Archive for August, 2012

Sign up for New Chemistry Workshop Series!

Topics in Chemistry – Preparing for the EOC Workshop Series The Chemistry EOC is challenging chemistry teachers across the state to find meaningful ways to engage students in the rigorous curriculum. Each workshop will focus on a major concept and provide examples of how to teach for mastery of the TEKS and for success on […]

Sign Up Now for New Physics Workshop Series!

Teaching Physics With Engaging Strategies Workshop Series ABOUT THE SERIES  Storytelling in Physics? Really! Learn the power of creating a narrative in your classroom in order to keep your students engaged and excited about what comes next! The four workshops in this series are designed to increase teachers’ physics content knowledge and empower physics teachers […]

TMSDS Update – Friday

An email was sent to TMSDS contacts last Friday, August 24.  Below you will find excerpts regarding the transition  from TMSDS to TxAIR, including information on how to save your TMSDS tests and data. More information regarding MSTAR was also shared, contact your local MSTAR representative or Susan Hemphill, or 512.919.5360, with any questions.  At […]

Texas Environmental Excellence Awards

Help the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality honor environmental efforts that lead the way toward improving the Lone Star State. The Texas Environmental Excellence Awards showcase the most outstanding projects in the following categories: Technical/Technology Innovative Operations/Management Water Conservation Pollution Prevention Civic/Community Education (public education campaigns or educational initiatives) Agriculture Youth (science clubs, school or […]

Apply for TMA’s Excellence in Science Teaching Awards

Do you bring a creative spark to your science class?  Know someone who does?  The Texas Medical Association (TMA) is now accepting applications for its outstanding science teacher awards 0 the TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. Every year, TMA awards $5000 to three first-place winners!  Plus, each recipient’s school […]

TMSDS Update

As of August 31, 2012 we will no longer have access to the Texas Math and Science Diagnostic System (TMSDS).  If you have created any tests and intend to use them during the school year, please take some time to save these files to your electronic storage system.   TMSDS will be replaced by TxAIR […]

Planning in Science Module Now Available

Welcome back to a new school year! The Planning in Science: Integrating Process Skills into Content Standards for both the Elementary and Secondary Science Classroom is now available. This 90-minute module is designed as a campus professional development to be facilitated by a campus leader.  This presentation will lead teachers to develop an understanding of […]

Vernier Hands-On Workshop

Vernier is offering a FREE 4-hour hands-on workshop on September 12, 2012 (4pm-8pm) in Austin.   You can experience their new technology, take part in new activities and investigations using their probes and their new interface, LabQuest 2. Register at Please direct any questions to 1-888-837-6437

GLOBE at Night – A global study of light polution

GLOBE AT NIGHT As we head into a new school year consider including the GLOBE at Night project in your plans for the year.   Spanning 92 countries and with 16,850 observations made in 2012 GLOBE at Night aims to study light pollution around the world.  Participation is FREE and easy.  Visit the project website for […]

Announcing – Science Safety Training for Elementary School Teachers Just Released

        You are invited to enroll in the next free Project Share based course for Elementary level educators. This course is designed to increase awareness of the general areas of science safety in the elementary classroom. Teachers will better understand their duty to instruct, supervise, and maintain a safe science classroom. This […]