The Chicago Zoological Society is offering you the opportunity to participate in a regional model of our NatureStart™ professional development course. This training, designed for professionals who are responsible for early childhood and family programs and/or interact with young children and families, features a blended model of in-person classes along with approximately 15 hours of online learning. Participation in the training will provide you with the tools to:
• Feel validated, confident, and excited to promote nature education,
• Understand how to use nature for inquiry-based learning,
• Create engaged activities and environments,
• Interact with young children and their families to foster lifelong connections with nature, and
• Network with other educators.
Upon completion of training, you will be ready to return to your organization and help train your own team in the development of nature play programs. The NatureStart™ training team will provide you with ongoing support to help ensure successful implementation of NatureStart™ practices at your organization.
For more information and to reserve your spot, visit:
www.CZS.org/NatureStart or contact the Chicago Zoological Society’s education hotline at (708) 688-8342.
2018 class of the National STEM Scholar Program, a program designed specifically for middle school teachers inspiring the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) pioneers nationwide.
The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) partners with The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Science and Mathematics at Western Kentucky University (WKU) to fund ten scholarships each year for middle school science teachers working to transfer a passion for science to students in this age group. Research shows that students who get excited about STEM subjects in middle school are the ones who will take those courses in high school and major in them at the college level.
National STEM Scholars receive advanced education in the development of STEM projects for classroom implementation, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education (the 2017 speaker was Dr. Eric Mazur of Harvard University) and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing. STEM Scholar classrooms also have an opportunity to speak with astronauts on the International Space Station during the school year and work directly with providers of space technology education nationwide.
Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application. The selection committee is not provided with names or locations of teacher applicants.
In 2018, we will graduate our third class of National STEM Scholars. Each scholarship recipient receives the following:
- Advanced education and leadership training on the campus of WKU June 3-9, 2018. All expenses – travel, lodging, meals – are included
- A notebook/tablet (Chromebook or similar) to facilitate ongoing collaboration
- A credit of up to $2,500 for technology and supplies to implement a classroom Challenge Project
- Sponsored attendance at the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Conference in St. Louis in April 2019. All expenses – registration, travel, lodging, meals – are included
- Year-long mentorship and support provided by Western Kentucky University faculty
Applications are open now by visiting https://www.wku.edu/gifted/nss/application.php.
The Hog Island Audubon Camp has been in operation since 1936 and is primarily an adult-focused facility which offers about 15 different residential programs each summer, each lasting for 6 days. Some of our 2018 programs include Field Ornithology; Sharing Nature: An educator’s Week ; The Joy of Birding; Arts and Birding; etc. etc. http://hogisland.audubon.org
Join us for the 47th Annual Conference, SCIENCE! KEEPING IT ReAl. February 14-16, 2018 at the Wyndham - Indianapolis West. With over 200 sessions spanning three days and an Exhibit Hall featuring leaders in the STEM industry, the HASTI conference is the premier professional development and networking opportunity for science teachers in Indiana. Don't miss your opportunity to attend this event at a discounted rate. Early registration ends January 23, 2018. Onsite registration will also be available!
HASTI Refund PolicyConference registration is non-refundable
HASTI Member DiscountsHASTI members are eligible for discounted conference rates. Member dues are $30 for teachers and industry professionals, $15 for college students and retirees. You must be a current member when registering for the conference to receive the member rate. Therefore, if you are a current member and wishing to attend the conference at the discounted rate, you will need to renew your membership prior to registration.
Bring Your Administrator Along for FreeIf 4 people from one school attend HASTI, your Superintendent or Principal will receive a complimentary registration! Please contact the HASTI registrar Registration Manager@hasti.org to take advantage of this special offer.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding registration, please contact the Registration Manager at RegistrationManager@hasti.org
This event is provided for exhibitors of the 2018 HASTI Annual conference. Orders will be placed by the HASTI staff. You can have your food delivered to your booth or eat in the Hall of Champions with the attendees
Join HASTI members in celebrating the 2018 HASTI Awardees on February 14, 2018 at 6 pm. Our guest speaker will be David Crowther, NSTA President. This is the first of many celebrations.