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  • 11/02/2017 8:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition Application for the “Programs That Work” Competition in Mathematics, Science, and STEM are due December 5, 2017

    The Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition (VMSC) invites you to nominate effective student and teacher education programs for its annual "Programs That Work" Awards. The VMSC is interested in reviewing and recognizing exemplary mathematics, science, and 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; and

                  document impact on teaching and learning.

    Application requirements and more information can be found at http://www.vamsc.org/index.php/application/.  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. 

    Applications are due on December 5, 2017 and will be evaluated on a competitive basis for programs that have been conducted during the past five years and have demonstrated positive results.  Awardees will be recognized on January 23, 2018 at a reception in Richmond at the Library of Virginia.  The VMSC will support the travel and lodging of award recipients for each program recognized.

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

  • 10/27/2017 4:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thomas Jefferson Awards

    The Virginia Museum of Natural History is seeking nominations through December 5, 2017 for the various awards to be presented at the 31st annual VMNH Foundation Thomas Jefferson Awards.  This statewide awards ceremony will be held Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.  The VMNH Thomas Jefferson Awards ceremony is a statewide event that honors individuals and corporations for outstanding contributions to natural science and natural science education.  Nomination guidelines are available at www.vmnh.net/thomas-jefferson-awards.

    Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education
    Presented to a Virginia educator who has made significant contributions to natural history or natural science education at any academic level.

  • 09/19/2017 9:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Performance-based Assessment for the Classroom: Practices for Promoting and Measuring Student Learning with Dr. Tonya Moon from University of Virginia

    November 4, 2017

    In Person or Virtual Workshop

    Workshop Description:

    Join the Martinson Center either in person or virtually for a 1 day workshop on Performance-based Assessment for the Classroom! In this session, we’ll explore the potential that performance-based assessments have to engage students in the application of content knowledge and skills in authentic situations. We’ll look at principles for effective performance assessments and explore a framework to facilitate the planning and developing of effective assessments. We’ll also examine how to develop high-quality scoring rubrics that align with performance assessments or as stand-alone rubrics that can be used with general classroom tasks.

    By day’s end, participants in this session will:

    · understand where and how performance assessment and scoring rubrics fits within the Virginia standards-based system;

    · be able to use an assessment planning framework for designing or modifying performance assessments and scoring rubrics for classroom, school or district uses;

    · be able to use rubrics for student feedback and learning;

    · be able to incorporate the use of scoring rubrics in student evaluation and grading.

    Date: November 4, 2017

    Time: 9:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.

    Face-to-Face Registration Prices-Includes Lunch at Founders Inn

    Individual Registration Prices (5 Licensure Points):

    Regent Alumni or Current Students:                 $100

    Non-Regent Alumni or Current Students:        $175

    1 Graduate Credit Workshop Option:             $235

    Team Registration Prices (3 +1 free):                $550

    Virtual Workshop Times and Registration Prices

    Times:

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET
    8 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT
    7 a.m. – 1 p.m. MT
    6 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT

    Regent Alumni or Current Students:                 $50

    Non-Regent Alumni or Current Student:         $65

    Register here:

    http://www.regent.edu/acad/schedu/mathandsciencecenter/workshops/2017/performance-based-assessment.cfm

     
  • 09/07/2017 8:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Register your school for the 2018 USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) beginning October 2 at https://www.usabo-trc.org. Let’s see one or more of our amazing Virginia students bring home the gold next year in Tehran. For more information, please contact Kathy Frame (kframe@cee.org).

  • 09/07/2017 8:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Executive Director

    Overview:

    The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE), an internationally renowned education non-profit in the Tysons Corner area, seeks a full-time Executive Director for its USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) program. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community.

    The Executive Director oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of the USABO program including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities. Tasks include outreach and dissemination; screening program applicants; monitoring all program databases; overseeing the completion of school, district, and state vendor paperwork; managing mailings, document development, and purchasing; soliciting questions and developing exams; developing and directing 2-week training program off and on site with host and staff; identifying instructors for training program based on needed expertise; setting up contracts for instructors. Salary commensurate with experience. More information about CEE and the USABO may be found at http:www.cee.org

    Position requirements:

    • Master’s or PhD degree in biological sciences  required
    • 5+ years’ experience teaching biological sciences at the high school or university level.
    • Ability to maintain workflow efficiently in a fast-paced environment.
    • Program experience preferred
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Proficiency with Windows, Microsoft Office applications and web editing
    • Strong attention to detail and ability to work independently, accurately and quickly
    • Applicant must be able to travel during the summer for two two-week periods to include weekends.
    • Flexible full-time work schedule

    Application requirements due by September 15:

    • Cover letter
    • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • 07/18/2017 9:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Got plans for the August 21 solar eclipse? Check out the eclipse viewing guide from NSTA: http://vast.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/Guide%20to%20Viewing%20the%20Eclipse.pdf

  • 07/18/2017 6:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest edition of The Science Educator is now available online at: http://vast.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/newsletterjuly2017.pdf

  • 07/08/2017 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     HopeTree Academy has an immediate opening for a Full-Time Science Teacher at our location on the campus of HopeTree Family Services in Salem, VA.  This position will serve the needs of students, ages 11-22, with dysfunctional behaviors and academic deficiencies.
    Responsibilities Include:
    • Providing social, moral and academic opportunities for learning
    • Communicate with and work cooperatively with child care and social work staff to ensure optimal direct supervision of all students
    • Will maintain a close working relationship with the educational staff within the Academy
    Requirements:
    • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from an accredited college or university
    •  A current Science Teacher’s License to teach at middle and secondary education levels. Endorsements for experience working with students with disabilities and other “at-risk” students are preferred
    • Must be able to demonstrate the professional ability to deal effectively with a wide range of student dysfunctional behaviors and academic deficiencies
    • The teacher must demonstrate the ability to represent HopeTree Academy and HopeTree Family Services  in a positive manner within the community
    • Background checks and pre-employment drug testing are required
    Competitive benefits offered include medical/dental/life and retirement plan. Interested candidates must complete our on-line agency application at
    www.hopetreefs.org.  EOE

  • 05/25/2017 1:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Call for Proposals for the 2017 Virginia Environmental Education Conference

    October 10-12, Northern Virginia 4-H Center, Front Royal, VA

    The most important part of the conference is concurrent sessions given by experts in their fields. Do you have an EE program that is innovative, reaches new audiences, incorporates ideas in a new fashion, or uses small budgets to achieve big things? We’d like to know about it!

    We are looking for programs that are 45 minutes per session, preferably hands-on and/or interactive. We are also looking for field trip ideas for Thursday of two to four hours. New this year will be break-out sessions of 10-15 minutes where participants can learn a game, make a craft, or other quick topics.

    Proposals are due June 15th so don't hesitate! Submit today by visiting: https://goo.gl/forms/AahblSPCzhhuHVHe2

  • 05/24/2017 7:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 10-12, 2017

    Northern Virginia 4-H Center

    Front Royal, VA

    For more information, go to: https://vaee.wildapricot.org/

Virginia Association of Science Teachers

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