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Week of August 9, 2010

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NSTA Conference in Kansas City

Professional Development in Science Education, Kansas City—Earybird Deadline: Sept. 17

Kansas City, Missouri, is the hosting city for NSTA’s first fall Conference on Science Education. Scheduled for Oct. 28–30, teachers and administrators from every discipline and grade band are invited to attend. With thousands of sessions, workshops, and seminars on wide-ranging topics including assessment, inquiry strategies, hands-on techniques, and science content, professional development options will meet your needs. Renowned presenters will entertain and inspire. And you can find new friends and colleagues through networking with those who have a passion for science education.

Check out some of our sessions below or visit www.nsta.org/kansascity to browse all three days of offerings.

Sponsored by:
Scholastic sponsorship
  • Physics Day, Chemistry Day, and Biology Day—For those interested in concentrating on a discipline.
  • Featured speaker Aminata Umoja (Educational Consultant, Umoja Consulting, LLC) will speak on the “Power of Data in Science Teaching and Learning.”
  • Kenneth Wesson (Educational Consultant, Neuroscience) will present onBrain-considerate Learning: Understanding the History of the Brain as the Foundation for Future Learning.
  • Environmental Science in a World of Seven Billion (Middle–High)
  • Teaching Science Outdoors and Making Local Connections (Elem–Middle)
  • Stop Faking It! Finally Understand FORCE AND MOTION So You Can Teach It (Elem–Middle)
  • Evolution: Variation, Selection, and Time (Middle–High)
  • Modeling the Spectrum—Explore a complete unit from pre- to postassessment that looks at different methods to examine the electromagnetic spectrum. (Middle–High)
  • Science and Math Lessons for the Biological Sciences (Middle)
  • Creating Effective Science Literacy Assessments (High)
  • Amazing Thing Cells Can Do (Middle–High)
  • What's Under the Curve? Use mathematical concepts of area under the curve to investigate concepts such as displacement in uniform and accelerated motion and work done by constant and variable forces. (High–College)
  • The Exhibit Hall, field trips, socials for networking, earning graduate credit for attending programs and more.

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to build your science teaching portfolio. Visit www.nsta.org/kansascity for more details. The earlybird deadline is Sep. 17.

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Education and Science Communities Honor Representative Vernon Ehlers Rep Vernon Ehlers

More than 270 individuals, including scores of members of Congress and dignitaries, gathered for an evening reception last week to honor Representative Vernon Ehlers, who is retiring at the end of the Congressional session. Rep. Ehlers (R-MI) has served in the House of Representatives for 16 years, and has been a key advocate for science and math education. Speakers lauding Rep. Ehlers for his years of service and dedication to STEM education, research and the sciences included Craig Barrett, former chairman of Intel Corporation; Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering. NSTA served on the committee that organized the July 28 event.

Reception Honoring Rep. Ehlers

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From the NSTA Calendar: Addressing Global Problems with a "Sister School" Overseas

Sponsored by:
NSTA Career Center sponsorship

Want to develop globally based, experiential curricula while your students work with a school overseas? The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Challenge 20/20 program will partner U.S. public, charter, and private K–12 schools with their international counterparts to identify local solutions to deforestation, ecosystem loss, infectious disease, and other global issues. The project can develop students’ communication skills and expand their horizons. Partnerships can continue after the project ends, and other endeavors such as teacher and student exchanges may develop.

NAIS offers this internet-based program free of charge, and no travel is required. Schools need not be NAIS members to participate. Apply by August 16; learn more at the Challenge 20/20 website.

No travel is required, either, to take advantage of NSTA’s online calendar, loaded with opportunities for science educators!

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Create Stimulating Outdoor Classrooms with Outdoor Science: A Practical Guide

Using the instructions and simple, inexpensive lessons outlined in this sourcebook, teachers can create an outdoor classroom that can be used from year to year. These practical suggestions align with curriculum objectives and standards in the areas of Earth, and environmental sciences and also offer great math, social studies, and language arts activities for interdisciplinary study. Additionally, author Steve Rich presents ideas for increasing community involvement and funding to help teachers develop their outdoor classrooms. Get your students thinking outside the traditional classroom walls—without a field trip permission slip in sight! Order your copy today.

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Your Input Requested for a Survey on Teaching About the Ocean

NSTA member Amy Larrison Gillan, a veteran middle school science teacher and doctoral candidate at Purdue University, is conducting a study of middle school science teachers and their teaching about the ocean. She asks for 15–20 minutes of your time to answer survey questions that will contribute to what we know about the current state of ocean literacy education in the United States. Gillan writes, "All other challenges to the world ocean aside, the current oil spill crisis is reason enough to ensure that our citizenry is ocean literate." If you have at least one year of experience teaching middle school science, you are invited to take the survey. Your answers are completely confidential and anonymous. To take the survey, click here. Your input is gratefully appreciated!

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What are University of Massachusetts Amherst Students Saying About Science Education Online?

"One might think that since electricity and magnetism are such hands-on topics, distance learning would not dovetail with them. I found the opposite to be true. The texts, materials, web sites, and discussions work better than I thought possible. I’m amazed by the quality and the rigor of the online courses in this program. They are set up like I try to set up my classroom, you have to work hard, but if you do the work you can be successful."

"Trying experiments, reviewing great web sites and texts, opportunities for reflection, discussions with enthusiastic teachers, supportive and informative professors—it’s all been great, and seems over too soon."

"Distance learning has been beneficial because it has given me the ability to do the work on my own, come up with my own ideas and make my own mistakes, giving me the experience I feel is needed to be a better teacher (one of my goals)."

Contact Dr. Kathleen Davis

School of Education
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Marian Koshland Science Museum

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NSTA Conference in Baltimore MD

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