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Week of December 8, 2008

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Slate for 2009 Board and Council Elections Announced

Here are the candidates for NSTA Board and Council positions whose terms begin June 1, 2009:

1. Timothy Cooney
2. Alan McCormack

District II Director:
1. Linda Bates
2. Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton

District IV Director:
1. Lynn Gatto
2. Ruth Ruud

District VIII Director:
1. Bonnie Embry
2. Melissa Hamilton

District X Director:
1. Kate Baird
2. Karen Henman

District XIV Director:
1. Beverly Devore-Wedding
2. Stacey Greene

District XVI Director:
1. Denise Antrim
2. James Redmond

1. Elizabeth Mulkerrin
2. Maryann Stimmer

Middle Level:
1. Kenneth Huff
2. Kathy Prophet

1. Delene Hoffner
2. Melvina Jones

Professional Development
1. David Crowther
2. Christine Royce

Voting will be completely online again this year. Ballots will be e-mailed to NSTA members on December 29, 2008. In order for you to receive a ballot, we must have a valid e-mail address in your member profile. Please verify that your preferred e-mail address is in your member profile or e-mail membership@nsta.org by December 19 to ensure that you receive your ballot.

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Deadline Extended for Zula International Award

The new Zula International Award recognizes two preK through second grade school teachers who have innovative science inquiry programs in early education. One award will honor a member of either the National Science Teachers Association or the Council of Elementary Science International, while the second will honor a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children or the National Head Start Association.

The deadline for this award has been extended to December 19, 2008.

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Start With a Story from NSTA Press®: Using the Case Study Method in College Science Teaching

This collection of more than 40 essays compiled from NSTA’s Journal of College Science Teaching confirms the belief that teachers love to tell stories to demonstrate theories and concepts, no matter what the grade band. With an abundance of strategies, tips, examples, ideas, and resources, your storytelling will deliver the magic of science into vivid context—delivered through educational case studies covered in this text. Carl Sagan is quoted in the introduction answering this question, “Do you have any thought on what path might be taken to remedy the bad name of science?” Here is the goal he sets for teachers of science:

I think one, perhaps, is to present science as it is, as something dazzling, as something tremendously exciting, as something eliciting feelings of reverence and awe, as something that our lives depend upon. If it isn’t presented that way, if it’s presented in very dull textbook fashion, then of course people will be turned off. If the chemistry teacher is the basketball coach, if the school boards are unable to get support for the new bond issue, if science teachers’ salaries are very low, if very little is demanded of our students in terms of homework and original class time, if virtually every newspaper in the country has a daily astrology column and hardly any of them has a weekly science column, if the Sunday morning pundit shows never discuss science, if every one of the commercial television networks has somebody designated as science reporter but he/she never presents any science (it’s all technology and medicine), if an intelligent remark on science never has been uttered in living memory by a president of the United States, if in all of television there are no action-adventure series in which the hero or heroine is someone devoted to finding out how the universe works, if spiffy jackets attractive to the opposite sex are given to students who do well in football, basketball, and baseball but none are given in chemistry, physics, and mathematics, if we do all of that, then it is not surprising that a lot of people come out of the American educational system turned off, or having never experienced science.

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Give the Best Gift of All—the Gift of Membership in NSTA!

With the holidays approaching, now is the time to give the gift of resources that will help the science educators in your life be the best they can be—gift membership in NSTA. You can download the gift application (PDF).

Your generous gift of an NSTA membership is an investment in the professional growth of your favorite science educator. Each membership includes a subscription to one grade-specific journal and NSTA Reports, a 20% discount on NSTA Press® books, up to 40% off conference registrations, award and professional development opportunities, and much more. Each new member will receive an acknowledgment letter indicating that his or her membership was a gift from you. Click here for more information, and happy holidays!

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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 the price of the December featured book, Start With A Story: The Case Study Method of Teaching College Science.

NSTA is offering more Web Seminars in the months ahead. Visit the website for more information and to register to attend these FREE 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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