Virginia Association of Science Teachers


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  • 03/12/2019 11:43 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    This Newsletter includes:       

      •   The latest information on VAST PDI 2019,  Dr. John Kowalski, PDI Committee Chair

      •   "Deeper Learning and the Science Classroom" by Dr. Anne Petersen, VDOE

      •   "Severe Weather in Virginia??" Chris White

      •   VAST Art Contest 2019 information,  Susan Bardenhagen

      •   "Donta the Dragonfly Explores the Dominion", Cindy Duncan

      •   Information and resources, Awards, Mini-Grants, and Professional Development

    Don't Miss:  Installment two of four from Becky Schnekser, 2017 Donna Sterling Awardee, as she walks you through classroom application of lessons learned during her field expedition to the Boiling River of the Amazon with Andres Ruzo.

    Click on the link below to start your download of the Winter 2019 The Science Educator.

    Click to Download the Newsletter

  • 03/10/2019 8:22 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Are you interested in inspiring the next generation? Join our team as a part-time Educator! We develop and deliver educational programs to school groups both in the museum and in school classrooms. Apply with a resume and cover letter. Click here for duties and other qualifications.

    If you are interested in the position, email your resume to our Director of Education, Hannah Weiss, at

  • 02/20/2019 9:04 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Twenty teachers - who do not currently participate in VJAS - will be supported to attend the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) and Virginia Academy of Science (VAS) at Old Dominion University on May 22-23, 2019. Go to for additional information. Registrations must be received by March 31, 2019

  • 02/19/2019 9:12 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Virginia Association of Science Teachers STUDENT ART POSTER CONTEST 2019

    VAST invites all K -12 artists/young scientists to showcase their talents by creating original artwork that reflects our 2019 Professional Development Institute theme, “STEM Starts with Science.” Posters will be judged in the following four categories: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade, 3rd - 5th Grade, 6th - 8th Grade, and 9th - 12th Grade- by a panel of artists, scientists, and educators.


    ♦ The poster will be judged on: its clear message of the theme, “STEM Starts with Science”; the clarity of the entry’s text and art with correct spelling and grammar; size requirement; and creativity.

    ♦ Posters may be submitted on plain paper or poster paper that is an 8 x 8 inch square. Leave a white border. Do not frame or mat.

    ♦ Any medium may be used by the student to create a completely original, two-dimensional entry, with the exception of glitter. Copyrighted characters, such as Superman, or copyrighted clip art, or copyright-free clip art will not be accepted. Artwork must be submitted in original media format, not as a pdf, jpeg, or color print.

    ♦ On the back of the artwork, the entrant must include all of the following information, printed legibly:

    Artist’s Full Name, Grade, Age Parent’s/Guardian’s name, email address, and phone number Science Educator’s Full Name and email, School name and address

    Submitting the Poster

    All submissions must be postmarked by: Wednesday, April 10th to be received by April 15th. We expect to complete judging before the end of the school year. Decision of the judges is FINAL. All posters will become the property of the Virginia Association of Science Teachers.

    Mail submissions to:

    Kathy Frame, VAST

    13112 Nestlewood Court, Oak Hill, VA 20171-3904


    First, second, and third places will be awarded in each category and displayed at the VAST PDI in Roanoke in November. The winners will also be featured in a VAST newsletter and on the VAST website . The grand prize winner’s work may become the PDI program front cover. Also, the winner, parents/guardians (up to two), and Science educator will be invited as VAST’s guests at the PDI Awards Dinner and Ceremony, in Roanoke, on Friday evening, November 15th. The Science educators of the first place winners in each category will receive a free one-year membership in VAST.

    Questions or Additional Information? Susan Bardenhagen, Art Contest Coordinator

  • 02/14/2019 7:19 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    The online Concurrent Session Presentation Proposal Form for the 2019 PDI is now open until May 1.  The online form can be found at "Concurrent Session Presenter Information and Online Proposal Submission Form” located on the PDI page at

    Be sure to check the PDI page at for Up-To-Date information about the PDI. 

  • 01/09/2019 11:16 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Cristo Rey Richmond High School is a Catholic learning community that educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a relevant work study experience, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life. Cristo Rey Richmond High School will soon be a part of the largest network of high schools in the country that exclusively serve families of limited economic means.

    Characteristics of a CRRHS Teaching Candidate

    •       Aligned with the school’s Catholic identity and mission to foster the academic and spiritual growth of high school students to become men and women of faith, purpose and service
    •       Driven to work for justice on behalf of urban students who wish to have a Catholic college preparatory education
    •       Values the corporate work study experience as a place of learning and growth for students
    •       Belief that every child is deserving of an excellent education that prepares them for college and life beyond college
    •       Willingness to receive feedback, engage in frequent dialogue and the ability to self-reflect
    •       Collaborative in advancement of the mission
    •       Belief in data-driven instruction
    •       Ability to connect with and engage urban students and families

    Qualifications and Experience

    •       Bachelor’s Degree (required)
    •       Possession of a valid Virginia teaching license (required)
    •       Two years of urban teaching experience (preferred)
    •       Bilingual (not required)

