WSTA 2014 Conference
October 17 to 19, 2014
The Next Generation: Science and STEM for All
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Conference Program and Workshops SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Invitation to Join PESB Science 5-12 Work Group
Work group members are needed to further revise the NGSS-aligned Science 5-12 competencies so candidates earning this endorsement will be prepared to teach the entry level, high school courses.Information Flyer Download(PDF)
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.
Dr. Liz Nesbitt, MSST Program Director; Dr. Tansy Clay Burns, MSST Program Coordinator
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 available here. or on at www.boardcertifiedteachers.org
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