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Week of February 7, 2011

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Escape the Winter Doldrums for Science Education in San Francisco, March 1013

Science educators K–16 are invited to attend NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education, a getaway for learning, a destination for inspiration, and an audience to nurture your passion. Teachers in every science discipline and at every stage in their career will meet to take charge of their personal and professional development. Featured speakers like Ira Flatow, host of NPR’s Science Friday® will entertain you. Field trips to some of finest science institutions will stimulate you. Check out a few sessions bound to affect performance in the classroom:

  • Shaping Children's Views of Science by Doing and Knowing About Inquiry (Elem level)
  • Introducing the Nature of Science and Scientific Inquiry Using Instructional Videos (Middle-College)
  • Earth as a System: Seasons and the Seas (Middle)
  • Density and Other Labs Using Plastics (Elem–High)
  • Engaging Students with Hands-On Nanotechnology Laboratory Activities (General)
  • Engaging Students in Biology Through Real-World Connections —Topics include stem cell research, medical issues, and diabetes and kidney disease. (Middle-High)
  • Grades 3–8 Environmental Science in the Field and the Classroom ( Elem-Middle)
  • Teaching Earth Science Content with iPods, Laptops, and Other Portable Accelerometers (Middle–High)
  • Developing Literacy and Addressing Content Standards Through Issue-oriented Science (Middle–High)
  • Intersections of Art, Writing, and Science (Middle–High)
  • Featured Presentation: Looking into the Future of Educational Technology — Chad Dorsey, CEO of The Concord Consortium
  • Science—It’s Not a Book of Knowledge … It’s a Journey —Keynote Speaker Jeff Goldstein, director of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
  • Practical Tools to Support English Language Learners Reading Science Texts —Featured Speaker Kenji Hakuta, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Stanford
  • Deepening Science Thinking and Reasoning Through Discussion and Writing in K–5 Inquiry-based Science (Ticketed Professional Development Instutute)
  • Helping Students Develop 21st-Century Skills Through Issue-oriented Science (Ticketed Professional Development Institute)
  • Integrating Science and Emerging Educational Technology in the Science Classroom (Ticketed full-day program)
  • The Exhibit Hall —Meet representatives from more than 400 companies offering cutting-edge products and services just for science teachers. Bring a tote for giveaways.

For more information or to register, visit www.nsta.org/sanfrancisco.

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National Lab Day is Now the National Lab Network

Planning now for your science fair and end-of-year projects? Then look to the National Lab Network for help. National Lab Day is now the National Lab Network.

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It May Be a Sputnik Moment, but Science Fairs Are Lagging, Says NY Times

Are science fairs declining from the high school scene? The White House hosted a science fair last fall, and during last week’s State of the Union address President Obama said that America should celebrate its science fair winners like Super Bowl champs. Yet in the February 4 New York Times, reporter Amy Harmon writes “as science fair season kicks into high gear, participation among high school students appears to be declining. And many science teachers say the problem is not a lack of celebration, but the Obama administration’s own education policy, which holds schools accountable for math and reading scores at the expense of the kind of creative, independent exploration that science fair projects require.”

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Uncovering Student Ideas in Life Science, Volume 1: 25 New Formative Assessment Probes

Grades K–12
Available March 2011

Author Page Keeley continues her popular formula for uncovering and addressing the preconceptions that students bring to the classroom using formative assessment probes. In this first book devoted exclusively to life science, Keeley covers the topics of life and its diversity; structure and function; life processes; ecosystems and change; reproduction, life cycles, and heredity; and human biology. Save 10% when you pre-order with promo code: HEART.

Members: $23.16 $20.75 
Nonmembers: $28.95 $26.05

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Dr. Natalie Batalha Visits Lab Out Loud

In episode 58, hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler talk with Dr. Natalie Batalha, co-investigator of NASA's Kepler Team. Dr. Batalha talks to Lab Out Loud about her love of science and physics, the Kepler mission, and the discovery of planet Kepler 10b.

And remember: every episode of Lab Out Loud includes lots of links to great internet resources, so don't just listen—look!

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New Online Graduate Course from AMNH: Climate Change

Learn and understand how scientists study climate and the consequences of climate change for the future with Climate Change, the newest Seminars on Science course from the American Museum of Natural History. Other courses include Earth: Inside and Out; The Solar System; Evolution; and more.

All courses run for six weeks and are fully online. Each participant receives a CD of course resources suitable for classroom use. Affordable graduate credit is available for all courses (see website for details).

Please see the website for the full course listing. Free sample resources for each course—including essays, videos and interactive simulations—are available online. Spring Sessions run March 14 – April 24 OR May 9 – June 19. Registration for Spring 2 closes February 28. Register early for a $50 discount! For more information and to register, go to learn.amnh.org or call 800-649-6715.

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NSTA on the Web Radio

NSTA's executive director, Francis Eberle, will be interviewed by host Larry Jacobs on Wednesday, February 9, at 11:30 a.m. EST on Education Talk Radio.

You can listen live via the internet at www.blogtalkradio.com/edutalk.

If you can't tune in then, the interview will be archived at www.educationtalkradio.wordpress.com.

If you wish to ask Dr. Eberle a question, please e-mail your question by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to edutalklarry@gmail.com with the subject line "For NSTA, Dr. Eberle."

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