The K-12 Science Scoop

Coming to you from the Region 17 ESC: Sept 2022

Please complete the R17 Science Google Form Needs Assessment

Google Form has been improved and updated (below)!

Help me learn about you and your professional development needs! I would like to explore a variety of topics relevant to you while delivering PD in an way to reach as many of you as possible. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Please click on the link below to complete the Google form.

Fall 2022 Region 17 Science Professional Development

Click on the linked BUTTONS below to learn more and REGISTER for upcoming science workshops!

Join Dr. B-Mo via Zoom "come and go" between 12-1pm and/or 3:45-4:45pm monthly to "talk science." All grades, topics and content are welcome.

Register below or just join in Zoom link:

https://esc17.zoom.us/j/83409822791?pwd=YUFhR3cyc2ZoTW5BNm9tMGtxeVdrQT09


* Sept 8: 904210 * Sept 26: 904457 * Oct 17: 904470 * Nov 14: 904478 * Dec 12: 904480

Ongoing: Science Content Learning with PBS Media

Earn up to 6 hours PD credit while learning more about our scientific world and the way it works! Each course consists of watching an engaging PBS episode (1-2 hours in length) and completing a short Google form to record your reflection.

9/13/22: Grade 6-8 Planning and Gr 8 STAAR Data Dig

Grades 6-8 science teachers will collaboratively plan for the 2nd six/nine weeks of study using TEKS Resource System documents, analyze Grade 8 STAAR data and create assessment items for student practice of STAAR Redesign new item types. ID: 904119

9/14/22: Grade 3-5 Planning and Gr 5 STAAR Data Dig

Grades 3-5 science teachers will collaboratively plan for the 2nd six/nine weeks of study using TEKS Resource System documents, analyze Grade 5 STAAR data and create assessment items for student practice of STAAR Redesign new item types. ID: 903928

10/04/22: High School Planning and Bio STAAR Data Dig

High School science teachers will collaboratively lesson plan using TEKS Resource System documents, analyze Biology STAAR data and create assessment items for student practice of STAAR Redesign new item types. ID: 904169

10/19/22: Intervention for Science: Vocabulary&Visuals

Teachers of STAAR-tested grades and HB4545 tutoring teachers will utilize Lead4Ward instructional strategies targeting vocabulary and visuals in creating a Think Along Plan for intervention.

11/01/22: Secondary Science (Gr. 6-HS) Planning

Secondary science teachers will collaboratively plan for the next six/nine week units of study using TEKS Resource System documents, and create assessment items for student practice of STAAR Redesign new item types. ID: 904556

11/02/22: Grades K-5 Elementary Science Planning

Elementary science teachers will collaboratively plan for the next six/nine week units of study using TEKS Resource System documents, and create assessment items for student practice of STAAR Redesign new item types. ID: 904552

11/07/22: AP Biology Teacher PLC

This session is specifically for Region 17 AP Biology teachers to collaborate and reflect on fall semester content and plan for the spring semester. ID: 903187

12/07/22: STEM-ify your K-8 Classroom

Participants will be able to define STEM Fluency skills and practice the Engineering Design Process through hands-on activities that can be immediately implemented in the classroom. ID: 904719

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TEA UPDATES & STAAR Information

STAAR RESDESIGN BLUEPRINTS - FINALIZED

The finalized STAAR Redesign BLUEPRINTS for grades 5, 8 and Biology were posted 8/17/22. The blueprints are linked below. All updated STAAR Science Resources can be found HERE.

Science STAAR 22-23 Interim Key Dates and Details

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Future Science TEKS

Revised K-12 Science TEKS have been adopted (HS in Nov 2020; K-8 in Dec 2021) and are now published in the Texas Administrative Code (Title 19-Part 2-Chapter 112).


K-8 and HS science is now part of Proclamation 2024. This means that the new Science TEKS will not be implemented until the 2024-2025 school year with the exception of the Specialized Topics in Science courses (see below). New TEKS will not be assessed until 2025-26.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR SCIENCE TEACHERS

SIGN UP TO REVIEW SCIENCE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

We are now recruiting Proclamation 2024 State Review Panel (SRP) Members.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) needs volunteers to review materials under Proclamation 2024 (science, technology applications, several career and technical education courses, and Personal Financial Literacy and Economics). Teachers, administrators, parents, business community members, and others with appropriate content knowledge are welcome. Please consider joining us—or nominating someone else to join us for the Proclamation 2024 state review panel (SRP) by submitting a Proclamation 2024 SRP Application.

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NASA Opportunities for Students AND Teachers

For Texas-certified teachers - Join NASA’s High School Aerospace Scholars as a Technical Reviewer! Responsibilities include answering questions, assessing work, and providing feedback to Texas high school juniors during their online learning experience. We provide you the training and tools, including rubrics, to be successful using the Canvas learning management system. Application deadline is 9/12/22, 2 p.m.

This opportunity is a compensated part-time, work-from-home position running October 2022 through February 2023.

To apply, or for more details, visit this link.


For HS Juniors - Texas High School Aerospace Scholars is an authentic STEM learning experience for Texas high school juniors to engage with NASA’s missions and become the next generation of explorers. HAS is a year-long commitment for Texas high school juniors which starts in the fall with a four-month online learning experience related to space exploration, Earth science, technology, and aeronautics. Highest achieving students receive an invitation to a five-day gamified virtual summer experience (Moonshot) mentored by NASA scientists and engineers. During the virtual summer experience, students work in teams to plan an Artemis-themed mission to the Moon and Mars. Top teams from the virtual summer experience are invited to attend a two-day residential experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. HAS is an authentic learning experience for Texas high school juniors to engage with NASA’s missions and become the next generation of explorers. To learn more about the HAS program, visit www.nasa.gov/has.

Midland College 15-Week Earth Science Online Course for Teachers

EARTH SCIENCE TEACHER EDUCATION: SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE!

The results are in, and the conclusion is dramatic: High school and middle school teachers can greatly improve their ability to understand and teach Earth Science and related Environmental Science concepts through focused, standards-correlated training. That finding is based on a comparison of pre- and post-course assessment results for a group of 20 Earth Science and Environmental Science teachers from west Texas and eastern New Mexico who participated in the 15-week online Earth Science for Teachers professional development course in 2020. In 2022, the course will be offered by the Petroleum Professional Development Center at Midland College as a 15-week online offering, beginning in October of 2022 and ending in March of 2023.

*For more information, including Registration and Scholarship contact, see flyers below.

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Kim Bilbrey-Mosher, Ed.D. (Dr. B-Mo)- Region 17 ESC K-12 Science/Instructional Technology Education Specialist