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Science and Education News Roundup

In this edition of Science and Education News Roundup, learn what’s in store for the New Horizons spacecraft’s nine-year trek to Pluto, how some view inquiry science in light of NCLB science testing, and how a newfound fossil could provide a glimpse into the evolutionary path of ear development when its function was different from that of its final form. Learn more at http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_01_23_roundup.htm.

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Curious About the Online Resources Your Colleagues are Using to Teach Science?
Check Out Some SciLinks Insights

NSTA’s SciLinks program links thousands of teachers and students to the best, most up-to-date teacher-approved web sites to support science instruction. While SciLinks is primarily offered through the pages of science textbooks and NSTA Press publications, NSTA members also have access to resources on several key topics. Among tens of thousands of searches conducted every month, a handful of topics are consistently the most popular. For a short period of time, NSTA Express is making some of these popular topics available for free to our readers. Select the links below and find some great new resources for your classroom teaching. Interested in learning more about SciLinks, visit http://www.scilinks.org.

K–4: What is Weather? (http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=63823447142110221066)

5–8: Measuring Motion (http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=63823447145510221066)

9–12: Global Warming (http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=63823447149910221066)

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Here’s Your Sneak Preview of the Advance Program for NSTA’s 54th Conference on Science Education in Anaheim, April 6-9

The Conference Department of the National Science Teachers Association is pleased to offer NSTA Express readers an early look at the complete print program for our highly anticipated Conference in Anaheim, CA, April 6-9, 2006. You’ll find all the details right here—you don't have to wait until you receive it in your mailbox—here’s your chance to register early and save. Browse through the hour-by-hour, day-by-day, event-by-event agenda… from pre-convention Professional Development Institutes to featured speakers, sessions, short courses, field trips, exhibitors, transportation and housing, advice on getting funding, special affiliate organization events—and every session of the three-and-a-half-day science extravaganza. The program is in pdf format, and there’s lots to read to persuade you to join us, so get comfortable and go to http://science.nsta.org/2006ana_advance_program. Join us for “Science, the Universal Language.”

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Spring Science Celebrations in the Classroom—Ideas at Your Fingertips

Check out the NSTA Calendar and click on “Science Events” for the upcoming seasonal science celebrations including:

  • February 19-25 Engineer Week 2006
  • February 12 Darwin Day Celebration of Science and Humanity
  • March 29 Sun-Earth Day 2006: Eclipse in a Different Light
  • April 6 NSTA International Science Education Day
  • April 22 Earth Day 2006
  • April 25 National DNA Day

You’ll find a wealth and variety of ideas and suggestions for connecting to these events in your classroom. The site is your one-stop shop for information about upcoming summer programs, grants, workshops, and much more. And it’s not limited to science celebrations only. Visitors can search by category, grade level, or region, or submit your own upcoming event. Don’t miss out. Visit http://www.nsta.org/calendar today.

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’05 NSTA Press Best Sellers List Reveals: Science Teachers Want to “Stop Faking It!”; Middle School Titles Rule; Elementary Pathways #1

NSTA’s just-released annual Best Seller list features 10 titles that merit a place on the savvy science teacher’s bookshelves. Leading the list is the venerable NSTA Pathways to the Science Standards, the go-to reference for practical guidance for putting the Standards into action. Five of the highly acclaimed Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It series made the top 10: Force & Motion (#2); Air, Water, & Weather (#5); Electricity & Magnetism (#6); Energy (#8); and Light (#9). Quickly rising to the #3 slot in just its second year is Picture-Perfect Science Lessons; #7 is Learning Science and the Science of Learning. Two middle school titles round out the top ten, with Doing Good Science in Middle School at #4, and Help! I’m Teaching Middle School Science at #10. Among the up-and-coming books to watch is Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Vol. 1: 25 Assessment Probes, which was introduced only last fall, and has already climbed to #19! To browse these and all the NSTA Press books for science educators, visit http://store.nsta.org.

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And Don't Forget... 

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Professional development courses in your future?
Online options give you a world of choice.
Take a look at these institutions offering courses for science educators!

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