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  • 25 May 2022 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    [Covington, KY] (May 3, 2022) – The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) has opened the application period for the first annual Lt. Governors’ STEM Scholarship Program, sponsored by ACT, to award up to $1,000 to 12 schools nationally to support STEM-related activities for youth. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2022, with award recipients announced and funded in Summer 2022.


    “The lieutenant governors and seconds-in-command in state and territorial government are uniquely poised to lead on STEM Education,” said NLGA Director Julia Brossart.  “By supporting STEM-related activities in schools across the country, lieutenant governors can encourage a long-term interest and passion in STEM education in America’s youth, while building the workforce of the future.”  NLGA will award three scholarships to states and territories in each of the four NLGA regions in 2022, for a total of 12 scholarships worth $10,000 total. The Scholarship Program is administered by NLGA, the nonpartisan, nonprofit association for the nation’s seconds-in-command, and sponsored by ACT, the education and career readiness nonprofit.


    “As the only major college admissions test provider to include a science assessment, ACT believes that a high-quality STEM education is important to enable all learners, including and especially young people from underserved populations, to graduate high school ready to succeed in a STEM career,” ACT Chief Executive Officer Janet Godwin said. “We are proud to sponsor this program and equip all students for the economy of today and tomorrow.”  Teachers in all public, private, and tribal schools in the 50 states and five U.S. territories are invited to apply at nlga.awardsplatform.com. Funding will be awarded to schools to support STEM-related activities, programming, curriculum, equipment, and other expenses.


    “The need for increased educational opportunities in STEM is bipartisan and an area of consensus for the nation’s lieutenant governors,” said NLGA Associate Director Kellie Rittershausen. “NLGA has adopted STEM Education as a pillar of work for the association on behalf of Members, who see the importance of educating students in STEM to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.”


    Applications will be reviewed in June 2022, with award winners announced at the NLGA Annual Meeting, July 20-22, 2022. Additional information on the STEM Scholarship Program, including instructions for applying, can be found at https://nlga.us/strategies/nlga-state-strategies-in-stem/.


    Julia Brossart, Director

    National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA)

    525 W. 5th St. Ste. 226 – Covington, KY - 41011

    (859) 283-1400


  • 28 Apr 2022 9:13 AM | Anonymous member

    Still available if you attended KATS Kamp:   Earn 1 hour Graduate of Kansas State University credit for $200  Details 

  • 28 Apr 2022 9:04 AM | Anonymous member

     Twenty-four teachers will be selected to attend an exclusive From Lab to Classroom Professional Development Workshop, presented by Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom July 26-27.  Details: 


  • 19 Apr 2022 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 04 Apr 2022 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I hope this finds you well and in celebration of Spring. It's a wonderful time to get students (and teachers) outside to marvel at the changes in the world around them. The bees are beginning to buzz, we can anticipate the flowers blooming, the promise of summer brings joy... and gearing up for the KSDE Summer Academies! 


    I'm excited to share the April KSDE Science Newsletter with you (LINK). 


    Included in this month's issue;


    Thank you for all you do for Kansas Students and Science,


  • 22 Mar 2022 9:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Meg Richard, KSDE

    Good afternoon,

    I am very excited to share this KSDE Perkins Secondary Reserve Fund (Grant) application with you. This grant is intended to provide stipends to teacher teams who meet the criteria to develop lessons / units for an elective STEM course alligned to CTE / Work-based pathways. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions!



    Middle School: Searching Career Opportunities through Research and Exploration (SCORE) Grant #06080


    The approved Kansas State Plan for Career and Technical Education (CTE) includes a Perkins Secondary Reserve Fund, established to provide support for innovative CTE programs, program delivery and/or CTE program expansion to meet critical workforce development needs. Reserve funds are distributed through a competitive grant 

    process, with the total amount available for FY 2022 at approximately $22,000 and must be expended by June 30, 2022, Applications are due by 5 p.m. on March31, 2022.

    This grant will provide funds for the specified teacher groups to develop course supports that align, integrate and elevate multiple career pathways and work-based connections.

     Full application is available here.

    Information Webinar Link: March 24th , 3pm-4pm: 



    Samples of intended outcomes will be provided at the offered webinars.

    Attachments area

  • 18 Mar 2022 8:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Wendell G. Mohling Foundation will be hosting its annual Silent Auction at KATS Kamp in Olathe on Saturday, April 23. The auction will be open from 10:00am-1:00pm. All proceeds benefit The Mohling Foundation. The Foundation awards one K-12 Kansas science teacher $1000 to use to attend an NSTA conference of their choice in the year they win. Since 2006, these scholarships have been awarded to a KATS member. The award is named in honor of Wendell G. Mohling, a Kansas high school biology and student naturalist teacher, who was also president of KATS and NSTA. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math in 1983 and the NASA Teacher in Space from Kansas and Space Ambassador in 1985 plus numerous other awards. But he never forgot his Kansas roots or his love of teaching science and valued the experiences he gained attending national science teacher conferences. When you come to KATS KAMP in April, if you have contributions for the auction, please contact Carol Mohing.  As usual, you are encouraged to “bid high and bid often”.  As always, there are a variety of items to bid on, including a 2 night stay in an Alaskan Cabin, wood bowls by Mike Erickson, jewelry from Carol Mohling, original paintings, and Betsy Betros’ “Butterfly Identification Book”.  You must be present to pay for and pick up the item(s) you win between 1:30-2:00pm after the auction closes.  There will also be a direct sales table where you can purchase Kim Poor Space Prints, Mohling Foundation limited edition wine glasses, and jewelry.  Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

