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NSTA Legislative Update

Congress plans to return for a lame duck session after the elections, and an extensive effort to redefine the nation's high schools is underway; read all about it in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_11_1_legupdate.htm).


NSTA Issues Position Statement on Scientific Inquiry

Recognizing the power that scientific inquiry has in helping students understand science content, NSTA has issued a position statement that sets forth key recommendations on three central aspects of inquiry: the use of scientific inquiry as a teaching approach, students' abilities to do scientific inquiry, and students' understanding of scientific inquiry. NSTA recommends that all K-16 teachers embrace scientific inquiry and is committed to helping educators make it the centerpiece of the science classroom. To download a copy of the Scientific Inquiry position statement, go to http://www.nsta.org/positionstatement&psid=43. To view all NSTA position statements, go to http://www.nsta.org/position.


Attention College Science Educators-You Can be Published in NSTA's Handbook of College Science Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice

NSTA is developing a resource book for college science teachers and welcomes manuscript proposals on contemporary topics of college science teaching. Each manuscript will represent a chapter of the book and will consist of quantitative or qualitative research studies; research summaries in specific subjects such as biology, chemistry, Earth and space sciences, or physics; or generalized studies about most or all of science learning. Well-documented position papers, descriptions of innovative teaching and learning methods, meta-analyses, and historical perspectives are also encouraged. Authors will receive a modest honorarium and full academic and intellectual credit for their published contributions. Proposals are due January 5, 2005. For more information about the publication and submission guidelines, go to http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_11_1_call.htm.


Looking for Exciting Online Graduate-Level Coursework? American Museum of Natural History Opens Winter Registration

K-12 educators can deepen their knowledge of the life, Earth, and physical sciences this winter through an online course from Seminars on Science, the award-winning online
professional development program of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).

This winter's offerings begin January. 31, and include "The Diversity of Fishes: Classification, Anatomy and Morphology," "Genetics, Genomics, Genethics," and other courses in the life and physical sciences. A $100 discount off the course price is available for those who register by December. 7. For more information and to register, go to http://learn.amnh.org/welcome.php?w=NSTAIW05 or call 800-649-6715. All the courses are online and only require internet access. Each course is available for up to four graduate credits, is taught by Museum scientists and educators, and includes classroom resources.


Whatever the Stage of Your Career, NSTA has Just the Right Membership for You

NSTA is committed to supporting every stage of your career development. From preservice student/teacher to retirement, NSTA has a membership category and benefits to meet your changing needs.

  • Student: $31/yr. For full-time students only. (Include proof of current registration with your payment.)
  • New Teacher: $31/yr. Teachers who are in their first three years of teaching. (Send a copy of your teaching certificate or a letter from your administrator.)
  • Individual Individual: $72/yr. Teachers with more than three years of teaching experience.
  • Retired: $31/yr. Science educators who are fully retired and have been an NSTA member for at least five years.
Each category includes a choice of one of our award-winning journals, NSTA Reports (U.S. and Canadian residents only), discounts on professional development registration fees and publications, online journal archives, SciLinks®, science suppliers coupons, and much more. For information and a complete list of benefits (http://www.nsta.org/benefits), information on multiple journal/year discounts (http://www.nsta.org/benefits#dues), or to join (http://www.nsta.org/join), visit our website.

NSTA. Working for YOU!


U/MD Master of Life Sciences Classes Start Dec. 6; Registration Open

Applications are now being accepted for Term II admission to the University of Maryland Web-based Master of Life Sciences program. Classes begin December. 6. Created specifically for practicing middle and high school science teachers, the Master of Life Sciences program is a 30-credit interdisciplinary course of study with concentrations in biology and chemistry. Four 10-week terms are offered each year. Human reproductive biology, emerging infectious diseases, pharmaceutical chemistry, human physiology, chemistry and application of electrochemical cells and principles of paleobiology will be offered in the upcoming term.
Courses are taught by University of Maryland professors with significant teaching and research credentials. Students have access to the university's online library services and receive full technical support. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.onlinestudies.umd.edu/mlfsc or http://institute.nsta.org, or request a free brochure at onlinestudies@umail.umd.edu.


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