Alaska Science Teachers Association
Science Teachers All Over the State Offer
Engaging Lessons to Kick Off the School Year
at Begich Middle School
Students are exploring and demonstrating the limiting factors for living species as well as cycling of nutrients
Students in Kindergarten
in Haines combining art with their science.
WHAT'S DOWN THERE?
Sitka Sound Science Center hosts Dr. Rachel Lauer, visiting scientist from University of Calgary, and SSSC Science Educators Janet Clarke and Kristina
Tirman who are spending the day with the 7th grade science classes at the Middle School. Here students look at a seafloor core from the Queen Charlotte
Fairweather Fault. This is the age students get turned onto the idea that they could make a living looking at things most people never see!
WE WANT TO SHARE YOUR ENGAGING ACTIVITIES--any grade! Contact Science Matters coordinator here to tell about it. We love photos. Be sure identifiable student faces have adult permission granted.
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
INTRODUCE A GIRL TO ENGINEERING DAY!
November 13, 2018. 8:45 A.M.-1 P.M.
Especially for girls in grades 6-8
Sponsored by Anchorage School District, Exxon Mobil, and Girls Scouts of Alaska
Excused absence granted by ASD and Mat-Su SD.
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!
MAKE PLANS TO GO TO AN AREA CONFERENCE THIS FALL!
National Harbor, MD November 15-17
"Science Education: A National Priority"
Monumental Challenge: STEM Equity, Diversity,
and Advocacy via NGSS
Freedom to Become Scientifically Literate
Cultivating Curiosity in the Capital Region
Charlotte, NC Nov. 29-Dec. 1
"Energize Science: Educate and Engage"
Illuminate Literacy Through Science
Amp Up Science Instruction
High-Voltage Science Strategies Beyond Standards
To inspire, promote and support excellence in
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.