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  • 06/04/2018 7:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

            “STEAM 5.0 – Retooled as TEAMS
      PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
       
     Presented by the Virginia Association of Science Teachers, Region IV
                    Thursday, July 12th, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
        Manassas Park Middle School
    (8202 Euclid Avenue, Manassas Park 20111)

    Speakers, Panels, and Presentations for All PK-12 Educators!

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ashley Bear, Program Officer -- 5.7.2018: Release of report, “The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree,” from the Committee on Integrating Higher Education in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine Board on Higher Education & Workforce, Policy & Global Affairs; David Skorton & Ashley Bear, Editors.  NSTA’s 5.21 Express headline, “New Report Supports the Case for Education that Integrates STEMM Fields with Arts & Humanities.”  USA Today 5.16 article by David Skorton and Jane Chu, “STEM is essential for our nation’s future.  But it’s not the only discipline that matters.”  Dr. Bear is passionate about science outreach to the public and promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM.

    Breakout Session Topics and Panels: An Engineering Program + Liberal Arts Education = STEAM for Secondary Teachers; Integrating STEM & The Arts Instruction in Gifted Education Classes and by Elementary Specialists; Cross-Cutting Strategies for Math; STEAM Integration Resources workshops for both Elementary and Secondary Teachers from National Geographic/Cengage Program; The Arts’ Role in STEM; 21st Century Workforce Preparation in STEMM (+ Medicine) Panel; Student Artists Pursuing STEMM Careers Panel- “Why STEAM?”; & more!

    Working Lunch
    : Vertical Alignment and Cross-Curricular Strategies
    Co-Presenters
    : Battlefields of Northern Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics;
                Manassas Park City Public Schools

    Fees:     $20/person         $10/current VAST/BNVCTM member
                   Team of 4 from one school - $70; w/ one VAST/BNVCTM member: $60

    First 20 Schools registered will receive a copy of:
                    STEAM+ Arts Integration: Insights & Practical Applications, Edited by Jacqueline Cofield, 2017. 
    The 12 contributors featured in this anthology are on the frontlines of STEAM+ Arts Integration Education and include engineers, educators, leaders/founders of STEM and STEAM education programs, teaching artists, and cultural programmers.  “This anthology will inspire you to, as Alicia Morgan writes in her contribution to the anthology, ‘color outside the lines of conventional thought’.”

    Registration fees include: refreshments, lunch, materials.   Educators: 6.5 Recertification points.

    Please send all of the following information by Saturday, July 7th.   Fees due at the workshop.

    Name                                                                                       School District                                           _____

    School ________________________________Subject Area/Grade Level __________________

    Current VAST Member?   _ BNVCTM? __   Email address (Summer) __ __       _______            _____

    Fee due from each participant- check payable to: “VAST” - cash/check on-site.  Teams- please submit registration form for each person.   Please contact Susan for Special rate for Students in Pre-Service or if using school invoice.                                       
    EMAIL TO: Susan Bardenhagen, VAST Region 4 Director-  Region4@VAST.org
                            REGULAR MAIL: Region IV Coordinator, P O Box 2974, Manassas, VA 20108

  • 05/12/2018 8:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Chesapeake Gold: Investigating the Past, Present, and Future of the Eastern Oyster (Hampton Roads area but open to all in VA) 
    July 16-20, 2018

    Open to all Virginia educators grades k-12.

    Imagine the Gold Rush in the “Wild West” during the mid-1800's, but in place of men mining gold, picture watermen on low-decked boats, harvesting mucky bivalves from towering reefs. These watermen deemed the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) “Chesapeake Gold.” Since the golden age of the Chesapeake's oysters, the watermen's culture hasn't changed much, but the oyster population may never be the same. During this course, the oyster will be the lens through which we investigate the historical, cultural, and technological changes of the Chesapeake region. Between Virginia's Historic Triangle and the Bay's islands, our investigation will include water quality data collection, oyster restoration efforts, encounters with watermen communities, and artistic connections.

    Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days local, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Program
    Cost: $150
    Credit: Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion.

    It's Not Easy Building Green: Bringing STEAM into the Classroom Through Green Infrastructure (Hampton Roads, VA) 
    August 13-17, 2018
     

    Open to Hampton Roads educators.

    This five-day, local course for educators from Suffolk County and the greater Hampton Roads area will focus on how environmentally-sustainable design methods can be applied in the classroom. Educators will learn what it means to build “green,” and how to use science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) to connect students with the complex concepts of sustainable infrastructure. Course participants will investigate and experience real-life examples of how our modern society, locally and globally, can rethink the way that we design and build. We will also explore the complicated relationships between human development and the local environment. 
    Participants will use STEAM disciplines as a lens for engaging in hands-on, field-based investigations into local cultural and industrial history. This lens will guide participants' discovery of the impacts of technology, society, and industry on local ecology. By connecting ecological and cultural histories through STEAM, participants will learn interdisciplinary approaches to fostering creativity, innovation, and environmental literacy in their students – skills that will be essential to addressing current environmental challenges facing us both locally and globally.

    Length & Location: 5 local investigation days.
    Cost: $50 resource fee
    Credit: Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion

    Following the Falls: Tracing the Potomac River Around Fairfax County (Fairfax county-no overnights)
    July 16-20, 2018

    Open to Fairfax County educators grades k-12. 

    Participants in this course will explore the tributaries of the Potomac River in Fairfax County. Throughout the week they will have the opportunity to learn about the relationships between human activities and their impacts on wildlife and water quality. Teachers will leave this course equipped with new knowledge and activities to use back in their classrooms.

    Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within Fairfax County.
    Cost: $150
    Credit: Virginia teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion.

    Piedmont and the Chesapeake: Connections Across the Watershed (Charlottesville & Albemarle County, VA) 
    July 23-27, 2018 

    Open to Charlottesville and Albemarle County educators.

    In this course, we will engage in hands-on, field-based investigations into issues of sustainability, biodiversity, and responsible management of natural resources in the context of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Deeply rooted in history, Albemarle County hosts a unique learning experience of both history and ecology and an expanse of natural landscape suited for learning. We will be traveling throughout the County for 5 days, investigating local watersheds of the James and Rivanna Rivers, examining the connection between human impacts and water quality as well as various educational sites to be used by teachers to enhance their classrooms.

    Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within the Charlottesville area. 
    Cost: $150.
    Credit: Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion.

  • 05/04/2018 4:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Summer 2018 4-Day Science Teachers Workshop:  “The Science of Nuclear Energy & Radiation”

    Middle and high school science teachers are invited to enjoy four days of lectures, labs, hands-on activities and tours in an immersive all-inclusive workshop that will provide educators with the opportunity to sharpen their knowledge and understanding of nuclear energy and radiation, enabling them to provide their students with factual and up-to-date information about nuclear science and technology. The workshop will be hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering in Richmond  from Tuesday July 17 to Saturday July 21, 2018, and will feature tours of the Surry Nuclear Power Station and VCU's Nuclear Medicine Facilities, as well  as numerous laboratories and hands-on activities full with ideas to implement in the classroom. The $75 registration fee includes 4 days of accommodations on the VCU campus, all meals, all tours, four Continuing Education Credits, a Geiger-Mueller meter to use in your classroom and all educational materials. Please visit http://local.ans.org/virginia/public-education/to  learn more and to register. The registration deadline is June 15, 2018 and there are limited seats in this workshop.

    Please contact Supy Phongikaroon, (804)  827-2278 virginia-4dstw@local.ans.org if you have any questions

  • 05/04/2018 7:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Interested in teaching students about renewable energy? Enroll in the 2018 REcharge Academy – you can even win a scholarship!

