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Week of January 10, 2011

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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 101

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and NSTA have partnered to present a web seminar on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, to review the NAEP 2009 Science Results. Arnold Goldstein, Program Director for Design, Analysis, and Reporting in the Assessment Division, will lead participants through the fundamentals of NAEP and highlight differences in students’ performance based on demographic characteristics and how participating states compare to the national average. Participants will be able to ask questions and learn about tools they can use for further analyses. Registration is free. To learn more and to register go to the NSTA Learning Center.

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Should Science Scores Count in NCLB Adequate Yearly Progress?

With the 112th Congress now in session, speculation is again rampant about the prospects of lawmakers beginning work to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind).

Let us know what you think about one of the hot-button issues for science education and NCLB by taking this short (one-question) survey. Thanks for your time and support.

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"Periodic Table of Videos" Hosts Visit Lab Out Loud

To kick off the International Year of Chemistry, Lab Out Loud talks with Dr. Martyn Poliakoff and Dr. Samantha Tang from The Periodic Table of Videos. Having completed all videos for all 118 elements, the team is working on updating every element video while adding other videos, including molecular videos and chemical definition videos. Drs. Poliakoff and Tang talk to Lab Out Loud about upcoming events in the International Year of Chemistry and their work with The Periodic Table of Videos.

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Update on NSTA Competitions: ExploraVision, DuPont Challenge

ExploraVision Web Seminar Focuses on Improving Entries
The deadline to submit entries to the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards competition is February 2, 2011. To help ensure that your entry meets requirements for judging, join us on January 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET for a web seminar on How to Avoid Disqualification in ExploraVision. Successful participants will discuss what makes a quality entry and provide tips on the pitfalls to avoid. Registration and participation is free.

Participants will receive a personalized certificate and an entry gift; winning students and teachers can win Toshiba branded products, and winning schools will receive a Toshiba laptop. Up to $240,000 in savings bonds will be awarded to students submitting top entries. For more information and to register, go to the NSTA Learning Center.

The DuPont Challenge—Teachers Win, Too!
The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition, open to students in grades 7–12, is taking applications until January 31, 2011. Students who submit a 1,000-word essay on a science-related topic will vie for a chance to win a $5,000 savings bond and an expense-paid trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Teachers who sponsor winning students receive cash grants and expense-paid trips to Kennedy Space Center and Disney World and to the 2012 NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Indianapolis, Indiana. Last year’s winners were invited to the White House to participate in the first annual White House Science Fair with President Obama. For more information and to apply, go to the DuPont Challenge website.

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Winter 2011 Online Short Courses

Build your content knowledge in physical science and/or Earth/space science.

Force and Motion
Intimidated by inertia? Frightened by forces? Mystified by Newton's Laws of Motion? You are not alone. Force and Motion is the perfect course to improve your content knowledge. Member Price: $324.46, Nonmember Price: $369.25

Confounded by kinetic and potential energy? Intimidated by thermal energy and heat? Mystified by the concepts of conduction, convection, and radiation? Register for this course to learn more. Member Price: $325.76, Nonmember Price: $370.75

Earth, Sun and Moon
Care to take a different view? Explore the phenomena that can be explained by the position and motion of the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun. Member Price: $307.38, Nonmember Price: $348.59

For each of the above courses, two hours of graded, graduate credit are available through Oklahoma State University for $390, which includes the university registration fee. The deadline for course registration and graduate credit is Thursday, January 20.

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Don't Miss Out! Deadline is Fast Approaching to Submit a Session Proposal for the 2011 Area Conference

Share your good ideas at NSTA’s 2011 area conferences. Don’t delay—the deadline for submissions is January 15, 2011. Our 2011 area conferences will be held in Hartford, Connecticut (October 27–29); New Orleans, Louisiana (November 10–12); and Seattle, Washington (December 8–10). For more information, visit www.nsta.org/conferences. There you can also submit a proposal for the 2012 NSTA Indianapolis National Conference on Science Education (March 29–April 1, 2012). The deadline for submitting a proposal for the 2012 Indianapolis National Conference is April 15, 2011.

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The Science Teacher Launches New Science 2.0 Blog!

The Science 2.0 blog is all about digital tools for your classroom. Want to use the web to support student learning—or promote your own professional growth? This online companion to The Science Teacher‘s Science 2.0 column will help you find resources, connect with colleagues, and share your own ideas. Check out the blog today, and get connected!

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Enhance Your Teaching with a PD Conference in San Francisco

High school science teachers with professional development goals for 2011 can access top-notch science education resources at NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education, March 10–13, in San Francisco. Sessions specific to you and your discipline include hands-on workshops, symposia, and short courses along with presentations from nationally known experts. Sample just a few of our resources:

  • Understanding Science through Literacy Skills
  • Teaching Earth Science Content with iPods, Laptops, and Other Portable Accelerometers
  • Catapulting into Physics
  • How to Engage and Assess Students Within Online 3-D Virtual Environments
  • Developing Literacy and Addressing Content Standards Through Issue-oriented Science
  • Tackling the Global Warming Challenge in a Rapidly Changing World
  • NASA Brings You Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Engaging Students in Biology Through Real-World Connections
  • Playing with Ecosystem Science: Informal Modeling Games to Explore the Delicate Balance
  • Featured Presentation: Lawrence Lowery, professor emeritus at the Lawrence Hall of Science, U.C. Berkeley, will present Effective Teaching for Effective Learning
  • Featured Presentation: Dr. Eugenie C. Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc., will discuss Science, Evolution, and Creationism
  • Field trip (ticketed): Tour of Bio-Rad Laboratories
  • Field trip (ticketed): Environmental Epicenter Tour

For more information, visit www.nsta.org/sanfrancisco. The earlybird deadline is Jan. 14. Register early to save the most.

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From the NSTA Calendar: Recognition for Teachers of Students with Disabilities

If you teach science to students with disabilities, you can apply for an award that not only recognizes your outstanding efforts, but also provides a $1,000 stipend you can use to attend NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco in March. The Lawrence Scadden Teacher of the Year Award in Science Education for Students with Disabilities is open to K–12 teachers who have taught for at least five years in a public or private school. In addition to science teachers, general education and special education teachers may apply. The recipient will be recognized at the Science-Abled Breakfast, which will be held during the NSTA conference.

The award and the breakfast are sponsored by Science Education for Students with Disabilities (SESD, an NSTA Associated Group) and Reaching the Pinnacle for Students with Disabilities, a National Science Foundation-funded project based at New Mexico State University. Apply for the award by January 20 at the SESD Scadden Award website.

You might qualify for other awards and recognition of your teaching success—check the NSTA Calendar for more opportunities.

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Earn a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland

Designed for middle and high school science teachers, the University of Maryland's Master of Chemical and Life Sciences expands your knowledge, updates your expertise, and advances your career. The 30-credit, content-based, professional master’s program offers in-depth knowledge of current research areas in the biological, biochemical, and biomedical sciences. Aside from laboratory experience, courses are offered exclusively online, benefiting working professionals with flexibility, convenience, and accessibility. Dynamic faculty with academic credentials and experience deliver a better understanding of major science concepts in an interactive environment.

Find out more! Visit our website.

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