WSTA 2014 Conference
October 17 to 19, 2014
Downtown Spokane Conference Center
The Next Generation: Science and STEM for All
Call for proposals is open! Get yours in soon!
Call for Vendors is open and booths are filling up, please book yours now!
Attendee registration will open later this Spring, but you can book your hotel room now (see conference page!).
(Click here for the 2014 Conference Page)
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Hotel Rooms Blocked at The DoubleTree Hotel at the Conference Center and Red Lion Inn at the Park. See registration page for details. CALL AND BOOK NOW!
Population Education's Northwest Training Institute
Population Education will be sponsoring a facilitator training institute at the IslandWood environmental learning center on Bainbridge Island, WA, on
July 18th-20th, 2014. The facilitator training is open to educators throughout the Northwest who are interested in leading Population Education workshops for their colleagues at schools, universities and conferences around the region.
This is an excellent opportunity for science educators to become acquainted with innovative, interdisciplinary curricula that address a host of content standards for environmental studies, geography, global studies and more. Most of the weekend’s expenses will be covered by Population Education (two nights lodging, all meals during the weekend and up to $200 travel stipend to
offset mileage expense.) Participants will also receive an extensive handbook of training materials and a variety of curriculum resources, including the latest edition of Population Education’s award-winning "dot" video, World Population. To apply, go to our website: www.PopulationEducation.org and click on “Leadership Institute” under the “Trainers Network” tab. Complete the application form by March 7thand return it with a current resumé or CV. Space is limited, and slots for our facilitator trainings always fill up quickly. Priority will be given to those applicants who will
have clear opportunities during the 2014-2015 school year and beyond to facilitate workshops. For more information, contact Lindsey Bailey, firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair Registration
Registration for the 2104 SSRSEF is now open for electronic registration. A reminder that each entry must have a unique email address.
One addition to the fair is the addition of an engineering category for grades 3-5 and 6-8. When students register, there is an option for the type of project so make sure they select which one. www.plu.edu/scifair
High School Seniors sought for National Youth Science Camp Honors
Olympia – Governor Jay Inslee appointed Ellen Ebert from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to serve as Washington’s selection coordinator for the 2014 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC). Two high school seniors will receive a full scholarship to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds. The nearly month-long experience includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation; overnight camping trips into the Monogahela National Forest; and a visit to Washington D.C. The selected delegates must
not only demonstrate academic achievement in science, but also show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.
Virginia, on Friday, June 27, and depart on Sunday, July 20, 2014. The NYSC is held near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia, within the Monongahela National Forest. Application forms are available on the NYSC website at www.nysc.org.
Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 1, 2014.
Only completed applications will be considered.
You may apply at http://apply.nysc.org.
Washington Science Teachers Association Conference Announcement
We are excited to announce the WSTA Conference for 2014 will be held at the Spokane Convention Center in Spokane, Washington on October 17-19, 2014. The theme for the conference will be The Next Generation: Science and STEM for all! Requests for presentation proposals will be coming soon and be organized and submitted through our WSTA website. Our conference team is lead by chair, John McNamara, WSU Professor. We are really excited for this event and hope you and several of your colleagues will register to take part in this timely professional development on STEM and the Next Generation Science Standards. Click Here
Washington State adopts Next Generation Science Standards
October 4, 2013. Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and Governor
Jay Enslee announced the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards by the state of Washington. Several WSTA members were in attendance at the press conference to hear the exciting news which was held at Cascade Middle School in the Highline School District. Washington State is the 8th state to formally adopt the new science standards.
WSTA Board attends National Congress on Science Education
Representatives from the WSTA Board of directors attended the annual National Congress on Science Education (NCSE). This year the meeting was held during the 3rd week in July in San Juan, Puerto Rico. NCSE is a conference-like 3-day meeting designed to provide
state science teacher organizations with information and a voice for science education matters through NSTA. The latest information and resolutions are brought to state
chapters, and chapters can provide input on these matters. This years workshop topics included:
Science & Engineering Practices & Inquiry
Elementary Science Laying a Solid STEM Foundation
Engineering & Engineering Design in Science Curriculum
- English/Language Arts Literacy Standards in Science Classrooms
Roy Beven (President-Elect) and Midge Yergen (Past President) attended the congress on behalf of WSTA and information from the congress is incorporated into strategic planning and goal setting for the 2013-2014 year.
Seattle Times Editorial by Washington State LASER
We are very pleased to share with you that we wrote an opinion editorial that was published in the Seattle Times on Tuesday, June 11th. We hope you enjoy reading it and will join us in embracing the Next Generation Science Standards.
Remember you too can help make science and the Nest Generation Science Standards accessible to all students. Ask your legislator to support funding for professional development in science education. Request your school district teach science in every grade. And take your kids, or any kids, to a science center, science festival, aquarium, zoo or park.
Washington Science Teachers Association
Letter of Support for the Next Generation Science Standards
The Washington Science Teachers Association (WSTA) supports the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards are the logical next step from the state's 2009 science standards.
The new NGSS effectively integrate the states four Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRS) for science into a focused set of performance expectations for grades K-12.
Each Next Generation Science Standard is a set of performance expectations that logically combine a practice of science and engineering with a disciplinary core idea of the life science, Earth and space science, physical science, or engineering design. Each performance expectation focuses on a practice of science and engineering resulting in deeper understanding of disciplinary core ideas.
The NGSS are truly STEM standards by making engineering as important as science, including technological applications throughout the standards, and connecting the standards to the Common Core State Standards for mathematics and language arts.
In addition to the connections to other disciplines, the NGSS performance expectations for one science are intentionally connected to another science with crosscutting concepts that allow for deeper levels of understanding.
The NGSS give K-5 grade-level performance expectations based on researched learning progressions for the big ideas of science and engineering. These give the state a firm basis for consistent grade-level elementary curriculum, instruction, and assessment without prescribing how we teach and assess ourstudents.
The NGSS give grade 6-8 and grade 9-12 performance expectations and suggested ways to arrange them giving the state a basis for secondary curriculum, instruction, and assessment while keeping our local control of our courses and teaching.
The 2013 Next Generation Science Standards are 21st Century science performance expectations for the state to build a 21st Century science education system. We, as an organization, are excited about impact they could have on science instruction, and recommend they be adopted so they can begin impacting students across Washington State
WSTA is a non-profit organization and gladly excepts donations to further the science education of our youth in Washington state through our mission and vision. If you would like to make a donation, please click the link Donate to WSTA.