President’s Message

Greetings!

What a great time to be a science educator in Louisiana! Having attended the Teacher Leader Summit this past week in New Orleans, the demand for information regarding the new science standards was obvious. All sessions offered regarding the science standards were overflowing with educators trying to learn and understand the shifts that the standards demand.

If you were unable to attend the Teacher Leader Summit, you can find presentation materials for each session here. LSTA session materials for the elementary, middle school, and high school sessions not only provide information sought by educators, but also include links to more resources to help them gain a deeper understanding. I want to especially thank the following educators for their efforts presenting LSTA’s all-day sessions at this year’s Teacher Leader Summit.

  • K-5 session: Dr. Bianca Deliberto and LSTA Region 4 representative Dr. Shauna Leblanc
  • 6-8 session: Dr. Shannon Lafont and Wendy DeMers
  • 9-12 session: Casey McMann, Jeff Holcomb, LSTA Vice-President Patrice Mire, and myself

Please feel free to reach out to an LSTA board member with your questions and concerns. We’re in this together! LSTA will continue to deliver professional development workshops this fall. Stay tuned to future newsletters, our website, and Facebook page for locations, dates, and times for the session offered in your region. Contact your regional representative for more information about the workshop in your region!

Now is the time we need leaders in science education! Have you ever considered getting more involved? Would you like to have impact on the future of science education in Louisiana? Want to expand your network of colleagues? Then you need to submit a nomination for a position on the LSTA board. The deadline for submitting nomination
packets is Saturday, August 26, 2017. More information can be found on the nominations page of the LSTA website. Please contact me at nathancotten@tpsd.org if you have any questions.

As a reminder, the NSTA area conference “Celebrate Science: Inspire, Integrate, Innovate,” is coming to New Orleans, November 30-December 2. Mark your calendars and inform your administration now! Registration is now OPEN and LSTA members that complete early bird registrations save $45! Come see keynote speaker Dr. Debbie Silver bestselling author, educational speaker/motivator, and past Louisiana Science Teacher of the Year. We cannot wait to welcome her back to Louisiana for her engaging, humorous, and meaningful commentary on education! NSTA has negotiated special discounted room rates with five hotels near the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Make your hotel reservations now and save!

LSTA just released their annual travel grants for teachers to secure funding to attend this year’s conference. Applications are due Monday, October 9, 2017. Find more information on the LSTA awards page and be sure to submit an application.

Be sure to review the numerous professional learning opportunities offered this summer! They are listed in the PD section of this month’s newsletter. Also, review the student opportunities available to engage students in STEM activities!

Continue to check the LSTA Facebook page for information on the new science standards and continuation of science assessments. Like our FB page, follow us on Twitter and share with your colleagues!

I hope everyone has a great summer!

June 2017

 

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