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Week of December 17, 2007

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NSF/NGA National Workshop on Science Education and Workforce Issues

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in cooperation with the National Governors Association, has announced it will be holding a national workshop and exhibition in January focused on science education and workforce issues. Science Education and Workforce Development: Key Challenges for Innovation in the States will be held at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on January 15-16, 2008. The workshop will focus on newly developed tools that can enhance innovation and educational accountability at local, state, and regional levels and partnerships that engage federal and state agencies and K-12 and higher education with business and industry to improve science education and workforce development.

For more information (PDFs): Invitation | Agenda

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Make NSTA Your Source for Web News and Information

As 2007 draws to a close, what were the science and education news stories you used in your teaching this past year?

Did you know that the NSTA WebNews and NSTA Reports team provides web readers with a number of stories on key issues that can, and do, have an impact on science classrooms and students?

This week read the NSTA Reports online story about MRSA (methycillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, often called "staph"), which was back in the news recently when a teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland, died from a MRSA infection.

Did you read about the study from ETS that found prospective teachers who took state Praxis exams from 2002-2005 had higher SAT scores in high school and better grade point averages in college compared to their peers a decade ago?

Don't miss us in 2008!

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NSTA Teams Up with DuPont for Student Science Contest

NSTA is pleased to announce it is collaborating with DuPont for the 2008 THE DUPONT CHALLENGE© Science Essay Competition. THE DUPONT CHALLENGE©, now in its 22nd year, gives students the opportunity to write a 700- to 1,000-word essay discussing a scientific discovery, theory, event, or technological application that has captured their interest. The range of possible essay topics is as broad as science itself. Essays are judged based on ideas and content; mechanics and conventions; organization; style and creativity; and originality.

Students from grades 7-12 are eligible to take part in THE DUPONT CHALLENGE©, and essays are evaluated in two divisions: Junior Division (grades 7, 8, and 9) and Senior Division (grades 10, 11, and 12). DuPont and its collaborating partners are offering cash prizes totaling more than $25,000. The competition attracted more than 10,000 entries in 2007. All entries for the 2008 contest must be received by Jan. 28, 2008.

For more information, visit www.thechallenge.dupont.com.

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NSTA's On Board for Boston

The NSTA's annual National Conference on Science Education is right around the corner. Scheduled for March 27-30, 2008, in Boston, it offers more opportunities for educators than you can imagine.

Think about professional development and advancing your career through our institutes, which are focused and content-based. "Designing Effective Science Lessons: Research into Practice" is one example of the full-day sessions we offer that are followed by pathway sessions for in-depth topic study.

Share the experiences of Barbara Morgan, astronaut and elementary school teacher, who will inspire and inform you as the conference keynote speaker.

Take a field trip to Northeastern University's Marine Science Center to enrich your conference experience.

And finally, enjoy the vast exhibit hall with hundreds of new products and workshops. Don't forget to enter to win The Ultimate Science Classroom Giveaway, one for each grade band, stocked full of products and materials provided by top-notch exhibitors. This is a science teacher's dream.

Visit www.nsta.org/boston for more information.

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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 to www.nsta.org/membership/gift.aspx for more information, and happy holidays!

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We're Taking the Week Off

Happy Holidays from the staff at NSTA! See you on the 31st.

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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 December featured book, Teaching High School Science Through Inquiry: A Case Study Approach.

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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