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  • 03/08/2017 9:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Virginia Outstanding Biology Teacher Award

    Every year, an outstanding Virginia biology educator (grades 7-12) is recognized with the Virginia Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (VOBTA) and receives the National Association of Biology Teachers Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA) for Virginia. Candidates for these awards do not have to be NABT or Virginia Association of Biology Teachers (VABT) members, but they must have at least three years of public, private, or parochial school teaching experience. A major portion of the nominee's career must have been devoted to the teaching of biology/life science, and candidates are judged on their teaching ability and experience, cooperativeness in the school and community, and student-teacher relationships. The VOBTA recipient is the special guest of VABT at the annual Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Professional Development Institute (PDI) Awards Dinner. Here, the winner is recognized at the VAST Awards Ceremony and receives a plaque for themselves and their school. At the NABT National Convention, they are the guest of Carolina Biology Supply Company at the Honors Luncheon held at the NABT Professional Development Conference, receive gift certificates from Carolina Biological Supply Company, resources from other sponsors, and award certificates and complimentary one-year membership from NABT. For information and/or to nominate or apply, please contact Kathy Frame at chuckframe@aol.com. Deadline April 28, 2017.


  • 03/06/2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Climate Connections

    FIVE-PART LECTURE SERIES AT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM OF VIRGINIA

    Each Wednesday in March • 7 – 9 pm

    Join us for this Climate Connections lecture series designed to connect you with resiliency-themed content while exploring our societal understanding of climate science.

    March 1

    Communicating Climate Science and Resiliency

    Carrie McDougall, Ph.D., Scientist, NOAA

    Climate Change Primer - What It Is, How It’s Happening, Its Impacts, and How to Adapt

    Jeremy Hoffman, Ph.D., Climate and Earth Science Specialist, Science Museum of Virginia

    March 8

    Sea-Level Rise in Virginia and Chesapeake Bay: Then, Now, and Next

    Carl Hershner, Ph.D., Director, Center for Coastal Resources Management, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary

    March 15

    Geologic Studies of Barrier Islands: Helping Society Better Understand and Respond to Changes Affecting the Outer Banks and Virginia’s Eastern Shore

    Chris Hein, Ph.D., Asst. Professor, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary

    March 22

    Shoreline Erosion in Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Coastlines - Research and Future Management Plans

    Scott Hardaway, M.S., Marine Scientist, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary

    Houses That Float – Flood Gates 5-Stories High? Innovative Ways Other Countries are Dealing with Sea-Level Rise, and What May Be in Our Future in Hampton Roads

    Molly Mitchell, M.S., Marine Scientist, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary

    March 29

    Rap Guide to Climate Chaos

    Baba Brinkman, Canadian climate rap artist, award winning playwright, and former tree planter


    Climate Connection lecture series is free; reservations are required.

    To reserve your space, go to www.smv.org/upcoming-events.

    Questions? Call us at 804.864.1400.

    www.smv.org


  • 03/03/2017 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are looking for an energetic, tech-savvy, VAST member to join the communications team to contribute or coordinate social media. Can't spare much time? Not a problem, we would welcome whatever time and talent you can give! For more information, contact: communications@vast.org

  • 03/02/2017 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Buckingham County Public Schools is seeking a full-time MS/HS Earth Science teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. Please email a resume to Brian Green the Director of Human Resources at bgreen@bcpschools.org.

  • 03/01/2017 9:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PBS NewsHour Extra is the NewsHour’s teacher resource site for grades 7-12. We are looking for science teachers to write fun, project-based lessons related to STEM, inventions, and the environment. There is a stipend involved. For more information, write newshourextra@gmail.com.

  • 02/22/2017 8:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Evolution Education

    Evolution Education is a project organized by the Cox Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia. They are evolutionary biologists and educators who advocate for real collaborations between scientists and teachers to develop new, inquiry-based models for education in (and out of) the middle- and high-school science classroom. The program is based on three core principles:

    · K-12 science education is failing to teach evolution unequivocally as a central principle in biology

    · Students learn science best by doing actual science

    · Teachers become more effective educators when they participate in authentic scientific research

    Please visit each of the sites to receive more information about important details

    2017-2018 Teacher Fellowship- Experience field based evolutionary biology. Application is now open! Apply before April 1, 2017

    2017 Teacher Workshop, July 19-21 - Registration is now open! Register before April 1, 2017

    Evolution Education is a partnership of UVA's Curry School of Education, Mountain Lake Biological Station, Golden Apple Foundation, and the Virginia Department of Education with funding from the National Science Foundation.



  • 02/17/2017 2:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today the VDOE released the revised timeline for the Science Standards of Learning and the Science Curriculum Framework revision process. The changes to the timeline were made in order to meet the mandate in the Standards of Quality indicating that the Standards of Learning review process occur every seven years. It also allows time for the Science Standards of Learning Revision Steering and Review Committees, to include the VDOE science specialists, to review public comment and reflect any changes in the subsequent Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework. This does not change the full implementation of the 2017 Science Standards of Learning scheduled for 2020-2021 school year.  For details of the revision process, click here.

  • 02/15/2017 9:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Upper School at Walsingham Academy is seeking a full-time chemistry teacher for the 2017-18 school year.  AP experience is a plus.  Please contact abaker@walsingham.org for more information.


  • 02/14/2017 2:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Paid Summer Internships for Science Educators at NASA Langley

    The Science Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA leads several science education programs including GLOBE, MY NASA DATA, and S’COOL. We are looking for several educators to come to NASA Langley this summer and work with our science education team. These internship opportunities are posted through NASA’s Intern program: https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/students/login/. These positions are open to in-service teachers; educators will need to register on OSSI and apply as a “student”. Contact one of the intern coordinators, Christine Dillard, for technical issues registering and applying at: christine.m.dillard@nasa.gov. Summer internships for graduate students or in-service teachers can receive a stipend $7,500 if interns stay for full 10 weeks. Shorter terms are negotiable.


  • 02/09/2017 2:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Accept the Governor’s Conservation Classroom Challenge and get recognition for your environmental education efforts this year!

    Recognizing that teachers are the driving force behind Virginia’s environmental literacy and sustainability efforts, Governor McAuliffe has challenged all of Virginia’s teachers to conduct conservation education this year. Field investigations, stewardship and environmental education projects are eligible for recognition.

     www.dgif.virginia.gov/conservation-challenge

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