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Volume 56, Number 4

December 2012

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• Science Teachers Day at the Capitol • Photos from CAST 2012 • ...and much more!

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The Official Newsletter of the Science Teachers Association of Texas


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About Us

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We are STAT, the Science Teachers Association of Texas.

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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 techonology, 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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February TESTA Earth Science Conference February 23 Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugarland, TX

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January American Meteorological Society’s Educational Outreach Initiative January 6-9 Austin, TX

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Next Generation Science Standards Second Draft Review January 12 Austin, TX

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MHCTA Meeting January 19 Houston, TX

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February Science Teachers Day at the Capitol February 21-22 Austin, TX

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Region V Mini-CAST February 23 Orange, TX March ISEA Annual Conference March 4-6 Port Aransas, TX April NSTA National Conference April 11-14 San Antonio, TX July STAT Summer Leadership Institute Galveston, TX July 7-9


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A Message from President Kamas It is hard to believe that 2013 is right around the corner! I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to a little time to get caught up. We had an incredible CAST in Corpus Christi. It took many phenomenal volunteers and the entire city of Corpus Christi, but it was well worth it. Hats off to Ross Ann and the 2012 committee!

If you haven’t sent your feedback about CAST, it isn’t too late. We want to know what your favorite sessions are and what you love most. Who is the speaker you have always wanted to hear? What is the one thing that would make CAST your best experience? Your feedback helps us plan better for the next year.

I loved meeting so many of you. Thank you for stopping by the 2013 booth and taking time to speak wtih me (and grab a cool water bottle). I had a blast at the first timers’ breakfast. Danny Forster from Build it Bigger was a terrific keynote speaker. If you missed the documentary, The Revisionaries, you missed some Speaking of next year, planning is alcritical insight to the Texas State Board of ready underway for our return to HousEducation and how decisions are made ton. Appetite for Instruction: Keep the about education in Texas. Bunsens Burnin’ will be here before we A few of the highlights for me were know it. Remember that it takes a ton of meeting Dr. Jacobs and the other award volunteers to make CAST great so conwinners, catching up with friends and tact me and let me know what role you colleagues that I don’t get to see often want to play. There are committees that enough, and hearing my name over the work before the conference and commitloud speaker to wish me a happy birthtees that work during the conference. day! Trust me, you will love it! When you 5


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get involved, your entire CAST experience takes on a whole new meaning. I cherish the people I have met though STAT and value the professional learning I have been fortunate enough to engage in. We have two new exciting member benefit events coming up. The first one is Science Teachers’ Day at the Capitol on February 21st and 22nd. We must continue to advocate for science. Our second event is the Summer Leadership Institute, July 7-9. This will be a family friendly good time in Galveston at the historic Tremont Hotel. More details are coming soon! Space will be limited for both events. Stay tuned to the STAT website for registration.

The second draft of The Next Generation Science Standards is scheduled to be released for public review the first week of January. If you aren’t familiar with NGSS yet, I encourage you to review the standards and give feedback. You can also be a part of the STAT informal team. Check the STAT website for more details. The Next Generation Science Standards are based on The Framework for K-12 Science Education, developed by the National Research Council. The Framework provides key scientific ideas and practices that all students should learn before leaving high school. The Framework is a must read for all science educators. For more details, visit http://www.nextgenscience.org/ and http:// www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13165 Be sure to follow STAT on Twitter and “Like Us” on Facebook. We want to hear all about the great things happening in your classrooms and districts. You can also follow me on Twitter @sharonkamas.

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Good cheers and best wishes. May your holidays be merry, bright, and restful! Sharon Kamas President, STAT

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STEMscopes™ | K-12 Digital Science Curriculum

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1/10 students did not pass the biology EOC

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DAY AT THE CAPITOL

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February 21-22, 2013 Wyndham Conference Center Austin, TX

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Are you concerned about public education funding? Would you like to see appropriations for new science textbooks? There’s strength in numbers, so join us this February in Austin for the first ever Science Teachers Day at the Capitol! We will book visits with your representatives and meet with chairs and staff for the public education committee. If you care about the future

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• Next Generation Assessments: Effectively Measuring Student Learning

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• Next Generation Elementary Science: Building the Foundation

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• Next Generation Special Populations: Improving Science Instruction to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners

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• Next Generation Technology: Putting the “T” in STEM

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ATTENDEES CAN ACCESS:

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• A wide range of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and Common Core sessions

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• 2,000 sessions, workshops, field trips, and short courses for K–16 educators • Content development and ready-to-use teaching techniques

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FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER, VISIT WWW.NSTA.ORG/CONFERENCES/2013SAN

• Exhibit Hall featuring new products and giveaways from more than 400 exhibitors • NSTA Science Bookstore with 100s of professional development books; attendees receive a 20% discount

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The most powerful, connected, and versatile data-collection device available for STEM education.

