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Want to Include More Environmental Topics in Your Teaching? Let Us Know
Spend Some of Your Summer Swimming in Statistics Studies
JASON Academy Online Summer Course Offerings Highlight Science Safety
Americans Say Science, Technology Skills Are Essential, But Not Taught Well
WebNews Analysis Launched on NSTA Web Site
NSTA Members Receive Great Deals on Financial Services
Hello, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Reno—Here Comes NSTA!

Want to Include More Environmental Topics in Your Teaching? Let Us Know

Would you include more environmental topics in your teaching if quality resources were readily available? NSTA and the Environmental Literacy Council are moving forward on a three-year grant to develop professional development resources for science teachers. The project will illustrate how core science concepts can be taught effectively in the context of environmental topics. Which environmental topics would you like to see included? Let us know. Please take a minute a to complete a short survey: Go to http://science.nsta.org/survey_environmental_literacy.

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Spend Some of Your Summer Swimming in Statistics Studies

The National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) will offer Statistics for Teachers (MATH 518) beginning on June 9—followed by Applications of Statistics in Mathematics Classrooms (MATH 519) later in the summer—for two graduate-level credits each. MATH 518—the prerequisite course—will focus on the random concepts that arise in mathematics and science education; MATH 519 will highlight exploratory data analysis, including experiments, surveys, measures of association, and inferential statistics. Both courses will also focus on the issue of teaching statistics concepts at the pre-college level, including methods and materials. For details and registration, click on http://www.scienceteacher.org/courses.htm, or contact NTEN at 1-800-282-6062. To learn more about other professional development offerings provided through the NSTA Institute, visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspx.       

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JASON Academy Online Summer Course Offerings Highlight Science Safety

Worried about the safety and legal liability implications of your classroom practices? Then one of two new courses on classroom safety presented by JASON Academy beginning on June 23 may be right for you: Teaching Science Safely in the Elementary School (based on the NSTA Press® book Exploring Safely: A Guide for Elementary Teachers) and Teaching Science Safely in the Middle School (based on the NSTA Press book Inquiring Safely: A Guide for Middle School Teachers). Also new in June are Science for Young Children (for pre-K–3 teachers) and Rainforests—Endangered Ecosystems. The five-week courses carry optional graduate credit and five CEUs; cost is $175; NSTA members receive a 10% discount. For information and registration, visit www.jason.org/academy, or call toll-free 1-888-527-6600. To learn more about other professional development offerings provided through the NSTA Institute, visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspx.  

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Americans Say Science, Technology Skills Are Essential, But Not Taught Well

A vast majority of Americans believe science and technology literacy are crucial to the nation's future prosperity and security, but they think American students are not adequately prepared to meet the nation's needs, according to a recent Bayer Corporation survey titled Bayer Facts of Science Education IX: Americans' Views on the Role of Science and Technology in U.S. National Defense. The survey found that Americans overwhelmingly agree that science and technology are "critical components" of U.S. military, intelligence, and law enforcement capabilities and that literacy in these areas is essential to being an effective, informed member of society in the 21st century. However, most of those surveyed said U.S. students aren't scientifically and technologically literate, and the nation's parents and teachers, especially at the elementary levels, aren't preparing them to succeed in a post-September 11, technology-driven world. Read an article about the survey at http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_05_26_extra.htm.

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NSTA Web Site Features New WebNews Analysis

NSTA has inaugurated WebNews Analysis, a new NSTA Web site feature that offers science educators a concise collection of relevant online news articles from a variety of sources, gathered in recent weeks and focusing on specific issues of importance to science teachers. The WebNews Analysis service will provide an important one-stop resource to help teachers monitor current issues in education, teaching strategies, and science content. WebNews Analysis goes online as part of the NSTA News Digest on the last Friday of each month; to browse the first installment, click on www.nsta.org/webnewsanalysis or e-mail kcollins@nsta.org. Take a look, and let us know what you think!

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NSTA Members Receive Great Deals on Financial Services

NSTA members receive special yields on MBNA®America Certificate of Deposit and Money Market Deposit Accounts. Visit http://www.mbna.com/goldportfolio/rates/nsta/ for details. Not a member and want to take advantage of this great offer? Join today! https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp

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Hello, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Reno—Here Comes NSTA!

The best time is NOW—before the school year ends—to start exploring grant and  funding opportunities so you can join us for an NSTA convention in Minneapolis, Kansas City, or Reno this fall. Not sure where to look for possible federal or local grants? Check with your principal or your district's science supervisor, or find out who in your district disburses federal grant programs or coordinates staff development. To support your request, you'll want to take a look at what we have in store for attendees in professional development workshops, exhibits, and networking events—at www.nsta.org/conventions…and don't forget, you can save up to 44% if you take advantage of our earlybird registration discount dates!  

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