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  • 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/

  • 02/11/2018 7:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     NSTA's Virtual Conference: Teaching Controversial Topics in Science.  NSTA members pay only $53 for registration (if register before Feb 16); non-members pay a little more. All registered participants receive access to the archives to watch later, on-demand.

    The four-hour virtual conference will take place on Saturday, March 3, from 10 am - 2 pm Eastern time.  To register visit: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/virtualconference 

    Here is the abstract:

    Science teachers have an important role – to prepare students for the responsibilities of active citizenship. However, science educators often teach controversial topics but few feel well prepared. How can teachers approach the sometimes controversial science topics in their classrooms? Join us for a discussion on teaching controversial topics in science led by NSTA’s Executive Director, Dr. David Evans, and other invited presenters.

  • 02/11/2018 7:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Science Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA is seeking in-service and pre-service teachers to come to NASA Langley during summer 2018 and work with our science education team to become GLOBE certified teachers.

    As a part of the professional learning experience, teachers will engage in GLOBE protocol data collection and analysis, learn about science connections to NASA, and participate in lectures from a diverse group of GLOBE Partners serving various communities and grade bands. The GLOBE Program (www.globe.gov) encourages an international community of teachers, students, scientists, and public citizens to collect and analyze environmental data. As a result of the experience, teachers will gain a better understanding of how GLOBE can be implemented across a variety of school and community settings. Interns will complete an individual GLOBE protocol focus with oral presentation and summary of work, followed by a culminating activity that involves support of a GLOBE Protocol training to further develop their role as a GLOBE Teacher.

    To be considered for the opportunity, participants need to complete the internship application which is posted through NASA’s Intern program: https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/students/login/. Start by creating an account on OSSI by clicking "Register as a Student." All applicants, including in-service educators, will need to register as a "student". These positions are open to in-service and pre-service teachers.

    Opportunity Title: Science Education Intern: Becoming a GLOBE Certified Teacher

    Opportunity Post (must be signed into OSSI to view): https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/students/searchOpps/index.cfm?solarAction=view&id=30069

    Internship Location: On-site at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA

    Dates: Applications due March 1, 2018

    Stipend: Pre-service $6,000 and In-service/Graduate $7,500

    Summer Internship: June 4 - August 10, 2018 (Full time, 40 hrs/wk, dates somewhat negotiable)

    For technical issues with registering or applying, contact one of the NIFS intern coordinators, Christine Dillard, at: christine.m.dillard@nasa.gov

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

    “Climate Change.” Two words that stir debate, but it’s something the world must address. Students who are currently in high school will be the generation who will confront a human-influenced climate change, the ones who will create the next great idea that helps mitigate how humans are helping to warm the planet and change the climate. So what can you do to help?

    The Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition is an international research and design challenge for 15-18 year old pre-university students. This is an educational opportunity for students across the world that challenges students to be innovative while encouraging their passion for the sciences and we want all the eligible students that the Virginia Association of Science Teachers serves, to participate in this year’s competition! If you have already disseminated this information to your students and teachers, thank you, you can stop reading. If not, please read on.

    Registration is open and waiting for the students that President serves, but only until March 16th. In 2017, there were 26 nations involved. So far 17 different nations have signed up teams: the Bahamas, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Egypt, Fiji, France, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Moldova, Singapore, South Africa, Spain and the United States. High school students from Virginia are invited to take on the challenge and be a part of the Competition, I want to see your country represented! This is an incredible opportunity for the high school students in your country to show the world they’re capable of changing it for the better! I want this to be an opportunity for the high school students that Virginia Association of Science Teachers serves to show their knowledge and passion for STEM to the world as we try to solve the very real issue the world is facing: Climate Change. 

    Now is the time to tell your teachers and spread the word to the students so they can gather their teams and get ready to register! They don’t have to submit their papers yet, but in order to be a part of the Competition, they must be registered before March 16. Late registrations will not be accepted. There is no limit to the number of teams per school/ organization either and I hope to see many registrations thanks to your efforts. I hope that in your position, you can help get this information to the students your organization serves.

    Competition Information
    Each year, the Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources.

    • The 2018 Challenge: Solving Climate Change asks students to develop a clean technology solution to the many problems associate with climate change.
    • Teams consist of 1-3 students, are assisted by a Team Leader (i.e. parent, teacher, or mentor), to develop a written proposal.
    • No limit to the number of teams per school!
    • There is no entry fee.
    • Online registration is open here!
      • Deadline to register is March 16, 2018
    • First Round Paper Submissions are due April 13, 2018.
    • 10 Finalist Teams will be selected, given a $200 (USD) stipend and matched with a Mentor to help them prepare a Prototype and presentation for the Finalist Event.
    • Finalists compete for the $10,000 (USD) grand prize and a ‘Continued Mentorship’
    • Final event to happen at Stony Brook University, New York, USA July 12, 2018!

