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Week of November 13, 2007

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Climate Change Lessons Pose Challenges to Science Teachers

The natural world offers a broad catalog of scientific phenomena for teachers wanting to craft classroom lessons on the topic of climate change and teachers today are “carving out a larger place for these issues in science classes, particularly at the high school level,” writes Education Week reporter Sean Cavanagh in the October 31 issue. Yet teachers face challenges in finding accurate classroom activities, largely because textbooks and other materials have not caught up to the growing scientific evidence about this topic. Read how many savvy science educators are incorporating the science of climate change into their classroom.

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Join Us in Birmingham for our Southern Area Conference

NSTA’s Conference on Science Education brings its primary service--professional development to educators in every discipline--to Birmingham, December 6-8, 2007. Continuous, high-quality professional development is essential to the nation's goal of high standards of learning for every child. Hear nationally renowned speakers:

  • Kathryn Thornton, astronaut, professor, dean, University of Virginia
  • James McClintock, professor University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Dave Vernier, CEO Vernier Software & Technology

Educators shouldn’t miss this opportunity to improve their strategies, techniques, and networking options. For more information or to register, please visit www.nsta.org/birmingham.

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New Forensics Book from NSTA Press

Forensics is the hot topic sweeping science classrooms everywhere. Just released by NSTA Press®, Using Forensics: Wildlife Crime Scene! by Laura Arndt helps teachers incorporate the interdisciplinary opportunity forensics offers in alignment with the National Science Education Standards. Students learn required science content while experiencing the thrill of solving a wildlife crime.

Using Forensics is an ideal complement to middle and high school courses in biology, environmental science, general science, and criminology. It provides a high-interest, real-life format for learning a variety of scientific concepts and skills that correlate with the Standards. It also gives students reason to genuinely care about preserving the wildlife and ecosystems they’re studying.

For more details and to read a free chapter, visit the NSTA Science Store.

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Check Your E-mail Address—NSTA Elections Are Just Around the Corner

Ballots for the election of NSTA's Board and Council members whose terms begin in 2008 will be e-mailed to NSTA members on December 28, 2007. This is the first year of all-electronic balloting. Members are urged to go to the membership section of the website to check their e-mail information and update it if necessary. Alternatively, you can e-mail Member Services at membership@nsta.org. (The fact that you have successfully received this newsletter by e-mail does not guarantee that the e-mail address associated with your NSTA membership is current.)

If we do not have a valid e-mail address on file for you, you will not be able to vote!

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Give the Best Gift of All—the Gift of Membership in NSTA!

With the holidays approaching, now is the time to give the gift of resources that will help the science educators in your life be the best they can be—gift membership in NSTA. You can download the gift application.

Your generous gift of an NSTA membership is an investment in the professional growth of your favorite science educator. Each membership includes a subscription to one grade-specific journal and NSTA Reports, a 20% discount on NSTA Press® books, up to 40% off conference registrations, award and professional development opportunities, and much more. Each new member will receive an acknowledgment letter indicating that his or her membership was a gift from you. Click here for more information, and happy holidays!

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Registration Now Open for NTEN Online Courses

The National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) is ready to meet your professional development goals this spring. Registration is now open. Teachers can choose between nine online courses in six disciplines, including astronomy, environmental science, microbiology, physics, soil science, and water quality.

Headlining this spring's offerings is NTEN's Environmental Microbiology course. This course will provide teachers with fundamental knowledge of environmental and applied microbiology. Through reading, discussions and assignments on microbial growth, ecology, diseases, water pollution, and food microbiology, teachers will gain an appreciation of how microorganisms maintain the biosphere in a balanced state. Teachers will also learn how our knowledge of microbial ecology has been exploited to remediate soils contaminated with toxic wastes and waters polluted with residential, industrial, and agricultural waste.

For more details about Environmental Microbiology and all of NTEN's spring 2008 online professional development course offerings for science educators at all grade levels, visit the NTEN website or call 800-282-6062. NTEN is a program of Montana State University and most courses offer graduate credit. NSTA members receive a 10% discount on select courses.

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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 November featured book, Virus and the Whale: Exploring Evolution in Creatures Small and Large.

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

NSTA is offering more Web Seminars this fall. 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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