Much has happened this year with the High School Committee or in ACS in connection with the committee. Some of the topics that are of importance to our members include:
The major topic is the formation of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT). This group will support K-12 teachers of chemistry by providing a multitude of resources and opportunities for networking. The Association will be kicking off in September. This Newsletter contains a more detailed description elsewhere. You can also get more information by visiting www.acs.org/aact.
Our committee is still working to take a more active role in the programming for National High School Day. We are looking for chairs to serve a two meeting term. This person would organize and facilitate the National High School Days for two national ACS meetings. The large majority of the expenses to attend will be covered. Contact the chair of this committee if you are interested in more information.
We hope you are planning on attending a chemical conference this year. They always provide great networking, tremendous workshops, and a great way to revitalize your teaching.
The 2014 BCCE (Greener on the Grand) will be held at Grand Valley State University in Western Michigan, August 3 - 7 2014. The website www.bcce2014.org and would provide an outstanding summer opportunity. The ACS is holding its national meeting in San Francisco from August 10-14, 2014. The High School Day is scheduled for Sunday, August 10. Keep in mind that ACS has reduced fees for Pre College instructors. Chem Ed2015 will be held next summer at Kennesaw State in Kennesaw, GA. Kennesaw is very close to Atlanta.
The High School Committee is always looking for suggestions so contact any of the members listed on the DivCHED website. Best wishes to all of you as you start your new school year.
Jeff Hepburn, Chair