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STAT ANNOUNCEMENT ON CAST 2020

STAT ANNOUNCEMENT ON CAST 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) is announcing today that the in-person Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST), that was scheduled to take place November 5-7, 2020, in Houston has been cancelled. Instead, STAT will deliver CAST 2020 as a virtual experience to be held over the same dates.

This was not an easy decision, but as an organization dedicated to advancing science teaching and learning, STAT leadership carefully considered all scenarios, data from scientists and guidance from public health officials. Ultimately, the significant challenges presented by COVID-19 and the health and safety risk to our attendees, exhibitors, speakers, volunteers and staff led all parties to conclude that it is impossible and irresponsible to hold our event as scheduled, so cancelling the in-person conference was the only responsible action.

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6.22.2020 – Update on the Science TEKS Review Process

6.22.2020 – Update on the Science TEKS Review Process

The Science TEKS Review & Revision process was temporarily delayed in March by the impact of COVID-19 on Texas schools, communities and TEA. In recent weeks, Work Group B has been convened, and the process has begun again. Work Group B is focused on high school courses and is currently meeting to create a draft for SBOE review. STAT representatives connected with TEA officials to get an update on the process.

We are pleased to report that STAT goals are continuing to be considered and implemented, as evidenced in the following Q & A with TEA. STAT is grateful for the collaborative nature of this process with stakeholders and Agency staff, guided by the thoughtful leadership from the members of the SBOE.

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STAT Releases Position Statement on Building Community through Racial Equality

STAT Releases Position Statement on Building Community through Racial Equality

With a backdrop of continued protests against systemic racism and social inequity, the Science Teachers Association of Texas grieves the continued injustices against people of color and the senseless loss of life. 

At this critical time, our association, representing more than 5,000 science educators of every background, is reflecting on how we can promote equity within science education while bringing more diverse voices into the conversation.

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COVID19-CAST2020

STAT Statement on COVID-19 & CAST 2020

With CAST 2020 scheduled for November, we are currently moving forward with our regular timelines, planning, and preparations. STAT leadership is diligently monitoring the situation as it unfolds and will adjust and communicate changes as necessary.

We plan to host an incredible event as we return to Houston, but the safety of our attendees, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff will always be paramount.

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STAT UPDATE – SCIENCE TEKS REVIEW

STAT Update

STAT UPDATE – SCIENCE TEKS REVIEW

STAT is thrilled to report a major success in the Texas science community, which is directly the result of efforts by STAT, the Texas Science Education Leadership Association (TSELA), and the Metroplex Area Science Supervisors (MASS). At the January 31 State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting, the board provided guidance to TEA staff and the science TEKS review work groups as they began work on recommendations to revise the science TEKS. Staff was instructed to provide the science work groups with A Framework for K-12 Science Education to be used as a resource to inform recommendations for revisions to the science TEKS.  

This is an exciting step in a positive direction. STAT would like to thank the SBOE for their support of great science teaching and learning and their willingness to engage with stakeholders who collectively brought this forward for consideration.

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News: 2019 STAT Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2019 Outstanding Science Educators 

Each year, STAT proudly recognizes excellence in dedication to science education through our annual award programs. The STAT Awards Committee is honored to announce the following educators as STAT's 2019 Statewide Award recipients.

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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The CAST 2019 Call for Proposals Will Open Soon!

The Call for Proposals for CAST 2019 presented by the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) will open in early April.

Each year, more than 5,000 educators and science advocates gather for the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, aka CAST, one of the nation’s premier science education conferences. CAST 2019 will take place Nov. 21–23 in at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

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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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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: 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: 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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