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Week of August 18, 2008

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Are We Science-Savvy Enough to Make Informed Decisions?

"Seventy-six percent of Americans say presidential candidates should make improving science education a national priority, according to a national Harris Interactive survey of 1,304 adults in November and December ... But only 26% believe that they themselves have a good understanding of science. And 44% couldn't identify a single scientist, living or dead, whom they'd consider a role model for the nation's young people."

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Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and NSTA are pleased to announce the 19th annual Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program. This year Toyota will award $550,000 in grants to K-12 teachers of science. A total of 50 large grants of up to $10,000 each, along with 20-30 mini-grants of up to $2,500 each, will be awarded. Categories include environmental science, integrating literacy and science, and physical science. Toyota has awarded 986 grants totaling over $8 million in this premiere nationwide grant program.

For further information and to begin the application process online, please visit the Toyota TAPESTRY website. The online applications are now available! The deadline for submission of online entries is Jan. 21, 2009.

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NSTA Goes West in November

Come explore the vast array of workshops, presentations, demonstrations and sessions at NSTA’s Portland Conference on Science Education, November 20–22, 2008. Take advantage of professional development opportunities in every discipline, preK-16. Learn new ways to reach your students and improve overall performance in the classroom. Save the most on conference registration when you register by October 10.

Elementary school teachers, are you looking for strategies to integrate science inquiry and literacy? Attend Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading: Integrating Science and Literacy.

Check out Using Science Notebooks Featuring FOSS Middle School Where you’ll learn how these powerful tools assist with integrating science, writing, and math and assessing student progress.

In Bringing Science to Life with Technology an interactive lesson that highlights the latest technology trends for middle and high school classroom use will be shared.

Administrators should consider What's Going on in There?to learn how to support and evaluate an inquiry-based science program.

Look for our preview in the mail, also available in PDF on our website, or check out a downloadable preliminary schedule of conference activities. Visit www.nsta.org/portland to access and for more details. Become the best educator you can be through professional development at NSTA’s Portland conference.

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Blick on Flicks: How Low Can You Go?

When a new film adaptation of a classic work of science fiction appears in the theater, Jacob Blickenstaff heads to the movies to check it out. Did latest Hollywood version of "A Journey to the Center of the Earth" get the science right? Read or listen to the review!

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NSTA Conference Personal Scheduler, v.2.0

If you are attending any of the fall conferences, we invite you to make full use of the upgraded personal scheduler. The "printable version" is much improved, and you can now save your conference schedule to an industry-standard calendar file and import it into your favorite calendar program (Outlook, Google, etc.).

The link to your personal schedule appears in the left column of the conference browser page:

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NSTA Introduces: The Science Alliance for Elementary Schools

The Science Alliance for Elementary Schools is an easy to implement, professional development opportunity that will provide administrators and up to five of their faculty with tools to ensure that they are well-prepared to teach science.

Offering all the benefits of a one-year electronic NSTA membership, elementary schools can participate in The Science Alliance for a fee of only $100 a year per school!

Other Benefits Include:

Click here for more information or go directly to the online form to apply for the Science Alliance!

If you’re at the middle, high, or college level, please click here for information on NSTA’s other membership categories.

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Want to Be More Active in NSTA?

Being part of NSTA can mean so much more than reading journals and attending the meetings. Committee membership is a means by which you can interact with colleagues, gain insights into the complexity of issues, and have a positive impact on science education at the national level. We need your views and your expertise. Please consider joining a committee, advisory board, or panel. The online application is now available!

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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 August featured book, A Head Start on Science: Encouraging a Sense of Wonder.

NSTA is offering more Web Seminars through the summer 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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