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Back to School With NSTA

As the 2005-2006 school year gets underway, NSTA is pleased to present our annual Back-to-School edition of NSTA Express.

What makes this issue special? For starters, we’ve changed the format: Instead of the usual news, information, and targeted resources, this issue is chock full of special offers and resources you can use to start off your new school year, such as classroom materials, professional development opportunities, and more. You can even take advantage of special discounts on new and renewal NSTA memberships and selected NSTA Press books.

So read on, and feel free to forward this special issue to colleagues and friends. Write us at nstaexpress@nsta.org, and let us know what you think of this special edition of NSTA Express and how we can make it an even better resource for you during the coming year.

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Back-to-School Special—Save $5 on Your NSTA Membership

For just pennies a day, NSTA membership is the best investment you will make to enhance your knowledge and teaching skills. Whether you’re a member or interested in joining, now is the time. Join or renew your membership now thru September 30 and receive $5 off your individual regular* membership dues and take advantage of these great benefits:

  • Choose the grade-specific journal geared to your specific needs
  • Receive NSTA Reports, a bi-monthly newspaper
  • Search the online journal article archive
  • Network with peers online and in real time
  • Access SciLinks® database of teacher approved websites
  • Discover grant, scholarship, and leadership opportunities
  • Receive discounts on books and registration fees
  • And much more!

Members: Visit http://www.nsta.org/renew and enter B2SREN6 in the source code field or download this form.
Nonmembers: Visit http://www.nsta.org/join and enter B2SNEW6 in the source code field or download this form.

*Discount does not apply to student, new, or retired membership options.

NSTA. Working for YOU!

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It’s a Transition Week for NSTA Press Online Specials, with Block Scheduling Ending; Celebrating Cultural Diversity Coming on for September

Two different NSTA Press titles share the discount promotion spotlight this week: August’s Block Scheduling is available at 30% off regular retail price through Wednesday at http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial. And starting on Thursday and throughout September, you can order Celebrating Cultural Diversity: Science Learning for All at 30% off the regular retail price. A best-of collection from The Science Teacher, NSTA’s member journal for high school teachers, Celebrating Cultural Diversity covers three must-know areas of multicultural science education: curriculum reform, teaching strategies, and science and language. To browse the book and to order, go to http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2.

A reminder: As you begin the new school year, don’t forget to save receipts to take advantage of your 2005 above-the-line $250 educator tax deduction for buying those back-to-school supplies (and NSTA Press books!). For details and qualifications, visit http://www.nea.org/lac/edtax/require.html.

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Free for All from Science Class

Every year Science Class, NSTA’s popular monthly e-newsletter, devotes one issue to the theme Free for All and provides more than 60 free online opportunities teachers can use to get ready for the school year. Explore the many free opportunities available by grade levels, ranging from online publications and activities to catalogs of books, as well as science competitions and professional development workshops. For high school, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-06/member_high.htm; for middle school, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-06/member_middle.htm; and for elementary, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-06/member_elementary.htm.

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More FREE Resources…Just in Time for Back-to-School

Here are more free resources you won’t want to miss. Visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_08_29_free.htm.

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Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming NSTA Conventions, State/Province Chapter, and Associated Group Meetings

Join us this fall in Hartford (October 20-22), Chicago (November 10-12) and Nashville (December 1-3) to find new knowledge, unique experiences, the latest “tools of the trade,” networking opportunities, and old acquaintances. For full details and agendas for all area conventions, you can peruse the complete advance program online at http://science.nsta.org/2005_area_advance_program and register online at http://www.nsta.org/conventions.

Many state/province chapters and associated groups are also planning a host of fall conventions and events. Click here to see a full list of meetings: http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_08_29_state.htm. To connect with Chapters and Associated Groups online, visit http://www.nsta.org/chapters.

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What’s Happening When and Where in Science? Check Out the Best Little Calendar You Could Ever Want

NSTA compiles and makes available to all a searchable, current, comprehensive online calendar of everything and anything going on all around us in the world of science and science education: events with deadlines, events without deadlines, awards and competitions, conferences, exhibits and films, lectures, online events, university courses, workshops, science events, and more. And you can search according to your area of interest, by grade level, and by region of the United States plus Canada. To see what’s coming up in your area, visit the NSTA Calendar at http://www.nsta.org/main/calendar/events.php. If you have an event or item appropriate for the calendar, you can even add it while you’re browsing the site.

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Survival Guide for New Teachers Now Available

If you are new to the teaching field or if you work alongside someone who is, then this book was written for you. Developed by the U.S. Department of Education, Survivor Guide for New Teacher—How New Teachers Can Work Effectively with Veteran Teachers, Parents, Principals, and Teacher Educators, is an online book which includes the reflections of award-winning first-year teachers who talk candidly about their successes and setbacks, with a particular emphasis on the relationships they formed with their colleagues, university professors, and their students' parents. Veteran teachers, especially, are a powerful factor in a new teacher's experience. The book includes suggestions about how new teachers can foster supportive professional relationships and what they stand to gain from them. Check it out at http://www.ed.gov/teachers/become/about/survivalguide/index.html.

On August 24, National Public Radio focused its Talk of the Nation program on “Tips for First-Time Teachers.” The program featured a new teacher, a seasoned veteran, and call-in participants who talked about challenges and solutions for the first day, first month, and first year of teaching. To listen to the program, go to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4814020.

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NSTA Express Survey Reveals Science Teachers’ Top Classroom Challenges

We know that the joy of teaching comes with many challenges. More than 400 teachers took the latest NSTA Express survey and told us about the challenges they were most likely to face this school year. Here are the top five:

  • Not enough time for planning, working with other teachers (52%)
  • Lack of science materials, resources, equipment, and facilities (35%)
  • Classroom management problems (student behavior/class size) (32%)
  • Too much time devoted to testing in general (31%)
  • Not enough parental support (22%)
Thanks to everyone who took the survey. We hope that the numerous classroom materials, teacher resources, and professional opportunities that we’ve highlighted in today’s special Back-to-School edition will help you tackle—and overcome—some of these challenges. NSTA is here to support you as you begin another exciting year.

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And Be Sure to Visit:

NSTA Institute for the latest cutting-edge online and onsite professional development available to all teachers of science: http://institute.nsta.org.

NSTA Science Store for an outstanding array of bestselling books and teaching resources: http://store.nsta.org.

NSTA Recommends for objective, thoughtful reviewed science-teaching materials: http://www2.nsta.org/recommends.

NSTA Position Papers for policy statements, goals, and recommendations on effective classroom teaching and much more: http://www.nsta.org/53.

NSTA WebNews Digest for the latest news in education, science, legislative affairs, and about NSTA events and activities: http://www.nsta.org/mainnews.

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All the best from the NSTA Express staff.

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