President’s Message – July, 2015

APAST President’s Message – July, 2015

We are in the midst of summer, and that means that most of us are getting a well-deserved break to regain our full energy and reflect on how to become even better science educators. I hope you all have a wonderful summer.

At long last, the White House recently announced the PAEMST recipients (secondary teachers) for 2013 (!). Please reach out to the recipients in your state to congratulate them. The 2013 PAEMST recipients were recognized at The White House at the end of July. Let’s hope that the 2014 and 2015 recipients will follow shortly.

One of the NSF’s policies related to confidentiality prevents them from sharing the email addresses of the new recipients with APAST. We always offer the new recipients a free, one year membership in APAST, but if we don’t know their contact information it becomes very difficult. Please find out the contact information for the new recipients in your state (and any other state if you know it) and send the contact information to me at my NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: fredmyers3@atmc.net.

Thank you. And, keep up the good work!

Best regards,

Fred Myers

 

Here is the official White House Press Release complete with list of this cycle’s awardees:

White House Honors 2013 PAEMST Awardees

 

 

NSTA Chicago!

NSTA Chicago

Join APAST for our annual events at NSTA!

PLEASE RSVP to APAST President Fred Myers at myersf@glastonburyus.org for the events below!

APAST Business Meeting & Social
Friday, March 13th
3:30pm-5:30pm

Sponsored by Vernier

Vernier

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APAST Breakfast
Saturday, March 14th
7:00-9:00 am

Sponsored by National Geographic Learning

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President’s Message

President’s Message – January 14, 2015

We have started the new year in smashing style here in Connecticut —- over the last 3 days we’ve had eight small earthquakes.  A swarm such as this is a rarity in Connecticut.  As long as they don’t get more energetic than the biggest (3.3), it is just a curiosity.  I’m sure a lot of you have experienced much more frightening quakes.

I hope that 2015 is off to a good start for you.  I also hope that you will be able to attend the APAST functions that will be occurring at the NSTA Conference in Chicago.  The two functions (both to be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place) are:

  • APAST Business Meeting and Social – 3:30-5:30 pm, Friday, March 13 in Regency D
  • APAST Breakfast – 7:00-9:00 am, Saturday, March 14   (This event will be sponsored by National Geographic Learning.  Pre-registration for this will be required, and details about pre-registration will be announced in a few weeks).  What better way to celebrate Einstein’s birthday!

On another note, a few years ago we transitioned to having memberships begin on April 1 and end on March 31.  We thought it would be easy for people to remember.  However, we have had many people tell us that they didn’t know when to pay their dues.  So, if you wish, pay your dues for next year now —- we can extend your membership to March 31, 2016 or beyond.  You can pay dues using a credit card on our website (www.apast.org) or pay by check.

I sincerely hope you attend our functions in Chicago — we look forward to hearing your thoughts on how to make APAST a more effective and influential organization.

Best regards,

Fred Myers

NSTA Chicago is coming!

NSTA Chicago

Join APAST for our annual events at NSTA!

PLEASE RSVP to APAST President Fred Myers at myersf@glastonburyus.org for the events below!

APAST Business Meeting & Social
Friday, March 13th
3:30pm-5:30pm

Sponsored by Vernier

Vernier
www.vernier.com

APAST Breakfast
Saturday, March 14th
7:00-9:00 am

Sponsored by National Geographic Learning

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ngl.cengage.com

NSTA Chicago 2015 is coming!

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NSTA Elementary Science Extravaganza
Friday, March 13, 2015
8:00 am – 10:00 am
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Going to the Chicago NSTA Conference? Need your name in a program to help with expenses?  Please join APAST as a presenter for the fourth annual NSTA Elementary Extravaganza! This event brings together several national and international organizations to provide pre K-grade six teachers with a variety of teaching strategies and resources.  We anticipate over 100 presenters and 1,000 participants for the Chicago event.

Participants will engage in hands-on activities; learn about professional development opportunities; interact with the leaders of NSTA and other national and international organizations; gather information about award and grant programs for elementary teachers; have a chance to win door prizes, including an iPad; and learn of opportunities to become more involved in professional organizations. In essence, they will walk away with a head full of ideas and arms filled with materials.  So encourage fellow APAST members to be a presenter.

For information and forms email Sally Bell  sebell048@comcast.net. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your skills and talk to teachers about our organization.

Sponsored by: The National Science Teachers Association, Delta Education, Educational Innovations, and others


McCormick Place Convention Center
Chicago, IL

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APAST at NSTA 2014 National Conference-Boston!

We hope you enjoyed the APAST events at NSTA Boston!

APAST Breakfast Meeting
Sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education

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APAST Business Meeting & Social
Sponsored by Ward’s Science

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Congratulations to the newly elected APAST Board members!

Assuming the Presidency of APAST, Fred Myers

President-elect: Linda Lee Smith

Secretary: Nancy Foote

District 1 Director: Kathy Renfrew

District 3 Director: Alma Miller

District 5 Director: Charlene Dindo

District 7 Director: Jason Crean

We wish our newly elected officers all the best in their new positions!

 

APAST Thanks McGraw-Hill Education and Ward’s Science

Thank you to McGraw-Hill Education for sponsoring our breakfast meeting and Ward’s Science for sponsoring our business meeting and social at the 2013 NSTA National Conference in San Antonio.  The Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching is grateful for the continued support and commitment of our sponsors.

APAST supports NGSS

APAST President Kenneth Huff has released a letter that is intended to express the support of the Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching (APAST) toward the development and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. We believe this is an important step to guide science teaching and learning in the 21st Century.

To view this letter, please click here.

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