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Volume 56, Number 3

August 2012

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• CAST 2012 Sneak Peek: Get Your Geek On! • STAT Award Winners • A Framework for K-12 Science Education has Arrived! • ...and much more!

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The Official Newsletter of the Science Teachers Association of Texas


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About Us We are STAT, the Science Teachers Association of Texas. STAT is committed to the enhancement of the teaching of science in Texas at all levels and in all science disciplines.

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For STAT Position Statements, go to: http://www.statweb.org/positions

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STAT is: o A statewide organization of elementary, middle level, and high school teachers, college educators, supervisors of science, and others dedicated to maintaining the highest levels of science and education in our schools. o A chapter of the National Science Teachers Association. o Visit the NSTA site

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STAT seeks to: o Serve as a unified voice for the science teachers of the state. o Keep science teachers and other members informed about current trends in science education. o Provide opportunities for members to examine technology, curriculum, materials, and services. o Inform members of local, state and national meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops related to sciences. o Cooperate with other science oriented organizations and teacher associations in the promotion of teaching of science.

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History: STAT, Science Teachers Association of Texas, was formally organized in 1957 during the 4th Annual Conference for the Advancement of Science & Mathematics Teaching (CASMT). STAT membership is now more than 7,000 strong!

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Calendar..............................................................5 President’s Message .........................................6 Musings of a Board Member ........................9 On the Brink of Success ................................10 Framework for K-12 Science .........................12 Summer Science in Belize .............................14 Free Video Resources .....................................15 CAST 2012 Sneak Peek ..................................17 STAT Award Winners ....................................26 Call for Officer Nominations ........................27 STAT Contacts .................................................28 Elected Officers ....................................28 Appointed Positions ............................28 Standing Committees ..........................29 Affiliate Congress ................................30 Texas State Board of Education .........31

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Your students February need STEM. February STATellite February 15

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September CAST 2013 Planning Kickoff Party Click here to RSVP by email September 15, 10am - 12pm Harris County, Dept of Education Cast Early-Bird Deadline September 30 October CAST Housing Rates Cut-Off Date October 15 National Chemistry Week October 21-27 TSAAPT Regional Meeting October 25-27 Lubbock, TX CAST Registration Deadline October 31 November CAST 2012: Get Your Geek On! November 8-10 Corpus Christi, TX

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STAT Officer Elections February 15 Science Teachers Day at the Capitol February 21-22 Austin, TX STAT Board Meeting February 22-23 Austin, TX

March ISEA Annual Conference March 4-6 Port Aransas, TX

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A Message from President Kamas I love this time of year the excitement of a new school year, the anticipation of meeting new students, the redesign of bulletin boards and classrooms, catching up with friends and colleagues and all that goes with the start of school. There is a buzz in the air - it is so energizing!

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After a very busy summer of delivering and attending professional development, it felt good to be back at work, officially. The STAT board spent nearly a week in Albuquerque, NM at the National Congress on Science Education hosted by NSTA, where the focus was the Next Generation Science Standards. During Congress, we met several times as a board to continue our work on the STAT Strategic Plan. You have a hard-working board, dedicated to making STAT an organization that serves science educators well. We have several exciting events in the works for our members, beyond our yearly conference. Stay tuned-in to your STATellites and STATflashes for details!

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Speaking of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the second draft is currently underway. You may wonder how that affects you. The easy answer is that the NGSS will not affect you directly, but there will be components that Texas science educators can use and learn from. In my opinion, the more important document for Texas is The Framework for K-12 Science Education. This document created the foundation for writing the new standards and should serve as a research-based guide for

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teaching and learning science and engineering. The Framework provides a description of the content and a sequence of learning, but you won’t see specifics in the Framework. What you will see are three dimensions in which science education should be built around. The first dimension is scientific and engineering practices, the second is crosscutting concepts, and the third being the core ideas in physical, earth and space, life, and engineering, technology, and applications of science. Crosscutting concepts will be familiar to most teachers since we have used unifying concepts for many years now. The crosscutting concepts are very similar. Do systems, patterns, models, structure or function sound familiar? Those are a few of the crosscutting concepts that are also present in the TEKS. The practices are similar to our current process skills. See if you can find a few process skills found in the TEKS such as use models, analyze and interpret data, construct reasonable conclusions, plan and implement investigations, ask questions, in the Framework practices listed below: Framework Practices 1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering) 2. Developing and using models 3. Planning and carrying out investigations 4. Analyzing and interpreting data 5. Mathematics and computational thinking 6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering) 7. Engaging in argument from evidence 8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information


