P912: Nomination and award procedures for the Conant and Regional Award programs

Author: Terri M. Taylor, American Chemical Society, USA

Co-Author: Frank J. Creegan, Washington College, USA

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 3:40 PM4:00 PM

Room: MAK A1151

Related Symposium: S67

The James Bryant Conant Award and the Regional Awards for Excellence in High School Teaching are designed to recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry who exhibit exceptional teaching that challenges and inspires students. This presentation will provide information on guidelines for each of these award programs. Procedures for nominations and awards will also be shared.

P34: Promoting teacher professional growth: perspectives from a scientific society

Author: Terri M. Taylor, American Chemical Society, USA


Date: 8/3/14

Time: 4:00 PM4:20 PM

Room: MAK BLL 126

Related Symposium: S5

Time set aside for collaboration, research, professional development and self-improvement is identified as one of several essential elements of the secondary science teaching profession identified in Tobias and Baffert’s book “Science Teaching as a Profession: Why It Isn’t. How it Could Be”. However, finding time, identifying appropriate opportunities and securing necessary funding often pose considerable challenges. In collaboration with members of the secondary science teaching community, the ACS Education Division works to provide resources and services that support the professional growth of teachers and are content- and pedagogy-focused, meaningful and attainable. This presentation will highlight a variety of ACS Education offerings such as the ACS-Hach Classroom and Professional Development grants, ACS professional development activities for secondary chemistry educators and more. Some of the ways in which secondary chemistry educators have contributed to the development and implementation of ACS Education Division resources and services as a means of enhancing their own professional growth will also be discussed.