State Affiliate of the National Science Teachers Association

What's New
  • The July E-Blast is now available in the E-Blast section.
  • The June LASER is now available in the Newsletter section.
  • Now accepting Concurrent Session (1-hour Proposals) for 2015 Conference
  • Looking for Exhibitors for 2015 Conference!
  • QSM Request for Proposals!
  • Call for LSTA Officer Nominations!
  • Meet the board members in the LSTA Board section.

Concurrent Session (1-hour) Proposals for
2015 LATM/LSTA Joint Math Science Conference

Interested presenters may submit a proposal for a 1-hour concurrent session to be held on Tuesday and/or Wednesday, November 10-11, 2015. Presenters must provide all equipment (computers, LCD panels, internet access, and other items) needed for their presentation. Rooms will have Wi-Fi access as well as a screen or wall space on which to project images.

To submit an online Concurrent Session proposal go to this link.

Proposals must be submitted via this link by August 24, 2015.

The conference program allows for each Concurrent Session to have a maximum of 3 names listed as the presenters: the Lead Presenter followed by, at most, two Co-Presenters. Co-Presenter information must be entered at the bottom of the form. If the proposal is accepted, the Presenter and Co-Presenter(s) listed in the proposal must register for the conference. Registration must be complete (submitted and fully paid) by the early-bird deadline, October 9, 2015. The early-bird registration fee is $75. After this date, increased registration fees will apply. The program committee reserves the right to remove accepted proposals from the program if registration is not completed by October 9.

Questions or concerns regarding this process should be directed to Mandy Boudwin at lamathandscience@gmail.com

Quality Science and Math (QSM)
Request for Proposals

Deadline: September 14, 2015

Do you have a concept you would like to teach, but don't have the materials? Help is on the way!

Submit a proposal - it's easy! Go to www.cain.lsu.edu and click on the QSM tab!

You have ALL summer to determine what you would like to do! Write a proposal that answers each question on the form, fully describes what you want to do, and justifies you expenditures for your proposed project. Be sure to have a friend read your proposed project. Be sure to have a friend read your proposal before you submit it.

Who qualifies:Only full-time classroom teachers assigned to teach math or science in K-12 regular education programs in public schools.

The award amount is up to $750!

Please contact Brenda Nixon with any questions: bnixon@lsu.edu or (225) 205-2680.

LSTA Needs You!
Call for Nominations for LSTA Officers

Do you want to become more involved in science education? Are you looking for a way to connect with other passionate science educators? Are you ready to take a step into a leadership role? Do you enjoy sharing your expertise with others? If you answered yes to any of these questions, LSTA needs you!

Nominations are open for the next two-year term of office, November 2015-December 2017, for the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Region 1 Representative
  • Region 2 Representative
  • Region 3 Representative
  • Region 4 Representative
  • Region 5 Representative
  • Region 6 Representative
  • Region 7 Representative
  • Region 8 Representative

The LSTA Board typically meets four times each year either face-to-face or through video conferencing. Duties of officers and regional representatives include attending board meetings, nominating colleagues for awards, working at the annual conference, and participating in various projects. Regional representatives serve their regions by informing members of science education opportunities, hosting regional workshops, and submitting regional news every other month for publication in the LASER. Persons applying for the office of LSTA President are required to have previous Board experience.

All persons interested in being a part of LSTA will need to submit a nomination packet.

Nomination packets should include the following:

  • a letter with a statement from the nominee accepting the nomination, the reason the nominee is interested in serving as a LSTA officer, what experiences and knowledge the nominee would bring to the office, and how the nominee envisions the role of LSTA in science education;
  • a resume which includes but is not limited to teaching experience and current position; and
  • a maximum of three letters of support (not to exceed one page each)

Nomination packets should be sent to:
Tera LaPrarie
PO Box 770
9463 Highway 71 South
Lecompte, La 71346

Electronic copies should be sent to: laprariet1@hotmail.com

All nomination packets must be postmarked on or before June 30, 2015. Nominees will receive acknowledgment of receipt of their nomination packet. The nominating committee, will select two nominees per office for the final ballot. Ballots will be distributed to active LSTA members in the fall through the LASER. Election results will be announced at the 2015 LSTA Awards Banquet during the Joint Conference in Baton Rouge. Following the Awards Banquet, officers will immediately assume their positions.

LSTA is an organization of Louisiana science educators dedicated to the advancement of scientific literacy at all levels.

Encouraging lifelong learning is central to its mission.

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For information on exhibiting during the Joint Math Science Conference, please contact exhibits chair, Natalie Lirette at natalie_lirette@houmachristianschool.com.

2015 LSTA Educator Award Nominations/Applications

The LSTA Science Education Awards are presented by the Louisiana Science Teachers Association, an affiliate of the National Science Teachers Association. These awards are bestowed in the categories listed below at the annual conference.

Awards Deadline:  September 18, 2015

  • Outstanding Science Teacher
  • Essie Beck "Rising Star"
  • Claudia Fowler Distinguished Service to Science Education
  • Distinguished Informal Science Educator
  • William W. Craig University Educator
  • LSTA Travel Grants

For more information visit the LSTA awards page.

2015 Joint Math and Science Conference
"Enlightening Students, Empowering Teachers"
November 9-11, 2015
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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