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This issue of the high school edition of Science Class features the theme Science and Literacy. 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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In this month's Editor's Corner of The Science Teacher, Steve Metz writes, "The history of science is also a history of science writing. For scientists and also for our science students, the ability to communicate through writing and reading is a crucial skill at the heart of developing scientific literacy." This issue of Science Class provides many ideas and resources for inspiring your students' to write and read about science.

Science and Literacy in the News

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

This month’s news stories discuss two publications that can help teachers boost their students’ understanding of science.

Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-02/news_stories_high.htm to learn more.

Science and Literacy on the Web

In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members can read "Literacy and Science." The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=51459. For the complete February Table of Contents of The Science Teacher, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=51575.

NSTA Journal Articles on Science and Literacy

The archives of The Science Teacher provide articles that highlight the importance of science and literacy.

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Books, Books, Books

To read about Science and Literacy in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends books, visit:


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


Professional Development

Quality Counts at 10, Education Week's newly published report, provides detailed individualized state-by-state reports, assembling key findings in an accessible format that allows readers to examine a particular state’s performance on this year’s indicators and its progress over time. The report is free until February 4; it will then be available for purchase. To read more about the report, visit http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2006/01/05/index.html.

Global Science Teaching

A recent BBC News article shows how other nations are dealing with teacher shortages, and it reveals that many career changers are choosing to enter the teaching profession.

To read more, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4643928.stm.

NSTA Opportunities

NSTA Web Seminars
These 90-minute, live professional development experiences allow distant participants to interact with recognized experts, including NSTA Press authors and NASA scientists, engineers, and education specialists. Seminars take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., EST. Because these online events are grant-funded, they are offered at no cost; however, the number of participants is limited, so advance registration is strongly advised. For a full schedule of Seminar topics, dates, and times, and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.

The February Web Seminars are scheduled on these dates:

February 8: Olaf Jorgenson, co-author of Doing Good Science in Middle School, looks at inquiry in the classroom.
February 16: Bill Carlsen, co-author of Watershed Dynamics, returns with more environmental science concepts and activities for high school teachers.
February 22: Juliana Texley, Terry Kwan, and John Summers, co-authors of Investigating Safely, will discuss more safety requirements for the high school classroom and laboratory.

NSTA Symposia Schedule
The following NSTA Symposia will take place at the National Conference on Science Education in Anaheim, California, April 6–9, 2006:

Next Month's Theme

Science for All

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