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Week of February 4, 2008

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AGU Releases New Statement Addressing Human Impacts on Climate

Scientists representing the American Geophysical Union released a new statement on climate change on January 24 that says, "Earth's climate is now clearly out of balance and is warming." The statement, an update of the AGU's 2003 climate change position statement, says that when the scientific data related to warming is studied, "the human footprint on Earth is apparent." In releasing Human Impacts on Climate Change, the organization's strongest statement to date on the impact of global warming, AGU president Timothy Killeen said "the changes we're seeing are best explained by greenhouse gas emissions and aerosol loading in the atmosphere caused by human activity."

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PD Opportunities from AAAS Project 2061

Do you want to learn more about AAAS's new Atlas of Science Literacy, Volume 2 and how to put it to use to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment in your science program? AAAS Project 2061 is offering two sessions of its popular professional development workshop "Using Atlas of Science Literacy" in Washington, DC, in 2008: March 11-13 and October 15-17. Now is the time to register for low earlybird rates.

Designed for K-12 science teachers, curriculum specialists, and other educators, the workshop demonstrates how participants can use the conceptual strand maps in Atlas 1 and Atlas 2, along with other Project 2061 resources, to enhance their own understanding of science literacy and take a benchmarks-based approach to helping all students achieve literacy in science, mathematics, and technology. Atlas of Science Literacy is co-published by AAAS and NSTA.

For more details and a registration form, please visit our workshop information page. Additional workshops will be scheduled throughout the year and around the country. Check this page often or sign up for the free e-newsletter and receive automatic updates on workshops and other news about Project 2061.

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Earlybird Special for Boston Conference Ends Feb. 8

Don’t miss out on your chance to save more than $119 on registration for “Science: Bridge to the Future.” The early bird special ends February 8, 2008. Bring science to life through the most comprehensive professional development opportunity of the year!

  • Attend workshops for teachers in every grade band that will bring new ideas and useful materials to your classroom. For example:
    1. The Language of Science: Connecting "Hands On" to "Minds On” (Elementary)
    2. Assessment Is a Four-Letter Word …TOOL (Elementary & Middle)
    3. Sustaining Professional Development for Science Teachers (High School & Middle)
  • Experience nationally known scientists who will share their knowledge to inspire and inform you. Barbara Morgan, astronaut and elementary school teacher will give the keynote address.
  • Sign up for a field trip such as Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Science, Boston or Harvard Museum of Natural History School to enrich your experience.
  • Enjoy the vast exhibitor’s hall with hundreds of new products, workshops, and giveaways to take back to your classroom.
  • Document your professional development. For those who need graduate credit, 1 credit will be awarded for 12 hours of program attendance, offered by Framingham State College.

Register today!

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The Ultimate Science Classroom Giveaway

Register for NSTA’s 56th National Conference on Science Education for the chance to win one of four well-equipped science classrooms worth over $75,000! The Ultimate Science Classroom Giveaway will award four lucky attendees with a classroom stocked with a wide range of valuable teaching tools and materials to support at least 30 students. Materials will be provided by top exhibiting companies including Carolina Biological, Delta Education, Frey Scientific, CPO Science, Qwizdom, Imaginova Corp./Starry Night, and many more. A single classroom will be “won” for each of the grade bands: elementary, middle, high school, and college. Visit the Ultimate Science Classroom Giveaway page to see the current list of items stocking the classrooms. Don’t forget to register for the conference in Boston. You must be an attendee to be eligible for the Giveaway.

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And Don’t Forget…

Visit our member services web page to ensure that NSTA has your current contact information.

NSTA is offering more Web Seminars through the winter months. Visit the website for more information about these upcoming professional development opportunities.

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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