ASE April e-newsletter 03 April 2012

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CEO Update

CEO Update

In this section, we aim to bring you a brief overview of the past month’s activities at ASE’s Headquarters, as well as some of the organisation’s major interactions, compiled by CEO Annette Smith.

•  March has been a busy month at HQ, in the run up to the launch of the new Professional Registers RSci and RSciTech, which are both already attracting considerable interest.
•  The systems are also now in place for the new Corporate Membership and invitation letters are being sent out.

Meetings at HQ have included:

•  The Quality and Audit Committee, which is considering how the new governance arrangements are working, as well as commenting on the Regions and Committees reviews. 
•  The second meeting of ASE’s new Council and the 11-19 Committee. 

In the North West, the Primary Committee met the Primary Science journal’s editorial board.

During National Science and Engineering Week, ASE’s Field Officers were busy supporting activity in the regions. ASE also had a presence at the Education Show.

CEO Diary

Annette met Stephen Meek at the Department for Education and Kevin Brennan, Shadow Minister for Schools. She also spoke at the Westminster Education Forum’s seminar on Science in the National Curriculum and attended, along with many others from ASE, the SCORE Annual Conference. 

To end the month, she attended the National Science Teachers Association’s Annual Conference in Indianapolis, USA, where ASE Chair Lynne Horton was guest of honour at the Presidential Reception. She had a very useful exchange of ideas and experience with NSTA’s Director and President Dr Patricia Simmons. ASE also hosted the ASE/NSTA Honors Exchange Lecture, given by Steve Marshall.

ASE News

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Science education across the pond

I didn’t really know what to expect from Indianapolis. I knew about car racing and the Super Bowl, and the only sword swallower of my acquaintance lives here.

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Schoolscience never stands still

Major new resources and news items have been added to the ASE learning resource website

Keep up to date with all the site's developments on its Twitter and Facebook pages.

At schoolscience you will find Physics in Concert, a new resource with Power Points, teacher notes and worksheets. You can learn about the physics and the people involved in putting on a big concert.

Visit Teacher Zone to find out how to download free Concept Cartoon packs on science and sport from Millgate House.

Practical Biofuel Activities is a huge resource just launched by BBSRC that incorporates new and existing resources. These can be used on their own or incorporated into an outreach activity with a biofuel researcher.

We use aerosols every day, but how do they work and what’s the physics behind them? Answering this question provides a great scenario for teaching about kinetic theory and gas laws. You can find resources from our partner BAMA on the Interactives page.

Find plenty of new Competitions including Simon Mayo’s new book ITCH, and the very popular Great Bug Hunt. Competitions make excellent themes for schemes of work.

ASE launches new registers for teachers and technicians

ASE launches new registers for teachers and technicians

02 Apr 2012

Science teachers' and technicians’ careers have today received a significant boost as the Association for Science Education launches two new professional registers.

ASE responds to Royal Society Vision Project

ASE responds to Royal Society Vision Project

30 Mar 2012

The ASE has responded to the Royal Society’s Call for Views for its Vision for science and mathematics education 5-19 project.

ASE's innovative new guide for teachers now available

ASE's innovative new guide for teachers now available

06 Mar 2012

An innovative new book designed to foster evidence-based classroom practice by giving teachers easy access to reliable science education research has been published by the ASE.

ASE Scotland celebrates excellence in Science Education

ASE Scotland celebrates excellence in Science Education

05 Mar 2012

ASE Scotland held a successful Annual Conference offering teachers a range of inspirational ideas to enthuse and engage students.

ASE Cymru picks up Most Valued Partner Award

ASE Cymru picks up Most Valued Partner Award

12 Mar 2012

ASE Cymru awarded an Education Business Partnership award for "Curriculum Support".

East of England Area Conference 2012

East of England Area Conference 2012

19 Mar 2012

ASE’S recent Area Conference offering teachers top quality CPD attracted plenty of positive feedback from delegates.

ASE Events

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Upcoming conferences

Get your professional development needs at one of these stimulating Area Conferences!

Primary Science Annual Conference

London and South East Area Conference

ASE National Technicians' Conference

19 Apr 2012 - 20 Apr 2012
Enhancing Science Through Innovative ICT

Location : Venue, Antrim Board Centre, NEELB

A course for science teachers wishing to enhance their teaching skills through effective use of ICT.

20 Apr 2012 - 21 Apr 2012
Getting Practical

Location : Stranmillis University College, Belfast

These training sessions will provide teachers with ideas on how to run effective practical work and develop learners’ understanding and skills.

09 May 2012
West Yorkshire ASE Sci TeachMeet

Location : The Community Science College at Thornhill Time: 5.30pm-6.30pm

An informal and enjoyable gathering of those curious about teaching and learning science to share ideas. Pub grub after if you fancy!

10 May 2012 - 11 May 2012
Contemporary Science Update Conference

Location : National Science Learning Centre

Don’t miss the opportunity to be inspired by the expertise of cutting-edge research scientists (including Dr Kevin Fong, presenter of the hit BBC2 series ‘To Boldly Go’) to explore current topics that are integral to the curriculum from KS3 to Post-16.

19 May 2012
LASAR Conference - Science and Religion in the school curriculum

Location : St Edmund’s College Cambridge

A one-day conference offering an intensive and exciting programme for those with an interest in the teaching and learning of science and religion.

19 May 2012
ASE SLCL London Conference — Advance notice

Location : Science Learning Centre London

Science Learning Centre London in collaboration with the ASE London region is organising a one-day conference for all science teachers from primary to post-16.

23 May 2012 - 24 May 2012
Collaborative Science: Finding out Together at the National Science Learning Centre

Location : National Science Learning Centre

A course providing many practical suggestions for effective interaction where children listen to each other, articulate ideas and reach common understandings together.

30 May 2012 - 31 May 2012
Leading Change in the Secondary Curriculum

Location : National Science Learning Centre

This course will explore the implications, and the associated challenges, of leading staff and colleagues through the many changes currently facing schools.

30 May 2012 - 31 May 2012
Leading Change in the Primary Curriculum

Location : National Science Learning Centre

This course will explore the implications and the associated challenges of leading staff and moving pupils forward with whole school curriculum change.

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