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Pennsylvania Science TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

The mission of PSTA is to connect, inform, support, and advocate for science educators and students in Pennsylvania.

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PSTA sponsors events throughout the year with the goal of providing professional development and networking opportunities for our members. We also work to share other events happening around the state and country! 


Upcoming PSTA Events

    • 2 Dec 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual
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    While science and STEM educators have often been early adopters of technology within the classroom and use of online resources, the COVID-19 pandemic caught all educators short as they transitioned to online instruction. The transition to online instruction requires educators to employ new digital tools and strategies. Regardless of being identified as a digital native or digital immigrant, there is an explicit need to focus on becoming a digital educator.  Becoming a digital science/STEM educator also requires that strategies for meeting sensemaking, student investigations, and incorporating student discourse is considered.

    This session will provide an introduction to different digital tools and strategies that can be used for student engagement in online settings.  As examples are discussed, this will also give the participant a chance to become familiar with the digital tools and strategies. Participants will walk away with an additional list of online resources that can be used in synchronous or asynchronous lessons.

    To receive the link, you must register for the webinar at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rYyksS0kSXmL4dHYow6XCQ 

Upcoming Events in PA

Public Stakeholder Sessions with PDE on Science Standards

In September 2019, the State Board of Education directed the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to begin the process of updating Pennsylvania’s science standards to align them with current research and best practices, including a review of Next Generation Science Standards. The State Board of Education’s current regulations include two sets of science standards – Science and Technology, and, Environment and Ecology – which serve as the basis for curriculum development and instruction in schools. Both sets of standards took effect on January 5, 2002.


PDE will examine the state’s current standards, outline the various components that must be addressed when changing regulations, and develop a proposed timeline for making the changes – with the overall goal being to provide the best framework possible to prepare all students to be productive citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PDE’s examination of the current standards includes input from the public. A series of stakeholder engagement sessions will be held across the state and virtually – the public is invited to attend and provide input. The stakeholder session dates, times, and locations appears below.

Register to attend a stakeholder session

PSTA understands the complication of these sessions being during the day since most of the stakeholders are teachers. We highly recommend participating in the virtual sessions to share your thoughts and input with PDE. 

Click here to access the survey created by PDE for all educators' feedback. 


Sustainable Science and Green Chemistry Workshop (Pittsburgh, PA) - Saturday, March 21st from 9 am - 1 pm

On Saturday, March 21, the SACP and the SSP are sponsoring a 4-hour hands-on Beyond Benign teacher workshop on making high school chemistry labs greener at Sewickley Academy.  Teachers will receive supplies to take home and use in their own classrooms.  The flyer gives all the details.  Sign-up is limited to 25 teachers. Registration has been extended until March 17th! 

Green Chemistry_Pittsburgh_March 2020 (1).pdf

Interdisciplinary Materials Research Experience for Teachers Program (RET)

Highly motivated teachers are wanted to engage in hands-on research projects with Penn State University faculty and graduate students in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Nanotechnology. Currently employed educators and pre-service teachers with expertise and broad interests across the disciplines of engineering, technology, science and math are eligible and encouraged to apply!


Dates: June 22 – July 31, 2020 (6 weeks, 35 hours per week)

Stipend: $6000  ($5000 for pre-service teachers)

Housing and a reasonable travel allowance is provided for non-local participants. (Meals are not included.) 

Program Details & Application Information:  See this flier and go to the program website - https://sites.psu.edu/materialsret/

Application Deadline:  Friday, April 10th

Opportunities with Center for Science and the Schools

Summer: 2-5 day summer workshops engaging teachers with STEM scientists and engineers at Penn State University Park or Penn State Harrisburg, we also have an opportunity in Colorado!) https://csats.psu.edu/overview-of-csats-programs/summer-workshops 

Summer (15 spots available!): 7 week research experience for teachers program at Penn State University Park, Penn State Harrisburg, and Penn State Cancer Institute – this is a really great way to dive into working closely with a scientist/engineer and we help teachers translate their experience into a meaningful classroom project weaving in their curriculum/standards and science/engineering practices. Teachers can earn up to $6500, and will be provided with funds for their materials for their classroom projects: https://csats.psu.edu/overview-of-csats-programs/research-experiences-for-teachers

For more information about the different programs from CSATS, see the following fliers: 

YIELD Flyer 2020.final.pdf

RET_teacher flyer 2020.v3.pdf

Central APPLES Workshop Flyer FINAL.pdf

Mobility flyer Final 2020.pdf

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