Update from ASTA

Here are some updated from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA):

  • Please visit the brand new website https://asta.edu.au/ to see what is going on in science education in each state of Australia. Including an online professional learning community for school science educators,  'Chrysalis'. If you are interested in discussing how you  can work with ASTA in collaborating on professional learning in initial teacher education, they would love to hear from you (contact details at the end of this post)
  • The acting Minister for Education and Youth approved temporary funding for ASTA to continue offering 'Science ASSIST', which isa national online advisory service for school science educators and technicians
  • ASTA has published its policy position papers, which will be used to help guide the development of ASTA's election priorities. You can access the papers here: https://www.asta.edu.au/impact-and-advocacy/policy-positions/  
  •  ASTA with the support of the Australian Academy of Science has launched a National School Science Safety Campaign, 'Science Safety Matters'. This campaign aims to highlight the importance of school science safety, and support school leaders and educators with access to information and resources to help them be science safety leaders. If you are interested in supporting this initiative, please contact me as there are opportunities for collaboration. The campaign was launched on Wednesday 16 February with a video featuring ASTA President Mrs. Rosemary Anderson, and Emeritus Prof. Hans Bachor AM FAA from the Academy. You can view the video via this link:  https://youtu.be/-lvsLzHGTLU.  
  • ASTA are in the final stages of launching our Teacher Professional Lifecycle framework. This important body of work will help guide the development of targeted resources and advice for teachers at various stages in their professional journey, as well as support better outcomes in teacher recruitment and retention. In doing this work ASTA have realised how much more research needs to be done to understand the needs of science teachers. This framework would not be possible without members of our external expert advisory group consisting of academics, teachers, and others. This framework, once approved by the ASTA Board will go up on our website, so keep an eye out for announcements. We are still working through our Teacher Professional Learning National Quality Standards, which we hope to launch this year, further information to come.  
  • ASTA's national conference 'CONASTA' is in Canberra from 25 - 28 September 2022 (https://asta.edu.au/programs/events/conasta/).
Shenal Basnayake
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Science Teachers Association
M: +61 (0)434 611 155
P: +61 (02) 6282 9377

2 thoughts on “Update from ASTA”

  1. I wonder if there is any possibility of placing the now defunct Australian Science Teachers’ Journal online in a digital form? It contained many useful articles which are no longer accessible to science teachers except through university libraries.

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