Supporting Excellent Science Teaching for Georgia


Georgia Science Teachers Association

Back-to-School Mini-Conference on Saturday, August 8!

Thank you for all who were able to attend the Mini-Conference. We met virtually to learn new tools and strategies to engage your students in three-dimensional science in or out of the classroom.  There were two strands of fast paced and engaging sessions designed to offer ideas and resources for elementary, secondary, and K-12. The session resources are available to members at the  Mini-Conference Site. We will continue to add recordings. Please log at the link above to view the conference resources. 

GSTA Collection of Online Teaching Resources


GSTA is continuing to organize online teaching resources for science teachers. If you have lessons you would like to share, please email: president@georgiascienceteacher.org. Please consider following @GSTANews on social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we actively post relevant content and strategies for science teachers. We have also curated a list of GSTA recommends websites.  Donald White of Coweta Schools posted several online lessons in the district science updates newsletter: K-5 lessons at: and 6-12 lessons.


Summer Online PD Series Resources Available to All

GSTA Board members presented a PD series on online teaching strategies and resources! The topics included Engaging Students in Phenomena Online, Engaging Students in 3-D Learning, and Tech Tools. Each session was offered to K-5 and 6-12. You can link to the presentations and recordings here: resources  - you do not have to be a member to access these resources.


Phenomena Bank

Want a free GSTA t-shirt? The first 25 people to submit an approved phenomena to the GSTA phenomena bank will receive a t-shirt. Here are the steps:

1. Submit the phenomena (you will include the GSE element, link to phenomena (image, data set, graph, video, etc.), more details about the phenomena, and a lesson resource. See the phenomena bank for more details and examples. Be sure the phenomena is aligned to the 3-D nature of the GSE. 

2. Once completed, submit this form that includes your t-shirt size, color preference, and mailing address.



DISTRICT MINI-GRANTS

These district mini-grants are designed to fund creative class projects.  GSTA will provide $300.00 per project award.  These district mini-grants are separate from conference the mini-grants.  Recipients of district mini-grants are asked to complete the project during this school year and submit a brief report.


Application Requirements for Mini-Grants

Section 1 – Complete Part 1 of the on-line awards application registration process starting August 1.

Section 2 – Project title and a brief but concise description of your plan or idea.  Explain how you will carry it out and why you feel it is a worthwhile project.  Include how the project will contribute to the scientific literacy of your students, colleagues, or school and/or enhance your ability to teach with the Georgia Performance Standards.  Limit 2-4 pages, double-spaced, 12 point type.

Section 3 – A budget.  GSTA can grant up to $300.00 per project.  If you need more funding, you may wish to seek additional funds from other sources.

Section 4 – Submit a photo of yourself to be used for publicity purposes should you be selected as a GSTA Mini-Grant winner.

Section 5 – Two letters of support, one from a supervisor, and another letter from either your GSTA district representative or a colleague familiar with your work.




Timeline


       August 1             Event opens for teachers to begin the                                              application process.

        Section 1 is done through the event link.  Sections 2-5            should be submitted electronically to       treasurer@georgiacienceteacher.org by August 31.

     August 31           Event closes

     September 30     Results released.




GSTA is committed to supporting excellence in science teaching for the students of Georgia. GSTA works to CONNECT, INFORM, SUPPORT, and ADVOCATE for science teachers in Georgia. We also seek to PARTNER with like-minded formal and informal science education organizations to further GSTA’s mission and goals.

Membership

CONNECT Georgia science teachers to vibrant local and statewide professional networks that enhance their classroom practice and the value of their membership. 

Professional Learning

INFORM GSTA members through a variety of professional learning opportunities that enhance access to current, research-based practices for teachers at all levels, for all disciplines, and in all settings across Georgia. 

Resources

SUPPORT GSTA members through professional resources that help teachers improve their practice, the academic lives of their students, and their school communities.

Advocacy

ADVOCATE for excellent science education in Georgia on behalf of teachers and students and encourage our members to raise their own voices in support of excellent science education for all students in our state. 

Outreach

PARTNER with informal science education stakeholders to facilitate science literacy opportunities for learners of all ages in real-world communities.

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