June 5th, 2013 Bob
Power of Teaching
Presented by The Oklahoma Writing Project
June 21, 2013
Moore Norman Technology Center
4701 12th Avenue NW
Norman, Oklahoma 73069
9:15-10:15 Panel Discussion featuring:
Benjamin L. Bates–Professor, Langston University, National Writing Project Board of Directors
Jane Bowen–Superintendent Moore Norman Technology Center
Josh Flores Director of Language Arts State Department of Education
Dr. Gregg Garn-Dean of Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education; University of Oklahoma
Bob Melton–Science Curriculum Specialist/District Testing Coordinator-Putnam City Schools
Panel Topic: The Impact of CCSS on Oklahoma Students
Concluding with Q & A from the audience
10:15-10:25 Refreshment Break
10:25-11:10 Breakout Session 1
11:15-Noon Breakout Session 2
Engaging and Active Breakout Session Topics:
Hands on Activities implementing CCSS
Impacts of OWP Summer Institute
Teacher Leader Effectiveness (TLE)
Technology in your classroom
Come and learn what the future holds for Oklahoma schools
Discover how Oklahoma Writing Project can help you meet your needs as you implement Common Core Standards in your classroom.
Register online at: http://tinyurl.com/teachingsymposium
Register at OWP Website: http://owp.ou.edu
Cost: $25.00 per person*
*Guest of 2013 Summer Institute Fellow attend for FREE
Registration Deadline: June 14, 2013
The Oklahoma Writing Project (OWP) is a site of the National Writing Project, a professional development network. OWP serves teachers of writing at all grade levels, primary through university, and in all subjects. The mission of the OWP is to improve student achievement by improving the teaching of writing and literacy by improving learning in Oklahoma’s elementary, middle, and high schools; Technology Centers and colleges.
May 7th, 2013 Bob
You’ve Got Mail: Session Proposal Notifications
The review process is over, and NABT is proud to once again feature hundreds of sessions and special workshops at the NABT Professional Development Conference. For four days, biology and life science educators will be discussing challenges and developing solutions. Share your curriculum and problem sets as examples. Have questions about standards and assessments ready. Whether you are a presenter or a participant, be prepared to learn from a community of master educators. Know that you will interact, engage, and enjoy this time with your colleagues!
May 31st is the deadline for Early Bird Registration. Make sure to take advantage of discounts on registration and accommodations by registering BEFORE you leave your classroom at 2013 Conference Registration. Special workshop, field trip and meal function tickets will be coming soon.
Please note: Session acceptance letters were sent by email last week, and all presenters should know the status of their sessions at this time. Acceptance notifications for special workshops will be sent by May 15th. All conference presenters must register by May 31st to have their sessions included in the program. Please contact NABT at email@example.com if you have not received your notice.
NABT Call for Proposals:
Biology Education Research Symposium
All researchers from 4-year, 2-year and K-12 areas are welcome.
The NABT Four-Year College & University Section’s Biology Education Research Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present your research in biology education at the 2013 NABT Professional Development Conference. This is a refereed session and all papers will go through double blind review. Reviews will be guided by the following criteria:
- Subject/Problem: Is there a clear focus, rationale, model, theory, or philosophy upon which the proposal is based?
- Design or Procedure: Are the methodology, procedure, design, and organization appropriate?
- Analyses and Findings: Do the syntheses of ideas or data analyses and findings appear to be appropriate and complete? Do the conclusions drawn follow from the data?
- Contribution: Do the conclusions contribute valuable insights into the teaching/learning of biology?
- General Interest: Does the presentation promise to be of general interest to NABT members?
The format will be a traditional presentation for papers by individual or co-authors lasting 15 minutes each with an additional five – ten minutes for questions.
In email text please include: Names of author(s) with organization affiliation (University, College, School System), Title of Submission, Abstract (up to 200 words to be used in program if selected), Contact information for notification.
Submit a WORD document of the proposal as an attachment (maximum five pages including references). Please write the title at the top of each page in caps. The body of the proposal should address the criteria as used in the review process: 1) subject/problem; 2) the design/procedure; 3) Analysis and Findings; 4) Contribution; and 5) General Interest. Proposals should be word-processed using a 12 font, single-spaced, with 1” margins format. Please DO NOT include author identifiers in this document. These WORD documents will be made into a PDF by the Chair of the research committee prior to submitting to the reviewers to ensure a blind review process.
