June 2021 Board Rambling- Colorado Science NEWS & Dates to Save.
We hope your summer is off to a wonderful start. What a school year we have had! Many of you are still busy as you attend PD classes, teach summer school, and more! Take time to rejuvenate! We wish you a happy summer. We have a lot happening in Colorado Science. Check out the latest!
CAST welcomes new board members…
Kristina Stem, Region 1 - Elementary Director
Megan Caraway, Region II - Secondary Director
Heidi Ragsdale, Region III - College / Informal Director
Thank you to our members for their votes! Thank you to all our members and science educators for your dedication to your students. You make a difference in the lives of so many! Please share our website with your colleagues so they can join our organization as well.
Pikes Peak TEN through Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be hosting a mini class July 8-9 at the Catamount Center, outside of Woodland Park. The theme of this class is "Things are Looking Up." Topics that will be covered include drones in natural resources, finding your way with GPS, bats of Colorado, and searching for stars. The second day will be spent exploring the forest by looking closer to what is around us. Both days will have discussions on how nature can be a tool to help students’ attitudes “look up”. If you are interested, please use this address, https://forms.gle/AHERmPE1xKf9oV9F7, to register by July 1st.
Devin Frunzi, Student Teacher, Honored! Congratulations to Devin Frunzi, who was recently recognized with the 2021 Preservice Science Teacher Award from CAST. Devin did his student teacher with Dana Dillard in 5th grade at Independence Elementary in Aurora, Co. Devin said, “My biggest learning was when science is presented in a hands-on, engaging way, students are enthused and motivated to learn.”
Nominate a Teacher K-15 for a CAST award This fall CAST will honor 6 teachers K-15 for excellence in science teacher. Consider nominating yourself or an outstanding science teacher for this award. To learn more, go to the link: https://www.coloradocast.org/Grants-and-Awards
CDE’s Implementation For Colorado Science Standards Institute: CDE with regional partners have hosted K-12 Standards Implementation Institutes as well as a principals’ institute (June 24) to support teachers and schools across the state. CAST is proud to be part of this. If you missed these institutes, there will be another offered Sept 25th with a focus on assessment. This in-person institute will be held at the United States Airforce. (Check back at this website to register. https://sites.google.com/view/2021-cosci/regional-institutes?authuser=0 ) Also, stay tuned for “mini” workshops offered in the fall from CAST summarizing these workshops.
Non-Formal Educators Implementing Science Standards Institute: For non-formal educators, Aug 2 & 9 from 2:00-3:30 there will be two virtual workshops. (attend both) Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-based-and-informal-science-education-partners-symposium-tickets-159558268075
Colorado’s Environmental Education Plan is NOW updated…. https://caee.org/programs/connect/colorado-ee-plan
All Colorado students need to know about the natural systems we all depend on and understand what we must do to interact responsibly with our environment and safeguard natural resources for future generations. The Colorado Environmental Education Plan, adopted by the Colorado Board of Education in 2012, outlines a coordinated strategy between PreK-12 teachers, schools, environmental education providers, and leaders in Colorado. The new version of this plan is now available. The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education is hosting their annual Advancing Environmental Education Conference. Tues Sept 21st will be fully virtual followed by a two day “in-person” session on Sept 24-25th at Snow Mountain Ranch.
Call for Session Proposals and to register: https://caee.org/
eleSTEMary (STEM Professional Development for elementary teachers)has planned their 2021-22 monthly workshops. They will have in-person classes at the Challenger Learning Center with a virtual option to attend from a distance. They will also have “mini” workshops on implementing the Colorado Science Standards K-6. Save the dates! Check out their website for more information: http://www.elestemary.org/
PALS (Peak Area Leadership in Science) Invites you to attend their monthly professional development for Middle School & High School teachers. To learn more about it, they will host a kick-off session on SATURDAY, JULY 31ST FROM 9 TO 11:30 AM @ The International Dance Club 2422 Busch Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 RSPA- ASAP. (on their website) They have planned an amazing year of science workshops! Check out their website: https://sciencehubs.org/
Save the date: Colorado Science Conference Nov. 6th (Saturday) 9:00-4:00 PM Our Keynote speakers will be the “Bug Chicks” https://thebugchicks.com/ The conference will be virtual once again this year. This is a premier science conference for Colorado lead by top science experts and leading resources providers. Don’t miss this conference! https://coloradoscienceconference.org/
Presenters: Apply now to submit a proposal to present. Deadline has been extended so please apply. https://coloradoscienceconference.org/presenters
New NSTA District Director
Are you a member of NSTA? https://www.nsta.org/membership We are part of a three state NSTA region: CO, AZ, and UT. We welcome Kristi Kimble as our new District XIV Director. Look for her virtual booth at the Nov 6th Science Conference. We thank Wendi Lawrence for her three years of service to our region as previous District XIV Director. NSTA provides incredible resources for science teachers. We highly recommend checking out their website and becoming a member. https://www.nsta.org
Upcoming NSTA Conferences:
July 26-30, 2021 NSTA STEM Forum- Virtual workshop
Oct 28-30, 2021 in person NSTA regional conference in Portland, OR
Nov. 11-13, 2021 National Harbor, Maryland in person
Dec. 9-11, 2021 LA in person
March 31- April 3, 2022 Houston, TX National Conference in person
Submit proposals to present to nsta.org
Enjoy your summer!
DeLene- (Region 2 Elementary Director) is a retired elementary teacher still loving science!
Megan- (Region 2 Middle School/High School Director) works for Vista Ridge High School.
Rick- (Region 2 University/Informal) works with CSU Pueblo Chemistry Dept.