Latest Opportunities for Teachers and Students

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  • 29 May 2017 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    2017 TSTA CONFERENCE AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
    November 9-11, 2017
    Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro, TN

    Why should educators attend a state conference? They want to find dynamic new ideas, hear about better techniques, and see examples of successful lessons to make their students want to learn! Consider sharing your ideas  and resources to help us all help our students.  TSTAneeds educators from all grade levels—kindergarten through higher education—to come and share their skills, ideas and activities in science with fellow teachers.  Proposals are being sought that will increase participants’ understanding and awareness of topics relating to content and pedagogical knowledge and best practices with a focus on any of the following: 

    • Integrating Literacy, Science and Math
    • Implementing 3-D Learning 
    • Building on Science for effective STEM Learning

    Presenters have two options for participation in the conference. On Thursday during the day, TSTA offers longer pre-conference workshops. If you want more time with teachers (2 hours or more), this may be your best option. Fill out the Pre-Conference Workshops Form. During Friday and Saturday, sessions are usually 45 - 90 minutes. Choose the Conference Proposal Form for this option. You also may choose to do both days. Fill out both forms and send in. The deadlines are different for each option. IMPORTANT: TSTA requires CODE OF CONDUCT FORM and AGREEMENT FORM to be included with any submissions. 

    Thursday: Workshops in morning and afternoon blocks
    Friday: Sessions all day, exhibit hall open
    Saturday: Sessions are morning only, no exhibitors

    Deadlines: 7/31/17 for pre-conference workshops, 9/23/17 for conference sessions

    See more at the webpage

  • 21 Apr 2017 1:39 PM | Anonymous

    Scientists responsible for the discovery of element 177 on the Periodic Table,and its naming as tennessine, were honored by the Tennessee Senate this week. The scientists included Dr. Robert Grzywacz, Dr. Krzysztof P. Rykaczewski, Dr. James Roberto and Dr. Joseph Hamilton. The discovery of tennessine, along with elements 113, 114, 115, 116 and 118, provides evidence for the long sought "island of stability," a concept that predicted nearly 50 years ago increased stabilities and much slower rates of decay for superheavy elements with higher numbers of neutrons and protons than those previously known. The presence of tennessine on the Periodic Table is also an affirmation of our state's standing in the international scientific community" as well as the knowledge and expertise of Tennessee's scientists and technicians. The recognition comes after passage of Senate Joint Resolution 2 by both Houses of the General Assembly and the signature of Governor Haslam. It pays tribute to the discovery and the roles of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee in it.


  • 22 Mar 2017 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    You can now apply to review items for the new science assessments based on the new state science standards.  Information and links for applications can be found here. http://tn.gov/education/topic/assessment-educator-opportunities


  • 04 Mar 2017 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    The EPA, USDA, and University of Arkansas have co-authored a guidance document to help K-12 schools perform food waste audits to determine their "foodprint" and baseline food waste data. In coordination with the release of the guidance document, the World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Research & Education Foundation, and EPA are sponsoring a food waste audit program for 100 schools. The first 100 schools that enroll will receive resources and materials to support the waste audit effort. Additionally, schools that enroll in the waste audit will have the opportunity to be randomly selected to win cash prizes to help supplement extracurricular program costs.

    Food waste is one of the most significant ongoing sustainability and public health issues facing Tennesseans. An estimated 40% of all food in the US goes uneaten, 25% of water use in the country goes towards growing that uneaten food, food waste comprises 21% of the waste stream destined for landfill disposal, it squanders 31% of all croplands, and 30% of all fertilizer used. In addition to the resources lost, 15% of all households in Tennessee are considered food insecure; meaning that more than 1 in 7 people in the state lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food. By encouraging schools to enroll in this program, students will be offered an experiential education opportunity to both assess their foodprint and learn about their impacts. Other schools around the nation that have performed food waste audits have identified opportunities to support food recovery efforts, benefiting those considered food insecure by diverting resources to their highest possible use (food recovery).

    This effort is supportive of Objective 4 of TDEC's 2025 Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan, as well as the state’s role as an Endorser of the EPA Food Recovery Challenge, in which we are tasked with encouraging organizations to enroll in the voluntary reporting program where they track their progress towards food waste reduction, recovery, and diversion.

    To enroll you school in the program please visit https://erefdn.org/school-cafeteria-waste/

  • 04 Mar 2017 2:19 PM | Anonymous

    Students investigate a climate issue and design creative games. 

    The PoLAR Partnership, NOAA, Zulama, and partners are excited to announce a new Climate Game Jam focused on the Arctic! The Jam will be held at multiple sites, offering a unique opportunity for students, educators, scientists, and game designers to work together on the development of climate game prototypes that span a range of platforms, topics, and audiences. 

    The Arctic Climate Game Jam will encourage the creation of new game prototypes that allow players to learn about the effects of as well as solutions to climate change in the Arctic through a science-based, interactive experience. The event offers participants the chance to work in design teams, learn science facts, consider how a changing Arctic affects us all, and produce engaging experiences for audiences of many ages. No previous experience with game design is necessary!

    Visit climategamejam.org for more details. 

    Interested in hosting a site for the Arctic Climate Game Jam?

    Site registration is now open at bit.ly/ACGJsite!

