Announcements

ASTE Mentoring Program

The Membership and Participation Committee is excited to facilitate connecting mentors and mentees at the 2022 ASTE Conference. We would love to make these connections as meaningful and seamless as possible, so we have created forms to collect a bit of information from you if you are interested in being involved as a mentor or mentee. You can find these forms below. Our goal is to match people by early December and send matches out to you around that time. In order to achieve our goal, we ask that you provide us with the information in the forms below by no later than November 24th. Once you have your mentor/mentee match, we will let you know of opportunities we have set aside during the conference when you can meet up. We look forward to the mentor/mentee connections that will be made during this year’s conference!

Mentor/Mentee Match Information Forms: Please fill out the form which best fits your desired role for the 2022 ASTE Conference.

I’m interested in BEING A MENTOR at the 2022 ASTE Conference:

https://forms.gle/VhkzwsiaaKXe95rc6

I’m interested in BEING A MENTEE at the 2022 ASTE Conference:

https://forms.gle/NjMkZsq6jho6gSqe8

If you have any questions, please contact Mandy Smith: smith.mand@gmail.com

It’s time to vote in the ASTE Elections

Greetings ASTE Members!

ASTE elections will run from October 13, 2021 through November 27, 2021. The slate of candidates is listed below.

The ballot and candidate background information are available at https://theaste.org/members/elections/election-ballot/.

You must be a current member and logged in to view the information and cast your vote.

President (1)
 
Ian Binns
Andrea Burrows
David Crowther
 
Board at Large (2)
 
Mark Bloom
Lisa Borgerding
Julie Contino
Rita Hagevik Elections
 
Elections Committee (3)
 
Selina Bartels
Mike Borowczak
Natasha Cooke-Nieves
Ron Hermann
Jessica Riccio
Preethi Titu
 

Questions should be directed to Amanda Glaze at aglaze@georgiasouthern.edu or Jeanne Wieselmann at jwieselmann@mail.smu.edu.

Technical difficulties should be referred to Director of Electronic Services, John Rhea, at des@theaste.org.

Regards,
The ASTE Elections Committee

Call for Panelists for ASTE Position Statement Review Panels

In accordance with our Statement of Operating Procedures (SOPs), official ASTE Position Statements should undergo a review a minimum of every 5 years. We are now seeking members to volunteer as panelists to review the following position statements*:  

Panelists will be responsible for reviewing the position statements to determine necessary revisions. Alternatively, a panel may recommend a position statement be retired/archived if there is a significantly reduced membership attention, relevance, or need for this position statement. 

If revisions are made, a preliminary draft of the revised Position Statement should be disseminated widely for membership feedback and input. Panels should consider this input in order to prepare a final draft for Board approval. If the recommendation is retirement, the panel should provide a rationale that addresses the following areas as appropriate: The need for the position statement, the impact of the position statement on ASTE, and/or the relevance of the topic to the mission of ASTE.

Prospective panelists should indicate their interest by completing this online form by August 1, 2021. The President will appoint a chair for each panel and identify a Board Liaison to assist the panel in completing its charge.  If you have questions, please contact Debi Hanuscin, ASTE President.  Recommendations for the development of new Position Statements can be submitted to the ASTE Board by formal motion by Committees, Forum, or Regions or by any member. Please see our SOPs for further information about that process. The current call pertains only to review of the existing Position Statements.

Call for Editorial Review Board (ERB) Members for Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE)

The deadline for ERB applications is August 15, 2021
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 in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE).  We are seeking reviewers from diverse backgrounds with experience implementing technology with science teaching. Our reviewers are Editorial Board Members, so please consider being a part of the ERB and reviewing for CITE Journal Science.

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 its kind in the field of teacher education. Each professional association has sole responsibility for the 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 address both areas in their own 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 5 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 in the CITE system.
  • 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 editors – Andrea Burrows: Andrea.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_Janda_CITEScienceERB_July2021).
  4. The email subject bar should mirror the name of the document (e.g., Smithson_Janda_CITEScienceERB_Aug2021

Deadline for ERB applications is August 15, 2021

ASTE International Conference Call for Proposals: Deadline Extended to July 15, 2021

It is time to submit session proposals for the Association for Science Teacher Education 2022 Conference in Greenville, SC!  We know these are still uncertain times for all of us, but we sincerely hope that we will be able to gather together in Greenville January 5-8, 2022 to explore Why Science Education? 
 
If needed, there is an option to attend virtually for one day of the conference on Friday, January 7, 2022 along with other key events (e.g., Keynote, Membership Meeting) throughout the conference days. Note that a video submission is required before the conference if virtual attendance is chosen.
 
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 15, 2021 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. Information about formats, threads, proposal requirements, and rubrics for proposals can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YA8gTBb2PG5e_4341MWq9PJJssxWmx6llQj9-SOs454/edit?usp=sharing 
 
In addition to submitting a proposal, please consider taking on the role(s) of reviewer and/or presider for the conference.  You fill out the volunteer application here to serve in one of these roles: https://forms.gle/fNaP9iQUwQXgvMJh7 
 
The EXTENDED priority deadline for submitting proposals is MIDNIGHT JULY 15, 2021.  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 chair at conferencechairs@theaste.org. If you have questions about the proposal process, please contact the Program Coordinator, Brooke Whitworth, at programchair@theaste.org 
 

ASTE Spring 2021 Newsletter is available

Quarterly Newsletter
Volume 55  Issue 3  Spring 2021

Highlights from this Issue…

President’s Message: Report of the 2020 Grand Member Survey – Institutional Memory Loss?
Read more here about the results of the 2020 Grand Member Survey and how you can contribute to building ASTE’s institutional memory and vision for the future.

