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Week of July 25, 2011

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Register Now for NSTA and NRC Web Seminar: A Framework for K–12 Science Education

A Framework for K–12 Science EducationNSTA and the National Research Council (NRC) will present a web seminar on Tuesday, July 26, at 6:30–8 p.m. (Eastern) to explore major new components of the recently released Framework for K–12 Science Education, and address implications for science education.

The Framework, released by NRC on July 19, identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school. The next step will be the development of the Next Generation Science Standards, a state-led effort managed by Achieve Inc., which will involve science experts, science teachers, and other science education partners.

The web seminar is free and open to all. It also will archived and accessible after the event. Register today.

To view and download the full report, click here.

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Last Week to Apply for Scholarships to the New Science Teacher Academy

The deadline for applications from second- and third-year secondary science teachers to win a scholarship to the New Science Teacher Academy is Aug. 1. This FREE, professional development, year-long program promotes better science instruction through improved content knowledge, access to topnotch resources, face-to-face conference experiences and mentoring. See what past Academy Fellows say about the program.

“I enjoyed the experience immensely. I thought it really added to my personal growth as a teacher. I hope that translates to my students!”

“The program reinforced many teaching practices.  Participating in the inquiry made a huge improvement in the implementation of new ideas. I am grateful for the experience, and I am thankful for the NSTA.”

“This was a great program that provided excellent resources and inspiration.”

“The New Science Teacher Academy has made a huge impact on my teaching and my ability to cope with the stresses of teaching. I believe my third year is going much smoother and easier because of my participation in the academy. I hope that this program may be expanded and maintained for many years to come.”

“Although we had several teachers' positions eliminated this year, I am still employed in part I believe because I had been selected to participate in the New Science Teacher Academy and was able to bring so much from the Academy to the classroom. For this I am most appreciative.”

For more information, visit www.nsta.org/academy.

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From the NSTA Calendar: A STEM Project for Middle School Students

Teach your students about the planning and design process by entering them in the School of the Future Design Competition. Sponsored by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International, the contest challenges middle school student teams to design their schools to conserve resources, be environmentally responsive, enhance learning, and involve the surrounding community. Your students’ projects will engage them in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as language arts, art, history, and geography. After competing at several levels, finalists will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., in April 2012 to present their projects to the national jury. Winning schools will receive cash prizes.

To spark students’ creativity and develop their skills, teachers can use the award-winning School of the Future Design Competition curriculum and outlined lesson plans. To learn more and register your students (deadline September 12), consult the competition website.

Not a middle school teacher? Check the NSTA Calendar for programs and events for preschool through college levels.

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What's Your Classroom Budget?

Setting up a classroom and ensuring you have everything you need can be a challenge for any teacher. It can be even more so for science teachers trying to incorporate hands-on, inquiry-based activities in their curricula. Take a few minutes to answer the quick (seven questions) NSTA poll and let us know how much is your science budget for the 2011–2012 school year, how much you spent last year out of pocket, and what's ahead for this year.

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Learn More About the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Science Literacy Maps

Wednesday, August 3, 2010, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at the Magnolia Hotel, Omaha, Nebraska

Ted Willard, a program director at AAAS Project 2061, which publishes the widely used Atlas of Science Literacy, will provide a half-day introduction to the Science Literacy Maps, an online concept browsing interface based on the Atlas maps and provided by the National Science Digital Library (NSDL).

The workshop has been arranged so that educators attending the 2011 American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Meeting in Omaha, NE, can come to it once they are done with the AAPT sessions. The workshop is free, lunch is provided, and you do not need to be registered with the AAPT Meeting to attend.

The NSDL Science Literacy Maps, which are based on maps published in the Atlas of Science Literacy (published jointly by AAAS and NSTA), provide easy access to a wide array of education resources for teaching K–12 science. They also offer insights that can help you see how your students are likely to make progress-or have problems-in their learning from grade to grade, how to help them understand relationships among important ideas, and how to keep the "big picture" of science learning in mind as you select and use the NSDL resources.

If you would like to find out how to take full advantage of the online Maps, please join us for lunch and a free workshop at the Magnolia Hotel, Omaha (1615 Howard St. Omaha, Nebraska) from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on August 3, 2011.

To apply to attend the workshop, fill out the online survey. Although we would like to accommodate everyone who has an interest in attending, space in the workshop is limited to 25 people. Participants who are selected to attend will be notified and will get a free copy of the two-volume Atlas of Science Literacy.

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