Announcements

Call for ASTE 2021 Proposal Reviewers

Greetings,
 
The ASTE leadership team continues to evaluate data so that we can decide how to proceed for our 2021 annual conference. We appreciate that a number of you have completed the survey about your plans at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMy7INiQ_Q-reBDMLJxJSN8z5A_-qkT3fuVCyUF4CqYOcPwA/viewform If you have not yet completed the survey, please do so.
 
In the meantime, we are proceeding to plan for a conference!  That means proposals should be submitted, and they will need to be reviewed. So, please consider signing up to be a reviewer!
 
Each year, ASTE relies on support from members to provide at least two anonymous reviews for each conference proposal. We need at least 150-200 people to keep the work load to a few proposals per reviewer. If you would be willing to serve as a reviewer, please click the following link: https://theaste.org/meeting/proposal-submission/proposal-reviewer-signup/ .
 
You must be a current ASTE member to serve as a reviewer. When you sign-up, please indicate how many proposals you are willing to review, and select your first and second preferences for threads. You will need to log in before completing the form. If you volunteered when you submitted a proposal, there is no need to repeat the process. 
 
You may also elect to serve as a presider for one of the sessions at the 2021 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference dates are January 13-16, 2021. Please consider serving in this capacity as well. Presiders introduce the session, keep presentations moving along, and help the presenters and audience enjoy comfortable, productive interactions.  Presiders are not discussants, so you don’t need to worry if the session theme is outside of your expertise.  If you have questions, please contact Brooke Whitworth, program coordinator, at bwhitwo@clemson.edu .
 
Thank you in advance for the support of the ASTE 2021 Annual Conference, and stay safe! 

A Change in the ASTE Board

Greetings, 
Thank you very much to ASTE Board member at large Eric Pyle, who had to resign from his position on the Board as it conflicts with his new position as President-Elect of NSTA. I know we will continue to work with Eric through our partnership with NSTA, and we are glad to have another close ally in NSTA leadership. 
 
The presidential team, Executive Committee, and Board went through the process as delineated in the By-Laws and SOPs to replace Eric. Our new Board member, serving out the remainder of Eric’s term, will be Jerrid Kruse of Drake University.
 
Welcome Jerrid – we look forward to your leadership on the ASTE Board.
 
Kind regards,
Gil Naizer, PhD

Applications Now Being Sought for JOURNAL EDITOR(S) Innovations in Science Teacher Education

The publications committee of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) is seeking applications for Editor or Co-Editors of our journal Innovations in Science Teacher Education. The total term of editorship is 3.5 years (January 2021 – June 2024). To facilitate the transition in editorship, for the first six months, the outgoing editors will provide mentorship as the new editors get the first two issues of the year out.  In the last six months January 2024  –  June 2024), the outgoing editors will support the work of the new editors, although the paid term is for three years, from January 2021  – December 2023.
 
Innovations in Science Teacher Education is a peer-reviewed, online journal published quarterly focusing on all issues related to science teacher education including pre-service, induction, and in- service. The journal publishes manuscripts discussing innovative, inspirational and concrete ideas for enhancing teaching for all those associated with preparing and supporting the professional development of K-12 science teachers. Articles are written by science teacher educators for science teacher educators, in the broadest sense of the word. The journal audience includes those with responsibilities for teaching science content to in/preservice teachers, teaching science methods and related courses to in/preservice teachers, coordinating and supervising science field practica for in/preservice teachers, professional development and instructing in/preservice teachers in all issues connected with science teaching more broadly.
 
The Editor(s) must be a member in good standing of ASTE. They should have expertise in science teacher education, as well as experience reviewing manuscripts for professional refereed educational journals. In addition, the editor(s) is expected to attend annual meetings of ASTE and serve as an ex-officio member on the ASTE Publications Committee. Annual compensation for the editor(s) is $10,000 for three years.
 
