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Contacts

Message from the


Volume 54, Number 1 February 2010
President

Calendar

Regional
Reports

Affiliate News

CAST 2010 Call


for Proposals

STAT Officer
Elections

What is the Best


Thing We Can
Teach Our
Students?
Inside:
National Lab Day
CAST Call for Proposals
Open Letter to STAT Board Nominees
the SBOE and
Commissioner National Lab Day
Scott Letter to SBOE
Continuing
Education

The Official Newsletter of the Science Teachers Association of Texas


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Message from the


About Us
President We are STAT, the Science Teachers Association of Texas.

Calendar STAT is committed to the enhancement of the teaching of science in Texas at all levels
and in all science disciplines.
Regional
Reports For STAT Position Statements, go to: http://www.statweb.org/news/position.php

Affiliate News STAT is:


o A statewide organization of elementary, middle level, and high school
CAST 2010 Call teachers, college educators, supervisors of science, and others dedicated to
for Proposals maintaining the highest levels of science and education in our schools.
o A chapter of the National Science Teachers Association
STAT Officer o Visit the NSTA site
Elections
STAT seeks to:
What is the Best o Serve as a unified voice for the science teachers of the state.
o Keep science teachers and other members informed about current trends in
Thing We Can
science education.
Teach Our o Provide opportunities for members to examine techonology, curriculum,
Students? materials, and services.
o Inform members of local, state and national meetings, conferences, seminars
National Lab Day and workshops related to sciences.
o Cooperate with other science oriented organizations and teacher associations
Open Letter to in the promotion of teaching of science.
the SBOE and
Commissioner
Scott History:
STAT, Science Teachers Association of Texas, was formally organized in 1957 during
Continuing the 4th Annual Conference for the Advancement of Science & Mathematics Teaching
Education (CASMT). STAT membership is more than 6,000 strong!

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Message from the


President

Calendar
Contacts
Elected Officers ............................................4
Regional
Reports Appointed Positions ....................................4
Affiliate News
Affiliate Congress ........................................5
Regional Directors .......................................6
CAST 2010 Call
for Proposals Texas State Board of Education..................7
STAT Officer
Message from the President ...........................8
Elections Calendar............................................................11
What is the Best Regional Reports .............................................12
Thing We Can Affiliate News ..................................................16
Teach Our
Students? CAST 2010 Call for Proposals.......................20
National Lab Day
STAT Officer Elections 2010 ..........................21
What is the Best Thing We Can Teach
Open Letter to
the SBOE and Our Students? ..................................................30
Commissioner National Lab Day ............................................31
Scott
Open Letter to the SBOE and
Continuing
Education
Commissioner Scott........................................32
Continuing Education ....................................33

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Elected
Officers
Contacts STAT
Office
Message from the President: Past President:
President Mailing Address:
5750 Balcones Dr., Patsy Magee Michael Baldwin
Ste 201 (409) 617-5054 (956) 548-8246
Calendar Austin, TX 78731
pmagee@beaumont.k12.tx.us lbaldwin@rgv.rr.com
Phone:
Regional (512) 491-6685 President-Elect: Treasurer:
Reports Fax: Joel Palmer Laurel Frank
(512) 873-7423 (972) 345-8379 (281) 232-2025
Affiliate News www.statweb.org
stat@bizaustin.rr.com jpalmer59@gmail.com lfrank@magnoliaisd.org

CAST 2010 Call Vice President: Secretary:


for Proposals Ross Ann Hill Karen Jo Matsler
(806) 892-1900 (817) 483-7251
STAT Officer rahill@idalouisd.net kjmatsler@gmail.com
Elections
Appointed
What is the Best Positions
Thing We Can
Teach Our Executive Director: Texas Science Teacher
Students?
Chuck Hempstead Editor:
(512) 491-6685 Joel Palmer
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stat@bizaustin.rr.com (972) 345-8379
Open Letter to CAST Exhibits Manager &
jpalmer59@gmail.com
the SBOE and STATellite Editor:
Advertising Manager:
Commissioner
Frank Butcher Jon Rodriguez
Scott (512) 491-6685
(281)424-1230
frank.butcher@comcast.net stat@bizaustin.rr.com
Continuing
Education TEA Representative:
Kenn Heydrick
(512) 463-1827
Kenn.Heydrick@tea.state.tx.us

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Message from the


President
ACT ISEA
Calendar Associated Chemistry Informal Science
Teachers of Texas Education Association
Regional
Reports Rhonda Alexander Kiki Corry
rhondaalex@gmail.com kiki.corry@tpwd.state.tx.us
Affiliate News

CAST 2010 Call ISET TABT TAEE


for Proposals Integrated Science Texas Association of Texas Association for
Educators of Texas Biology Teachers Environmental Education
STAT Officer
Elections Carole Henry Karen Hewitt Sally Wall
chenry1@satx.rr.com hewittkaren@yahoo.com swall@ccisd.net
What is the Best
Thing We Can
Teach Our
TCES TESTA TMEA
Texas Council of Texas Earth Science Texas Marine
Students? Elementary Science Teachers Association Educators Association

National Lab Day Michael Vu Diann Valentine Marolyn Smith


mv12@bcm.edu dvalenti@houstonisd.org marolyn.smith@yahoo.com
Open Letter to
the SBOE and
Commissioner TSAAPT TSELA
Scott Texas Section of the American Texas Science Education
Association of Physics Teachers Leadership Association
Continuing
Education Toni Saucy Terry Talley
toni.saucy@angelo.edu DrTTalley@comcast.net

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Region 6 Region 14
Message from the Georgeanna Adams-Molina Gary Mabry
President 3332 Montgomery Rd.
Huntsville, TX 77340
2110 Marsalis St.
Abilene, TX 79603
E-mail E-mail
Calendar
Region 7 Region 15
Donna Wise Jerita Taylor
Regional 1909 N. Longview Street P.O. Box 390
Kilgore, TX 75662 Bronte, TX 76933
Reports E-mail E-mail

Affiliate News Region 1 Region 8 Region 16


Robert A. Soper Bobbette Doerrie
300 Hollywood Dr. 13925 CR B
CAST 2010 Call Edinburg, TX 75839 Vacant Booker, TX 79005
E-mail E-mail
for Proposals
Region 2 Region 9 Region 17
Lola Grundy Tanys Gene James Cathy Box
STAT Officer 15222 Reales Drive 1625 Rodgers Dr. P.O. Box 698
Elections Corpus Christi, TX 78418 Graham, TX 76450 Tahoka, TX 79373
E-mail E-mail E-mail

