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Week of April 14, 2008

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Earth Day is April 22—Tell Us About Environmental Education in Your School

As Earth Day approaches we want to know, do you teach environmental education in your classroom? Take a minute to complete this NSTA survey and we’ll let you know the results in a future issue of NSTA Express. Thank you!

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Develop Your Content Knowledge Via Web Seminars

Now open for registration, new web seminars are offered for FREE and cover 90-minutes of in-depth information on topics such as coral ecosystems, mapping the Moon, penguins and polar bears, Mars exploration, microscopes, space exploration, energy, the International Polar Year, science careers, and food science. These programs, designed for K-12 educators, are sponsored by the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), NASA Johnson Space Center, Sally Ride Science, the National Science Foundation, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Register today online at the NSTA Learning Center and become the best science teacher you can be.

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AMNH Hosts Summit on Science Education

NSTA Executive Director Gerald Wheeler was one of the leaders from education, government, industry, science and philanthropy participating in the April 8-9 national summit hosted by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) to address the need to improve science education in the United States.

Nationally renowned speakers at the summit, titled Science Generation: A National Imperative, included Stephanie Bell-Rose, President, The Goldman Sachs Foundation; Tom Brokaw, NBC News; Robert Corcoran, President, GE Foundation; Dr. Rudolph Crew, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools; The Honorable Bart Gordon, Chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee; Dr. Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York; Robert Hormats, Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs; Joel Klein, Chancellor, New York City Board of Education; Dr. Cora Marrett, Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources, NSF; Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History; Rodger Bybee, Executive Director Emeritus of BSCS;   Nicholas Negroponte, Founder and Chairman, One Laptop per Child, and Founder and Director, MIT Media Lab;Charles E. Phillips, Jr., President, Oracle Corporation; Dr. Joyce Leavitt Winterton, Assistant Administrator for Education, NASA; and Becca Robison, Founder, Astrotots.

In addition to NSTA, other key partners in the development of the summit included NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, the New York City Department of Education, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Council of the Great City Schools, The Field Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Zoological Society of Florida at the Miami MetroZoo.

For more information go to www.amnh.org/programs/conference/.

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Deadline Approaches for 2009 National Conference Proposals

Don’t delay! Proposals are now being accepted online for the NSTA 2009 New Orleans National Conference on Science Education, March 19–22, 2009. Share your teaching experience with our attendees! Visit the online submission page to submit your proposal for the New Orleans conference. The deadline is April 15, 2008.

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NSTA Adopts New Aerospace Education Position Statement

The NSTA Board of Directors voted to adopt a new position statement on aerospace education. It states that “aerospace education provides compelling, powerful, and inherent opportunities to strengthen and support the teaching and learning of science, mathematics, and technology for students,” and sets forth key elements of quality aerospace education programs. You can view the new statement online or check out the entire list of NSTA position statements.

NSTA wishes to thank the members of the position statement panel, including Kathryn Thornton  (Chair), University of Virginia; Shelia Bauer, FAA; Dr. Robert Gabrys, NASA; Kenneth Huff, Mill Middle School, Williamsville, NY; Mary Lightbody, The Ohio State University; Michael Odell, University of Texas; Frank Owens, NSTA; Ella Jay Parfitt, Southeast Middle School, Baltimore, MD; Jean Tushie, Eden Prairie High School, Eden Prairie, MN; Steven Weinberg, Science Consultant; and Dr. Joyce Winterton, NASA.

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Montana State University Offers Exciting and Unique Summer Graduate Courses for Science Educators

The Montana State University programs, Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) and National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN), are offering summer science courses across multiple science disciplines. Combined, these two successful programs are offering 20 online graduate courses along with 19 Montana-based field and lab graduate courses for summer 2008. Tuition is affordably priced at $270/credit (or less) and NSTA members receive a 10% discount on select courses. Web registration is quick and easy!  Don’t miss this opportunity to enroll in quality courses rich in science content and taught by distinguished and dedicated faculty. For course information and program details, go to www.montana.edu/msse or contact msse@montana.edu.

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Special Offer for NSTA Members

Announcing a special No-Annual-Fee MasterCard credit card with WorldPoints rewards now conveniently available to NSTA members. Earn points and get the rewards you want—cash, travel, merchandise, and gift certificates—now with easy online redemption, too! Learn more or apply securely online for the National Science Teachers Association credit card today. Or call 1-800-932-2775 and mention priority code FACCIF for more information or to apply.

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NSTA on Facebook

Communicate with colleagues, read our Boston Conference Blog, and learn more about membership in NSTA by visiting NSTA’s group page on Facebook.

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And Don’t Forget…

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

Visit the NSTA Science Store for an outstanding array of bestselling books and teaching resources. Receive 30% off of the April featured book, Science Fairs Plus: Reinventing an Old Favorite, Grades K–8.

NSTA is offering more Web Seminars through the spring 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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