    About the REcharge Academy

    The REcharge Academy is a week-long educator training workshop on renewable energy. The intensive training blends lectures from experts and tours of energy facilities with replicable hands-on K-12 lessons to give educators content, as well as context. Participants learn how to build solar-powered cars and boats and wind turbines, as well get a deep understanding of the science behind these projects so they can teach renewable energy concepts in their classrooms. Check out the 2017 REcharge Academy Report to see what educators learned.

    Dates:  July 23-27, 2018
    Location: 
    James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA

    Win a Scholarship!

    The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is funding REcharge Academy scholarships for teachers in the 12 Wind For School States, including Virginia. Educators can apply for the scholarships through REcharge Labs here. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2018.

    Have a question?  Send a note to michael@kidwind.org.

     
  • 04/24/2018 9:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Engaging Secondary Students in Authentic STEM Research

    Virginia Junior Academy of Science and Virginia Academy of Science

    Longwood University . . . May 23-24, 2018

     

    Overview:  On May 23, observe over 600 students, grades 7-8 and 9-12, present research papers on various natural and applied sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computer sciences. Learn how the VJAS Symposium develops important educational outcomes: workplace skills (the 5 Cs), career and civic responsibility, and understanding of Virginia’s SOL.  After the presentations, network with symposium participants and attend the George W. Jeffers Memorial Lecture, given by an outstanding Virginia scientist. On May 24, interact with VAS members through concurrent presentations, poster sessions, and discussions of research by their students. Learn how you can build relationships with Academy members to support student research.  You can attend on May 23 or May 23-24, 2018.

    General Schedule:  Detailed programs will be available in mid-May.

    May 23 – Virginia Junior Academy of Science

    May 24 – Virginia Academy of Science

    7:30 – 8:30 am

    Check-In (Willett Lobby)

     

     

    8:55 am – 12:00 pm

    Concurrent Student Sessions

    8 – 11:00 am

    Concurrent VAS Morning Sessions

    12:15 – 1:30 pm

    Buffet Luncheon & Networking (Dorrill Annex)

    11 – 11:30 am

    VJAS Award Paper Presentations at VAS Sections

    1:45 – 4 pm

    Concurrent Student Sessions

    12 – 2 pm

    VAS Poster Sessions & President’s Reception (heavy hors d’ oeuvre)

    4 – 4:30  pm

    Check-Out – Evaluation & Reimbursement (Day 1 only)

    2:30 – 3:30 pm

    Using Databases and CODAP to Conduct Research, Dr. Ginger Lewis, Longwood University

    5 – 6:30 pm

    Networking & VJAS Dinner

    (optional for commuters)

    4 – 4:30 pm

    Check-Out – Evaluation & Reimbursement (Day 1-2)

    7 – 8:30 pm

    VJAS General Meeting & George W. Jeffers Memorial Lecture

    (optional for commuters)

    3:45 – 5 pm

    5:30 – 7 pm

    Concurrent VAS Sessions (optional)

    Negus Memorial lecture (optional – open to public)

     

    Benefits Sponsors will provide free registration, event programs, and stated on-campus meals.  Participants will be reimbursed for mileage. Participants (who travel more than 100 miles per day round trip) will be reimbursed for hotel and dinner on May 22 – 23. Participants are responsible for making hotel reservation.  Conference can be used for certificate renewal credits.   

    How to Register:  You can register for May 23 or May 23-24, 2018. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VJASteacher, where more details are available. Statewide registration deadline is MAY 10, 2018.

    Questions:  For logistical questions, contact Barbara Scott (Barbara@ittip.org) at ITTIP. For program questions, contact Julia Cothron, VJAS Board Member (cothron9293@gmail.com).

    Sponsors

    Virginia Academy of Science

    Virginia Junior Academy of Science

    Virginia Mathematics & Science Coalition

    Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) at Longwood University

  • 04/18/2018 8:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University of Virginia

    Blandy Experimental Farm

    The State Arboretum of Virginia

    JOB TITLE: Environmental Educator; full-time

    LOCATION: Blandy Experimental Farm, a University of Virginia field research station

    REPORTS TO: Director of Education

    View the full job description: https://jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=84312

    ABOUT BLANDY EXPERIMENTAL FARM

    Blandy Experimental Farm (Blandy) is a 700 acre University of Virginia biological field research station located in the northern Shenandoah Valley, associated with the Department of Environmental Sciences. The State Arboretum of Virginia, occupying the central 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm, is a system of gardens, tree collections, natural habitats, and open space dedicated to teaching the public about the natural environment.