What is the Best Region 3 Region 10 Region 18


Catherine W. Porter Bill Neal Martha Alexander
Thing We Can 308 Welch 6231 Woodcrest Ln 5006 Castleford Rd.
Teach Our Palacios, TX 77465 Dallas, TX 75214 Midland, TX 79705
E-mail E-mail E-mail
Students?
Region 4 Region 11 Region 19
Mary Ingle Becky Yarbrough James and Dusty Milson
National Lab Day 7145 W. Tidwell Road 3001 North Freeway 252 Viking
Houston, TX 77092-2096 Fort Worth, Tx 76106 El Paso, TX 79912
Open Letter to E-mail E-mail E-mail

the SBOE and Co-Region 5 Region 12 Region 20


Mike Hoke Jeanine Wolf Mary Poarch
Commissioner 1802 W Rein 3680 CR 269 1425 Wilshire Ave.
Scott Orange, TX 77630 Oglesby, TX 76561 San Antonio, TX 78209
E-mail E-mail E-mail

Continuing Co-Region 5 Region 13 Region 21


Roxanne Minix-Wilkins Dr. Barbara ten Brink Shari Hiltbrand
Education 1130 Skipwith St. 1410 W. 29th Street 1330 Augusta #20
Beaumont, TX 77705 Austin, TX 78703 Houston, TX 77057
E-mail E-mail E-mail

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Gail Lowe, Chair William B. Travis Building
Contacts Lawrence A. Allen, Jr., Vice Chair 1701 North Congress Avenue
Terri Leo, Secretary Austin, Texas 78701-1494
Message from the
President
SBOE District 1 - Rene Nuñez SBOE District 9 - Don McLeroy
1521 Upson Dr. 9277 Brookwater Cir.
Calendar El Paso, TX 79902
(915) 351-9923
College Station, TX 77845
(979) 255-2538
(512) 936-4319 fax (979) 846-1174 fax
Regional SBOE District 2 - Mary Helen Berlanga SBOE District 10 - Cynthia Nolan Dunbar
Reports 2727 Morgan Ave. 22123 Skyridge Ln.
Corpus Christi, TX 78405 Richmond, TX 77469
(361) 881-1000 (512) 463-9007
Affiliate News (361) 881-1028 fax (512) 936-4319 fax

SBOE District 3- Rick Agosto SBOE District 11 - Patricia Hardy


CAST 2010 Call 205 N Presa, Ste B 200 900 N. Elm
San Antonio, TX 78205 Weatherford, TX 76086
for Proposals (210) 226-7106 (817) 598-2968
(210) 226-7104 fax (817) 598-2833 fax

STAT Officer SBOE District 4 - Lawrence A. Allen, Jr. SBOE District 12 - Geraldine Miller
4302 Grapevine 1100 Providence Tower West
Elections Houston, TX 77045 Dallas, TX 75244
(713) 433-4643 (972) 419-4000
(713) 556-7243 fax (214) 552-8560 fax
What is the Best
Thing We Can SBOE District 5- Ken Mercer
PO Box 781301
SBOE District 13 - Mavis B. Knight
PO Box 763337
Teach Our San Antonio, TX 78278
(512) 463-9007
Dallas, TX 75376
(214) 333-9575
Students? (512) 936-7319 fax (214) 339-9242 fax

SBOE District 6 - Terri Leo SBOE District 14 - Gail Lowe


National Lab Day 23516 Twin Oaks Dr. RR#5 11 Chris Ave.
Spring, TX 77389 Lampasas, TX 76550
(281) 257-0832 fax (call first) (512) 556-6262
Open Letter to (512) 556-3278 fax
SBOE District 7 - David Bradley
the SBOE and 2165 North St. SBOE District 15 - Bob Craig
Commissioner Beaumont, TX 77701
(409) 835-3808
PO Box 1979
Lubbock, TX 79408
Scott SBOE District 8 - Barbara Cargill
(806) 744-3232
(806) 744-2211 fax
61 W. Wedgemere Cir.
Continuing The Woodlands, TX 77381
(281) 465-8095
Education
Need to find your representative?
Search by zip code at:
http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us

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Message from the


President
A Message from President Magee
Calendar
Well if you are in Texas – crazy things have been going on! THE WEATHER! What is
Regional with all the cold weather, rain, sleet and snow? I am ready for some sunshine and warm weath-
er! How about you?
Reports This past weekend I had the privilege of working with
your STAT Board. You will not find a group more dedicated to
Affiliate News the advancement of science and concern for science teachers.
Each member gave their time to come together and help make
CAST 2010 Call thoughtful decisions to help Texas science teachers. I hope
you will thank them for their time and effort! This Board has
for Proposals made several decisions that will integrate more technology on
the STAT website and we think you will find them powerful
STAT Officer and useful. Keep reading and watching the STAT website.
Elections We will be rolling them out soon!

The Board made decisions regarding future CAST sites


What is the Best and will be pursing those facilities that can offer larger “under
Thing We Can one roof” facilities like Houston. Larger cities that can offer
Teach Our this will be a little more expensive, but “under one roof” con-
ferences will allow for more activities and less distractions about moving from place to place.
Students? For your information the future sites at this time are:

National Lab Day CAST 2010 Houston George Brown Center


CAST 2011 Dallas Convention Center
Open Letter to CAST 2012 Corpus Christi
CAST 2013 Houston George Brown Center
the SBOE and
Commissioner As I returned from mid winter break, things began to step up in my District and I am
Scott sure yours too. TAKS science is not far away! AS we make it through this year, many ques-
tions arise about science for next year. Juniors this year will be the first group of high school
students required to complete a 4th year of science and math on the recommended high school
Continuing graduation plan. What courses will you offer? Who will teach them and what are the certifi-
Education cation requirements? Do you have equipment and labs to teach them? Since we will begin to
teach the new science TEKS next fall when will we get new books to help implement? What
will be happening to the TAKS test? How will it change? How will students be tested next year
especially 8th graders? What is all this I hear about End-Of-Course exams? When do we start