    Responsibilities (Cultural)

    •       Uphold the Cristo Rey mission, vision and values
    •       Embrace school-wide systems and promote high standards of behavior
    •       Collaborate with school leadership, providing input to school programs
    •       Actively participate in professional development sessions
    •       Communicate professionally with peers, supervisors, parents and students
    •       Be committed to a longer school day and calendar year
    •       Adhere to professional guidelines as indicated in the staff handbook
    •       Participate in school-wide culture and faith formation events
    •       Perform other duties as assigned

    Responsibilities (Instructional)

    •       Establish and maintain a positive classroom environment
    •       Plan rigorous lessons aligned to the prescribed standards
    •       Differentiate lesson plans for a variety of learners
    •       Adhere to a scope and sequence
    •       Implement feedback from administrators and instructional leaders regarding lesson plan design and/or implementation
    •       Support instruction with school-wide supplemental programs
    •       Maintain grade books and meet grade reporting deadlines
    •       Communicate with families regarding student academics and behavior
    •       Utilize planning periods for the advancement of student academics
    •       Tutor students in need of remediation


    • Teaches skills, knowledge, and scientific attitudes through courses in general science, earth sciences, biology, chemistry, physics, physiology, or science problems to secondary students, utilizing core curriculum and other appropriate learning activities approved by the administration or school board
    • Plans a science program involving demonstrations, lectures, discussions, and student experiments; organizes laboratory activities for optimal learning
    • Demonstrates scientific concepts by use of scientific apparatus, experiments, and standard or teacher-prepared charts, sketches, and other instructional aids
    • Provides individual or small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students and to accommodate circumstances where a variety of projects/experiments are being worked on concurrently
    • Instructs students in proper use, care, and safe handling of chemicals, equipment, and plant and animal life.
    • Provides for safe storage and proper use of materials, equipment, and tools. Makes minor adjustments and requests repairs to equipment as required
    • Selects and requests books, instructional aids, science equipment, chemicals and supplies, and maintains inventory records as required
    • Cooperates with the school administration in providing science displays and programs for the school and community, and in sponsoring science activities

    A completed PDF application sent to "" will include: 1) resume 2) 3 professional references and 3) a letter responding to the following prompts

    a) Describe your philosophy of education and how you would put it into play at Cristo Rey

    b) What attracts you to the Cristo Rey mission? How do you feel you are a match for this unique opportunity to be an instructor at Cristo Rey Richmond High School?

    c) What challenges do you anticipate in being a member of the founding teaching staff at Cristo Rey Richmond High School? In what ways can you add to the richness of the program?

  • 01/08/2019 9:59 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    We are currently accepting manuscripts for publication in our Summer 2019 issue, which will focus on the theme "Making Science Accessible to All Students."  Manuscripts that do not address this theme are also welcome! Submissions are due February 1st! For more information go to:

  • 12/08/2018 10:41 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    The 2018 Journal of Virginia Science Education (Fall 2018, Volume 11) is now available to all VAST members. Click here to download the pdf.

    • "Teaching Science through Argumentation: An Outline for Virginia Science Teachers"  Joanna K. Garner, Ph.D., Melani Loney Ed.S., and Victor Sampson, Ph.D.
    • "Integrating Technology into Science Field Investigations"  Sarah Nuss, M.S.
    • "Integrating Inquiry into Informal STEM Experiences"  Robbie L. Higdon, Ph.D., and Amanda Sawyer, Ph.D.

    • "Vocabulary and Literacy Instruction Strategies"  Janine D’Elia, M.Ed., NBCT, Rachel Hill, M.Ed.
    • "The Magic of Science: Using Disequilibrium to Engage Learners"  Robert M. Ellis, B.A.
    • "Developing Student Understanding in Science: The Three Rings of Learning"  Anne Petersen, Ph.D.
  • 11/17/2018 9:48 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recruiting teachers and educational leaders to bring public health into middle and high schools across the United States and beyond. For more information:

  • 11/12/2018 9:47 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Virginia Space Grant Consortium has paid online educator positions available for the following programs:

    Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is a NASA-based program for 11th/12th grade students and STEM teachers who are interested in aerospace-related science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM). This course focuses on NASA-related space mission design and human space flight. Online Master Teacher positions are still available! Check out the VAST website.

    Virginia Earth Systems Science Scholars (VESSS) is a NASA-based program for 11th/12th grade students and STEM teachers who are interested in Earth Systems Science-related science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM). This course focuses on Earth Systems Science and the NASA mission that help study these topics. Online Master Teacher positions are still available! Checkout the VESSS website.

    Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) is a NASA-based STEM program for 10th grade students who are interested in NASA’s space, Earth, and airborne science-related missions managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Online Master Teacher positions are still available! Check out the VSCS website.

    Apply directly to any of these programs here - Applications are due November 11, 2018. Mandatory training date: November 30, 2018 at VSGC offices in Hampton, VA.

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Virginia Association of Science Teachers

209 W 15th St, Richmond VA 23224

(757) 897-3104

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