Hello, and happy Labor Day, Colorado Science Educators! As a new school is getting underway, I just want to take a moment and say THANK YOU for everything you do for Colorado students. Your efforts, in and out of the classroom, make our state a better place and help students from pre-K to college have a better experience in the sciences! The more teachers I meet, the more I am amazed at the dynamic, incredible things that are happening in science classrooms all over Colorado. Keep it up!
It’s been a busy summer for me, personally, and for science education in Colorado! I was lucky to get to attend the ChemEd conference in Naperville, IL, to present at a few workshops and to learn from some incredible chemistry educators from all over the world. If you teach chemistry, I can’t recommend either ChemEd or the BCCE (Biennial Conference on Chemical Education) conferences enough! Your CAST board and I have also been in close touch with the Colorado Department of Education, so that we can bring you updates on the roll-out for the 2020 state science standards. Through our work with Maya Garcia, the science content specialist at CDE, we believe that the growth in state science education is positive and headed in the right direction!
As you start your school year in your classrooms, don’t forget to check with CAST on opportunities for professional development, as well as grants to help you purchase supplies, training, or other exciting science material for your students! We have many grants and awards available for everyone from pre-service teachers to lifelong educators, and many will be opening for nominations in the next several weeks, to be awarded at the Colorado Science Conference in November.
Speaking of CSC, don’t forget to clear your schedule and request a sub for Friday, November 8th! This is the largest science education conference in Colorado, with workshops on everything from NGSS implementation to gamify-ing your classroom. This is a great opportunity to network, learn, and develop new ideas in your practice as an educator. Also held during the conference is our annual CAST general membership meeting, during which we’ll be discussing changes to the constitution and by-laws, as well as discussing exciting upcoming events for CAST This year’s keynote speaker is a long-time chemistry education rockstar, Lee Marek, from the Chicago area. Lee has been a talented high school and college chemistry educator, as well as a regular guest on the Tonight Show with David Letterman, sharing his passion for chemistry demonstrations. It’s sure to be an exciting, inspiring event!