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Week of January 9, 2012

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NSTA's Legislative Update—Is ESEA Reauthorization Over for Now?

The FY2012 budget for the Department of Education Math and Science Partnerships includes $150 million (Republicans proposed to zero out funding for this program); and the top Republican on the Education Committee has introduced summaries of two partisan bills to reauthorize ESEA, but many believe work to rewrite No Child Left Behind is over until 2013. Read all about it in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update.

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Don't Miss Out! Deadline is Fast Approaching to Submit a Session Proposal for the 2012 Area Conferences

Share your good ideas at NSTA’s 2012 area conferences and at the first STEM Forum & Expo. Don’t delay—the deadline for submissions is January 15, 2012. The STEM Forum & Expo will take place in Atlantic City, NJ (May 17­–19, 2012) and our 2012 area conferences include Louisville, KY (October 18–20), Atlanta, GA (November 1–3), and Phoenix, AZ (December 6–8). For more information, visit www.nsta.org/conferences. There you can also submit a proposal for the 2013 NSTA San Antonio National Conference on Science Education (April 11–14). The deadline for submitting a proposal for the 2013 San Antonio National Conference is April 15, 2012.

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National Governors Association Issues Key Report on STEM Education

In December the National Governors Association released a 44-page report that they hope governors nationwide will use to shape STEM education in their state. From Building a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education Agenda:

Although many simultaneous actions are needed to grow participation and outcomes in STEM education, this report focuses on six key steps that states are or should be taking across the entire K–postsecondary education continuum:

  • Adopt rigorous math and science standards and improved assessments;
  • Place and retain more qualified teachers in the classroom;
  • Provide more rigorous preparation for STEM students;
  • Use informal learning to expand math and science beyond the classroom;
  • Enhance the quality and supply of STEM teachers; and
  • Establish goals for postsecondary institutions to meet STEM job needs

In addition to pinpointing strengths and weaknesses, the report also provides concrete examples of model programs in a number of areas, including STEM schools, informal programs, teacher training, and career pathways.

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NSTA's Global Inquiry and Science Investigation in Costa Rica—A Professional Development Program

Join NSTA and Holbrook Travel for a unique professional development opportunity this summer, July 23–Aug.1, 2012! Investigate the rich habitats of Costa Rica, a country world-renowned for its tropical forests, biological diversity, and dedication to environmental conservation. During the course of the program, educators will have the opportunity to visit a variety of ecosystems and perform critical research for national and international scientific projects using GLOBE protocols. The program is designed to highlight the principles of Earth system science, life science, and species conservation through activities such as actively collecting data, analyzing findings, and participating in inquiry-based learning modules. In addition to its scientific core, threads of cultural exchange and service have been woven throughout the itinerary, providing participants with a comprehensive foundation for widening perspectives and strengthening global science understanding both in the field and the classroom. Visit www.holbrooktravel.com/nsta to learn more and register. Look for the Holbrook Travel booth in Indianapolis at NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education, March 29–Apr. 1.

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Prepare Yourself for NSTA's STEM Forum & Expo

Want to make a difference in STEM education? Register for this free webinar to learn more!

Web Seminar: How to Maximize Your Participation During the STEM Forum & Expo
January 9, 2012
6:30–8:00 PM, Eastern time

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NSTA's National Conference on Science Education Raises the Bar

For science educators and administrators who are interested in peak performance, this conference scheduled for March 29–April 1 in Indianapolis, Indiana, offers the best professional development available. Experts will present on inspiring topics, workshops on content and hands-on techniques will be offered to thousands, strategies on assessment and inquiry will take on new meaning, and teachers from across the country will participate. Those in every grade band, K–16, and in every stage of their career are invited to take that extra step to enhance their knowledge and join the discussion.

Check out some of our highlights:

  • The Art of Science and the Framework for Science Education—Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Director, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
  • Teaching Science Inquiry Through Storytelling—Brian “Fox” Ellis, author and storyteller, Fox Tales International
  • What Makes Space So Much Fun and So Hard?—Bill Nye, Executive Director, The Planetary Society
  • Activities, Materials, and Resources That TEACH SCIENCE! (Elem)
  • Easy, Hands-On Science for Grade 3—Hands-on activities will be tied to the new core science standards (Elem)
  • Why Do I Have to Know This? Engineering Design Challenges That Drive Inquiry Science, (Elem)
  • Computer-supported Collaborative Science: Support Inquiry in the Middle School Science Classroom with Google Apps (Middle)
  • wE-STEM, Do You?—Strategies, tools, and resources for elementary and middle school
  • The Science and Ethics of Animal Research (Middle–College)
  • Circuit Training with LED Hula Hoops—Use the basics of electronics to create a LED (light-emitting diode) parallel circuit hula hoop. (Middle–High)
  • How Would You Find Out If Your Students Can Design Reasonable Biological Experiments? (Middle–College)
  • Building a Sustainable Planet … One Biodegradable Utensil at a Time (Middle–High)
  • Building America: Dimension Limestone Quarrying in South Central Indiana—Ticketed field trip
  • Indiana State Police Forensic Lab—Ticketed field trip
  • The Exhibit Hall—Hundreds of companies offer the newest products, demonstrations, and giveaways. Bring an extra tote.

Visit www.nsta.org/indianapolis for more information or to register. The earlybird deadline is February 3.

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New from NSTA Press: Beyond the Numbers

Statistics is required coursework within most teacher certification programs. Beyond the Numbers presents a nonthreatening, practical approach to statistics, providing step-by-step instructions for understanding and implementing the essential components of the subject.

Many statistics textbooks geared for education are intimidating and meaningless to the average education major. The basic and understandable explanations in Beyond the Numbers break down complex statistical processes to simple arithmetic computations that can be applied with the confidence that accompanies understanding.

Each chapter includes key terms, chapter review questions (and answers), reading lists, and internet resources, including a website designed and updated by the author that will provide chapter summaries, tutorials, and PowerPoint presentations to assist in the organization and presentation of the material.

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Lab Out Loud Looks Back, Looks Ahead

In episode 72, hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler talk with Pamela Hines, senior editor at Science magazine. Covering research on topics ranging from the farthest reaches of the universe to the deepest mysteries of the cell, Hines highlights some of the major science discoveries in 2011. Listen to the episode to hear about these breakthroughs, and what we might expect to see in 2012.

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