National Science Teachers Association National Conference 2015
March 26-29, 2015
Call for Conference Presentations
Conference Presenter Presentations
Access the ISEC presenter presentations here or through the ISTA Fourms page.
Patricia Tanabe, American Society for Clinical Pathology - Fri 10-10:45 - North Pavilion 3 Careers in the Clinical Laboratory
Rita Januszyk, Gower District 62 - Sat 1:30-3 - South Pavilion 3 K-5 NGSS Science & Engineering Practices: Ready, Set, Engage! & Appendix D Handout
Friday, October 25th, SAFARI SOIREE attendees enjoyed networking, live animals, dinner, music, dancing, and crafts. Brookfield Zoo displayed many hands-on activities both for teachers at the soiree and for them to take back to their classrooms.
Many wore their favorite safari gear or animal print clothing.
Some visited from the safari and some...well see for yourself!
NGSS in Illinois News
ISTA PROUDLY ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF
THE ISTA NETWORKS FOR NGSS
ISTA is entering the earliest stages of planning and sharing the great diversity of resources surrounding the very recent official release of the NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS. ISTA is asking for your expert assistance to provide resources that will lead to richer and deeper networks, promoting excellence in science teaching and learning throughout Illinois.
Three resource pages are currently being developed and populated with new resources.
Check out the updated ISTA NGSS pages!
Required OSHA/GHS Training
FREE Flinn video, "Required GHS Training--The Right to Understand," provides the required OSHA/GHS training you need. OSHA has set a December 2013 deadline for all employers--including schools--to provide training to ensure that teachers and staff understand how to read new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) chemical labels. This Flinn video--made specifically for educators--enables teachers and administrators to quickly and successfully complete this training obligation. Everything you need to know is covered. Keep a signed and dated record on file showing that each member of your science department and school staff has watched this video. To view please go to: http://www.flinnsci.com/GHS!
Meet the Directors
Meet Hethyr Tregerman, one of your Region 7 Directors. Hethyr Teaches at Loyola University's Center for Science and Math Education, Chicago. Hethyr received her BS in 2001 from Western Michigan University and her Master’s in Science from Loyola University, Chicago. Besides being a member of ISTA and NSTA, Hethyr is a Professional Development Leader and Organizer in the implementation of high quality science instructional materials. She is a co-facilitator of a yearly academy for professional development leaders and is a participant in a working group around preparation for NGSS. Hethyr is also participating in the ongoing collaboration with Chicago Public School's Department of Math and Science regarding professional development around the Framework for K-12 Science Education and trains teachers nationally in the implementation of high quality science instructional materials, such as SEPUP.
While being continually present at ISTA, NSTA, and ASCD conferences, Hethyr is now the co-chair of the 2013 Illinois Science Education Conference “Wild about NGSS”, and a member of the membership committee and nominations committee.
When asked why she serves in the ISTA, Hethyr said, “I regularly come into contact with teachers doing outstanding work in science education. Their instruction is uplifting and of high quality. Students are not only engaged and excited but also exhibit scientifically literate qualities. We are in an exciting time of change with the release of the Framework in 2011 and NGSS this past April. Therefore it is of critical importance to build leadership now within the district and state level. Being a Regional Director of ISTA will help me facilitate the recognition of teacher-leaders in Chicago to build on these initiatives and share their knowledge and expertise through various outlets.”
Are you a member of Region 7? Or are you a science teacher in Region 7 interested in becoming a member of ISTA? Contact Hethyr at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about ISTA. Do you have awesome science activities going on in schools throughout Region 7? Contact Hethyr today and share your activities with the whole state.
Region 7 covers the City of Chicago.