High School Chemistry Report, Fall 2012

Congratulations to Laura Slocum. She was the recipient of the 2012 Central Region ACS Regional High School Teacher Award.

Committee members Jeff Hepburn and Laura Slocum were members of a joint SOCED/CHED task force to create a National Chemistry Teachers Alliance that will offer multiple modes of support for chemistry teachers. The concept was approved and has been passed onto the Budget and Finance Committee and will be voted on at the National Meeting in Philadelphia in August. A name for this alliance is to be determined. Additional information will follow in the next report.

Jeff Hepburn is currently on a task force working to disseminate the new SOCED High School Chemistry Guidelines. The 30+ page document has been finalized (with input from the High School Committee) and plans for its dissemination are in progress. It was suggested that it be published on the High School website currently under construction.

The committee welcomes Greg Rushton and Deana Cullen as the Pre-College Editors of the JCE. The High School Committee will continue our close alliance with them as we have with the previous editors, Laura Slocum and Erica Jacobson.

There are abundant resources available to High School Chemistry Teachers. At www.acs.org after selecting the Education tab and then High School you will find information about the ACS High School Chemistry Club, Chemistry Olympiad, Chem Matters Magazine, Project SEED, the ACS Scholars Program and College Planning. A new video series is available at www.acs.org/Spellbound. Eight chemists, some of the Nobel Laureates, discuss the importance of chemistry in their lives. National Mole Day is celebrated on October 23 from 6:02 AM to 6:02 PM. It was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry. Schools throughout the United States and the world celebrate Mole Day with various activities related to chemistry and/or moles. Go to the National Mole Day Foundation website, www.moleday.org, to become a member or just to read some mole jokes. The College board has opened an online discussion board called the AP Chemistry Teacher Community. It is replacing the original AP Electronic Discussion Group (EDG) and offers an enhanced way to communicate and collaborate. It’s now easier than ever to share insights, strategies and resources with your colleagues in this open forum, moderated by a fellow educator.

  • Participate in and subscribe to lively discussions
  • Search the Resource Library and share classroom-ready materials
  • Browse the Curriculum Framework and exchange strategies
  • Expand your professional network by connecting to other members
  • Personalize your email digest to see what you want, when you want

Although this new community is primarily intended for Current teachers of AP Chemistry, certain other individuals may (and are encouraged to) join. These “others” would include, but not necessarily limited to, retired AP teachers, “would be” AP teachers and curriculum specialists. Students and parents are definitely not allowed into the Community. Anyone wishing to join should visit www.apcommunity.collegeboard.org/getting-started/. If you have submitted an audit your request will automatically be granted. If you are not a current AP teacher, or if you haven’t submitted an audit, your request will need to be approved. Write something in the Comments field to justify your request.

For those of you that attended the BCCE at Penn State last summer, I hope you attended the High School Committee meeting to offer your input and that we had the chance to meet you personally. Information from that meeting will appear in the next report and, hopefully, on the High School Committee’s website currently under construction. The next big conference event will be next summer when the University of Waterloo will host ChemEd 2013. It is back at the place where it began in 1973 and will be held July 28 to August 1, 2013. It is an opportunity for educators to share their teaching experiences, classroom innovations, and laboratory experiments at the largest conference in North America focused on high school and introductory chemistry. Go to www.uwaterloo.ca/chemed2013/ for additional information. Please consider attending, presenting and sharing.

We hope your school year is off to a great start. Your continued communication with us and input is greatly appreciated.

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