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Week of July 29, 2013

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Check Out Paul Andersen's NGSS Videos and Become an NGSS Expert

Our favorite YouTube education guru, Paul Andersen, just completed a video series on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Check out his playlist and learn about the concepts that were originally delineated within the K–12 Science Framework. Andersen’s video series covers eight practices, seven crosscutting concepts, and 44 disciplinary core ideas. By listening to these short clips, over time you can become the NGSS expert in your school; learn how the NGSS differs from the Common Core; and understand what guidance the NGSS offer in terms of what you should teach and how you should teach it.

Paul Andersen's NGSS videos

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Using NSTA's E-Mail Lists, Members Give and Receive Support

In these precious few weeks before school begins, the NSTA e-mail lists—a member-only benefit—are abuzz with questions about science fair topics, word walls, science literature recommendations, and online platforms for student blogs—just to name a few of the many topics on science teachers’ minds. And the answers are being provided—often as soon as 10 minutes later, in the case of the word walls query—as NSTA members lend a hand to their colleagues, knowing someone will be there for them when they need assistance.

Sometimes these helpful exchanges become fodder for news stories in NSTA Reports, the association’s newspaper. Click here to read a blog post about how NSTA members and staff are connecting online and taking online sharings from screen to page.

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NSTA Legislative Update: Congressional Committees Push Back Against Administration's Plan to Consolidate/Eliminate Federal STEM Ed Programs

Both the House and Senate Appropriations committees have approved their proposed 2014 funding for the science mission agencies (National Science Foundation, NASA, and National Institute of Standards and Technology) and the news is not good for the Administration’s STEM education strategic plan and their proposal to consolidate/eliminate a number of federal STEM programs next year.

Read more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update.

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