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In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class focuses on the Professional Development. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles.

To view the middle level version, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-12/member_middle.htm of Science Class, and to view the high school version, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-12/member_high.htm. If you have any comments about this issue, send them to: enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

If you have a text-only browser or are having any difficulties with our links, please visit: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-12/member_elementary.htm.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

As your career moves along, you focus on different needs at different times. We do the same thing here at Science Class. Although we devote a column to Professional Development in every issue, we think it's a topic that warrants an entire issue on the subject from time to time. Use the resources, ideas, and examples provided in this issue to begin, guide, or continue your professional development plan.

Professional Development in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for nationwide news for science educators).

Beyond the Blackboard (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Elementary educators nationwide work with scientists to develop projects that will help engage and educate students in science.

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/living/education/9313383.htm

NSTA Articles on Professional Development

The following NSTA journal articles tell teachers' tales of professional development.

Click here to read more:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-12/elementary.htm

Books, Books, Books

The NSTA Science Store and catalogs offer NSTA Press books and other outstanding titles for science educators. Selections for this issue are grade appropriate and were chosen for their relevance to the theme of this
issue—Professional Development. Click here for this issue's recommended titles:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-12/books_elementary.htm

To read about the newest titles available from NSTA press, visit:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-12/newbookselem.htm

To receive the latest NSTA Catalog for your specific grade level, visit:

http://ecommerce.nsta.org/catalog_signup


Professional Development

NCLB Could Alter Science Teaching

When it comes to science instruction, do students learn best by doing, or by "direct instruction?" The federal No Child Left Behind Act provides some powerful incentives for the direct approach, observers say.

Click here to read more: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2004/11/10/11science.h24.html

Global Science Teaching

The International Task Force, chaired by Mike Padilla, President-Elect, held its first meeting in Indianapolis. A broad range of topics was discussed, including the Task Force's input to NSTA's Strategic Goals and Objectives.
Additionally, the Task Force hopes to concludes its work and present its report to the NSTA Board of Directors in August, 2005.

NSTA Opportunities

Write for NSTA's Journals

Science and Children (Grades PreK–5) has issued a Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:

http://www.nsta.org/177

Next Month's Theme:

Community Science


NSTA is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year! To find out more about the history of NSTA, visit our online timeline at: http://www.nsta.org/timeline.

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