AWARD-WINNING TECHNoLoGy LabQuest 2 and the Connected Science System win Worlddidac Award LabQuest 2 wins a Readers’ Choice Award from eSchool Media

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READ THE REVIEWS: Tech & Learning – “Vernier’s LabQuest 2 can build interest in science, make experiments come alive, and deepen understanding of complex concepts. The affordable handheld tool supports student-centered, inquiry-based learning…and critical analysis as budding scientists use real tools to conduct real-time investigations….” – Carol S. Holzberg, Ph.D. Scholastic Administrator’s Tech Tools – Grade: A, “A bargain. LabQuest is a modern-day science lab that fits in the palm of a hand.” – Brian Nadel

Assistive Technology – “With the LabQuest 2, Vernier has transformed the way teachers need to think about teaching science in the classroom and provided them with an easy and powerful solution for capturing data in real time.” – Brian Friedlander Ph.D. NSTA Blog – “It seemed obvious that the LabQuest 2 would be a real game changer in the data collection space, but after our field test, it seems more that the LabQuest 2 has invented an entirely new game.” – Martin Horejsi

Read the full reviews of LabQuest 2 and the Connected Science System at www.vernier.com/labq2

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STAT Award Winners

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Rookie - Outstanding Science Teacher

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Kelsey Slaughter Frenship High School; Frenship ISD

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Elementary - Outstanding Science Teacher Jennifer Wright Regina-Howell Elementary School; Beaumont ISD

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Middle School - Outstanding Science Teacher

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Aimee Ayers OL Slaton Middle School; Lubbock ISD

High School - Outstanding Science Teacher

Lara Holbert Frenship High School; Frenship ISD

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Distinguished Leadership in Science Award

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Becky Lindsey Crosby ISD

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Cuba Bird Watching Tour By Alton Biggs

In October I was fortunate to have been asked to represent Holbrook Travel on a trip to Cuba. Be-

cause I’d previously led trips for Holbrook to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Machu Picchu in Peru and Costa Rica for the Texas Association of Biology Teachers, they thought I would be a good person to “handle the money” that would be needed to pay for guides, meals, tips, etc. Because not many people get a chance to visit Cuba I didn’t feel I could turn the request down. The particular trip I accompanied was sponsored by the Audubon Society. The trip had two main purposes – to interact with the people of Cuba and to see the birds and other wildlife of the area. There were ten people in the group, including myself, and we were able to visit a surprising number of localities, including urban and rural, highlands and lowlands, caves and islands. The people of Cuba seemed extremely friendly and the birding was excellent. I’d go back in a heartbeat. (left) During the first day of the trip to Cuba we visited an urban park in Havana. Schoolchildren there are working on a project called “Birds in the City” and they shared with the group some of their work to secure habitat for birds and other wildlife. (below) One of the primary reasons for the visit was to sight as many birds as possible. On the second day I photographed the Cuban Trogon (Priotelus temnurus), the national bird and an endemic species, in one of the dry forests of the island. Endemics are found nowhere else in the world, and we got to see several of them among our 130+ bird sightings.

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Cuba Bird Watching Tour (cont’d.) (right) Early morning mists cloaked the valleys of the Escambray Mountains in the center of Cuba. It was near this area that we visited a limestone cave where Che Guevara headquartered during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was interesting to see the building that had been constructed for Guevara inside the cave and his bed that is still found in one the building’s rooms.

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(left) The Zapata wren (Fermnia cerverai), another endemic species, is the only member of its genus. This brownish bird was spotted in the dense shrubs of the marshy wetlands. The Zapata Peninsula is found on the southern side of Cuba.

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(below) We visited the Korimakao Project, an experimental art foundation set up in the Zapata Swamp. Talented artists of various disciplines come to the area to work on their specialized art forms. The group was treated to a mini-concert by a group that has been making music together for approximately four years. The musicians seemed to enjoy the event as much as those of us in the audience.

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(left) Our group visited Cayo Coco a long island just to the north of the main island of Cuba as Hurricane Sandy came across the island. The wind howled, but we were far enough away from the main storm that we didn’t experience its full wrath. While on Cayo Coco I was able to photograph still another endemic species of bird, the Gundlach Hawk or Cuban Black Hawk (Buteogallus gundlachii).

