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TEA Updates, August 4, 2016
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Texas Education Agency Updates

TEA Science Communications

Texas Education Agency

August 4, 2016

 

 

Greetings, Science Bulletin Members,

 

Topics included in this bulletin:

· Science Streamlining Meetings Process

· Science TEKS Streamlining Survey

As a courtesy to educators, the following notices are posted.

· Oceans of Data

· Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology

· Texas Medical Association Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching

· Texas Environmental Excellence Awards

· Captain Planet Foundation Grants

· National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Accepting Entries for Shell Science Lab Challenge

Science Streamlining Process

The State Board of Education (SBOE) has legislative authority to adopt the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for each subject of the required curriculum. In January 2016, the SBOE approved a process that will be used to streamline the science TEKS. SBOE members nominated educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers to serve on the TEKS streamlining committees. This page provides information regarding the streamlining of the science TEKS http://tea.texas.gov/Curriculum_and_Instructional_Programs/Curriculum_Standards/TEKS_Texas_Essential_Knowledge_and_Skills_(TEKS)_Review/Science_TEKS_Streamlining/.

 

Science TEKS Streamlining Survey

The streamlining process for the science Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) is scheduled to begin this summer. As part of the TEKS streamlining process, the Texas Education Agency on behalf of the State Board of Education will collect information from educators regarding the scope of student expectations for each grade level/course to inform the work of SBOE-appointed streamlining committees. Educators can access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sci_teks_streamline. The survey will remain open until September 19, 2016.

 

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As a courtesy to educators, the following notices are posted.

Oceans of Data

The Oceans of Data Institute helps people succeed in school, work, and life in a data-intensive world by helping students learn the skills and knowledge to be able to understand and make informed decisions using data. The website offers links to presentations, curriculum, and more. Additional information is available at

http://oceansofdata.org/.

Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology

This competition encourages students to undertake individual or team research projects that foster intensive research and improve their understanding of the value of scientific study, and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines. The deadline for submission is September 20, 2016. Additional information is available at

https://siemenscompetition.discoveryeducation.com/.

 

Texas Medical Association's Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching

 

The Texas Medical Association awards one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school science teacher $5,000 and their schools will receive a $2,000 award for science curriculum. Also, three additional science teachers will receive $1,500 each. Nominations are open through November 18, 2016. Additional information is available at https://www.texmed.org/teachers/.

 

Texas Environmental Excellence Awards

 

Applications are now available for the 2017 Texas Environmental Excellence Award. The awards recognize outstanding environmental projects in nine diverse categories from all over Texas, including education. The last day to submit an application is September 30, 2016. Additional information is available at http://www.teea.org/apply/.

 

Captain Planet Foundation Grants

 

Captain Planet Foundation Grants are available to U.S.-based schools and organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $3 million. The grants promote and support educational programs that enable youth to understand and appreciate their environment through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve schools and communities. The deadline is September 30, 2016. Additional information is available at http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/.

 

National Science Teachers Association Accepting Entries for Shell Science Lab Challenge

 

The annual Shell Science Lab Challenge Competition recognizes outstanding middle and high school programs for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources and raises awareness of the outstanding work being done in the science education field. Applications are now being accepted through January 23, 2017. Additional information is available at http://www.nsta.org/shellsciencelab/.

 


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