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Week of October 9, 2007

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NSTA Legislative Update: NCLB Reauthorization

Will NCLB be authorized this year? That’s the $64,000 question education advocates ask as they watch the Congressional calendar year wind down. Read all about NCLB and more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update.

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NSB Rolls Out National Action Plan for 21st Century STEM Education

On October 3 at the U.S. Capitol the National Science Board unveiled their long-awaited national action plan for 21st century STEM education. Key recommendations made by the NSB (the oversight body for the National Science Foundation) include the formation of an independent, non-Federal National Council for STEM Education; voluntary national STEM content guidelines; alignment of STEM learning across grade levels; and increased STEM teacher compensation.

The National Action Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education System also highlights strategies to enable and encourage stakeholders from local, state and federal governments, as well as nongovernmental STEM education stakeholder groups, to collaborate.

One of the presenters was former NSTA President Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez, currently a member of the NSB and vice-Chairman of the commission that wrote the report.

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Science Educators: Dig into NSTA With a Free Book PLUS $10 Off Dues!

When you make use of the information in NSTA Express, you’re just scratching the surface of the many ways that NSTA membership helps you be the best science educator you can be. Science education is changing, and you need to know how to teach to meet the new federal requirements and state standards and assessment practices. NSTA makes it easy for you to expand and enhance your knowledge and teaching skills, to make your voice heard on important state and national education issues, and to share your expertise with other members as part of a national community of committed educators.

DEADLINE EXTENDED on our annual Back to School special. You can join NSTA now through October 19, receive $10 off your individual regular* membership dues, and have your choice of a free book: (Elementary Teachers get Picture Perfect Science Lessons; Middle School Teachers get Doing Good Science in Middle School; and High School Teachers get both the Student and Teacher editions of Watershed Dynamics!)

Click here to join thousands of educators who find NSTA teachers’ resources unmatched. Take a look at what members enjoy.

*This offer valid only on new memberships. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. This offer is only valid on individual, regular membership at the standard $74 rate and not for any other membership category, such as Student, New Teacher, or Retired.

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The Science Teacher is Looking for a Few Good Questions

The Science Teacher, NSTA's peer-reviewed journal for secondary science teachers, invites teachers to submit questions for the journal's Ask the Experts department. Previous questions include, "Why does the Moon appear larger in winter?" or "Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of its container?" In addition, the journal is always looking for experts from industry, research, and government to volunteer their time to answer questions. To submit questions or to volunteer as an expert, e-mail department editor Marc Rosner at marosner@aol.com with your full contact info.

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Hot off the Press: NSTA Guide to Planning School Science Facilities, Second Edition

With so many schools planning to build or renovate, the fully updated NSTA Guide to Planning School Science Facilities is a timely addition to school administrators' and architects’ libraries. It’s the definitive resource for every K–12 school that seeks safe, effective science space without costly, time-consuming mistakes.

New to this edition is a chapter on “green” schools, including how to think outside the traditional walls and use the entire grounds to encourage environmental responsibility in students.

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The Birmingham Earlybird Deadline is Flying Closer

Looking for an in-depth professional development experience to improve your content knowledge or pedagogical understanding? The National Science Teachers Association has just what you need in Birmingham at our Conference on Science Education! Join us for discussions and courses on timely and engaging topics to advance your science learning and teaching.

Sample just a few of our offerings. Elementary school teachers can learn new hands-on activities integrating math, science, and literacy. Middle school teachers become expert on assessment. High school teachers can attend workshops in their disciplines, and college professors can learn about formative assessment. Think of listening to keynote speaker Kathryn Thornton talk about her space exploits. How about a workshop on force and motion fundamentals? Take part in a workshop to help you better teach science to English language learners. And then there’s an exhibit hall chockfull of new products, lesson plans, and giveaways. NSTA’s conferences have something for everyone and we want you to take it all back to the classroom.

Remember when you attend our Birmingham conference as a member, not only do you save the most on registration, you get a whole year’s worth of benefits. Register by October 12 for earlybird savings. See you in Birmingham! Visit www.nsta.org/birmingham.

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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.

Visit the NSTA Science Store for an outstanding array of bestselling books and teaching resources. Receive 30% off of the October featured book, Practicing Science: The Investigative Approach in College Science Teaching.

Visit our member services web page to ensure that NSTA has your current contact information.

NSTA is offering more Web Seminars starting in October. Visit the website for more information about these upcoming professional development opportunities.
 
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Professional development courses in your future?
Online options give you a world of choice.
Take a look at these groups offering courses for science educators!

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