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ASTA Annual Conference - November 1-2, 2018

Posted By Linda Coyle, Wednesday, September 26, 2018
ASTA Annual Conference - November 1-2, 2018 

With discussion of the adoption of science standards on the October 22nd State Board of Education agenda, the conference will begin providing a foundation for your teachers, coaches, and  curriculum directors  in implementing new standards utilizing the 3-dimensions of instruction.

ASTA will be holding their annual statewide professional development conference, Building Toward Phenomenal Science Instruction for All, November 1-2, 2018 at the The Falls Event Center in Gilbert,AZ.  The ASTA Conference is highly respected by administrators and leaders due to the professional workshops that are provided during the conference.   All PreK – Post Secondary educators, administrators, coaches, and informal educators who are interested in science and/or STEM are encouraged to attend. This event allows practitioners to network, learn about the shifts needed in science instruction to support the implementation of new science standards, and share best practices in their field.   

This year's conference will include one day of deep learning into understanding phenomena and its use in 3-dimensional instruction through science discourse.  Thursday's focused professional learning day will be facilitated by Lacey Wieser, Jen Gutierrez, and Rebecca Garelli. The morning will include all learners working together with Lacey Wieser while in the afternoon attendees will be grouped by grade level.

The second day includes twenty-eight 1 hour workshops focused on specific strands which include: 
  • Adding Depth through the Practices 
  • From Blueprint to Practice 
  • Engaging All Students
In addition, Mr. Michael DiSpezio will be the keynote Friday morning with his presentation titled "Learning and the Brain".  Mr. DiSpezio  is a renaissance educator, speaker, and author. A former marine biologist, Michael completed his graduate studies at the Marine Biological Lab at Woods Hole and worked as a research assistant to a Nobel prize winner. His understanding of natural sciences has resulted in numerous publications and speaking engagements throughout the world on an assortment of scientific topics that range from learning and the brain to re-engineering the 21st century science classroom.

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$1250 Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest PD Workshop

Posted By Linda Coyle, Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Educator Academy Director, Christa Dillabaugh (contact information below)

Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest

The July 1-11, 2019 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use: 

  • 21st Century Instruction:  Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ NGSS ~ STEM ~ 5E
  • Inquiry Protocols & Resources:  Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ~ & More!
  • Global and Cultural Perspectives:  ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education ~ Indigenous Cultures


Join Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree; Dr. Nancy Trautmann, Cornell Lab of Ornithology;  Kristie Reddick, The Bug Chicks; along with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:  

  • Work side-by-side with scientists and researchers on citizen science projects and field studies on the ACTSPeru Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the world’s most biologically diverse environments. 
  • Explore conservation and sustainability via hands-on workshops with indigenous communities.
  • Spend a day in an Amazon village and explore the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children.
  • Work in grade-level cohorts to develop strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating  standards-based inquiry, STEM, and sustainability education into your classroom.


PLT Certification, BirdSleuth, and other resources included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional.  $1250 scholarship deadline February 1, 2019.  With a scholarship, Academy Program fees are $1345 (airfare not included).  Space is limited to 30 educators - Register early to secure your spot!


Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at:   Contact Educator Academy Director, Christa Dillabaugh, for more information: 

Email:  // phone:  1-800-431-2624.

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Picture Perfect STEM Lessons Workshop

Posted By Linda Coyle, Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Salt River Project and the Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA) along with the National Association of Science Teachers Association (NSTA) are pleased to offer a unique professional development opportunity this October. The authors of the highly acclaimed Picture Perfect Science Lessons will present a two-day conference in Tempe Oct. 9-10, 2018. The conference will be held in SRP’s Heritage Center at 1500 N. Mill, Tempe. Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan have created a series of books based on the 5 E model incorporating picture books into science curriculum. . The authors will be presenting several lessons from the books and background on how the program works. This will be their first trip to the Phoenix area.


SRP is proud to support partial scholarships to teachers in SRP’s Service areas and Impact areas.  The Scholarship applicationmust be completed by September 21st.  Scholarship awardees must register and pay for the workshop.  After the 2 day event, ASTA/SRP will distribute the scholarship award to the district/participant.

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Teen Volunteer Program at the Desert Botanical Gardens

Posted By Linda Coyle, Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Do your students need to complete volunteer service hours? The Desert Botanical Garden is piloting a new Teen Volunteer program at our Butterfly Pavilion and would love to have your students as a part of it. Teen Volunteers must be in 7th through 12th grades and will need to attend a 2 hour orientation class before volunteering for their first shift. Orientation will be held on October 6th from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Garden. Space is limited to 25 participants at this time. Any interested students should contact Kristen Countryman at or 480-481-8134. Please click below for a flyer to share with your students.



