kansas association of teachers of science


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  • 15 Aug 2022 7:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    SEPTEMBER 24, 2022

    Are you a K-12 Kansas teacher who currently teaches science? Would you like the opportunity to apply for funds so that you could experience attending a National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Conference this year? In 2006, the Wendell G. Mohling Foundation began selecting a teacher each year to receive a $1000.00 scholarship award to attend a NSTA conference of their choice. The application deadline is Saturday, September 24, 2022, so you still have plenty of time to c omplete and send in your application. The application with requirements can be downloaded by going to the foundation website at www.wendellmohlingfoundation.com and click on “Apply” at the top of the page.   If a teacher has questions, he/she can contact me at neill1703@gmail.com or by phone at 1-620-342-4677. 

    Kay Neill, Foundation Chair

  • 06 Aug 2022 5:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good Afternoon,

    I hope this finds you well and ready for a great new year- I'm excited to share the August KSDE Science Newsletter with you (LINK) we have many opportunities coming up this fall and I'm sincerely looking forward to more opportunities to meet many of you.


    Included in this month's issue;

    • Regional Professional Development / Learning Communities 
      • College Credit and Professional Development Certificats Available
    • STEM Teaching Tools Resource Study
    • Lunch Series for Leaders
    • Save the dates for KABT and KATS
    • And so much more!!!

    Click here (LINK)to read the entire August edition of the KSDE Science newsletter and please let me know if there is anything I can do to better support you.


    Thank you for all you do for Kansas Students and Science,



    Logo Kansas State Department of Education; 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 102; Topeka, Kansas 66612-1212

    Meg Richard, NBCT, PAEMST 19'

    Education Program Manager - K-12 STEM Education

    Career, Standards and Assessment Services

    (785) 296-8108




    Kansas leads the world in the success of each student.

  • 03 Aug 2022 10:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS) and KSDE have teamed up to create a New Teacher PLC.  Pre-service teachers and teachers in the first three years of teaching meet to build community, ask questions of experienced teacher leaders from around the state, and navigate the first years of school. Attendees  who are in their pre-service and first through third year will be compensated with a "Coffee from KATS" at the conclusion of each meeting. 

    Meetups occur the first Wednesday of each month from 4:00-5:00pm.


  • 03 Jul 2022 5:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello KATS!

    The results of the Vice-President election are in! Wendy Calderwood has been elected by the membership with 37 of 39 votes in favor. 

    Congratulations Wendy!

    In other news, please save the date for a KATS Fall event at the Cosmosphere on Saturday, October 15th. The KATS board has been hard at work this summer to bring the best professional development and networking opportunities to you this fall. The theme will be "Life in Space". The program has not been set, but look forward to some cosmosphere special activities and stellar (pun intended) presentations! We need 20 participants for liftoff so be sure to save the date!

    The KATS Board of Directors will meet in a few weeks for our summer board meeting. Be on the lookout for updates of our meeting in the middle of August!

    If you have questions or would like to reach out please contact Secretary@kats.org and CC: President@kats.org.

    Your's in science,

    Robert Hamilton,  KATS President

  • 12 Jun 2022 9:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    • Opportunities for Re-licensure and College Credit
    • K-2 Science SEL/Careers Pilot with the DeBruce Foundation
      • June 9th Link: (Link)                                       June 16th Link: (Link)

    Click here (LINK)to read the entire June edition of the KSDE Science newsletter and please let me know if there is anything I can do to better support you.

    --Meg Richard

  • 25 May 2022 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    [Covington, KY] (May 3, 2022) – The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) has opened the application period for the first annual Lt. Governors’ STEM Scholarship Program, sponsored by ACT, to award up to $1,000 to 12 schools nationally to support STEM-related activities for youth. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2022, with award recipients announced and funded in Summer 2022.


    “The lieutenant governors and seconds-in-command in state and territorial government are uniquely poised to lead on STEM Education,” said NLGA Director Julia Brossart.  “By supporting STEM-related activities in schools across the country, lieutenant governors can encourage a long-term interest and passion in STEM education in America’s youth, while building the workforce of the future.”  NLGA will award three scholarships to states and territories in each of the four NLGA regions in 2022, for a total of 12 scholarships worth $10,000 total. The Scholarship Program is administered by NLGA, the nonpartisan, nonprofit association for the nation’s seconds-in-command, and sponsored by ACT, the education and career readiness nonprofit.


    “As the only major college admissions test provider to include a science assessment, ACT believes that a high-quality STEM education is important to enable all learners, including and especially young people from underserved populations, to graduate high school ready to succeed in a STEM career,” ACT Chief Executive Officer Janet Godwin said. “We are proud to sponsor this program and equip all students for the economy of today and tomorrow.”  Teachers in all public, private, and tribal schools in the 50 states and five U.S. territories are invited to apply at nlga.awardsplatform.com. Funding will be awarded to schools to support STEM-related activities, programming, curriculum, equipment, and other expenses.


    “The need for increased educational opportunities in STEM is bipartisan and an area of consensus for the nation’s lieutenant governors,” said NLGA Associate Director Kellie Rittershausen. “NLGA has adopted STEM Education as a pillar of work for the association on behalf of Members, who see the importance of educating students in STEM to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.”


    Applications will be reviewed in June 2022, with award winners announced at the NLGA Annual Meeting, July 20-22, 2022. Additional information on the STEM Scholarship Program, including instructions for applying, can be found at https://nlga.us/strategies/nlga-state-strategies-in-stem/.


    Julia Brossart, Director

    National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA)

    525 W. 5th St. Ste. 226 – Covington, KY - 41011

    (859) 283-1400


  • 28 Apr 2022 9:13 AM | Anonymous member

    Still available if you attended KATS Kamp:   Earn 1 hour Graduate of Kansas State University credit for $200  Details 

  • 28 Apr 2022 9:04 AM | Anonymous member

     Twenty-four teachers will be selected to attend an exclusive From Lab to Classroom Professional Development Workshop, presented by Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom July 26-27.  Details: 


  • 19 Apr 2022 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Scientific Specialties.biz - Serving Kansas' schools with quality science & STEM resources since 1987!  

    I will have a Conference Special for the lines I represent. 

    1.) Microscopes & Balances = Buy 5, Get A 6th Free!  - You can promote this if you wish. 

    2.) Onsite Microscope & Balance Service (free quote) 

    3.) Science Safety Resources & Training (free upon request)

    4.) Science Essentials Funding Inventory (free upon request)

    5.) ESSER Funding for Your Science & STEM program (free proposal upon request)

  • 04 Apr 2022 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I hope this finds you well and in celebration of Spring. It's a wonderful time to get students (and teachers) outside to marvel at the changes in the world around them. The bees are beginning to buzz, we can anticipate the flowers blooming, the promise of summer brings joy... and gearing up for the KSDE Summer Academies! 


    I'm excited to share the April KSDE Science Newsletter with you (LINK). 


    Included in this month's issue;


    Thank you for all you do for Kansas Students and Science,


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