Alaska Science Teachers Association
Next Great NSTA Opportunity
National Conference on
Science Education

NSTA Conference 2017

Teachers and Students Seek

Lifelong Learning Opportunities

AK Schools Committed to STEM

Several School Districts in Alaska have revised their science curricula to incorporate standards circulated four years ago called Next Generation Science Standards. This framework guides curriculum development which adopts a "three-dimensional" approach to increase rigor and develop real and necessary characteristics of science and scientists. The three dimensions are Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Cross-Cutting Concepts.

North Slope School District under the Superintendency of Peggy Cowan was the first to go public in adopting the higher standards in August of 2013. School Board President Eva Kineeveauk was in strong support. She recognized the idea that presenting local students with challenging science content and skills provides greater opportunity and will complement the District's efforts to incorporate native ways of knowing.

Kenai Borough School District formally joined in December 2013. In spring of 2016, both Haines Borough and Fairbanks North Star Borough School Districts adopted science curriculum revisions that were aligned with the NGSS.


To inspire, promote and support excellence in

science education.


Advocate science literacy for all Alaskans.
Promote the exchange of information about science and science education among researchers, scientists, institutions, public leaders and science teachers.
Recognize indigenous knowledge and diverse ways of knowing about science and the natural world.
Encourage the development of a skilled and knowledgeable work force in science related careers.

Summer Student Opportunities

14 Jun 2017 • Bartow, West Virginia
16 Jun 2017 • Cascade Mts., Resurrection Bay, Southeast Alaska
09 Jul 2017 • University of Alaska Fairbanks

Student Competitions

14 Jun 2017 • Bartow, West Virginia

Professional Development

29 Mar 2017 • Mendenhall Glacier
03 Jun 2017 • Denali National Park and other Alaska sites
04 Jun 2017 • Pack Creek, Admiralty Island
29 Sep 2017 • Fairbanks, Alaska

2017 Alaska Cross Content Conference:

Math, Science, Literacy, Languages, Technology

in Fairbanks Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1, 2017

For Conference Website Click Here

Consider presenting your own knowledge and great ideas, nominating a keynote speaker, asking for travel support from your District, and, most of all, enjoying a crisp fall day in the Interior with other dedicated teachers.

Message from ASTA President

Welcome Back!
The 2016-17 year has many wonderful opportunities on the horizon. Our mission is to be a voice for quality science education in Alaska, empowering teachers and promoting student achievement. Our goal as an organization is to provide educators with a forum to discuss science and pedagogy. We are here to serve our members and to help network with other educators throughout the state. There are many ways for you to help promote our association and continue to bring science into the forefront of the minds of community members and stakeholders.

Some ways to be involved:

Help develop science curriculum for your district
Promote collaboration between the teachers of science and the teachers of other disciplines
Join SOS (Science in our Schools) group
Pursue various PD opportunities in your districts

Thank you and have a wonderful year!

Sincerely, Michelle Daml,
ASTA President

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