    How can your students get involved?

    To help bring the Clean Tech Competition to your organization’s students, we ask that you share information about this opportunity with students, fellow educators, and parents. Feel free to distribute the following informational documents:

    If you have any questions regarding the competition details, or how to incorporate the competition into your curriculum, please contact us. We look forward to having participants representing Virginia in the Clean Tech Competition this year and in years to come!

    Contact Information
    Competition Administrator: Mr. Frank DiGiovanni     * Email: cleantech@cstl.org

    ( Phone: +1-516-764-0045
    : Website: www.cleantechcompetition.org
    Facebook & Twitter

    #SolveClimateChange

    “From young minds come fresh solutions”

  • 01/28/2018 7:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program and a Promising Educational Technology program by the U.S. Department of Education. Modeling Workshops™ are peer-led. Content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through activities alternately in roles of student or teacher, as they practice techniques of guided inquiry and cooperative learning. Models and theories are the purpose and the outcomes of scientific practices. They are tools for engineering design and problem solving. Thus, modeling guides all other practices.

    Each MODELING WORKSHOP has these features:

    • Aligned with National Science Education Standards
    • Focuses on all 8 scientific practices of NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education.
    • Addresses multiple learning styles.
    • Addresses student naive conceptions.
    • Collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.
    • Systems, models, modeling.
    • Coherent curriculum framework, but not a curriculum; thus flexible.
    • Compatible with Socratic methods, project-based instruction, PBL, etc.
    • Science & math literacy.
    • Authentic assessments.
    • High-tech and low-tech options for labs.

    This summer, Modeling Workshops™ are hosted in physics (mechanics, E&M, waves), chemistry (first and second semester), biology, physical science, middle school science, curriculum development and a few one-week long Intro to Modeling sessions:

    Physics Modeling Workshops™: Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, (Ohio), North Carolina, Texas, Virginia

    Chemistry Modeling Workshops™: Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Texas,

    Biology Modeling Workshops™: Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, (Ohio), North Carolina, Texas,

    Middle school/Physical Science Modeling Workshops™: Alabama, Illinois and Michigan

  • 01/06/2018 11:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Secondary Teachers (6-12): Apply for the 2018 Donna Sterling Exemplary Science Teaching Award

    Donna Sterling was a visionary science educator with a passion for working with science teachers and developing habits of inquiry-based teaching. Most recently, her leadership in the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) focused on elementary and secondary teacher professional development. This award recognizes that exemplary teachers engage in continuous improvement, and is designed to support a professional development plan for the improvement of science teaching. In 2018, the award will be given to an exemplary secondary teacher. The award alternates between elementary and middle/secondary. 

    The awardee will receive a total of $4000. In addition, travel costs will be reimbursed to attend the 2018 VAST PDI to receive the award and to the 2019 VAST PDI to present a session on the professional development experience and outcomes. The awardee will receive $3000 at the VAST PDI in 2018. The remainder will be awarded after the awardee presents at the next VAST PDI and also submits an article to either the newsletter The Science Educator or the Journal of Virginia Science Education.  

    Deadline for applications: July 15, 2018

    To apply:

    1.      In your cover letter, include information on yourself, including your preferred name, your home and school addresses, and phone numbers and email address(es) where you can be reached. Tell us how many years you have taught, where, and what grade levels.

    2.      In no more than two pages, single-spaced, describe an inquiry-based science unit that you taught. Describe how your unit is student-centered and includes community engagement. Give evidence that the unit was effective. Evidence documents such as student work can be submitted separately, and will not count toward the two-page limit.

    3.      In no more than two pages, single-spaced, describe your plan for professional development, using the funds received through the Sterling award. These plans may include summer courses, attendance at workshops, study abroad opportunities, instructional materials development under the guidance of experts on-site, etc. Feel free to be creative in your plan. Submit the professional development description with anticipated outcomes, including plans for a presentation at the 2018 VAST PDI. Tell how this award will help you become a better teacher of science and will support the development of leadership skills. Tell about your plans for writing an article about your experiences.

