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  • 17 Nov 2017 10:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Please find the latest KSDE Science Newsletter using the link below. In this newsletter you will find a collected bank of resources as well as support for state assessment student score reports.       


    As always let me know if I can be of any assistance to you and your school district. Thank you and I hope you have a great Thanksgiving break next week!





    Lizette Burks, Ed.D.
    Science Education Program Consultant
    Career Standards & Assessment Services
    (785) 296-8108
    Kansas State Department of Education

  • 31 Oct 2017 5:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    NEON - NASA Educators Online Network


    Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

    Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

    The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

    October 31, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. ET: Testing Terror- Technology for Exploration: Technology Terror: An Electrifying Way of Constructing Circuits Using NASA Content (Grades 4-10) -- Many times educators question when is the right time to introduce circuits to young children. This webinar invites participants to set aside any hesitations by inviting children of all ages to construct circuits in a safe, active, and hands on way. NASA content will be highlighted by integrating educational materials such as Squishy Circuits and more. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/291191


    November 2, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Earth Sense -- Remote Sensing at NASA: For Your Eyes Only (Grades 5-8) -- Explore Earth through the eyes of the astronauts. Learn how human observations from space help us understand our planet better. Using NASA missions, real data, online resources and classroom lessons, we’ll investigate Earth with eyes from above. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/280901


    November 13, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Earth Sense -- Remote Sensing at NASA: My NASA Data (Grades 4-12) -- Participants will get an overview of resources from the My NASA Data website which may be used to discuss topics from climate system interactions to ocean ecology to forest fires using authentic data. Use of the Live Access Server for data analysis will also be discussed. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/273226


    November 14, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Space Mathematics: Linking Math and Science (Grades 5-8) -- Space Mathematics is a two part series designed to help educators make the critical linkage between Mathematics and Science in the classroom. In Part 1, Linking Math and Science, participants will survey some of the available NASA resources and discuss the use of science as a vehicle for mathematics instruction. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/273233


    November 15, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. ET: Earth Sense -- Remote Sensing at NASA: The Scoop on Soil (Grades 4-10) -- Explore the GLOBE program for insights in how to bring an outdoor experience to your students. The webinar will focus on hands-on inquiry based experiences. Learn how NASA's SMAP mission collects data about soil moisture. Explore the Elementary GLOBE resources including teacher guides, protocols, activities, storybooks and related STEM activities designed for grades K-12. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/281907


    November 16, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. ET: Earth Sense -- Remote Sensing at NASA: Comets (Grades K-12) -- Learn about comets with hands-on activities. Participants will get an overview of assessment strategies, including a discussion of specific applications of these strategies, and NASA STEM comet resources for the classroom. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/293764


    For the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development webinar schedule, go to: http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/



    For US Educators: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station--Students Talk to Astronauts

    Call for Proposals -- Window is September 15 – November 15, 2017

    The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crewmember on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the radio contact would be held between Jul 1, 2018 and Dec 31, 2018. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits determine the exact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Students learn about technology, communications, and science studied on board the ISS.

    The deadline to submit a proposal is November 15, 2017. For proposal information and details such as expectations, proposal guidelines, proposal form and days/times of proposal webinars where questions are answered, go to http://www.ariss.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact-in-the-us.html

    Please direct any questions to ariss.us.education@gmail.com

  • 13 Oct 2017 11:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From: CUWiP for High School Students <hs_cuwip@ku.edu>
    Date: Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 6:05 PM
    Subject: Mini-Conference for STEM High School Students - APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at the University of Kansas


    High school students interested in possible careers in science, technology, math or engineering are invited to attend a one-day mini-conference at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The high school program is being held in conjunction with the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)  and will include panel discussions, workshops, student research talks, and a poster session.

    The American Physical Society’s CUWiP program at the University of Kansas is part of a group of regional conferences for undergraduate physics majors that  will be held January 12-14,2018. The primary goal of the conference is to help women continue in physics by providing them with the opportunity to experience a professional conference, information about professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas.