2022 ASTE International Conference
Get ready for the 2022 ASTE conference in Greenville, South Carolina! We will once again be gathering in person with opportunities to reconnect with friends and colleagues, network, present your cutting-edge research and innovation, and learn from one another.  

Member Contributions

  • Learning to Teach in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic By Amy Trauth
  • Game on! The gamification of predator & prey relationships for elementary teachers using Jenga by Dr. Dieuwertje J. Kast & Jasmin Sanchez
  • Bridging Theory and Practice for Cultural Representation of Blacks in STEM By Catherine Quinlan

Member Publications
         Mapping the Way from Teacher Preparation to edTPA Completion: A Guide for Secondary Education Candidates
          Authors:  Jason C. Fitzgerald & Michelle L. Schpakow

          Step Into STEAM, Grades K-5
            Authors: Sarah B. Bush & Kristin L. Cook

News & Other Member Items

  • Nominations for ASTE Awards I, II, and III due June 1
  • SASTE, SWASTE, and Mid-Atlantic Region to host Fall conferences
  • Grad Student Forum launches Mini-in-May professional development workshop
  • Larry Nielsen launches conservation history blog – Today in Conservation
  • Globalizing Rural Science Teacher Preparation in the United States 
  • In Memoriam: Dr. Norm Lederman
  • Temple College of Education announces Amity Gann Memorial Student-Teacher Resource Fund 
  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University participates in Recruitment & Retention forum

ASTE Career Awards deadline is June 1st

Greetings from the ASTE Awards Committee!

The deadline for nominations for the ASTE Science Education Career Awards (Awards I, II, and III) is next Tuesday (June 1).

Please consider nominating one of your deserving colleagues who are ASTE members! See the ASTE Awards page (https://theaste.org/awards/) for information about each award including details about the required documentation.

Nominations must be submitted online. Below is the direct link to the application.
https://theaste.org/awards/submit-a-nomination/

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jennifer Stark, ASTE Awards Committee Chair, jstark@uwf.edu.

ASTE 2022 Call for Proposals Reminder

Call for Proposals 
2022 ASTE International Conference 
Why Science Education?
Greenville, SC
#ASTE2022

It is time to submit session proposals for the Association for Science Teacher Education 2022 Conference in Greenville, SC!  We know these are uncertain times for all of us, but we sincerely hope that we will be able to gather together in Greenville January 6-8, 2022 to explore Why Science Education?

If needed, there is an option to attend virtually for one day of the conference on Friday, January 7, 2022 along with other key events (e.g., Keynote, Membership Meeting) throughout the conference days. Note that a video submission is required before the conference if virtual attendance is chosen.

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 June 30, 2021 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. Information about formats, threads, proposal requirements, and rubrics for proposals can be found at:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YA8gTBb2PG5e_4341MWq9PJJssxWmx6llQj9-SOs454/edit?usp=sharing

In addition to submitting a proposal, please consider taking on the role(s) of reviewer and/or presider for the conference.  You fill out the volunteer application here to serve in one of these rolls: https://forms.gle/fNaP9iQUwQXgvMJh7

The priority deadline for submitting proposals is MIDNIGHT JUNE 30, 2021.  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 chair at conferencechairs@theaste.org. If you have questions about the proposal process, please contact the Program Coordinator, Brooke Whitworth, at programchair@theaste.org

2021 ASTE Summer Board Meeting Open To All Members

The ASTE Summer Board Meeting will take place on May 28th-29th in Zoom. Per our Bylaws, these meetings are open to all members. 

Agenda: 

  • Welcome Board/guests
  • Updates
    • Greenville Conference 
    • Website Redesign
    • Grand Member Survey
  • Review of Parliamentary Procedures and Robert’s Rules
  • Consent agenda – Board reports
    • Formal Board Motions
    • SOP Changes
    • Items for Board Discussion
  • New Business

Friday’s session will take place from 4-6pm EasternSaturday’s session will occur in two parts: 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm* Eastern
Breaks will be taken throughout. 
*The meeting may conclude earlier if the agenda is accomplished 

Register in advance to attend the Friday session:https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dY6zot_mSdCsIUM5NzS_Ig 

Register in advance to attend the Saturday session:https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7Q4Uwwu-SQeTSE3pj7LX8A After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meetings.

ASTE Awards Nomination Call

Dear ASTE Members,

The ASTE Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for Awards I, II, and III – Science Education Career Awards. These awards recognize the personal achievements and professional contributions of ASTE’s members. Any member of ASTE (including graduate students) may submit a nomination. The nominee should be informed about the award nomination and nominators must follow the submission guidelines available at http://theaste.org/awards.  

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). The purpose of these awards is to recognize the individual achievements and contributions of ASTE members. Level One is for ASTE members in the first ten years of their career. Level Two is for ASTE members beyond the first ten 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. For this award, service is defined as work accomplished over 15 consecutive or nonconsecutive years by a committed ASTE member in an effort to address issues, goals, and actions that have intellectual merit and broader impact on science teacher education, while simultaneously serving the needs of ASTE members.

Submissions for Awards I, II, and III are due June 1st. The Awards Committee Co-Chair will contact nominees shortly after the June 1 deadline to confirm receipt of the nomination materials.

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

If you have any questions about Awards I, II, or III, please contact the Awards Committee Chair, Jennifer Stark (jstark@uwf.edu).

Sincerely,
Jennifer Stark and Corinne Lardy
ASTE Awards Committee, Chair and Co-Chair