Send your completed proposal document to NABTresearch@gmail.com with 2013 NABT Research Proposal in the subject heading. Members of the Research Committee will send copies of your document without names and affiliation to at least two reviewers. After review, committee members will select proposals with the highest scores for acceptance in the 2013 NABT Professional Conference Research Symposium.
The proposal submission deadline is midnight on June 15, 2013. Blind review will take place in June with final selection by June 30, 2013. Submitters will be notified of acceptance or denial in early July. All presenters are required to register for the conference and provide an electronic manuscript for distribution through the Proceedings. More information and proceedings from past symposia can be found at 2013 NABT Research Symposium.
Participate In Endangered Species Day On May 17th
The 8th annual national Endangered Species Day on May 17 offers biology, ecology, general science and other teachers an ideal opportunity to educate students about the importance of protecting threatened and endangered plant and animal species. In addition to classroom discussions, there are several ways they can participate in Endangered Species Day, such as:
- Plan a school-wide Endangered Species Day fair with exhibits.
- Arrange a special display in the school library.
- Invite a local expert to speak to the school/class.
- Work with a community/environmental group on a habitat restoration project.
- Attend an event at a local zoo, aquarium, botanic garden or other location.
Depending on your school schedule, you can plan events earlier in May, on Endangered Species Day (5/17) itself, or that weekend. Once a specific activity is planned, the class can register it on the Endangered Species Day website at www.endangeredspeciesday.org.
There are appropriate resources and other support items for your event. Be sure to check out the new and updated materials in the Endangered Species Day Toolkit on the website, including event planning tips, stickers, bookmarks, fliers, banners, passports, coloring/activity sheets (many of which can be downloaded and printed) and more. The website also features a Teacher Resource Center/Teacher Forum.
For additional information, contact David Robinson, Endangered Species Day Director: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got Lactase? New HHMI Short Film Released
Human babies drink milk; it’s the food especially provided for them by their mothers. Various cultures have also added the milk of other mammals to their diet and adults think nothing of downing a glass of cows’ milk. But worldwide, only a third of adults can actually digest lactose, the sugar in milk. Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture tells the fascinating story of how people living in pastoralist societies evolved the ability to digest milk —a compelling example of the co-evolution of human genes and culture.
In this short film, you follow human geneticist Spencer Wells, Director of the Genographic Project of the National Geographic Society, as he tracks down the genetic changes associated with the ability to digest lactose as adults, tracing the origin of the trait to less than 10,000 years ago, a time when some human populations started domesticating animals, including goats, sheep, and cows. Combining genetics, chemistry, and anthropology, this story provides a compelling example of the co-evolution of human genes and human culture.
Watch the film online or order the DVD: The Making of the Fittest Vol. 2. You can also download the film guides for classroom discussion ideas, a student quiz, and teacher tips.
Free College Planning Website For Your Students
It’s graduation time and your students are thinking about the next phase of their education. Make sure they know about My College Options, the largest college and career planning community in the country. With over 94% of high schools and over 70% of high school students participating, this FREE website highlights thousands of colleges and universities that offer a wide range of post-secondary opportunities and resources for students to explore.
Registration with My College Options provides students with their personal online college and career planning profile, where their needs, talents and interests are instantly matched with colleges and universities across the nation. In addition to providing a vital link for students to the colleges that meet their needs, benefits and resources include test preparation, scholarship matching, and expert advice on the college planning process.
My College Options offers resources for parents, educators and counselors as well. Parents can learn about the transition from high school to college, research and be involved in the college selection process, and find essential information on the daunting task of paying for college. Counselors and educators can review the college matches for their students, compare their unique high school report to state and national statistics, and access our comprehensive college and career planning resource center.
For more information, please visit www.mycollegeoptions.org.
March 15th, 2013 Bob
VISION 2020 2nd Annual Summer Conference is hosted by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
This July event downtown Oklahoma City offers learning opportunities, professional development and training for everyone from the engaged parent, the classroom teacher, counselor, librarian, technology instructor, treasurer, central office personnel, principal, school board member, district superintendent, and others.
Attendee Registration (no charge) includes all professional development sessions at the conference.
Dates of Note
|Session Request for Proposals (request here)
||February 4, 2013 – March 25, 2013
|Attendee Registration (register here)
||March 1, 2013
||July 9-11, 2013
Vision 2020 Summer Conference 2013 will be held in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, July 9 through Thursday, July 11, 2013.