    Blandy is a mid-Atlantic regional leader in environmental education, designated as a Center for Environmental Education Excellence by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Our preK-12 programs draw inspiration from Blandy’s active science research program, align with Virginia’s Standards of Learning, and strive to immerse students and their teachers in authentic, field-based learning experiences. Our programs are dynamic and innovative; recent program additions focused on career awareness and the integration of science with mathematics, language arts, and social science/history. On an annual basis, approximately 7000 students engage in our preK-12 programs and 300 teachers participate in our professional development workshops. Our summer camps and youth and family programs serve approximately 100 youth each year. These youth programs encourage an understanding and appreciation of the natural world and environmental issues.

    POSITION SUMMARY

    The University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm and State Arboretum of Virginia seeks a full-time Environmental Educator to instruct outdoor education programs for preK-12 students (fall and spring) and to develop and present summer and winter programs designed for youth and family audiences. This position is split between our formal education programs (60%), under the direction of the Director of Education, and informal public programs (40%), under the direction of the Director of Public Programs. Our ideal candidate is a creative, innovative and dedicated environmental educator with experience in teaching and creating programs for preK-12 audiences and community youth and families.

    PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    Education Programs (preK-12)

    • Teach environmental education programs
    • Assist with program revisions & development of new programs
    • Assist in developing & leading professional development workshops for preK-12 teachers & environmental educators

    Public Programs

    • Develop summer camp programming
    • Assist Director of Public Programs with developing family programs
    • Serve as a Team Leader for summer camp group leaders & volunteers assisting with family programs

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Required Education, Experience, & Skills

    • BA/BS degree, preferably in a natural science or education field
    • Minimum one year experience working in the field of environmental education
    • At least one year of experience teaching & creating environmental education programs for preK-12 youth & creating environmental education programs for families & out-of-school youth
    • A basic understanding of science principles related to natural science & the process of science investigation
    • Ability to walk 1-2 miles over uneven terrain; lift items up to 50 pounds; & work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
    • Ability to work occasional evenings & weekends

    Desirable Qualifications

    • At least 4 years of experience planning & developing environmental education programs for preK-12 audiences & community youth & families
    • Experience working with web-based communication platforms (such as web sites, blogs, & social media)
    • Passion for sharing your knowledge with learners of all ages
    • Demonstrated interest working in natural habitats & with their organisms

    COMPENSATION

    Anticipated hiring range: $33,266-$39,251 (dependent on experience & qualifications)

    Eligible for UVA University Staff benefits

    HOW TO APPLY; Application deadline: June 15, 2018

    Submit your application online at https://jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=84312

    A complete application consists of:

    • A cover letter summarizing your qualifications & describing why you want to work for Blandy Experimental Farm’s Education & Public Programs
    • Your current résumé or curriculum vitae
    • A portfolio with examples of your environmental education work with preK-12 students & teachers; & youth, outside of school

    These materials must be uploaded and attached to your application in Jobs@UVa.

    MORE INFORMATION

    For more information about Education & Public Program Teams & programs: http://blandy.virginia.edu/

    Questions? Please call or email Candace Lutzow-Felling, Director of Education.

    Email: lutzow-felling@virginia.edu; Phone: (540) 837-1758 ext. 230

  • 03/21/2018 7:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

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    Download Feathered Friends!

    Perfect for elementary teachers, this free download is full of easy-to-use and fun activities that teach science content year-round with local birds. Explore habitats, migration, and citizen science with Feathered FriendsDownload your copy to receive a free window bird feeder for a small shipping charge.