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(right) We made a stop in Sancti Spiritus, UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pastel buildings reflected the Spanish influence, an seeing this Cuban cigarsmoking old man in front of his donkey lent an idea of the town’s culture. Cubans are a generally happy people and music fills the air in the evenings and accompanies almost every lunch and dinner meal.

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Alton Biggs taught for 32 years in Texas public schools, retiring from teaching in 2003. He continues as a coauthor of several textbooks for McGraw-Hill Education. Biggs has served in leadership roles in STAT, TABT, TAEE, and NABT, presently serving on the board of TABT. He is an Honorary Member of STAT, NABT, and TABT and has won awards including the Texas Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA), the Virginia Woods Award and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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Celebrating 15 Years with the 15 Greatest Hits, 1997-2012

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Classroom Activities

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Virtual Special Issue Journal of Chemical Education (JCE) classroom activities provide you with a fun, effective way to engage your students with hands-on science. JCE has published over 100 ready-to-use Classroom Activities in the last 15 years, all using everyday items available at the grocery or hardware store.

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

CAST is over and we’ve all

had time to get back into our normal routines. I’d like to share my reflections of CAST from the perspective of the STAT Board – the host of the conference. First, just to clear up any misconceptions, the board did not spend the week in a board room eating bonbons and spinning around in big, puffy, rolly chairs. (Although if we did, you know we couldn’t resist comparing rotational velocity and mass because we don’t even know how to have fun without including science.) We arrived on Tuesday of CAST week and held a full, normal STAT Executive Committee meeting; conducting business and making longer range plans before addressing the immediate needs of the week. Wednesday morning, I briefly visited the TSELA meeting before heading over to the convention center to unload boxes in preparation for CAST check-in. All those bags and programs and notepads…. giant heaps and piles of boxes…. It was totally worth it to be able to hand the bags as you arrived with your preprinted nametag and cheerfully assure you that there really was no line to stand in.

way to feel the pulse of a conference than to help people find their way. Those brief encounters tell volumes about what is and is not working for the participants. Of course I was blown away by The Great Planet Earth Debate on Thursday night. I am always so inspired when I see art and science combined. Friday both the keynote by Danny Forster and the screening of The Revisionaries were phenomenal. By Saturday most questions at the information booth revolved around where to stand in line to get your hours validated. Again it was a pleasure to show you how the problem was solved for no lines. In spite of the fact that I paid full registration, didn’t see a single workshop, short course or field trip and only sprinted across the exhibit hall a couple times, I had a fabulous time! Simply serving and being in the same place with thousands of the best science teachers in Texas is a rush that lasts all year. Those of you who came – Thank You! And those who were not fortunate enough to make the trip his year, start planning now to join us next year in Houston. Until then, Keep the Bunsens Burning!

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Teachers, Principals and District Awards

Teachers can win $5,000 to $25,000, with a matching grant for their school. Principals can win $10,000 with a $25,000 grant for their school. School districts can win $50,000 or $100,000.

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Early Childhood Award

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The H-E-B Excellence in Education Early Childhood Award is designed to provide funds to public or private schools that focus on the care of children under the age of five.

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One winner will be selected to receive a $25,000 grant!

Visit heb.com/education today to submit your application. All applications must be submitted by January 11, 2012.

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The core of who we are as Texans lies in the

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sustenance, history and culture built around our natural world. The future of our natural and cultural resources depends on every one of us having a sense of place and our role in that place. Therefore a group of educators – formal, informal and higher ed – sat down to chart a path to natural resource/environmental literacy for Texas. A couple dozen writers were convened from all over the state, other states’ plans were collected and compared, and the Texas Natural Resource/Environmental Literacy Plan was born.

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The vision statement encapsulates the goal of elevating appreciation and knowledge that leads to personal commitment.

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All Texans value Texas’ natural resources, know the principles of natural resources stewardship and live sustainably.

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This lofty task was broken down into six goals. Each addressed a different aspect or audience: Community, Formal Education, Informal Education, Professional Development, Funding, and Assessment. On January 15, 2013 in San Antonio there will be a Summit to unveil the plan and identify first steps and leadership for implementation. For information about the plan or the summit check out the Texas Association for Environmental Education website.

