Announcements

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

Nominate a colleague for ASTE Awards I, II or III

Dear ASTE Community,

The ASTE Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for 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

Renew your ASTE membership for 2020

Hello,

I hope you are well and safe in these challenging times.

I am writing to remind you to renew your ASTE membership for 2020. Here is the link to do so: https://theaste.org/join-aste/ 

As you know, membership gives you a range of benefits, including:Discounted registration to the ASTE Annual Meeting (held in January)Free subscription to ASTE’s flagship publication, the Journal of Science Teacher EducationExclusive access to ASTE’s online journal Innovations in Science Teacher EducationAccess to Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE): an online, peer-reviewed journal, established and jointly sponsored by five professional associations (AMTE, ASTE, NCSS-CUFA, CEE, and SITE).Discounts on ASTE sponsored monographs and publicationsRegular news and updates through the ASTE Newsletter (published quarterly)Access to members-only list of Job Postings in science teacher educationOpportunities to network online and in-person with other professionals with common interestsFinally, you might recall that if you are serving as an ASTE committee member, or as a member of the Editorial Review Board for JSTE, you do need to be a current member of ASTE.

Please take care, and stay safe.
Kate Popejoy, PhD
ASTE Executive Director 

ASTE 2020 Call for Nominations Extended (and expanded)

Dear ASTE members,
    The ASTE Elections Committee would like to extend the call for nominees for the following elected positions that will be on the 2020 ballot (number of positions in parentheses):
* President (1)
* At-Large Board Members (2)
* Elections Committee (2)
* Graduate Student on the Board (1) 

    The extended deadline for nominations is March 31, 2020. 

    Stuck inside now maybe? – This is a good time to nominate yourself or another ASTE member for a position!
    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 ASTE 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, 4 candidates for Elections Committee, and 2 candidates for the graduate student on the board.
    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 chair or the co-chair 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 and 15 of the link “Statement of Operating Procedures” found within the “About” tab. 

We look forward to receiving your nominations.
Sincerely,
Rita Hagevik, Chair
Amanda Glaze-Crampes , Co-Chair
Kristin Cook
Ingrid Carter
Julie Contino
Max Longhurst, Equity Committee Member

ASTE Outstanding Paper 2020 Awards Deadline is March 1st

The ASTE Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the Awards IV and V– the outstanding paper in each category presented at our 2020 ASTE conference in San Antonio, TX. ASTE members (including graduate students) are invited to submit an electronic copy of a 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

 
New for 2020: We are excited to announce a new graduate student-only level for these awards. Graduate student-only levels of these awards are now available for graduate-student first authors. Submission for this level of Award IV or V must be accompanied by a letter from any faculty mentor who is an author on the paper. Awardees will receive conference registration for the 2021 ASTE meeting in Salt Lake City. 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 2020 ASTE conference and closely resemble the paper distributed at the conference.  Submissions for both Award IV and V are due March 1st and must comply with the submission guidelines (e.g. page limits, formatting, etc.). Please seehttps://theaste.org/awards for more information regarding submission guidelines and requirements.
 
If you have questions about Awards IV and V, please contact Awards Co-Chair, Jennifer Mesa (jmesa@uwf.edu).
 
Thank you,
Emily Dare (edare@fiu.edu) & Jennifer Mesa (jmesa@uwf.edu)
Awards Committee Co-Chairs

CALL FOR REVIEWERS

Innovations in Science Teacher Education

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 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 Rommel Miranda at Rmiranda@towson.edu by March 13, 2020

One-page letter of interest that includes a list of at least three areas of expertise 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.