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them? What will students be expected to do and CAST 2010 will continue to move to
Message from the how will they be implemented? I have asked only a”greener” conference. We like the idea of leav-
President a few of the questions I hear on a daily basis from ing as small a “footprint” as possible since we
my staff. How are you going to get these ques- are all scientists. We will eliminate more paper
Calendar tions answered? Of course you can always go the by asking the workshop presenters to place their
TEA website and search or you can find all your information and handouts on a special place on
answers in one place. Where? CAST 2010 – Hous- the STAT website. You will be able to get the in-
Regional ton George R. Brown Convention Center. formation you want, simply by going to the STAT
Reports website and downloading it.
The STAT Board and the CAST 2010 Com-
Affiliate News mittee have been busy to help science teachers as You will notice a greater visibility of the
they try to meet all the new science requirements STAT Affiliates. We plan to make an Affiliates
with CAST 2010. We are planning for the first time row right up front so that as a science teacher you
CAST 2010 Call in several years an opening session. I think you can join a science organization that will help you
for Proposals will be as excited as we are to find out that Dr. Bob according to what you teach. This is a great op-
Ballard, famed oceanographer and explorer, will portunity to get involved with other science edu-
STAT Officer be the opening session keynote speaker! We are cators in your field!
thrilled to have him as part of CAST 2010 courtesy
Elections of The JASON Project! I was privileged to hear Keep watching the STAT website. Every-
one of his presentations this past week. His en- thing is being updated and made easier for science
What is the Best thusiasm and passion for science is one message teachers to get what they need. None of these
Thing We Can that all science teachers need to hear! We will also technology advances could have been implement-
present our Outstanding Science teacher Award- ed without the hard work of STAT’s Executive
Teach Our ees at the opening ceremony. We want everyone Director, Chuck Hempstead, and his staff. They
Students? to see, know and learn about them! have been involved in researching and helping to
implement all the new technology ideas we have
National Lab Day CAST 2010 proposal website is now on- brought to them. Help me to thank them for all
line. Please consider submitting a proposal. Due they do for Texas Science Teachers!
to the increased number of teachers in Galveston
Open Letter to the 2010 committee was dedicated to increasing Science teachers, we need your help! The
the SBOE and the number of workshop opportunities available STAT Board is always trying to think about what
Commissioner at each session. We plan to “max out” the Brown would be best for you. We need people to step
facility. We also plan to add several large “of in- forward to participate, join and run for offices in
Scott terest to all” sessions in larger rooms – TEA, STAT the STAT organization. Science teachers are the
Affiliate science and specialty demonstrations, “heart” of this organization and we need more of
Continuing Science strategies that work, etc. Watch for the you to help! We need science teachers to apply
Education housing online, it’s coming! Registration will also for the STAT awards. We want to recognize you!
be online soon and you will want to get the early Science teachers are the most fabulous group of
bird registration fee of $115. Those who want to teachers – STEP UP! Finally we need articles for
offer field trips will now do that proposal also on the Texas Science Teacher and STATellite. Each of
the website. More and more technology! you do wonderful things in your classes each day
and many of you have great research information

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that needs to be shared. Please take the time and do it now. It is difficult to do a publication when there
Message from the are fewer and fewer articles.
President
There are so many new things coming I can’t begin to name them all – this is only a start. I hope
Calendar you will find what we have done helpful and useful.

On a final personal note, this year our family will have a wonderful “first”. Our first grandchild
Regional will be born! Macee Kay will arrive around March 18th and we just can’t wait! One more great thing
Reports to add to the excitement of new things to come!

Affiliate News

CAST 2010 Call


for Proposals

STAT Officer
Elections

What is the Best


Thing We Can
Teach Our
Students?

National Lab Day

Open Letter to
the SBOE and
Commissioner
Scott

Continuing
Education

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June 2010
Message from the
TSELA Meeting
President June 18, 2010
San Antonio, TX
Calendar
TABT Conference
June 27 - July 5, 2010
Regional
Alaska
Reports
March 2010 July 2010
Affiliate News
ISEA Annual Conference
TESTA Iceland Trip
March 3-5, 2010
CAST 2010 Call UT Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas
July 19 - 25, 2010
for Proposals Iceland
TSAAPT Annual Meeting
March 18 - 20, 2010
STAT Officer August 2010
Austin, TX
Elections BCCE Conference on Chemical
NSTA National Conference
Education
March 18 - 21, 2010
What is the Best August 1-5, 2010
Philadelphia, PA
Thing We Can Denton, TX
TMEA Workshop
Teach Our
March 26-28, 2010 September 2010
Students? Matagorda, TX
TAEE Annual Fall Conference
National Lab Day April 2010
September 17-19, 2010
Burnet, TX
Open Letter to TESTA Spring Conference
April 10, 2010 October 2010
the SBOE and
Sonora Caverns, Sonora, TX
Commissioner Rio Grande Valley Science Conference
Scott October 9 - 10, 2010
Mercedes, TX
Continuing NSTA Area Conference
Education October 28 - 30. 2010
Kansas City, MO

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Regional Reports
Contacts

Message from the Region IV


President by Mary Ingle, Region IV Director

Calendar
The second annual Region 4 Science Conference
Regional was held on February 20, 2010 at the William
Reports McKinney Conference Center at Region 4 from
8:00 am–3:30 pm. The conference theme was
“Gaining Momentum in Science Literacy”. Ses-
Affiliate News sions were available for all grades and science
courses in elementary school, middle school, and
p a n d your mind &
CAST 2010 Call high school. Ex
for Proposals Presentation Themes:

STAT Officer  Biology


Elections  Chemistry expand their world!
 Earth Science
What is the Best  Environmental Science
 Life Science
Thing We Can Pursue one of Texas Tech’s Master of
 Physics
Teach Our  General Science
Science in Multidisciplinary Science
Students?  Instructional Strategies degrees - MSCI or MS2
 Science Process Skills MSCI focuses on high school science with
National Lab Day  Science, Technology, Society fall/spring coursework available online and
 Special Populations in Science summer sessions at TTU Junction.
Open Letter to  Statewide Assessment
MS2 focuses on middle school math and
the SBOE and science with fall/spring coursework available
Commissioner online and summer sessions in Lubbock.
Scott
www.de.ttu.edu/cast
Continuing
Education

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Regional Reports
Nasco Science Division
Contacts STATellite Newsletter

Message from the Region X & XI


Spring 2010
STAT1002
President by Kevin Fisher

Calendar
The Metroplex Mini-CAST was held on
Regional January 23, 2010 at Heritage High School in Col-
Reports leyville, Texas. This is the 15th consecutive year
for the Metroplex Mini-CAST sponsored by the STAT1002

Metroplex Area Science Supervisors group. Once


Affiliate News
again the event was a resounding success. Ap-
proximately 700 people attend the event includ-
CAST 2010 Call ing 525 attendees, 106 presenters, 41 vendors, and
for Proposals 30 volunteers from the Metroplex Area Science
Supervisors group. This Mini-CAST is larger than
many state science conferences.
STAT Officer
Throughout the day, over 100 different ses-
Elections
sions were presented. Between sessions, attendees
perused vendor booths to see the latest offerings.
What is the Best Lunch was provided to all attendees, vendors,
Thing We Can presenters, and volunteers. One of the highlights
of the Metroplex Mini-CAST is the various door
Teach Our
prizes. This year the door prizes included four
Students? scholarships to attend CAST in Houston. Four
lucky individuals will be attending CAST cour-
National Lab Day tesy of the Metroplex Mini-CAST. This year’s win-
ners were Truett Austin, Shawn Mondlach, Lauren
Avery, and David Downing. In addition to infor-
Open Letter to
mative sessions, vendor exhibits, door prizes the
the SBOE and Mini-CAST recruited 178 new members to STAT.
Commissioner The purposes of the Mini-CAST are to pro-
Scott vide the latest in instructional methodology, cre-
ative activities, networking opportunities, and
most importantly, supporting STAT by recruiting
Continuing
new members. These goals were all accomplished.
Education We hope to see even more people at the 2011 Me-
troplex Mini-CAST.

