WSTA 2018 CONFERENCE

 

Thank you to all the committee, sponsors, exhibitors, presenters and attendees who made the WSTA 2018 conference a success. Please fill out the poll on the Attendify app or send any feed back directly to mcnamara@wsu.edu or another board member!


Mark your calendars for NSTA Area Conference 

"Fostering a Culture for Science"

Seattle Convention Center, Dec 12-14th 2019



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The NSTA Seattle Area Conference Call for Proposals Is Open

Foster a Culture for Science in Seattle Dec 2019

Please share your great work with educators across the Pacific Northwest and beyond!

Seattle Area Conference

December 1214, 2019

THEME: Fostering a Culture for Science

Session proposal site is open and active!

Deadline is January 15th, 2019

https://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions/abstracts.aspx?meetingid=69899

or https://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx

The following link provides information on how to write successful session proposals: http://static.nsta.org/pdfs/HowToWriteASuccessfulSessionProposal.pdf

Please direct technical questions to NSTA and use the guidelines described on the NSTA page. 

Hotels, housing, travel, and schedules will all be forthcoming from NSTA.

Content questions should be directed to strand leaders or the program chair Bob Sotak at the emails listed below.

Help us FOSTER A CULTURE FOR SCIENCE! Seattle in December 2019!

Conference Chair:  John P McNamara  mcnamara@wsu.edu   General Questions, Sponsors, Exhibits

Program Chair:  Bob Sotak  bobsotak@gmail.com     All Program Questions

Local Arrangements Chair:   Lisa Chen: lisa.chen@k12.shorelineschools.org  Volunteer to help!

Strand One Leader:  Kate Lindholm:  katel@ncesd.org

Strand Two Leader:  Midge Yergen:  yergenm@wvsd208.org

Strand Three Leader: Alfonso Garcia Arriola:  agarcia@pps.net

Information, goals and objectives for session proposals on each of the conference strands is found on the following pages

Strands:

  • ·       Providing STEM Pathways for the Future
  • ·       Building Partnerships for Effective Science Education
  • ·       Finding Joy in Experiencing Science

Strand One:

Providing STEM Pathways for the Future

STEM begins with science, therefore it is critical that we develop and encourage all students to pursue a range of science opportunities in STEM classes. This will serve them well as they enter the job force and their adult lives.. Science experiences must start at the preK level to ensure each student has a STEM future. Students need hope for earning living family wages and being productive contributors to our society. This strand will help teachers see how they can provide opportunities for each student to learn about and experience STEM pathways.

GOAL: Provide workshops and presentations focused on one or more of the following:

  • ·       Illustrating career connections with science.
  • ·       Illustrating partnerships with industry, higher education, and informal education.
  • ·       Demonstrating for teachers real-world problems using three-dimensional learning strategies that can be solved by using 21st-century skills, such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.
  • ·       Providing resources and strategies for students to explore career and educational pathways in STEM.

CRITERIA: Proposals will be evaluated on the extent to which they:

  • ·       Integrate at least two of the four areas of STEM: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • ·       Align with one or more of strand goals.
  • ·       Support specifically identified parts of the NGSS or state standards and the NRC Framework.
  • ·       Are based on current and available research.
  • ·       Promote equity for all students.
  • ·       Involve participants through activities or discussion.

Strand Two:

Building Partnerships for Effective Science Education

Building collaborative partnerships in science enriches student learning, as well as creating life-long, life-wide and life-deep  experiences for students. Partnerships can be peer to peer, team to team, across curricular areas, as well as outside the classroom. We specifically invite Career and Technical Education-related workshops that focus on the scientific aspects of this strand. This strand will provide participants with strategies to increase partnerships through collaboration, thereby deepening the learning experience of our students.

GOAL: Provide workshops and presentations focused on one or more of the following:

  • ·       Building cross-curricular relationships and integration between science and other content areas.
  • ·       Building relationships between science and community partners to deepen learning.
  • ·       Building collaborative relationships within the science classroom that facilitate student learning.
  • ·       Building links between a student’s culture and the science classroom.
  • ·       Building partnerships with higher education, business, and industry to promote science learning.

