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Week of February 20, 2012

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Delta Education

Newly Elected NSTA Board and Council Members Announced

Congratulations to our new Board and Council members, who will take office on June 1, 2012.

Bill Badders
Cleveland Math Science Partnership
Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Peggy Carlisle
2nd–5th grade science teacher
Pecan Park Elementary School
Jackson, Mississippi

Middle Level
Patty McGinnis
Arcola Intermediate School
Eagleville, Pennsylvania

Candace Lutzow-Felling
Director of Education
State Arboretum of Virginia, UVA
Boyce, Virginia

Professional Development
Steve Rich
Science Center Director
University of West Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia

District II
Lynn Farrin
Science Specialist
Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
Augusta, Maine

District IV
Frances Hess
Cooperstown, New York

District VIII
Randy Bell
Associate Professor
Curry School of Education, UVA
Charlottesville, Virginia

District X
Janet Struble
LEADERS Program Coordinator
University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio

District XIV
Vicki Massey
Science Specialist
Mesa Public Schools
Mesa, Arizona

District XVI
Tim Williamson
Coordinator and Lecturer
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, California

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Professional Development Scholarships for Second- and Third-Year Science Teachers

The New Science Teacher Academy, sponsored by the Dow Chemical Company Foundation, the Amgen Foundation, Astellas Pharma US, Inc., and the American Honda Foundation collaborating with NSTA, is an initiative that supports second- and third-year middle or high school science teachers through mentoring and other professional development resources during the challenging initial teaching years. The one-year Academy helps promote quality science teaching, enhances teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge. A scholarship award to this program provides rich benefits for Academy Fellows (participants):

  • Comprehensive NSTA membership and its benefits;
  • A variety of web-based professional development activities including web seminars
  • Unlimited use of resources including vetted web links for lesson plans, links to state and national standards, professional organizations, safety tips and more;
  • e-Mentoring with an experienced teacher in the same science discipline and grade level;
  • Facilitated online curriculum that focuses on science content and applicable classroom pedagogy;
  • Access to a nationwide, online network of science educators and scientists that facilitate the exchange of information, ideas, and resources;
  • Accommodations, coverage of airfare, food, and registration fees to attend the NSTA National Conference;
  • Participation in specialized conference pathways and to participate in a Research Dissemination Conference or a Professional Development Institute.

Visit www.nsta.org/academy to register.

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Be Recognized for Your Work in Environmental Education

The SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year award recognizes and rewards an outstanding teacher who is working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment. One teacher will win $10,000, an expenses-paid trip for themselves and one guest to a SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park for a special awards event, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. The deadline to receive nominations for this year's award is March 5, 2012. Apply today!

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NSTA Legislative Update: Ten States Receive NCLB Waivers

Ten states now are free from meeting the mandates under No Child Left Behind, and how did STEM education fare in the Presidentís 2013 budget released last week? Read all about it in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update.

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Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

There is less than one month left to shape your planet and win big! The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the premier national environmental sustainability competition for grades K–12. Students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. At stake is more than $300,000 in scholarships and prizes! Encourage your students to change their world. Learn more here.

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Report Roundup: What Works Clearinghouse Now Reviewing Science Research and NSF Releases 2012 Science and Engineering Indicators

Two new major tools of note for science educators, researchers, administrators, and other stakeholders were recently released from the Department of Education and the National Science Board. Read more.

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Web Seminars—Free Professional Development Offerings

Making the most of Leap Year!

All programs are from 6:30p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time unless noted otherwise. Register today!

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Lab Out Loud Episode 75: Superbowl of the Mind

This week listen as co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler chat with Jon Dudas, president of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Dudas talks about FIRST's upcoming robotics competitions, how they teach kids how to try, fail, and succeed, and how hands-on robotic lessons can enhance the classroom experience and spark interest in science education and careers.

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Indy Offerings Geared to High School and College

Thousands of science educators will converge at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Indianapolis, March 29–April 1. We invite you to share in this career enhancing, professional development opportunity. Nearly 2000 sessions are being offered with wide-ranging topics from content to pedagogy. Classroom strategies, technology, STEM, inquiry-based instruction, and the Next Generation Science Standards are just a few of workshops and presentations covered. Join us.

Highlights for high school and college-level educators

  • The Science and Ethics of Animal Research, Middle level-College
  • DNA Subway in the Classroom-Discover the principles of molecular biology while using the bioinformatics tools in "DNA Subway" to find genes and compare genomes. (High School–College)
  • Dive In with Physical Models: Impact of Water on Protein Structure. (High School–College)
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Data! Learn to use geospatial technologies and gigapixel image viewers in a scalable approach to investigate authentic Earth and ocean science data. (High School–College)
  • Integrating Bioinformatics into Introductory Biology Courses. Learn how to integrate basic bioinformatics concepts and tools into introductory biology classrooms using a case study about genetic testing for breast cancer. (High School–College)
  • Physics with a Purpose: Forensic Science Applications. (High School–College)
  • Stem Cells- Use simulated stem cells and growth factors to compare cell differentiation in embryonic and adult stem cells. (High School–College)
  • Stimulate Inquiry with Biofuels—From Feedstock to Tailpipe
  • Increasing Student Depth of Understanding Through Science Practices. Collaborative opportunities to transform teacher-directed strategies into student-directed opportunities to apply the science practices in AP Chemistry. (High School–College)
  • NSELA Session: Project-based Instruction: Grappling with Discovery. Explore the perceptions of preservice teachers as they implement project-based instruction in a public school focused on discovery learning at the helm. (College)
  • Strategies for Teaching About Charged Topics in the Earth Science Classroom. (High School–College)

Visit www.nsta.org/indianapolis to view all the scheduled sessions along with featured speakers, day-long programs, field trips, networking events, and the all-time favorite, NSTA’s Exhibit Hall. Register by Feb. 24 to save the most.

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Student Environmental Projects to Win Prizes in Celebration of Earth Day

We want to hear about your environmental project at your school to celebrate Earth Day 2012.

Nickelodeon’s The Big Help Greens Your School wants to see kid-led green projects and there are great prizes for the best submissions.

Teachers, principals, and school administrators! Here’s your chance to get some green love from Nick and bring some excitement to kids in your community. Tell us what your school is planning or has done as a project to help the environment. Please don’t be shy about sending photos and videos to help tell us your story.

Ten projects will receive a $1,000 spot grants to help take their environmental project to the next level. Five projects will receive “shout outs” on Nickelodeon and/or Nick.com and one project will be chosen for a visit by Nickelodeon. In order to be considered for a visit from Nick your project must take place between April 1 and 14.

Elementary, middle and high schools (public and private) and after-school community-based programs with 501(c)(3) status in the US are eligible.

To download a submission form, click here. Write to Maitland.Lachman@mtvstaff.com for more information about submitting.

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