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Effects of Climate Change Tallied Up

Climate change is very likely having an impact now on our planet and its life, according to the latest installment of a report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). And the future problems caused by rising seas, growing deserts, and more frequent droughts all look set to affect the developing world more than rich countries, they add.

The report, unveiled at a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, is the second chapter of the IPCC's Fourth Assessment—the most comprehensive summary yet of research into the causes and effects of climate change.

To read more, visit http://www.nature.com/news/2007/070402/full/070402-10.html.

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Colorado Rejects More Math, Science Requisites

When Colorado lawmakers recently rejected a proposal to increase high school requirements in math and science, they were not only reasserting local school districts’ rights to set their own academic standards, they were also bucking a national trend. To read the full text of the article, click to http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/04/04/31colorado.h26.html.

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More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons Now Available!

Integrate science and reading time with this helpful guide to the science in children’s picture books. The second in a series, More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons is geared toward teachers of grades K-4 and focuses on a variety of topics including magnets, plants, ocean life, and measurement. Details are available at http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB186X2.

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Join National Geographic for a Virtual Teacher Workshop to Bring Earth Day into Your Classroom!

This year in support of Earth Day, the National Geographic is launching a workshop for teachers focused on the ocean to bring environmental issues into the classroom. Discussion will be led by Dr. Carl Safina, a renowned scientist and author who will present his findings to you and to better understand what this issue means to you. Dr. Greg Marshall, Project Manager for Crittercam, will look at what research is doing to help protect species. Dr. Michael Libbee, Director of the Michigan Geographic Alliance, will also join us for the entire workshop to demonstrate how to make these topics an important part of your curricula, with new classroom applications and extensions.

Registration for the workshop is free and is now available at http://www.coexploration.org/ngs/EarthDay. Teachers can also earn graduate credit for this course for a fee of $90.00.

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Montana State University Graduate Degree Now More Affordable!

Montana State University Bozeman announces a revised tuition structure for the popular Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) degree for practicing science educators. Effective summer 2007, tuition for this 30-credit degree drops to $8,100.

Eliminating the non-resident tuition surcharge decreases the overall cost of the degree program for out-of-state teachers. See http://www.montana.edu/msse for program details. Over 40 classes are available this summer. Simple web registration makes it easier than ever to take a class online or in Bozeman, Montana.

Teachers from 39 states and 11 foreign countries have successfully completed this degree with distance classes from the National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN). Contact Dr. Carol Thoresen, thoresen@montana.edu for more information.

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And Don’t Forget…

  • Membership Means You Belong! Join NSTA for these essential benefits that will enhance your marketability in the teaching profession and build your professional knowledge. Being a member of NSTA means you’re part of an international community of practitioners dedicated to improving science education.
  • The NSTA Science Store for an outstanding array of bestselling books and teaching resources: http://store.nsta.org. This month’s featured book special is Exploring Ecology. For 30% off, visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial!
  • NSTA is offering more Web Seminars in April. Visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxweb_seminars.asp for the topics and registration information for these upcoming professional development opportunities.

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