Sincerely
Kevin Fisher
Director

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Message from the Region XV


President by Jerita Taylor

Calendar
Region XV Robotics Competition
Regional
Reports At Regional, the 1st place team was Linsey At Area, since Garrett and Bailey failed, the teams
Arellano and Garrett Rogers. consisted of Linsey Arellano, Erika Sheldon as
Affiliate News 1st place with Luke Sheldon, and Jorge Rostro in
second place. The boys missed by 1 point.

CAST 2010 Call Also at Regional one of my elementary teams


for Proposals won 1st place. The team consisted of Matthew
Curry, Kaleb Torres, and Trace Oleksiuk. This
STAT Officer was their first time in Robotics.

Elections

What is the Best


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Teach Our
Students?
Second place was Jorge Rostro, Luke Sheldon and
Bailey Smith.
National Lab Day

Open Letter to
the SBOE and
Commissioner
They kind of learned a lesson this year in “do not
Scott mess with something that works.” They thought
they needed to improve their robot and did not
Continuing place at area.
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As far as State, all four of my secondary teams qualified.
Message from the
President The teams are:

Calendar Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4


(Mix of Jr. & Sr. High) (Strictly Jr. High)
Regional Linsey Arellano Jorge Rostro James Roberts Tristen Hildebrand
Erika Sheldon Luke Sheldon Drew Davis J. R. Aldridge
Reports Garrett Rogers* Bailey Smith* Zachary Sanchez Mason Hill
*If a passing grade is maintained
Affiliate News

CAST 2010 Call


for Proposals

STAT Officer
Elections

What is the Best


Thing We Can
Teach Our
Students?

National Lab Day

Open Letter to
the SBOE and
Commissioner
Scott Sponsored by: Celeste Service
Denise Roberts
Continuing Sandy Sawyer
Education

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Message from the Texas Association of Biology Teachers


President
TABT
Calendar by Karen Hewitt
TABT had a great turnout at CAST 2009. Also in the news, Alton Biggs recently re-
Regional Our strand workshops were full. Our short turned from a trip to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He
Reports courses were sold out. Thanks to our present- presented a staff development for about 130 sci-
ers – Debbie Richards, Jennifer Jordan-Kaszuba, ence supervisors from Saudi Arabia and some
Gina Disteldorf, Joy Killough, Eugene Chiap- from the Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Jordan.
Affiliate News
petta and Robert Dennison – for their hard work He thought the workshop participants were like
and support of the TABT strand. We are current- our department chairs or district supervisors,
CAST 2010 Call ly looking for strand presenters for CAST 2010 but he later found out they were more like state
for Proposals in Houston. If you are interested in presenting supervisors and his workshop was an interna-
a workshop or short course in the TABT strand, tional conference. Because he had to have an
please contact Karen Hewitt or Sarah Anderson. interpreter for the sessions, the pace was slow.
STAT Officer
Everything he said had to be translated to the
Elections Robert Dennison spoke at the TABT lun- audience and their comments had to be translat-
cheon on his experiences as Charles Darwin. ed back to him. One day was spent on strategies
What is the Best Robert has had some interesting experiences for differentiating instruction, one day on cor-
when he is portraying Darwin, including be- rection of preconceptions and misconceptions in
Thing We Can
ing given full access at Down House, Darwin’s biology, one day modeling an effective lesson,
Teach Our home. Robert was also a part of the Darwin and one day on problems in the classroom. He
Students? Houston 2009 program. reports he received a standing ovation on the
last day from both the men and the women who
TABT is planning a trip to Alaska June 27 were in separate rooms. The women viewed him
National Lab Day
– July 5, 2010 through Holbrook Tours. The fully on television. The Under Secretary to the Minis-
guided adventure is designed to highlight on the ter of Education told Alton he had heard only
Open Letter to most naturally beautiful regions in the country, good things about his work during the week,
the SBOE and allowing for an up-close and personal Alaskan and he was going to invite him back next year.
experience. Explore the Copper River Delta and
Commissioner
pass under the branches of old-growth hemlock
Scott and spruce on a walk through Chugach Nation-
al Forest on the edge of Prince William Sound.
Continuing Land pricing is $2029 for double occupancy and
$1889 for triple occupancy. These are land prices
Education
only. If you are interested, you can check it out
on the TABT website or contact Holbrook
(www.holbrooktravel.com) 1-800-451-7111.

Click here to view the flyer.

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Message from the Texas Earth Science Teachers Association


President
TESTA
Calendar by Diann Valentine
As we continue to celebrate our 25th An- • Discovery Challenge (Maximum of 8 partici-
Regional niversary, the Texas Earth Science Teachers, pants) for Off trail caving and rapelling – 4
Reports TESTA, would like to invite you to help us make hours - $125.00/person
this an even more stellar year for the comeback • Single Rope Technique and Cave Safety – As-
of Earth Science to our educational curriculum. cending and Climbing - $7.00/person
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Participation and contribution are vital elements • Eaton Hall Wildlife Sanctuary – self guided
in the success for our students. You can make tour. (free)
CAST 2010 Call a difference in your knowledge as well as share
for Proposals your insights during this year. Conference fee of $150 includes two
nights hotel - double occupancy, all meals on
To increase your field base experience, Saturday and Sunday morning, and all confer-
STAT Officer
TESTA is offering a spring conference “Texas – ence activities except optional Sunday activi-
Elections Underground!” It will be held April 9-11 at the ties. Transportation is not included. Visit our
Sonora Caverns. Arrive Friday night to stay at website for registration form. Contact Kathryn
What is the Best the Days Inn to visit with new and old friends as Barclay at 281.460.2026 for further information,
we begin the conference the next morning. Click TESTA looks forward to seeing you there.
Thing We Can
here for a conference flyer.
Teach Our Also TESTA is offering again Iceland
Students? The four Saturday sessions include: July 19-25, 2009! We were lucky to have the re-
• Underground Classroom – Cavern Forma- nowned Ari Trausti sign on again as tour guide.
tion & Speleology, Preservation, Cave Biol- He did an outstanding job for those of us that
National Lab Day
ogy, Texas Geology, and Fossils. attended last year. It is a trip of a lifetime for ge-
• Orienteering – Compass and Map reading, ology lovers. Call Charles Swift at 806.535.6017
Open Letter to Pacing, GPS Technology, Geo-caching, and for the latest information. Also check our web-
the SBOE and Topographic Mapping. site about both of these professional develop-
• Hydrology – Groundwater, Texas Aquifers, ment opportunities.
Commissioner
Water Testing, and Conservation.
Scott • Caverns of Sonora – Tour of the spectacular
caverns and photo opportunities.
Continuing
Sunday morning activities include TEX-
Education AS Rocks! – Geologic Puzzles, Steno’s Laws,
Relative Dating, Road Cuts and Fossil Collect-
ing. (Texas Room & Road cuts between Sonora
& Junction. To maximize and personalize your
experience these optional activities are offered:

