WSTA 2014 Conference
October 17 to 19, 2014
The Next Generation: Science and STEM for All
Call for proposals is open! Get yours in soon!
Call for Vendors is open and booths are filling up, please book yours now!
(Click here for the 2014 Conference Page)
Hotel Rooms Blocked at The DoubleTree Hotel at the Conference Center and Red Lion Inn at the Park. See registration page for details. CALL AND BOOK NOW!
This summer, you can receive while attending Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability’s inaugural conference on August 7th, 8th, and 9th - titled “Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons.” Please share this with other educators. For more information: http://www.seattleu.edu/cejs/
The conference, which will focus on the intimate connections between environmental justice and sustainability, will host over 60 presenters, experts in their respective fields. Keynote speakers include Denis Hayes, co-founder of Earth Day, and author Bill McKibben (via live video feed), co-founder of 350.org.
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Limited scholarships are available. Please email Mike Schut at email@example.com inquire.
For a conference schedule, visit: https://www.conftool.net/
The conference organizers hope to see you in August!
For general conference information, see: www.js2014.org
For additional information, contact Mike Schut, Program Coordinator
Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability
Engineering Education Teacher and Adminstrator Survey
We represent a Washington State Engineering Education Leadership Initiative comprised of multiple partners (MESA, UW, WISE, OSPI, WABS, ISB, LASER, PNNL, Teachers, and others). We are interested in obtaining K-12 teachers’ and administrators’ feedback about the challenges and opportunities in K-12 engineering education via an online survey. The data will be used to assess engineering education needs and develop strategies to address these needs.https://www.surveymonkey.com/
Survey responders have a chance to be entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire©, please complete the survey by.
This survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. Thank you!
Phyllis Harvey-Buschel Ed.D.
Director-Curriculum and Teacher Learning
Washington MESA "Celebrating 30 Years in STEM Education"
UW's new Masters of Science in Science for Teachers Program
Announcing a new graduate program in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington - the Masters of Science in Science for Teachers (MSST) degree. MSST is a graduate degree in science developed specifically for experienced teachers. The MSST program provides a unique opportunity to conduct scientific research with world-renowned UW faculty and research professionals as a mechanism to strengthen and broaden content knowledge and scientific skill sets.
Why enroll in the MSST program?
Science is moving at ever-increasing speeds, with new breakthroughs, innovations and technologies. Keeping pace requires science educators to engage in hands-on, high-level, real-life science. With a MSST degree you will:
· Strengthen and broaden your disciplinary content knowledge
· Gain additional hands-on scientific skill sets
· Design and implement your own research project
· Equip yourself to lead in the practice of the Next Generation Science Standards
“The MSBT furthered my career by providing me with an even stronger science background. I was already certified in General Science but the added science courses were much more valuable to me than any of my education coursework.” High School Biology Teacher, Edmonds School District
How do I apply?
We are currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. Please click here for application information. The deadline to apply for Fall 2014 is 1 September 2014.
Please see the attached flyer for more information and visit our website to learn more. website...... MSST Flyer
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Dr. Liz Nesbitt Dr. Tansy Clay Burns
MSST Program Director MSST Program Coordinator
Primary and Secondary Level Science Educator Award!
The Entomological Foundation's mission is to build a future for entomology by educating young people about science through insects.
We offer two awards: Outstanding Educator in Primary Level Teaching and Outstanding Educator in Secondary Level teaching, referred to as the President’s Award sponsored by the Entomological Society of America. I have attached a flyer with more information. Please pass this flyer along to anyone you think would be interested in applying for the award, the deadline is July 1st.
The recipients will receive:
- A $400 donation made payable to the winner's school to purchase teaching materials required to expand the use of insects in the teaching curriculum;
These annual awards are presented at the ESA Annual Meeting. Teachers who win this award must be available to present a lesson plan at a symposium during the ESA Annual Meeting, which takes place in Portland, OR this year.
IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
Regional Science Coordinator Needed
The job of regional science coordinator is done for the purposes of increasing student success in science by implementing research-based instructional strategies, consulting with member districts regarding curriculum, instruction, assessment, and student performance, and providing leadership and expertise for educational staff and administrators in compliance with established regulations. The regional science specialist works in concert with NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101 staff, local districts, and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to create a powerful, collaborative, and
coherent regional delivery system to improve student proficiency in science.
Posting Information PDF Application Due: June 9, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
For More information contact
Human Services, Margy Wilbourn
4202 South Regal Street
Spokane, Washington 99223-7738
Seeking science teachers for the field tests
As part of the National Board's ongoing revision of the certification process, we need to recruit thousands of PreK-12th grade teachers to participate in field tests over the next three years. To meet our targets for validity, we are in great need of science teachers -- in particular, non-NBCTs teaching chemistry, earth science and physics -- to volunteer for the field tests.
