Students readily respond to units on aquatic life, and helping
them understand that the oceans, seas, and coastal areas together
form an essential component of the global life-support system is
critical to educating the future stewards of our environment. According
to a 1998 United Nations resolution , passed in recognition of the
Year of the Ocean, "oceans represent a significant source of
food, energy, minerals, and usage with significant economic potential,
and effective management of the uses and resources of oceans depend
on improved access to information, public education, and scientific
awareness. An international effort to protect the marine environment
will require an understanding of the interaction between oceans
Life in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
Read about various forms of aquatic life ranging from fish, whales,
and squid to endangered coral reefs.
to learn more.
Life on the Web
In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA
members can read "Chesapeake Bay Critters." The link to
that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=51195.
is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content
chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so through
keywords; the keywords for this issue are
Aquatic Life: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635655111110551011
Journal Articles on Aquatic Life
The archives of Science Scope contain articles on how
to bring different aquatic environments into your classroom and
how to set up an aquatic insect aquarium.
Click here to learn more:
To read about Aquatic Life in NSTA Press and NSTA Recommends books,
To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
These face-to-face professional development opportunities
at NSTA conventions are half-day, standards-based programs designed
to enhance educators' scientific content and pedagogical practices.
Presenters include scientists, engineers, and educational specialists
from NASA, as well as renowned NSTA Press authors. Three exciting
programs are scheduled to take place this fall at the NSTA Area
Conventions in Chicago and Nashville. For more information, visit
These 90-minute live professional development experiences
use online learning technologies to allow participants to interact
with nationally acclaimed experts; NSTA Press authors; and scientists,
engineers, and education specialists from NSTA government partners,
such as NASA and NOAA—all from the convenience of your desktop!
Educators use online tools that allow them to mark
up and annotate presenters' slides, share desktop applications,
or engage in chats and surveys and respond to poll questions with
others online. Seminars may be archived and are available for
viewing after the live event has occurred. Be sure to check out
the fall schedule for these exciting learning opportunities and
register by going to http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.
the World's Children: Patterns of Growth and Inequality
"Many developing countries have made dramatic
progress over the past several decades to enroll their children
in school. Still, too many children—especially girls and
those in rural areas—are out of school or leave school before
graduating from the primary level and have little opportunity
to attend secondary school." This excerpt is from the recently
released report Educating the World's Children: Patterns of
Growth and Inequality, authored by the Education Policy
and Data Center at the Academy for Educational Development (AED).
To read the report, visit http://eportal1-ssdc.aed.org/extend/en/external/epdc_reports/EducatingTheWorldsChildren.pdf.
Unveils New Name for Time-Honored Conventions
NSTA has unveiled a new name—and an enriched
format—for its time-honored annual conventions. Long considered
the premiere professional development events for science educators,
NSTA’s national and area conventions will now be called
NSTA Conferences on Science Education. The change reflects
the growth and evolution of conventions into deeper, more meaningful
professional development experiences for teachers. NSTA will debut
the new name at its 54th National Conference on Science Education,
which takes place April 6–9, 2006, in Anaheim, California,
and is expected to draw more than 13,000 attendees. "Science,
The Universal Language" is the theme. To read the NSTA
Reports article on this announcement, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=51210.
Treasurer Post Open
NSTA seeks applicants for the NSTA Treasurer position.
Responsibilities include oversight of the association’s
financial and budgetary matters. The Treasurer shall be appointed
by the Board of Directors for a three-year term of office, which
may be renewed for another three-year term. Appointees will be
expected to devote 10-12 days of service a year for this nonstaff
position. An honorarium will be provided, as well as reimbursement
for required meeting attendance (travel and per diem).
For additional information about the position’s
responsibilities, visit http://careers.nsta.org/job_detail.asp?jobid=308.
Application deadline: January 15, 2006. Interested
individuals are invited to submit their resume, along with a cover
letter that specifies interest in being considered for appointment,
to NSTA Executive Director, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3092.
Science Scope (grades 69) has issued
a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:
Technology, and Society
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