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Week of May 14, 2007

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And Don’t Forget…

  • Membership Means You Belong! Join NSTA for these essential benefits that will enhance your marketability in the teaching profession and build your professional knowledge.
  • NSTA’s online Calendar keeps you informed about upcoming events and opportunities of interest to science educators with information on summer programs, grants, awards, and workshops.
  • NSTA is offering more Web Seminars in May. Visit the website for more information about these upcoming professional development opportunities.




New Figures Show High Dropout Rate

First Lady Laura Bush and national education leaders have unveiled an online database that promises to provide parents across much of the nation with an appraisal of how many students graduate from high school on time in each school system. The statistics paint a dire portrait: 70% of students nationwide earned diplomas in four years as of 2003, the latest data available nationally, a much lower rate than that reported by the vast majority of school systems. Read the complete article in The Washington Post (free registration required).

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Off to Watch Mr. Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Science

NSTA member Donald Jeffrey Herbert—better known as Mr. Wizard—started it all back in 1950 when he developed an idea for a children’s science television series based on science demonstrations. Though potential advertisers initially showed no interest in Herbert’s creation, on March 3, 1951, Watch Mr. Wizard debuted nationally on NBC, with Herbert starring as Mr. Wizard. Little did he know that his series would ultimately spawn a “family tree” of scientists and science educators who would teach the subject on television. The complete article is available on NSTA’s News Digest.

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Five Special Strands Highlight Detroit Conference

Calling all science teachers….

Come join us at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan October 18-20 for three days of intense professional development. For educators who want to plan their program attendance, we have carefully selected three strands (Technology, Science and Literacy, and Engineering) to help you schedule your time effectively. In addition, we have two special strand days where you can immerse yourself in Physics (October 18) and Chemistry (October 19).

Registration information is available online.

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NSTA SciGuides Provide Teachers With Reliable Resources

Whether you are looking for quality web resources on Force and Motion, Estuaries, or Organisms, NSTA’s SciGuides may have just what you are looking for. A SciGuide is a classroom resource for science teachers interested in integrating the web into their teaching. Each guide consists of approximately 100 web-accessible resources (URLs) that have been aligned to the National Science Education Standards (NSES). These URL resources have been assembled in a thematic drill-down structure with linked lesson plans, vignettes, samples of student work, and MP3 files that demonstrate how the Guide’s URLs can be used in a classroom. Ultimately, a SciGuide is a resource that helps educators focus on the task at hand by providing exemplary web resources. The complete article from the May issue of NSTA Reports is available online.

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Registration Open for MSU Teachers in Geosciences Program

The Teachers in Geosciences program at Mississippi State University provides you with the opportunity to earn a Master of Science degree through distance learning. All of the core courses in meteorology, geology, astronomy, oceanography, hydrology, and environmental geoscience are taught online. The program concludes with a nine-day capstone field course taught during the summer at a variety of locations (including Yellowstone, Upstate New York, and the Bahamas). All students qualify for in-state tuition rates.

It is not too late to apply for the Fall 2007 semester! Please visit our website or contact Joy Bailey for additional information.

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Professional development courses in your future?
Online options give you a world of choice.
Take a look at these groups offering courses for science educators!


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