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Week of October 22, 2012

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Introducing NSTA Kids: A Collection of Trade Books

NSTA is excited to announce a new collection of trade books dedicated to nurturing the wonder and curiosity inherent in young minds. Written by award-winning educators and designed for grades K–6, NSTA Kids fills the needs of both teachers and parents by providing lively children's picture books that also impart sound science. Engaging narratives and bold, bright graphics help make science fun and encourage children to curl up with a good book and ask, "Why?"

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Don't Miss the 10/23 Web Seminar in Preparation for NGSS: The Practice of Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Analyzing and interpreting data is the topic of the fifth web seminar in a series of eight on the scientific and engineering practices described in A Framework for K–12 Science Education. It will be held on Tuesday, October 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Framework, published by the National Research Council (NRC), describes the major practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas that all students should be familiar with by the end of high school and is being used to guide the development of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Join Ann Rivet from Teachers College, Columbia University, and learn more about what it means to analyze and interpret data, why it’s important, and what the connections are within the Framework. She will also explore the progression of the practice and provide classroom examples.

Attend all eight seminars or just one. Graduate credit is offered through Shippensburg University.

Plan ahead for the next web seminar—Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking—to be held on Nov. 6.

Catch all of the previous web seminars in the series in our archive. For more information and to register for any of the free web seminars, click here.

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New NSTA e-Newsletter: Encouraging Young Scientists

Do you teach the very early grades (PreK to 2)? Then we have a brand new, free newsletter just for you. This month we’ve begun publishing Encouraging Young Scientists, a monthly newsletter aiming to make science accessible to and achievable by young children, encourage teachers, and give you ready resources and ideas for making science fun and relevant in the classroom. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this newsletter, please sign up here. Our first issue has a simple, very inspired idea for using a box with a mirror in it to show children what a “real scientist” looks like.

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Professional Development, Inspiration, and Growth: Conference on Science Education, Atlanta

NSTA’s Conference on Science Education, Atlanta, is just around the corner. If you’re thinking of giving your instruction a needed boost, register onsite Thursday, Nov. 1 for an inspiring and informational event. More than 400 sessions for K-16 educators in every discipline and at every career stage will feed your mind and open discussions on issues teachers tell us are most important; NGSS, STEM, Assessment, Common Core, Content, Differentiation and lots more.

See some of our featured workshops, speakers, and programs:

  • Full-day programs in Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering
  • Kids and Nature—Reconnecting Youth to the Outdoors—David Mizejewski (naturalist, media personality, blogger, and author, National Wildlife Federation)
  • Current State of the Next Generation Science Standards—Stephen L. Pruitt (Vice President for Content, Research, and Development, Achieve)
  • Foodie Science—field trip (ticketed): dinner, demo, and conversation with chef Scott Serpas at one of the 10 “Best New Restaurants in America” (GQ magazine)
  • Addressing Core Science Standards Through Nanoscale Science for Grades 9–12
  • Exploring Protein Synthesis with Interactive Physical Models, (High School–College)
  • Epigenetics: Integrating This Emerging Field into Your Biology Curriculum (High School–College)
  • Science Olympiad Coaches Clinic (Middle–High)
  • Using the 5Es to Become Next Generation Ready (Elementary–Middle)
  • Math/Science Integration for Earth's Sake (Middle)
  • Do. Think. Ink. Writing in Science (Middle)
  • Integrating the Dimensions at the Elementary Level: Practices, Concepts, and Core Ideas (Elementary)
  • Connecting Science Across the Elementary Curriculum (Elementary)

For details, visit www.nsta.org/atlanta. We hope you’ll join us.

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Lab Out Loud Serves Up the Science of Good Cooking

This week listen as co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler talk to Guy Crosby about the recently released book The Science of Good Cooking, written by Crosby and the editors of America's Test Kitchen. As science editor for America’s Test Kitchen, Crosby advises the science content in Cook’s Illustrated magazine, Cook’s Country, and the popular PBS television cooking show America’s Test Kitchen. Crosby talks to Lab Out Loud about the science of good cooking and how it can be used to teach science (and cook better food).

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Be the "Smartest"—Attend the Finest Conference on Science Education, Phoenix

Take a “smart” trip to Phoenix this December for the best professional development in science education. Planned for December 6–8, educators are invited to attend NSTA’s Conference on Science Education. More than 400 sessions for K–16 science educators will be offered along with full-day programs in chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering and presentations from renowned science education experts. Achieve’s Stephen Pruitt will discuss the Next Generation Science Standards, astronaut Eileen Collins will discuss leadership and personal qualities necessary for success, and Fulbright Senior Lecturer James Elser, Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State, will present Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future. A special preconference Picture Perfect Science workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 5. This popular brand for elementary teachers uses trade books to help integrate science concepts into a reading program. October 26 is the early bird deadline, so register now to save the most.

Featured elementary sessions:

  • Cosmetics, OTC Drugs, Environmental Issues, and the BP Oil Spill—Let's Go Green!
  • CESI Session: Experimental Design Just for PreK–5
  • Using Science Mystery Stories—The Details
  • Why'd You Change Your Thinking? Science Notebooks: Analysis, Feedback, and Discourse
  • Science and Literacy for the ELL Student

Featured middle school sessions:

  • Building Academic Vocabulary Through Science
  • Neuroscience for Your Biology Classroom
  • A Hook for Effective STEM Integration
  • Iteration in Engineering

Featured high school and college sessions:

  • Restriction Enzymes Race: Digest and Analyze Plasmid DNA in a Class Period
  • Helping Students Write Their Own Scientific Experiments for Environmental Science
  • Even Before STEM, Science and Math Loved Each Other!
  • Free Classroom Resources for Teaching Evolution
  • Using Inquiry to Teach Igneous and Sedimentary Rocks
  • Equilibrium and Energy
  • Using Howard Hughes Medical Institute's The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation in Your Classroom—DVD and other resources provided

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Louisville Conference Recap

Stephen Pruitt speaking at NSTA Louisville conferenceHeld October 18–20, 2012, NSTA's Louisville Conference was themed "Science—Everyone, Everyday!" And there really was something for everyone. There were special days devoted to biology, physics, engineering, and chemistry; strands on everyday applications, everyday connections, and everyday innovations; and a host of sessions and presentations appropriate for every grade level. But what we heard the most attendees talking about was the Keynote Speaker, Stephen L. Pruitt, who spoke on “Updating the Development of the Next Generation Science Standards.” To see what your peers were talking about in social media, read our Storify Recap.

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