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One of the many benefits of membership in FAST is the opportunity to participate in high quality Professional Development programs. For more information on the currently available programs click on the links below and begin your own Professional Development program.


Additional Professional Development opportunities will be posted when they become available. So please check back often. If you have any suggestions, for additional topics or programs, or comments and concerns contact Linda Petuch at lpetuch@gmail.com.

Hello, Florida Association of Science Teachers —

 

We would like to share our upcoming event with you in the hopes you will share it with your members, as this opportunity should directly appeal to them. The University of Florida Health Cancer Center is hosting a free conference for middle and high school teachers in Florida. Here are the details, and our flyer is attached:

Conference Overview

The University of Florida Health Cancer Center is pleased to invite you to attend a free two-day conference, highlighting current research and promoting cancer awareness, for science teachers in Florida.

As a participant, you will hear about cutting-edge research taking place at UF and connect with scientists, physicians, and students to engage in a dialogue about community health and well-being.

The conference will take place at the University of Florida Cancer and Genetics Research Complex in Gainesville, FL, and includes a social event at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. There is no charge to attend the conference or social event. However, registration is required and attendance is limited. Complimentary accommodation at the UF Hilton Conference Center will be provided for attendees traveling from outside of Alachua County. Attendees must register by July 1.

Conference Websitehttps://cancer.ufl.edu/education/events/uf-cancer-research-conference-for-science-teachers/

Conference Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1674459072608403/

Conference FAQ videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX3ICvy5op4


Lakeville: A Natural Resource Management 

Activity Free Workshop for Educators!




Join us for a FREE educator workshop to learn an exciting activity you can use to teach youth about natural resource management, invasive species and civic engagement!

When: January 18, 2019

Where: Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd, Ocala, FL 34470

Registration deadline: December 15, 2018, or when space is full.

Lakeville: A Natural Resource Management Activity is a curriculum unit that teaches students the role native, non-native, and invasive species play in ecosystems and the social significance of these ecosystems. Students are challenged to make management decisions, taking the perspectives of various stakeholders in their community into account as they attempt to address the problem of invasive species. Students then assess what effect their decisions will have on the ecosystem.

This workshop will provide hands-on training for educators to learn all components of the Lakeville activity, from initial preparation through assessment.

Benefits:

· Earn 6 PDP’s

· Free resources and materials

· Door prizes

· Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided

· Open to all educators, both formal and non-formal

· No cost to attend!

Limited space available. Register now to secure your space!

  http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/education/lakevilleworkshop.shtml


Dear Middle Grades Science Teacher,

WestEd, a not-for-profit educational research agency, has funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct a research project, SimScientists Games, during the Spring of the 2018-19 school year that aims to use a new genre of games as formative assessment resources designed to collect evidence of learning during gameplay and reinforce middle grades life science concepts and investigation practices for ecosystems. The games are intended to provide engaging activities for understanding and investigating the science system components, roles, interactions and population dynamics of all ecosystems. Teachers will be able to monitor students’ progress and results using secure web-based tools that accompany the games. Researchers hope the games will help students learn and provide timely information teachers can use to help students in more targeted ways. We are seeking teachers to participate in this research study.

Participating teachers will receive a live online webinar orientation and training (up to 4 hours), stipends up to $1,200 for their involvement in the study, as well as access to simulation-based computer formative assessments.

In order to participate, middle grade (6th, 7th, and 8th) science teachers must be planning to teach a unit on Ecosystems starting after April 1, 2019, and be willing to use two suites of SimScientists simulation-based embedded modules as well as two educational games or offline Reflection Activities, a benchmark assessment, and pre and posttests for a total of seven class days during their Ecosystems unit in their classroom. The Pilot testing would need to occur during the Spring of the 2018-19 school year, with the Ecosystems unit and all study activities starting after April 1, 2019.  

Study participation also involves: sending home consent forms with your students, scoring your student benchmark responses, attending a half day online training webinar, and completing an end of unit survey, and phone interview (if selected).