Tentative Programs Schedule Draft
Below you will find the preliminary schedule outline.
|Tuesday, July 9, 2013
|9:00 - 10:30a.m.
|9:00 am - 4:00 pm
||Exhibit Hall Open
|10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
||Exhibit Hall Option
|11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
|12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
|1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
|2:45 – 3:15 p.m.
|3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
|6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
||Parent Power Night
|Wednesday, July 10, 2013
|8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
||Early Bird Sessions
|9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
|9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
||Exhibit Hall Open
|10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
||Exhibit Hall Option
|11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
|12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
|1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
|2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
|3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
|Thursday, July 11, 2013
|8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
||Early Bird Sessions
|9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
|9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
||Exhibit Hall Open
|10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
||Exhibit Hall Option
|11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
|12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
|1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
|2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
February 21st, 2013 Bob
NABT Conference Proposals Due March 15th
March 15th is quickly approaching and so is the deadline to submit proposals for the 2013 Professional Development Conference. We know you have some great ideas and strategies to share with your colleagues, and you know there is no better audience than at the NABT Conference. Over 150 biology and life science education sessions will be featured from November 20-23 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Will your session be among them?
Biology education is heading in some exciting directions, and the NABT Professional Development Committee is encouraging session proposals focused on the Next Generation Science Standards, the AP Biology course, and Vision & Change. The committee is also particularly interested in workshop sessions designed to help educators develop new and rework current assessments to reflect the implementation of these initiatives.
All proposals must be submitted online at http://www.nabt.org/submissions/nabt2013 by Friday, March 15th to be considered. Only regular sessions will be accepted at this site. All special workshop proposals are being accepted at 2013 Special Workshops.
Proposals will be reviewed by the NABT Professional Development Committee and acceptance confirmations will be emailed to primary presenters by April 30, 2013. Please contact NABT at email@example.com or (888) 501-NABT x105 with any questions related to the 2013 NABT Conference.
Help NABT Bring Biology Day To NSTA Area Conferences
NABT is proud to once again offer a full day of biology and life science sessions at the 2013 NSTA Area Conferences. Proposals are being accepted for NABT Biology Day and we invite you to submit online at http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=654.
NSTA Area Conferences will be held in:
• Portland, OR: October 24 – 26 (NABT Biology Day October 25th)
• Charlotte, NC: November 7 -9 (NABT Biology Day November 8th)
• Denver, CO: December 12 -14 (NABT Biology Day December 13th)
All presenters must register for the NSTA Area Conference they will be attending. Only proposals submitted directly to NABT will be considered for Biology Day.
NABT Biology Day proposals must be submitted by 5pm Eastern on February 25th to be considered. Please contact Jacki Reeves-Pepin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (888) 501-NABT x 102 with questions.
Regional Workshop Opportunity:
The Colorado Biology Teachers Association (CBTA), with help from Team Colorado of the AP Biology Leadership Academy, will host a full day workshop designed for middle and high school teachers. This event will be held on March 2nd at Broomfield High School in Broomfield, Colorado.
Program participants will explore strategies and techniques for helping students formulate questions, analyze data, evaluate evidence and write a scientific explanation. They will conduct lab investigations, and use an “explanation tool” and assessment rubrics to learn how to seamlessly scaffold these ideas into their instruction. Free resources will also be available!
The cost is $10 and anyone is welcome to attend. Light continental breakfast and lunch is included in the cost. CDE Recertification Certificate of Attendance will be provided, and 0.5 Adams State College Graduate Credit is available for an additional fee.
Space is limited and please visit CBTA/AP Bio Academy Workshop to register.
The NABT/BSCS AP Biology Leadership Academy is made possible with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Pearson Foundation and Richard Petritz Foundation.
Nominations Now Open For PAEMST
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
A number of NABT members have been recognized with this award. You know great teachers (including yourself), so please nominate them!
Recipients of the award receive the following:
- A certificate signed by the President of the United States.
- A paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
- A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
In addition to recognizing outstanding teaching in mathematics or science (including computer science), the program provides teachers with an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation. This growing network of award-winning teachers serves as a vital resource for improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and keeping America globally competitive.
The 2013 Presidential Awards will honor mathematics and science teachers working in grades 7-12. Nominations can be made online at https://www.paemst.org/nomination/nominate until April 1, 2013.
