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TEA Science Bulletin 12-15-17
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December 15, 2017

Topics included in this bulletin:

  • Official Public Comment Periods
  • 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.

  • WeTeach_CS Foundations of Computer Science for Teachers
  • WeTeach_CS will hold a 2-day Certification Prep Face-2-Face workshop
  • Classroom Activities Searchable Online

Official Public Comment Periods

At the November 2017 State Board of Education (SBOE), the SBOE gave preliminary approval for the following proposals:

  • Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B, Graduation RequirementsThe proposed amendments to the Foundation High School Program graduation requirements would update the rules and align with recent legislative changes.
  • Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 110, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English Language Arts and Reading, Chapter 111, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Mathematics, Chapter 112, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, and Chapter 114, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English, Concerning International Baccalaureate Courses

The proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapters 110, 111, 112, and 114, would align the rules with current course offerings by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in English language arts and reading, mathematics, science, and languages other than English.

The official public comment periods for the proposals are now open. To view the proposals and submit public comments, visit

The SBOE is scheduled to consider each of these proposals for second reading and final adoption at its January/February 2018 meeting:

Public Comment Periods: December 15, 2017–January 29, 2018

Earliest Possible Date of Adoption: January/February 2018 SBOE meeting

National Youth Science Camps

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

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 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 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


Additional information is included as a courtesy to educators

WeTeach_CS Foundations of Computer Science for Teachers Spring Session

The spring session of WeTeach_CS Foundations of Computer Science for Teachers is now open for registration. The online CS certification prep course beings on January 9, 2018. This self-paced course is designed to prepare teachers to take the TExES 241 Grades 8-12 Computer Science certification exam. Course materials provide extensive detailed instruction, examples and practice on everything from introductory programming topics such as variables, functions, loops and logical expressions to more advanced topics such as data structures, recursion, and object oriented programming. Basic enrollment is FREE! Participants wanting to receive 40 CPE credit hours from The University of Texas at Austin upon completing the course can upgrade their enrollment. Upgraded participants will also have access to weekly quizzes and the comprehensive final, which mimics the actual 100 question CS certification exam.


More information / Registration:


WeTeach_CS Certification Prep Face-2-Face Workshop in Houston

WeTeach_CS will hold a 2-day Certification Prep Face-2-Face workshop in Houston on January 22-23, 2018. The purpose of the workshop is to provide teachers working towards CS certification with an overview of the educator competencies required of all teachers to become certified in Grades 8-12 Computer Science. This certification is necessary to teach courses such as Computer Science I, II or III, Fundamentals of Computer Science, or AP Computer Science A. Course instructors will address several competencies in depth and link attendees to additional resources that will help to prepare them to take the TExES 241 CS 8-12 Certification Test.


More information / Registration:


Classroom Activities Searchable Online

The Earth Science Week Classroom Activities page for more than 120 free learning activities is available. Activities are organized and searchable by various criteria, including specific Earth science topics. To find an activity for a lesson, educators may click on "Search Classroom Activities." Search by grade levels and among 24 categories of Earth science topics, from energy and environment to plate tectonics and weathering. This database-driven resource may be useful for supplementing a prepared curriculum, or for generating activities that address in-the-news events such as fossil discoveries and volcanic eruptions. See the Classroom Activities page.

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