How is STEM education shaping your students' futures? Let's ask them!
GSTA is proud to announce the 2015 GSTA STEMtalk
student video competition to coincide with STEM Georgia's 2015 STEM
Forum. The competition gives K-12 students in Georgia the opportunity to
share their thoughts about how their STEM learning experiences are
shaping their futures. To enter the competition, students create a
TEDx-style video that is under five minutes long to answer the question,
How is STEM shaping your future?
Winning students will be invited to speak at the 2015 STEM Forum in
Athens. The competition requires a short turnaround, so get your
students started immediately. All submissions are due September 15th,
2015, by 11:30 pm. Find additional information about the competition on
the GSTA STEMtalk webpage.
Bibb County Highlights Local GSTA Board Members
The Bibb County School District is just as proud of Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalist and incoming GSTA President Elect as we are. The video below, from Bibb's YouTube channel, highlights Brian and his role in our organization. Eric Thompson, incoming District VII Director is also featured. Congratulations to both gentlemen and thanks to Bibb County for putting a spotlight on great science teachers!
Who Are We?
As an organization we are committed to support excellent science teaching for the students of the state of Georgia. A major function of the organization is to host an annual conference each February, offered to all people involved with science education in the state.
We also support science education professionals through our eObservations newsletter, professional development opportunities, teacher and student awards, a voice at the legislature, and this web site. You will find parts of this site are available only to members of the GSTA and some are available to non-members.
Please return often due to new updated materials and please use the resources available. All have been created for you by fellow science educators in the state. We seek your contribution to add to these resources. Together, we can make Georgia a model for science education in the nation.
See the "Upcoming Events for Teachers" tab for ongoing opportunities! If you would like us to post your staff development info, send a link to your event info with a link to a webpage to Zoe Evans, GSTA Webmaster
The teacher voice is often the least heard, but most important one in education today. The knowledge, training and experience that we bring to science education makes a difference. Individually and collectively, as science teachers, we can shape the classrooms of the future. In this year's conference we will be sharing our best ideas, resources and practices. We will highlight sessions within the following strands, along with other great sessions from excellent science educators around Georgia. Join us - and have your voice heard!
Strand 1 - Speaking Up on Integrating Literacy to Advance Science Instruction
Strand 2 - Speaking Up on Building STEM from Science
Strand 3 - Speaking Up on Developing Partnerships, Leadership, and Policy
Strand 4 - Speaking Up on Effective Classroom Assessment
NOTE: While sessions included in these strands will be highlighted for this year's conference, workshops, presentations and activity-rich sessions across all areas of science education will be included. The final program will be available by January 1, 2016.
GaDOE has initiated the process of reviewing and revising Georgia's science standards. We welcome this news, and we plan to make every effort to ensure that this process reflects extensive input from our members and that it is grounded in science education research.
GSTA urges you to participate in the process and, more specifically, to reflect the research-based, three-dimensional approach to science learning. This approach, laid out in A Framework for K-12 Science Education and modeled in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), seeks to engage students in science and engineering practices (e.g., engaging in argument from evidence) while simultaneously learning and applying core ideas (i.e., content standards) and crosscutting concepts (i.e., big ideas like patterns or structure & function). This 3D approach already is being promoted by our GaDOE Science Program Manager within the context of our existing standards, and it aligns to the goals of the new Milestones assessment system. This standards revision process represents an opportunity for GSTA to act on our position statement regarding the Framework and NGSS and, more importantly, an opportunity to improve the depth and quality of science education for all of Georgia's students. Please read over this statement, familiarize yourself with the Framework and NGSS, and stay tuned for important updates on this process.