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  • 31 Mar 2018 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KSDE Science Phenomena Based Learning Fellow

    Learn While Teaching ProjectA

     

    Applications Due: April 25, 2018 by 5:00 pm

    Successful Applicants will be notified through email by April 30, 2018

     

    Overview

    The Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) is seeking science educators to participate in a program to develop master teachers for science education. Fifteen Kansas science educators will be selected to participate in this pilot program offering professional development to educators as they implement a high quality unit of instruction embodying the Kansas Curricular Standards for Science.

     

    The program will provide both in-person and virtual learning experiences to participants aimed at increasing their ability to understand and implement instruction aligned to standards in a science project based learning instructional format to support KSDE state redesign efforts. For the first year of the program, KSDE is seeking educators who will be teaching 5th, MS-Physical Science, and HS Biology in the 2018-2019 school year.

     

    Please consider this great learning opportunity for you and your students. This would also be a great way to help move your district forward in PBL instruction for science embodying our Kansas Curricular Standards for Science and state redesign efforts!

     Application available here.

     

     

    Lizette Burks, Ed.D.

    Science Education Program Consultant

    Career Standards & Assessment Services

    (785) 296-8108

    lburks@ksde.org

    www.ksde.org/science

    Kansas State Department of Education

  • 28 Mar 2018 9:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kids Portal

     

    Health and the Environment – Brought to you in an interactive and informative way!

    The Environmental Health Student Portal is one of many databases offered by the National Library of Medicine. This database is special because it offers, both educators and students, a connection to environmental health information through simple text and interactive activities.

    The topic areas covered include, air pollution, chemicals, fossil fuels, greenhouse gases and water pollution. Each topic area contains a brief overview, providing basic information, as well as a bonus “Did you know?” fun fact, pertaining to the subject. You can browse the website easily, allowing you to find articles, videos, experiments and projects to share with your students on each topic area mentioned above.

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    In fact, to easily locate lesson plans and educational activities for your students, you can click on the “For Teachers” tab to the far right of the page on the tool bar. This will redirect you to a page specifically designed for teachers with a variety of resources organized by topic area. Come explore the Environmental Health Student Portal to re-vamp your lesson plans and engage your students today!

    To access the "For Teachers" tab directly, click here

    To access the "Home" page, click here

    Other Resources:

    Tox Town-Environmental Health Concerns and Toxic Chemicals Where You Live, Work, and Play

    K-12 Science and Health Education

     
  • 28 Mar 2018 9:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

    Summer Professional Development Opportunities

     

    Here are two opportunities Kansas Foundation for Agriculture

    in the Classroom will be offering this summer to teachers!

     

    KFAC Summer Conference

    June 5-7, 2018

    Wichita, KS

     

    Join us for our third annual summer conference for educators, FFA advisors, education students, volunteers and agriculture enthusiasts.

     

    Click here to learn more and register for the event!

    KFAC Summer Institute

    June 19-21, 2018

    Olathe, KS

     

    This year's theme is "Plants and Animals have a Place in the Classroom." Join us for this great event where you can also earn continuing education hours.

     

    Click here to learn more and register for the event!

     

    See more upcoming events at

    www.ksagclassroom.org
  • 27 Mar 2018 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Website is Not Just for Professional Scientists

    Looking for a database that will challenge your honors and AP students?  Take a look at our TOXNET database.  We've introduced this website to teachers at the National Science Teachers Association and the National Association of Biology Teachers.  To our surprise, teachers were eager to get back to the class and use it with their students.

    So let's start with this one tidbit of information... Not all the information in TOXNET is applicable to the classroom.  Here I will highlight two of the databases that seem most relevant.

    ChemIDPlus Advanced - This is one of my favorite websites to share with teachers.  With this site, teachers and students can look at 3D models of various chemical structures.  Teachers can display SIS and TRANS models without the cumbersome ball and stick models you use in the classroom.  With this database you can conduct similarity searches and view toxicity test results. To add an additional level of complexity to your lesson, have students explore the links to scientific journal articles.

    Hazardous Substance Data Bank -  Very complex but filled with useful information for those students who demonstrate an ability to work at a collegiate level.  With this website students learn about the toxicology of potentially hazardous chemicals. They will research information on human exposure, environmental fate, chemical and physical properties, and more.  Each section contains a summary section and abstracts to peer reviewed journal articles on the topic area covered.

    Webmaster note:  I'm not sure who, exactly, sent this to  us, but it appears to be a government sponsored website for professional scientists offering quality chemical information available at no charge to classroom teachers and students also.  --Randy Brull

  • 26 Mar 2018 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Exploration Place Informal Science Outreach & Summer Camp Educators

     This position will work with all ages through museum-based camps and outreach programs. They will perform many duties such as presenting programs for a variety of audience sizes, delivering hands-on activities, facilitating inquiry-based learning, and serving as a program and education resource for visitors and staff. Full time position includes weekends and holidays as required. A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required.  Demonstrated experience teaching science to groups of children in a dynamic, fun, engaging, high paced environment is highly preferred. Multiple positions available. Bachelor’s degree in education or science is required; advanced degree preferred.  Fluency in Spanish is a plus. Apply online or e-mail resume to Kathleen.frimel@exploration.org. No phone calls please. EOEhttp://exploration.org/employment/employment-application/

  • 21 Mar 2018 9:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas Science and Engineering Fair will be held on April 6 at the Cessna Activity Center at 2744 George Washington Blvd in Wichita.  Exhibits will be on display and available for public viewing from noon until 3:00 pm.  See https://sites.google.com/a/kansassciencefair.com/kansas-state-science-and-engineering-fair/home

    for more details. 

  • 21 Mar 2018 8:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Know a great K-6 science or math teacher?

    Nominate a teacher to receive the Presidential Award

    for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

    The National Science Foundation currently is accepting nominations and applications for the 2018 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, 2018, and the application deadline is May 1, 2018.

    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.

     

     

    Tamla Miller

    Administrative Specialist

    Communications and Recognition Programs

    (785) 296-4950

    tmiller@ksde.org

    www.ksde.org

    Kansas State Department of Education

    LANDON STATE OFFICE BUILDING, 900 SW JACKSON STREET, SUITE102, TOPEKA, KS 66612

  • 28 Feb 2018 7:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out the latest opportunity from Kansas EPSCOR:

    The workshop will be held June 4-8, 2018 at the University of Kansas Field Station and is directed toward High School Biology, Ecology and Environmental Studies teachers.  To read more about the workshop go to:  

    https://epscoroutreach.ku.edu/

    Applications can be found at: 

    https://epscoroutreach.ku.edu/ecosystems-kansas-summer-institute-application

    Tim E.

  • 06 Feb 2018 10:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bring ONE STRANGE ROCK to your School for Free this Spring:

    From award-winning filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, National Geographic’s new docu-series ONE STRANGE ROCK is a mind-bending, thrilling journey that explored the fragility and wonder of planet Earth–one of the most peculiar, unique places in the universe. This earth science series is narrated by actor Will Smith and features perspectives from 10 astronauts on the wonders of Earth as seen from space.

     

    National Geographic is making the first episode available for free preview screenings in high schools, colleges, and after-school programs nationwide before the international broadcast premiere on March 26th, 2018.

    Sign up here to request a free preview screening of ONE STRANGE ROCK!

     

    Participating schools will receive a confirmation email and we’ll send you a DVD two weeks before your screening.


    Learn more about the series on our website and please let us know if you have any questions. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your colleagues as well.

     


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