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Week of October 22, 2007

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No Child Left Behind and Science Education—Make Your Voice Heard

It is anticipated that Congress will soon be considering revisions to the No Child Left Behind Act. Although schools nationwide must assess students in science, in most states science scores do not count—only reading and mathematics assessment scores are counted in the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measure. As a result many schools, especially at the elementary level, have cut back on the amount of science provided to students.

NSTA believes it is time to Make Science Count. We strongly encourage Congress to make science a required component of the adequate yearly progress measure under Title I of the No Child Left behind Act. Join us in our campaign to Make Science Count.

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Save on Your Birmingham Conference Registration

Don’t pay full price to attend the Birmingham Conference on Science Education Dec. 6–8! The advance discount ends October 26 so register soon. NSTA Conferences on Science Education offer you the professional development sessions you need to become the best teacher you can be. From presentations on content knowledge, symposia that cover science topics in-depth to new assessment techniques, NSTA conferences offer an extraordinary agenda for teachers in every grade band. Most popular are the product giveaways from nationally known exhibitors.

You can save as much as $99 if you are an NSTA member. As a member, not only do you save the most on registration, you get a whole year’s worth of member benefits.

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Lab Out Loud: NSTA Launches Second Podcast Series

As a follow-up to its popular Behind the Books podcasts, NSTA recently launched Lab Out Loud, a biweekly series in which hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler discuss science news and science education with leading scientists, researchers, science writers and other important figures in the field. Brian and Dale are both high school teachers from Wisconsin keenly interested in sharing ideas via the web—through web pages, blogs, and podcasts. The initial episode (released October 7) features an interview with NSTA Executive Director Gerry Wheeler. Listen to Gerry describe one of the influential events that led to his career in the sciences. To tune in, visit www.nsta.org/LabOutLoud. In the latest episode, Brian and Dale get an evolution update from Sean B. Carroll of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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Calling All Elementary School Principals!

Don’t miss out on news and views especially for you. NSTA is pleased to announce a new electronic publication dedicated to helping you, the elementary school principal, help your teachers in science. Whether you need assistance with curriculum development or want to present a fun-filled activity when you visit a classroom, Scientific Principals offers you a science toolbox full of new ideas and practical applications. To sign up for this complimentary, monthly e-newsletter written especially for elementary school principals, please visit science.nsta.org/scientific_principals.

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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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Plan Your Attendance at NSTA's National Conference on Science Education (March 27–30, 2008)

The Personal Scheduler is now available for NSTA's National Conference on Science Education in Boston (March 2730, 2008). This handy tool allows you to present your proposed professional development itinerary to request funding support ... use it as a calendar to organize your conference experience to get the most from your participation when you're with us in Boston!

At NSTA Conferences on Science Education you can update your content knowledge and teaching techniques, network with other science professionals, hear from world-renowned experts, and pick up the latest goodies from hundreds of exhibitors.

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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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