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  • 15 Feb 2017 4:53 PM | Anonymous

    TO HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS:
     
     
    The KSU chapter of Sigma Xi (a scientific research society and publisher of American Scientist)  has for a number of years given an annual award to an outstanding secondary science teacher.  One of the missions of Sigma Xi is supporting education, and we feel that recognizing excellence in secondary science teaching in our state is an important expression of this mission.

    Over that last several years we have received a large number of excellent candidates and it is a challenge each year to select only one or two awardees.  

    The award winners in the last few years were:


    2016 Mr. Adam Robb - Moundridge High School, Moundridge

    2015 Ms. Josephine Reno - Central Middle School, Kansas City
    2015 Mr. Gabriel Dalton - Highland Park Highschool

    2014 Ms. Miranda Forgey - Hope Street Academy, Topeka

    2014 Mr. Jeremy Mohn -  Blue Valley Northwest High School

    2013 Mr. Jeff McFarlane - JC Harmon High School

    2012 Ms. Susan Arnold - Maize High School
    2011 Ms. Brenda Bott - Shawnee Mission West High School
    2011 Mr. Dan Whisler - Sterling High School
    2010 Ms. Janice Crowley - Wichita Collegiate High School
    2009 Ms. Carrie Newdigger - Macksville High School
    2008  Ms. Lyric Cairns - Salina South High School
    2007 Mr. James Enneking - Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
    2007 Ms. Laurie Cleavinger - McLouth High School
    2006 Mr. Duke Harman - Eisenhower Middle School, Manhattan
    2005 Ms. Jan Cyr - Blue Valley North High School
     
    Nominations for the award (by administrators, principles, or other teachers) should be sent to me (e-mail or regular mail) by March 20.  Please feel free to renominate outstanding teachers who were not selected for awards in previous years.  The simple nomination form is included below.  

    Thank you for your support of quality science teaching in Kansas!

    Keith Miller
    Chair: Science Educator Award Committee
    KSU Chapter Sigma Xi


    ________________________________________________________________________________

    NOMINATION FOR

    EXCELLENCE IN SECONDARY SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHING


     
     
    Candidate’s Name ______________________________________________________________

    Candidate’s School _____________________________________________________________

     
    School Address ________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________
     
    School Telephone Number _______________________________________________________
     
    Candidate’s Home Address _______________________________________________________________

    _______________________________________________________________
     
    Candidate’s Home Telephone _____________________________________________________
     
    Candidate’s Teaching Specialty  ___________________________________________________
     
    Candidate’s Length of Teaching Service _____________________________________________
     
    Candidate’s Degrees (Degrees, Years, Colleges):
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________

    ______________________________________________________________________________________________

    ______________________________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________
     
    Nominator’s statement of achievement on behalf of the candidate:
     (Attach statement to this form.)
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Return to:  Dr. Keith B. Miller, Committee Chair, Dept. of Geology, 108 Thompson Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506  by March 20, 2017, or e-mail to keithbmill@gmail.com
  • 15 Feb 2017 4:43 PM | Anonymous

    We recently (2014) updated the Science and Our Food Supply: Food Safety from Farm to Table. It is available to download from this site - http://www.fda.gov/food/foodscienceresearch/toolsmaterials/scienceandthefoodsupply/default.htm. And, you can always order paper copies from Isabelle – best way is to send her a direct email – isabelle.howes@graduateschool.edu.

     We also have a new Middle Level Nutrition Curriculum - Science and Our Food Supply:  Using the Nutrition Facts Label to Make Healthy Food Choices – that is only available by download from the website above.

     Finally we have an Edmodo Group – Food Science & Nutrition. You are most welcome to join the group. We have a wonderful library filled with additional resources to use with both the food safety and nutrition programs. To join, go to https://www.edmodo.com, register as a teacher, and request to join the group. The code is w5q6mp.

     I also wanted to ask your help in getting out the word about the summer program – yes we are funded for another year. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please direct them to our online application - http://www.teachfoodscience.org/apply.asp.

     Thanks so much for your support of our programs and please don’t hesitate to send along any questions or concerns.

