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NSTA e-Mentors Begin Pilot Work
NSTA Honors ExxonMobil with Distinguished Partner Award for Company's Commitment to Science Education
Engage Your Preservice Teachers in Science—Start an NSTA Student Chapter Today!
NSTA Journals Spring Into Action

NSTA e-Mentors Begin Pilot Work
This spring, 40 science and mathematics teachers from California and Montana joined an innovative NSTA pilot project to mentor beginning teachers via distance learning and on-site activities. This project, titled “e-Mentoring for Student Success” (eMSS), is funded through the National Science Foundation’s Math and Science Partnership program. The first cohort of “e-mentors” is working closely with staff at NSTA; the New Teacher Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz; and Montana State University to design and pilot activities that the mentors will carry out with early career teachers next autumn.

Each mentor will work online with one or two beginning teachers per year, focusing on the new teachers’ instructional skills, science knowledge, and ability to navigate in a new school and community. Most activities will take place on the web, providing beginning teachers with around-the-clock access to a network of other beginning teachers, experienced instructors, and scientists. The goal is to produce beginning teachers who not only will survive, but also who will eventually grow into leadership positions in their districts.

NSTA will eventually recruit and train mentors, school administrators, and scientists to support beginning teachers in more than 30 states. Look for updates about the eMSS project in the coming months.

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NSTA Honors ExxonMobil with Distinguished Partner Award for Company's Commitment to Science Education
NSTA presented its Distinguished Partnership Award to the ExxonMobil Foundation at the NSTA National Convention in Philadelphia. The award pays tribute to those organizations that have made a steadfast commitment to the improvement and enhancement of science education in partnership with NSTA. ExxonMobil has partnered with NSTA on various programs over the years and has contributed more than $6 million to the Building a Presence for Science program. Managed by NSTA and funded by the ExxonMobil Foundation since 1996, Building a Presence for Science has helped science teachers implement state and national science education standards in their schools by providing a network for sharing information and practices about effective science teaching. To learn more about Building a Presence for Science, visit http://www.nsta.org/bap.

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Engage Your Preservice Teachers in Science—Start an NSTA Student Chapter Today!
Science teachers are in great demand in many parts of the country. What better way to highlight K–12 science teaching as an exciting career choice than through an NSTA Student Chapter.

This is an exciting opportunity to bring your preservice teachers into more direct contact with the science teaching profession. The benefits are immediate, for both the students and for the faculty advisors. The following colleges and universities have already taken advantage of this worthwhile program: Alabama A&M University; California State University-Long Beach; Central Michigan University; Murray State University; Pittsburg State University http://www.pittstate.edu/services/scied/sNSTA/snsta.htm; Tarleton State University; Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Towson University; University of Nebraska-Lincoln http://nerds.unl.edu/; California State University-Fullerton; Florida State University-Tallahassee http://geocities.com/fsunsta/; University of Northern Iowa-Cedar Falls; Doane College; Gwynedd Mercy College; Syracuse University; University of Arizona-Tucson; and East Stroudsburg University.

For more information, visit http://www.nsta.org/chapters, or e-mail the NSTA Chapter Relations department at chapters@nsta.org for an informational brochure.

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NSTA Journals Spring Into Action
NSTA’s journals are hot off the presses, and you don’t have to wait to receive your copy in the mail. All articles are available free to members (have your NSTA member ID number handy). If you’re not yet a member, you can still get a taste for what these award-winning publications have to offer. Each journal has made one article available free for all nonmembers’ viewing pleasure. Watch for the FREE icon when you visit the grade-specific journal links below.

Don’t forget, only members have access to the full archival database of journal articles that dates back more than seven years. Join today https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp, and this and other great members-only benefits http://www.nsta.org/whyjoin can be yours.

In celebration of spring’s arrival, the April issue of Science and Children http://www.nsta.org/elementaryschool focuses on Outdoor Adventures:

  • Bluebird Adventures
  • Exploring the Louis and Clark Expedition
  • EdZOOcating Children
  • Girls in Science Rule

Make and Model is the focus of this month’s issue of Science Scope http://www.nsta.org/middleschool. Articles highlight opportunities for students to really get their hands on science:

  • Toothpick Chromosomes: Simple Manipulatives to Help Students Understand
  • Genetics
  • Let the Dogs Out: Using Bobble Head Toys to Explore Force and Motion
  • Demonstrations to Save the World

Encourage student discovery through Inquiry-Based Activities, which is the focus of this month’s issue of The Science Teacher http://www.nsta.org/highschool:

  • What Would It Be Like Without…
  • Team Science
  • Predicting Population Curves
  • Connecting Biotechnology and Society

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