Announcements

Call for ASTE Sponsored Sessions at NSTA 2021

Dear ASTE Members,

You are invited to submit a proposal  for an ASTE-sponsored session at the upcoming NSTA Engage Spring 2021 Virtual Conference which will take place  over four weeks April 12-May 8.  

  • April 12-17 Elementary
  • April 19-24 Middle Level
  • April 26-May 1 High School
  • May 3-8 Postsecondary and Informal (*one day exclusively dedicated to programming for science teacher educators)

As an affiliate of NSTA, ASTE is provided with 5 hours of programming at the upcoming NSTA Engage Conference.  These proposals will undergo a review by ASTE prior to acceptance, and should not be submitted directly to the NSTA conference proposal system. 
Proposals are due Wednesday, February 10th and will be evaluated on the extent to which they: 

  • Support specifically identified parts of the NRC Framework, the NGSS, or state standards.
  • Support three-dimensional teaching and learning.
  • Are based on current and available research.
  • Involve participants through activities or discussion.
  • Are grounded in cultural competency (promotes equity, demonstrates the value of diversity, and addresses the impact of bias). 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Debi Hanuscin (hanuscd@wwu.edu). 

ASTE Membership Survey is still available for your input!

Dear ASTE Community,

Your input to the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) membership survey is critical to the ongoing improvement of ASTE.

If you haven’t had the opportunity, we encourage you to consider providing input through our ASTE membership survey.

If you have already submitted feedback through the membership survey, thank you so much! You can disregard the remainder of this email.

Three committees (Equity, Membership and Participation, and Professional Development) are responsible for gathering data from ASTE members every three years to provide ASTE with valuable feedback. All the data you provide are anonymous. Responses to the survey will be used to identify areas for improvement in the organization and to guide strategic planning. The survey will close February 26, 2021. 

The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) promotes leadership and support for professionals involved in the education and development of teachers of science at all levels. If you have any questions about the survey, please forward them to the ASTE Executive Director:executivedirector@theaste.org

Link to survey: https://forms.gle/UTA7r1G9Y2j2YNHMA

Sincerely,
ASTE Leadership team

RE: Call for Innovations in Science Teacher Education journal ERB members.

Due Date: Monday March 1, 2021

Members of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE),

Are you interested in serving on the Editorial Review Board (ERB) for the practitioner journal Innovations in Science Teacher Education (Innovations)?  If so, please apply; we would love to have your expertise on the board.

Innovations is an online practitioner development journal of the Association for Science Teacher Education. It is a place where science teacher educators can share the work they do to prepare preservice and inservice science teachers. We publish 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 are based on a firm foundation of scholarly work in science education and describe innovative efforts to advance the field and enhance science teacher education. 

We are seeking any (and all) interested ASTE members from 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 in a timely manner.
  • Review manuscripts within four weeks of receipt.
  • 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.
  • 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 Sarah Boesdorfer at ISTEjournal@ilstu.edu by Monday March 1, 2021

● One-page letter of interest that includes a list of at least three areas of expertise, very specific areas welcome, in science teacher education in which you would be comfortable reviewing manuscripts.

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

ASTE award nominations-due March 1

Dear ASTE Members,

The ASTE Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for outstanding papers presented at our 2021 ASTE virtual conference. ASTE members are invited to submit an electronic copy of their manuscript by following the directions available at https://theaste.org/awards.

Award IV – Innovation in Teaching Science Teachers

Award V – Implications of Research for Educational Practice

Awards IV and V include graduate student-only levels. Only graduate students who were the first author on a 2021 ASTE conference presentation are eligible. Submission for a graduate student level award must be accompanied by a letter from any faculty mentor co-authors explaining their involvement. Awardees will receive conference registration for the 2021 ASTE conference in Greenville, NC. Submissions may only be considered for one level of the award. Please see the website for more details.

All submissions must be identifiable as a presentation given at the 2021 ASTE virtual conference and closely resemble the paper distributed at the conference.  Submissions for both Awards IV and V are due March 1st and must comply with the submission guidelines (e.g. page limits, formatting, etc.). Please see https://theaste.org/awards for more information regarding submission guidelines and requirements.

If you have questions about Awards IV or V, please contact the Awards co-Chairs.

Thank you,

Jennifer Stark (jstark@uwf.edu) & Corinne Lardy (corinne.lardy@csus.edu

Awards Committee co-Chairs

Call for Articles for Winter 2021 Newsletter

Dear ASTE Board & Members, 

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 newsletter@theaste.org 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…). 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Oramous, ASTE Newsletter Editor

2021 3MT and NTLI winners and Conference Evaluation Survey

Dear ASTE Conference Attendees,

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. 

Sincerely,

ASTE Conference Planning Committee 

Thank you ASTE 2021 Proposal Reviewers

Dear ASTE Conference Proposal Reviewers: 

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. 

Sincerely,

Deborah Hanuscin

ASTE President

Call for nominations

Dear ASTE members, 

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

The nominee information should be submitted electronically on the website https://theaste.org/resources/submit-an-elections-nomination/. You will need to log in as an ASTE member to submit your nomination. Receipt of the nomination will be acknowledged via a reply message. 

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. 

We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Amanda Glaze-Crampes and Jeanna Wieselman, Chairs