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Week of November 29, 2010

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Sponsored by:
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Sponsored by:
Verizon Foundation Thinkinfinity

December 5–11 is Computer Science Education Week

The week aims to:

  • Eliminate misperceptions about computer science;
  • Communicate the endless opportunities for which computer science education prepares students in K–12, higher education and careers;
  • Provide information and activities for students, educators, parents, and corporations to advocate for computer science education at all levels.

Computer science plays a critical role in society by driving economic growth and creating today’s most exciting innovations. Computer science education prepares students for careers that are plentiful and financially rewarding, and exposes them to vital critical thinking skills. Yet issues with curricula, standards, diversity, professional development, and certification prevent many students and teachers from engaging in computer science education.

There are a number of ways you can get involved in the week :

  • Pledge your support and share your plans to celebrate at  www.computinginthecore.org.
  • Follow CSEdWeek on Facebook and Twitter; share information through your networks.
  • Celebrate CSEdWeek in your school, club, or workplace.
Check out www.csedweek.org for more suggestions about how you can get involved.

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Sponsored by:
Educational Innovations

Upcoming NSTA Web Seminars

Join us for free, 90-minute live web seminars. All programs are run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • November 29, 2010—Engineering Design Challenges: Spacecraft Structures. NASA Explorer Schools invites you to share in the excitement of space exploration.
  • November 30, 2010—The Moon: Born or Adopted? It Matters! This talk will discuss the formation of the Earth-Moon system, the late-heavy bombardment of the inner planets and the evolution of the lunar crust and interior.
  • December 2, 2010—The Virtual Lab October. NASA Explorer Schools invites you to experience a scanning electron microscope in this virtual lab.
  • December 6, 2010—On the Moon Educators Guide: On Target and Feel the Heat. Participate in these two lessons: On Target and Feel the Heat.
  • December 7 and December 14, 2010—Experiments in Reduced Gravity: Team Reports 1. Join us for the first of three web seminars and learn about NASA's Teaching from Space Reduced Gravity Opportunity program. This past summer eleven teams of teachers and students flew science experiments aboard NASA's Reduced Gravity Aircraft to learn about the effects of microgravity.
  • December 8, 2010—Math and Science at Work: Lunar Surface Instrumentation. Learn how to have your students solve the problem involving an astronaut servicing three instruments on the relatively flat lunar surface around an equatorial lunar outpost.
  • December 9, 2010—Experiments in Reduced Gravity: Team Reports 2. The presenters will share information about the design, development, and results of their experiments. They will also talk about their students' involvement in the project and how other teachers can use their experiments/results in the classroom.

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Sponsored by:
NSTA Conference-Nashville

U.S. Dept. of Education's TEACH Campaign

Secretary Duncan and Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend visited Howard University in Washington, D.C., recently to encourage students to choose teaching careers. This visit was part of the Department’s TEACH campaign, a national teacher recruitment initiative launched earlier this year to recruit more diverse, high-quality teachers and celebrate the teaching profession. At a town hall meeting with students and educators, Legend specifically discussed his involvement in education and his work with the TEACH and Show Me campaigns.

The TEACH campaign encourages more minorities, especially males, to pursue careers in the classroom. Nationwide, more than 35% of public school students are African-American or Hispanic, but less than 15% of teachers are African-American or Hispanic. Moreover, less than 2% of our nation’s teachers are African-American males.

To learn more about the TEACH campaign and to view public service announcements (PSAs) by celebrities such as John Legend, visit TEACH.gov. The website provides information and resources for students and prospective teachers, including a new interactive “pathway to teaching” tool designed to help individuals chart their course to becoming a teacher. More than 7,000 teacher job listings also are posted on the site.

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Educators Traveling to Nashville for Science Study

On-site registration will be available to teachers who want to share the experience of attending NSTA’s Conference on Science Education in Nashville this week, beginning Wednesday evening. Take advantage of professional development offered on a wide range of topics for every discipline and for every stage of a teacher’s career. You can enjoy inspiring presenters like Jeff Lieberman, Star of Discovery Channel’s Time Warp. Sessions to consider are those devoted to content, assessment strategies, and inquiry-based teaching techniques. Full-day programs in chemistry and physics and a half-day program on biology bring discipline specific study to those who want it. NSTA Press authors will be on hand to spotlight their expertise and sign books.

Best of all, the popular Exhibit Hall opens a world of new products and services to visitors and includes hands-on demos and product testing on the exhibit floor. Bring an extra tote for hundreds of giveaways.

Join us and thousands of other educators in Nashville at the Gaylord.

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From the NSTA Calendar: PBS to Honor Innovative Teachers

Do you use the resources of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to create innovative learning experiences for your students? If so, get ready for the PBS Teachers Innovation Awards. The competition begins on January 11, but you can prepare by visiting the awards website to watch video clips of innovators and download an “Innovation 101” classroom curriculum.

Then make a video showing how you innovate. Demonstrate what you do with students (inside or outside of a classroom), or share about an innovative project resulting from an instructional activity you conducted. Your video should show how you used a PBS resource to enhance the lesson or project.

Entries will be due by March 31, 2011. The top 12 winners, one from each of 12 subject/grade groupings, will participate in a weeklong "Innovation Immersion Experience" at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, and receive a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course.

Discover more opportunities to display and develop your talent at the NSTA Calendar.

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Science Matters in Nashville!

Join us Saturday, December 4 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Ryman Hall C2. The National Science Teachers Association, WGBH, and Nashville Public Television are co-hosting a FREE community science event for teachers, students, parents, school officials, and other community members. Participants will engage in exciting hands-on activities, test and evaluate various oil spill clean-up methods, learn how to grow a plant hydroponically, race solar-powered toy cars, and much, much more! They will also hear from Mayor Karl Dean who will give the welcoming remarks and WTVF NewsChannel 5 Meteorologist Lelan Statom, who will give the keynote address at the event. Science Matters tote bags filled with cool giveaways will be distributed to the first 150 people who attend. Visit www.nsta.org/sciencematters for more information or to learn how to register to attend the Nashville Science Matters Community Event.

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Visit the NSTA Science Store for an outstanding array of bestselling books and teaching resources. Receive 30% off the price of the November featured book, Assessing Science Learning.

Click on the logo above for more information and to register for these free professional development opportunities.



Professional development courses in your future?
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