I am soliciting contributions for the Winter ASTE Newsletter. If you have a short piece/announcement that would be beneficial to ASTE members you would like included in the newsletter, please send it to email@example.com by February 5th so that I can assemble this edition and get it off for review before being shared with the full ASTE community.
Regional Directors! Don’t forget to share with me what’s going in your region!
I am also looking for some ideas for the Op Ed piece for future issues. IF you have something interesting, thought-provoking or related to any current events, please email me with a short description of your idea.
Also, if you have any new resources or publications, let me know that too! Send me a short blurb with the appropriate information for how to access it and I will get it published too!
If you have any questions or require guidance regarding the newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact me!
Please include a head shot with your email so I can include it with your submission. Because I want to continue to connect all ASTE members with each other, I value these photos. Therefore, be warned that if you do not share a photo, I will be pulling images from online (e.g., linkedin, university faculty pages, past newsletters…).
Thank you to the over 350 of you who participated in our first ever Virtual Conference! We owe a debt of gratitude to our Thread Coordinators, Proposal Reviewers, Presiders, Zoom Hosts, and all the ASTE staff (Program Coordinator, Brooke Whitworth, Executive Director- Kate Popejoy, and Director of Electronic Services- John Rhea) and the ASTE leadership who worked behind the scenes to make this happen! While we weren’t able to be in Salt Lake City with Kathy Trundle and Max Longhurst, we know they are planning to host us in the future!
We are eager to hear your input about this, and future, conferences. Please take the time to share that via our 2021 Annual Conference Survey. We would appreciate your responses no later than February 15th to allow our Conference Planning Committee to take these into consideration.
CONGRATULATIONS to our Three-Minute Thesis competition winner, Stephanie Stehle from George Mason University who presented High School Students’ Use of Metacognition in Physics Problem Solving.
On behalf of the SITE Science Education SIG Chair Joshua Ellis and Co-Chair Dr. Nathan Dolenc, we are pleased to announce this year’s NTLI Fellow as Prof. Kate Walker for her presentation, Undergraduate Utilization of Virtual Reality in Conducting Student Designed Scientific Research. Congratulations!The John C. Park National Technology Leadership Initiative (NTLI) Fellowship, sponsored by Vernier Software & Technology, was established to recognize an exemplary presentation on technology at ASTE’s annual conference. Each year, NTLI Fellows are invited to present at the annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). We would like to thank the members of this year’s NTLI Review Panel: Drs. Sumreen Asim, Rich Lamb, Gillian Roehrig, and David Slykhuis.
I want to extend heartfelt thanks to you for serving in this important role. Your work reviewing and providing feedback helps ensure our conference provides attendees with high-quality research that represents the diverse voices in our organization.
Thank you for the time and effort you put into reading and evaluating session proposals this year. I encourage you to share your feedback via the 2021 Conference Evaluation, but also welcome any feedback you would like to share with me directly about the proposal review process and/or serving as a proposal reviewer.
The ASTE Elections Committee would like to announce the call for nominees for the following elected positions that will be on the 2021 ballot (number of positions in parentheses):
President (1) At-Large Board Members (2)–NOTE: All At-Large Board Members are appointed to serve as chair/co-chair of an ASTE Committee. Upcoming vacancies include the Publications Committee & Professional Development Committee. Elections Committee (3)
The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2021.
The following information should be submitted for the nominee:
· Name of Nominee
· Position for which the person is being nominated
· Nominee contact information, including email address
Once the Elections Committee receives nominations, potential candidates are evaluated based on their service to ASTE through a variety of venues including service on ASTE committees, service at ASTE conferences, and publications in ASTE related journals. The rubric used to evaluate nominated candidates is found on the nominations page. This rubric will be used to evaluate nominees so that there are no more than 3 candidates for President, 4 candidates for At-Large Board Members, and 4 candidates for Elections Committee. Please note that prior service experience to ASTE is what is primarily used to evaluate nominees. We encourage anyone interested in more information to contact the co-chairs of the committee.
For more information about the roles and responsibilities of the ASTE Leadership Team positions, please visit the ASTE website- www.theaste.org. Information about each of the positions may be found on pages 4, 15 of the link “Statement of Operating Procedures” found within the “About” tab.
I hope you had happy holidays and your new year is off to a good start. The 2021 ASTE Virtual Conference is almost here! Presenters, the deadline for submitting materials has been extended until January 6th at noon.
If you are a presenter, you should upload the appropriate file type to this website: https://theaste.org/2021-accepted-author-conference-file-submission/ . When you click on the session type you will be provided with additional information and instructions. You will also find some tips for sharing your files for the Virtual Conference. These files will only be available to conference attendees starting January 7th. If you’d like some help on how to turn your narrated PowerPoint file into a video file, you might find this video helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wO3OWtFxwU
And, you can view the entire program through our conference app at https://theaste.org//conferenceapp/index.html#home . Here you can see the program at a glance, search for sessions, and make your own conference schedule. Please note that the times in the app are all in Mountain standard time. You can change all times to your own time zone through the settings link at the top of the program home page. Also, anyone can see the program, but only registered attendees will be able to see the Zoom links for sessions as we post them closer to the conference dates.
Please let me know if there is any other way we can help.
Brooke (Program Coordinator) on behalf of ASTE Leadership & Conference Teams
As the new co-editors the Innovations in Science Teacher Education, we (Rebekka Darner and I) are pleased to announce that Volume 6, Issue 1 is now available. We also want to express our gratitude to the founding editors Rommel Miranda and Ron Hermann for the strong foundation they set and their support and help in this transition period.
The ASTE Awards Committee invites all ASTE members to consider Awards IV and V as they not only prepare for their own virtual presentations and posters, but as they attend the 2021 International Conference from January 14-15. Similar to last year, you can use the official end-of-conference survey to make an anonymous recommendation for an ASTE member to consider submitting their work for our paper awards, both of which now have graduate-student levels!
Award IV – Innovation in Teaching Science Teachers Award V – Implications of Research for Educational Practice
The formal call for nominations will be sent out after the conference with submissions due on March 1, 2021. To learn more about all of the awards offered by ASTE, please check out https://theaste.org/awards.
Registration for the ASTE 2021 Virtual Conference is now live! You can renew your membership for 2021, and register for the conference through this link: https://theaste.org/join-aste/
You can view the entire program through our conference app at https://theaste.org//conferenceapp/index.html#home. Here you can see the program at a glance, search for sessions, and make your own conference schedule. Please note that the times in the app are all in Mountain standard time. You can change all times to your own time zone through the settings link at the top of the program home page. Also, anyone can see the program, but only registered attendees will be able to see the Zoom links for sessions as we post them closer to the conference dates.
We sincerely appreciate your patience as we worked through the process of setting up what we believe will be a rewarding experience for all attendees. We have adjusted the registration cost in order to reflect our virtual experience.