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. Read More.
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.
WSTA Conference 2014
WSTA is currently planning our next conference. Click here for more information.