High-school science teachers, their students, and their communities
can team up in many ways to simultaneously enrich the quality of
science education and improve communities. Many are doing just that
with great success. Let the examples provided in this issue of Science
Class inspire you and your students to reach out to your community.
In The Science Teacher’s April/May Editor's Corner,
"Community Collaboration," Steve Metz explains that "science
activities that take students outside the school walls can combine
the best aspects of service to the community, problem-based learning,
and lessons in good citizenship." To read the Editor's Corner,
go to http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=51857.
Collaborations in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
Stories selected for this issue discuss various partnerships that
can help students study science.
to learn more.
on the Web
In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher,
NSTA members can read "Learning to Make Systematic Decisions"
For the complete April/May Table of Contents of The Science
Teacher, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=51878.
SciLinks® is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online
content chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so
through keywords; the keyword for this issue is
Community Collaborations: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635699104410661011
Journal Articles on Community Collaborations
Articles from the archives of The Science Teacher illustrate
how teachers have forged relationships within their community to
foster good science teaching.
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Issues Special Report on Professional Development
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
(ASCD) issued a two-part special report on professional development
in March. Part I of the report (http://www.smartbrief.com/alchemy/servlet/encodeServlet?issueid=F0CE2287-6DC8-43F8-8C88-6D9D332FC944)
examines the link between preservice teacher training and success
in the classroom, as well as the key aspects of successful in-service
learning. Part II (http://www.smartbrief.com/alchemy/servlet/encodeServlet?issueid=14DC2CE6-1E78-4675-9412-48F5B40E8101)
digs into the thorny topic of how government policies affect professional
development, then surveys some best practices.
Students Take on World's Challenges
A recent Christian Science Monitor article
examines a new initiative called Challenge 20/20. Organized by
the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in Washington,
D.C., it engages students as young as preK in finding local ways
to address 20 urgent issues—after students have thought
about them first on a global level.
To read more, visit http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0322/p16s01-legn.html?s=hns%20.
Ten NSTA Web Seminars are scheduled between April
2006 and June 2006. These 90-minute, live professional development
experiences allow distant participants to interact with recognized
experts including NSTA Press authors, and scientists, engineers,
and education specialists from NASA and the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Seminars are from 6:30–8
p.m., EST. These online events are grant-funded, so they are offered
at no cost; however, the number of participants is limited, first
come, first serve on the day of the program. Register early to
receive a username. Password and other program information will
follow via e-mail. For a full schedule of Seminar topics, dates,
and times, and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.
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