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
Presenters will be notified by the end of November, and the final program will be available by January 1st.
How is STEM education shaping your students' futures? We asked them!
GSTA is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 GSTA STEMtalk
student video competition, which coincided with STEM Georgia's 2015 STEM
Forum. The competition gave K-12 students in Georgia the opportunity to
share their thoughts about how their STEM learning experiences are
shaping their futures. Students created a
TEDx-style video to answer the question,
How is STEM shaping your future?
Winning students spoke to more than a thousand STEM educators at the 2015 STEM Forum in
Athens. View the winning entries and 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!
GaDOE continues to manage the revision process for Georgia's science standards, and GSTA continues to play a key role in ensuring that teachers' voices are heard in the process and reflected in the revisions.
Where are we now? The image below outlines the revision process, as it has occurred to date. You will notice that teacher input served as the foundation for the revision process and that teachers were represented in each phase of the process. In particular, GSTA members and leaders have played key roles in each phase.
Where are we going? The next image shows the remaining phases of the revision and implementation process. Note that dates are tentative and could be pushed back if needed. Georgia's science teachers, particularly the members and leaders of GSTA, will continue to be a driving force through each phase.
So, what will our new standards look like? You'll be able to see the full revised standards during the public comment period in January, but look for additional information and supporting resources coming soon on GSTA's Standards Page.
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