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Week of January 23, 2012

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Have You "Flipped" Your Classroom?

Teachers around the country are experimenting with a different approach to the traditional classroom instruction. Flipping (also known as inverted classroom and reverse instruction) is a type of blended learning, which combines online and traditional face-to-face methods. The ideas behind flipping are not new. For more than a decade, dozens of colleges, led by the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT), have experimented with similar ideas across math, science, English, and many other disciplines.

NSTA wants to know if you’ve flipped and how it affects your classes.

To learn more about how some teachers are flipping their classrooms, read this article from the York Daily Record.

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Did You Get Your Ballot to Vote for NSTA Board and Council?

This is a reminder to NSTA members that the ballot for NSTA’s Board and Council is open, and that all members should have received their ballot by e-mail from Intelliscan already. If you have not received your ballot, please e-mail Amanda Upton at nominations@nsta.org to have your ballot re-sent. The ballot closes on February 14, 2012.

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Increase Student Literacy via the DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition for Grades 7–12 Students: Deadline Near

Don’t miss the deadline, Jan. 31, for your students’ submissions for this premier science and technology essay contest. Required is a student-composed 700-1000 word essay on a scientific discovery, theory, event or technology application that has captured their interest. Prizes that total $100,000, including U.S. Savings Bonds for all our winners and a special awards trip to Orlando, FL, for the top three students in each division, to be joined by a parent and sponsoring teacher. Increasing science literacy and developing communications skills on science topics are a few of the side effects for students who compete in the Challenge, now in its 25th year. Visit 2012 DuPont Challenge© Science Essay Competition for details. Also feel free to download the flyer.

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Kids Can Change the World

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a premier national environmental sustainability competition for grades K–12, benefits all of us as they learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact our planet. At stake is more than $300,000 in scholarships and prizes. Lead your students in this venture as they “change their world.” For more information about participating, visit www.wecanchange.com.

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2012 Green Ribbon Schools Award Now Open

The program launched last October and now 33 states are participating in the pilot year of the Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award. If your school is located in one of the 33 participating states, learn more on how you can apply now to your state department of education to be one of up to four nominees from your state.

Modeled on the prestigious Blue Ribbon awards, Green Ribbon awards will recognize public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that demonstrate high achievement toward (1) ensuring that graduates are environmentally literate, (2) eliminating their environmental footprint and improving learning conditions, and (3) creating a net positive health impact on students/staff.

For more information, go to the Department of Education website.

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STEM—The Hottest Conversations in the Learning Center's Community Forum

Here’s a tip for educators interested in STEM. The STEM Community Forum is a venue residing in NSTA’s Learning Center for teachers who want to enter the conversation. Have a look at recent topics that have generated discussions, questions, comments and activity ideas you can use in your classroom. From topics such as Robotics and Elementary Kids, Engineer Activities for STEM and Non-STEM Students, to the well-attended STEM Project-Based Learning Activities, we invite you to join in. Visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org to access this NSTA portal with rich PD resources and free tools that help science teachers diagnose, plan, track, and certify their professional development growth.

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Build Content Knowledge for Improved Performance in the Classroom: Physical and Earth/Space Sciences

Short Courses, Winter 2012—Last Chance Registration: Friday, Jan. 27

  • Force and Motion—Course dates: 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29
    Member Price: $325.76, Nonmember Price: $370.75
  • Energy—Course dates: 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28
    Member Price: $322.50, Nonmember Price: $367.00
  • The Solar System—Course dates: 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/1
    Member Price: $304.59, Nonmember Price: $344.11

For each course, two hours of graded, graduate credit are available through Oklahoma State University for $550 plus registration fees.

Deadline for course registration and graduate credit: January 27, 2012.

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Free Workshop on Successful STEM Schools

Seeking to expand the STEM curriculum/program at your school? Learn what makes a successful STEM school on February 28 at the free regional workshop at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The workshop is based on the National Research Council report issued last fall that identifies highly successful K–12 schools and programs in STEM. NSF is hosting events around the country to provide participants with STEM education solutions based on research/evaluation that can be adopted, adapted, and scaled to be implemented in a variety of school settings with diverse students. Teachers, administrators, superintendents, school board members and statewide STEM leaders are encouraged to attend.

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The Best Professional Development for Elementary School Educators

It’s no secret. NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education delivers, as promised, the finest PD around. More than 460 sessions, symposia, workshops, and full day programs devoted to the elementary teacher will bring inspiration and enhanced learning for you to build performance in the classroom. Covering major issues such as assessment, inquiry, next generation Standards, STEM, and ELL, thousands of teachers will join the discussion in Indianapolis, IN, March 29-April 1.

Here are a few highlights just for elementary school teachers:

  • Engineering: It’s Elementary—Get ready to teach an EiE lesson and to lead an evening of informal engineering experiences for your students and their families. Take home free instructional materials, including a sample EiE literature book and the complete Family Engineering activity guide. Full-day, ticketed pre-conference program, Wed. Mar. 28
  • 33 Ways to Integrate Science—Discover how to increase reading comprehension and science knowledge simultaneously for all students.
  • Learning the Design ProcessExperiment or Product?—Learn an effective method for teaching students to design experiments from simple investigations
  • They're Not Too Young: Emergent Writers Thinking and Writing Like Scientists
  • Easy, Hands-On Science for Grade 3
  • I Am a Scientist! Hands-on workshop that focuses on facilitating inquiry while assisting students in refining their processes of investigation and their understanding that they are scientists.
  • Elementary Extravaganza—Hands-on activities and strategies, resources, the best trade books preview, awards, door prizes, and networking
  • Oobleck, Slime, and Dancing Spaghetti: Using Children's Literature to Enhance Your Science Curriculum
  • Science for ELL: Sheltered Content Instruction for Inquiry Science, Ticketed Short Course for Elementary level
  • Everybody Loves I.N.D.Y.C.A.R.S. (Incredible New Discoveries You Can Achieve Really Simply)!—Take the lead with proven K–5 inquiry-based lessons

Professional Development Institutes are pre-conference ticketed events on Wednesday, March 28. These in-depth, full-day options provide rigorous instruction, including some with follow-on pathway sessions during the conference.

Here are a few to consider:

  • Using Children's Books to Guide Inquiry: Picture-Perfect Science
  • Using Science Notebooks to Develop Conceptual Understanding in Grades K–8
  • Engineering by Design: An Integrative STEM Solution for K–12
  • The Literacy and Inquiry Connection: Instruction That Scaffolds and Enhances Scientific Thinking and Understanding
  • Conceptual Flow: Bridging the Gap Between Standards, Instructional Materials, and Student Learning

Visit www.nsta.org/indianapolis to get more information or to register. Browse the scheduler for a close look at nearly 2,000 offerings.

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