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I have found that the Framework provides more detail and elaboration than the TEKS, but there are many similarities. The last dimension includes the core ideas in each of the disciplines, physical, earth and space, life, and engineering, technology, and the applications of science. These core ideas are meant to develop over time. Notice the emphasis on engineering and technology in the practices and in the core ideas. You will hear much more about the Framework and the NGSS as the year progresses. You can download a free copy of the Framework from the National Academies Press at www.nap.edu. Another great resource for getting familiar with the Framework is The NSTA’s Guide to A Framework for K-12 Science Education By Harold Pratt, available at www.nsta.org/ngss. The second draft of the Next Generation Science Standards is due out for public comment in late fall. STAT has taken an active role in participating in the public comment process.

On November 8th, 2012, Corpus Christi will welcome enthusiastic science educators from all over the state of Texas for another fantastic CAST. The field trips look sensational this year, well worth your time and there are many great speakers and presentations planned. Are you ready to “Get Your Geek On?” Registration opens again on August 15th. The CAST app was popular last year, but look for the new and improved app this year. It may seem early, but CAST 2013 in Houston is already in the works. If you have never served on a CAST committee, it is not too late. All you need to do is e-mail and let me know. We will also have a CAST Kickoff Party on September 15th for all who want to be a part of making history. Don’t miss it! Serving on the CAST Planning Committee is great fun. Check the STAT website and watch for email notifications.

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• Includes review of Grades 3–4 TEKS tested at Grade 5 • Practice tests are provided and aligned to the STAAR schematics on the TEA website: 60–65% Readiness Standards and 30–35% Supporting Standards - TWO complete practice tests for Grades 6–8 and high school - THREE complete practice tests for Grade 5 in ENGLISH and SPANISH

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• STAAR practice is organized by Reporting Categories so that teachers can easily determine strengths and weaknesses of students

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Musings of a Board Member By Kiki Corry, STAT Member-at-Large

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electing me to represent you on the STAT Board of Directors. As a board memberat-large (not a large board member – that’s entirely different), my responsibilities are to participate on committees and “duties as assigned”. It is an honor and duty that I do not take lightly. I thought you might like to know what I have done since I took office. I hosted the annual international Project WILD Coordinators’ meeting which took place in Galveston that very week this year. I do hope I represented Texas educators with your passion and expertise so that my counterparts from around the country went home saying, “Those Texans really do know their science and how to teach it!” I attended the STAT Board meeting at the National Congress for Science Education which was hosted by NSTA. We have an active, enthusiastic, and solidly grounded board focusing on both long-range strategic goals as well as the short-term, immediate work of preparing for CAST 2012 in Corpus Christi. (Get Your Geek On!) In addition to meetings, I facilitated the writing of the Texas Natural Resources/ Environmental Literacy Plan. This plan will focus, support, and coordinate efforts across the state to help Texans understand and appreciate the natural systems that make Texas so great. I also attended the NSTA/NSELA Summer Leadership Institute in Austin. Science educators and educational leaders came from all over the country to learn about the Next Generation Science Standards and A Framework for K-12 Science Education. While Texas will always have our own standards and assessments, these two new documents – with their research-based backbone – will definitely influence science teaching in the future. Please view me as a resource. I work at a science-rich agency with resources and biologists I only dreamt of when I was in the classroom. Education is mission-critical at Texas Parks and Wildlife. If I don’t know how to help you, I’ll find someone who does. Kiki Corry, Project WILD Coordinator, Texas Parks and Wildlife kiki.corry@tpwd.state.tx.us (512) 3894369.

