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  • 26 Feb 2017 10:59 PM | Anonymous



    Registration is Now Open


    Wichita State University, home of the Shockers, is pleased to be hosting an Advanced Placement Summer Institute on the WSU campus this summer, June 19-22, 2017.  Our Institute will offer sessions for the following AP courses:

    • AP® Language and Composition
    • AP® Literature and Composition
    • AP® Biology
    • AP® U.S. History: Crossing Boundaries with Skill Focused Approaches to AP U.S. History and AP World History
    • AP® Statistics
    • Pre AP® English
    • Pre AP® Math

    We have secured experienced consultants from the Midwest and Southwest College Board Regions to lead our sessions, which are open to both new and experienced AP® teachers.


    WSU is also providing the opportunity for Institute attendees to earn graduate level credit at a discounted rate.






    Institute Dates & Times

    Monday, June 19 - Thursday, June 22
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day

    Lunch is included each day.





    Wichita State University is pleased to offer attendees a special opportunity for housing during the Institute.  A set of rooms for attendees has been arranged on the Wichita State University campus in Shocker Hall.  Individuals may arrive on the afternoon of June 18 and will depart at the close of the Institute on June 22nd. Single rooms are $174 for the time period.  Double rooms are $154 for the time period per person.  Individuals will receive a pillow, pillowcase, two sheets, blanket, hand towel, washcloth and bar of soap.  More information about Shocker Hall can be found at http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=housing&p=/shocker_hall_landing_page/.  Breakfast and dinner is not provided but individuals can purchase it on-site at Shocker Hall for an additional cost.



    To reserve your space, complete the registration form and return it to:

    Wichita State University
    Conference Office
    1845 Fairmount St., Box 136
    Wichita, KS 67260-0136

    Phone: (316) 978-6493

    Fax: (316) 978-3064

    E-mail: conference.office@wichita.edu



    ®College Board, AP, Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement Program, and the acorn logo are registered trademarks of the College Board.  Used with permission.

  • 15 Feb 2017 4:53 PM | Anonymous

    The KSU chapter of Sigma Xi (a scientific research society and publisher of American Scientist)  has for a number of years given an annual award to an outstanding secondary science teacher.  One of the missions of Sigma Xi is supporting education, and we feel that recognizing excellence in secondary science teaching in our state is an important expression of this mission.

    Over that last several years we have received a large number of excellent candidates and it is a challenge each year to select only one or two awardees.  

    The award winners in the last few years were:

    2016 Mr. Adam Robb - Moundridge High School, Moundridge

    2015 Ms. Josephine Reno - Central Middle School, Kansas City
    2015 Mr. Gabriel Dalton - Highland Park Highschool

    2014 Ms. Miranda Forgey - Hope Street Academy, Topeka

    2014 Mr. Jeremy Mohn -  Blue Valley Northwest High School

    2013 Mr. Jeff McFarlane - JC Harmon High School

    2012 Ms. Susan Arnold - Maize High School
    2011 Ms. Brenda Bott - Shawnee Mission West High School
    2011 Mr. Dan Whisler - Sterling High School
    2010 Ms. Janice Crowley - Wichita Collegiate High School
    2009 Ms. Carrie Newdigger - Macksville High School
    2008  Ms. Lyric Cairns - Salina South High School
    2007 Mr. James Enneking - Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
    2007 Ms. Laurie Cleavinger - McLouth High School
    2006 Mr. Duke Harman - Eisenhower Middle School, Manhattan
    2005 Ms. Jan Cyr - Blue Valley North High School
    Nominations for the award (by administrators, principles, or other teachers) should be sent to me (e-mail or regular mail) by March 20.  Please feel free to renominate outstanding teachers who were not selected for awards in previous years.  The simple nomination form is included below.  

    Thank you for your support of quality science teaching in Kansas!

