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Week of October 31, 2011

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Apply Today for an Einstein Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship program. The goal of the Einstein Fellowship program is to provide an opportunity for teachers to inform national policy and improve communication between the K–12 STEM education community and national leaders. If selected, Einstein fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC, sharing their expertise as a fellow in one of several government agency offices, such as the Department of Energy, NASA, the National Science Foundation, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or in the office of a member of Congress.

Selection is based on exemplary experience in K–12 STEM teaching; demonstrated leadership in the community; an understanding of national, state, and local education policy; and communication and interpersonal skills. The Triangle Coalition administers the program under the direction of the Department of Energy. The application deadline is January 5, 2012. To learn more about the program and to apply, visit www.einsteinfellows.org or e-mail einsteinfellows@triangle-coalition.org.

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High Hopes, But Few Opportunities for California Students to Learn Science

A report issued by WestEd last week paints a dismal picture of science teaching and learning in the state of California.

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NSTA Teacher Award Applications are Due Soon

How would you like to win a trip to NSTAís national conference on science education? Did you know more than $80,000 in cash and prizes are just waiting for you to claim them? NSTA Teacher Award & Recognition Programs honor teachers and principals for outstanding work. There is also an award for a female middle grade level student. You may nominate yourself, a fellow teacher, your principal, or a student. You canít win if you donít apply. Deadline: November 30.

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New Freebies From Sid and Dinosaur Train

Many preschool and kindergarten teachers use the PBS Kids series Dinosaur Train and Sid the Science Kid to encourage scientific curiosity in their students. Now as part of a special, limited-time offer, teachers can sign up to receive new free educational materials connected with these popular programs.

The Dinosaur Train educator toolkit can engage young children in paleontology, life science, and natural history. Each toolkit contains episode clips, music videos, lyric sheets, and preK–Kindergarten lesson plans from the series. On the same request form, sign up to receive a Dinosaur Train Nature Tracker poster! The front shows a full-color image of Buddy and his siblings, while on the back, teachers will find tips for safety and science fun outdoors.

In addition, teachers can sign up here to receive Sid the Science Kid posters for their young scientists! The front of the poster features a full-color image of Sid, his friends, and teacher Susie at the science center; the back contains tips for engaging young children in science and interacting at a science center or museum.

Looking for more free resources? Visit NSTA’s Freebies for Science Teachers page.

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NSTA's Northwest Outpost for 2011: Seattle

A terrific academic getaway is in the stars for science educators who choose to attend NSTA’s Conference on Science Education in Seattle, Dec. 8–10. For K–16 teachers and administrators, this event offers a range of professional development options: workshops, seminars, presentations, exhibitor events, and hands-on activities that will add to your teaching portfolio. Full-day programs in chemistry, physics, engineering, and biology are scheduled, and a preconference (Wed., Dec. 7) elementary program intended to teach science integration in reading instruction rounds out more than 400 sessions.

See some of our highlights:

  • Connecting Community Experience and Science Learning by Dr. Eric J. Jolly, president of the Science Museum of Minnesota and known for his personal passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and for working to identify solutions that address our country’s achievement gap.
  • Featured Panel: STEM Education for All: A Quixotic Quest or Well Within Reach? Moderated by Julia Novy-Hildesley, chief executive officer of Washington STEM.

Elementary

  • Teaching Energy Conservation with an Emphasis on Biofuels
  • STEM Careers: Connections with Climate Change Scientists—Hands-on scientific inquiry activities for K–5
  • Sniff Trails: Engaging the Senses to Learn About Wildlife

Middle

  • Layered Curriculum Development Model for Project-based STEM Education
  • NASA's Pi in the Sky: Meaningful Math in Your Astronomy Lessons
  • What's Going On in There? Inquiry Science for Supervisors, Trainers, and Teachers

High and College

  • Variation, Selection, and Time—Explore contemporary examples of evolution at work through free activities.
  • Authentic Research on Smoking Behavior Using a Scientific Database
  • Physics by Inquiry: A Guided Inquiry Curriculum
  • Evolution and Medicine: A New Approach to a Central Topic in High School Biology
  • Lost in Translation: Exploring Protein Synthesis with Interactive Physical Models

Visit www.nsta.org/seattle for more information or to register.

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"Look Outside" for Teaching Opportunities

After reading Schoolyard Science, 101 Easy and Inexpensive Activities, science teachers of all grade levels will see the unique teaching opportunities their own school grounds offer. Each cost-effective activity is designed to help students develop both observation skills and an appreciation of the environment. Authors Thomas Lord and Holly Travis field tested each lesson in K–12 classrooms, youth camp programs, and teacher education classes to ensure that the activities can be seamlessly incorporated into existing curricula and successfully engage students in the outdoors.

Covering topics such as lower plants, gardens, insects and other invertebrate, energy, and Earth science, the activities align with the National Science Education Standards and promote student-centered inquiry. With a focus on teamwork, the book encourages students to work together while developing their own critical-thinking skills. The authors suggest a grade level for each activity but note that each can be adapted to other grades as well.

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Earn a Master's Degree in Geoscience Online

You can earn your Master of Science degree via distance learning through the Teachers in Geosciences program from Mississippi State University. All of the core Earth science courses are taught online, and the curriculum is designed around the Earth science content that is most relevant to K–12 educators. The program concludes with an 8- to 10-day capstone field course that is taught during the summer at a variety of locations including Yellowstone/Grand Tetons, western Washington State, the Sierra, upstate New York, Lake Superior, the Bahamas, and the Great Plains.

This 12-course, 36-credit hour graduate program is designed to take as little as two years to complete and includes courses in meteorology, geology, planetary science, oceanography, hydrology, and environmental geoscience. The program has alumni in all 50 states, and all students qualify for in-state tuition rates.

Please visit the MSU website or contact Joy Bailey, jbailey@aoce.msstate.edu, for additional information.

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