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New Study Identifies Factors that Contribute to Minority Successes in STEM Fields

"Increasing the Success of Minority Students in Science and Technology” highlights the importance of a rigorous high school curriculum, early entry to college, and educated parents as determinants of whether a student graduates with a degree in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The American Council on Education's report finds that black and Hispanic students are just as likely as whites and Asian-Americans to select a STEM major when they enter college. Researchers found that black and Hispanic students began to stumble in the STEM fields after their third year in college. Six years after they entered college, 63% of black and Hispanic students still in STEM fields had obtained degrees, compared with 95% of Asian-American and 87% of white students. To read more about the findings in the report, visit http://www.acenet.edu/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Press_Releases2&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=15602.

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Thousands of Science Educators Reenergized at NSTA 54th National Conference on Science Education in Anaheim

If you were among the thousands of science educators who were with us in Anaheim, aren’t you glad you went? And if you weren’t able to make it, read about just a few of the highlights from the world’s largest gathering of science educators: the day-long research dissemination conference Science Assessment: Research and Practical Approaches; award of NSTA’s first Presidential Citation to Dover, Pennsylvania, teachers; a profile of Conference attendee Allan Miller; and a close-up of the first-ever “Science for Young Learners Day” events. For these NSTA Web News Digest articles, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=51909.

April 15 Deadline to Submit Proposal for 2007 National Conference
Want to present at NSTA’s 2007 National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, March 29-April 1? The deadline for submitting proposals is April 15, so act now! Go to http://www.nsta.org/sessions for details and to submit your proposal.

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Assessment in Science is Newest Resource from NSTA Press and NARST, with Accessible Techniques that Really Work

For the latest research findings on classroom-tested assessment techniques, you’ll want Assessment in Science: Practical Experiences and Education Research, the newest book from NSTA Press and the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. Enlightening for classroom teachers at all grade levels and ideal for curriculum supervisors and professors who teach science education, the collection of informative, up-to-date reports is by authors who are practicing K-12 classroom teachers and university-based educators and researchers. In teams, the authors tried out and evaluated different assessment approaches in the classroom. To read a sample of the book and to buy, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB204X.

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Registration Opens for Two Summer Semesters of Online Courses From American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History’s Seminars on Science are currently registering science educators for two summer semesters: June 12-July 23 and July 3-August 13. Summer professional development courses include Earth: Inside and Out; The Ocean System; The Link Between Dinosaurs and Birds; Space, Time, and Motion; and several others. Free sample resources from each course in the Seminars on Science series are available for free use when you visit AMNH’s new website (see link to "Sample Resources" within individual course descriptions).

Designed for K-12 educators, each six-week course immerses learners in an area of contemporary research. Courses are taught and led by Museum scientists and educators, include resources for classroom use, and feature rich web-based discussions, plus the convenience of on-line accessibility. Each course is available for up to four graduate credits and may meet local professional development requirements. A $50 discount is available for those who register early, and with limited class space, early registration is suggested. For more information and to register, go to http://learn.amnh.org or call 800-649-6715.

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FDA/NSTA Washington Summer PD Week Deadline for Middle, High School Science Educators is April 20

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and NSTA will present a professional development (PD) program in Food Science July 16-July 22 in Washington, D.C. for middle level and high school science teachers. Travel, lodging, and meal per diems will be provided for participants including a follow-up meeting at an NSTA area conference in fall 2006. Deadline for applications is April 20. For information and to apply, go to http://www.nsta.org./fdaapplication.

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And Don't Forget... 

  • During the month of April, you can purchase the Online Book Special—Science Educator’s Guide to Lab Assessment at 30% off list price when you buy online. To browse the book and to order, visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial.
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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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