    4.      Submit three letters of recommendation based on direct observations of teaching. One letter must be from the science supervisor or someone serving in that capacity, a second letter must be from the principal, assistant principal, or instructional leader, and a third letter must be from a fellow teacher or a parent. Letters should address the following: Why is this teacher a good candidate for this award? What qualities do they exhibit as teachers that make the recommender think they will use the funds from the award to improve their practice as teachers of science? 

    All materials must be submitted by 5 pm on July 15, 2018.

    Submit applications and letters of recommendation to Dr. Juanita Jo Matkins, jjmatk@wm.edu

  • 01/03/2018 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2018 Spellman High Voltage Electronics
    Clean Tech Competition is here!

    Challenge your students to Solve Climate Change
    Registration is open!

    Win up to $10,000!

    Dear VAST member:
                Natural disasters wait for none, and only occasionally give warning, and it is only through preparation that damage can be mitigated. The human-changed climate will only make some of these disasters worse and it is with that in mind that we must act! The next great idea to help Solve Climate Change is out there! And it could be from one of the students from Virginia Association of Science Teachers! But without an event to showcase it, their idea could stagnate, we cannot have that. The Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition is that outlet, the chance to show the world next great idea!

    Registration is open and waiting for your students! 2017 saw 26 different nations sign teams up to be a part of the Competition and with your help, we can continue to grow that number in 2018, but we can’t do it alone. So far six different nations have signed up teams: France, Moldova, Spain, Singapore, Canada and the United States. This is a wonderful start but not enough for me. I want this to be an opportunity for the high school students that Virginia Association of Science Teachers serves to show their knowledge and passion for STEM to the world as we try to solve a very real issue the entire world is facing: Climate Change.  

    The Clean Tech Competition is an international research and design challenge for 15-18 year old pre-university students. This is an educational opportunity for students across the world that challenges students to be innovative while encouraging their passion for the sciences and we want the students of Virginia Association of Science Teachers to participate in this year’s competition! Now is the time to tell your teachers so they can spread the word to the students so they can gather their teams and get ready to register! There is no limit to the amount of teams per school/ organization and I hope with your help, to see many registrations from Virginia Association of Science Teachers. I hope that in your position, you can help get this information to the students your organization serves.

    Competition Information
    Each year, the Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources.

    • The 2018 Challenge: Solving Climate Change asks students to develop a clean technology solution to the many problems associate with climate change.
    • Teams consist of 1-3 students, are assisted by a Team Leader (i.e. parent, teacher, or mentor), to develop a written proposal.
    • No limit to the number of teams per school!
    • There is no entry fee.
    • Online registration is open here!
    • First Round Paper Submissions are due April 20, 2018.
    • 10 Finalist Teams will be selected, given a $200 (USD) stipend and matched with a Mentor to help them prepare a Prototype and presentation for the Finalist Event.
    • Finalists compete for the $10,000 (USD) grand prize and a ‘Continued Mentorship’
    • Final event to happen at Stony Brook University, New York, USA July 13, 2018!

    How can your students get involved?

    To help bring the Clean Tech Competition to your organization’s students, we ask that you share information about this opportunity with students, fellow educators, and parents. Feel free to distribute the following informational documents:

    If you have any questions regarding the competition details, or how to incorporate the competition into your curriculum, please contact us. We look forward to having participants representing Virginia Association of Science Teachers in the Clean Tech Competition this year and in years to come!

    Contact Information
    Competition Administrator: Mr. Frank DiGiovanni     * Email: cleantech@cstl.org

    ( Phone: +1-516-764-0045
    : Website: www.cleantechcompetition.org
    Facebook & Twitter

    #SolveClimateChange

  • 01/03/2018 9:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Act now! Apply by January 15!  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recruiting teachers and education leaders to bring public health into classrooms across the United States and beyond. Selected fellows tour CDC’s state-of-the-art facilities and collaborate with CDC scientists to design innovative lessons, and to learn curriculum design and teaching strategies that engage students in math and science using today’s emerging public health topics (e.g. Opioid epidemic, Ebola virus, Hurricane preparedness, Zika virus, Teen violence, Obesity, and more).

    Who? Teachers and educational leaders

    When? July 16-20, 2018

    Where? CDC Headquarters (Atlanta, GA)

    How? Apply Now through January 15, 2018

    For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/careerpaths/scienceambassador.

  • 11/08/2017 8:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Journal of Virginia Science Education is currently accepting submissions for the 2018 edition of the publication. We would especially like to invite presenters from the 2017 PDI to submit articles based on their presentations to the journal. Submissions are due by February 9th. Please submit your articles to journal@vast.org. For more information or to view previous issues of the journal, you can find them here: https://vast.wildapricot.org/Journal

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