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Week of April 19, 2010

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Summer Professional Development Offers Educators Unique Options

Science educators can stretch their minds this summer by attending one or more of three exciting PD opportunities.

  • NSTA’s Elementary Institute planned for Aug. 5–7 in New Orleans brings together teams of administrators, coaches/teacher leaders, and classroom teachers to collaboratively work towards excellence in elementary science teaching. Esteemed educator and author Rodger Bybee and other PD experts will be facilitating strands developed for each stakeholder group.
  • The Urban Science Education Leaders Summer Academy, scheduled for August 2–5 in New Orleans, aims to positively affect student achievement through the development of school leaders who will help guide reform of the learning, teaching and assessing of science in elementary and middle schools. Teams that include a science or district science coordinator, a building administrator and three teachers are encouraged to attend.
  • ISTE’s (International Society for Technology in Education) Annual Conference and Exposition will be held June 27–30, in Denver. NSTA is the sponsor of a Science Education Technology Strand at this conference with a focus on Online Professional Development. NSTA’s full-day program includes presentations by nationally known PD experts and is scheduled for Tuesday, June 29, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

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Post a Project and Enter the National Lab Day Video Contest

Attention all science educators, for a limited time you can win money for your school by posting a hands-on learning project on NationalLabDay.org.

What is National Lab Day? To begin, it is more than just a day. It is a nationwide movement to support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in our schools. It is teachers working with community volunteers and communities rallying around teachers and scientists and other STEM professionals donating their time and expertise to our schools. National Lab Day seeks to foster partnerships between teachers, schools, STEM professionals, volunteers, federal agencies, and professional organizations that will continue long after the first National Lab Day.

Visit NLD and browse projects posted by other teachers that are already live on the site. The Resources section has posts from dozens of partner organizations with cool lesson plans, games, and interactive websites. Then post your own project today!

The first place winner for the NLD online video contest will receive a $1,500 "shopping spree" on DonorsChoose.org and a Flip Video Camcorder. The second prize winner will receive a $500 "shopping spree" on DonorsChoose.org and a Flip Video Camcorder. All submissions are due by June 1, 2010. For more information go to the NLD contest web page.

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From the NSTA Calendar: National DNA Day

On April 23, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will honor the completion of the Human Genome Project (in April 2003) and the discovery of DNA's double helix. By celebrating National DNA Day in your classroom, you can educate students about genetics and genomics. Free teaching tools on NHGRI’s website include a downloadable education kit, Understanding the Human Genome Project; the Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms; and animated DNA Day speaker presentations and slideshows. You can also find out how to bring an NHGRI speaker to your classroom.

Visit NSTA’s searchable online calendar for more science education opportunities, most of them free.

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Advance Science Teaching and Learning for All with Science Education Leadership: Best Practices for the New Century

Teachers and administrators looking to broaden the scope of their leadership roles will welcome the practical approaches outlined in this title. Organized around five major themes this collection of essays addresses the importance for science education leaders at all levels to work together toward developing a more science literate world. The authors share examples, research, ideas and insight from a wide range of constituent groups, for developing a culture to continually improve science programs. Science Education Leadership demonstrates how anyone with the desire can exercise best practices to revitalize their work and advance science teaching and learning for all. Order your copy today!

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AAAS Project 2061 PD Opportunity Comes to Oregon in June: " Using Atlas for Science Literacy" Workshop

Do you want to learn more about AAAS's Atlas of Science Literacy, Vol. 1 & 2, and how to put it to use to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment? AAAS Project 2061 is offering its popular professional development workshop "Using Atlas of Science Literacy" at Southern Oregon University, Ashland, June 24–26 (scholarship application deadline is May 7). Developed by AAAS Project 2061, the two-volume Atlas of Science Literacy contain 100 strand maps that present conceptual connections among the ideas and skills that all students should learn as they make progress toward science literacy. The workshop gives participants a new perspective on standards-based reform based on understanding the maps, clarifying standards, changing classroom practice, and improving curriculum. Go to Project 2061’s workshop page for more details, including scholarships and discounted registration. The Atlas of Science Literacy is co-published by AAAS and NSTA.

In August, we go back to the East Coast to Lebanan, NH, from the 16th to the 18th, and in September the workshops go international! For the first time, AAAS Project 2061 will offer its Atlas workshop outside of the U.S. at Telus World of Science in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. For more details, visit the Project 2061 website.

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NSTA Professional Development in Costa Rica

Global Inquiry • Investigation • Education • Research • Conservation

Session One: July 18–27, 2010
Session Two: July 28–Aug 6, 2010 SOLD OUT

The National Science Teachers Association and Holbrook Global Field Expeditions welcome you to explore the 2010 International Faculty Development series in Costa Rica.

Unlike traditional professional development workshops, this series is designed to immerse formal and informal science educators, and practicing and retired educational professionals, within the culture, environments, education, and research of the country of Costa Rica. This field clinic offers participants, from primary to post secondary teaching, a comprehensive and experiential platform to widen perspectives and strengthen global science exchange through real-world international interaction. If you have yearned to explore the biodiversity of the tropical rainforest, seek global classroom linkages, participate in active research, or rejoice and celebrate in the art of teaching, your experiences will undoubtedly be personally and collectively transformative as you explore Costa Rica.

Sign up for one of the most enriching professional development experiences of your teaching career as described so passionately by 2009 participant Kathryn Elkins:

My eyes have become bigger after this field study, I am ready to do so much more not only in the classroom but in my own personal life. I have become more aware of true scientific research taking place within the rainforest and the importance of protecting the plant and wildlife species that rely on the rainforests. I often hear and read about the destruction of forests and the endangered species, but touching and observing those trees and animals that soon may be gone made an impression on me. It makes me want to do more for the planet and teach my students what they can do and how to be more environmentally conscious. My soul has been touched by this experience. Attending the NSTA Costa Rica trip has made a very large impact on me. Thanks for your efforts in organizing a true learning experience.

Explore YOUR participation at www.holbrooktravel.com/nsta2010.

*Participants may elect for optional graduate credits (3 credit hours) on behalf of CEU requirements. Please be sure to ask us about the NSTA Scholarship for International Exchange offered for participation in the 2010 Costa Rica International Summer Study for one lucky NSTA member.

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Planning for Summer Already? Take an Online Graduate Course from AMNH

Join Seminars on Science in a summer session of our award-winning online graduate courses in the life, Earth and physical sciences from the American Museum of Natural History. Designed for K–12 educators, Seminars on Science courses connect classroom teachers with scientists engaged in current, real-world research. Each course is authored by leading scientists in their fields, and is then co-taught by an experienced classroom teacher and a researcher affiliated with AMNH.

This summer Seminars on Science is offering eleven courses, including: Earth: Inside and Out; The Ocean System; Evolution; The Solar System; Water: Environmental Science; Space, Time and Motion; Genetics, Genomics, Genethics and more.Free sample resources are available for each course at learn.amnh.org. Please see the website for the full course listing.

In-depth readings and assignments paired with rich web-based discussions assure that educators come away from each class with a deeper understanding of both the science and the tools of scientific inquiry. All courses run for six weeks and are fully online. Each participant receives a CD of course resources suitable for classroom use. Affordable graduate credit is available for all courses (see website for details).

Registration is now open! Summer Session 1 runs June 7 – July 18. Summer Session 2 runs July 5 – August 15. Sign up now and receive a $50 early registration discount. For more information and to register, go to learn.amnh.org or call 800-649-6715.

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