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Week of March 28, 2011

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Celebrating Earth Day in Your School or Community

Are you elevating “green actions” to show your interest in the environment? Earth Day, April 22, is the perfect occasion for your best “green activity” and Nickolodeon wants to contribute. If you have an Earth Day event that is scheduled to happen before April 5, contact Maitland.Lachman@mtvstaff.com. Maitland has flip cams to capture footage of events that feature kids, classes, organizations, or schools with interesting activities that promote a healthy environment. You might find your group featured on-air or online.

To have your event posted on Nickolodeon’s scrolling webpage on April 22, join others across the nation by providing a short description of the event along with your school or organization’s name and address to Maitland.Lachman@mtvstaff.com. Become one of thousands who choose to care about our Earth and share the passion.

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Formula or Competitive Grants? Take Our Survey

Congress is gearing up to rewrite No Child Left Behind, possibly this spring.

Currently, federal Title IIA Teacher Quality and Title IIB Math and Science Partnership funds are sent to all states via a formula based on the state’s school-age population and number of low income students. Some people want these grants to be changed and awarded to both states and districts only on a competitive basis, which means some states would receive professional development funds and some would not.

Please take a moment to let us know what you think!

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Emma Walton received the Carelton Award2011 NSTA Teacher Awardees Honored in San Francisco

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 NSTA Teacher Awards Program, which honors K–12 teachers, principals, professors, and other science education professionals for their outstanding work and achievement in science education. The awards were presented at a special banquet and ceremony on Friday, March 11, at NSTA’s 59th National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco.

NSTA’s highest and most prestigious award, the Robert H. Carleton Award, sponsored by the Dow Chemical Company, was awarded to former NSTA President Dr. Emma Walton in recognition of her outstanding leadership in science education.

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Looking to Create a Successful STEM Program for Your School?

Register today for a special three-day workshop this summer that will help your school (and school district) create and energize their science and technology programs.

Expert educators from high-performing STEM schools across the county will be leading day-long workshops that will help participants work through the process of targeted improvement in STEM and schoolwide. During the interactive program, participants will learn about various models and philosophies of STEM, existing STEM programs in schools, and how to set up and manage the administrative supports necessary for STEM programs (admissions, recruitment, curriculum, assessment, professional development, student services/counseling, budgets, and more.) Participants will have time to discuss options with experts, share their plans, and create a plan for implementation that will ensure a successful program in their school.

Creating Quality Secondary STEM Programs Summer Institute will be hosted at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, June 27–29, 2011. Participating schools are invited to bring teams of 3–5 staff members who will be responsible for planning, coordinating and teaching in the STEM program at their school. The program is being hosted by the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST) and the Jefferson Overseas Technology Institute. Registration is now open and will end on April 29.

Learn more (PDF) and register (Word doc) for 2011 Creating Quality Secondary STEM Programs.

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Don't Miss Out! Deadline is Fast Approaching to Submit a Session Proposal for the 2012 Indianapolis National Conference

Share your good ideas at the 2012 NSTA Indianapolis National Conference on Science Education. Don’t delay—the deadline for submissions is April 15, 2011. For more information, visit www.nsta.org/conferences—you can submit a proposal by clicking “Presenting at NSTA Conferences” on the left.

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From the NSTA Calendar: Studying Earth—From Space

Middle level teachers, you have a chance to engage your students in Earth and space science during April 5–8. That’s when the next International Space Station (ISS) Earth Climate Analysis Mission will take place. Sponsored by NASA, EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students) is a free educational outreach program allowing middle school students to instruct a digital camera on board the ISS to photograph locations on Earth that they select.

During EarthKAM missions—periods when the EarthKAM camera is operating—middle school students worldwide can request photos of specific locations on Earth. The entire collection of EarthKAM images is available in a searchable archive, along with learning guides and activities that can help teachers integrate geography, social studies, mathematics, communications, and art. The program also supports many of the national science education standards.

Learn more and register your students at the EarthKAM website. And for other out-of-this-world events for you and your students, visit the NSTA Calendar.

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Photos and Videos of Science Educators Enjoying the Conference in San Francisco

We’re back from San Francisco with new friends, new strategies, new content, and inspiration. For those who missed the buzz, the frenetic pace, the labs, and presenters who entertained and motivated us, visit the San Francisco conference web page to see photos from the conference or visit TeacherTube to see videos of conference events. You are welcome to download any of the 900+ images. Take a look. You might see yourself in the crowds.

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Understanding Biosecurity—Free from the NRC

Understanding Biosecurity was developed to serve as an educational resource for students and the scientific community to illuminate the importance of biosecurity and was written with high school and college teachers in mind.

Drawing on the work of the National Academies of Science, this booklet introduces issues that are at the intersection of science and security. The life sciences offer tremendous promise for meeting many 21st-century challenges. Powerful new tools allow the collection and analysis of vast amounts of information about biological systems—from single cells to global cycles—invigorating the life sciences community and spurring innovation in numerous areas. But with opportunities come responsibilities. An important aspect of scientists’ responsibility to society is captured in the concept of biosecurity—the challenge to move the life sciences forward for legitimate purposes while reducing the risks that some materials, knowledge, tools, and technologies could also be used to do harm.

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Earn an MS in Science Online

You can earn your Master of Science degree via distance learning through the Teachers in Geosciences program from Mississippi State University. All of the core Earth science courses are taught online, and the curriculum is designed around the Earth science content that is most relevant to K–12 educators. The program concludes with an 8- to 10-day capstone field course that is taught during the summer at a variety of locations including Yellowstone/Grand Tetons, Western Washington State, the Sierra, Central Arizona, Upstate NY, Lake Superior, the Bahamas, and the Great Plains Storm Chase.

This 12-course, 36-credit-hour graduate program is designed to take as little as two years to complete and includes courses in meteorology, geology, planetary science, oceanography, hydrology, and environmental geoscience. The program has alumni in all 50 states and all students qualify for in-state tuition rates.

Please visit the website at www.distance.msstate.edu/geosciences/TIG/index.html or contact Joy Bailey, jbailey@aoce.msstate.edu, for additional information.

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