Buzzword Bingo & Alphabet Soup Have you noticed how words can get tossed around and around and around until regardless of Merriam Webster they take on a meaning of their own? Or how about that flood of acronyms sprinkled into conversations until you are afraid to admit you don’t actually know what they are? STAT – The Science Teacher’s Association of Texas: If you are receiving STAT Flashes and the STATellite, you are one of the 6500 or so members. STAT is a non-profit with a board elected from you and by you, the members. CAST – The Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching: This is the annual conference that STAT puts on for science educators in Texas. NSTA – National Science Teacher Association: The national association of which STAT is the Texas state chapter. Headquartered in Washington DC, NSTA is a resource for publications and news about national science education. NSELA – National Science Education Leadership Association: The national association of which Texas Science Education Leadership Association is the state affiliate. This is an organization of leaders in science teaching – both in the classroom and in administrative positions.

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On the Brink of Success By Barbara ten Brink, PhD

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Science, Grades 3-8 §112.10. Implementation of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, Elementary, Beginning with School Year 2010-2011. The provisions of §§112.11-112.16 and §§112.18-112.20 of this subchapter shall be implemented by school districts beginning with the 2010-2011 school year and at that time shall supersede §§112.2-112.7 and §§112.22-112.24 of this subchapter.

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In this article, I have laid the grade levels side-by-side for the purposes of seeing the vertical progression of science education philosophy and science pedagogy articulated in the Knowledge and Skill sections of each tested grade level: Grades 3-8.

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A bolded Readiness Standard or Supporting Standard is included for each TEKS/SE tested on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™).

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You may view the full report on the TEKS progression here. Also included is a report on average STAAR™ results by ISD. which you may view here.

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We are proud to support excellence in science teaching. We’re also proud to offer Texas teachers effective TEKS–aligned K–12 science programs designed to engage students in active learning.

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Verne Isbell – Northern Texas 817-239-4493 verne.isbell@schoolspecialty.com Joan Lyles – Southern Texas 210-287-8263 joan.lyles@schoolspecialty.com

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A Framework for K – 12 Science Education has Arrived! By Kevin Fisher, TSELA Past President

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Implementation of the 2010 Science Texas

Essential Knowledge and Skills has brought several challenges to science educators as they meet the requirements of the document. The science processes are expected to be integrated with science content throughout the lesson. Student expectations are more rigorous than in previous documents. Educators have to prepare students for success on the STAAR assessment. Not to mention, students need to receive a 21st Century science education. The National Research Council has recently published A Framework for K -12 Science Education. The framework is designed to provide resources to move all science education into the 21st century. The vision is that over multiple years of school, students will be actively engaged in science and engineering practices, apply cross cutting concepts, and deepen their understanding of core ideas in science and engineering fields. The vision also promotes two major goals for science education: (1) educating all students in science and engineering and (2) providing foundational knowledge for those who will become the scientists, engineers, technologists, and technicians of the future. The framework has three dimensions: (1) Science and Engineering practices that are used to establish, extend, and refine knowledge. The practices are to be integrated with content. (2) Crosscutting concepts that are fundamental to understanding the different disciplines and serve as unifying themes within and across disciplines. (3) Disciplinary Core Ideas that represent the essential knowledge in each area. The framework has several guiding principles: (1) Children are born investigators. (2) A limited number of core ideas to allow for deep understanding. (3) Understanding develops over time. (4) Science and engineering require knowledge and practice. (5) Connecting to students’ interests and experiences. (6) Promoting equity.

The beginning of this article focuses on some of the challenges in the implementation of the Texas Science Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). From the brief overview of the framework that has been presented, it should be apparent that the framework and TEKS documents have complementary goals. Science educators in Texas should view the framework as a viable resource to enhance science presentations in classrooms across the state. The document allows educators to easily access to research based practices and resources that will increase student comprehension and involvement in science and engineering. In the near future look for information from the Texas Science Education Leadership Association (TSELA) and the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) that will enable science educators to seamlessly integrate the frameworks into science instruction. The framework is a resource that can be added to your toolkit that will assist in development of exemplary science lessons.


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Our new Vernier LabQuest 2 interface puts scientific data-collection technology into your students’ hands and is compatible with your existing Vernier sensors and software. Explore science in the lab and in the field with full-color clarity, touch-screen ease, and breakthrough, versatile technology. Features include: • High-resolution touch screen • Perfect for both field studies and laboratory experiments • High-contrast screen setting makes it easy to see the screen while outdoors and in bright light • Wireless connectivity for mobile devices • Built-in GPS facilitates mapping data in Google Maps or ArcGIS through Logger Pro Go to www.vernier.com/labquest2 for complete details and to find free workshops in your neighborhood.

