(SDSEA is an Affiliated Group of NSTA)
It is my great pleasure to announce that the National Science Teachers Association Board of Directors has selected Dr. David L. Evans to serve as the new NSTA Executive Director. Dr. Evans will begin as NSTA Executive Director on Thursday, February 7.
Dr. Evans is a prominent scientist as well as a distinguished and visionary leader who will guide the association’s future course and continue to establish NSTA as a leader in STEM education.
Before joining NSTA, David was Director of the Center for Sustainability at Noblis, a Virginia-based not-for-profit provider of science-consulting services.
For several years he was Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian Institution, where he oversaw research and education activities, strategic planning, outreach, and fundraising. Dr. Evans has also served in leadership positions at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the National Ocean Service, and the Office of Naval Research.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Evans to NSTA. I invite you to read more about David at www.nsta.org/publications/news/story.aspx?id=59818 and encourage you to share this information with science educators in your state or association.
I would also like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Dr. Gerald Wheeler for leaving his beloved Montana 10 months ago to serve as NSTA Interim Executive Director. His enthusiasm, dedication, and passion to NSTA and to science education is greatly appreciated.
We look forward to a great year for NSTA and for science education in 2013 and beyond.
Dr. Karen L. Ostlund
NSTA President 2012-2013
Free Water Cycle Poster for Pre-K - 8
This resource just came to the attention of SDSEA via Howard Perlman, a hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey. USGS and the United Nations have just put out a new diagram/poster: The Water Cycle for Kids
Just click on the "Links To Resources" choice in the gray column on the left, to link directly to the poster.
Help spread the word by "sharing" a post about the poster from the SDSEA Facebook page on your FB page, or email a friend.
It is a FREE, comprehensive and amusing diagram for kids, elementary, and middle school students. You can download and print out a PDF version in any of 60 languages.
SDSEA Helps Provide Science Strands for SDCUE 2012 Event
SDCUE presented it's 29th annual technology "fair" again this year. SDSEA has partnered with them for the past 3 years, and worked with them again this year, to provide science strands for the gathering.
i-Quest, an NSF funded project based at Cal State San Marcos, provided several sessions focused on integrating science and technology, including SDSEA Board member Su Scott, presenting on GPS technology as relates to grade 6 Earth Science. SDSEA member Brendan Casey, of Joan MacQueen Middle School, presented use of web pages as showcases for student Common Core Science Portfolios. The San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative presented environmental science workshops, and the California State Parks "PORTS" distance learning program showed how to video conference live with rangers in the woods.
The SDSEA Exhibit Area Booth
Thanks go out as well to Heidi Doss and Donna Ross, both SDSEA members who presented on laser physics and classroom video production respectively.
Packet Pick Up
SDSEA gave out 5, one-year memberships as door prizes. Nearly 1,100 people attended between 7:30 and 4, for a day packet with classroom targeted practical ideas! Watch for this annual event next fall.
Thank You Conference Exhibitors/Contributors
AWARD Reading and Math
California Learning Resources Network
CCS Presentation Systems
Classroom of the Future Foundation
CSU San Marcos Extended Learning
CSU San Marcos iQuest Project
CSU San Marcos Writing Project
First Investors Corporation
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
iQuest Program (NSF award 0833753/CSUSM)
IVS Computer Technology
McGraw Hill Education
Mission Federal Credit Union
NASA/Space Place (web site)
National University School of Education
Point Loma Nazarene University
Quick and Associates
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
San Diego Children and Nature (SDCaN)
San Diego Computer-Using Educators (SDCUE)
San Diego Festival of Science
San Diego Science Educators Association (SDSEA)
San Diego State University Ed Tech Department
San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
Sea Life Carlsbad Aquarium
Technology in Education/Hovercam
Robert A. Dean
Bob Dean was an inspiring leader in science education for decades both locally and nationally. As Science Coordinator at the San Diego County Office of Education, he founded the Greater San Diego Science Teachers Association, which later became SDSEA. He also helped found the San Diego Computer Using Educators Association (SDCUE). In addition he established the Southern California Association of Science Supervisors (SCASS) and was president of the National Science Supervisors Association, later to become NSELA. After "retiring" from the County Office of Education, he and his wife Melanie wrote, received, and coordinated many NSF grants for summer science teacher training academies at UCSD.
Bob's impact on science education in our area and beyond was amazing. He constantly sought to bring out the best in everyone around him, and tirelessly encouraging others to pursue their dreams. In this spirit, SDSEA is announcing a science leadership scholarship fund in his memory. Details are available by clicking the "Scholarships" link at the left.
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