    Keith Miller
    Chair: Science Educator Award Committee
    KSU Chapter Sigma Xi




    Candidate’s Name ______________________________________________________________

    Candidate’s School _____________________________________________________________

    School Address ________________________________________________________________

    School Telephone Number _______________________________________________________
    Candidate’s Home Address _______________________________________________________________

    Candidate’s Home Telephone _____________________________________________________
    Candidate’s Teaching Specialty  ___________________________________________________
    Candidate’s Length of Teaching Service _____________________________________________
    Candidate’s Degrees (Degrees, Years, Colleges):



    Nominator’s statement of achievement on behalf of the candidate:
     (Attach statement to this form.)
    Return to:  Dr. Keith B. Miller, Committee Chair, Dept. of Geology, 108 Thompson Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506  by March 20, 2017, or e-mail to keithbmill@gmail.com
  • 15 Feb 2017 4:43 PM | Anonymous

    We recently (2014) updated the Science and Our Food Supply: Food Safety from Farm to Table. It is available to download from this site - http://www.fda.gov/food/foodscienceresearch/toolsmaterials/scienceandthefoodsupply/default.htm. And, you can always order paper copies from Isabelle – best way is to send her a direct email – isabelle.howes@graduateschool.edu.

     We also have a new Middle Level Nutrition Curriculum - Science and Our Food Supply:  Using the Nutrition Facts Label to Make Healthy Food Choices – that is only available by download from the website above.

     Finally we have an Edmodo Group – Food Science & Nutrition. You are most welcome to join the group. We have a wonderful library filled with additional resources to use with both the food safety and nutrition programs. To join, go to https://www.edmodo.com, register as a teacher, and request to join the group. The code is w5q6mp.

     I also wanted to ask your help in getting out the word about the summer program – yes we are funded for another year. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please direct them to our online application - http://www.teachfoodscience.org/apply.asp.

     Thanks so much for your support of our programs and please don’t hesitate to send along any questions or concerns.


    Mimi Cooper

    Training Facilitator

    FDA Food Safety and Nutrition Programs


  • 14 Feb 2017 12:08 PM | Anonymous

    K-State is now offering a convenient online format for those of you wishing to obtain two different advanced degrees:  

  • 13 Feb 2017 10:04 PM | Anonymous

    Kansas Citizens for Science, a long-time partner with KATS, announces scholarships of $100-275 to be awarded to attendees for KATS Kamp this spring.

    KCFS realizes that KATS Kamp is the premiere professional development opportunity for science teachers in Kansas. We therefore want to provide the opportunity for increased numbers of K-12 teachers to attend.

    Early career teachers who have district/building mentors are encouraged to have their mentors apply also. If an early career teacher is awarded a scholarship, their mentor will receive one also. We want such teams to be able to work together at Kamp. An early career teacher may, of course, apply even if no mentor applies.

    KCFS will provide scholarships based on the following criteria:
    • Teachers who will be first time Kamp attendees.
    • Early career teachers.
    • Teachers whose district provides no support for attendance.
    • Teachers who will agree to attend one of the sessions sponsored by KCFS
    • District/building mentors of early career teachers

    Award recipients will be expected to apply knowledge obtained at Kamp in their classroom.
    Applicants do not have to meet all the above criteria, but these are the criteria which will be used to determine scholarship recipients.

    Please submit this form no later than February 28th, 2017. The form is at http://www.quia.com/sv/733006.html

    Questions should be sent to cheryl.shepherdadams@gmail.com

    . Recipients will be contacted after March 15 by email.

  • 06 Feb 2017 2:20 PM | Anonymous

    Exploration Place February Happenings!

     Judges needed for the 2017 Wichita Regional Science and Engineering Fair February 17, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch included. For more details: http://exploration.org/programs/science-fair/

     Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival and Discover the Ice Age now open. Visit website for more details: www.exploration.org For field trips & more: http://exploration.org/programs/teachers/

     11th Annual Death By Chocolate is February 25, 2017. For details: http://exploration.org/support/death-by-chocolate/

  • 01 Feb 2017 8:23 AM | Anonymous

    STEM Classrooms and Competitions:  Asking Questions and Defining Problems – Inquire Today 


    The first course of four in ESU’s 12-credit hour information, technology, and scientific literacy certificate program will be offered again this summer, May 22 – August 1, 2017, online using Canvas with one face-to-face class meeting on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The course develops knowledge and skills STEM preservice or inservice teachers and school librarians need as co-teachers to provide grades 4-12 students guided inquiry instruction around critical issues such as sufficient energy; prevention and treatment of illness and disease; maintaining clean food and water; and global environmental change.  Some scholarships are available.  Please contact Brady Lund blund2@emporia.edu for more information about enrolling in PS591, PS791, or LI791. Limited space (25). Certificate website: http://tinyurl.com/publhlc

    Dr. Mirah Dow, Professor, mdow@emporia.edu

    Dr. Ken Thompson, Professor, kthompso@emporia.edu

    STEM-ALL is partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


  • 31 Jan 2017 7:41 PM | Anonymous

    If you are a lead teacher or science curriculum leader this could be for you!

