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STAT Selects New Management Team

Dear STAT Members,

I wanted to take this opportunity to update STAT membership, stakeholders and supporters on the process to review proposals from association management companies, as was outlined in a previous STAT Flash.  I am pleased to announce that after a thorough and robust selection process, STAT has engaged Strategic Association Management (SAM), based out of Austin, TX, to assume operational leadership of our association. In 2017, STAT will celebrate the 60-year anniversary of our premiere event, CAST, and there is no better time to embrace the possibilities and look to the future then at this important milestone in our history.
We are confident that with the support of our new management team, STAT will continue to grow and identify novel approaches and strategies to accommodate the needs of our membership.

The STAT staff team will be led by SAM President & Partner JJ Colburn, CAE, who will serve as the STAT Executive Director. Colburn is a seasoned association executive with nearly 20 years’ experience in leading education associations in Texas, most recently having served as the executive director of the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented. Lauren Swetland, CAE, CMP, will once again serve as the CAST/Events Director. Additional strategic support will be provided by SAM Founder & CEO Megan Woodburn, CAE. Join us in welcoming JJ, Lauren, Megan and the entire SAM team, who will be introduced in future communications.

STAT would like to express its sincere appreciation to Hempstead & Associates for its service and leadership over the past 10 years and for helping to build a solid foundation for our association to move the next level.  Hempstead & Associates is working with SAM to ensure a smooth transition which will be ongoing during the month of March.

All correspondence regarding STAT or the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) should now be directed to:

                         Strategic Association Management (SAM)
                         c/o STAT  
                         401 W. 15th Street, Suite 695

                         Austin, TX  78701

                         Tel:  512-992-0715

                        JJ Colburn, CAE  (
Lauren Swetland, CAE  (

It’s my honor to serve as your president during this exciting time of transition. As always, please feel free to contact me directly with questions.  Thank you for your commitment to STAT and science education in Texas. 



Dr. George Hademenos, President
Science Teachers Association of Texas

CAST 2017 Proposals Deadline: May 1st

If you have been thinking about presenting at CAST this is the year to submit your proposal as the Science Teachers Association of Texas is celebrating its 60th Anniversary!  CAST 2017 will be held in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center, November 9 - 11, 2017. 

CAST is the largest state professional development conference in the nation and we want you to be a part of this incredible event.  WANTED teachers from Pre-K through College to give one hour workshops or three hour Short Courses.  Collaborate with your peers to exchange innovative ideas, share lesson plans, learn about new tools, engage in discussions to help improve classroom teaching and have fun!

The CAST 2017 Proposal Site will be open until May 1st, 2017.

Use the Proposal Scoring Rubric to prepare your presentation submission


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SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR FY 2017/2018 - Voting will be held March 27 - April 10.

                                                           Information on Candidates

President-Elect:         Terry White, District Elementary Science Lead (Coordinator), Spring Branch ISDVice President:                  Ann Mulvihill, PK-12 Science Coordinator, Irving ISD
Secretary:                  Melissa Gable, High School Chemistry Teacher, Crosby ISD
Member-At-Large:     Gianna Colson, 5th and 6th Grade Science Teacher, La Feria ISD
Member-At-Large:     Kayla Pearce, High School Science Teacher, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
Member-At-Large:     Linda Schaake, 5th Grade Science Teacher, El Paso ISD



HELP WANTED!  Sign-up and become a CAST 2017 Proposal Reviewer.  You will have the first opportunity to review and grade workshops and short courses submitted, all of the proposals will be within your discipline and best of all - everything is electronic and can be done wherever you have internet!  A rubric is provided to assist you with grading each proposal.  The review process will begin in late April with completion in mid-May.   Sign-up today - click HERE.



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