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Science Class celebrates its third anniversary with this issue. Thank you to all of our readers for making the past year such a success. Science Class now reaches more than 230,000 science educators every month! Your feedback on how we can better serve you—our readers—has been invaluable. As we enter our fourth year of "publication," please continue to let us know how we are doing. Use the Feedback link or e-mail us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

In this issue, the high school edition of Science Class focuses on Successful Community Collaborations. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles.

If you are not a member of NSTA, then you receive the high school version of Science Class as a default.

To view the elementary version featuring Plants—Tools for Inquiry, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-04/member_elementary.htm; and to view the middle level version on Partnerships, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-04/member_middle.htm.

If you have any comments about this issue, send them to: enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org. If you have a text-only browser or are having any difficulties with our links, please access: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-04/member_high.htm.


High school science teachers, students, and their communities can team up in many ways to simultaneously enrich the quality of science education and improve communities. Many are doing just that with great success. Let the examples provided in this issue inspire you and your students to reach out to your community.

Community Collaborations in the News

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

East High Students Featured on Mobile Lab (Des Moines Register)

Students are able to learn about biotechnology in a mobile lab, thanks to a joint effort among educational, business, and nonprofit groups.


Community Collaborations on the Net

In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members can read "Cougars, Curriculum, and Community." The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=50404.

SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keyword for this issue is:

Community Actions: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263569910441055

NSTA Articles on Community Collaborations

The following NSTA journal articles provide examples of successful community collaborations.

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Books, Books, Books

The NSTA Science Store and catalogs offer NSTA Press books and other outstanding titles for science educators. Selections for this issue are grade appropriate and were chosen for their relevance to the theme of this issue: Successful Community Collaborations. Click here for recommended titles:


To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, select:


To receive the latest NSTA Catalog for your specific grade level, visit


Professional Development

How Do the New Teachers Measure Up? (The Christian Science Monitor)

The "high-aptitude" women who once chose to teach are no longer filling America's classrooms, a study suggests.


Global Science Teaching

As exam time approaches, countries around the world report different trends. Discover how the competitive nature of exams are driving many students in India to seek memory enhancers, even though the effectiveness of such "aids" are in dispute.

Pop the Magic Pill (The Times of India)


NSTA Opportunities

SciLinks: Bringing Vetted Websites to Your Classroom

Use SciLinks, NSTA's premier internet technology product, to harness the resources of the internet.


Call for Papers

The Science Teacher (Grades 9–12) has issued a Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:


NSTA is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year! To find out more about the history of NSTA, visit our online timeline at http://www.nsta.org/timeline.

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