may request a new one under the user login box to the left of the screen on www.statweb.org.

 

Questions or concerns about the proposal site?  Email presenters@statweb.org for tech support.

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STATFlash: February STATellite is Here!

STATFlash: 
Thu, 02/24/2011

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

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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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STATFlash: Supplemental Science Instructional Materials

STATFlash: 
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.