Virginia Association of Science Teachers

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  • 01/09/2019 11:16 AM | Anonymous member (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

    Science

    • 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 "teachingapps@cristoreyrichmond.org" 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 | Anonymous member (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: https://vast.wildapricot.org/Journal/

  • 12/08/2018 10:41 AM | Anonymous member (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 | Anonymous member (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:

    https://www.cdc.gov/careerpaths/scienceambassador/index.html

  • 11/12/2018 9:47 PM | Anonymous member (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.

  • 11/09/2018 10:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “Programs that Work”

    STEM awards for exemplary projects and programs in K-16 STEM Education

    The Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition (VMSC) invite you to nominate effective student and teacher education projects and programs for its annual “Programs That Work” Awards. The VMSC recognizes exemplary mathematics, science, integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs for which there is evidence of a positive impact on student or teacher learning.  Proposals will be evaluated on the extent that applicants are able to:

    • Represent innovative, exemplary programs that have proven effective with all students or teachers
    • Demonstrate the important mathematics, science, and STEM concepts, skills or processes students and teachers learned as a result of the programs
    • Document impact on teaching and learning

    Virginia’s public and private elementary and secondary schools, public school divisions, institutions of higher education, state agencies, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are invited to apply.

    It is entirely appropriate to nominate your own project or program as long as the following criteria are met:

    • The project or program is a specific STEM project with goals and objectives
    • Science, mathematics concepts, technology, skills, and or processes are the main focal point of the project or program
    • The STEM project or program has a documented impact on STEM learning which has been documented with an assessment
    • The project or program has been implemented for a minimum of at least 2 years within the past 5 years

    Applications are due on December 10, 2018, and will be evaluated on a competitive basis for programs that have been conducted within the past five years and have demonstrated positive results.  Awardees will be recognized at a conference and awards ceremony on January, 15, 2019, at the State Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia.  Through a generous grant from Dominion Energy, the VMSC will support the travel and lodging of award recipients for each program that is recognized.

    Applications can be found at http://www.vamsc.org/index.php/application/

    For additional information, contact the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition by e-mail at ptw@vamsc.org.

  • 11/08/2018 8:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     The Technology Exploration Saturday (TES) programs have been offered since 2008 and we have had over 2,450 students and 2,000 parents participate. Sessions have included introductions to Mechatronics, Unmanned Aircraft (UAS/Drones) competitions, Basic Electrical Circuit, Robotic Automation, and many other activities.  For parents, information on Cyber Security, College Decisions, and STEM careers are offered.  This year’s activities will be very similar.

    Please click the link below to find photos from last year programs and for more information about the program.  Links to 2019 TES Application and Flyer are also located on this website. 

    http://vsgc-net.odu.edu/technology-saturdays/

  • 11/01/2018 9:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) invites teachers to apply for its inaugural Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Master Teacher Fellowship. At NMAAHC, STEM Master Teachers act as leaders in the development of STEM content, activities, and workshops for K-12 teachers and students. The STEM Master Teacher Fellowship helps NMAAHC promote its education initiative through the improvement of teaching and learning about African Americans, their STEM contributions to American history and culture, and the STEM principles on which their contributions are based. The fellowship provides an opportunity for a K-12 STEM teacher to work remotely with the National Museum of African American History and Culture staff throughout the 2018-2019 school year, and onsite for the selected teacher’s spring break, and a two-month period during the summer in Washington, DC.

    https://nmaahc.si.edu/stem-master-teacher-program

  • 10/11/2018 10:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest edition of The Science Educator is now available at: https://vast.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/OctoberNews2018.pdf

  • 09/14/2018 3:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Should Race Be Taught in High School Biology? 

    BY Michael Schulson
     

    Most current American biology textbooks and curricula don’t discuss race at all — nor do they grapple with the biology of sexual orientation or gender, for that matter. To some, these omissions seem appropriate. But to a growing number of academics, they represent glaring intellectual lacunae — a sort of sanitized approach to biology that ignores the political and cultural veins that have historically run through it. At stake is not just the question of how to teach human biology, but about what science classes are for, and how much teachers should talk about the social dimensions of scientific ideas. Read on » 

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