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Week of November 12, 2012

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Discovery Education

ExploraVision Challenge Participants Can Add Resources for Success

Teachers who are considering the ExploraVision challenge for their students or already have a project started can take advantage of the information offered at NSTA’s free web seminar, Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Tips and Online Resources, on November 15 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST.

Attend and learn about past competitions as models for your current project, project checklists and timelines, tips for seamlessly integrating your EV project into your curriculum, and more. Access all the resources available to coach your students to success.

Alert: The teacher that submits the most projects in each grade category will win a Toshiba tablet, and the school that submits the largest number of eligible projects will win $1,000 worth of Toshiba technology. Register today.

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The Getaway Science Educators Have Been Waiting For

Inspiration and education are the outcomes science educators can look forward to after attending NSTA’s Conference on Science Education, Phoenix, December 6–8, in just a few short weeks. Consider selecting from more than 400 sessions on content, methods, strategies, and techniques that improve student performance and build teacher knowledge. Authors, professional development experts, issue thought leaders, and thousands of science teachers and administrators will join the discussion at the NSTA event. The warm weather and stunning sunsets can only help the getaway be even more memorable. See some featured sessions below:

  • Achieve’s Stephen Pruitt will discuss the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Astronaut Eileen Collins will discuss leadership and personal qualities necessary for success
  • 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.
  • Full-day programs in chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering
  • Cosmetics, OTC Drugs, Environmental Issues, and the BP Oil Spill—Let's Go Green! (Elementary)
  • Telling the Science Story: Finding a Common Ground Between the Common Core and Frameworks (Elementary)
  • STEM Curriculum Strategies—Putting Practice into Action (Elementary–Middle)
  • Why'd You Change Your Thinking? Science Notebooks: Analysis, Feedback, and Discourse (Middle)
  • Creating Connection to Foster Action: A Hook for Effective STEM Integration (Middle–High School)
  • What You Can Gain from Genetic Testing in Your Classroom—Integrating math (probability and linear functions), science (genetics), technology (biotechnology), and engineering (electrophoresis) to be used in your classroom. (Middle)
  • Introduction to Modeling Instruction in Physics (Middle–High)
  • Moving Beyond "What Is Science?" to Being Scientists Through Science and Engineering Practices

What else? Field trips to area attractions—Phoenix Police Department's Crime Laboratory, Biosphere 2, the Grand Canyon; taking in the Exhibit Hall to see and test cutting-edge products from national exhibitors; and networking with your peers. Visit www.nsta.org/phoenix for more information and to register. The advance deadline is November 16.

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Webinar on English Language Learners and the Common Core State Standards

On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. ET, REL-NEI’s English Language Learners Alliance will host a webinar on English Language Learners and the Common Core State Standards. Webinar speakers will discuss the implications of the instructional shifts in the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, especially as they relate to the language demands of English language learners.

REL Northeast and Islands, or REL-NEI, is one of 10 regional educational laboratories across the country charged with helping states and districts systematically use data and analysis to address important issues of education policy and practice with the goal of improving student outcomes. The Regional Educational Laboratory Program is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education.

Learn more here.

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Freebies for Science Teachers: Teaching About Hurricane Sandy

The National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) EcoSchools USA program has created new web pages and resources for schools and students to better understand Hurricane Sandy, climate change, and natural disasters. Education pages at this site contain information, links, and resources for these topics:

  • What are hurricanes?
  • What is the link to climate change?
  • How can you help kids cope with natural disasters?
  • How do you plan for natural disasters?
  • Activities and lesson plans

In addition, teachers can find valuable information on NWF’s Education Blog on Helping Kids Cope with Hurricane Sandy at the National Wildlife Federation’s website.

Looking for lesson plans, activities, articles, and other free resources on topics in science, technology, engineering, and math education? Start your search at NSTA’s Freebies for Science Teachers web page.

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Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions is Focus of Next Web Seminar Exploring the Practices in the Framework for K–12 Science Education

Constructing explanations and designing solutions is the topic of the next 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, November 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Teachers will learn more about the rationale for why explanations and solutions are essential products of science and engineering, what constructing explanations and designing solutions really looks like in classroom practice, and how to support students in constructing explanations and design solutions over 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 the Next Generation Science Standards.

Plan ahead for the final two web seminars focused on engaging in argument from evidence (December 4) and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information (December 18).

Attend all eight seminars or just one. The archive of all the web seminars in the series awaits you in the NSTA Learning Center.

For more information and to register for any of the free web seminars, click here.

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World Conference on Science and Technology Education 2013 (WorldSTE2013)

The International Council of Association for Science Education (ICASE), in official partnership with UNESCO, and the Global Research and Intelligence Network (GRAIN), are pleased to invite you to the 4th World Conference on Science and Technology Education in 2013 (WorldSTE2013): “Live Science, Love Learning, Create Change.”

Location: Borneo Island in the city of Kuching, Malaysia
Date: 29 September – 3 October 2013
Deadline for Paper Submissions: 31 January 2013
WorldSTE2013 Conference website: worldste2013.org

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