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Using Science Inquiry to Drive Literacy Learning: A Webinar With Dr. Gina Cervetti

The third installment in GSTA's virtual PL series on elementary science and literacy will feature nationally recognized expert Dr. Gina Cervetti. Dr. Cervetti will share her expertise in research and curriculum development focused on using science inquiry to drive literacy learning. To maximize their learning, students need something authentic and relevant to read and write about. Science is the answer! This webinar will help elementary teachers and leaders here in Georgia strengthen science and literacy learning for their students. Join us Tuesday, August 23rd, 5:00-6:00 pm. Registration is free for GSTA members and only $10 for non-members.

Dr. Gina Cervetti from the University of Michigan researches the interface of literacy and content-area learning. She is interested in how inquiry experience in science can provide an authentic and engaging meaning-based context for literacy learning; she also examines the role of sustained engagement in a set of ideas for literacy development; and she is looking into ways to help students bring the tools of inquiry to bear on questions they encounter across the curriculum and outside of school. Dr. Cervetti is also involved in work on academic discourse and vocabulary acquisition in science and on how curriculum materials can best support teachers’ practice and teacher learning. Dr. Cervetti will use her research expertise and her experience working with teachers and students to share how you can use science inquiry to drive literacy learning in your elementary classroom.

Did you miss our first two session? You can find links and resources below.

"Voices from the Field" Panel on Elementary Science and Literacy 

Stop #2 delivered a lively and informative panel discussion with six Georgia educators who have been immersed in the work of supporting students in both science and literacy learning. Panelists shared their challenges and successes in leveraging science learning to support and enhance early literacy. Panelists discussed strategies for supporting students from birth through 5th grade and specifically addressed students who need additional supports. These educators also shared a wealth of resources. If you missed the session or would like to review the panel's valuable insights, then please check out the recording and slide deck below.

Q&A With Science For Georgia Executive Director, Dr. Amy Sharma

The first stop on our literacy PL journey was a terrific virtual Q&A June 2nd with Science for Georgia Executive Director, Dr. Amy Sharma, and several of our members. In case you missed the session or would like to review the information, here are several key resources.

Literacy is critical to the success of every citizen in Georgia, yet we know that a narrow focus on literacy in the early grades can marginalize science learning and leave students with little of substance to read and write about. Science for Georgia (Sci4GA) is a nonprofit organization that works to build a bridge between scientists and the public to advocate for the responsible use of science in public policy. GSTA has partnered with Sci4GA to support their work to improve literacy in Georgia. This is an important opportunity to position science learning as a resource that supports literacy in the early grades rather than science being further marginalized. 

Back to School Membership Special!

Become a GSTA member for 25% off if you sign-up and pay by Labor Day, Monday, September 5.  Enter discount code, LABORDAY22, to get the special pricing for a one-year or pre-service membership.  Be sure you have paid online or your check is postmarked by September 5 to secure your discount.  Click on the Membership tab above or here.


2022 District Mini-Grants

GSTA is excited to announce the winners of our 2022 District Mini-Grants. Congratulations to the following teachers!

  • District 1-  Marc Pedersen, Paulding County High School, Paulding County
  • District 1-  Melissa Rowe, Chattooga High School, Chattooga County
  • District 3 - Brian Heglund, Kell High School, Cobb County
  • District 3 - Krystal Evans, Norton Park Elementary, Cobb County
  • District 5 - Rachel Kakesh, Bowdon High School, Carroll County
  • District 8 - Kathleen Holliday, Tybee Island Maritime Academy, Savannah-Chatham County
  • District 8 - John Cassell, Effingham College and Career Academy, Effingham County
  • District 9 - Crystal McDowell, Greenbrier High School, Columbia County
  • District 11 - Tracey Woodcock, Lee County High School, 9th Grade Campus, Lee County
  • District 12 - Tita Anderson Lovell, Paul Duke STEM High School, Gwinnett County
  • District 12 - Alan Cummings, Dacula High School, Gwinnett County

2022-23 GSTA Board of Directors

Executive Director: Justin Harvey

President: Dr. Nicole Page

President Elect: Melissa Niemi

Vice President: Chanel Johnson

Secretary: Dr. Jessica VanValkenburgh

Executive Treasurer/Secretary: Nancy Brim

Elementary School Representative: Marquita Jackson

Middle School Representative: Kristina Istre

High School Representative: Jordan Tidrick

College Representative: Dr. Kania Greer

Science Supervisor Representative: Dr. Jeremy Peacock

District 1: Robert Bice

District 2: Jane Reed

District 3: Kelly Bodner

District 4: Natasha Smith

District 5: Dr. Sheila Barnes

District 6: Mandy Fulton

District 7: Heather Cowart

District 8: Dr. Michelle Thompson

District 9: Donita Legoas

District 10: Teresa Massey

District 11: Patti Howell

District 12: Kathryn Mullen

    GSTA Professional Resources

    Besides our world famous GSTA Phenomena Bank, GSTA supports science teachers across the state by curating professional resources.

    GSTA is committed to supporting excellence in science teaching for the students of Georgia. GSTA works to CONNECT, INFORM, SUPPORT, and ADVOCATE for science teachers in Georgia. We also seek to PARTNER with like-minded formal and informal science education organizations to further GSTA’s mission and goals.


    CONNECT Georgia science teachers to vibrant local and statewide professional networks that enhance their classroom practice and the value of their membership. 

    Professional Learning

    INFORM GSTA members through a variety of professional learning opportunities that enhance access to current, research-based practices for teachers at all levels, for all disciplines, and in all settings across Georgia. 


    SUPPORT GSTA members through professional resources that help teachers improve their practice, the academic lives of their students, and their school communities.


    ADVOCATE for excellent science education in Georgia on behalf of teachers and students and encourage our members to raise their own voices in support of excellent science education for all students in our state. 


    PARTNER with informal science education stakeholders to facilitate science literacy opportunities for learners of all ages in real-world communities.

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    Support the Georgia Science Teachers Education Foundation (GSTEF) through Amazon Smile.  All monies go towards awards, scholarships, and mini-grants for teachers and students!

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