Responsibilities
The Editor(s) will: Maintain high academic standards for published manuscriptsPublish four issues of the journal each year on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.Originate the call for and the selection of the Editorial Review Board [ERB] for manuscript reviewsPrepare and monitor reviewers for high qualitySolicit manuscripts for the journalScreen submissions for relevance to journal and then assign manuscripts fitting the journal mission to two members of the ERBConsider reviews, decide disposition of manuscripts, and communicate decisions with authorsMaintain communication between the journal and ASTEMaintain correspondence with ERB and ensure all are ASTE membersCompile statistics and maintain files as appropriate for the journalEnsure that reviewers are thanked publicly on an annual basisCoordinate, conduct and/or participate in a “Publishing in Science Education” session at the annual ASTE meeting. 
 
Full applications for the position are due by August 31, 2020 and must include:
  a cover letter of application that  describes the applicant(s) commitment with a specific focus on ASTE (and non- ASTE) experiences as an author, reviewer and editor (conference proposals, journals, ASTE newsletter etc.). The cover letter should also include a description of the applicant(s)’ vision for the journal and operating procedures such as securing and preparing reviewers, and potential strategies for increasing visibility and possible revenue.full vita/vitaea statement detailing institutional support, if applicable. 
 
Send application materials and questions to the Co-Chairs of the ASTE Publications Committee:
Renee Schwartz (rschwartz@gsu.edu)  and
Meg Blanchard (Meg_Blanchard@ncsu.edu)
 
  

ASTE Call for PD Workshop Proposals – Due May 22nd

Please consider submitting a professional development (PD) workshop proposal for ASTE 2021.

The PD workshop submission system is available April 13-May 22, 2020 through the ASTE website (https://theaste.org/meeting/workshops/). 

All proposals must be processed through the online system and proposals not received before midnight (Hawaii-Aleutian time zone) on May 22 will not be considered.

The one-hour workshops can include any of the following (but are not limited to this list): Policy and advocacy for science teacher educators; Technology in teacher education; Grant writing – Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced levels; Course design/ methods for methods; Diversity and equity (gender equity, inclusive education, culturally responsive pedagogy); STEM/Integrated science; Informal science education; & Career development (job hunt, promotion & tenure, etc.).

Contact the PD Committee Chair Andrea Burrows with any questions: Andrea.Burrows@uwyo.edu

ASTE Awards I, II, and III Reminder

Dear ASTE Community,

There is still time to nominate a colleague for ASTE Awards I, II, and III – Science Education Career Awards. Any member of ASTE (including graduate students) may submit a nomination. The nominee should be informed about the award nomination and nominators must follow guidelines in preparing nomination materials. As of January 2020, the list of required materials has been modified from previous years. Descriptions of each of these awards are provided below, but are also available online.

Award I – Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year (Two Levels). These awards recognize the individual achievements and contributions of ASTE members. Level I is for ASTE members in the first 10 years of their career. Level II is for ASTE members beyond the first 10 years of their career.

Award II – Outstanding Mentor. This award honors ASTE members who support and encourage pre-service and in-service science teachers and/or new science teacher educators entering the profession. It also seeks to recognize the valuable contributions of mentors to the profession of science teacher education.

Award III – Outstanding Longtime Service to ASTE. This award recognizes outstanding service by a long-standing member of ASTE (> 15 years). For this award, service is defined as work accomplished a committed ASTE member in an effort to address issues, goals, and actions that have intellectual merit and broader impact on science teacher education.

Nominations for Awards I, II, and III must be submitted online. To do so, go to https://theaste.org/awards, log in, and then click on the link “Nominations must be submitted online”.

Submissions for Awards I, II, and III are due June 1stand must comply with the submission guidelines available at https://theaste.org/awards. The Awards Chair will contact nominees shortly after the June 1 deadline to confirm receipt of the nomination.

If you have questions about Awards I, II, or III, please contact Awards Chair, Dr. Emily Dare, edare@fiu.edu.

Sincerely,

Emily Dare & Jennifer Mesa

ASTE Awards Chair and co-Chair

CALL FOR EDITORIAL REVIEW BOARD MEMBERS for Science Education Section of CITE

This is a formal call to members of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) to serve on the Editorial Review Board (ERB) for the Science Education section of the online journal Contemporary Issues of Technology in Education (CITE).  We are seeking reviewers from diverse backgrounds with experience implementing technology with science teaching. 

