The Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science 

Our Mission

Enhancing Science Education for all Nebraskans.

The Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science has been promoting science education in Nebraska since 1961.  

NATS is a division of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences and an affiliate of NSTA. Membership is open to any individual interested in the advancement of science education in the State of Nebraska.

We invite you to join our nearly 500 members across the state!


Check out our calendar (bottom of the page) for upcoming professional development opportunities!

NATS Virtual Unconference

April 6-10, 2020
All sessions start at 10am.
Click here to register

MONDAY April 6, 2020 @ 10am (Central)

TJ McKenna - Session description coming soon.

Tuesday April 7, 2020 @ 10am (Central)

Kate Henson - High School Storylines with Inquiry Hub Biology.

Introduction to Teaching with inquiryHub Biology

In this session, educators will be introduced to the inquiryHub biology curriculum. We'll preview the storyline for Unit 1: Evolution and focus on the anchoring phenomenon routine as well as classroom discourse and assessment. 

Kate Henson is a former high school biology teacher who recently earned a PhD in science education. At inquiryHub she works to support educator use of high quality, three dimensional science curricula and pedagogy that facilitates equitable participation in science classrooms.

Wednesday April 8, 2020 @ 10am (Central)

Okhee Lee - Convergences and Divergences Across Content Areas

Okhee Lee is an award-winning education scholar committed to reform. She is widely known for advancing research, policy, and practice that simultaneously promote science and language learning for all students, including English learners.  Dr. Lee has previously been the Keynote Speaker for the NATS Fall Conference.

Thursday April 9, 2020 @ 10am (Central)

To Be Announced

We are working with a couple individuals to fill this slot.  Rest assured, it will be an excellent session.  More information when we can officially announce the name and topic.

Friday, April 10, 2020 @ 10am (Central)

Kathy Renfrew - Using Phenomenon in the Elementary Classroom

Kathy Renfrew is an Elementary Educator who has made it a mission to help others learn about using phenomenon-driven units.  She is currently a field editor and adviser to NSTA, an Ed Reports reviewer, and an Education Specialists at the Wade Institute for Science Education.  Ms. Renfrew is also a committee co-chair for the Council of State Science Supervisors.

NGSS Sensemakers Professional Development registration is now open!

Thanks to a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, NATS is pleased to be hosting NGSS Sensemakers Workshop this summer in Hastings Nebraska.  This 4 day training includes ongoing virtual support during the year and will teach you how to create a standards-aligned, 3-dimensional classroom using environmental science topics.  

Stipends for the training will be provided to help cover travel costs.  

Register Here   Registration is open until MAY 1st.

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