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with literacy, complacency in the education system, unlearning bad
science, and stifling the voice of science were all topics discussed
last week in a variety of media sources. Read more at http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_02_28_sciednews.htm.
Week among April Science Education Events; Check Our List of Earth
Day and Environmental Activities and Plan Ahead
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (ESTEME)
Week is scheduled for April 11–16 this year. Teachers are
invited to participate in this nationwide event. At the ESTEME website,
find web activities for the classroom, students will find interactive
online activities, and parents will find homework helpers, games,
puzzles, and more.
A number of
Earth Day/environmental activities and events are also available
for teachers and students of all grades. Read more about how you
can find teaching materials and activities for your students at
Our NSTA Express Poll on the Teaching of Evolution
The media and
public discourse on the teaching of evolution has escalated to a
new level in many communities and states around the country. NSTA
is conducting a survey to learn more about the challenges science
teachers face when addressing this issue. Take our NSTA
and tell us about your experiences on this important topic.
teachers a myriad of resources and materials on the teaching of
evolution—position statements, publications, and timely journal
articles—and presents opportunities to interact with educators
and scientists to further explore evolution’s central role
in science. At the NSTA National Convention in Dallas slated for
March 31-April 3, Dr. Eugenie C. Scott, Executive Director of the
National Center for Science Education, Inc., and Dr. Gerald Skoog,
Paul Whitfield Horn Professor, College of Education, Texas Tech
University and former NSTA President, will give back-to-back presentations
on the topic. To search the Dallas convention agenda for these and
all NSTA sessions, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005DAL.
in Time for Spring: Dig In! Hands-On Soil Investigations
from NSTA Press Available at 30% Online Discount; Must-Have Best
second title offered under our new special online-only book promotion
will be available starting tomorrow, March 1. And it’s the
perfect book for K-4 teachers looking for lesson plans and activities
that will take the class outside this spring for some hands-on exploration
correlated with the NSES. For more, and to order, go to http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2.
is NSTA’s just-released annual Best Seller list featuring
10 titles that merit a place on the savvy science teacher’s
bookshelves. Leading the list is Force & Motion, http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB169X1,
the first book in the highly acclaimed Stop Faking It! Finally
Understanding Science So You Can Teach It (SFI) series
for grades 3-8 teachers, followed by Energy, http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB169X2,
second title in that series.
Our number three
best-seller is the Safety in the Elementary Science Classroom
then Light, http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=
PB169X3, also of the SFI series.
is Learning Science and the Science of Learning, http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB158X,
the collection of essays bringing the theories of the NRC’s
landmark study to life.
Number six is
NSTA Pathways to the Science
the essential guide to putting the Standards into action; and another
SFI title, Sound http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB169X4,
fills the number seven slot.
Teaching Middle School Science http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB170X,
is number eight, followed by Everyday Assessment in the Science
in ninth place.
the top ten is The Lingo of Learning: 88 Education Terms Every
Science Teacher Should Know, http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB179X,
whose very title explains its popularity. To browse these and other
innovative and practical NSTA Press books for science educators,
go to http://store.nsta.org/showMultipleItems.asp?category=63.
and NSTA Offer Summer Professional Development Events for Middle,
High School Science Educators
The Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) and NSTA will present a professional development
program in Food Science this summer in two separate, week-long sessions
in Washington, D.C., for middle school (July 10-16) and high school
(July 24-30) science teachers. Consistent with the National
Science Education Standards, the programs will offer multidimensional
sustained professional development, including content updates by
food science specialists; visits to government/industry facilities;
presentations by government and industry leaders; hands-on practice
with new curriculum materials and exchange of teaching and learning
strategies. Travel, lodging, and meal expenses will be paid for
science educators selected to participate in the two programs. Deadline
for applications is March 18. For additional information and to
apply, go to http://www.nsta.org/fda,
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
for FREE Stuff? NSTA Reports Teachers’ Grab Bag is
just hit the jackpot. NSTA Reports ever-popular column—Teachers’
Grab Bag—is on the web. NSTA Reports is NSTA's source
of news for and about science education, published six times a year
for NSTA members only. Check out http://www.nsta.org/resourcesgrabbag
where you can find hundreds of free and almost free items such as
videos, publications, CD-ROMs, lab kits, and more.
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