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Message from the Texas Science Education Leadership Association


President
TSELA
Calendar by Terry Talley
The February 19th meeting of TSELA The new TSELA board will be installed
Regional had a great turnout for its Winter Meeting. With at the June 18th meeting. President – Vanessa
Reports about 100 science supervisors, science education Westbrook, President Elect – Kevin Fisher, Sec-
leaders, science teachers, and interested mem- retary – Sharon Story, and Treasurer – Lisa Web-
bers in attendance, Susan Mundry of WestEd, ber. The outgoing board will be recognized at
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the new WestEd game called “Building Systems ton. Thank you to Peggy Carnahan who will be
CAST 2010 Call for Science Literacy”. Thank you to Sally Dudley hosting the meeting at Our Lady of the Lake, in
for Proposals of CPO Science for providing breakfast. Partici- San Antonio, TX. Please continue to check the
pants learned of the most effective sequence for TSELA page on the STAT website for registra-
gaining student achievement through selecting tion and luncheon reservations.
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various professional development opportuni-
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Background Knowledge and Quality Teaching for the TSELA strand at CAST. These strands
What is the Best points, all with a limited budget. From the feed- will center on Instructional Leadership for the
back and self evaluations submitted at the close implementation of the 2010 TEKS. We are specif-
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of the session, quotes such as “I wish I would ically seeking presentations to assist Science Su-
Teach Our have known this 3 years ago,” and “This has pervisors and Science Specialists in helping their
Students? changed the way I am going to approach profes- teachers in this new and challenging task. If you
sional development!” it was judged successful. are interested in presenting a session through
Thank you, Susan, for a full day of invigorating TSELA on Friday of CAST, please send your
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and challenging professional development at proposal information to Vanessa Westbrook at
the supervisor level! vwestbrook@mail.utexas.edu before submitting it to
Open Letter to STAT online.
the SBOE and News of the EOC and STAAR were pre-
sented to the TSELA membership through an in- As always we are looking forward to see-
Commissioner
formative and timely presentation by Irene Pick- ing all of you at the TSELA meeting prior to
Scott hardt, Assistant Director of TEA Science. A copy CAST. Registration for the meeting and lun-
of the PowerPoint is available on the TSELA Af- cheon will be available on the STAT website. As
Continuing filiate page, on the www.statweb.org website. The a convenience to our membership, you can pay
minutes of the business meeting are posted on your annual membership dues at that time.
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President Call for Proposals
Think you have what it takes to take science education to the next level?
Calendar Do you know how to engage, enlighten and inspire your students?
Are you ready to share these methods with colleagues from all over Tex-
Regional as?! Then we want you to help make this CAST the BEST ever!!
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CAST 2010 Call We are now accepting proposal applications for


for Proposals workshops, short courses and field trips.

STAT Officer Submit your ideas from now until April 16th for the chance to be an impor-
Elections tant part of CAST 2010.

What is the Best To apply, head over to the application website and create a username and
Thing We Can password. You can then login to access the online application. Please make
sure to fill out your application as accurately as possible, so that we have
Teach Our
the best information with which to make our decision and to schedule your
Students? course, if you are chosen to present.
National Lab Day Thank you for your interest in being a part of CAST 2010! We look forward
to hearing all of your great ideas.
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President
STAT Needs Your Votes!
Calendar Decide Who Will Represent Texas Science Teachers
Regional Online Elections will be open online to members by April 1.
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The Nominees

CAST 2010 Call
for Proposals President-Elect
STAT Officer Ross Ann Hill Todd Crump
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Vice President
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Secretary
Monica Mata Deidre Parish
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Open Letter to Treasurer


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President
President-Elect
Calendar Ross Ann Hill
During the last two years, I was privi- STAT should support the participation of Texas
Regional leged to be elected and serve as STAT Secretary in competing for the $4.3 billion in grants that
Reports and also STAT Vice President, a rewarding and will be awarded to those states.
motivating experience because of my beliefs
Affiliate News that teachers can make a difference and teach- In my role as a middle school science
ers need to provide a leadership voice in quality teacher in Idalou, Texas for the last 26 years, I
education. I value the opportunity to represent have embraced opportunities to grow as an edu-
CAST 2010 Call educators in science education, and I take my cator to assure students could benefit through
for Proposals elected position seriously! my professional development. I wanted a dif-
ference for students. Through my experiences,
STAT Officer As science educators, we embrace new provided by STAT, my school and valued part-
opportunities and challenges with science edu- nerships in education, my vision grew. I wanted
Elections cation in Texas with modifications of the TEKS opportunities for students, but I also wanted op-
and their implementation. Curriculum and in- portunities and the required support for teachers
What is the Best struction at the secondary level should be in- to provide these opportunities. I was honored
Thing We Can formed by the College Readiness Standards as to be selected as the STAT Outstanding Middle
well. As stakeholders in quality science educa- School Teacher of the Year in 2004 because of in-
Teach Our tion, we understand the importance of strong novation and leadership encouraged through
Students? partnerships to accomplish our goals. We also the support of my district and my community.
encourage foundations for educators that we
National Lab Day feel are critical to assure the learning our stu- STAT is an innovative and essential orga-
dents are required to demonstrate as they pre- nization that has the opportunity to better pre-
pare for college and careers in the twenty-first pare its members as we prepare teachers and
Open Letter to century. Teachers require a deep understanding students for exciting new challenges. As an or-
the SBOE and of content, expertise in pedagogy and technolo- ganization we have the charge of providing vi-
Commissioner gy, combined with an understanding of student sion, leadership, and opportunity.
development and how students learn. STAT
Scott provides leadership to support these needs for I am honored to provide leadership in the
quality education by providing the network science community as well as represent those
Continuing that is critical for our voice in science educa- who elected me, and I want to be your voice for
Education tion. I believe that STAT should provide oppor- science education as the President for STAT.
tunities for teachers to learn about the national
standards being developed in science and urge
Texas policy makers to join the 47 other states in-
volved in developing these standards. Likewise,

