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Week of May 28, 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.












NSTA and the Amgen Foundation Introduce the New Science Teacher Academy

On Wednesday, May 23, NSTA and the Amgen Foundation launched the NSTA New Science Teachers Academy for middle and secondary school science educators. This professional development initiative will help strengthen quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge.

There are two tiers of participation in the Academy: NSTA Fellows and Associate Fellows. Both fellowship programs will include a year-long immersion in a host of science-related activities and professional development opportunities. In addition, NSTA Fellows and Associate Fellows will receive a comprehensive NSTA membership package and financial support to attend and participate in NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education. NSTA Fellows will also receive online mentoring with trained mentors who teach in the same discipline. Each year, the 200 Fellows supported by the Amgen Foundation will be named Amgen-NSTA Fellows and Amgen-NSTA Associate Fellows. A selection committee, comprised of NSTA leaders, will choose the 2007 Amgen-NSTA Fellows and Associate Fellows to participate in the 2007-2008 Academy.

For more information, visit the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy online.

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2006 PAEMST Winners Announced

More than 90 outstanding K-6 teachers of science and mathematics were honored earlier this month for their contributions to the classroom and to the profession.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for science and math teachers. Each year, the President of the United States recognizes outstanding kindergarten–6th-grade or 7th–12th grade mathematics and science teachers; this year the award was given to elementary teachers. The program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House. Since 1983, more than 3,700 outstanding teachers have been recognized.

The PAEMST awards information is available online as well as information on the 2006 recipients.

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Martian Water?

The strongest evidence yet that ancient Mars was much wetter than it is now has been unearthed by NASA's Spirit rover. A patch of Martian soil kicked up and analyzed by Spirit appears to be rich in silica, which suggests it would have required water to produce. Read more about it in this Yahoo News story, "NASA Rover Finds Surprising Evidence for Mars' Watery Past".

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A Head Start on Science Now Available

For the youngest scientists, the whole wide world can be a laboratory for learning. New from the National Science Teachers Association, the teaching guide A Head Start on Science, for preschool-second grade teachers offers 89 hands-on science activities that encourage the natural curiosity of children.

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Still Need A Summer Course? Register Today for an Online Course from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)

Space is still available in both summer sessions of Seminars on Science. Join an extensive network of remarkable teachers in exploring AMNH's rich, diverse courses. Sign up by June 4 for your last chance this summer to take Space, Time, and Motion or In the Field with Spiders. Summer Session Two registration is open until June 18.

Registration closes June 4 for Summer Session One (June 11–July 22)! Sign up now for Summer Session Two (July 2–August 12) and receive a $50 early registration discount. Register online or call 800-649-6715.

The AMNH summer courses are designed for K-12 educators; for more information, visit http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2007_05_28.htm.

What Are You Doin’ This Summer?

Are you teaching summer school, working a summer job outside of education, going back for some training, or just plain going fishin’? Curious about what your colleagues are doing this summer? Let us know your summer plans by taking this very brief survey. We’ll report back on the final results in a future issue of NSTA Express. Thanks, and have a great summer from everyone here at NSTA.


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