Buzzword Bingo & Alphabet Soup by Kiki Corry Literacy – According to Merriam Webster online, literacy is the state of being able to read and write. So what about all the other literacies that are tossed around like ping pong balls? I have come to interpret literacy as more than just reading and writing, but having a deep, functional competency. For some, “science literacy” is the ability to read and write science content, which falls far short of what is outlined in the Benchmarks for Science Literacy from which I learned to teach. Is there a definitive definition for literacy? As best I can tell the answer is no. When it comes to ___-Literacy, whoever is making the case defines what they are talking about. Or, often, intentionally does not define it, rather leaving the meaning open to individual interpretation. In the case of natural resource/environmental literacy the writers of the Texas Natural Resource/Environmental Literacy Plan (NR/ELP) describe it as “… the knowledge, skills and ability to understand, analyze and address major natural resource opportunities and challenges.” For me the take-away message is: Never assume you know what someone is talking about when they use the word literacy. Also don’t expect them to be able to define it exactly. Listen to how they use it in context and adjust your response accordingly.

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FREE Event 6–9 January 2013 AMS 93rd Annual Meeting Marriot Courtyard & Residence Inn 300 E. 4th Street Austin, Texas

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Click Here for the Full Flyer and Registration Details As part of the American Meteorology Society’s (AMS) 93rd Annual Meeting to be held in January 2013 in Austin, Texas, the AMS is hosting a bold Educational Outreach Initiative to K-12 science teachers. This is an opportunity to connect teachers with some of the most innovative and forwarding thinking scientists, researchers, operational meteorologists, educators, student and other weather enthusiasts in our Nation, and to create a partnership to enhance our Nation’s ability to understand the causes of and response to severe weather events.

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STAT Standing Committees

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

Nominations Committee

Chair – Sandra West sw04@txstate.edu

Chair – Ross Ann Hill rahill@idalouisd.net

Membership Committee

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

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Archives Committee Chair – Karen Hewitt hewittkaren@yahoo.com

Policy & Procedures Committee Chair – Donald Burken donald.burken@springbranchisd.org

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Mailing Address: 5750 Balcones Dr., Ste 201 Austin, TX 78731

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Phone: (512) 491-6685

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Fax: (512) 873-7423 www.statweb.org stat@bizaustin.rr.com

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President: Sharon Kamas (281)-604-7000 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 Melana Silva

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Executive Director: Chuck Hempstead (512) 491-6685 stat@bizaustin.rr.com

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TEA Representative:

Irene Pickhardt Curriculum Division: Science (512) 463-9581 irene.pickhardt@tea.state.tx.us

Assistant Executive Director: Lauren Swetland STATellite Submissions: (512) 491-6685 lauren@statweb.org

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ACT

Science Teachers Day at the Capitol CAST 2012 Photos STAT Award Winners CAST 2013 Cuba Bird Watching Tour Musings of a Board Member Natural Resource / Environmental Literacy Plan American Meteorological Society Educational Outreach Initiative Contacts

TABT

Texas Association of Biology Teachers Matthew Wells

ISEA

Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas

Informal Science Education Association

Amiee Modic

Amy Moreland

amodic@sbcglobal.net

amy.l.moreland@gmail.com

TAEE

TCES

Texas Association for Environmental Education Sally Wall

Texas Council of Elementary Science Deborah Rang

mwells@springisd.org

swall@gccisd.net

deborah_rang@roundrockisd. org

TESTA

TMEA

TSAAPT

Texas Earth Science Teachers Association

Texas Marine Educators Association

Gail Gant

Marolyn Smith

ggant@sjs.org

marolyn.smith@yahoo.com

Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers Paul Williams

pwill@austincc.edu

TSELA

Texas Science Education Leadership Association Kevin Fisher

kfisher56@msn.com

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Contents Barbara Cargill, Chair Bob Craig, Vice Chair Mary Helen Berlanga, Secretary

Calendar President’s Message Science Teachers Day at the Capitol

SBOE District 1 - Charlie Garza

SBOE District 10 - Marsha Farney

CAST 2012 Photos

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

STAT Award Winners

Cuba Bird Watching Tour

SBOE District 12 - George Clayton

SBOE District 4 - Lawrence A. Allen, Jr.

SBOE District 13 - Mavis B. Knight

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

Musings of a Board Member

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

Natural Resource / Environmental Literacy Plan

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

American Meteorological Society Educational Outreach Initiative

900 North Elm Weatherford, TX 76086 (817) 598-2968 (817) 598-2833 fax

SBOE District 3- Michael Soto 2034 W. Kings Hwy. San Antonio, TX 78201 (210) 685-8378

CAST 2013

P.O. Box 99 Georgetown, Texas 78627 (512) 966-6771

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

Contacts

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

Need to find your state legislators? Search by zip code at:

http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us 30

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