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This issue of the middle level edition of Science Class features the theme Aquatic Life. Please tell us what you think of the issue by using the Feedback link on the left of Science Class or by sending an e-mail to us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

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Students readily respond to units on aquatic life, and helping them understand that the oceans, seas, and coastal areas together form an essential component of the global life-support system is critical to educating the future stewards of our environment. According to a 1998 United Nations resolution , passed in recognition of the Year of the Ocean, "oceans represent a significant source of food, energy, minerals, and usage with significant economic potential, and effective management of the uses and resources of oceans depend on improved access to information, public education, and scientific awareness. An international effort to protect the marine environment will require an understanding of the interaction between oceans and people."

Aquatic Life in the News

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

Read about various forms of aquatic life ranging from fish, whales, and squid to endangered coral reefs.

Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-11/news_stories_middle.htm to learn more.

Aquatic Life on the Web

In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA members can read "Chesapeake Bay Critters." The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=51195.

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 keywords for this issue are

Aquatic Life: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635655111110551011

NSTA Journal Articles on Aquatic Life

The archives of Science Scope contain articles on how to bring different aquatic environments into your classroom and how to set up an aquatic insect aquarium.

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Books, Books, Books

To read about Aquatic Life in NSTA Press and NSTA Recommends books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-11/books_middle.htm.

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


Professional Development

NSTA Symposia

These face-to-face professional development opportunities at NSTA conventions are half-day, standards-based programs designed to enhance educators' scientific content and pedagogical practices. Presenters include scientists, engineers, and educational specialists from NASA, as well as renowned NSTA Press authors. Three exciting programs are scheduled to take place this fall at the NSTA Area Conventions in Chicago and Nashville. For more information, visit http://institute.nsta.org/symposia.asp.

NSTA Web Seminars

These 90-minute live professional development experiences use online learning technologies to allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts; NSTA Press authors; and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NSTA government partners, such as NASA and NOAA—all from the convenience of your desktop!

Educators use online tools that allow them to mark up and annotate presenters' slides, share desktop applications, or engage in chats and surveys and respond to poll questions with others online. Seminars may be archived and are available for viewing after the live event has occurred. Be sure to check out the fall schedule for these exciting learning opportunities and register by going to http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.

Global Science Teaching

Educating the World's Children: Patterns of Growth and Inequality

"Many developing countries have made dramatic progress over the past several decades to enroll their children in school. Still, too many children—especially girls and those in rural areas—are out of school or leave school before graduating from the primary level and have little opportunity to attend secondary school." This excerpt is from the recently released report Educating the World's Children: Patterns of Growth and Inequality, authored by the Education Policy and Data Center at the Academy for Educational Development (AED). To read the report, visit http://eportal1-ssdc.aed.org/extend/en/external/epdc_reports/EducatingTheWorldsChildren.pdf.

NSTA Opportunities

NSTA Unveils New Name for Time-Honored Conventions

NSTA has unveiled a new name—and an enriched format—for its time-honored annual conventions. Long considered the premiere professional development events for science educators, NSTA’s national and area conventions will now be called NSTA Conferences on Science Education. The change reflects the growth and evolution of conventions into deeper, more meaningful professional development experiences for teachers. NSTA will debut the new name at its 54th National Conference on Science Education, which takes place April 6–9, 2006, in Anaheim, California, and is expected to draw more than 13,000 attendees. "Science, The Universal Language" is the theme. To read the NSTA Reports article on this announcement, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=51210.

NSTA Treasurer Post Open

NSTA seeks applicants for the NSTA Treasurer position. Responsibilities include oversight of the association’s financial and budgetary matters. The Treasurer shall be appointed by the Board of Directors for a three-year term of office, which may be renewed for another three-year term. Appointees will be expected to devote 10-12 days of service a year for this nonstaff position. An honorarium will be provided, as well as reimbursement for required meeting attendance (travel and per diem).

For additional information about the position’s responsibilities, visit http://careers.nsta.org/job_detail.asp?jobid=308. Application deadline: January 15, 2006. Interested individuals are invited to submit their resume, along with a cover letter that specifies interest in being considered for appointment, to NSTA Executive Director, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3092.

Call for Papers

Science Scope (grades 6–9) has issued a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:


Next Month's Theme

Science, Technology, and Society

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