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Summer Science in Belize By Lynn Seman

Who said that teachers take the summer off? Not me!

This summer I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a research project in Belize with a wonderful group of Math and Science teachers through the Texas Tech University MS2 program.

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Eleven teachers from all over Texas spent 10 days researching coral reef fish species thanks to a grant from the Greater Texas Foundation and Texas Tech. We were investigating whether the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is actually making a difference for fish species conservation. During the 10-day trip, we snorkeled areas outside of the reserve and then similar areas inside the reserve along the 2nd longest reef in the world, the Belize Barrier Reef which is part of the Mesoamerican reef. While snorkeling, we counted our assigned fish species including parrotfish, angelfish, grunts, and many more species. Currently, we are working on the data analysis part of the research project with the expert guidance of Dr. Mark McGinley, Associate Professor of Biology with Texas Tech Honors College. We were able to experience “real” science firsthand and participate in an exciting night snorkel, night seining, and meet local children from the area. Some of the highlights of the trip include swimming with nurse sharks and stingrays, holding an octopus, witnessing sea turtles grazing on turtle grass, a visit from a pod of dolphins, and collaborating with each other on actual research techniques.

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As we work on our reports from the trip, we are still in amazement from all that we experienced from this life-changing experience. What better way to spend time off this summer? To read more about the adventures the MS2 team had in Belize, check out the blog.

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Educate Students About Water for Wildlife By Cappy Smith, Aquatic Resource Education Specialist, Texas Parks and Wildlife

dents about our natural resources and the complex processes that create healthy ecosystems. As an informal educator and board member of the Informal Science Education Association, a STAT affiliate, I depend on your efforts and value the partnership that we share in creating science literate citizens. Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) is offering resources to assist you in the task of understanding Texas’ water, our most valuable natural resource.

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Over the past six years, TPWD has produced “The State of Water” documentary series exploring the crucial issues facing water for Texas, including allocations for wildlife and aquatic habitats. This series was shown on PBS stations around the state. Our recent drought, continued population growth, and increasing demands on limited water resources make this topic more important than ever. In an effort to continue to utilize these wonderful documentaries and educate others about these issues, we are encouraging schools to use these videos in their classrooms and in extended learning opportunities such as after-school clubs and family science “movie nights.”

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As science teachers you play a vital role in educating stu-

Videos include: “Texas: The State of Water,” “Finding a Balance,” “The State of Springs,” “The State of Flowing Water,” and “The State of the Gulf: America’s Sea.” The “State of Water Video Screening Toolkit” is available on-line to assist you in using videos or hosting a screening. The toolkit has questions to encourage discussion and “Save Water For Wildlife” pledge cards to encourage wise water use by the participants following the screening. The toolkit includes fillable publicity flyers and a media release to make publicizing the event a snap. If you aren’t familiar with the videos, learn more at the website: http://www.texasthestateofwater. org/ The latest video, “The State of the Gulf: America’s Sea” can be seen on the website. The State of Water Video Screening Toolkit and related forms can be found at http://www.texasthestateofwater.org/

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Interested? Contact Cappy Smith at cappy.smith@tpwd.state.tx.us or 512-389-8060 for additional information or to receive the videos. There is no charge for the videos, but supplies are limited. Most high school libraries already have the set so please check first. Only one set per campus.

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First Time Attendees Coffee Hour Registration & Tote Bag Pickup CAST Information Booth Open Field Trips Workshops & JAM Sessions - Session 1 Short Courses Exhibit Hall Opens Workshops & JAM Sessions - Session 2 Workshops & JAM Sessions - Session 3 Short Courses Workshops & JAM Sessions - Session 4 Workshops & JAM Sessions - Session 5 Workshops & JAM Sessions - Session 6 Free Social Event: The Great Planet Earch Debate Live Rock Band and Multimedia Educational Event

