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Week of July 23, 2012

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University of Texas-Arlington

President Obama Announces Plans for National STEM Master Teacher Corps

On July 17, the Obama Administration announced a plan to create a national Science, Math, Technology, and Engineering (STEM) Master Teacher Corps. With $100m in start-up funding from the federal Teacher Incentive Fund (open until July 27), the program will begin in 50 locations across the country, each with 50 STEM educators. Pending Congressional approval of additional funding, the Administration believes the program can expand over the next four years to include 10,000 STEM teachers. STEM master teachers would make a multiyear commitment to the STEM master teacher corps and would receive an annual stipend.

  • Read the White House press release on the STEM Master Teacher Corps and the Administration’s other initiatives in STEM education

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Call for Nominations for NSTA Leadership Positions

Are you looking for a challenging leadership position that impacts local, state, and national science education? Would you like to serve the association that serves you? We are currently accepting applications for the 2013 NSTA election.

Board of Director offices to be filled in the 2013 election are:

  • President—Term of office: 3-year commitment beginning June 2013 through May 2016 (Year 1 as President-elect; Year 2 as President; Year 3 as Retiring President)
  • Division Directors—Term of office: 3-year commitment beginning June 2013 through May 2016
    • Coordination and Supervision
    • High School Level Science Teacher
    • College Level Science Teacher

Council offices to be filled in the 2013 election are:

  • District Directors—Term of office: 3-year commitment beginning June 2013 through May 2016
    • District III – DE, DC, MD
    • District V – AL, Canal Zone, FL,GA, PR, VI
    • District IX – MN, ND, SD
    • District XI – KS, MO, NE
    • District XV – ID, MT, WY
    • District XVII – AK, OR, WA

Applications can be found online at www.nsta.org/nominations. The deadline to submit your application to nominations@nsta.org is October 22, 2012.

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Fresh Content, Methods, and Resources Free Through Summer Web Seminars

Problem Solving: Transportation and Space—Reuse and Recycle—Learn how to implement an exciting NASA lesson that gives high school students a chance to develop a business plan for a lunar colony. Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET.

Changes of State: Evaporation, Condensation, Freezing, and Melting—Introducing a Free Online Resource for Middle School Chemistry—From the American Chemical Society, the second in a series of six seminars. Thursday, July 26, 2012, 6:30–8:00 p.m. ET.

NSTA Learning Center: Enhance Your Content Knowledge with Science Objects—Learn how to take advantage of NSTA’s Science Objects—free, interactive learning modules covering a wide range of subjects. Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 6:30–8:00 p.m. ET.

Developing Large Scale Effective Teacher Learning Communities at NSTA—Explore strategies to help build and sustain vibrant online communities and blended PD experiences and learn about the benefits. Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 6:30–8:00 p.m. ET.

Register today!

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Thirty-Two States Now Have Waivers to No Child Left Behind

Last week U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan granted waivers to No Child Left Behind to six more states—Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina—and the District of Columbia, bringing the total number of ESEA waiver states to 32, plus the District of Columbia.

Since reauthorization of the federal education law No Child Left Behind has been pending in Congress since 2007, the Administration last fall announced states would be able to waive key parts of the law if they agreed to raise standards, improve accountability, and implement key teaching reforms, including teacher evaluation systems. “More and more states can’t wait any longer for education reform,” said Duncan. “A strong, bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act remains the best path forward in education reform, but as these states have demonstrated, our kids can’t wait any longer for Congress to act.”

According to the Department of Education, the five states with outstanding requests for waivers include California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, and Nevada.  Thirteen states (plus Puerto Rico) that have not yet requested a waiver through this process include; Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont (request withdrawn), West Virginia, and Wyoming. Read more »

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Quality and Relevance: Conference on Science Education, Phoenix

Join thousands of science educators in Phoenix, Arizona, at the NSTA Conference on Science Education to be held Dec. 6–8. This appealing destination offers beautiful weather and a revitalized downtown that features a science center with planetarium and IMAX theatre and a state of the art convention center to house the top science education event of 2012. Professional development workshops, presentations, and sessions for K–16 teachers of all science disciplines will cover the issues you care most about: STEM, common core standards, Next Generation Science Standards, assessment, best practices and more. Have a look at several sessions scheduled for the conference.

  • Leadership Lessons from Apollo to Discovery—Col. Eileen Collins (first woman to pilot and command an American spacecraft)
  • STEM Curriculum—Moving Beyond the Acronym and into Classroom Practice—Jo Anne Vasquez (Vice President and Program Director, Arizona Transition Years)
  • Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future, James J. Elser (Fulbright Senior Lecturer, Professor, Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science)
  • Building Academic Vocabulary Through Science (Elem–Middle level)
  • Experimental Design Just for PreK–5
  • Why'd You Change Your Thinking? Science Notebooks: Analysis, Feedback, and Discourse (Elementary–Middle level)
  • Picture-Perfect Workshop, full day preconference program Dec. 5 to learn how to integrate science into your reading instruction using children’s trade books. Fee-based.
  • Neuroscience for Your Biology Classroom (Middle–High School level)
  • STEM CSI (Middle–High School level)
  • Creating Connection to Foster Action: A Hook for Effective STEM Integration (Middle–High School level)
  • Even Before STEM, Science and Math Loved Each Other (Middle–High School level)
  • Climate Change Classroom Tool Kit (Elementary–High School level)— Explore the scientific foundations of what we know about climate change, greenhouse gases, and energy consumption through hands-on and data-rich classroom activities from NESTA.

Attendees are invited to explore the Exhibit Hall showcasing cutting-edge products, take field trips to stimulate your imagination, and network with your peers who share a passion for science education. Stand in line (virtually) to register for this conference. The earlybird deadine is Oct. 26. For more information, visit www.nsta.org/phoenix.

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Sale in the Science Store

July Science Store Book Special

Time’s running out to save big on Using Forensics: Wildlife Crime Scene!—this month’s online book deal. With this book, students in grades 6–12 can investigate an actual crime, learn the science behind animal-species identification, and find out about efforts to fight real-world threats against wild animals. With more than 180 student handouts available to download on NSTA's website, it provides a high-interest, real-life format for learning a variety of scientific concepts and skills that correlate with the standards. It also gives students a reason to genuinely care about preserving the wildlife and ecosystems they're studying. 

Member price: $23.96 now $16.77 | Nonmember price: $29.96 now $20.97 

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Goin' Fishin'

NSTA Express is taking a week off. See you in August!

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NSTA Conference-Louisville Fall 2012

Everyday Science Sourcebook-NSTA Press

STEM Student Research Handbook

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