Announcements

Call for ASTE 2019 Thread Coordinators

ASTE is recruiting Thread Coordinators for the 2019 Conference in Savannah, GA. Thread Coordinators analyze information submitted by individual proposal reviewers and make recommendations to the Conference Program Coordinator about which proposals should be included in the conference. They also suggest ways that accepted proposals might be grouped to create coherent sessions. Most of the Thread Coordinator’s work takes place in late July to mid-August. It can all be done electronically. The 2019 Threads and list of tasks and timelines are included below. Our goal is to have two Coordinators for each strand.

If you are interested in serving as a Thread Coordinator, please email Meredith McAllister, ASTE Conference Program Coordinator, at mlmcalli@butler.edu, copied to Bob Hollon, ASTE Executive Director (executivedirector@theaste.org) with contact information and your strand preference. Please submit information no later than June 27, 2018. If you have already contacted Meredith or one of the conference chairs about serving as a coordinator for 2019, please let us know so we can update our lists. You must be a current (2018) ASTE member to serve as a coordinator.

 Tasks and Timeline

During late July and early August . . .

  1. Work with the other Coordinator in your thread to monitor reviews (John Rhea will provide you with access to the reviewers decisions within the ASTE website). A list of your reviewers and proposal numbers assigned will be forwarded to Coordinators (from the Program Coordinator) to help keep track of who’s doing what.
  2. Work with the Conference Program Coordinator (Meredith McAllister) and Director of Electronic Services (John Rhea) if a proposal needs to be reassigned. Reviewers should contact you if there is a concern about the thread, if they receive their own proposal or have any other conflicts with any of their assignments so you could reassign the papers.

As the August 10, 2018 review deadline (approximately) approaches . . .

  1. On August 5, contact any reviewers whose work is not submitted to remind them of the August 10th due date. As the reviews come in, you can start compiling your recommendations (using the decision to accept/accept, or if space/reject) within the provided Excel spreadsheet. Each proposal is reviewed by two ASTE members–if the two reviewers are not in agreement, you will need to assign a third reviewer or do your own review in order to reach a recommendation. The final proposal decision for “accept if space” will be made by the Program Coordinator (using considerations such as total number of proposals accepted, conference space, etc.).

By August 24, 2018:

  1. Send a list of recommendations to the Conference Program Chair (mlmcalli@butler.edu) that includes:
  2. Determine your recommendations for each proposal (Accept, Accept if Space, Reject) and come to an agreement with your co-coordinator. You will be provided a spreadsheet to record your final recommendations. Each proposal assigned to your strand, regardless of session type, must be listed on the spreadsheet.
  3. Suggested groupings (for sessions with traditional papers) that would fit well together into the same time slot should be provided in the spreadsheet. The Conference Program Coordinator will try to accommodate these suggestions into the final program, if conference space/time allows.
  4. If you receive recommendations from reviewers or you decide to change the format of a proposed session e.g., a reviewer thinks a poster should be a paper, please review the proposal before proceeding with the recommendation. Be sure to contact the first author to make sure they are aware of the change. This will avoid any confusion if the first author doesn’t read the acceptance letter carefully and assumes that the proposal was accepted under the submitted format.

JSTE Indexed!

Some great news! Taylor and Francis advised us that the Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE) is now included in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI). There is a stiff reviewing process to be selected for this Index, so this is an important recognition of the quality of JSTE. Being included in ESCI will make it easier for others to search, find, and cite articles published in JSTE, further enhancing the impact of the journal. Thanks to the Lead Editors, Norm and Judy Lederman, the Editorial staff, Associate Editors, the Publications Committee, our reviewers and, of course, our authors for continuing to make our journal a “go to” read for our profession!

ASTE Executive Director

Call for Applications for Executive Director

2019-2024

We are currently in the process of accepting applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director for the Association for Science Teacher Education.

Individuals and/or teams of individuals can apply for this position. Support is provided by ASTE for the position including a yearly stipend, office expenses and travel to all meetings (including the summer board meeting). The Executive Director should be a member in good standing in ASTE and have excellent organizational skills. If applicable, this person should have strong institutional support for this position.

Term of Position

The position will last five years and will begin upon conferral of the Board of Directors (2020-2024). There will be a twelve-month phase in process starting January 2019 at the annual conference, in which the incoming Executive Director will be responsible for assisting the outgoing Executive Director.