Registration & Tote Bag Pickup CAST Information Booth Open Field Trips Workshops & JAM Sessions - Session 7 Exhibit Hall Opens Short Courses Workshops & JAM Sessions - Session 8 Workshops & JAM Sessions - Session 9 Short Courses Workshops & JAM Sessions - Session 10 Keynote Speaker: Danny Forster Free Social Event: Special Film Screening of The Revisionaries with Director Scott Thurman

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Open Your Eyes and Home to the Wonderful World of ICES International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) is seeking local families interested in hosting International High School Students, ages 15-18, from Europe, Asia, Latin and South America for the 2011 – 2012 School Year. Students have their own spending money and insurance, and a local Area Representative provides supervision and support. Hosting an exchange student is a rewarding way to experience another culture without ever leaving home! In addition, ICES Host Families are eligible for a tax deduction.

“Think global, act local.” Become a host family. For more information please contact us: at 1.888.887.9915 or email at jread@icesusa.org or go to our website www.icesusa.org

TMA Rewards Outstanding Science Teachers!

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Winning teachers and their schools receive generous cash prizes! Make sure your community is represented by applying today! Visit the program Web site at www.tmacares.com to apply by December 29, 2012. For more information, call TMA at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1600.

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REGISTRATION The Early Bird gets the worm! Visit the CAST Registration Site for full details.

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Early Bird Registration (August 15 – September 30): $120

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Advance Registration (October 1 – October 31): $150

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Regular Registration (November 1 – November 8): $165

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Family Member (w/ purchase of full registration): $50

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Saturday Only: $55

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HOUSING The Omni Bayfront is the Official Host Hotel of the CAST 2012 Conference.

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Friday, November 9th - 3:45pm American Bank Center Level 1, Selena Auditorium Danny Forster, chief architecture and engineering expert for Discovery Education and host of the SCIENCE series Build It Bigger, will share his experience traveling the world in search of incredible feats of architecture and engineering and discuss the science behind the structural design of buildings from around the globe. He also will discuss the importance of STEM education to develop the curiosity, critical thinking and reasoning skills necessary to meet the technology challenges that lie ahead in the world.

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Fifteen people influence what is taught to the next generation of American children. Once every decade, the highly politicized Texas State Board of Education rewrites the teaching and textbook standards for its nearly 5 million schoolchildren. Texas is ground zero for the textbook wars across the country. Our film confronts the critical issue and key players in the Texas State Board of Education’s textbook standards revision process and how this impacts the entire US education system.

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“My fifth grade science teacher created this energy, sparking my imagination and interest in science and so I sought to produce a short portrait of a science teacher in Texas that’s also moving minds with an intense and electrifying message. At the time, I discovered a survey stating that half of the American public did not accept the theory of evolution and so I decided to focus my film on a Biology teacher and the lessons on evolution.” -Scott Thurman, Director

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The goal of THE REVISIONARIES is to illuminate the political wrangling behind the board that has gone on since the 80’s, and bring attention to this largely overlooked, yet vitally important group of people. The Texas State Board of Education is a modern, moral battleground in the national debate between conservatives and liberals in this country. THE REVISIONARIES gives a face and a personality to these political fights.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kino Lorber

“[A] gripping and important film for anyone who cares about the future of public education.” -Chris Vognar, The Dallas Morning News

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STAT Awards Winners

Congratulations to Our STAT Award Winners! Rookie - Outstanding Science Teacher Calendar President’s Message

Kelsey Slaughter Frenship High School; Frenship ISD

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Elementary School - Outstanding Science Teacher

Jennifer Wright Regina-Howell Elementary School; Beaumont ISD

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Middle School - Outstanding Science Teacher

Aimee Ayers OL Slaton Middle School; Lubbock ISD

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High School - Outstanding Science Teacher

Lara Holbert Frenship High School; Frenship ISD

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Distinguished Leadership in Science Award

Becky Lindsey Secondary Science Curriculum Coordinator; Crosby ISD Skoog Cup

Dr. Louis Jacobs Southern Methodist University

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Nominate a STAT Officer Make your voice heard and make a difference for science teachers in Texas by taking a leadership role with STAT.

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Each officer serves as a voting member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. Below is a listing of the offices and the duties of each office: President-Elect: Assists with conference planning, serves as chief executive officer in the absence of the STAT President. Vice President: Chairs Membership Committee.

