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This issue of the high-school edition of Science Class features the theme Community Collaborations . 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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High-school science teachers, their 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 of Science Class inspire you and your students to reach out to your community.

In The Science Teacher’s April/May Editor's Corner, "Community Collaboration," Steve Metz explains that "science activities that take students outside the school walls can combine the best aspects of service to the community, problem-based learning, and lessons in good citizenship." To read the Editor's Corner, go to http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=51857.

Community Collaborations in the News

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

Stories selected for this issue discuss various partnerships that can help students study science.

Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-04/news_stories_high.htm to learn more.

Community Collaborations on the Web

In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members can read "Learning to Make Systematic Decisions" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=51839. For the complete April/May Table of Contents of The Science Teacher, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=51878.

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 Collaborations: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635699104410661011

NSTA Journal Articles on Community Collaborations

Articles from the archives of The Science Teacher illustrate how teachers have forged relationships within their community to foster good science teaching.
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Books, Books, Books

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Professional Development

ASCD Issues Special Report on Professional Development

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) issued a two-part special report on professional development in March. Part I of the report (http://www.smartbrief.com/alchemy/servlet/encodeServlet?issueid=F0CE2287-6DC8-43F8-8C88-6D9D332FC944) examines the link between preservice teacher training and success in the classroom, as well as the key aspects of successful in-service learning. Part II (http://www.smartbrief.com/alchemy/servlet/encodeServlet?issueid=14DC2CE6-1E78-4675-9412-48F5B40E8101) digs into the thorny topic of how government policies affect professional development, then surveys some best practices.

Global Science Teaching

Students Take on World's Challenges

A recent Christian Science Monitor article examines a new initiative called Challenge 20/20. Organized by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in Washington, D.C., it engages students as young as preK in finding local ways to address 20 urgent issues—after students have thought about them first on a global level.

To read more, visit http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0322/p16s01-legn.html?s=hns%20.

NSTA Opportunities

NSTA Web Seminars

Ten NSTA Web Seminars are scheduled between April 2006 and June 2006. These 90-minute, live professional development experiences allow distant participants to interact with recognized experts including NSTA Press authors, and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Seminars are from 6:30–8 p.m., EST. These online events are grant-funded, so they are offered at no cost; however, the number of participants is limited, first come, first serve on the day of the program. Register early to receive a username. Password and other program information will follow via e-mail. For a full schedule of Seminar topics, dates, and times, and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.


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