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TEA SCIENCE COMMUNICATIONS

December 13, 2017

Topics included in this bulletin:

  • Revised STAAR Grade 8 Science Reference Materials
  • Future Professional Development Requirements for CTE Math and Science Courses
  • Professional Development Offerings to be Removed for CTE Math and Science Courses
  • National Youth Science Camp
  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
  • Annual TEEAC Providers Meeting

Additional information is included as a courtesy to educators.

  • National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine Gulf Research Program Grants
  • 2018 Texas STEM Conference
  • Science Fair Session at AAAS Conference in Austin

Revised STAAR Grade 8 Science Reference Materials

Revisions to the STAAR Grade 8 Science reference materials have been posted on the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=2147502750&libID=2147502744. The Periodic Table has been updated to reflect the latest IUPAC Periodic Table of the Elements. This periodic table will be used on the May 2018 test.


Professional Development Offerings to be Removed for CTE Math and Science Courses

With the adoption (2015) and implementation (2017) of new and revised CTE TEKS, the following professional development (PD) courses are no longer current and will be removed from Gateway Courses on December 29, 2017.

  • Advanced Animal Science
  • Advanced Biotechnology
  • Advanced Plant and Soil Science
  • Engineering Design and Problem Solving
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Food Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Statistics and Risk Management

The PD courses listed above must be completed by the close of business Friday, December 29, 2017, to receive a certificate of completion. If you have completed one of these courses and need a certificate, log into the system at https://www.texascourses.org/ and download a copy before the course removal date.

 

All other CTE PD courses will remain published.


Future Professional Development Requirements for CTE Math and Science Courses

Recent actions by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and the State Board of Education (SBOE) have revised the rules found in 19 TAC Chapter 231, Requirements for Public School Personnel Assignments, Subchapter C, Grades 6-8 Assignments, and Subchapter E, Grades 9-12 Assignments. These new rules will take effect on December 17, 2017.

 

Beginning with the 2019-2020 Year

Effective with the 2019-2020 school year, all teachers assigned to teach CTE courses for mathematics or science credit shall participate in new Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching the courses. Additional information about this approved training will be available on the TEA website in the coming months.

 

2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Years

Pending the new approved training, CTE teachers who are not certified in science and who wish to teach one of the CTE courses for science credit may want to complete the online course titled “Science Safety for High School.” Science or math teachers who are not certified in CTE and who wish to teach one of the CTE courses for mathematics or science credit may want to complete CTE 101. CTE-certified teachers may complete CTE 101, if they wish. Both online professional development courses can be found in Gateway Courses (www.texascourses.org).

 

Other Important Information

The revised teacher assignment rules contain other important changes in addition to the ones mentioned above. All district personnel responsible for assignment of teachers are encouraged to review the revised 19 TAC Chapter 231, Subchapter E at: https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Laws_and_Rules/SBEC_Rules_(TAC)/Adopted_State_Board_for_Educator_Certification_Rules_-_Subject_to_SBOE_Review/


National Youth Science Camp

Two talented graduating seniors will be selected to represent Texas at the 2018 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC). Student delegates attend the STEM and outdoor adventure program, at no charge. Travel is included. The students also spend several days in Washington, DC.

 

Applications are currently open. Applications will close on February 28, 2018 at 6:00pm EST.

 

The dates of NYSC are planned for June 27 - July 21, 2018. Only students who can attend the entire session should plan to apply.

 

Additional information is available at http://apply.nysc.org.


Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The 2017-2018 nomination and application windows for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program are now open. Teachers of grades K-6 mathematics and science are encouraged to sign up to apply. The PAEMST awards are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

 

The 2017-2018 nomination window will close on April 1, 2018, and the application window will close on May 1, 2018. Teachers may be nominated for the award or may apply themselves at www.paemst.org. If you know great teachers, encourage them to join this prestigious network of professionals. In Texas, eligible teachers who submit a completed application by May 1, 2018 will receive 25 CPE hours.

 

For questions, contact Jo Ann Bilderback, Luis Salinas, or Liz Baker at tx_paemst@tea.texas.gov or 512-463-9581.


Annual TEEAC Providers Meeting Registration

On Friday, January 12, 2018, representatives from environmental education programs such as zoos, parks, museums, institutions of higher education, and nature centers will meet in Austin at AIR headquarters for updated information that is designed to help their staff members work more effectively with schools throughout the state.

 

Date: Friday, January 12, 2018
Time: 9-4 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Place: AIR Headquarters, 4700 Mueller Blvd, Austin, TX

Registration: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=jggw9fvab&oeidk=a07eevl4l1d866f0887


Additional information is included as a courtesy to educators

National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine Gulf Research Program Grants

The Gulf Research Program seeks to increase the scientific and environmental literacy and problem-solving skills of children and youth with a focus on service, project, or problem-based learning opportunities on topics that are relevant to GRP's initiatives. Proposed projects for this grant opportunity should engage children and youth in ways that can help to ensure that the next generation of informed citizens, scientists, engineers, and decision-makers understand the socio-environmental challenges and opportunities in their local communities and have the capacity to address them.

Additional information is available at Education Grants for Advancing Scientific and Environmental Literacy

 

2018 Texas STEM Conference

The 2018 Texas STEM Conference in Galveston will take place at Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center on February 1-3, 2018. Educators will have an opportunity to learn about STEM technologies, STEM best practices, and model STEM schools as well as strategies for developing successful partnerships. Keynote speakers include Sylvia Martinez, author of Invent To Learn.

Dates: February 1-3, 2018

Register at: www.TXSTEM.org

 

Science Fair Session at AAAS Conference in Austin

A symposium on science fairs will be presented at the American Association of the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Austin. The conference will take place February 15-19.

https://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2018/meetingapp.cgi/Session/17220

The Science Teachers Association of Texas

 

 

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