HHMI Releases EarthViewer
What did Earth’s continents and oceans look like 250 million years ago, or 1 billion years ago? Can we say anything about Earth’s climate as far back as our planet’s origin? Now your fingertips can scroll through Earth history for the last 4.5 billion years!
The HHMI EarthViewer App is like a time machine for exploring the deep history of planet Earth. And because it’s from HHMI, you know this tool is based on the latest scientific research.
Follow a favorite location, be it Greenland, New York City, or your school, as it makes an incredible journey throughout Earth’s history. Layer views of shifting continents with data such as atmospheric composition, temperature, biodiversity, day length, and solar luminosity.
- Data and continental reconstructions dating back billions of years
- Climate and carbon dioxide data for the last 100 years
- The ability to manipulate the globe and zoom to any location
- Track the location of modern cities back over 500 million years
- In depth features on major geological and biological events in Earth history
- Clickable details on geologic eons, eras, and periods
- Automated play modes
- An extensive reference list
- Suggestions for classroom use
- Tutorial videos
EarthViewer is available a free download from the Apple App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/jo/app/earthviewer/id590208430
Eric Lander Offers Free Intro Bio Course On edX
Eric Lander, one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project, is hosting an introductory biology course on edX, the not-for-profit online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 7.00x – The Secret of Life will let you explore the mysteries of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, recombinant DNA technology and genomics, and rational medicine.
Although this course has been designed exclusively for edX, the course content reflects the topics Lander has taught in the MIT introductory biology courses for many years. Students will complete this course in 12 weeks. At the center of each week is a series of lecture sequences that are supported by interactive video tutorials and interspersed exercises or problems. Additionally, students will work on a homework assignment or exam each week. The course will conclude with a comprehensive final exam.
The course is not just for the traditional students, but also educators and scientists who work in the biomedical/health care professions who need a refresher on the most cutting edge biology and genetics. The only prerequisite is a desire to learn.
Enrollment for this free edX course is available at https://www.edx.org/courses/MITx/7.00x/2013_Spring/about. The course starts on March 5th.
2013 CHANCE Panama Program Now Open
Work side-by-side Smithsonian Researchers in the Tropical Ecosystems of Panama and help save endangered sea turtles! The 2013 CHANCE program consists of two courses, Global Climate Change: Sustainability of Select Tropical and Aquatic Ecosystems (online, March 21 – May 31, 2013) and A Field Course in Panama (June 28 – July 14, 2013), which work together to promote environmental literacy on the topics of biodiversity, sustainability, and global climate change.
Through online instruction during part the spring semester, all participants will engage in learning opportunities and lessons which will enhance their knowledge in the biodiversity of the ecosystems to be explored (jungles, mangroves, sea grasses, and coral reefs), the science behind global climate change, historic events that surround the Panama canal and the creation of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), and the indigenous people of Panama. The field practicum will provide real-world research and conservation experiences (lasting two and one-half weeks) at STRI research facilities, which focus on the effects of global climate change on ecosystem biodiversity and dynamics. A highlight of this trip will be working with nesting leatherback and green sea turtles so as to help sustain these endangered animals.
Teachers seeking graduate credits or CEU hours or simply an enriching professional development field program without paying tuition credits (only program costs are due), please apply!
For more information contact Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin at email@example.com and visit the 2013 CHANCE Panama website at http://www.chance.psu.edu/fieldcourses/panama2013/index.html.
NABT is a proud sponsor of the CHANCE Program.
Teachers Invited To Bay Institute In Rhode Island
Save The Bay’s Bay Institute For Experiential Learning brings together formal and informal educators from around the country for four days of innovative professional development programming set in one of the nation’s most distinct and rich environments. Join leading ocean scientists and educators for a curriculum focused on human history and ecological change that combines exciting on-the-water and shoreline field experiences with traditional coursework to enhance participants’ content knowledge in marine studies, climate science, environmental sustainability, and related disciplines. Participants explore the Narragansett Bay watershed and learn about ongoing advocacy efforts – all while gaining valuable insight into their own local ecosystems.
The Bay Institute will be held from Tuesday, June 25th to Friday, June 28th at Save The Bay “Green” Center at Fields Point in Providence, Rhode Island This year’s theme is “Human History and Ecological Change: How has human history influenced the natural history of your place? How to make sustainable decisions that lead to a healthier future.”
The registration price is $500 and includes a “Welcome dinner” on Monday June 24th, bagged lunches on all four days of workshop, “Finale dinner” on Thursday, June 27, 2013 and pick-up and drop-off by boat from the hotel. Space is very limited, so register soon.
