NTLSL & EASE - #21

Associated Reports:
Past NTLS and EASE reports and president-elect/president/past president reports.
Report/Summary of Activities
  • NTLS in DC in September 19-20, 2024 (ntls.org)
  • I will attend NTLS as the ASTE representative in September 2024
  • The next president-elect will assume this NTLS responsibility
  • I plan on attending EASE (July 8-10, 2024) if someone else cannot represent ASTE.
  • EASE is in Indonesia in July (https://theease.org/conference2024.php)
  • EASE-ICMScE JOINT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES 2024:
    Strengthening Science and Mathematics Education as a Valuable Foundation for Sustainable Development Goals
  • The next president-elect (currently unknown) or the current president-elect (currently John Pecore) will assume this role next year. A decision will be made after a presidential team discussion of representative roles with other organizations.
Items for Discussion and/or Board Action:
N/A
Planned Activities:
Attending NTLS & EASE with ASTE's support

Southeastern Regional Report May 2024 - #15D

Associated Reports:
None
Report/Summary of Activities

During our January meeting at ASTE, we hosted graduate students who shared their research with attendees. The regional meeting was well attended and students received great feedback.

 

Items for Discussion and/or Board Action:
None
Planned Activities:
SASTE 2024 will focus on “Embracing the Edge: Cultivating Wonder, Fostering Fearlessness, and Daring Vulnerability in Science Education” and take place from October 4 - 6, 2024 at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, MS. Join us on Friday evening for a welcome social, where we will have an opportunity to reconnect and meet community members engaged in science education under the beautiful live oaks on the front lawn of the campus. Our conference presentations will take place on Saturday, and we will have an opportunity for networking events on Sunday. Additional details to follow on local happenings, meeting events, and news in our Summer Newsletter. We are now accepting proposals, please visit the regional website.

Committee of Regions - #16

Associated Reports:
n/a
Report/Summary of Activities

Spring 2024 Board Report

Only two Regions were represented in our May meeting for the Committee of Regional Representatives but a follow-up email was sent to share information and gather responses. During this meeting we touched base about graduate students reps for each region that participate in the Grad Student Forum, website updates and upcoming regional meetings. We will meet again as a committee in August.

Regional Meetings:

International TBD
Northeast Sept 26/27, New Paltz, NY
Mid-Atlantic Oct. 24-25. Pineville, KY.
North Central September 27-28, Univeristy of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Southwest ASTE Oct 4-5 2024 Denton, TX

 

Items for Discussion and/or Board Action:
(see individual reports form regions)
Planned Activities:
next meeting in August

Past President Report (Jan-June 2024) - #3

Associated Reports:
Past ASTE reports (President-elect and President)
Report/Summary of Activities
  • Attended to ASTE Business as needed/requested
  • Worked with the President and the President-Elect to help finalize committee appointments after rolling into the Past President’s role
  • Held an Oversight Committee meeting in February 2024. We will meet again after the board meeting in June.
  • Attended the ASTE mini-board meeting in March 2024.
  • Met with the NARST president during a reception, Jomo Mutegi, and discussed possible MOU and connections (March 2024). Other ASTE leaders attended as well.
  • Addressed email questions in coordination with the Presidential Team and committees as needed.
  • Presented the keynote at the Mini-in-May graduate event
  • As the ASTE liaison, I have communicated with the leader of the NTLS Conference, David Slykhuis, and plan to attend in DC in September 2024.
  • I have not interacted with EASE during this timeframe
Items for Discussion and/or Board Action:
Would any committee or member like the Oversight Committee to provide input on any item?
Planned Activities:

  • Hold Oversight Committee meetings planned for June and October 2024

  • Attend NTLS in September 2024 (in DC)


Southwest Region - #16f

Report/Summary of Activities

We have sent out a call for proposals for our regional conference which we be held on October 4-5 at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. Proposals are due August 1st. We will be touring the UNT’s Elm Fork Education Center and will be viewing at planetarium show at the UNT’s Sky Theater.

Items for Discussion and/or Board Action:
None.

Awards Committee - #6

Report/Summary of Activities

We have met to discuss and begin the process of selecting awards for the papers that were presented in New Orleans. Very few papers were submitted. The career awards are due on June 1st.

Items for Discussion and/or Board Action:
None

North Central Regional Report - #16c

Report/Summary of Activities

We held our annual meeting at the 2024 January conference to check in with members from our region. We are finalizing plans for our fall 2024 regional conference and annual business meeting which will take place September 27-28 at the University of Northern Iowa.

Items for Discussion and/or Board Action:
None

Elementary Methods Forum - #17a

Associated Reports:
None
Report/Summary of Activities

Forum met during the 2024 annual meeting and discussed forfming a lesson plan bank and looking at syllabi. Discussion of syllabi led to the submission of a proposal for a virtual PD workshop on syllabus contructionfor the 2025 meeting.

The forum will need to elect a new chair this January.

Items for Discussion and/or Board Action:
None
Planned Activities:
Virtual PD workshop on syllabus contruction for elementary methods courses.

ASTE/NSTA Partnership - #12

Associated Reports:
#19 (included here)
Report/Summary of Activities

There seems like little difference between this category and #19 (NSTA Representative) so I will offer all NSTA related comments here.

  • Continued conversations about the link between ASTE and NSTA (per our SOP’s I will be the link to NSTA for the three years of my presidential term (pre/during/post) and have met and discussed this with Flavio Mendez our NSTA contact.
  • I made a proposal to the Executive that we make some changes with the ASTE/NSTA committee and those changes are now complete.
    • I have appointed (per the SOPs) Jonah Firestone as my liaison to the ASTE/NSTA committee structure.
    • He and I have met (April 2024) with all current members of the ASTE/NSTA committee and together we have determined that we have three small subcommittees (Chapter Relations, ASTE/NSTA conferences and ASTE/NSTA Webinars) each with three members is the best way forward. The terms of membership on these committees have been established through 2027 with the most senior members of each subcommittee asked to chair.
    • Recently, we also aligned the start/stop dates of service on all ASTE-NSTA committees to coincide with the dates of service for all other committees.

I would like to say again that we must continue to monitor our association with NSTA (and all such linked organizations) to ensure that the time commitments and any reciprocal agreements value the time expended by ASTE members and leaders.  I am not suggesting that this is not the case, but we must be attentive to all our partnerships and should revisit agreements from time to time.

  • Note: In December of 2023 I discovered that there is another group that links ASTE to NSTA. It is called the NSTA Alliance of Affiliates (AoA).  This group is chaired by Sharon Delesbore (sjdelesbore@gmail.com) and she tells me that 7 groups (including ASTE) that are linked to and support NSTA come together occasionally to talk about ways to offer such support.  I have asked for more details but have not received them.
Items for Discussion and/or Board Action:
None