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Week of November 17, 2008

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Colleges and Universities Announce National Initiative to Address Science and Math Teacher Shortage

An article in the November 10 issue of Inside Higher Education highlights the initiative by the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) to increase the number of science and math teacher graduates. “Higher education institutions have the potential to bring about tremendous improvements in U.S. mathematics and science achievement by educating a larger number of highly qualified teachers,” said Richard Herman, chancellor at Urbana-Champaign, in the announcement. “Yet for too long institutions like mine have stood aside on this important issue. We cannot continue on the sidelines. One of the best paths for meeting the need for more science and mathematics teachers is to commit ourselves to this important initiative and inspire more of the nation’s top mathematics, science and engineering students to become our top teachers.”

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Bayer "Making Science Make Sense" One-Day Session on Diversity in STEM This December

Earlier this year the Bayer Making Science Make Sense® program polled CEOs and other executives leading Fortune 1000 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) companies about U.S. competitiveness and workforce issues.

The survey report, titled The Bayer Facts of Science Education XIII:   Fortune 1000 STEM Executives on STEM Education, STEM Diversity and U.S. Competitiveness is now available at www.BayerUS.com/MSMS and will be discussed at a second STEM Education Diversity Forum in San Francisco on Thursday, December 11, 2008.

Titled “Bridging the Diversity Gap:  Introducing STEM Industries to K-12 Best Practice Programs,” the forum will introduce participants to a number of these programs, primarily based on the West Coast, that have a proven track record of helping girls and underrepresented minorities to participate and achieve in STEM.

The forum will consist of a series of panels, including the Best Practice Elementary STEM Education Programs and Best Practice Secondary STEM Education Programs.

Each panel will be moderated by Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the nation’s first African American female astronaut, a chemical engineer, physician and Bayer’s longtime national spokesperson for the Making Science Make Sense® program.

To register to attend, please visit www.BayerUS.com/MSMS. Questions or comments? Please e-mail BayerMSMSForum@bayer.com.

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Hands-On Activities in Earth Science Success Bound to Please Middle School Science Teachers

A one-year Earth science curriculum with clear day-by-day lessons in astronomy, geology, meteorology, and physical oceanography is a gift middle school science teachers will love when they have a look at Earth Science Success: 50 Lesson Plans for Grades 6–9. This essential reference with topics chosen that reflect the National Science Education Standards, focuses on labs (including 33 investigations), and emphasizes practical, sequential experiences that encourage students to discover important science concepts and learn to think critically. There are plenty of student handouts and teacher’s lesson plan outlines that you can use tomorrow in you classroom. It’s also suitable for students of science education methodology courses at the college level. Visit the NSTA Science Store for more details and to order.

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Special Program for Elementary School Teachers at Cincinnati Area Conference on Science Education

Elementary school teachers are invited to attend NSTA's Conference on Science Education in Cincinnati on Dec. 4–6. Specially planned is Elementary Science Day, designed for K–6 teachers who want to build their science teaching skill, learn about formative assessments, study inquiry and how to use it, view demonstrations on strategies and techniques like using literature in the classroom. Featured speaker Jerry Pallotta, author of books on reading, writing, math, and science, will talk on his experiences in the field. He has written both fiction with humor and nonfiction that includes titles Icky Bug Alphabet, Jet Alphabet, Flower Alphabet, and Skull Alphabet. The special day runs from 10:45 am to 6:00 pm and includes workshops, other speakers, and lunch. A ticket is required, priced at $15 in advance and $20 on site. Other daylong programs include Physics Day, Chemistry Day, Physical Science/Earth Science Day, and Biology Day. For more information, visit the Cincinnati conference web pages.

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NASA's Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project

The Endeavor Science Teacher Certificate Project (ESTCP) awards over 40 fellowships each year to in-service, alternative-route, and preservice formal educators contributing to the development of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce based on NASA content and educational materials. The project helps to ensure that the Certificate in Applied Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, contributes toward teacher licensure, assisting Fellows in becoming "highly qualified" science teachers. Fellows may earn a "Leadership Distinction" designation on their ESTCP Certificate. The ESTCP improves teachers' knowledge of pedagogical content as educators demonstrate changes in practice and apply science concepts.

Fellows come together to build an online community of practice as they complete a minimum of five exclusively online graduate-level "Short Courses," including Action Research. In addition, the project provides workshops for those who teach science teachers at schools of education. ESTCP and its workshops assist the educators in incorporating NASA content into methods and practicum courses for preservice teachers who may feed into the ESTC project. Educators serving underrepresented student populations are encouraged to apply.

Questions should be submitted electronically to the following e-mail address: nasa_endeavor@us-satellite.net.

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Did You Know?

As a member of NSTA, you have FREE access to more than 1,000 articles from NSTA's four award-winning journals, published for science teachers who need to be informed and keep current. View sample titles below or click the grade level link you’re interested in to see an index of available articles.

When you log in as a member on any of the above four pages (at the top left of the page), any journal article from recent years can be accessed, read, and saved by typing in a keyword in the section labeled "Journal Archives." At the bottom right of that section, you can search our archives for materials published from 1996 on. As a member, please take advantage of hundreds of new teaching tips, trends, and classroom strategies—all free of charge!

Check out the sample articles below.

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And Don’t Forget…

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

Visit the NSTA Science Store for an outstanding array of bestselling books and teaching resources.

NSTA is offering more Web Seminars through the autumn months. Visit the website for more information and to register to attend these FREE 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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