Visit http://www.savebay.org/bayinstitute for more information and complete registration instructions.
The Sun-Earth Days webcast is a month away and we have added some new ways to participate.
The live webcast for Sun-Earth Day 2013 from Wallops is scheduled for Friday, March 22 at 1 pm; follow the updates on the rotating banner on the home page: http://sunearthday.nasa.gov
Get Involved: Two Flickr Groups have been added: one for AA certificate Challenge and general image uploads, and another for the Anime Contest
Celebrate Sun-Earth Days: Solar Max, Storm Warning
Annual Equinox Celebration: March 22, 2013
“Sun-Earth Day is comprised of a series of programs and events that occur throughout the year culminating with a celebration on or near the Spring Equinox. Each year we wrap a fresh new thematic approach around Sun-Earth science while highlighting Heliophysics scientists, their missions, and research.”
This year’s theme is ‘Solar Max – Storm Warning!’ We will prepare you to explore the violent nature of our Sun at the peak of solar activity and share discoveries that come from NASA’s heliophysics missions during this exciting period.
This website will continue to be populated with the latest information about our upcoming programs, background resources, and sample activities. Be sure to join our social media network for the latest information and images
Other celestial events to observe will include:
- 1/3 – 1/4: Quadrantids Meteor Shower.
- 3/20: March Equinox
- 4/21 – 4/22: Lyrids Meteor Shower.
- 4/25: Partial Lunar Eclipse.
- 4/28: Saturn at Opposition.
- 5/5 – 5/6: Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower.
- 5/10: Annular Solar Eclipse.
- 5/25: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse.
- 5/28: Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter.
- View more upcoming events!
Sun-Earth Days Resources:
In collaboration with partners that include science centers and museums around the world, Heliophysics missions, NASA Edge, NASA Educator Resource Centers, professional Societies, Amateur Astronomers and others, we produce webcasts, other multi-media, and print resources for use by school and informal educators nation-wide and internationally. We provide training and professional development to K-12 educators, museum personnel, amateur astronomers, Girl Scout leaders, etc., so they can implement their own outreach programs taking advantage of our resources. A coordinated approach promotes multiple programs occurring each year under a common theme.
This year we will answer the following questions:
Solar Max effects on all technology and humans
- What would happen if there was another super storm?
- What happens on other planets?
- How much advance warning is there for a storm from the sun?
- What would happen on the Moon/Mars?
- What can we learn from the Aurora?
- Where can aurora be seen?-Other planets?
January 7th, 2013 Bob
December 19th, 2012 Bob
Hosted by the Center for Research on STEM Teaching and Learning at Oklahoma State University
Date: February 15, 2013
Time: Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Place: Willard Hall, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Registration is free and lunch is included. Space is limited space, so please reserve your spot today in order to take place in this important conversation.
The Center for Research in STEM Teaching and Learning will host an Earth Science Education Stakeholders’ Summit on February 15, 2013 at the College of Education, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The summit’s theme is “An Education Solution for the Earth and Space Science Workforce of Tomorrow.”
The Earth and space sciences are the most underrepresented fields of all STEM areas. Oklahoma has an immediate and growing workforce need for individuals educated in the geosciences. However, many of Oklahoma’s students are underexposed to Earth and space science content.
The goals of this meeting are to:
- examine current state education policies with regard to Earth and space science,
- determine ways to attract students in to the Earth and space science disciplines,
- determine ways to prepare the teacher workforces in the Earth and space sciences, and
- establish a network of individuals interested in promoting K-20 Earth and space science education to build the Earth and space science workforce.
Share this information with your colleagues who also hold a stake in the Earth and Space science education of Oklahomans.
Questions can be directed to Toni Ivey, assistant professor in science education, at firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is supported through a National Science Foundation Geoscience Education Grant NO. GEO-1034987
November 9th, 2012 Bob
The OSTA Fall Staff Development Conference starts today with the OSTA Awards Reception at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
The reception starts at 6:30 in the Nautilus Room inside Aquaticus. Entry is through the Zoo Education Building. Get details about the reception, the honoree’s, and maps, click here.
The Fall Conference “Saving the World Through Science”, begins with Registration at 8 AM. Keynote Speaker Vanessa Westbrook begins her address at 8:45. Don’t Be Late! You don’t want to miss her remarks.
