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Week of August 19, 2013

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Vote for NSTA@SXSWedu

Today, SXSW (South by Southwest) launched their PanelPicker voting for the fourth annual SXSWedu taking place March 3–6, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

Each year, SXSWedu invites the greater online community to share their input on content they'd like to see at the upcoming event. This Monday, August 19 marks the first day of public voting in PanelPicker, ending Friday, September 6. The community will have the opportunity to vote on session proposals (rankings held private), and add comments to share their thoughts about the ideas submitted.

The National Science Teachers Association would like to participate this year, to begin our conversations with people who would not normally consider themselves “science educators,” and we need your help. Choosing speakers for SXSWedu is a joint effort among the SXSWedu Advisory Board (40%), SXSWedu staff (30%) and the public (30%) … that’s where you come in.

We are asking you to cast a vote for NSTA to participate. Visit the link below to learn more about NSTA’s proposed panel and cast your vote today!

Voting closes on September 6, 2013, so be sure to cast your votes soon!

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There’s Still Time to Apply to Become a Curator of NGSS Resources

NSTA is forming a group of experts to identify resources that will help teachers implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These resources will be featured on a new NGSS@NSTA Portal currently under development. Approximately 50 educators will be selected to be a curator, and each will focus on a particular topic in the NGSS. We especially need curators with expertise in physical science and Earth and space science at the elementary level. Curators will receive free NSTA membership as well as registration and travel expenses to an NSTA conference for specialized professional development on evaluating NGSS resources.

All applications must be submitted by August 31. Questions? Contact Ted Willard at twillard@nsta.org.

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Print Edition of the Next Generation Science Standards Now Available

You’ve been waiting for it and now it’s arrived! The print edition of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), complete with standards, connections, and appendices, is now available. The beautifully produced, two-volume set includes the spiral-bound standards in full color (Volume 1) and a paperback of the appendices (Volume 2). Published by the National Academies Press, the publication is the “standalone, authoritative edition of the NGSS.”

Purchase your copy today to prepare for the new Standards the best way possible.

Member Price: $39.96 | Nonmember Price: $49.95

Also, check out these other great NGSS books in our Science Store:

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Iowa Task Force to Review NGSS

Last week, Iowa Department of Education Interim Director D.T. Magee announced the 28 Iowans who will serve on a state task force to review the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Members of the Next Generation Science Standards Task Force will make a recommendation to the State Board of Education about whether the science standards should be adopted as part of the Iowa Core, the statewide academic standards in math, science, English/language arts, and social studies.

Twenty-six states, including Iowa, worked to develop the NGSS during a two-year collaborative state-led process that was managed by Achieve, a nonprofit education organization. About 70 Iowans were involved, including K–12 educators, science consultants, higher education faculty, and Iowa Department of Education staff members.

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Navigating Grade Negotiation Attempts

A few months ago, a teacher asked colleagues on an NSTA members-only e-mail list for advice on responding to a request from a student’s parent to raise the student’s grade. Several educators responded, sharing their own stories of students, parents, and even administrators who demanded grades be revised or additional work assigned to a student. It got us wondering: How often are teachers faced with grade negotiations, and what are the best ways to handle these requests? Help us find the answers via this brief survey.

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Free Web Seminar with Tips on Applying for NSTA Board and Council

Are you looking for a way to hone your leadership skills and give back to the science education community? Consider sharing your time and talents with NSTA by applying to serve on the NSTA Board of Directors and Council. A September 17 web seminar will provide details about the open positions, offer strategies for submitting an effective application, and answer all your questions about the process. The free, interactive program begins at 6:30 p.m. ET. Get details on this web seminar, view the full calendar of upcoming programs, and register here.

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Summer Membership Savings Extended to August 31

By popular demand, we are extending our back-to-school membership savings through August 31. Join at only $60 – a $15 discount! Be sure to use the promo code SUMMER2013 when signing up.

What resources does that include?

  • Customized lesson plans
  • Next Generation Science Standards resources
  • 20% discount on NSTA Press books, including our new NSTA Kids collection
  • Learning modules you can use to better understand specific science content
  • Discounts when you register for any of NSTA's legendary conferences
  • NSTA journals
  • Free book chapters
  • 24/7 peer networking for help with those last-minute questions

Click here to learn more and sign up today!

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Tips for the First Day of School

The first days of school offer teachers an opportunity to set a positive tone and convey to students that their classrooms are supportive (and fun!) learning environments for all. This month's Book Beat provides tips and resources for your first months back along with free chapter excerpts from our new books. Consider adding several books to your classroom toolkit this fall, and best wishes for the new school year from NSTA Press! Click here to read this month’s Book Beat.

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NTEN Opens Fall Online Courses for Science Teachers

NTEN logoMontana State University’s online graduate courses are now open for fall registration. The courses are all part of MSU’s National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN).

Fall courses include "Using Local Ecosystems to Implement Elementary Biology Activities," "Geology of the Moon," "Astrobiology for Teachers," and "The World of Forces" among others in biology, earth science, physics and more.

The courses offer graduate credits to practicing K–14 teachers, and each course is 100 percent Web-based. Courses are one to three credits, and the first course begins Sept. 9 with other courses beginning throughout Sept. Teachers do not have to enroll in an MSU degree program in order to take the courses; however, courses can apply towards MSU's new graduate certificates in science teaching and the university's Master's of Science in Science Education degree.

NSTA members receive a discount on most of the courses.

Register or read more about the courses at www.scienceteacher.org. If you have questions, call (406) 994-7798 or (800) 435-1286 (toll-free). E-mail distance@montana.edu.

Like NTEN on Facebook and participate in giveaways this fall! And, the next 25 fans to like us will receive an NTEN carabiner keychain. Go to www.facebook.com/ScienceTeachers, like the page, and then e-mail your mailing address to ExtendedU@montana.edu so we can send your keychain!

Stay tuned for information about MSU’s upcoming MOOC: Inquiry Through Science & Engineering Practices. This course will begin September 9. See www.montana.edu/msse beginning Aug. 27 for more information.

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