FAST Professional Development Information:


WELCOME TO THE FAST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEB PAGE:


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.


July 11-13, 2018

SPACE: Space Port Area Conference for Educators

Kennedy Space Center, FL

www.kennedyconference.org  

 Registration is now open for the first annual SPACE Conference, hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation.  Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts, and NASA science and engineering experts.  Tour the Kennedy Space Center and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.  Keep your fingers crossed for a launch to be scheduled during the conference dates!  This conference is for K-12 certified educators who are teaching in U.S. schools.  Attendees must be U.S. citizens.  








Florida Agriculture in the Classroom (FAITC)

Workshops

  • TO REQUEST A WORKSHOP AT YOUR SCHOOL OR SCHOOL DISTRICT CLICK HERE!

Upcoming FAITC Workshops and Farm Tours for 2017-2018 School Year: 

  • First Stop: Oct 9, 2017 Escambia County: Keep it Fresh: School Garden Workshop. 
  • Second Stop: Jan 4th, 2018 Jackson County: Teacher Training and Farm Tour                                     Florida Agriculture in the Classroom is hosting a Teacher Training at the Jackson County Agricultural Complex and Conference Center in Marianna, Florida. The workshop will feature curriculum connections on the dairy industry and how to incorporate agricultural components into classroom instruction! The morning session will consist of two farm tours highlighting the dairy industry so that participants can experience their local agriculture! The afternoon sessions will include curriculum, make ‘n takes and activities to share with students! Register Here! 

Save the Date: 2018 Summer School Garden Workshops!

June 4th and 5th 2018 Two-Day Workshop: Orange County                                                                                June 8th 2018 One-Day Workshop: Suwannee County

2017 Summer School Garden Two-Day Workshops – Resources CLICK HERE                                                2016 Summer School Garden Workshop – Resources Page CLICK HERE

Gardening for Nutrition Webinars – Webinars were presented to UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program, but can be used by formal and informal educators.

Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Training Workshops:

Florida Agriculture in the Classroom has trained facilitators around the state who can conduct a workshop in your area. Teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade who teach any subject and agriculture industry volunteers interested educating students about Florida agriculture are invited to attend these trainings, which last up to five or six hours and include lessons from Florida Agriculture in the Classroom’s two core curricula, “Gardening for Grades” and “Gardening for Nutrition.”  Both curricula are correlated to Florida State Standards, and the workshops would train you on how to present them to students.

The workshops and materials are free (or for a nominal fee for regional workshops & farm tours) to anyone who attends. Teachers who participate are eligible for professional development points. If you are interested in having a workshop scheduled in your area, please contact Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Executive Director Becky Sponholtz by emailing sponholtz@agtag.orgor the Education Program Manager Tracee Schiebel by emailingschiebel@agtag.org

Click here for More information

http://faitc.org/workshops/




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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