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  • Tuesday, April 07, 2020 4:58 PM | Jessica Eaton (Administrator)

    Stephen Richter, PhD, Director of the Division of Natural Areas and Professor of Biology at Eastern Kentucky University, is offering the class in Fall 2020, Tuesdays 6:00-8:45pm, with some weeks online to accommodate in-service teachers. This experiential course will provide teachers with content knowledge and activities they can use in their classroom.  

    Although the course is aimed at middle school science, all concepts and activities will scale K–12 (and even college). In addition to basic ecology, content includes climate change, human population biology and social aspects of the environment, sustainability. In essence, Dr. Richter will teach ecology and the environment through an interdisciplinary approach beginning with the physical environment progressing to whole ecosystems and onto analyses of environmental issues.

    View the syllabus from last fall.

    Questions about prerequisites, content, or schedule, please contact:
    Stephen Richter, PhD
    Director, Division of Natural Areas
    Professor of Biology
    Eastern Kentucky University


  • Monday, March 02, 2020 9:08 PM | Jessica Eaton (Administrator)

    KSTA President Stephanie Harmon (Rockcastle County High School, PIMSER Regional Teacher Partner, and EKU College of Science adjunct faculty)authored an article featured in The Concord Consortium's winter @Concord special earth science edition: Can We Feed a Growing Population?  Using Simulations to Engage Students. Read how she helps her students understand what's happening with phenomena they can't see for themselves.

  • Monday, March 02, 2020 9:03 PM | Jessica Eaton (Administrator)

    What Does It Really Take to Get High School Students to Make Their Ideas Visible?
    by Angie Berk, Jen MacColl, and Kristen Moorhead

    Asking high school students to reveal what they really think about what causes a natural or designed phenomenon is risky business. Risky in that it requires students to take the intellectual and social risk of sharing their thinking, which may or may not be correct. We thought all we needed to do was to ask them to share their thinking. But we discovered it takes intentionally listening to who really is or isn’t talking and teacher moves to shift the culture from some students sharing ideas some times to all students revealing their thinking. We’d like to share two stories about what it really takes. Read the full article

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020 9:14 AM | Jessica Eaton (Administrator)

    The Science Instructional Resources Alignment Rubric has been revised to reflect instructional shifts demanded by the Kentucky Academic Standards for Science. Reviewers will look for evidence of phenomena/problems driving lessons, the integration of the three dimensions and coherence across lessons, units and program.

    To sign up for the Standards Newsletter, please visit and enter your information at the bottom of the homepage.

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020 6:54 PM | Jessica Eaton (Administrator)

    Please view this flyer for information regarding free educational field trips to the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, as well as our transportation grant sponsored by the Friends of Raven Run for schools within Fayette County. We are located about 30 minutes from downtown Lexington and offer a wide range of educational programs for all ages. We can also assist with providing hands-on, outdoor volunteer opportunities for your students and extracurricular groups.

    Call or email us with any questions or to schedule your field trip for spring!

    Jennifer Hubbard-Sánchez, MS, MA
    Recreation Manager, Raven Run
    Parks & Recreation
    859.272.6105 office
    859.455.6428 cell

  • Friday, January 31, 2020 5:27 PM | Jessica Eaton (Administrator)

    KSTA co-hosted the NSTA Cincinnati Area Conference in November 2019.  270 Kentuckians attended the conference. Several Kentucky teachers and KY university and college faculty presented sessions. Many of the KY participants visited the KSTA Booth to talk, purchase/renew their KSTA membership, buy a KSTA t-shirt or share a bit about their conference experience. Several special guests also spent time with us including Dr. Stephen Pruitt, President, SREB; Jacquey Barber, Associate Director for Design & Development, Lawrence Hall Science; Rae McEntyre, Science Consultant, KDE and Dr. Tom Tretter, Science Education Co-Director of the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Teacher Development, University of Louisville.

    Remember to join us November 5 – 7, 2020 for the Annual KSTA Conference.  The Kentucky Academy of Science is joining us for the 2020 conference event to be held on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. Save the date and be part of this years’ experience.

  • Thursday, January 30, 2020 9:12 AM | Jessica Eaton (Administrator)

    A new science digital professional learning opportunity is now available! You can view the 'Literacy’ vs. ‘literacy’ What’s the Difference? video which provides guidance from the KDE science consultant Rae McEntyre. The accompanying PowerPoint slides include links to graphic organizers that can be used by a professional learning community to begin discussions in identifying and being more intentional in embedding literacy practices in science instruction.

    These materials can also be found on the Science Professional Learning Modules webpage on

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020 9:31 AM | Jessica Eaton (Administrator)

    A new resource is available to help schools and districts implement the Kentucky Academic Standards! The purpose of the standards implementation guides is to help schools and districts identify resources available from the Kentucky Department of Education to support standards implementation. Schools and districts may be in various stages of the standards implementation process and the standards implementation guides provide a list of resources by content area that may be utilized at each stage. The guidance documents will be updated as new resources become available.

    The standards implementation guidance documents are located on the Standards Implementation Guides webpage on

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020 9:28 AM | Jessica Eaton (Administrator)

    Two new professional learning modules are available to aid educators in successfully implementing the Kentucky Academic Standards for Science: "Phenomena for Instruction" and "Three-Dimensional Tasks".

    'Phenomena for Instruction'
    This module provides a process for identifying phenomena that could be used to anchor a unit of instruction that supports three-dimensional student learning. It is divided into five sections and is designed to be administered in 45-minute professional learning community sessions.

    'Three-Dimensional Tasks'
    This module is designed to provide educators with tools designed to further their understanding of dimensionality through the analysis and development of tasks used for instruction and assessment. The module is divided into two sessions that may be utilized independent of one another.

    Both modules include a module at a glance overview, a facilitator’s guide and PowerPoint slides and can be found on the Science Professional Learning Modules webpage on

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 4:44 PM | Jessica Eaton (Administrator)

    Two Kentucky science teachers are among 213 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching> (PAEMST), which is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. Winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process at the state level. The PAEMST winners in Science from Kentucky are:

    Grades K-6: Kristi Fehr, Cassidy Elementary School (Fayette County)

    Grades 7-12: Deborah Brock, Simon Kenton High School (Kenton County)

    Winners receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and are invited to Washington for a series of professional development opportunities. Awardees also join an active network of outstanding educators from throughout the nation. Since 1983, more than 5,000 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

    Two mathematics teachers from Kentucky also took home awards:
    Grades K-6: Melanie Ramey, Highland Elementary School (Johnson County)
    Grades 7-12: Erin Schneider, Atherton High School (Jefferson County)

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