Abbie Smith

Science Curriculum & Outreach Coordinator

P: 480.941.3515 | F: 480.481.8189 |




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Part-time STEM teacher needed

Posted By Linda Coyle, Thursday, July 26, 2018
Scottsdale Country Day School is a charter school serving KG-6 grade near 56th St. & Shea.  We would like to offer STEM classes to all of our students this school year.  Below are the requirements.  

The teacher must have a valid IVP AZ fingerprint card.

Teaching assignment details:

Day: Friday 
Dates: August 17th thru May 24th excluding 1/2 day Fridays which are the last Fri of each month
Classes: 10
Grades: KG-6
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm (35-40 min sessions and breaks)
Rate: $300 per day
Materials: SCDS will provide a set of chromebooks or iPads to be used in class

For questions, or to apply for the position, contact:
Mrs. Kathy Prahcharov
Scottsdale Country Day School
T: 480-452-5777      

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Last minute PD opportunity with Game and Fish

Posted By Linda Coyle, Monday, July 16, 2018
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is pleased to announce an exciting (but last minute) professional development opportunity focused on the Bats of Arizona. This three-part workshop will take place THIS Thursday and Friday, July 19 and 20 in the Phoenix metro area. Participants will receive great ideas to bring bat concepts into the classroom while also seeing live bats in the wild. They will have the chance to interact with biologists while they trap and identify local bats.

For more information and the register, visit

But don't delay. Space is limited!

As always, if you have any questions, please email rather than replying directly to this email.




OFFICE: 623.236.7243

EMAIL:   5000 West Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086

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Summer Ideas for STEM lessons

Posted By Linda Coyle, Sunday, June 24, 2018
Guest blog post from Angelo Fernando, Computers & Technology Teacher

Salt River Elementary, Salt River Schools

Office: (480) 362-2400  

Fax: (480) 362-2401 I


10 THINGS To Do in Summer WITH S.T.E.A.M.

There a many interesting things related to science and technology you could do during your long summer break.  Here are ten FUN ideas to get you started.

Click  on the attached file for ideas, directions and photos.  For other good ideas you can contact Angelo at the address posted above.

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STEM Professionals needed as Mentors

Posted By Linda Coyle, Monday, June 11, 2018

Seeking Diverse STEM Professionals for Summer Program With International Refugee Students

Are you an Arizona STEM professional with roots in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, or elsewhere outside of the United States? Do you love your STEM job and have a "Coming to America” story that you can share? If so, we would love to have you join us in the final week of July to work with middle school refugee students on team building activities, design challenges, and STEM career explorations!

DatesMonday, July 23rd – Thursday, July 26th 
Time12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Daily 
Location: Central Phoenix

If you are interested in joining us for any portion of the program, please contact Kaci Fankhauser at by June 20th. There will be a summer program training session on June 22nd that all volunteers are highly encouraged to attend.


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Summer Resources for Students and Parents

Posted By Linda Coyle, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Are you looking for a place to enjoy some summer STEM activities for your children?

The Connectory is the go-to place to find STEM year-round and summer is the peak season. Many boys and girls-focused summer STEM opportunities are available. Search by location, dates, area of interest, and age group. Find an opportunity near you!

Visit this site for details:

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WIN! FREE Teacher PD this Summer

Posted By Linda Coyle, Thursday, May 3, 2018


The Department of Energy is sponsoring a scholarship for one Arizona educator to attend REcharge Labs’ "REcharge Academy” in Virginia this July. It’s a week-long workshop that teaches educators how to incorporate renewable energy discussions and hands-on activities into the classroom. REcharge Labs is accepting scholarship applications through the end of May.


This is a great opportunity for teachers.  Contact Rachael for questions at the address below.


Interested in teaching students about renewable energy? Enroll in the 2018 REcharge Academy – you can even win a scholarship!


About the REcharge Academy

The REcharge Academy is a week-long educator training workshop on renewable energy. The intensive training blends lectures from experts and tours of energy facilities with replicable hands-on K-12 lessons to give educators content, as well as context. Participants learn how to build solar-powered cars and boats and wind turbines, as well get a deep understanding of the science behind these projects so they can teach renewable energy concepts in their classrooms. Check out the 2017 REcharge Academy Report to see what educators learned.


Dates:  July 23-27, 2018
James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA


Win a Scholarship!

The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is funding REcharge Academy scholarships for teachers in the 12 Wind for School States, including Arizona. Educators can apply for the scholarships through REcharge Labs here. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2018.


Have a question?  Send a note to


Rachael Ballard

KEH Communications

504 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Suite 6

Severna Park, MD 21146
(o) (410) 975-9638

(c) (443) 618-7014

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