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GSTA Conference 2021 - Now Accepting Proposals!


The 2021 GSTA conference is going virtual and will be held the week of February 1-6. The conference theme is "Making Connections" and will include sessions on STEM, Literacy, Assessment, Equity, and Technology. Please submit your proposals at thilink



GSTA STEMTalk Competition

Each year GSTA hosts a STEMTalk Competition for K-12 students. This year's question is "How is STEM helping me during the Covid-19 pandemic. There is a $100 award for one winner at the three levels: Elementary, Middle, and High. Find out more here. The deadlilne to submit entries is November 1.


GSTA Mini-Conferences


GSTA will be hosting mini-conferences on Saturdays between September and March from 9-2. Click on the links below to register. 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.

September 12 - Teaching Science in a Covid World 

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. Link to Conference Page

October 17 - Connecting through Equity

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. Link to Conference Page

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.


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.

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 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.orgPlease 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.

Resources from the 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 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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