Evolution Education is a project organized by the Cox Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia. They are evolutionary biologists and educators who advocate for real collaborations between scientists and teachers to develop new, inquiry-based models for education in (and out of) the middle- and high-school science classroom. The program is based on three core principles:
· K-12 science education is failing to teach evolution unequivocally as a central principle in biology
· Students learn science best by doing actual science
· Teachers become more effective educators when they participate in authentic scientific research
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2017-2018 Teacher Fellowship- Experience field based evolutionary biology. Application is now open! Apply before April 1, 2017
2017 Teacher Workshop, July 19-21 - Registration is now open! Register before April 1, 2017
Evolution Education is a partnership of UVA's Curry School of Education, Mountain Lake Biological Station, Golden Apple Foundation, and the Virginia Department of Education with funding from the National Science Foundation.
Today the VDOE released the revised timeline for the Science Standards of Learning and the Science Curriculum Framework revision process. The changes to the timeline were made in order to meet the mandate in the Standards of Quality indicating that the Standards of Learning review process occur every seven years. It also allows time for the Science Standards of Learning Revision Steering and Review Committees, to include the VDOE science specialists, to review public comment and reflect any changes in the subsequent Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework. This does not change the full implementation of the 2017 Science Standards of Learning scheduled for 2020-2021 school year. For details of the revision process, click here.
Paid Summer Internships for Science Educators at NASA Langley
The Science Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA leads several science education programs including GLOBE, MY NASA DATA, and S’COOL. We are looking for several educators to come to NASA Langley this summer and work with our science education team. These internship opportunities are posted through NASA’s Intern program: https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/students/login/. These positions are open to in-service teachers; educators will need to register on OSSI and apply as a “student”. Contact one of the intern coordinators, Christine Dillard, for technical issues registering and applying at: email@example.com. Summer internships for graduate students or in-service teachers can receive a stipend $7,500 if interns stay for full 10 weeks. Shorter terms are negotiable.
Accept the Governor’s Conservation Classroom Challenge and get recognition for your environmental education efforts this year!
Recognizing that teachers are the driving force behind Virginia’s environmental literacy and sustainability efforts, Governor McAuliffe has challenged all of Virginia’s teachers to conduct conservation education this year. Field investigations, stewardship and environmental education projects are eligible for recognition.
NOAA has released a new Federal Funding Opportunity for Chesapeake B-WET Capacity Building Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences grants. Applications are due by April 6.
Capacity building for MWEEs: These projects can take two forms--(1) state or multistate K-12 environmental literacy initiatives, which advance MWEE implementation or (2) MWEE mini-grant program administration, which supports elements of MWEE implementation at the school level. NOAA believes supporting both types of capacity-building projects is essential to greater implementation and sustainability of MWEEs.
An informational webinar (online registration now available) regarding the capacity-building opportunity will be held on Friday, February 17, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Online registration is available.
For information on both NOAA B-WET grant opportunities offered this winter visit: https://chesapeakebay.noaa.gov/education-hot-topics/fy17-b-wet-ffo-announced
Welcome to the new VAST.org website! We have been listening to VAST members and have put together a website that we hope will be more informative, responsive, and helpful to you. You can renew membership and register for an event all from the same website. You can create a member profile and share your profile with other members. And as a VAST member, you will be able to log in and see content for members only. Behind the scenes, membership, event management and web content will all be under the same "roof" so the membership experience should feel more seamless, personalized, and better connected to the VAST community. If, as you are looking through the site and can't find something or have a suggestion or comment, please let us here from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration is now open for the Summer 2017 Environmental Leadership Academy for Principals. The Virginia Resource Use Education Council invites school principals to participate in one of the upcoming academies held at various locations around the state. Click here (pdf) for more information.
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Are you looking for a challenging leadership position that impacts local, state, and national science education? Would you like to serve the association that serves you? The VAST Nominating Committee is currently accepting nominations from the VAST Membership who are in good standing for the following positions on the 2018 VAST Board: President-elect, Secretary, Regional I (Central) Director, Regional III (Northern Neck) Director, Regional V (Valley) Director, and Regional VII (Southwest) Director. Submission deadline is May 1, 2017, but why wait? Complete find the link to the nomination form below and email to email@example.com.
Nominating Form (pdf)
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