     Interested students should complete the application form at http://apscuwip.ku.edu/high-school by Friday, November 10.

     Please share this information with your students and encourage them to apply. We are also attaching a poster that may be distributed or posted in a prominent location.

     Best regards,

    Greg Rudnick, Judy Wu, Phil Baringer, and Hannah Gibson

    KU CUWiP High School Mini-Conference Subcommittee
  • 11 Oct 2017 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration is Now Open for the 

    2017 Kansas 

    Environmental Education Conference

    Register today to attend the 

    2017 Kansas Environmental Education Conference

    "Building a Stronger EE Community in Kansas"

    November 3-4, 2017

    Dillion Nature Center, Hutchinson, Kansas

    Pre-Conference Workshop ~ November 3, 2017


    Dear Teachers, 

    We invite you to include KACEE in your 2017/2018 professional development, collaboration and learning plans by registering for the 2017 Kansas Environmental Education Conference to be held November 3-4 in Hutchinson. We understand that today’s economic climate makes getting approval and support to attend conferences more challenging than ever. With this in mind, we have developed a resource to help you work with the professional development decision-makers at your school see how your conference participation will directly benefit your school’s learning objectives. Click here for a “Make Your Case” document to develop your “case” to attend, and register today at http://www.kacee.org/2017-environmental-education-conference.

    In addition to providing an excellent professional learning and collaboration experience at the conference, KACEE’s experienced team can customize an in-service to meet your school’s unique learning goals. If you or your administrators have an interest in exploring KACEE inservice opportunities, contact Ashlyn Kite-Hartwich at 785-889-4384 or akite@kacee.org for information.

    We hope you will feel free to reach out to us with any questions or needs for additional support! 

    With our best wishes for a terrific school year, the KACEE Team 

    Laura, Melissa, Ashlyn, Rachel & Jolene

  • 11 Oct 2017 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Chemical Society (ACS) Midwest Regional Meeting Organizing Committee hereby extends an invitation for a half-day chemistry/science teacher professional development event Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, from 8:00 AM to 12 noon. 


    Advance registration is required for this free Teaching Program , held in conjunction with the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting ( MWRM 2017 ) at the University of Kansas-Lawrence. 


    Please click here if you wish to register -- space is limited.  Our meeting will feature:

    • ·         Give-aways for classroom teaching demonstrations, highlighting the Chemistry Rocks theme for the following week – Mole Day and National Chemistry Week!
    • ·         Practical presentations from experienced high school chemistry teachers
    • ·         Opportunities to network with active chemistry/science teachers from Kansas and surrounding states
    • ·         Information about the AACT (American Association of Chemistry Teachers) and RET (Research Experiences for Teachers) Program
    • ·         Free breakfast buffet
    • ·         Certificates of Attendance, available upon request (post-meeting)


    Confirmed registrants should arrive at KU School of Pharmacy Building , 2010 Becker Drive, Lawrence, between 8:00a and 8:10a on Saturday, Oct. 21st.  Registration confirmations will be e-mailed prior to the meeting.  Advance questions can be directed to Roderick Black at rsblack@ku.edu  


    We look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning, October 21st


    With best wishes,

    Roderick Black

    On behalf of the ACS MWRM 2017 Organizing Committee
  • 26 Sep 2017 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Each year the Wendell G. Mohling Foundation awards $500 to support the attendance of one Kansas science teacher to the national or a regional NSTA convention. 

    The applicant must have  taught science for at least two years and not previously attended an NSTA convention.  The application deadline has been extended to October 15, 2017.

    The application and detailed eligibility guidelines can be accessed by going directly to wendellmohlingfoundation.com.

  • 15 Sep 2017 10:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Science Foundation STEM Forum & Expo

    The 7th annual National Science Foundation STEM Forum & Expo will be held in Philadelphia July 11-13, 2018.  The session presenter proposal submission closes December 4, 2017.  We are looking for people with a science background or strong interest in science to review and score the upper elementary presenter submissions.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE AN ELEMENTARY TEACHER.

