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Week of September 5, 2011

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Participate in the NBC EducationNation Teacher Town Hall

Join educators from the across the country on Sunday, September 25, to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing our schools in the second-annual nationally televised Teacher Town Hall. Hosted by Brian Williams, the educator-only forum will provide a unique and visible platform for educators from across the country to make their voices heard, brainstorm new ideas, discuss key policy issues, and ask questions of each other to advance the conversation about teaching in the United States.

As hundreds of teachers gather in-person at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, NBC News is also inviting teachers from across the country to join the conversation virtually by registering to take part in the conversation at EducationNation.com. Registration for this event will be available in early September 2011.

This special event is part of the 2011 Education Nation National Summit, which consists of live events and panel sessions on Rockefeller Plaza in New York City and is complemented by education reports and programming across the network’s shows and platforms during the week of September 25.

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Preparing Students for a STEM-Filled World

The students of today will be the leaders and innovators of tomorrow, but how well are schools preparing them for a future that pivots on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)? The September 1 issue of ASCD Express features promising initiatives that seek to bridge the STEM content gap for both students and educators. As a special highlight, the newsletter features a spotlight on NSTA’s classroom-ready STEM resources, with activities tailored for teachers of all grade levels. Thank you to ASCD for this special opportunity to partner and bring all of our educators the best there is to offer in STEM ed.

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Dept. of Education Seeks Comments on Green Ribbon Schools Initiative

This summer, the Department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the White House Council on Environmental Quality have been receiving input and development award criteria for the new Green Ribbon Schools initiative. This recognition award will honor schools that save energy, reduce costs, and feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, as well as protect health, foster wellness, and impart effective environmental education.

Until September 14, the public can comment on a package of Green Ribbon Schools documents. Also, the initiative’s Facebook page highlights many resources that may be useful to schools and other participating authorities in their efforts toward Green Ribbon status. The application will be released by the end of the month, with the initial group of schools named next spring.

To sign up for e-mail announcements about the Green Ribbon Schools initiative, click here.

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Hartford Kicks Off the Fall Conference Season

NSTA’s will host the first regional Conference on Science Education this fall in Harford, Connecticut, Oct. 27–29. Top-notch professional development will be offered at over 400 presentations, workshops, and seminars to sharpen your teaching skills and build content knowledge. Three professional development strands—STEM education, sustainable global communities, and developing literacy skills through science—are key to many of the scheduled learning events. Attendees will hear from featured speakers like Dr. Jim Garvin, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Sciences and Exploration Directorate Chief Scientist. Experience Hartford’s rich culture through academic field trips to the Mark Twain House and Museum and The Connecticut Science Center, and don’t forget to visit the Exhibit Hall to test cutting-edge products developed for science teachers. Enjoy exhibitor giveaways and ready-to-use lesson plans to use in your classroom. Register by the earlybird deadline of September 16 to save the most! Visit www.nsta.org/hartford for more information and to register.

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Two Free Webinars Week of Sept. 4 for Science Educators

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a FREE 90-minute webinar titled Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Webinar, Sept. 6, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT, showcasing two lessons from the On the Moon educator guide: On Target and Feel the Heat. For more information and to register online, visit the NSTA Learning Center.

Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Webinar is the second FREE 90-minute webinar, Sept. 8, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT sponsored by the NASA Explorer Schools and NSTA.  Learn to use the data from NASA's research satellite program in their meteorology lessons. This webinar features “Monitoring the Global Environment,” one of eight modules within the Satellite Meteorology course. For more information and to register online, visit the NSTA Learning Center.

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From the NSTA Calendar: Celebrating National Estuaries Day

Why should teachers celebrate National Estuaries Day, which takes place on September 24? Because estuaries offer a rich context for science education and interdisciplinary learning. These dynamic environments have a daily flux of ocean flows mingling with river water, resulting in a diverse range of life and ecosystems. So lessons about estuaries can teach students about Earth systems science, biology, chemistry, geography, geology, and marine science.

Students also can develop math skills by making measurements, modeling phenomena such as growth and cyclical variation, and analyzing data to compare multiple estuaries. They can hone their language skills as they read and write about estuary-related topics and communicate their explorations and findings with other students and scientists. And since estuaries have affected human settlement, exploration, and development, students also will learn about human history and culture.

Whether your school is located near an estuary or you transport your students online to an estuary anywhere in the world, National Estuaries Day has something for you and your students. Visit www.estuaries.gov for free curriculum and simple activities classes can do to participate.

The NSTA Calendar helps you celebrate science throughout the school year.

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Share Your Good Ideas

Submit a session proposal for NSTA’s 2012–2013 conferences. Our 2012 area conferences include Louisville, KY (October 18–20), Atlanta, GA (November 1–3), and Phoenix, AZ (December 6–8). In 2013 NSTA will holds its national conference in San Antonio, TX (April 11–14). Deadlines for submissions are January 15, 2012, for the 2012 area conferences and April 15, 2012, for the San Antonio National Conference. For more information, visit www.nsta.org/conferences.

In mid-September you will be able to submit a proposal for NSTA’s first-ever STEM Forum & Expo, which will take place in Atlantic City, NJ (May 17–19, 2012). For more information, visit www.nsta.org/stemforum.

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Montana State University Opens Fall Online Courses for Science Teachers

National Teachers Enhancement Network logoMontana State University’s online graduate courses for science teachers are now open for fall registration. The courses are all part of MSU Extended University’s National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN).

Fall courses include "Teaching Evolution," "History of Spaceflight and Space Technology", "Exploring Microbiology," and "Special Relativity" among others in biology, Earth science, physics, and more.

The courses offer MSU graduate credits to practicing elementary, middle, high school, and community college teachers, and each course is 100 percent web-based. Courses offer between one and three MSU graduate credits. Courses begin throughout the fall. Teachers do not have to enroll in an MSU degree program in order to take the courses; however, courses can apply towards MSU's new graduate certificates in science teaching and the university's Master's of Science in Science Education degree.

Members of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) receive a discount on many of the courses.

Register or read more about the courses at www.scienceteacher.org. For questions about registration, contact Margaret Worob in Extended University at (406) 994-7798 or (800) 435-1286 (toll-free). E-mail distance@montana.edu.

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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 September featured book, Doing Good Science in Middle School.

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