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Treasurer: Serves as chief financial officer, supervises financial transactions, maintains accurate financial records, and provides monthly financial reports to the STAT Board of Directors.

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Secretary: Keeps accurate minutes of the STAT Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings, provides a regular reporting of the minutes to the Board, and writes correspondence as directed by the Board.

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Member at Large: Performs ad hoc responsibilities at the discretion of the President. To nominate someone for STAT Office, please visit the nomination site and email the nomination form to stat@bizaustin.rr.com, or send to our address listed. Nominees will be sent a packet, which must be completed and returned to the Nomination Committee in order to be considered for election. The deadline for nominations is September 15th, 2012.

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Phone: (512) 491-6685

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President: Sharon Kamas 281-328-9200 ext. 1234 president@statweb.org

Past President: Ross Ann Hill (806) 892-1900 pastpresident@statweb.org

President-Elect: Donald Burken (713) 723-0273 presidentelect@statweb.org

Treasurer: Terry Ward (817) 305-6741 treasurer@statweb.org

Vice President: Lola West (806) 677-5187 vicepresident@statweb.org

Secretary: Jo Anne Jackson (806) 766-1162 secretary@statweb.org

Members At Large: Kiki Corry George Hademenos Denise Hill

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Appointed Positions

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Executive Director: Chuck Hempstead

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TEA Representative:

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Awards Committee Chair – Ross Ann Hill rahill@idalouisd.net

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Chair – Patsy Magee magee@beaumont.k12.tx.us

Legal/Legislative Affairs Committee Chair – Sandra West sw04@txstate.edu

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Chair – Ross Ann Hill rahill@idalouisd.net

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Chair – Lola Henning lola.henning@esc16.net

Archives Committee Chair – Karen Hewitt hewittkaren@yahoo.com

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Chair – Donald Burken donald.burken@springbranchisd.org

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Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas

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Jamie Flint

Amy Moreland

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Texas Association for Environmental Education Lisa Brown

Texas Council of Elementary Science Deborah Rang

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Texas Earth Science Teachers Association

Texas Marine Educators Association

Lexy Bieniek

Marolyn Smith

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Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers Paul Williams

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Texas Science Education Leadership Association Kevin Fisher

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SBOE District 1 - Charlie Garza

SBOE District 10 - Marsha Farney

SBOE District 2 - Mary Helen Berlanga

SBOE District 11 - Patricia Hardy

12453 Tierra Cipres Dr. El Paso, Texas 79938 (915) 630-2427

2727 Morgan Avenue Corpus Christi, TX 78405 (361) 881-1000 (361) 881-1028 fax

P.O. Box 99 Georgetown, Texas 78627 (512) 966-6771 900 North Elm Weatherford, TX 76086 (817) 598-2968 (817) 598-2833 fax

SBOE District 3- Michael Soto

SBOE District 12 - George Clayton

SBOE District 4 - Lawrence A. Allen, Jr.

SBOE District 13 - Mavis B. Knight

2034 W. Kings Hwy. San Antonio, TX 78201 (210) 685-8378

2130 Vermillion Oak St. Fresno, Texas 77545 (713) 203-1355

SBOE District 5 - Ken Mercer P.O. Box 781301 San Antonio, TX 78278-1301 (512) 463-9007

SBOE District 6 - Terri Leo 23516 Twin Oaks Dr. RR#5 Spring, TX 77389 (281) 257-0832 fax

SBOE District 7 - David Bradley 2165 North Street Beaumont, TX 77701 (409) 835-3808

526 Tiffany Trail Richardson, Texas 75081 (972) 834-3618 6108 Red Bird Court Dallas, TX 75232 (214) 333-9575 (214) 339-9242 fax

SBOE District 14 - Gail Lowe

11 Chris Avenue Lampasas, TX 76550 (512) 556-6262 (512) 936-4319 fax

SBOE District 15 - Bob Craig

P.O. Box 1979 Lubbock, TX 79408-1979 (806) 744-3232 (806) 744-2211 fax

SBOE District 8 - Barbara Cargill 61 W. Wedgemere Circle The Woodlands, TX 77381 (281) 465-8095

SBOE District 9 - Thomas Ratliff P.O. Box 232 Mount Pleasant, TX 75456 (903) 717-1190

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