VAST Awards and Grants
Considering the COVID 19 crisis and the suspended 2019-2020 school year the VAST Awards and Grants Committee has made changes to the submission deadlines and has created a new RISE Award.
The deadline for submitting receipts and reports for 2019 Grant Awards has been extended to December 31, 2020.
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.
PBS is looking for science teachers to test out our invention lessons! PBS NewsHour Extra is the NewsHour’s teacher resource website for middle and high school students. We are looking for science teachers to test out the lessons with their students, provide feedback and take pictures to share over social media. You’ll receive a $50 Amazon gift card for your work! For more information, write Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out these student leadership opportunities from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation:
VIRGINIA ENVIRONMENTAL ENDOWMENT
The Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE) was established in 1977 as an independent, non-profit grant-making organization dedicated to improving Virginia’s environment. VEE’s overarching strategic grant-making priorities are water quality improvement, Chesapeake Bay restoration, land conservation, environmental literacy and outreach, climate adaptation, and emerging issues. The Endowment’s grant-making has increased substantially over the past few years with the addition of new grant programs and funds. The VEE office is located in downtown Richmond, Virginia. More information is available at vee.org.
The Administrative Assistant is a key member of the 3-person VEE staff, charged with providing administrative and financial assistance to VEE’s operations as well as administrative support to the Executive Director and Senior Program Officer. The position must maintain strict confidentiality, work independently, and maintain the highest levels of professionalism. Responsibilities include inventorying, cataloguing, processing, and tracking monthly income and expenses, including grant funds and awards. The Administrative Assistant must be detail-oriented, a self-starter, and committed to VEE’s mission of working to improve Virginia’s environment through philanthropy.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
· A high level of organizational skills and attention to detail with the ability to organize and maintain records, files, and databases while making recommendations for process and quality improvement
· Assist with developing and distributing press releases and other items of general distribution including maintaining related email lists
· Assist with development of the Annual Report
· Inventorying and ordering office supplies and program materials
· Maintain and update office procedures and manual
· Answer office phone and greet office visitors
· Other duties as assigned
DESIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
· Bachelor’s degree or combination of education and experience sufficient to fulfill requirements of the position
· Experience with grant making or grant management a plus
· Strong organizational skills with a critical attention to detail
· Desired personal traits include strong interpersonal skills, good sense of humor, results-oriented, persistent, hard-working, accountable, sound judgement, integrity, truthful, approachable, team-oriented, practical and creative
· Motivated worker in a non-stressful work atmosphere
VEE offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include:
· Reimbursement of eligible health/medical expenses, up to $10,300 per plan year
· Monthly pension contributions equal to 12% of eligible employees’ salary
· Group life, accidental death and disability insurance
· 3 weeks’ paid vacation per year, paid holidays and sick leave
· Paid on-site employee parking; modern office building with cafeteria and coffee shop
To apply, submit resume to: email@example.com, attention Dave Winter
The Virginia Environmental Endowment is an Equal Opportunity Employer
How do you participate as a member in VAST? Our members are involved in all science curricula at all levels, pre-K to college. What is your area of expertise? Do you have a successful activity, lab or lesson that you could share with others? Have you planned or attended a professional development that you could write about? How about a field trip suggestion or a community partnership? Please consider sharing your ideas with VAST members by submitting to the VAST newsletter.
The submission deadline for the next newsletter is March 1. Please send your article(s) to the newsletter editor (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the deadline. Besides earning points for recertification, you will inspire “Excellence in Science Education” across the Commonwealth and demonstrate your professionalism.
Do you have lesson activity, research article, or solution to share? The Journal of Virginia Science Education, VAST’s peer-reviewed journal, is seeking submissions for upcoming issues. Our next issue will be published July 1, 2020 and the theme is The Outdoor Science Classroom. Manuscripts that do not address this theme are also welcome. Submissions to be considered for this issue are due by March 1, 2020. Please see the website: https://vast.wildapricot.org/Journal for planning templates, submission guidelines, and review criteria. Contact Amanda Gonczi or Jennifer Maeng, co-editors, at email@example.com for questions.
The Winter Edition of The Science Educator Now Available
In this issue:
Click here to download the January Newsletter.
“Programs that Work”
The application deadline has been extended through February 1, 2020
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:
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:
· Science, mathematics concepts, technology, skills, and or processes are the main focal point of the project or program
The application date has been extended through February 1, 2020. Applications 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 February 18, at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, in Henrico, Virginia. Through a generous grant from Dominion Energy, the VMSC will support the travel and lodging of award recipients.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teacher Appreciation Day and Open House
Saturday, January 25 • 9:30 am – noon
Teacher Appreciation Day is back at the Science Museum of Virginia! Teachers, bring your immediate family, show your school ID and receive FREE general Museum admission for both you and your family! Don’t miss a day of fun that includes our new touring exhibition, Giant Insects.
Make sure to RSVP on Facebook and you’ll get a reminder before the open house.
For more information, contact us at 804.864.1400 or email@example.com.
SCIENCE MUSEUM OF VIRGINIA Teacher Appreciation Day and Open House
Virginia Association of Science Teachers