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Georgia Science Teachers Association


GSTA 2021 Virtual Conference, February 1-6 

GSTA's 2021 virtual conference will feature sessions each night during the week, February 1st-4th, and end with a full day of sessions, short courses, and events on Saturday, February 6th. Share-A-Thons, social events, and awards will take place through an online platform as well. Conference strands will include STEM, leadership, literacy, assessment, equity, and 3D phenomena-based learning.

The conference will take on a new format this year through online, virtual live sessions spread out over several evenings, Monday, 2/1 – Thursday, 2/4 from 6 – 9 pm with social events and awards on Friday, 2/4. Saturday, 2/5 will include sessions and short courses from 9 am – 4 pm.

We will continue to offer great quality sessions, presentations, workshops, vendors, and keynote speakers as we do every year as well as social and networking opportunities with your fellow GSTA members and sponsors, all while learning to Build Connections in new ways through the following strands: 

  • Literacy through Science
  • Phenomenon through Three-Dimensional Instruction & Assessment 
  • Science Teachers through Leadership Development & Networking
  • All Students to Science through Equity.

Featured Speakers:

  • Superintendent Richard Woods, Georgia Department of Education
  • Dr. Kenneth Miller, Professor at Brown University and Author for Savvas Learning
  • Dr. Jason Crean, Illinois Science Teachers Association Storyline Working Group
  • Page Keeley, NSTA Author and Expert on Formative Assessment in Science 

Saturday Short Courses:


  • Creating Your Own Storylines (6-12) - Jason Crean, Illinois Science Teachers Association Storyline Working Group
  • Misconceptions & Formative Assessments (K-12) - Page Keeley, NSTA Author
  • Keeping Science at the Center of Elementary STEAM Learning (K-5) - Jeremy Peacock, Science and STEAM Curriculum Specialist


Registration is only $60 for nonmembers and $40 for members. T-shirts will sent to the first 500 conference registrants. Visit the conference page for details.


GSTA Awards and Grants - Applications due January 20

GSTA offers a variety of grants and awards including Elementary, Middle, and High Science Teacher of the Year, Teacher of Promise, Administrator of the Year, and conference and mini-grants. Applications are due on January 20, 2021. You can find out more on the Awards Page.



GSTA Mini-Conferences


GSTA is hosting mini-conferences on Saturdays between September and March from 9-2. Click on the links below to register or access resources from previous sessions. The conferences are free for members and $15 for each mini-conference for non-members. Find out more about membership here. If you are interested in presenting, contact Donna BarrettBe sure to check out the conference page for more details.

Upcoming Mini-Conference

March 6 (new date) - Connecting through Assessments

Formatives, Summatives, Problem Based Learning and more - a focus on 3-D assessments both online and face to face.

Previous Mini-Conferences

Strategies and resources to engage students in labs online or in a socially distanced classroom - this could include tech tools, virtual labs, safety, incorporating the science and engineering practices, etc.

Strategies for engaging ALL students in science - sessions will include topics such as implicit bias, equitable learning communities, engaging students in placed based, problem based learning, and phenomena.

Strategies and resources to engage students in literacy through the science practices including data analysis, constructing arguments and explanations, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

Phenomena Bank - Get a free GSTA t-shirt!

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.




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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