The CITE Journal is an online, peer-reviewed journal, established and jointly sponsored by five professional associations (ASTE, AMTE, NCSS, CEE, and SITE). This is the only joint venture of this kind in the field of teacher education. Each professional association has sole responsibility for editorial review of articles in its discipline. The online journal format enables authors to demonstrate the technologies about which they are writing, including video and audio segments, animation, virtual reality, Web links, and simulations. The current issue of the journal may be accessed at http://www.citejournal.org.  

The Science Education section is especially committed to publishing articles that demonstrate how science learning is enhanced by the meaningful integration of technology.  We seek reviewers who are familiar with both science education and technology education literature and addresses both of these areas in their research.    

Qualifications:  

·         Established record of publishing in peer-reviewed science education and technology integration practitioner and/or research journals.  

·         Prior experience as a reviewer for other research journals, grants, or other scholarly works.  

·         Expertise in teacher education (preservice, induction, or inservice, and areas of specialization within these domains can include curriculum development, technology, or informal settings).  

·         Maintain membership with the Association for Science Teacher Education.  

Duties and Responsibilities:  

·         Read and evaluate approximately 2 to 4 manuscripts per year.  

·         Commit to serving on the ERB for three years (ERBs will be reviewed yearly).  

·         Provide written reports and formative feedback on submitted manuscripts using the criteria and evaluation form provided by the Editors.  

·         Review manuscripts within four weeks of receipt.  

·         Provide feedback to the editors about the journal direction and review process.  

·         Help recruit high impact authors for the journal (especially ASTE members)

Any questions regarding the journal or Editorial Review Board should be directed to the current editors –
Andrea Burrows: A
ndrea.Burrows@uwyo.edu and Helen Meyer: Helen.Meyer@uc.edu 

To apply, please electronically submit the following materials  to Andrea Burrows (Andrea.Burrows@uwyo.edu) and Helen Meyer (Helen.Meyer@uc.edu)

1.     A cover letter that includes a list of at least three areas of expertise in science teacher education and technology in which you would be comfortable reviewing manuscripts.  

2.     A two-page vita that emphasizes publications in refereed journals, especially practitioner journals, and includes any previous reviewing or editing experience.   

3.     These two documents should be combined into a single pdf file labeled with the name of the applicant, CITE Science ERB, and date (e.g., Smithson_Jane_CITEScienceERB_June2020).

4.     The email subject bar should mirror the name of the document (e.g., Smithson_Jane_CITEScienceERB_June2020)

Deadline for ERB applications is June 5, 2020

(Note – If possible we request ERB applications by Monday, May 11, 
but applications are accepted through June 5, 2020)

Please submit to the ASTE Spring 2020 Newsletter

Dear ASTE Members, 

We hope you are all well and safe.

We are soliciting contributions for the Spring 2020 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 newsletter@theaste.org by May 7th so that we 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 us what’s going in your region!

If you have any questions or require guidance regarding the newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact us! Please include a head shot with your email so we can include it with your submission. Because we want to continue to connect all ASTE members with each other, we value these photos. Therefore, be warned that if you do not share a photo, we will be pulling images from online (e.g., linked in, university faculty pages, past newsletters…). 

Sincerely,
Jennifer Oramous and Amity Gann

ASTE 2021 Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals 
2021 ASTE International Conference 
Salt Lake City, Utah   #ASTE2021
It is time to submit concurrent session proposals for the Association for Science Teacher Education 2021 Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah!  We know these are uncertain times for all of us, but we sincerely hope that we will be able to gather together in Salt Lake City January 13-16, 2021.

The conference proposal system uses a profile-based approach that will result in fewer notification emails going to spam folders, and will also allow for proposal editing until the July 13, 2020 due date.  You will also receive the decision letter and reviewer comments via logging in to your profile.
 
You must have a current (or recent) ASTE membership OR a non-member account to submit a proposal. If you have a membership, your account is already in place.   Instructions for creating and using a non-member account (basically a username and password) are located on the proposal submission page located at https://theaste.org/meeting/proposal-submission/.  Once your account is in place, you need to log in to access the proposal system.
 
