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In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class focuses on Professional Development . This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles.

To view the middle level and high school versions of Science Class, please click on the links at left.


As your career moves along, you focus on different needs at different times. We do the same thing here at Science Class. Although we devote a column to Professional Development in every issue, we think it's a topic that warrants an entire issue on the subject from time to time. Use the resources, ideas, and examples provided in this issue to begin, guide, or continue your professional development plan.

One of NSTA's goals is to "provide and expand professional development to support standards-based science education." In 2004, NSTA is focusing on professional development in new and exciting ways. Debuting at the national convention in Atlanta in April are new NSTA Professional Development Institutes. By partnering with well known professional development providers—EDC, McREL, WestEd, and BSCS Center for Professional Development—the Institutes will offer four program strands of focused, content-based sessions exploring key topics in significant depth. To read more about the NSTA Professional Development Institutes, visit: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-02/atlantaPD.pdf. To register, visit: http://www.nsta.org/profdevinstitutes.

Professional Development in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for nationwide news for science educators).

Professional development can be pursued in various ways. Read several articles that discuss how teachers participate in workshops, take trips, and use the Internet to expand their knowledge and learn new teaching strategies.


NSTA Articles on Professional Development

The following NSTA journal articles provide you with some ideas for professional development.

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Books, Books, Books

Stay current on the latest teacher trends. These NSTA Press books from the Issues in Science Education Series will help you identify your professional development needs and form a strategy for fulfilling them.

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Click here to view the list of new books from NSTA Press:


Professional Development

The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) has an entire section on its website devoted to professional development strategies for science education. In the section called Ideas that Work, Susan Loucks-Horsley's thoughtful piece "Effective Professional Development for Teachers of Science" focuses on the weaknesses in today's professional development scene and outlines what can be done to improve it.

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NSTA Opportunities

Coming Your Way: A Summer Issue of Science and Children

You told us that you have more time for reading and planning in the summer months, so we are mailing our first-ever summer issue of Science and Children in July.

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Planning Ahead: Making the Most of Your Convention Experience

NSTA's convention web pages can make it easier for you to plan your schedule ahead of time.

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Join the NSTA Book Club

Plan now to make the NSTA Book Club part of your spring lessons. The theme
for the month of April is Patterns in Nature. To see the list of suggested
books and activities, go to http://www.nsta.org/bookclub. Submit your teaching
ideas and win!

Write for NSTA's Journals

NSTA members want to read about your teaching experiences. To find out more, visit:

Science & Children (Grades PreK–5) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-02/sc.htm

Next Month's Theme:

Force and Motion: New Teaching Strategies

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