09 May 2015 9:00 AM • Eula Wilborn Ponds Perry Center for Learning, 137 Spring Street Jonesboro, GA 30236
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 Dr. Donna Governor, email@example.com.
Teaching Channel Explores 3D Learning with Georgia Teachers
A new series of videos from Teaching Channel explores the NGSS and the underlying three dimensions. The videos feature Brett Moulding and Nicole Paulson, who will be keynote speakers and featured presenters at the 2016 GSTA conference. The videos also feature interviews with GSTA members discussing how three-dimensional learning will transform science teaching in Georgia. See the first video in the series below. You can also read Moulding introductory blog post and view the full video series on the Teaching Channel site.
Moving Toward the Next Generation of Georgia's Science Standards
GaDOE is preparing to begin 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. The first step in this process will be a survey of all science teachers to gather feedback on our existing standards. This survey will ask for specific feedback on our existing standards and general input on the direction of the revision process. Teachers will be able to give feedback on single or multiple courses, based on their particular background and expertise. This survey is critical as it will provide guidance for the teams of teachers and other stakeholders that will be convened by GaDOE to revise the standards.
Why do we need a new approach to science teaching? (Click to play video)
GSTA urges you to participate in the survey 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.