CRITERIA: Proposals will be evaluated on the extent to which they:

  • ·       Align with one or more of strand goals.
  • ·       Support specifically identified parts of the NGSS or state standards and the NRC Framework.
  • ·       Are based on current and available research.
  • ·       Promote equity for all students.
  • ·       Involve participants through activities or discussion.

Strand Three:

Finding Joy in Experiencing Science

To promote a scientifically literate society, it is imperative to instill in our students a love of science. Students need opportunities to be engaged in the scientific process and find happiness and hope in the scientific endeavor. All people need to be able to understand topics and make personal, professional, and civic decisions based on scientific evidence. In this strand, participants will learn about various ways of encouraging student engagement in science and learn about successful strategies for promoting student enjoyment in science throughout the learning process.

GOAL: Provide workshops and presentations focused on one or more of the following:

  • ·       Creating student engagement through identification or development of authentic scientific phenomena.
  • ·       Sustaining student engagement through the three-dimensional framework of science teaching and learning.
  • ·       Enhancing student engagement throughout the learning process, including authentic, three-dimensional science assessments.
  • ·       Providing exemplary lessons and activities that promote student enjoyment and hope in the scientific process.
  • ·       Understanding the role science plays in our communities and how science education promotes civic participation.

CRITERIA: Proposals will be evaluated on the extent to which they:

  • ·       Align with one or more of strand goals.
  • ·       Support specifically identified parts of the NGSS or state standards and the NRC Framework.
  • ·       Are based on current and available research.
  • ·       Involve participants through activities or discussion.
  • ·       Demonstrate how issues of equity and diversity are addressed or how the lesson is culturally responsive.




The Washington Science Teachers Association is an organization dedicated to advocating and promoting quality science education at all levels of instruction.

Welcome!  We hope you enjoy the news and information on this site.

There is a quick lookup link box right above as well as to the left.

(any questions about the website, login and the like contact

John P McNamara (mcnamara@wsu.edu,  509 592 0099)

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Information on 

Scholarships and Awards  Contact CoCo Carlson at sciawards@gmail.com

Washington Excellence in Science Education Award

 Get the application form here!

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Genes in Space--learning competition opportunity for MS and HS

Present a plan for Genetics Research in Space to NASA!

Get the entry information here!

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American GeoSciences Institute 

Recognition for Outstanding GeoSciences Teachers!


Schedule of Science Competitions and Events in Washington 2018

click on weblinks in the document above.

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See the Washington, Oregon, Nevada and California Science Teachers Organizations 

Featured by NGSS

White Paper to the NGSS and NSTA on what is needed in NGSS Instructional Materials

 

Join WSTA!

Newly added: Free 1 year membership to new teachers!

See the membership page for details!

(For new teachers and Science Fellows, you need a discount code from the administration mcnamara@wsu.edu)

Join as a common WSTA/NSTA member at a total of $89 for 1 year...a 25 $ total savings and you have access to all the great WSTA AND NSTA materials.

In order to get this discount,  you MUST go to the www.nsta.org website, follow the buttons to membership, state membership, joint membership (NSTA/WSTA), you can join or renew from there.


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Thanks to all our sponsors at WSTA 2018!

Battelle           Houghton Mifflin Harcourt      

          Pearson           

StemScopes          Accelerate Learning 

National Institute for Science Education

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We continue our Professional Development Efforts

We've covered Biology,  we've covered Waves, we've covered the Supremes ..(ok not that)  now it is: 

PDF Flyer for the Burke Museum Washington Geology PD Opportunity

PDF Flyer for the Progression through the Waves

Contact Mark Watrin  for more information on the Burke Museum/Washington Geology PD

Contact Lolo Sherwood for the Progression through the Waves PD

NOTE THIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IS ON DEMAND

WE BRING IT WHEN AND WHERE YOU WANT

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