The field tests offer candidates a chance to "test drive" the various components that make up certification at no cost and no risk. While there is no compensation or scores given, we are offering some incentives for teachers who complete the field tests.
More information, including a link to the field test application, is availablehere. Would you consider forwarding this email to colleagues who might be interested? I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you for your consideration. I also wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that the National Board recently published the revised Science Standards. You can find them online here on our new candidate-focused website,www.boardcertifiedteachers.org
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Mission 7 to ISS flight opportunity
Announcing for 2014-15: Major (G5-14) STEM Opportunity for School Districts -
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, and NanoRacks announce Mission 7 to the International Space Station. This STEM education opportunity immerses grade 5-14
Each participating community will be provided a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single experiment, and all launch services to fly it to Space Station in Spring 2015, and return is safely to Earth for student harvesting and analysis. A 9-week experiment design
TIME CRITICAL: all interested communities are asked to inquire by May 30, 2014; schools and districts need to assess interest with their staff and, if appropriate, move forward with an Implementation Plan. Communities must be aboard by September 3, 2014, for a 9-week experiment design phase September 8 to November 7, 2014, and flight experiment selection by December 17, 2014. Flight of the selected experiment to ISS is expected in Spring 2015.
Washington STEM Championships
On May 24th, we are hosting the Washington STEM Championships, which is an academic competition for middle & high school science and math students. The tests in the competition cover topics taught in regular, AP, and IB courses, so they will be a great way of testing students' knowledge of what they learn in school and outside of school as well!
Population Education's Northwest Training Institute
Population Education will be sponsoring a facilitator training institute at the IslandWood environmental learning center on Bainbridge Island, WA, on
July 18th-20th, 2014. The facilitator training is open to educators throughout the Northwest who are interested in leading Population Education workshops for their colleagues at schools, universities and conferences around the region.
This is an excellent opportunity for science educators to become acquainted with innovative, interdisciplinary curricula that address a host of content standards for environmental studies, geography, global studies and more. Most of the weekend’s expenses will be covered by Population Education (two nights lodging, all meals during the weekend and up to $200 travel stipend to
offset mileage expense.) Participants will also receive an extensive handbook of training materials and a variety of curriculum resources, including the latest edition of Population Education’s award-winning "dot" video, World Population. To apply, go to our website: www.PopulationEducation.org and click on “Leadership Institute” under the “Trainers Network” tab. Complete the application form by March 7thand return it with a current resumé or CV. Space is limited, and slots for our facilitator trainings always fill up quickly. Priority will be given to those applicants who will
High School Seniors sought for National Youth Science Camp Honors
Olympia – Governor Jay Inslee appointed Ellen Ebert from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to serve as Washington’s selection coordinator for the 2014 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC). Two high school seniors will receive a full scholarship to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds. The nearly month-long experience includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation; overnight camping trips into the Monogahela National Forest; and a visit to Washington D.C. The selected delegates must
not only demonstrate academic achievement in science, but also show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.
Virginia, on Friday, June 27, and depart on Sunday, July 20, 2014. The NYSC is held near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia, within the Monongahela National Forest. Application forms are available on the NYSC website at www.nysc.org.
Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 1, 2014.
Only completed applications will be considered.
You may apply at http://apply.nysc.org.
Washington State adopts Next Generation Science Standards
October 4, 2013. Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and Governor
Jay Enslee announced the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards by the state of Washington. Several WSTA members were in attendance at the press conference to hear the exciting news which was held at Cascade Middle School in the Highline School District. Washington State is the 8th state to formally adopt the new science standards.
WSTA Board attends National Congress on Science Education
Representatives from the WSTA Board of directors attended the annual National Congress on Science Education (NCSE). This year the meeting was held during the 3rd week in July in San Juan, Puerto Rico. NCSE is a conference-like 3-day meeting designed to provide
state science teacher organizations with information and a voice for science education matters through NSTA. The latest information and resolutions are brought to state
chapters, and chapters can provide input on these matters. This years workshop topics included:
Roy Beven (President-Elect) and Midge Yergen (Past President) attended the congress on behalf of WSTA and information from the congress is incorporated into strategic planning and goal setting for the 2013-2014 year.
Seattle Times Editorial by Washington State LASER
We are very pleased to share with you that we wrote an opinion editorial that was published in the Seattle Times on Tuesday, June 11th. We hope you enjoy reading it and will join us in embracing the Next Generation Science Standards.
Remember you too can help make science and the Nest Generation Science Standards accessible to all students. Ask your legislator to support funding for professional development in science education. Request your school district teach science in every grade. And take your kids, or any kids, to a science center, science festival, aquarium, zoo or park.
Washington Science Teachers Association