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Week of April 28, 2008

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New Science Teacher Academy to Select Middle and High School Science Teachers for 2008–09 Term

Applications are still being accepted to become a “Fellow” in the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy for 2008–09. New science teachers throughout the country who are entering their second or third year of teaching with a schedule that includes at least 51% science teaching time to middle or high school students are encouraged to apply.

Cofounded by the Amgen Foundation, the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy is a fellowship program created to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge. NSTA Fellows chosen for the program which runs from August 2008 through June 2009, will receive a comprehensive NSTA membership package; participation in an e-mentoring program developed by NSTA, the New Teacher Center at UC–Santa Cruz, and Montana State University; and access to a variety of web-based professional development activities including web seminars. Each NSTA Fellow will receive financial support to attend and participate in NSTA’s 2009 National Conference on Science Education in New Orleans, scheduled for mid-March.

For more information on how to apply to the New Teacher Science Academy, please visit www.nsta.org/academy. Applications must be submitted no later than May 23, 2008, to be considered. Don’t delay, apply now.

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Provoke Student Inquiry with Everyday Science Mysteries

Through an engaging story format, Everyday Science Mysteries: Stories for Inquiry-Based Teaching memorably illustrates science concepts and reinforces the value of learning through inquiry.

Each of the 15 mystery stories presents opportunities for students to form hypotheses, test their ideas, and create their own explanations as they seek answers to questions like: Why are there bugs in my oatmeal? The mysteries draw students in by grounding them in familiar experiences and then introduce concepts such as periodic motion, thermodynamics, and sound transmission. This technique allows students to take ownership of their learning and provides a foundation for classroom discussion. Each chapter includes a list of science concepts explored, targeted strategies for using stories at various grade levels, and a key that matches story concepts with corresponding standards.

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Nationally Syndicated TV Talk Show Seeks Teacher for Science Demos

Jimmy Kimmel Live is looking for someone who is passionate and knowledgeable about science who would feel comfortable taking Jimmy through multiple unusual and entertaining science experiments for a new segment that they're hoping to have on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Ideally, if they find the right personality for the segment, they would like to make this a recurring bit. Anyone who is interested is welcome to submit a brief video introducing himself/herself, sharing some background information, mentioning a few potential experiments, and explaining why he/she would be a good candidate for this segment. The video should be no longer than 5 minutes and can be submitted via e-mail at ftsjkl@gmail.com or mailed directly to the address below.

Deadline for submission: June 2, 2008.

Tara Varilek
Jimmy Kimmel Live
6834 Hollywood Blvd.
6th Floor
Hollywood, CA 90028

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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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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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