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The opportunities on this page are provided by sources not associated with Region 9 ESC, but may be beneficial to you and your students.

Registration for CAST-early Bird registration ends 9/23/2018

Each year the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) sponsors the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) for educators. This year the conference will take place on November 1-3 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Additional information is available at Registration includes access to all conference workshops, extended sessions (formerly “Short Courses”), excursions and social events, as well as the CAST Exhibit Hall. Please note that extended sessions and excursions are available on a first-come, first served basis, and some require preregistration.

Texas Wildlife Association Distance Learning Program:  The future of Texas wildlife and natural resources lay in the hands of youth. Conservation Legacy has developed Learning Across New Dimensions in Science (L.A.N.D.S.), a suite of educational programs for K-12 to utilize in formal and informal educational venues. Conservation Legacy programs deliver the private lands stewardship message using hands-on, science-based interactive lessons. L.A.N.D.S. offers a variety of methods for educating youth including Discovery Trunks, Distance Learning Programs, Wildlife by Design, and L.A.N.D.S. Intensive Curricula.  

Connect2Texas is a videoconferencing service provided by Region 11 ESC. A variety of providers are available to provide a wide range of topics for your students.

Earth Science Classroom Activities On this website, educators can find suggested Earth science-related activities that are marked with a grade-level range. The activities can be found at

Texas Environmental Excellence Awards-Deadline 9/28 The Texas Environmental Excellence Awards honor achievements in environmental preservation and protection. As the state's highest environmental honor, the Office of the Governor and commissioners from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recognize outstanding projects from ten diverse categories and have added a new award category, Environmental Educator of the Year. The winning educator's school/organization will receive a $2,500 to further environmental efforts. Additional information is available at

Monarch Butterfly Scholarship Grant-Deadline 10/1: Natural Habitat Adventures invites U.S.-based environmental educators to apply for the 2019 Monarch Butterfly Scholarship Grant using the application form below.  Once the application period ends, NHA will select two qualified applicants to receive the scholarship awards. Each grant recipient will be awarded one space on January 6, 2019, Kingdom of the Monarchs adventure (a $3,595 value), plus free roundtrip airfare* to Mexico City.  The scholarship grant application deadline is October 1, 2018, and the two awardees will be announced later this fall.

Green Strides Resources:  This website provides tools that schools may use to reduce environmental impacts such as waste, water, energy, greenhouse gases, and transportation in the areas of facilities, grounds, and operations; improve health and wellness through coordinated school health, with consideration to air quality, contaminant control, acoustics, daylighting, thermal comfort, school food, and outdoors physical activity; and offer effective environmental and sustainability education that emphasizes hands-on, real-world learning, civic engagement, STEM connections, and green career preparation. Additional information is available at

NOAA’s Webinars for Educators: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides a range of resources on oceanic and atmospheric science. Additional information may be found at




Teaching and Learning - Cindy Dyes

Cindy Dyes
Science Specialist