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Week of October 15, 2007

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NSTA is on the Road

NSTA is in Detroit, Michigan this week with the Conference on Science Education. We’ll be reaching for the stars with former astronaut Sally Ride, getting the newest strategies for recruiting and retaining underrepresented minority students, exploring active chemistry, delving into multicultural science, and finding out how technology and science intertwine! If you’re coming to the conference, be sure to stop by the NSTA booth (number 112) and say hello! If you haven’t registered yet, you can still come and register on site! Can’t make it to Detroit? Don’t worry, we’ll be in Denver Nov. 8-10 and in Birmingham Dec. 6-8.

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Nominations for NSTA Board of Directors and Council

Are you looking for a challenging leadership position that impacts local, state, and national science education? Would you like to serve the association that serves you? We are currently accepting applications for the 2008 NSTA election.

Board of Directors offices to be filled in the 2008 election are:

  • President - Term of office: three-year commitment beginning June 2008 through May 2011 (Year 1 as President-elect; Year 2 as President; Year 3 as Retiring President)
  • Division Directors - Term of office: three-year commitment beginning June 2008 through May 2011:
    o Multicultural/Equity in Science Education
    o Preservice Teacher Preparation
    o Research in Science Education

Council offices to be filled in the 2008 election are:

  • District Directors - Term of office: three-year commitment beginning June 2008 through May 2011:
    o District I
    o District VI
    o District VII
    o District XII
    o District XIII
    o District XVIII

Submission deadline is TODAY, Oct. 15, 2007. You can apply online or download an application at www.nsta.org/nominations.

Questions? Call 703-312-9217

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"Out of the Box" Learning for Science Students

Exemplary Science in Informal Education Settings, a new book released by NSTA Press® and edited by Robert Yager and John Falk, shows real-world examples of how science education reform has taken hold in museums, science centers, zoos, and aquariums as well as on television, radio, and the internet.

The book makes it clear that Standards-based learning isn’t limited to the nine-month school year and six-hour school day. As editor John Falk writes, “The focus on informal settings in this volume represents an important milestone in the science education community’s progress toward a more holistic view of lifelong science learning.”

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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 AGAIN on our annual Back to School special. You can join NSTA now through November 9, 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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Ready, Set, Register!

The National Conference on Science Education will be in Boston, March 28-30. Don’t miss the exciting featured speakers (did someone say Barbara Morgan has been invited?), symposia (Polar Science, Today’s Knowledge for Tomorrow’s Explorer), sessions and presentations (far too many to mention!), short courses, professional development institutes (come early, these are on Wednesday!), field trips, and research dissemination conference.

And for those who attend the conference, be sure to register for the Ultimate Science Classroom Giveaway!

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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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