    Curriculum & Instructional Leaders (teacher leaders, instructional coaches, principals, curriculum administrators/directors, assistant superintendents, and superintendents):

    KASCD is offering an Edcamp/Unconference on February 10 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Wichita Airport in Wichita, KS.  This event is free for all KASCD members.  Others who wish to attend may join KASCD in order to attend.

    Kansas ASCD (KASCD) is excited about hosting an Edcamp unconference for curriculum and instructional leaders. Come join us February 10, 2017 and participate in a full day that emphasizes peer-to-peer collaboratively learning focused on the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of events. The day will begin with a light breakfast and networking. Start thinking about a session that you'd like to add on the schedule. Don't worry about being prepared with a presentation; just come with a topic for discussion or a question that has been burning. After we kick off, we'll start our sessions. The "law of two feet" applies all day.

    • Hosted by KASCD to provide a forum for curriculum & instructional leaders to collaboratively discuss and exchange ideas over timely issues with which your district is confronted
    • Topics are set by you, the day of the event (e.g. individual plans of study; OVTs—outside validation teams; 5 Pillars of KansasCan; peer observations; civic engagement, great math resources (or any subject); KDG readiness; professional learning strategies that change practice; technology integration; assessments; SECD curriculum—socio emotional character development, etc.)
    • Sessions are determined the day of the event and driven by participant interest
    • Sessions created where anyone can be a presenter and everyone is a contributor
    • Reliant on the law of two feet that encourages participants to find a session that meets their needs
    • The agenda for the KASCD Edcamp is:

      7:45-8:20 AM   Gathering/Breakfast/Greeting
      8:20-8:45         Session planning
      8:50-9:45         Session 1
      9:45-10:00       Hallway Chats (defined as summary, reflection, & sharing highlights of session on chart paper)

      10:00-10:50     Session 2
      10:50-11:00     Hallway Chats
      11:00-11:50     Session 3
      11:50-1:00       Lunch (on your own at area restaurants or the hotel)
      1:00-1:15         Drawings/prizes
      1:15- 2:05        Session 4
      2:05-2:15         Hallway Chats/Snacks
      2:15-3:05         Session 5
      3:05-3:30 PM   Smackdown & Closing (The smackdown: a 15-20 minute time in which any willing participant has no more than 2 minutes to share an idea, tool or tip with the crowd).

      Registration is completed online at  http://www.KASCDedcamp. weebly.com  

    • To join KASCD please complete the following information and respond to  george.abel@usd253.net and then register at the above address.


      Email address:  


      School and Position:  

      Billing street address:  

      City, State  Zip:  


      Method of Payment:  __Check     __Bill Me     __ PO #

      George Abel, KASCD Treasurer

      Assistant Superintendent - Teaching and Learning

      Emporia USD 253

      1700 W 7th Avenue

      Emporia, KS  66801



  • 31 Jan 2017 7:36 PM | Anonymous

    Regional Outstanding Science Educator:  Each region can recognize an outstanding science educator.  The individual must be a member of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS) and teaching in his/her region for recognition at KATS Kamp Science Education Conference.  Nominations can be made via the following Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/wZ4n7Y7fUGztFAhg2 or by emailing Past-President Brian Cole (coleb@usd113.org) by March 10, 2017

    A nomination consists of

    i.                contact Information of the nominee (including school, subject/grade, email address, etc.)

    ii.               a written narrative describing the outstanding contributions/events  that indicated the nominee is deserving of the recognition, and 

    iii.             any other information that you feel is important in consideration for the award.

    You can also nominate someone for the Distinguished KATS Member Award or an organization, group, or business for the KATS Outstanding Contributions to Science Education in Kansas by emailing me (coleb@usd113.org) or the Google Form link above.

  • 28 Jan 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Educator Resource Day 
    January 28, 2017 
    FREE Event 

    Interact with master teachers demonstrating hands-on STEM lessons and learn about area STEM field trips and other useful resources for you and your students. 
    Click Here to sign up today 

    Click here for ERD Flyer to share with others!

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