Please see the “SimScientists Games Strand” for more information on this unit: https://wested.box.com/s/q4xd6g5x50vkoosfoz5nn7oe7e5avl50

For technical requirements, please click here: https://wested.box.com/s/8zptuhr3obazhii5h2s3mkqdcvqieuj5
*Note: SimScientists modules are NOT supported on iPads, iPhones, or other tablets.

For answers to frequently asked questions about participating in a SimScientists study, please see our FAQs at: https://wested.box.com/s/yqt3vnwwu05zkog3o73tvt3a7nvajb31

If you are interested in participating in this research opportunity, please complete an online intake survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GamesPilot2IntakeSurvey  

Please forward this email to any middle grades (6th, 7th, and 8th) science teachers who you think might be interested in this opportunity.

To learn more about this project, please see the FAQs or email Melissa Rego at mrego@wested.org. For the best chance of participating, please complete the survey by September 14, 2018. SimScientists studies are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,
Melissa Rego
Implementation Coordinator and Research Assistant - SimScientists
mrego@wested.org


National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington Virginia 22201
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WHAT IS SCIENCE MATTERS?


Science Matters is an initiative of the National Science Teachers Association promoting quality science education, through the sharing of information, resources, and professional development opportunities. Each state has a Science Matters Coordinator whose primary role is to be the point of contact for distribution of science resources and opportunities to the state network.


Opportunities shown below were compiled by Mary Lou Lipscomb (IL) and aligned to FL needs by Marsha Winegarner (FL)



Professional Learning Opportunities

  1. The NSTA Learning Center has terrific FREE web seminars designed to help you locate and use its vast collection of 12,000 resources, online community, and professional learning tools. NSTA Web Seminars are free, 90-minute, live professional development experiences that allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts, NSTA Press authors, and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NSTA partner organizations. To find out more and to register, go to http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/SeminarRegistration.aspx.
  2. Through NSTA, the American Chemical Society will host a webinar “Chemistry Colors our World” on September 15 at 6:30PM focused on integrating National Chemistry Week resources into classroom curriculum. To learn about ready-to-use demonstrations, lab investigations, videos, and register, go to http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/ACS/webseminar22.aspx
  3. Registration is open for Seminars on Science from the American Museum of Natural History. The 6-week online courses can be taken for up to 3 graduate credits each. All of the courses are online and are led by both an experienced classroom teacher and a research scientist. The next session runs from September 21st to November 1st. Sign up today and receive $50 off your registration fee! Use code SCIENCEMATTERS. For more information about the program, check out Seminars on Science at amnh.org/learn<http://amnh.org/learn>.
  4. The NGSS Evidence Statements for all grade levels are now available. These statements were developed and reviewed by educators and scientists, including many members of the NGSS writing team. The evidence statements are intended to identify clear, measurable components that, if collectively met, fully satisfy each performance expectation (PE) described within the NGSS. Find out more at http://www.nextgenscience.org/k-5-evidence-statements (for K-5);  http://www.nextgenscience.org/middle-school-evidence-statements (for Middle School); or http://www.nextgenscience.org/ngss-high-school-evidence-statements (for High School).
Grants and Awards

  1.  If you're a U.S. preK–12 educator, you could win a $2,500 travel voucher to anywhere in the world in Accelerate Learning's "STEMscopes Field Trip Around the World" sweepstakes. All that's required is a Facebook "like" and sharing of the contest page with your educator friends (deadline September 4). More information can be found at http://www.acceleratelearning.com/stemvacation15/.
  2. Enter the PBS Loves Teachers Sweepstakes for your chance to win a Samsung Galaxy® tablet, $100 Amazon gift card, and more! To enter, go to https://offerpop.com/campaign/769030?elq=e4f0a91ddd614d5a9a3938f8de71f1d6&elqCampaignId=905&elqaid=1775&elqat=1&elq   TrackId=7ff26a0b26114c28ae67b9a5d4a6340f .
  3. The Awards and Recognitions committee of NSTA has announced their revamped online Teacher Awards applications. They’ve added a new feature that allows you to nominate an applicant. That applicant will then receive an email informing them of the nomination along with the application. You may also apply for yourself. To find out more, nominate someone, or apply yourself, go to:  http://www.nsta.org/about/awards.aspx.
  4. Classroom pet grants available! If you are a teacher at the preK through 8th grade level, you can apply for a Pets in the Classroom grant; please visithttp://www.petsintheclassroom.org for more information.
  5. For those of you writing or planning to write grants, check out Education World's Show Me the Money: Tips and Resources for successful Grant Writing at http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/profdev/profdev039.shtml