    Investigating Evidence

    Citizen science is a great tool to teach inquiry for any age group. Investigating Evidence is one of BirdSleuth's most popular free resources and is aligned with the CCSS and NGSS Standards. From coming up with curious questions to drawing evidence-based conclusions, these lessons will help you guide your students through exciting scientific investigations.

    Plus when you download this curriculum, you get a free bag of bird seed

     

     

    An Owl Pellet Investigation

    Who doesn't love dissecting owl pellets? Teach about ecosystem interactions and food webs with this new twist on a classic activity. This comprehensive kit has everything you need to make science learning fun and engaging.

     

    Summer Educator Retreat

    Looking for a chance to spread your wings this summer? Join us in sunny Ithaca for an educator retreat focused on citizen science, inquiry, and birds. You'll hear from lab experts, try hands-on STEM activities, conduct your own investigations, and explore local birding hot spots. You may even make some new friends (both feathered and not).

     

     

  • 03/06/2018 8:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Real World Science is a weeklong summer seminar for middle school math and science teachers that explores key STEM concepts using real-world WWII examples. Twenty-eight teachers from across the country will come to New Orleans to experience hands-on how necessity, knowledge, perseverance and skill lead to inventions, innovation, and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), just like in World War II.

    PROGRAM DATES: July 15 - 21, 2018

    WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The seminar application is open to any 5th-8th grade science teacher (public, public charter, private, and parochial), and who will be teaching a science course to students in the same age group in the 2018-2019 school year. Applications will be evaluated through a competitive process that will include information on teaching experience, a short written statement, and two letters of recommendation. Two spots will be reserved for qualifying Louisiana teachers. Teachers newer to the classroom are encouraged to apply.

    Applications will be accepted from January 8 – March 16, 2018. 

    https://www.nationalww2museum.org/realworldscience

    https://goo.gl/fyoroQ

  • 02/11/2018 8:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Middle School Science Teacher/STEAM Facilitator

    Beginning 2018-2019 Academic Year

    Competitive salary & benefits package

    Collegiate School seeks an energetic and committed Middle School Science teacher to teach physical, life and earth sciences in an integrated curriculum. Included in this position is leadership in the development, communication, and implementation of STEAM practices across the Middle School curriculum. This is a fulltime, benefited faculty position.

    Responsibilities will include:

    • Creating and executing well-designed, meaningful lesson plans, mindful of best practices of teaching and learning, including inquiry-based models

    • Facilitating STEAM integration across the curriculum

    • Fostering a climate of respect for each child as an individual

    • Identifying and pursuing professional opportunities that enhance and extend one’s teaching

    • Serving on committees and engaging in professional group work as necessary

    • Participating in all required School events

    • Supervising lunch, recess, carpool and other duties as required

    Qualities of a successful candidate will include:

    • Strong commitment to students with all learning styles

    • Ability to inspire students’ love of learning and critical thinking

    • Ability to build professional relationships, solve problems, and plan collaboratively

    • Enthusiasm for professional growth, academic excellence and creative teaching

    • Passion for science and STEAM education

    • Commitment to broad participation in school life

    • Science teaching experience

    • Experience in and commitment to the ongoing development and maintenance of an inclusive

    campus community

    • A Master’s degree or Virginia teaching certification is preferred

    Collegiate School is an independent, JK-12 college preparatory, coeducational school with over 1,600 students in Richmond, VA. The school’s mission is to create a diverse and inclusive community of learners committed to a challenging and supportive educational experience that will foster the intellectual, moral, emotional, and physical development of each student.

    Please apply online at www.collegiate-va.org/careers

    Collegiate School is an equal opportunity employer.

  • 02/11/2018 7:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Teachers please share with your high school seniors or college students who  plan to or is majoring in anything related to natural resources? We have a scholarship program! Awards range from $500-$1500 for students that study environmental science, agriculture, geology, environmental/ag engineering and more! Visit our website for an application (due 4/18): http://www.culpeperswcd.org/education-programs/academic-scholarships/

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