    As a site organizer, you have the freedom to decide on when and how your game jam will run (within the agreed upon timeframe), where it will be held, who your target participants are (students, scientists, game designers, etc.), how many participants you want to include, what specific Arctic themes you want to focus on, and what kinds of games you want participants to create (video game, card game, real world action game, etc.). To learn more, contact Jessica Brunacini at jbrunacini@ei.columbia.edu.

    Peg Steffen, Education Coordinator
    NOAA National Ocean Service
    1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    240.533.0880 office


  • 04 Mar 2017 2:15 PM | Anonymous

    On February 10th, at the Utah Science Teachers Association Conference, some great resources were introduced to attendees to help them implement new Utah Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) standards for grades 6-8 next school year. The SEEd standards are based on the K-12 Framework and NGSS (A crosswalk between SEEd and NGSS can be found at tinyurl.com/SEEdCrosswalk). I wanted to share them with all of you in hopes that they might help you in your work.

    1 - SEEd OER Textbooks: Work started for these text books last Fall and they are ready for teachers to see, download, and even order printed copies. The new books are aligned to the SEEd standards and each chapter starts with a phenomenon and have an aligned focus on crosscutting concepts. The USBE Science website has links to the electronic copies (on CK-12.org), formatted PDFs, and links purchase hard copies at http://schools.utah.gov/CURR/science/OER.aspx

    2 - Science and Engineering Practices & Crosscutting Concepts Posters: Susan Larson, a wonderful teacher in Utah’s Jordan School District, created 2 posters that can be used to graphically display the Practices and the Crosscutting Concepts. These posters are also found in the beginning of the new SEEd OER Textbooks. I have attached the files for these posters and so you can see and use them.

    3 - SEEd Storylines Website: Work has been done by a group of Utah school districts to both unpack the SEEd standards as well as create lessons (they call episodes) and unit maps (they call storylines). This work is found on the website https://www.seedstorylines.org/. This site is a work in progress that will be updated and improved based on teacher feedback.

  • 11 Feb 2017 3:10 PM | Anonymous

    For more information contact Christina Fox, at Christina.Fox@tn.gov

  • 03 Feb 2017 5:42 PM | Anonymous
    The Tennessee Geographic Alliance, in conjunction with ESRI (the world’s leader in GIS software) and the Geography Department at the University of Tennessee, are partnering to host a mapping contest for middle and high school students. 
    All middle school (Grades 6-8) and high school (Grades 9-12) students are eligible to participate (public school, private schools, home school)
    • One teacher from each participating school must register at the official mapping contest website https://sites.google.com/utk.edu/tn-ago-contest byWednesday April 5, 2017
    • Students may produce maps as part of a class or an after school activity. All student maps must be created using an ArcGIS Online Organizational account as a Story Map. Full contest guidelines available here.
    • Each participating school selects up to 5 submissions from each division (middle and high school) for the statewide competition. Entries must be submitted by3:00 PM Eastern Time Friday April 21, 2017.
    • A panel of judges will score the submissions and post the results in May. The top 5 middle school submissions and top 5 high school submissions will each receive $100 gift cards.
    • The top 5 submissions in each division will be sent to ESRI for judging. ESRI will announce the national winners by 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Monday June 5, 2017. ESRI will provide a travel grant for the top high school and middle school submissions to the 2017 ESRI Education GIS Conference Saturday July 8 - Tuesday July 11, 2017. 

    Full contest details, guidelines, information, registration, and scoring rubrics are available online at https://sites.google.com/utk.edu/tn-ago-contest/.


  • 16 Dec 2016 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    The ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant supports high school chemistry teachers as they identify and pursue opportunities that advance their professional development and enhance the teaching and learning of chemistry in their classrooms.

    High school chemistry educators teaching in U.S. or U.S. territory schools can apply to request up to $1,500 to fund professional development opportunities that will improve their professional skills and student achievement. Grants may be used for conference or workshop registration fees; travel expenses; tuition and educational expenses for new/upcoming courses; books and online instructional resources; and substitute teacher pay.

    Applications for the ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant must be submitted by January 4, 2017visit the grant website for complete eligibility details and an online application form.

    You may also be interested in the ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grant, which supports ideas on improving the teaching and learning of chemistry at the classroom level, or the ACS ChemClubs Outreach Grant, which support chartered ACS ChemClubs in community interactions by service projects or improving science learning experiences. Questions? Contact us at hach@acs.org or (800) 227-5558, ext. 8178.

  • 16 Dec 2016 2:21 PM | Anonymous

    Seeking middle school science teachers who:

    • enjoy the creativity in teaching

    • are eager to share ideas with colleagues

    • are excited about networking with peers from across the U.S.

    • would like financial and academic support for great ideas

    Through a grant from the National Stem Cell Foundation, The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University is pleased to offer the NSCF Scholars Program for the second year. Ten middle school science teachers will spend June 4 - 10, 2017, at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where they will engage in hands-on and minds-on science activities, connect with speakers and thought leaders in STEM education, learn with skilled science educators, and develop a creative Challenge Project for classroom implementation. Each scholar will receive a Chromebook and funding for Challenge Project supplies and materials.

    NSCF Scholars will share midpoint progress with their colleagues while attending the National Science Teachers Association annual meeting in March 2018 in Atlanta. Mentoring will be provided throughout the year by Western Kentucky University faculty.

    All expenses, including travel costs, materials, mentoring and Challenge Project supplies will be covered by a grant from the National Stem Cell Foundation.

    Application Deadline January 9
    Learn more & apply at

    wku.edu/gifted/nscf


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