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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

    • 20 Feb 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Join Jennifer Slavick as she discusses how to increase student discourse in your science classroom by planning and conducting sense-making discussions in a way that increases access and equity for all. Engage students in the NGSS science and engineering practices of asking questions, analyzing and interpreting data, and arguing from evidence. Utilize the provided planning tool and resources to create sense-making discussions in your own classroom.

    To attend this webinar, you must register through Zoom.

    Please register here: 

    https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2_00mDsCQIOGPPs4oZYjaQ

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    • 25 Feb 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Join Dr. Carla Zembal-Saul and Nicole VanTassel in the first webinar of our "New Vision for Science in Pennsylvania" series, as they discuss a new vision for science learning in Pennsylvania -- an approach that transforms students into active and engaged learners. Explore the basics of using phenomena to activate students interest and pique curiosity, and going further, discover how to kindle that initial spark through the use of coherent storylines that keep your students engaged and motivated as they develop their science understanding.

    To attend this webinar, you must register through Zoom.

    Please register here: 

    https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o0R9pFBYSbmaSMTQqbX-mg

    • 24 Mar 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Join Dr. Carla Zembal-Saul and Nicole VanTassel in the second webinar of our "New Vision for Science in Pennsylvania" series, as they discuss how phenomena can engage your students, promote equity in the classroom, and help teachers formatively assess prior knowledge before diving into instruction.  This workshop will outline everything you need to know to get started with phenomena -- why we need it, how to choose it, and how to use it -- to support a transformation in science instruction that ultimately leads to more engaged learners and more effective science instruction.

    To attend this webinar, you must register through Zoom.

    Please register here: 

    https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_esPqbDoxS1-UPbTHYsvdmA

Upcoming Events in PA

The Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) instructional model as a way to transform science lab experiences in grades 3-12. ADI can be integrated into any science, math, or engineering curriculum. Teachers can use this instructional approach to provide students with authentic and educative lab activities that will enable them to learn the core ideas, crosscutting concepts and scientific practices that they need to know to be proficient in science. Visit the Events page for more information. Receive $15 off registration with the code ADIPSTA2019! 

    • 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. 



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