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Week of September 1, 2008

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NSTA New Science Teacher Academy Expands With the Support of Three New Organizations

NSTA is pleased to announce that three leading organizations, committed to strengthening the quality of science education in the U.S., will be supporting an additional 35 new science teachers as fellows this year in the New Science Teacher Academy. Agilent Technologies Foundation, Astellas Pharma US, Inc. ("Astellas"), and Bayer Corporation will join the Amgen Foundation in providing funding for professional development resources for 185 new middle and secondary school science educators from across the country, who will take part as fellows in the 2008–2009 Academy.

Launched during the spring of 2007, the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy is a yearlong professional development program established to help reduce the high attrition rate among science teachers new to the teaching profession. Intended for science educators entering their second or third year of teaching, the Academy is designed to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence and improve teacher content knowledge. To learn more about the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy, visit www.nsta.org/academy.

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NSTA Welcomes New Executive Director Francis Q. Eberle

Dr. Francis Q. Eberle joins NSTA today as the new executive director. Read more about Dr. Eberle, former executive director of the Maine Math and Science Alliance, and his vision for NSTA. Eberle succeeds Dr. Gerald Wheeler, executive director emeritus, who is heading to Montana in pursuit of the retired life.

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Bytesize Science Makes Science Fun

The American Chemical Society’s Bytesize Science is an educational, entertaining podcast for young listeners. Like the flying car, Anglia, in the Harry Potter films, Bytesize Science transports kids, teachers, and other listeners into a real-life world realm where science is the enchantment. Bytesize Science translates cutting-edge scientific discoveries from ACS’s 36 peer-reviewed journals into stories for young listeners about science, health, medicine, energy, food, and other topics. New installments of Bytesize Science are posted every Monday and are available without charge.

Visit iTunes now and download the latest episode of Bytesize Science. To learn more about the podcast, visit the ACS website .

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NSTA Offers Science Education for K–16 Educators in Charlotte

Fifty-seven percent of our conference attendees are teachers, grades 6–12, whose top priority is proficiency in science content. Science teachers get it at NSTA’s Conference on Science Education, Oct. 30–Nov 1, 2008, in Charlotte, NC. Register by September 19 to save $109!

Consider some of these sessions for middle and high school science teachers:

  • Successful Implementation of Guided Inquiry in the High School Classroom, a guided inquiry science lesson, will model how you can use inquiry and still teach science content standards in depth.
  • Looking for creative ways to assess what your students have learned? Check out Project-based Assessments for Middle Grades Students.  
  • Attend Helping High School Students Write Their Own Scientific Experiments to transition students accustomed to cookbook-style labs. 
  • Technology Binds Mathematics and Science includes hands-on activities that integrate mathematics and science using technology. Handouts provided.  
  • Earn one graduate credit for twelve hours of program attendance. 
  • Build your skills at one of our short courses, Strengthening Earth Science Assessments, a four-hour (ticketed) event.
  • Don’t miss keynote Dr. Kathy Reichs, author and forensic anthropologist, and inspiration for the TV program Bones.
  • Explore Reed Gold Mine or Carolina Raptor Center, just two of many field trips planned during the conference.
  • Visit the Exhibit Hall, where more than 150 companies show new products to attendees. Those who stop by to chat will pick up giveaways, so bring an extra tote!

Become the best teacher you can be by joining NSTA and getting the professional development you need to enhance performance in the classroom. Visit www.nsta.org/charlotte for more information on workshops and sessions for elementary teachers and administrators, and to register for the conference.

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Don't Miss These Fall Events on NSTA's Calendar

As you plan your fall schedule, check out NSTA's online Calendar. NSTA compiles and makes available to all a free, searchable, comprehensive online calendar of happenings in the world of science and science education. You'll find grant and fellowship opportunities; courses, seminars, and workshops; awards and competitions; and more. You can filter events by grade level, by category, and by region of the United States—plus events in Canada and around the world.

Upcoming events include

  • eXpressions™ Art and Science Program, free for high school classes (deadline September 12)
  • Hooked on Hydroponics Grant Awards (deadline September 15)
  • Fall Conference on Case Study Teaching in Science (September 26-27)
  • National Estuaries Day, free online field trips and curriculum (September 27)

An added bonus—spread the word about your event to the science education community! Click on the "Submit an event" link, complete the brief online form, and click on “add event.” Your information will appear online fast!

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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.

NSTA is offering more Web Seminars through the autumn 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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