    However, a  4% transaction fee for credit card purchases is charged to cover The Foundation’s fee. 

    Keep in touch via : Facebook: Wendell G Mohling Foundation. Website: wendellmohlingfoundation.com Email: mohlingfoundation@gmail.com. 785-764-9625 Carol Mohling

  • 07 Mar 2022 9:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Our luck finally ran out. Because of the snow storm,  there will be no in-person telescope viewing this Thursday, March 10th. However, Mindy Townsend has agreed to give her talk, “Mess-ier Around and Find Out: A Guide to Astronomy’s Most Sought-After Treasures" through zoom. Please see the information below to join the zoom at 6pm this evening (3-10). If you have passed the previous flyer for this month’s meeting along to anyone, please let them know of the update.

    Thank you.


    Meeting ID: 946 7017 3890
    Passcode: 1234

    Messier Objects are the Target for KU Telescope Night this Week  --Poster

  • 04 Mar 2022 9:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good afternoon,

    We hope this March edition of the Kansas Science Newsletter finds you well. A promise of spring is in the air and with that opportunities and dreams of summer! There is a lot of information in this month's Science newsletter but I want to draw your attention to a couple of important opportunities below involving FREE Professional Learning, the state assessment and a Grant opportunity.


    As always, I greatly appreciate the work you are doing for Kansas science students. Please take a moment to look at the entire newsletter here (Link) and don't hesitate to reach out if I can support you better in any way.





    1. In order to better support the needs of Kansas Science teachers we are so pleased to announce the opportunity of science content based VIRTUAL PLCs. These Professional Learning Communities are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about how to best implement the NGSS routines. Come once, or come every month.
    2. Biology: (Register Here) Chemistry: (Register Here)
    3. Physics: (Register Here) New Teacher: (Register Here)


    1. KSDE STEM Grants
    2. Middle School Perkins Reserve Grant: Searching Career Opportunities through Research and Exploration (SCORE) Grant #06080. This grant will provide funds ($22,000) for the specified teacher groups to develop course STEM based unit supports that align, integrate and elevate multiple career pathways and work based connections. A total of 10 districts will develop 3 units a piece with the intent of making 30 STEM units widely available for statewide use at the completion of the projects.

      Link to Grant Application / Information (Link)

      Information Webinar Links:

      March 9th, 3pm-4pm: (Registration Link)
      March 24th, 3pm-4pm: (Registration Link)
    1. State Assessment- CALL FOR REVIEWERS

      Have you ever been curious how assessment items are developed? Have you ever wondered how you might help make sure they are aligned? THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY!  

      This paid opportunity, the KAP External Review of Items and Passages for Science is planned to be a live event held in July 25-29 in Lawrence.

      We are looking for participants who 

      • have experience working with a wide variety of students and student needs. 

      •  are current practicing educators, former educators, community members, scholars, or professional representatives of diverse populations. 

      We want to ensure we have 

      • representation from each of the 10 Kansas educational districts. 

      • a mix of urban and rural districts represented. 

      • a demographically diverse group of participants. 

      • a cadre of educators with experience teaching science content, as well as educators with experience teaching EL students, students with disabilities, and students with diverse experiences.


        If you are interested in participating in one or more of these events, select the following link to complete the interest survey by Friday, April 15, 2022. 

        2022 KAP Summer Interest Survey  

        Once we have collected information from interested individuals, KSDE staff will select participants and KAP staff will notify you by email using the kap@ku.edu email account. Thank you for your interest in KAP events! 

         Email kap@ku.edu if you have any questions. 

        Best regards, 
        KAP Staff





    Logo Kansas State Department of Education; 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 102; Topeka, Kansas 66612-1212

    Meg Richard, NBCT, PAEMST 19'

    Education Program Manager - K-12 STEM Education

    Career, Standards and Assessment Services

    (785) 296-8108




    Kansas leads the world in the success of each student.

    The Kansas State Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: KSDE General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, KSDE, Landon State Office Building, 900 S.W. Jackson, Suite 102, Topeka, KS 66612, (785) 296-3201.

KATS emails:  

Webmaster: webmaster@kats.org

Emails for all officers can be found at CONTACT US.

Payments and invoices should be sent to:

Brian Nelson

KATS Treasurer

748 South Fountain

Wichita, KS 67218

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