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Message from the


President
President-Elect
Calendar Todd Crump
STAT and many of its members have Texas has made significant progress in
Regional positively impacted my career in science edu- building a strong science education program for
Reports cation over the years; I am seeking the office of our children, yet we still face many challenges
President-Elect because I believe it is important – implementation of the new TEKS, new assess-
Affiliate News to give back to the organization that has pro- ments, and a long overdue textbook adoption,
vided me many opportunities to be successful. as well as the need for classroom equipment
Serving on various community boards and com- and solid professional development in a time of
CAST 2010 Call mittees in a leadership capacity has afforded me growing budgetary constraints. Leading STAT
for Proposals many learning opportunities which I will utilize to strengthen the network of the science educa-
to lead STAT to be an even more successful or- tion community – teachers, university faculty,
STAT Officer ganization for the science education community informal science organizations, etc. – will be
of Texas. My extensive experience with orga- necessary to be overcome these hurdles. The
Elections nizational leadership, public affairs, consensus Science Teachers Association of Texas collabo-
building, fiduciary responsibilities, and project rates as a community to help achieve all that is
What is the Best management would also serve me well in this necessary to ensure our students are successful
Thing We Can position. lifelong learners, and I would be honored to lead
the organization in these endeavors. When our
Teach Our As a classroom teacher, I used science as teachers are successful, our children are success-
Students? a vehicle for teaching many other content areas. ful.
My students were always more successful in
National Lab Day reading and writing when the lesson incorporat-
ed scientific concepts that piqued their curiosity,
such as where their hair color came from or how
Open Letter to bats see in the dark. Most importantly, science
the SBOE and provided opportunities for my students to think.
Commissioner My philosophy of science education was shaped
by the idea that Carl Sagan expressed when he
Scott was addressing a group of primary and second-
ary science teachers – “You teach them how to
Continuing think, and we’ll teach them the petty details lat-
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Message from the


President
Vice President
Calendar Cynthia Ontiveros
Mrs. Ontiveros has a passion for teaching science and is dedicated in support-
Regional
ing her teachers and students. Her goal is to become the Vice President for the Science
Reports Teachers Association of Texas so that she can represent the far west region of Texas
and bring forth the issues that matter most to educators in the area. Mrs. Ontiveros is
Affiliate News respected by her peers and is a proven leader in her District as well as the region. She
is extremely motivated and driven and will support educators to her fullest potential.
CAST 2010 Call
for Proposals Her philosophy is that every student and teacher has the ability to do better, to
improve or enhance no matter the circumstance. According to Carol Dweck, there are
STAT Officer two views when it comes to intelligence; there is the “fixed mindset” and the “growth
Elections mindset”. The “fixed mindset” refers to intelligence as stable or constant; individuals
either have it or don’t have it. That is, their mind is “set” and do not have the capabil-
What is the Best ity to grow or expand or learn something new. The “growth mindset” looks at intel-
Thing We Can ligence as ever expanding and can increase with “effort.” With practice and persever-
Teach Our ance, individuals can grow and reach new levels of cognition by experiencing higher
Students? ordered or rigorous activities. (Dweck, 2000)

National Lab Day With that said, Mrs. Ontiveros believes that we can build a community of learn-
ers at all levels. Through practice, dedication, and providing engaging/rigorous ac-
Open Letter to tivities, individuals have the ability to grow and change their “mindset”. If all stake-
holders practiced and “lived” by this theory we would truly support learning to the
the SBOE and
highest degree. The belief that all individuals can learn and grow, will help move
Commissioner schools and districts to the next level.
Scott
Mrs. Ontiveros looks forward to the opportunity to serve and represent her colleagues
Continuing at the state level.
Education
Dweck, C. (2000). “Theories of intelligence create high and low effort.” In Essays in Social Psy-
chology. Self Theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development (pp. 3944).
Philadelphia: Taylor and Francis group.

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Message from the


President
Vice President
Calendar Tony Zahn
In the 21st Century it is more important than ever that we teach our students
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to truly understand science. With an all-time low in STEM graduates that rivals the
Reports pre-Sputnik era, it’s essential that science programs lead students to deep conceptual
understandings. Curriculum models that compel students to do science and know
Affiliate News science will fall short until they purposefully lead students to understand science.
Understanding science on a conceptual level can be achieved so that the students of
CAST 2010 Call today will be able to use science to solve the problems of tomorrow.
for Proposals

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Message from the


President
Secretary
Calendar Monica Mata
As a member who has benefited greatly from the work of the STAT community, Mrs. Mata
Regional believes that it is an obligation to serve and support the journey of our colleagues. STAT has been
Reports a support structure for her as she searched for reliable resources, professional development and
current information to help improve her craft. The time has come in her professional experience to
Affiliate News give back to the community by serving as STAT secretary. It is her goal to maintain and effectively
utilized the tools for clear, concise communication. This component of the work will be critical
as science teachers’ as they transition from the old to the new standards. This can be achieved
CAST 2010 Call through the utilization of the most current technology avenues and thus expanding the opportu-
for Proposals nities for communication amongst our members.

STAT Officer Life-long learners are also life-long educators, for nowledge is a gift of great value and it is
the responsibility of the learner to share this wealth. This is her philosophy, which is applicable
Elections to all members of a community. It is what we see in highly functioning schools, as knowledge is
shared from administrators to teachers, teachers to students and students to family. Applying
What is the Best this philosophy to the teaching of science unfolds when campus administrators understand the
Thing We Can equipment and resources science teachers and student need; teachers improve the quality of their
instruction for students; and students’ deepen their understanding of science concepts. Once these
Teach Our components are in place, students can practice doing science and thinking science.
Students?
As a community of science educators, we have made great strides in how we teach science.
National Lab Day We will continue to make progress as we implement the new TEKS, which founded on the con-
ceptual construct of descriptive, comparative and experimental investigations in science. Students
will be thinking and performing science as a single process. With this progress will come a deeper
Open Letter to level of learning and replace the learning of facts one day followed by a disconnected experience
the SBOE and of conducting a laboratory experiment. It is an exciting time in our science community, where
Commissioner teachers develop the minds of students into critical thinkers of science. Mrs. Mata understands
that it is an honor to serve during these times of great accomplishments.
Scott

