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Time to Honor Excellence in Science Teaching!
2015 STOM Awards Nomination/Application- Deadline Oct 15
STOM annually awards seven awards for excellence in science teaching:
3 Excellence in Science Teaching Awards: This award honors a teacher with at least 3 years of experience at each of the elementary, middle, and high school levels. It is designed to recognize a STOM member who goes above and beyond in the science classroom. The application packet is to be completed by the nominee.
3 Beginning Science Teacher Awards: This award honors a teacher in their first three years of teaching at each of the elementary, middle, and high school levels. It is also designed to recognize a STOM member who goes above and beyond in the science classroom. The application packet is to be completed by the nominator.
1 Pre-Service Science Teacher Recognition Award: This award is designed to recognize a pre-service teacher who goes above and beyond during their student teaching/internship experience. Pre-service teachers are to be nominated by either their cooperating teacher or university/college supervisor. The application packet is to be completed by the nominator.
Awards consist of a cash prize and/or complementary materials from science vendors, as well as complementary Early-Bird registration to the NSTA Regional Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Awardees will be honored at a reception occurring during the NSTA Conference.
To download a nomination/application form for each award, and to read details of the award, eligibility, the nomination/application process, and submission requirements, click on: http://www.stom.org/resources.php - awards
Completed nominations/applications must be received by end-of-day October 15, 2015.
Next Generation Science Standards -
STOM Recommendation for Adoption
STOM supports learning expectations that reflect the most current research on student learning within the field of science. STOM believes they should be written as rigorous performance expectations that challenge students to use, apply, and critically think about science rather than memorize content. STOM also believes that many educators should be involved in the development of new science standards. It is the position of STOM that the Next Generation Science Standards, which were developed and vetted by over 10,000 science educators, be used to educate and excite Missouri students. The Next Generation Science Standards provide the appropriate content, framework, and integration that will allow our students to develop into citizens capable of understanding and evaluating the world and information around them.
STOM strongly encourages school districts to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards and the organization is here to help those districts with the professional development, advice, and support to develop a meaningful and high-quality K-12 Science Program.