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#STATGivesBack Initiative

STAT is first and foremost a community—a community of more than 6,000 educators and science advocates dedicated to inspiring discovery of the world through science. The work STAT members like you do every day in Texas classrooms makes the world a better place.

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2018 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education (NSSME+) Report Now Available

The Report of 2018 NSSME+ details the results of a nationally representative survey of 7,600 science, mathematics, and computer science teachers in schools across the United States. Areas addressed include: teacher backgrounds and beliefs; science, mathematics, and computer science professional development; science, mathematics, and computer science courses; instructional objectives and activities; instructional resources; and factors affecting instruction. Click here to access the full report.

Here are just a few data points from the report:

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CAST 2018 Recap and Resources

STAT's annual conference, CAST, truly explored new frontiers in 2018, and our members' excitement and passion for learning was — as always  inspiring. If you missed CAST this year or simply need a boost of inspiration, please take a moment to watch the CAST Recap video (below) and browse the CAST 2018 photo gallery.

STAT members, including our newest members joining us as part of their CAST 2018 registration, can now access session handouts from the conference.

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News: 2018 STAT Award Recipients

Congratulations to these outstanding educators!

The Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) is proud to recognize excellence in and dedication to the field of science education through its annual awards program. The STAT Awards Committee is honored to announce the following educators as STAT's 2018 Statewide Award recipients. Join us to recognize them Thursday, November 1, during the general session at the 2018 Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching.

Outstanding Science Educator of the Year Awards

The STAT Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year Awards recognize excellence in science teaching. The awards are presented to STAT members in the following categories:

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News: CAST 2018 Keynote Speaker

News: CAST 2018 Keynote Speaker

Dianna Cowern, Science Communicator and Creator of Physics Girl

STAT is thrilled to announce that Dianna Cowern, science communicator, educator and content creator for the one million-subscriber YouTube Channel Physics Girl, will speak at the CAST 2018 General Session Nov. 1 in Fort Worth. Dianna earned a bachelor of science in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before researching low-metallicity stars at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and designing an iPad app as a software engineer at GE. She then pursued her career in STEM outreach working as an educator at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, California, and as a physics outreach coordinator at the University of California, San Diego. Her work on Physics Girl has been featured in the Huffington Post and Slate Magazine and on Scientific American blogs. Check out Dianna’s YouTube channel. 

CAST 2018 registration and housing will open in late August. Stay tuned for announcements!

News: Apply for STAT Statewide Awards

News: Recognize Excellence in Science Education

Award Application Deadline: Sept. 5, 2018

STAT’s annual awards recognize excellence at all levels of science education, from first-year classroom teachers to university professors. Recipients are recognized during CAST and receive an honorarium, complimentary CAST registration and CAST travel reimbursement. Colleague nominations are due Aug. 27, and applications are due Sept. 5. Learn more.

News: CAST 2018 Scholarship Applications Open

CAST 2018 Scholarship Applications Open

Scholarship Application Deadline: Sept. 5, 2018

CAST is known across Texas (and across state lines!) as a celebration of all things science. Nearly 6,000 science educators gather each fall for three days of inspiration and idea sharing. Would financial support for travel, hotel or even a substitute make it possible for you to attend CAST? Consider applying for a CAST 2018 Scholarship! STAT is pleased to award $750 stipends to qualified members to be used as the recipient needs (for registration, hotel, travel, a sub, etc.). Scholarship applications are due Sept. 5, and recipients will be notified by Sept. 25. Apply today.

News: Two Texas Teachers Announced as PAEMST Recipients

TEA Press Release

Two Texas teachers announced as 2016 presidential teaching award recipients

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced that Denise Koontz, a teacher in the Keller Independent School District, and Misty Ruth, a teacher in the Pasadena Independent School District, have been selected as national winners representing Texas for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). PAEMST is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States.

“I congratulate Denise Koontz and Misty Ruth on this national recognition,” said Commissioner Morath. “These two teachers are representative of the outstanding work taking place in math and science classrooms all across our state.”

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News: Congratulations to the 2018-2019 STAT Executive Board

News: Congratulations to the 2018-2019 STAT Executive Board

The nine-member Science Teachers Association of Texas Executive Board is STAT's governing body and provides strategic, programmatic, and financial direction and oversight for the association.

In 2018, five positions on the Executive Board—President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary and two Member-at-Large positions—were up for election. The STAT Nominating Committee presented to members a slate of three officers and an election among six Member-at-Large candidates. Following a two-week voting period, the election concluded April 19.

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