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The Kansas Association of Science Teachers (KATS) is hosting the 44th Annual KATS KAMP

The Kansas Association of Science Teachers (KATS) is hosting the 44th Annual KATS KAMP, on April 19-21, 2013, at Rock Springs 4-H Center, south of Junction City KS.

This year’s theme, “Harness The Power of Science Literacy”, continues the focus for the advancement, stimulation, extension, improvement, and coordination of science teaching in all fields of science at all educational levels.

KATS will continue to pledge critical professional development for Kansas teachers, principals, and administrators who will be challenged as they begin their focus surrounding the implementation and application of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). NGSS was developed to be rich in content and practice, while arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.  KATS KAMP 2013 leads the process.

To maintain the quality of professional development provided, KATS is pleased to announce the Saturday morning keynote speaker is Stephen L. Pruitt, Ph.D. who has been leading the development of NGSS, through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve. He has served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which has developed the Framework for K-12 Science Education. This Framework is the basis for the development of the NGSS and continues to be a leading component of science reform.

Bill Badders is president-elect of the National Science Teachers Association will open the conference with his keynote on connections between science and literacy. Bill continues the tradition of providing a national officer from NSTA to corroborate efforts for Kansas teachers. Throughout his career, Badders has been honored for his contributions to science education. He received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (1992) and is a Fulbright Memorial Teacher Fund recipient (2000). He has served on many national and regional advisory panels for the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the National Research Council (NRC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

KATS KAMP 2013 is open to all those formal and informal science educators, to administrators, principals, instructional coaches, and superintendents, as well as those who have a vested interest in making science education a top priority in Kansas.

For more information or to register to attend KATS KAMP 2013, go to the KATS website:

Contact: Dennis A Newell, KATS President-Elect ’12-‘13

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