Welcome to Your Home for Science Education in Alaska
FROM THE PRESIDENT OF OUR ASSOCIATION
Dear ASTA Members,
I looked out the window this morning and noticed that for the first time in what seems like far too long, the light of the sun beamed down as the first school bell of the day went off. It reminded me of the short time we have with our students every year, but the lasting impact of our work.
Unfortunately, it seems science is continually being belittled or ignored in our current society and this brings a new urgency to our work. Add in the rampant growth of standardization in so many of our schools that pushes science to the sidelines and limits our youngest citizens from an experiential science education, and it could be argued we, as science teachers, are warriors on the front line to keep science at the forefront of our society. While this sounds like a daunting task, it is one we do every day through inquiry-based, experiential science teaching for all students, regardless of background or geographic location. And for this, I say thanks and keep up the good fight.
The 2019 Alaska Cross Content Conference will be coming to Anchorage this fall, October 25, 26, 27, 2019. Exact details are being worked out, but stay tuned for more information and how to register for this weekend filled with national speakers, presenters, and vendors. I hope to see you all there!
President, ASTA 2017-2019
It's Science Fair Season!
Alaska Science and Engineering Fair
March 29-31 at the Northway Mall in Anchorage
Attend or even consider expanding
your professional experience by volunteering!
Interior Alaska Science Fair
March 27-30 at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks
Don't miss the fun and a chance to learn from students!
SOME PAST CLASSROOM PROJECT GRANTS AWARDED
Cindy Fabbri in Fairbanks: Hydroponics as a model for inquiry
Rebecca Watts in Juneau: Trail camera to monitor wildlife movement
Michelle Ganoza: Building and programming robots
BIENNIAL CROSS-CONTENT CONFERENCE
COMING IN THE FALL
Science, Math, Literacy, World Languages
USEFUL LINKS FOR TEACHING
RIGOROUS AND RELEVANT SCIENCE IN ALASKA
K-12 Energy Lessons
Standards-based Curriculum for teaching about our aquatic resources in grades K-8.
Alaska Science Forum by Ned Rozell--short written pieces explaining Alaska phenomena
CONSIDER ATTENDING A NATIONAL CONFERENCE OR WORKSHOP THIS SPRING OR SUMMER!
PROUD OF OUR PRESIDENTIAL AWARDEES!
As announced on June 25, 2018
For more information on how to
apply for the PRESIDENTIAL
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MATH AND SCIENCE TEACHING
The 2019 nomination period is for secondary teachers, grades 7-12, is now open. The process of applying
is itself professional development in
its purest form, away from the oversight of administrators or actual instructors. It is a time for self-reflection and celebrating your
intrinsic gifts as a teacher. Keep science and math education moving forward and in the news!
To inspire, promote and support excellence in science education.
Summer Student Opportunities
Message from ASTA President
Wow! What an amazing cross-content conference. Thank you to the conference committee and everyone involved for such a transformative professional development experience. Anchorage will have big shoes to fill in 2019!
As we go through the holidays and into the new year there are exciting times ahead for STEM education in Alaska. Commissioner Johnson announced at the conference that DEED will begin a review of state science standards, most probably in January. This will be a busy time for ASTA as we advocate for the science education of ALL Alaskan students and ensure that not only are all student receiving rigorous and performance based science education, but also in a culturally responsive way.
As educators in and around the classroom, we know what is best for our students and need to make this known at the state level. Please stay tuned for opportunities to get involved.
I hope everyone is having a good school year. As usual, we are feeling the effects of decisions often made without our input, but I have the utmost confidence that Alaskan educators continue to do what is best for all Alaskan students day in and day out and know we can continue to be a force for positive science education reform.
Please do not hesitate to contact ASTA with questions or concerns.