Student Opportunities

  1. Beginning September 1, 2015, U.S. fourth-grade students will receive an Every Kid in a Park (EKiP) pass that will give them free access to all of the federal lands and waters across the country for a full year, with the goal of getting more than one million fourth graders onto public lands. For more information, go to http://www.nationalparks.org/ook/every-kid-in-a-park.
  2.  eCYBERMISSION, a free web-based competition for students in grades 6–9, officially went live, with open registration for student teams and volunteers. Professionals are encouraged to participate as volunteers to help build students' interest in STEM. Find more information and register athttp://www.ecybermission.com/.
Great Deals and Latest Links

  1. Leading the school's science department can be an honor, obligation, or headache—or all three rolled into one. We'd like to know what you think about the role of a science department head! Take this brief NSTA Reports survey now at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SMK6KND
  2. Get to know the otters, whales, and sharks of Monterey Bay, CA by tuning in to PBS for the premiere of BIG BLUE LIVE on 8/31. PLUS: Get into the action by joining PBS and special guests for a Twitter Party on 9/1 focused on marine biology and conservation! Date + Time: September 1 | 7-8PM EDT. How to Join: Follow @PBSLrnMedia on Twitter, then search for #BigBlueClass Event for Teachers + Students. For more information, go to https://twitter.com/pbslrnmedia?elq=dd9bb8915d1440bc8eebe72f0c59b15d&elqCampaignId=908&elqaid=1783&elqat=1&elq TrackId=bdddc51f972f460a8d4a07b52203ab92
  3. Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources Course is a two- to three-week InTeGrate teaching module that enables undergraduate students to identify the freshwater components of the hydrologic cycle and connect them to the basic need of all human beings for equal access to clean freshwater. This module is part of a collection that is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators. For more information, go to http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/freshwater/index.html
  4. With support from Chevron, the National Academy of Engineering has launched LinkEngineering, a dynamic new website designed to support implementation of preK–12 engineering education. At LinkEngineering, teachers, teacher educators, and school/district administrators will find tons of resources on the big ideas in engineering education and can connect with other educators to get feedback and share ideas. Learn more athttp://linkengineering.org/.
  5. Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources Course is a two- to three-week InTeGrate teaching module that enables undergraduate students to identify the freshwater components of the hydrologic cycle and connect them to the basic need of all human beings for equal access to clean freshwater. This module is part of a collection that is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators. For more information, go to http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/freshwater/index.html
  6. With support from Chevron, the National Academy of Engineering has launched LinkEngineering, a dynamic new website designed to support implementation of preK–12 engineering education. At LinkEngineering, teachers, teacher educators, and school/district administrators will find tons of resources on the big ideas in engineering education and can connect with other educators to get feedback and share ideas. Learn more athttp://linkengineering.org/.
  7. Engineering challenges, paper airplanes, cantilevers, submersibles, and a freeze ray—what do they have in common? They're all elements of the film Despicable Me 2 that could be used to prompt science-oriented conversations with kids who've just seen the latest Minions movie. Read more from Blick on Flicks about how to use the Minions craze to get students interested in science.http://www.nsta.org/publications/news/story.aspx?id=60179.
  8. The American Association of Chemistry Teachers has a variety of resources to help with classroom/lab safety. To learn more, go tohttps://www.teachchemistry.org/content/aact/en/classroom-resources/external-resources/safety.html.




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