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Week of February 14, 2011

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Deadline Extended for Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers

Good news! The deadline to submit proposals for the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers has been extended to Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 11:59 EST. Science educators with innovative project ideas that enhance science education in their school and/or school district are encouraged to apply. The program is open to middle and high school science teachers and elementary teachers who teach some science in the classroom.

Fifty large grants totaling $500,000 will be awarded this academic year. Individual science teachers or a team of up to five can submit proposals in the category of environmental science education. Subcategories from which applicants may choose include: biotic (all living factors) and abiotic (all nonliving factors such as pollution, oil, energy, human interventions, water, soil, air, temperature, etc.).

Recipients of Toyota TAPESTRY grants will be notified in April 2011. Nonrecipients will be notified in June 2011. If you have questions, please contact the program director at tapestry@nsta.org.

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Gallup Poll on No Child Left Behind

A new USA Today/Gallup poll released last week shows that a majority of Americans support a major overhaul of No Child Left Behind, the federal education law. Overall, 41% of Americans say Congress should keep the act but with major revisions, while 21% want it kept more or less in its present form, and 16% want it eliminated. About one in five do not have an opinion about the law.

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NSTA's 2011 National Conference is Right Around the Corner

Join thousands of science educators March 10–13 in San Francisco for the National Conference on Science Education. The pleasure of a beautiful destination city and a wonderful learning experience with your peers is a convincing argument for registering today. More than 2000 workshops, seminars, and presentations as well as short courses and in depth institutes offer a chance to learn new strategies and techniques for improving performance in the classroom. For the novice preservice teacher to the experienced science coach, this event covers it all. Sample some of our offerings below:

  • Looking at Student Work: Where to Focus/What to Do (Elem)
  • Shaping Children's Views of Science by Doing and Knowing About Inquiry (Elem)
  • Total STEM Learning Ecology by Dr. Dennis M. Bartels (Executive Director, Exploratorium)
  • Tackling the Global Warming Challenge in a Rapidly Changing World (Middle–College)
  • NASA Brings You Newton's Laws of Motion (Middle–High)
  • Engaging Students with Hands-On Nanotechnology Laboratory Activities (General)
  • Antenarrative Tesseracts and the Pleasures of Integrating Math and Science with Literacy, Art, and Music—Connections across the curriculum. (General)
  • Effective Teaching for Effective Learning by Lawrence Lowery (Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Education and Lawrence Hall of Science)
  • Alternative Energy and Transportation: Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Other Bus Technologies (High)
  • Engaging ELL Students in Scientific Discourse Using Seven Strategies (Middle–High)
  • Evolution and Medicine (High–College)
  • Field Trip (ticketed): Scientist for a Day on the Robert G. Brownlee
  • The Exhibit Hall with representatives from more than 400 companies demonstrating the latest tools, products, and services for educators.

Visit www.nsta.org/sanfrancisco to register now.

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From the NSTA Calendar: Zipping Through Genetics

Why do humans and animals look and act the way they do? Take your middle school students on a zipTrip to find out. “It’s a Gene Thing!”—a free electronic field trip—brings Purdue University’s scientists to your students in real-time for 45 minutes and provides you with supporting classroom materials, including videos of scientists discussing their work.

Debuting at 10 a.m. ET on February 17, the program is based on Indiana and national science standards for eighth-grade genetics. It provides a look at how scientists develop mutations in mice coat colors and how a fish geneticist studies fish migration in Alaska, and presents a scientific inquiry case on Tiger Salamander parentage. To register, visit the Purdue zipTrips website.

Find out about other electronic excursions at the NSTA Calendar.

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Exceptional Learning Opportunities Offered at National Conference Kickoff on March 9

Professional Development Institutes (PDIs) offer science educators full day, in depth learning sessions on the critical issues teachers face today. NSTA’s National Conference kickoff on March 9 in San Francisco opens the door for teachers and administrators to join the discussion and find solutions for better performance in the classroom. Titles of the sessions, which are ticketed and run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., follow below. PDIs 1–7 include pathway sessions held later during the conference for continued and enhanced learning. PDIs 8 and 9 are full day programs without follow-on pathway sessions. Be sure to note the top-notch, nationally known PD organizations leading the sessions.

For details, visit the PDI web pages.

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Mastery Learning in the Science Classroom: Success for Every Student (Grades K–12)

Author Kelly Morgan presents a compelling case for implementing a mastery learning science classroom and then shows us how to do it. Presenting challenges as well as benefits, this volume covers step-by-step implementation from the traditional classroom to a mastery classroom along with sample worksheets, checklists, a teacher grading grid, and additional resources. Save 10% when you pre-order Mastery Learning in the Science Classroom with promo code HEART.

Members: $11.96 $10.76
Nonmembers: $14.95 $13.55

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