Proposals should address issues concerning science teacher education; these can be a research study, philosophical essay, position paper, innovative idea, etc. Formats include traditional paper presentations, themed paper sets, posters, roundtables, syllabus sharing, and exploratory sessions. Although the traditional threads of the ASTE conference will apply, we are also looking for new and innovative proposals that push the boundaries of traditional science education.
 
In addition to submitting a proposal, please consider taking on the role(s) of reviewer and/or presider for the conference.  You can select one or both of these options during the proposal submission process.
 
The priority deadline for submitting proposals is MIDNIGHT JULY 13, 2020.  Proposals received after the deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.  For more information or to submit a proposal, please go to the ASTE website at https://theaste.org/meeting/proposal-submission/
 
Technical questions should be sent to John Rhea, ASTE Director of Electronic Services, at DES@theaste.org.  If you have questions about the conference events, please contact the conference co-chairs at conferencechairs@theaste.org.
 
Stay safe and well.
 
Your Conference Chairs,
Kathy Trundle and Max Longhurst

ASTE 2021 Salt Lake City Call for Workshop Proposals

Call for 2021 ASTE Professional Development Workshop Proposals

Please note that the Call for regular proposals will go out later this month.

The purpose of the Professional Development Committee is to organize and coordinate professional development (PD) opportunities for ASTE, in order to assist members and other science teacher educators in the pursuit of lifelong learning related to science teacher education.

The ASTE PD Committee invites ASTE members who are interested in presenting a PD workshop at the January 13-16, 2021 ASTE International Conference in Salt Lake City, UT to submit workshop proposals. 

PD workshops are interactive sessions focusing on: a) issues in science teacher education and/or science education, or b) an update on scientific knowledge. Workshops should actively engage participants (i.e., not primarily discussion or a paper presentation).

PD workshops are 1 hour in length. All workshops are embedded in the daily conference schedule and are open to all conference attendees (limited by room size/first-come, first-served). Facilitators should plan for up to 30 participants in the PD workshop.

The PD workshop submission system will be available April 13-May 22, 2020 through the ASTE website (https://theaste.org/meeting/workshop-proposals/). All proposals must be processed through the online system and proposals not received before midnight (Hawaii-Aleutian time zone) on May 22 will not be considered.
 

Reviews of PD workshop proposals center on the clarity of focus and learning objectives; appropriateness of content and workshop activities; facilitator plans for supporting participants post-workshop; and interest/relevance to the ASTE membership. Acceptance of proposals is based on proposal quality and the desire to create a balanced program of PD offerings to the ASTE membership. In particular, past ASTE member feedback indicates there is interest in workshops related to:
Policy and advocacy for science teacher educators
Technology in teacher education
Grant writing – Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced levels
Course design/ methods for methods
Diversity and equity (gender equity, inclusive education, culturally responsive pedagogy)
STEM/Integrated science
Informal science education
Career development (job hunt, promotion & tenure, etc.)

On behalf of the entire ASTE Professional Development Committee, thank you in advance for submitting your proposal. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Andrea C. Burrows, Chair
Professional Development Committee
Andrea.Burrows@uwyo.edu

JSTE Temporarily Suspending Printing

Dear ASTE Community,

I have received the following information from Taylor & Francis:

Due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to share an important update with our society partners, on decisions we’ve made to manage publishing operations during the pandemic.
 
With great reluctance we have decided to stop printing journals from 10 April until further notice.

We are seeing disruption to the distribution supply chain for printed journals: as of the first week of April the postal services of 42 countries have stopped accepting inward deliveries. In addition, many air mail services in and out of our major print hubs in the UK, US and Singapore are no longer operating due to reduced air freight capacity. Finally, a significant number of institutions we mail journals to are closed for business and are no longer accepting post.

We apologize for how this will affect you and your members, and want to reassure you that online access to our journal content is not affected. Your journal(s) will continue to publish online according to their usual schedules on our journal platform, Taylor & Francis Online.

We plan to resume printing in May and, at the point we do start to print again, your members will receive the print issues that would have been dispatched during the period in which printing ceased. We will keep the situation under close review, especially with regard to public health concerns, and keep you updated with any changes.
 
Please view the following page with information on FAQs. Feel free to share this information with your members so they are aware of this change.

Kind regards.
Kate Popejoy, PhD
ASTE Executive Director