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At the 2018 conference, PSTA made $665.00 on the professional development silent auction. Each of two winners of the drawing will be awarded a $332.50 professional development stipend. Thanks to all conference attendees who participated and made the event so successful. The winners are:
Eileen Coughlin, Falk School/Pitt
Todd Smeltz, Upper Dauphin SD
PSTA needs dedicated, passionate leaders to join our team!
Please consider running for one of the following positions that are currently vacant on the PSTA Board of Directors:
If you are interested in running for any of these positions or have questions regarding a position, please contact Todd, our Recording Secretary, as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you reply, please include the following: indicate the position that you are interested in, your school/institution affiliation, your school's county, your county of residence, a short bio about your qualifications, and that you are a PSTA member in good standing.
Applications must be submitted by October 15, 2018.
Advance Program for the 2018 Conference is available! To see the program for PSTA 2018, click here!
The PSTA Board has taken a position on the NGSS. Please take a look at the statement HERE.
Early bird registration for or annual conference is now open.
Click HERE for direct access.
It is with excitement that we announce the second annual Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association (PSTA) Logo design competition. This first annual event that will allow Pennsylvania students to use their creativity, critical thinking and technology skills to design a logo that will be considered as the symbol for the 2018 PSTA Conference, STEM Education: A Pathway to Success. Students can use creativity to design a logo that reflects their interpretation and vision relative to the conference theme and that reflects what they think the future of science education will look like! Deadline is May 13. More information and forms are available here: goo.gl/dbAS6q
The mission of the Pennsylvania Science Teacher's Association (PSTA) is to connect, inform, support, and advocate for science educators and students in Pennsylvania. As a science educator in the state of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Science Teacher's Association is asking for your input! We are conducting a survey to determine the future direction of the organization. Please share your opinions using the form below.
Thank you! --PSTA Board of Directors
Check out the first post for our BRAND NEW blog!
Standardized tests have played a role in the American education system since the 1800s. After the No Child Left Behind Act (2002) was passed, educators experienced even more pressure to increase student performance on such tests to be considered an effective teacher. As Pennsylvania teachers, we are responsible for preparing students for the end of year tests such as PSSAs, Keystones, or Advanced Placement exams. Many teachers ask How can I best prepare my students for the Keystone?
As seen in recent news reports, teachers are spending out of pocket money to support their classrooms. Science teachers conducting lab activities often have a greater need for resources.
Do you have all the funding and supplies needed to teach?
As a fellow science teacher, I am aware that some science teachers have adequate funding while others are in desperate need of resources. Little is known about science funding, and I need your input.
Help me document funding needs, funding inequities, and what it costs to offer high quality science instruction. Please consider taking this 5-10-minute online survey to give your perspective on funding and resources in high school science classrooms. Participants will be eligible to be entered in a drawing for one of ten $25 gift certificates to Amazon for completing the survey.
Use the link below to complete the survey. Please forward to colleagues who may be interested in sharing their experiences.
Science Education Doctoral Candidate
North Carolina State University
Thanks to Cathy Stephenson for organizing the basket raffle at the conference. We raised $700 for member professional development scholarships. Thanks also to the board members who donated the baskets of goodies.
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