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President
Secretary
Calendar Deidre Parish
Exposure. Options. I believe that our students have the opportunity to find and to experi-
Regional ence science that interests them. We have standards written by teachers that encompass all realms
Reports of science and the possible combinations of student classes can be customized for individual career
aspirations. What a great time to be a student in Texas and what a great time to be a teacher!
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Exposure must begin early so we must continue to support the elementary teachers with
easy hands-on activities that engage the students. Exploration in middle school science facilitates
CAST 2010 Call more in depth learning by making the connections through the grade levels that support scientific
for Proposals thinking. As teachers, we have the responsibility of guiding our students and helping them become
all that they can be.
STAT Officer
As the STAT Secretary, I want to be an active participant in an association that promotes safe
Elections lab conditions, science curriculum options for high school students, and equity for all students in
Texas. By providing support and information for teachers, together we can achieve scientific lit-
What is the Best eracy for our students. Hands-on, engaging science promotes and empowers education. Science
Thing We Can teachers hold the key.

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Message from the


President
Treasurer
Calendar Laurel Frank
Think about marathon runners who with one another and get information from an
Regional are well-equipped for the race. They train for amazing number of publishers and vendors.
Reports months or even years to be ready to conquer the
course. And while the runners are the reason for And as with any great event, there are
Affiliate News the event, there are an amazing number of peo- those who take care of the administrative de-
ple who contribute in obvious and subtle ways tails so the athletes are able to run the race. I’ve
to make the marathon a success. served as STAT treasurer for the past two years
CAST 2010 Call alongside other dedicated volunteers who give
for Proposals Science teachers are much like those mar- their time to impact Texas science education.
athon runners, completing the rewarding but I would be honored to serve as treasurer for a
STAT Officer sometimes daunting task of preparing the stu- third term. So let me take care of some of those
dents across the state of Texas to become scien- little details so you can get out there and run the
Elections tifically literate citizens and perhaps even lovers race for our students!
of science. STAT is an unwavering partner for
What is the Best those who are daily charting the course of sci-
Thing We Can ence education.

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Students? cleared the roads to make way for the runners,
STAT keeps an eye on upcoming science events
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tion process, new state testing requirements,
graduation plan information, textbook adop-
Open Letter to tion procedures, and State Board of Education
the SBOE and policies to be able to serve as a clearinghouse of
Commissioner information to science teachers and administra-
tors across the state.
Scott
Just as someone set up water stations
Continuing along the course to keep the runners performing
Education at their best, STAT organizes CAST, one of the
largest science conferences in the nation to help
teachers perform at their best. CAST is a tru-
ly remarkable opportunity for science teachers
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By Joel Palmer, STAT President-Elect

Message from the One of my favorite quotes is, “May you live ferences are seldom beneficial but can be harmful
in interesting times.” It had always been attrib- or at least costly. All you need to do is to look at
President uted to being an ancient Chinese Proverb/Curse. the back of any popular science magazine and you
Unfortunately, there is no evidence to support will see numerous advertisements for “NEW” sci-
Calendar that claim. (for information see http://everything2. entific breakthrough of dubious validity. I have
com/title/May+you+live+in+interesting+times). seen everything from secret “Pheromone” co-
logne additives that drive women wild to an “En-
Regional Be that as it may, we are living in inter- ergized Water” system that is touted to cure all
Reports esting times. Anyone who is involved in science your ailments. Our responsibility is to educate our
education in the state of Texas and who has been student population to be informed members of a
listening to the information flowing out of Austin modern society. As important as it is to teach spe-
Affiliate News knows that we are living in interesting times. As cific science content, it is more important to teach
science educators we have a daunting responsi- the process of science.
CAST 2010 Call bility. In the Demon-Haunted World: Science As
I do not mean the five steps of “The Scien-
for Proposals a Candle in the Dark, Carl Sagen explains that
tific Method.” That is the source of a whole other
humans are finely-tuned inference machines.
Humans constantly search for cause and effect. article and discussion. As a curriculum coordina-
STAT Officer Unfortunately we humans are not really good va- tor, I constantly discuss the nature of the various
Elections lidity machines. This actually makes sense from subject areas as being content-based or process-
an evolutional stand point. A primitive human based. Usually we agree that Math is process-
based. It is about teaching students the processes
What is the Best who infers that the rustle in the bushes is the pres-
used in mathematics to manipulate numbers to
ence of a predator and keeps away has few if any
Thing We Can negative impacts if the inference is incorrect, but solve problems. We lump Science and Social Stud-
Teach Our a great negative impact if he/she does not make ies as content-based. In other words, we primarily
teach stuff. Language Arts usually ends up some-
Students? the inference and walks into a tiger and gets eaten.
where in the middle. They teach the skills of read-
While there are exceptions in primitive societies,
most incorrect inferences of cause and effect are ing and writing and some content in literature.
National Lab Day not harmful, while failure to make inferences of I am wondering if we are mistaken is it possible
correct course and effect can be fatal. This has cre- that the most important thing we can teach stu-
Open Letter to ated an evolutional pressure to make inference. dents about science is not the stuff but the process.
the SBOE and (Note to Evolutionary Biologists: I probably have It is the process of sciences, the habits of
done a terrible job of explaining this. If so do me the mind, that helps us debunk false claims and
Commissioner a favor and write an article for the Texas Science become skeptical of every claim we see. This may
Scott Teacher with a better explanation. To the rest of be the most important thing we can teach our stu-
you if you need clarification read Dr. Sagen’s dents. We can give them the habits of the mind
Continuing book.) Unfortunately, the habits of mind that that will serve them in the modern technological
have been developed by scientists to investigate world.
Education the actual cause and effect relationships are subtle
and at times extremely difficult and are not innate So the next time you go to plan a lesson and
in human beings. you examine the TEKS deciding what to teach,
make sure you take time to consider the Process
Few of our students do not live in primi- TEKS just as much as the Content TEKS.
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National Lab Day
By Francis Eberle, NSTA Executive Director
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On November 23rd, 2009 President Obama in their classroom. Whether its additional lab
Message from the announced National Lab Day as part of the Ad- equipment, personal mentoring from a scientist, a
visit to a working lab, technology support, intern-
President ministration’s Educate to Innovate campaign. Na-
ships, help with a lesson plan, up-to-date career
tional Lab Day (NLD) is an effort to bring more
authentic, hands-on, discovery-based lab experi- information, help with a science fair project, or
Calendar ences to students. just an extra set of hands for a class project, teach-
ers know best what is needed to improve their stu-
Regional This year’s National Lab Day will culmi- dents’ hands-on learning experiences.
Reports nate in a series of events and activities at the lo-
NLD is teacher driven. After posting their
cal, regional and national level during the first
week of May 2010. But it is more than just a day. projects and requests, teachers will be matched
Affiliate News It is a nationwide movement to support science, with a list of local volunteers. These volunteers--
technology, engineering, and math (STEM) edu- university STEM students, local scientists, engi-
CAST 2010 Call cation in our schools. It is teachers working with neers, STEM professionals and other members
of the community who have also joined the NLD
for Proposals community volunteers and communities rallying
hub--will form a local community of support,
around teachers and scientists and other STEM
professionals donating their time and expertise to helping the teacher to achieve desired objectives.
STAT Officer our schools. National Lab Day seeks to foster part- The NLD website will also connect teachers to the
Elections nerships between teachers, schools, STEM profes- resources, funding opportunities, and informa-
sionals, volunteers, federal agencies, and profes- tion on relevant programs and events that they
need. Teachers can also use the site to connect with
What is the Best sional organizations that will continue long after
volunteers, raise funds, and schedule face-to-face
the first National Lab Day.
Thing We Can meetings and events.
Teach Our NLD Partners
The Role of Volunteers
Students?
National Lab Day is a partnership between
federal agencies, foundations, professional societ- Volunteers will be able to browse teacher
National Lab Day ies, and other STEM-related organizations. The requests and will be automatically notified of any
National Science Teachers Association is a found- “matches” to teacher requests. Volunteers can re-
Open Letter to ing partner of NLD. The National Institutes of spond to specific teacher requests or they can offer
general expertise, resources, and/or assistance.
the SBOE and Health, the National Science Foundation, and
the Department of Energy are among the federal
Commissioner agencies providing support and expertise. The Learn more about National Lab Day at www.
Scott Jack D. Hidary, Bill and Melinda Gates and the nationallabday.org, and join the scores of teachers
MacArthur Foundations are joining with industry who have already signed up to bring more hands
on learning to their students.
Continuing to finance the effort.
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Open Letter to the SBOE and
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By Sandra West

