Welcome to Your Home for Science Education in Alaska
2019 ALASKA CROSS-CONTENT CONFERENCE
October 25-27 at West High School in Anchorage
There were energizing keynote speakers, engaging sessions led by peers, vendors sharing newest publications and equipment, social events and networking
Fill out an evaluation if you were there!
Membership meetings were held for
ASTA (science), ASLA (literacy), AFLA (world languages)
Brainstorming has begun for the next one in 2021.
to give input and to offer to serve on a committee
ANNOUNCING THE PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS
FOR EXCELLENCE IN MATH AND SCIENCE TEACHING 2017 AND 2018
2017 Jennifer Childress
Secondary Science at Diamond High School, Anchorage
2017 Josh Hall
Secondary Math at Diamond High School, Anchorage
2018 Dawn Wilcox
Elementary Science at Campbell STEM Elementary, Anchorage
2018 Angie Wright
Auke Bay Elementary, Juneau
For more information on how to apply for the PRESIDENTIAL
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MATH AND SCIENCE TEACHING
The 2020 nomination period is for elementary teachers and is open from now until May 1, 2020. Don't wait! 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!
If you have applied before, please note that there have been some changes made. These include the allowance of up to one break in their video, opportunity to respond to state-level reviews through an addendum in early June, more detail provided in instructions related to responding to the Five Dimensions of Outstanding Teaching prompts.
To all Science Educators in our diverse and challenging state:
You are appreciated!
Your work is some of the most important in all of human civilization, and that really is not an understatement. Science touches all human lives and what we know and what we figure out makes a difference: in our health, maintaining our roads, developing alternative energy, anticipating the weather, even choosing the right firewood.
The inspiration you bring to your students, the encouragement to dig into a subject and shed new light on it, the sharing of exciting news you have just discovered or the stories of an elder who is an expert in her landscape...it all matters. And as the new science standards begin to drive what you are doing in your classroom, you will see your students create and hear them wonder out loud, and watch their exchanges start to build a stronger tomorrow for all of us.
Please strongly consider joining ASTA this year, and NSTA (national), too, so we can strengthen our voices to build opportunities in science. We want to know what you need to put your best foot forward for your students and to enjoy the journey with them.
Patty Brown, ASTA President
THE MISSION OF ASTA
To inspire, promote and support excellence in science education.
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
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!
Summer Student Opportunities