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Lend a Hand to Your Urban Colleagues—Support the
City Science Campaign
NSTA Institute Offers Summer Course on Inquiry—May
1st Deadline Fast Approaching
Assessment to Improve—Not Just Measure—Student
Learning Examined in Newest "Must-Read" Book from NSTA Press®
NSTA and Environmental Literacy Council Receive
Grant to Develop Environmental Resources for Science Educators
Manuscripts Sought for NSTA Press® Book Series:
"Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Science Teaching Today"
Lend a Hand to Your Urban Colleagues—Support
the City Science Campaign
NSTA is seeking
support from NSTA members and friends—people like you—to make a
difference in our nation's urban science classrooms. Please consider
making a contribution to City Science: A Campaign to Engage Urban
Teachers. This new NSTA program will provide a host of services
and opportunities for urban teachers of science, including high-quality
professional development for sustained learning, a network that
enables teachers to connect with and support one another, and funds
to secure needed equipment to help teachers implement effective
science lessons. To view a short video and to learn more about how
you can make a contribution, visit www.nsta.org/cityscience.
Institute Offers Summer Course on Inquiry—May 1 Deadline Fast
The NSTA Institute,
in collaboration with McREL Eisenhower Regional Consortium, announce
the NSTA Institute program Inquiry: The Bridge Between Content
Standards and Student Learning, taking place July 7–12,
2003, in Chadron, Nebraska. This course focuses on the varied habitats
in the Pine Ridge country of Nebraska and the Black Hills of South
Dakota, including woodlands, grasslands, ponds, and streams, and
includes fieldwork with scientists, a fieldtrip to the Black Hills,
ethnobotany and astronomy activities, and an "owl prowl." Experienced
instructors will lead you through a range of inquiry experiences
and techniques aligned with national and state science education
standards. You will take home many classroom resources and new strategies
to motivate students and assess learning.
Space is limited.
For more information, visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxcourses_inquiry.asp by
May 1, 2003.
to Improve—Not Just Measure—Student Learning
Examined in Newest "Must-Read"
Book from NSTA Press®
NSTA's Science Store at the national convention in Philadelphia
last month, Everyday Assessment in the Science Classroom
proved an instant hit, as attendees snapped up the K–12 book.
Outgoing NSTA President Carolyn Randolph called the newest addition
to NSTA's Science Educators' Essay Collection "… a must-read
for all classroom teachers."
Assessment is a thought-provoking collection of 10 essays on
the theories behind the latest assessment techniques, complete with
in-depth "how to" suggestions on conducting assessments as a matter
of routine. Editors Mike Atkin and Janet E. Coffey note in the book's
introduction: "Assessment operates to improve student learning,
not solely measure it." New insights in this book will help you
make assessment a dynamic classroom activity that continues long
after standardized tests have concluded. Involving students in the
process facilitates the goal of making ongoing, classroom-based
assessment second nature to students and teachers. To preview the
book online, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB172X.
and Environmental Literacy Council Receive Grant to Develop Environmental
Resources for Science Educators
As the nation
celebrates Earth Day, bringing attention to stewardship of the planet,
the Environmental Literacy Council and NSTA are announcing the receipt
of a $638,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop
resources to help middle level and high school science educators
teach important environmental issues through science. The grant
provides funding over a three-year period to develop Resources
for Environmental Literacy, a publication modeled on Project
2061's innovative Resources for Science Literacy, and a companion
website that will illustrate how core science concepts can be taught
effectively in the context of environmental topics. For more information,
go to http://www.nsta.org/pressroom&news_story_ID=48195.
Sought for NSTA Press® Book Series—"Exemplary Science:
Best Practices in Science Teaching Today"
years ago, publication of the National Science Education Standards
provided the vision for science education reform. What has happened
since, and to what degree has the vision for reform been realized?
An upcoming new NSTA Press® book series—Exemplary
Science: Best Practices in Science Teaching Today—will
examine and assess innovative practices and changes brought about
by the NSE Standards since their introduction.
Planned as a
four-book series, a separate title will be published for pre-school–4th
grade; middle school grades 5–8; and high school grades 9–12.
A separate book will focus on staff development.
being sought to describe what they and/or their colleagues are doing—at
all grade levels—to facilitate the reform of teaching, assessment,
professional development, and content, as outlined in the "Less
Emphasis" and "More Emphasis" conditions that conclude each section
of the NSES.
1982–1983 president of NSTA, is heading up the content search
and is editing this exciting new series. If you are interested in
either contributing to the series or nominating an exemplary teacher
or science education program, visit www.uiowa.edu/~scied/NSTA%20Monograph%20Introduction.htm
for more information and to apply online. The site includes a summary
of the More Emphasis conditions as outlined in the NSES.
submissions is mid-July.
a member and want to join? Visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp!
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