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Due to continuing COVID spread, the CONFERENCE has been postponed to October 2022.

Stay tuned for details.

Learn New Science Standards for Alaska

through this WEBINAR SERIES

Available as free recordings

January 27-February 12 from 3:30-5:00
Awareness of Science Standards for Alaska
Introduction with Dept. of Ed and ED staff
By Teachers for Teachers

Note: Recordings have transcription attached

Introduction Recording

Grades K-2 Recording        Grades 6-8 Recording 

Grades 3-5 Recording             Grades 9-12 Recording

Link for Description

Alaskan teachers and communities bid farewell and wish a smooth trail to lifelong educator Susan Smith, most recently of Takotna, who passed away in early August. She was the quintessential adventure-seeker, connecting easily to new places and experiences and to her students. She sought to present lessons in a way more like "real life" where subjects are not separated. For example, using math to support making sense of science. We will miss her.   

A big loss from the University of Alaska Fairbanks community was felt earlier in the summer when Neal Brown, most recent honoree of the Emma Walton Distinguished Service Award, passed away as well. He was well-known for his ability to engage youth as well as adults in scientific phenomena, both in everyday machines and the kind that are harder to explain, like the Aurora.

Interview from KUAC.

For UAF professor emeritus, wonders of the aurora never cease | Latitude 65  |


To all teachers of science in the Last Frontier 2021-2022:

Thank you all so very much for your tenacity, compassion, and the ability to model the resilience and flexibility we all need to navigate these challenging times.

Even as we are postponing the biennial conference that is the Cadillac of our professional development efforts most years, plans are underway to reach out to teachers and offer up bite-size talks and experiences to enhance your science education efforts and to share what other organizations are providing.

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 Past (and Acting) President 2021-2022

Click this link for membership options

For more information on how to apply for the PRESIDENTIAL


or nominate someone else, go to PAEMST or contact Joey Jigliotti for science or Sandy Schoff for math. There are mentors available to help guide you in the intricate process.

The 2021 nomination period is for elementary teachers and is open from now until March 1, 2022. Applications are due April 1, 2022. 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.



CHOHLA MOLL: My students come from over 100  villages and   leave their families, communities, and cultures to get an education at my school. We are their teachers, but we are also much more. In all that I do, I try to make the sacrifice they and their families have made worth it. I represent my family, the community that raised me, and my school community. This award is a symbol to my students and my children that if you do what you love and you love what you do, you can be successful and have fun doing it!

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