Compensation Package

Annual Stipend: $15,000

Conference Stipend: $2,500 (beginning with 2020 annual conference)

Other expenses that will be covered by ASTE include an office allowance (e.g., computer, postage, etc.) and travel to the summer board meeting (beginning in 2020).

Reimbursement for travel for meeting planning for future conference sites can be negotiated.

Transition Period Stipend: $2,500 (for 2019) and travel expenses associated with attending 2019 summer board meeting

Executive Director Responsibilities (as delineated in the SOPs)

  1. Work with the Elections Committee and Director of Electronic Services to prepare a ballot for a slate of nominees for each office by the deadline.
  2. Act as parliamentarian at all official meetings of the Board of Directors.
  3. Act as the fiscal agent of the association and arrange for the filing of tax-exempt status, an account audit, and a tax audit and filing each year.
  4. Work with the President-Elect to prepare an upcoming budget for Board of Directors approval.
  5. Take and publish minutes from each Executive Committee and Board of Directors’ meetings.
  6. Maintain an up-to-date and accurate copy of the Statement of Operating Procedures. Updates should minimally follow each Board of Directors’ meeting. An up-to-date version of the SOPs will be maintained in a publicly accessible location, such as the ASTE web site.
  7. Work with the Awards Committee to obtain plaques for awardees and other honorees.
  8. Assist the Conference Planning Committees with preparations for the annual conference, especially with regard to developing a hotel contract and coordinating all hotel contracts and arrangements.
  9. Negotiate and sign hotel contract for the annual conference and Board of Directors’ meetings.
  10. Work with the Director of Electronic Services to coordinate advance and on-site conference registration.
  11. Solicit membership renewals through an annual mailing and work with the Membership Committee to maintain and increase membership.
  12. Process membership payments and membership record keeping.
  13. Provide membership lists to the Newsletter Editor, Director of Electronic Services, regional directors and other officers, as needed.
  14. Handle members’ journal subscriptions.
  15. Handle sales of monographs, books and other association publications.
  16. Maintain the association’s minutes and other historical documents.
  17. Serve on Association committees, as requested.
  18. Carry out the tasks designated by the Board of Directors that ensure the health of the Association.
  19. Report on the fiscal health of the Association in the Spring Newsletter, at Executive Committee meetings, at Board of Directors’ meetings, and during the Business luncheon.
  20. Create semi-annual financial reports for the Executive Board.
  21. Submit Board of Directors reports as requested.
  22. Manage contact information requests and information rental requests.

Interested persons and/or teams should also review the Executive Director description in the ASTE Statement of Operating Procedures (SOPs), which can be found on the ASTE website under the “About” link at www.theaste.org.

Interested persons or teams should submit a letter of interest by April 15, 2018.  Full applications for the position are due by June 15th, 2018, and should include a letter of application, vita(s), and, if appropriate, a statement detailing institutional support. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Letters and applications should be emailed to Dr. Patricia “Tisha” Morrell, 2018 ASTE President and Chair of the Search Committee: morrell@up.edu.  For additional information please contact Tisha Morrell (morrell@up.edu, 503-943-8013).

Executive Director Search Committee Members

Patricia Morrell (chair), Catherine Martin-Dunlop, Malcolm Butler, Jessica Riccio, Ronald Hermann

Interested parties are encouraged to speak with Bob Hollon, ASTE Executive Director, at the Baltimore Conference in January 2018 to get a better understanding of the position.

March for Science

The March for Science in Washington, DC and affiliate marches all over the world will take place on April 22, 2017 (Earth Day). ASTE has joined as an official partner with the March for Science and the marches, associated teach-ins and other activities. We encourage you to participate.

The decision by the ASTE Board was based on the recognition that this is an opportunity not only to advocate for science, but also for science teacher education. The March for Science has among its core principles: importance of science as a public good, cutting edge science education, and inclusive science in which the full diversity of people are welcome (https://www.marchforscience.com/mission-and-vision/). These principles parallel the mission of ASTE to promote leadership and support for professionals involved in the education and development of teachers of science.

We will continue to keep members posted about activities related to the March for Science through the ASTE listserv, ASTE Facebook and ASTE Twitter accounts @the_ASTE. If you choose to participate please also share your involvement with and promotion of science teacher education through these venues. We know many of us plan to attend the march in San Antonio.  Regardless of location, if you do march please promote ASTE on your signs and banners!