    The scoring window is open from December 18, 2017 through January 8, 2018.  Scoring should take no longer than 30 minutes for each application.  Reviewers would receive approximately five applications to score. 

    Although serving as a panelist reviewer is an unpaid opportunity, it is something that would look fantastic on your resume.  Enclosed is the upper elementary strand description.  If interested, please contact Brandi Leggett at brandileggett@smsd.org, with your name, position and school district (if applicable). 

    In addition, we are still looking for STEM session proposals, Pre-K through High School. For more information, go to http://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx

    Upper Elementary Strand Description:

    How do we respond to research that indicates that by the time our students reach the fourth grade, a third of them will lose interest in science? How do we ensure that our students develop a solid foundation in the STEM areas so that they are prepared to both work and live in the 21st century? To reverse this trend and ignite their interest in future STEM careers, elementary students need quality learning activities and experiences that spark curiosity, promote confidence, support the rigor of current standards, and develop competence in STEM subjects. The sessions in this strand showcase programs and instructional strategies that support STEM and have been successfully integrated into the elementary core curriculum.

    Thank you,

    Brandi Leggett

    NSTA STEM Forum & Expo Steering Committee

  • 05 Sep 2017 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KSDE Science Professional Development Opportunities

    After collecting and reviewing science educator listserv survey data from the previous school year, KSDE has been working with a great group of educators and service centers to provide science professional learning opportunities to meet board goals. These sessions target science education needs and gaps evaluated from surveys. KSDE will be hosting four trainings in the fall featuring one session topic and four in the spring for a different session topic.

     General Information:

    • ·                 Full day sessions will begin at 9:00am and conclude by 4:00pm (graduate credit available).
    • ·                 Cost $20 per attendee
    • ·                 You do not have to be a part of the service center to participate; anyone can attend.

    Dates and Locations have been set for the fall trainings (spring session dates will be announced soon):

    K-12 Educators Fall Session Title: Deeper Dive Using the Two Newer Dimensions of Our Science Standards

    Session Description:

    • ·         This session will focus on developing a better understanding and learning how to use the two newer dimensions of the science vision for education. The scientific method and term “inquiry” are better defined now with the science and engineering practices. The cross-cutting concepts are new to science education and link the different disciplines in science and connect to other content areas. These two dimensions are essential for the new vision of 3-dimensional learning in science.
    • ·         This session works towards the KSDE vision results your district is working towards in the areas of postsecondary success, civic engagement, kindergarten readiness, and high school graduation.


    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me!

    Lizette Burks, Ed.D.

    Science Education Program Consultant

    Career Standards & Assessment Services

    (785) 296-8108



    Kansas State Department of Education


  • 28 Aug 2017 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Science Teachers Association


    Dear Science Educator:

    I invite you to join NSTA and other leading education groups on Tuesday, August 29 for the National Day of Action to advocate for Title II funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA).

    President Trump has called for no new funding for ESSA Title II funds, and Congress may eliminate all Title II funding when they return after Labor Day. Title II has been funded at $2.3 billion since 2014. 


    Title II is the only dedicated source of funding for professional development of teachers. These funds are also used to pay teachers' salaries and address teacher shortages in hard-to-fill areas, including STEM. 

    Title II funds will be critical to the science and STEM teacher professional development that will need to take place as more states begin to roll out Next Generation Science Standards and the three dimensional learning outlined in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education.

    Read more about Title II here and find out how much your state will lose if Title II funding is eliminated.

    I urge you to join NSTA and your colleagues for this National Day of Action and take a minute to send an email or call your member of Congress and tweet out your support for Title II. In your emails and calls remember to mention how Title II will be needed by science and STEM teachers as we adapt to new ways of teaching and learning to incorporate new standards, bring more engineering into the curriculum, and fully integrate STEM education in classrooms nationwide. 

    The loss of Title II will have significant impact on teachers, school leaders, principals, and the students we serve. Please take a moment to advocate for more funding, and send this email to colleagues in your network and ask them to participate. 

    Thank you for supporting science education.





    David L. Evans
    Executive Director, NSTA

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