Message from the


President Dear Texas State Board of Education and Low teacher certification standards contin-
ue to play a role in quality of instruction. Quality
Commissioner Scott: Counts (Education Week, Jan 14, 2010) gives Tex-
Calendar Thank you for your service to Texas stu- as a grade of “C” for “The Teaching Profession”
dents. The Science Teachers Association of Texas in accountability for quality in traditional teacher
Regional represents more than 6,000 Pre-K-12 science teach- preparation programs, partly because we do not
ers and supervisors. We have repeatedly urged require substantial coursework in the content.
Reports Furthermore, many Alternative Certification (AC)
the SBOE to keep IPC as an option for the Recom-
mended High School Program (RHSP). Science programs have much less rigorous standards than
Affiliate News teachers across the state continue to request that the tradition programs that received the “C” and
IPC remain an option on the RHSP. Universities more than 50% of the new teachers in Texas are
CAST 2010 Call continue to accept IPC as meeting their entrance from AC programs.
for Proposals requirements.
Moreover, allowing a low rigor course like
Senator Shapiro’s office explained that the Food Science as a fourth year science option on
STAT Officer EOC exams legislation was a result of the SBOE’s the RSHP and the Distinguished Graduation Pro-
Elections decision to phase out IPC as a RHSP option. gram is not consistent with the explanation for the
Therefore, with the science and science education removal of IPC from the college preparation re-
communities’ urging, we once again request that quirements.
What is the Best a way be found to put IPC back into the RHSP.
Thing We Can We are confident that with all of our efforts
IPC is a viable course to prepare students
Teach Our for success in the significantly more rigorous
towards planning Excellence in Science Education
in a collaborative, systematic and creative man-
Students? new TEKS in Chemistry and Physics. There is a
ner, our students can move forward successfully
greater emphasis on calculation-based Student
towards college and workforce readiness.
National Lab Day Expectations in Chemistry and Physics in the new
TEKS. IPC is a good transition course to Chem-
istry and Physics. One problem that hinders stu-
Open Letter to dent success in science is the lack of math skills or
the SBOE and that the math that is needed in the science course
Commissioner is not taught until later in the year in the math
course. For example, the 6th grade science teach-
Scott er can’t teach the physics concepts that require
understanding ratios until the second semester
Continuing after ratios are taught in math. The new Chem-
Education istry TEKS require significantly more math back-
ground and many are predicting a high failure
rate in the Chemistry EOC. Even with the former
Chemistry TEKS, the Algebra needed in Chemis-
try was taught by the chemistry teacher before it
was taught in the Algebra class.

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Evolution in the Fossil Record and Variation, Selection and Inheritance
Message from the Professional Development Series for Teachers
President

Calendar

Regional
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Affiliate News
The Texas Natural Science Center is pleased to announce two, five day professional development
CAST 2010 Call programs in which teachers work with University of Texas scientists and science educators to investigate
evolutionary concepts utilizing techniques from DNA analysis to interpreting the fossil record.
for Proposals
These workshops target educators who teach evolution as part of their science curriculum and plan to
teach during the 2009-2010 school year.
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Elections Workshop Dates:
ƒ Evolution in the Fossil Record – June 14-18, 2010
ƒ Variation, Selection, and Inheritance – June 21-25, 2010
What is the Best
Thing We Can In these sessions, educators will work with University of Texas at Austin scientists to:
ƒ integrate inquiry practices into the classroom,
Teach Our ƒ investigate lines of evidence for biological evolution,
Students? ƒ extract and sequence DNA,
ƒ investigate genotypic and phenotypic variation,
ƒ observe and document changes over long periods of Earth’s history,
National Lab Day ƒ compare and contrast the morphology of humans and their closest living relatives,
ƒ investigate antibiotic resistance and rapid evolution,
ƒ and much more!
Open Letter to
Participants will receive:
the SBOE and ƒ a $250 stipend
Commissioner ƒ multiple curriculum guides which include activities covered in the workshop
ƒ field trips to multiple collections facilities and laboratories
Scott ƒ 36 hours of professional development (CPE) credit
ƒ housing is available to a limited number of out of town participants
Continuing
Spots are limited and educators must apply to participate in the program.
Education
For more information, please contact Christina Cid at 512.232.5509 or
ccid@austin.utexas.edu

For more information about the Texas Natural Science Center, visit
www.texasnaturalsciencecenter.org

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President

Calendar

Regional
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Affiliate News

CAST 2010 Call


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Thing We Can
Teach Our
Students?

National Lab Day

Open Letter to
the SBOE and
Commissioner
Scott

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