Thank you for all you do to support science teaching and learning around the world.
Sincerely,

Gillian Roehrig, ASTE President

Malcolm Butler, ASTE Past-president

Tisha Morrell, ASTE President-elect

JSTE, Innovations, and CITE Reviewers

JSTE Reviewers
Innovations Reviewers
CITE Reviewers

Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE)

CALL FOR REVIEWERS

This is a formal call to ALL members of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) who would like to serve on the Editorial Review Board of the

Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE). We are seeking both U.S. and International applicants.

JSTE is the flagship journal of the Association for Science Teacher Education. It serves as a forum for disseminating high quality research and theoretical position papers concerning preservice and inservice science teacher education. The journal publishes eight issues per year, featuring empirical research and theoretical articles focused on teacher education that have the potential to improve the teaching and learning of science, professional development, and teacher recruitment and retention at all grade levels.

We are seeking International applicants as well as U.S. applicants, who are ASTE members but may be working in a variety of contexts (i.e., university faculty, graduate students, and science educators working in the private sector). There are two key criteria considered for selection – 1) expertise in science teacher education and 2) experience as an editorial reviewer.

Qualifications:

  • Competence in research and/or methodology within some aspect of science teacher education.
  • Ability to judge the quality of a manuscript within an area of science teacher education.
  • Ability to identify particular strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript and, in a professional manner, offer suggestions for revising manuscripts.
  • Established record of publication in peer-reviewed science education and/or related journals.
  • Established record as an editorial reviewer for peer-reviewed science education journals and/or proposals for professional science education conferences.

Duties and Responsibilities if Selected:

  • Read and evaluate approximately six manuscripts per year.
  • Provide written reports on manuscripts reviewed using the criteria and evaluation form provided by the Editor(s).
  • Review manuscripts within four weeks of receipt.

To apply, please submit electronically the following materials to Norman and Judith Lederman at ledermann@iit.edu by February 20th, 2017

1. A letter of interest that addresses the qualifications listed above, as well as a list of at least four areas of expertise in science teacher education in which you would be comfortable reviewing manuscripts.
2. A two-page vita that emphasizes publications in refereed journals and previous reviewing or editing experience.

 

Innovations in Science Teacher Education

CALL FOR REVIEWERS

This is a formal call to ALL members of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) who would like to serve on the Editorial Review Board (ERB) for the practitioner journal Innovations in Science Teacher Education (Innovations).

Innovations is an online practitioner development journal of the Association for Science Teacher Education. Innovations is a journal where science teacher educators can share the work they do to prepare preservice science teachers and provide professional development for inservice science teachers. The journal publishes four issues per year, featuring concrete ideas and strategies that are easily replicable by science educators in their own setting, context, and with their unique student population. The activities, ideas and strategies described in the manuscripts must be based on a firm foundation of scholarly work in science education and should describe innovative efforts to advance the field and enhance science teacher education.

We are seeking U.S. and international applicants, who are ASTE members but may at different stages in their careers and/or working in a variety of contexts (i.e., university faculty, graduate students, and formal or informal science educators working in private sector or nonprofit centers focused on science teacher professional development).

Qualifications:

  • Established record of publishing in, or reviewing for, peer-reviewed science education practitioner and/or research journals.
  • Prior experience as a reviewer for grants or other scholarly works.
  • Expertise in teacher education (preservice, induction, and inservice). Areas within these domains can focus on curriculum development, technology, or informal settings.

Duties and Responsibilities if Selected :

  • Read and evaluate approximately 4-6 manuscripts per year.
  • Maintain membership in the Association for Science Teacher Education.
  • 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 weeksof receipt.
  • Provide feedback to the editors about the journal direction and review process.
  • Help recruit high impact authors for the journal.

To apply, please submit electronically in a SINGLE PDF the following materials to Rommel Miranda at Rmiranda@towson.edu by February 20, 2017

  • One-page letter of interestthat includes a list of at least three areas of expertise in science teacher education in which you would be comfortable reviewing manuscripts.
  • Two-page vitathat emphasizes publications in refereed journals, especially practitioner journals, and includes any previous reviewing or editing experience.

 

Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE)

CALL FOR REVIEWERS

This is a formal call to ALL 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 in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE).

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. Issues of the journal are available at http://www.citejournal.org.

The Science Education section is committed to publishing articles that demonstrate how science learning is enhanced by the meaningful integration of technology. We are seeking reviewers from diverse backgrounds with experience implementing technology with science teaching. The criteria for being considered as a reviewer is prior reviewing experience as well as a history of peer-reviewed publications.

