Volume XXIV No.
30 July 28, 2000
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Welcome to Black Hills State
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CSA picnic is Thursday
Plan to attend the CSA picnic Thursday, Aug. 3 from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. on the campus green. The theme for the annual
scholarship fundraising picnic is "Hats off to CSA
CSA employees are encouraged to bring their favorite hot
dish, salad or desert to share for the potluck picnic.
Supervisors and administrators are also invited to attend.
A special hat auction is planned to raise money for the
scholarship fund. CSA employees are encouraged to decorate a hat
either individually or as an office to be auctioned. The creator
of the hat which sells for the highest amount will receive a
Other auction items are also welcome. Or just plan to attend
the picnic and enjoy the good food and company of your fellow
Plan to attend the CSA picnic Thursday, Aug. 3 from 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. on the campus green.
Randall Royer elected to school board -
Dr. Randall Royer, assistant professor of music, was recently
sworn in as a Belle Fourche School board member.
National Science Foundation funds BH
science education project for a second year -
The National Science Foundation recently awarded Black Hills
State University $296,000 in second-year support to continue the
Black Hills Science Teaching Project (BLAHST) for area science
The $1.4 million project began a year ago and is designed to
provide an inquiry-based hands-on approach to teaching K-8
science. The BLAHST project is administered through the Center
for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE)
at BHSU. Initial grant funding was for five years.
Eight school districts are involved in the project: Belle
Fourche, Douglas, Kadoka, Lead-Deadwood, Meade, New Underwood,
Spearfish, and Wall. Teachers from these districts have been
involved in workshops this summer in life, physical, and
earth/space science taught by scientists from BHSU and South
Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Recent workshop topics include the geology of the badlands,
weather, electric circuits, and water quality in Spearfish
Creek. More staff
development opportunities will be offered this fall to help
teachers use an inquiry-based approach to teaching science.
Janet Lillehaug, BLAHST project manager and Spearfish
teacher, said, "In June, NSF sent Dr. Joyce Evans, a
program officer, for a three-day site visit. She met with
district administrators, lead teachers, project scientists, and
project administrators. She praised the project for the progress
it has made during its first year."
The eight districts in the project come from an area covering
over 8,000 square miles. Every K-8 teacher in the eight
districts will receive substantial professional development
through the BLAHST project during the next four years.
Information about the BLAHST project is available by
contacting the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and
Science Education (CAMSE) at BHSU, 236 West Jackson Blvd., Unit
9005, Spearfish, S.D. 57799-9005 or phone (605) 642-6873 or
check out the university web page at http://www.bhsu.edu/camse/index.html.
BHSU designated regional hub for
educational science curriculum development -
The Educational Development Center (EDC) in Massachusetts has
designated the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and
Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University as one
of 10 regional hubs throughout the country.
As a hub site, the BHSU math and science center will be
participating in the EDC K-12 Science Curriculum Dissemination
Initiative funded in part by a $5.5 million grant from the
National Science Foundation (NSF). The BH center will be charged
with helping local school districts review their current K-12
science curriculum and consider implementing exemplary,
hands-on, research-based instructional materials.
Other hubs in the region include sites at Bozeman, Mont., and
Dr. Ben Sayler, director of CAMSE, said, "The region we’d
like to hit for the first year of this project extends from
Pierre to Gillette, Wyo., and perhaps into southwestern North
Dakota and northwestern Nebraska. This project is intended to
serve school districts wishing to re-examine and improve their
science education programs."
Representatives from interested school districts will be able
to send four- to five-member teams to seminars and summer
institutes sponsored through the hub site. Participants will
have access to the hub curriculum library, consultations and
technical assistance, and print and electronic tools, and
resources to facilitate their districts.
"The highlighted instructional programs are inquiry-based,
matching current research about effective learning and meeting
national and state standards for rigorous science
education," said Sayler. "We thought this would be
particularly valuable in the Northern Plains where there is an
emphasis on standards and on excellence in education."
EDC will be sending a team of nationally recognized leaders
in science education to Black Hills State Oct. 3 through Oct. 5
for a workshop to handle 15 to 20 teams from area school
districts. The workshop is titled "The Consumer’s Guide
to Instructional Materials." The seminar introduces
participants to exemplary K-12 science instructional materials,
offers criteria for selecting materials most appropriately matched to district’s needs,
and introduces the resources available through the project.
Tuition costs for this workshop will be covered by CAMSE, says
A second seminar titled, "Getting Started with
Curriculum Implementation," will be held April 3 through
April 5 in either Spearfish or Rapid City. This follow-up
seminar will help teams consider issues and steps necessary for
the selection, adoption, and implementation of instructional
materials. Participants will have the opportunity to attend
topic-specific sessions on classroom practice, conducting
pilots, planning professional development, and engaging district
leaders, parents, and the community.
Seminar information is available by contacting Dr. Ben Sayler,
Director, Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science
Education, Unit 9005, 236 West Jackson, Spearfish, S.D.
57799-9005 or phone (605) 642- 6873 or register online at <www.edc.org/cse/k12center.html>.
opportunities announced -
Below are the program materials received June
29-July 5 in the grants office in Woodburn 220. For copies of
the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail
requests to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union
bulletin board near the information desk.
- Field-Initiated Studies (ED). Deadline: Aug. 18 for
letters of intent; Sept. 15 for applications. Topics are up
to the researcher, but proposers must make a well-reasoned
and compelling case for the national significance of the
problems or issues they select and present a design that is
complete, clearly delineated and incorporates sound research
methods. ED encourages collaborative research; for example,
research-intensive universities may collaborate with
historically underrepresented institutions. http://www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html
Focused research groups in the mathematical
sciences. LOI due Sept. 18. Due Oct. 18. http://www.nsf.gov/home/mps/start.htm
Research experiences for undergraduates (REU)
FAQ. NSF 00-107.
and grants. Various deadlines. http://www.aauw.org/3000/fellow2.html
- American Association of University Women.
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