This conference truly has a rich and diverse set of professional development offerings. We made much of the two half-day Institutes on the schedule, but there is so much more. NGSS, HHMI, CCSS, SEPUP, AP, OESE, KISS and many more workshops with lots of initials…
And do not forget to bring your checkbook for the OSTA Silent Auction benefiting the OSTA Awards to student researchers at the State Science Fair.
And do not forget to vote for OSTA Board of Directors and the revisions to the OSTA Constitution.
See you at the Awards Reception tonight and the Fall Conference tomorrow!
Download the conference program here.
Download a map of the UCO campus here.
November 7th, 2012 Bob
There is a free lunch, IF YOU ACT TODAY (11/7)…
Register today for the OSTA Fall Conference and you can still get lunch… As well as an outstanding array of workshops, presentations, and events.
What will you do? Download the conference program here.
Where will you go? Download a map of the UCO campus here.
What’s happenin’ Friday night? You can still register to attend to OSTA Awards Reception at the OKC Zoo. Click the registration link above and indicate you will attend when you register (it’s free thanks to the generosity of Pearson and the OKC Zoo) or you can add the event through the registration gateway.
You don’t want to miss this…
- half-day Forensic Science Institute
- half-day Global Climate Change Institute
- AP Biology workshops
- Common Core
- The Next Generation Science Standards
- Teaching with HHMI materials
- NABT BioClubs
- Evidence for an Ancient Earth
- Science Olympiad
- The OSTA Silent Auction to benefit state science fair students
And Much Much More!
November 6th, 2012 Bob
The OSTA Fall Staff Development Conference offers a full range of workshops, demonstrations, and exhibits. But if you teach Biology, you need to save a spot at the end of the day to learn about NABT and the NABT BioClub program. The NABT BioClub provides opportunities for students to share and promote interest in the biological sciences. Activities include preparing and presenting experiments and technical information before groups and sharing information about career, technical training, and college opportunities.
Learn about NABT BioClub from Kay Gamble, the only BioClub Advisor in Oklahoma and learn how you can bring this valuable opportunity for students to your school. Other NABT members will also be there to discuss an opportunity to form an NABT affiliate within OSTA. Come learn about BioClubs and NABT. Discounted memberships to NABT will be given to all who attend this session.
November 4th, 2012 Bob
The current OSTA Constitution call for annual election of officers to be conducted each fall at the annual staff development conference (the proposed constitutional revisions will, if approved, allow such voting to occur on-line).
The OSTA Nominating Committee has recommended the following candidates for election to the Board of Directors:
____Joyce Cheatham (Pawnee Middle School)
BS Secondary Science, OSU, MS Curriculum and Instruction, OSU, Teacher of the Year, Pawnee Public Schools. OSTA/NSTA member, Current Middle School Director for OSTA, Attended the 2012 NSTA Congress.
Middle School Division Director
___ Jessica Hornberger (Agra Middle School)
Holds a degree from Oklahoma State University in secondary education with focus in biology.
College Division Director
___ Tim Laubach (OU)
Assistant Professor of Education. University of Oklahoma Department of instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum. PhD, 2005, University of Oklahoma
___ Saeed Sarani (State Regents)
Curriculum Director with Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. PhD, December 2012, University of Oklahoma
District Two Representative– NW Region (West of I35, North of I40)
____ Bethany Lorenz (Putnam City North High School)
NBCT, Putnam City District teacher of the year 2012, NABT Outstanding Biology Teacher Award recepient 2012, OSTA Board 2010-2012. BS, OSU
____ Connie Ward (Piedmont Middle School)
BS, Central State University, Middle School of Piedmont Teacher of the Year 2002-03, 2009-10 Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma Yukon Lodge Teacher for Today 2010
District Four Representative – SE Region (East of I35, South of I40)
____ Kay Gamble (Ada High School)
BS, UCO; MEd, ECU; MS, Washington University. NBCT. National Association of Biology Teachers OBTA. OSTA District 4 Representative, OBTA Director for Oklahoma, Advisor for the Only NABT BioClub in Oklahoma
District Six – Any OSTA member who teaches in the area within Oklahoma City Public schools boundaries, including private and parochial teachers.
____ Natalie Bowman (Northwest Classen High School)
Current OSTA District 6 Representative
You can vote for these candidates as well as vote to approve the the proposed revision to the OSTA Constitution and By-Laws at the OSTA Fall Conference NEXT SATURDAY! Have you registered? It’s not yet too late.