Qualifications:

  • A record of publishing in peer-reviewed science education and technology integration practitioner and/or research journals.
  • Prior experience as a reviewer (i.e., research journals, grants, or other scholarly works)
  • Expertise in teacher education (pre-service, induction, or in-service). Areas of specialization within these domains can include curriculum development, technology, or informal settings.
  • Are a member of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Read and evaluate approximately 2 to 4 manuscripts per year.
  • Commit to serving on the ERB for three years (ERBs are reviewed yearly).
  • Provide written reports and formative feedback on submitted manuscripts using the criteria and evaluation form provided by the Editors.
  • Complete manuscript reviews within four weeks of receipt.
  • Provide feedback to the editors about the journal direction and review process.
  • Help recruit high impact authors and articles for the journal.

Any questions regarding the journal or Editorial Review Board should be directed to Andrea Burrows (Andrea.Burrows@uwyo.edu)  or Tim Slater (tslater@uwyo.edu).

To apply, please submit electronically the following materials to

Andrea Burrows (Andrea.Burrows@uwyo.edu) by March 1st, 2017

  1. A one-page letter of interest 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 one-page vita that emphasizes publications in refereed journals including any previous reviewing or editing experience.

A New Cover for JSTE

The ASTE Publications Committee is pleased to announce a fresh new look for the Journal of Science Teacher Education!

jstecover

In January 2017, we officially make the transition to Routledge of the Taylor and Francis group for the publishing of JSTE.

The new cover will begin with Issue 1 of Volume 28.

Science Teacher Preparation in Content-Based Second Language Acquisition

Edited by Alandeom W. Oliveira & Molly H. Weinburgh

The primary purpose of this book is to provide science teacher educators with exemplars of professional development programs designed to prepare school teachers to effectively help language learners in science classrooms simultaneously gain language proficiency and conceptual understanding. To this end, this book examines seventeen science teacher preparation programs that span a wide variety of grade levels (elementary, middle, and secondary), countries (Italy, Luxemburg, Spain, UK, and US), and linguistic contexts (English as a Second Language, English as a Foreign Language, trilingual classrooms, and teaching deaf children science through sign language). The book is divided into three main parts. Each part consists of chapters that illustrate a common, cross-cutting theme in science teacher preparation in content-based second language acquisition, namely pre-service teacher preparation, in-service teacher preparation, and international perspectives. Each part provides many insights on the similarities and differences in the professional development approaches used to prepare science teaching with varied amounts of instructional experience help students in different parts of the world overcome linguistic barriers while simultaneously learning concepts central to science. Bringing together researchers from various academic backgrounds (science education, TESOL, and Applied Linguistics), attention is given to varied facets of the intersection of science and language learning in the specific context of school teacher preparation.

Available at http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319435145

Good News for JSTE

The Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE), by virtue of its membership in Scopus (the largest database of peer reviewed journals), is now approved for subsidies by South African authors. In South Africa, and many other countries, authors receive subsidies for articles that they publish in peer-reviewed journals. Until now, South African authors were hesitant to send their manuscripts to JSTE because they would receive no credit for publishing in our journal. The South African government has just approved subsidies for journals included in Scopus because of the quality and notoriety of journals in the database. Our journal has been receiving much more attention internationally because of the clearly international Editorial Board and Editorial Review Board members. The international “flavor” of the journal has been created in our attempts to become ISI accredited. Many countries only give credit to authors if they publish in ISI (Institute of Scientific Information) journals. Hence, our journal achieving this accreditation is of paramount significance. The current rise in JSTE’s status is at least partially due to the work of recent Publications Committee members, including Gillian Roehrig, Valarie Akerson, and Meredith Park Rogers. Much credit also must go to ASTE Past-President Joanne Olson. We are definitely moving in the right direction, with many more exciting ASTE announcements to come over the next few years.

2016 International Conference of East-Asian Association for Science Education (EASE2016 Tokyo)

The 5th international conference of EASE (or East-Asian Association for Science Education) is held on August 26-28, 2016 at Tokyo University of Science, located at the metropolitan area of Tokyo (Shinjuku).

Innovations in Science Education Research & Practice: Strengthening International Collaboration

Important dates:

Abstract Submission: January 15 – April 15, 2016
Registration: March 1 – July 31, 2016

For more information please visit the EASE 2016 TOKYO website.