     Sincerely,

    Mimi Cooper

    Training Facilitator

    FDA Food Safety and Nutrition Programs

    mimicooper@verizon.net

    978-766-0107
  • 14 Feb 2017 12:08 PM | Anonymous

    K-State is now offering a convenient online format for those of you wishing to obtain two different advanced degrees:  

  • 13 Feb 2017 10:04 PM | Anonymous

    Kansas Citizens for Science, a long-time partner with KATS, announces scholarships of $100-275 to be awarded to attendees for KATS Kamp this spring.

    KCFS realizes that KATS Kamp is the premiere professional development opportunity for science teachers in Kansas. We therefore want to provide the opportunity for increased numbers of K-12 teachers to attend.

    Early career teachers who have district/building mentors are encouraged to have their mentors apply also. If an early career teacher is awarded a scholarship, their mentor will receive one also. We want such teams to be able to work together at Kamp. An early career teacher may, of course, apply even if no mentor applies.

    KCFS will provide scholarships based on the following criteria:
    • Teachers who will be first time Kamp attendees.
    • Early career teachers.
    • Teachers whose district provides no support for attendance.
    • Teachers who will agree to attend one of the sessions sponsored by KCFS
    • District/building mentors of early career teachers

    Award recipients will be expected to apply knowledge obtained at Kamp in their classroom.
    Applicants do not have to meet all the above criteria, but these are the criteria which will be used to determine scholarship recipients.

    Please submit this form no later than February 28th, 2017. The form is at http://www.quia.com/sv/733006.html

    Questions should be sent to cheryl.shepherdadams@gmail.com

    . Recipients will be contacted after March 15 by email.

  • 06 Feb 2017 2:20 PM | Anonymous

    Exploration Place February Happenings!

     Judges needed for the 2017 Wichita Regional Science and Engineering Fair February 17, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch included. For more details: http://exploration.org/programs/science-fair/

     Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival and Discover the Ice Age now open. Visit website for more details: www.exploration.org For field trips & more: http://exploration.org/programs/teachers/

     11th Annual Death By Chocolate is February 25, 2017. For details: http://exploration.org/support/death-by-chocolate/


  • 01 Feb 2017 8:23 AM | Anonymous

    STEM Classrooms and Competitions:  Asking Questions and Defining Problems – Inquire Today 

     

    The first course of four in ESU’s 12-credit hour information, technology, and scientific literacy certificate program will be offered again this summer, May 22 – August 1, 2017, online using Canvas with one face-to-face class meeting on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The course develops knowledge and skills STEM preservice or inservice teachers and school librarians need as co-teachers to provide grades 4-12 students guided inquiry instruction around critical issues such as sufficient energy; prevention and treatment of illness and disease; maintaining clean food and water; and global environmental change.  Some scholarships are available.  Please contact Brady Lund blund2@emporia.edu for more information about enrolling in PS591, PS791, or LI791. Limited space (25). Certificate website: http://tinyurl.com/publhlc

    Dr. Mirah Dow, Professor, mdow@emporia.edu

    Dr. Ken Thompson, Professor, kthompso@emporia.edu

    STEM-ALL is partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

     


  • 31 Jan 2017 7:41 PM | Anonymous

    If you are a lead teacher or science curriculum leader this could be for you!

    Curriculum & Instructional Leaders (teacher leaders, instructional coaches, principals, curriculum administrators/directors, assistant superintendents, and superintendents):

    KASCD is offering an Edcamp/Unconference on February 10 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Wichita Airport in Wichita, KS.  This event is free for all KASCD members.  Others who wish to attend may join KASCD in order to attend.

    Kansas ASCD (KASCD) is excited about hosting an Edcamp unconference for curriculum and instructional leaders. Come join us February 10, 2017 and participate in a full day that emphasizes peer-to-peer collaboratively learning focused on the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of events. The day will begin with a light breakfast and networking. Start thinking about a session that you'd like to add on the schedule. Don't worry about being prepared with a presentation; just come with a topic for discussion or a question that has been burning. After we kick off, we'll start our sessions. The "law of two feet" applies all day.

