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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.

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NSTA Institute Offers Summer Course on Inquiry—May 1 Deadline Fast Approaching

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.

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Assessment to Improve—Not Just Measure—Student Learning Examined in Newest "Must-Read" Book from NSTA Press

Introduced in 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."

Everyday 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.

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NSTA 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.

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Manuscripts Sought for NSTA Press Book Series—"Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Science Teaching Today"

Almost seven 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.

Authors are 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.

Robert Yager, 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.

Deadline for submissions is mid-July.

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