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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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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:
Members: Visit http://www.nsta.org/renew
and enter B2SREN6 in the source code field or download
*Discount does not apply to student, new, or retired membership options.
NSTA. Working for YOU!
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.
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.
Here are more free resources you won’t want to miss. Visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_08_29_free.htm.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Papers for policy statements, goals, and recommendations on effective
classroom teaching and much more: http://www.nsta.org/53.
All the best from
the NSTA Express staff.
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