    • Hosted by KASCD to provide a forum for curriculum & instructional leaders to collaboratively discuss and exchange ideas over timely issues with which your district is confronted
    • Topics are set by you, the day of the event (e.g. individual plans of study; OVTs—outside validation teams; 5 Pillars of KansasCan; peer observations; civic engagement, great math resources (or any subject); KDG readiness; professional learning strategies that change practice; technology integration; assessments; SECD curriculum—socio emotional character development, etc.)
    • Sessions are determined the day of the event and driven by participant interest
    • Sessions created where anyone can be a presenter and everyone is a contributor
    • Reliant on the law of two feet that encourages participants to find a session that meets their needs
    • The agenda for the KASCD Edcamp is:

      7:45-8:20 AM   Gathering/Breakfast/Greeting
      8:20-8:45         Session planning
      8:50-9:45         Session 1
      9:45-10:00       Hallway Chats (defined as summary, reflection, & sharing highlights of session on chart paper)

      10:00-10:50     Session 2
      10:50-11:00     Hallway Chats
      11:00-11:50     Session 3
      11:50-1:00       Lunch (on your own at area restaurants or the hotel)
      1:00-1:15         Drawings/prizes
      1:15- 2:05        Session 4
      2:05-2:15         Hallway Chats/Snacks
      2:15-3:05         Session 5
      3:05-3:30 PM   Smackdown & Closing (The smackdown: a 15-20 minute time in which any willing participant has no more than 2 minutes to share an idea, tool or tip with the crowd).

      Registration is completed online at  http://www.KASCDedcamp. weebly.com  

    • To join KASCD please complete the following information and respond to  george.abel@usd253.net and then register at the above address.


      Name:  

      Email address:  

      District:  

      School and Position:  

      Billing street address:  

      City, State  Zip:  

      Phone:

      Method of Payment:  __Check     __Bill Me     __ PO #


      George Abel, KASCD Treasurer

      Assistant Superintendent - Teaching and Learning

      Emporia USD 253

      1700 W 7th Avenue

      Emporia, KS  66801

      620-341-2223

      george.abel@usd253.net


  • 31 Jan 2017 7:36 PM | Anonymous

    Regional Outstanding Science Educator:  Each region can recognize an outstanding science educator.  The individual must be a member of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS) and teaching in his/her region for recognition at KATS Kamp Science Education Conference.  Nominations can be made via the following Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/wZ4n7Y7fUGztFAhg2 or by emailing Past-President Brian Cole (coleb@usd113.org) by March 10, 2017

    A nomination consists of

    i.                contact Information of the nominee (including school, subject/grade, email address, etc.)

    ii.               a written narrative describing the outstanding contributions/events  that indicated the nominee is deserving of the recognition, and 

    iii.             any other information that you feel is important in consideration for the award.

    You can also nominate someone for the Distinguished KATS Member Award or an organization, group, or business for the KATS Outstanding Contributions to Science Education in Kansas by emailing me (coleb@usd113.org) or the Google Form link above.

  • 28 Jan 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Educator Resource Day 
    January 28, 2017 
    9a-12p 
    FREE Event 

    Interact with master teachers demonstrating hands-on STEM lessons and learn about area STEM field trips and other useful resources for you and your students. 
    Click Here to sign up today 

    Click here for ERD Flyer to share with others!

  • 20 Jan 2017 4:56 PM | Anonymous

    The National Science Foundation currently is accepting nominations and applications for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. This program recognizes teachers for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science.

    State Presidential Award finalists receive a $500 unrestricted cash award and an invitation to a professional development conference sponsored by Westar Energy, Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation and the Kansas State Department of Education.

    National Presidential Awardees receive a citation signed by the President of the United States, a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

    To apply, teachers must first be nominated for the award. Teachers can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else, such as principals, teachers, parents or members of the general public. Once nominated, teachers will receive an email with instructions on how to access the online application.

    The nomination deadline is April 1, 2017, and the application deadline is May 1, 2017.

    Please consider nominating an outstanding mathematics or science teacher today!  To make a nomination, go to www.paemst.org, and then click on Nominate a Teacher.


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