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Science Matters


Science Matters, formally "Building a Presence (BaP)" for Science is an electronic network that disseminates information among teachers of science in New York State.

It provides K-16 teachers with information about professional development opportunities and science teaching resources, thereby having a positive impact on the quality of science education.

In New York State, STANYS implements the Science Matters program through:

  • Two State Coordinators (Nancy Ridenour and Douglas Reynolds)
  • PoCs (Points of Contacts). Ideally each school building would have a PoC.

It is important for each school in the state to have one or more points of contact so all teachers will have equal access to important information. Points of Contacts should share the eblasts with their colleagues through electronic mechanisms.

Science Matters has been incorporated into the Oneonta Listserv. Nancy Ridenour can now continue to send out eblasts to those who are on that list.

SHARE YOUR INFORMATION:  We welcome any professional development opportunities that you would like to share with teachers of science in the state. Please send those to Nancy Ridenour, nridenour@twcny.rr.com.

If you are not already a Point of Contact, please sign up at the Oneonta site so you will receive the eblasts. 

SHARE YOUR INFORMATION:  We welcome any professional development opportunities that you would like to share with teachers of science in the state. Please send those to Nancy Ridenour, nridenour@wtwcny.rr.com.

PoCs are vital to the success of the Science Matters Network!

If you are not already a Point of Contact, please sign up at the Oneonta site so you will receive the eblasts to share with your colleagues. To join the listserv,

  1. Create a new email message addressed to listserv@listserv.oneonta.edu from the email account you wish the list to use with the following in the body
    SUBSCRIBE listname Full_Name
    example: SUBSCRIBE SUNY-ONEONTA-NSTA-SCIENCE-MATTER your name
  2. Add your name after the name of the listserv.
  3. You will get a confirmation email. *Check your junk mail!


SHARE YOUR INFORMATION:  We welcome any professional development opportunities that you would like to share with teachers of science in the state. Please send those to Nancy Ridenour, nridenour@twcny.rr.com.


Initiated by NSTA in partnership with state-based education organizations, and initially funded by Exxon Mobil Foundation, the Science Matters program goal is growing a national network. This network starts at the state level with two state coordinators and Points of Contact (PoC) for each school. Their responsibility is to share information, related to the teaching of science and related opportunities for educators and students, with the colleagues in their schools or district.

This last year, the NSTA electronic network crashed beyond salvage and the states were then required to find an alternative means for communicating with the Points of Contact who were on the NSTA listserve.

In New York State, Dr. James Ebert assisted the incorporation of Science Matters into its own site on the Oneonta Listserv. Nancy Ridenour can now continue to send out eblasts to those who are on that list. The messages are sent statewide and cannot be directed by demographics or section as was possible with the NSTA site.


Contact Information:
STANYS
PO Box 2121
Liverpool, NY 13089-2121

Contact: webmaster@stanys.org


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