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Week of October 15, 2012

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Apply Today for the 2013 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

Each summer, teachers from around the country attend their very own math and science camp to learn new ways to inspire their students in these subjects. The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is an all-expense paid professional development program open to third- through fifth-grade teachers in all 50 states. Nominate a teacher in your life or apply yourself at www.SendMyTeacher.com. Hurry, the deadline to apply is October 31!

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Exceptional Leaders Wanted

Can you make a difference in science education? NSTA is looking for members who are able to take on challenging leadership positions that influence local, state, and national science education. If you’ve got experience, are considered a thought leader among your peers, and want to join our network of educators who will be ushering in the next generation of science standards, we need you!

We are currently accepting applications for the 2013 NSTA election. NSTA members will be electing a new president, three division directors, and six district directors in the 2013 election. Are you ready for the challenge? Learn more and apply online by October 22.

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Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Web Seminars in Preparation for NGSS

Analyzing and interpreting data (Oct 23) and using mathematics and computational thinking (November 6) are the next two web seminars in a series of eight on the scientific and engineering practices described in A Framework for K–12 Science Education. They will be held on Tuesday, October 23, and Tuesday, November 6, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Framework, published by the National Research Council (NRC), describes the major practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas that all students should be familiar with by the end of high school and is being used to guide the development of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Attend all eight seminars or just one. Graduate credit is offered through Shippensburg University. Participants also have a chance to win a free copy of the Framework, compliments of NRC.

Visit the NSTA Learning Center to catch any of the previous web seminars in the series.

For more information and to register for any of the free web seminars, click here.

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Apply Now for the 2013–14 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2013–2014 Fellowship Year. The Einstein Fellowship Program is available to current K–12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators with a demonstrated excellence in teaching and leadership.

Selected teachers spend 11 months in Washington, D.C., sharing their expertise with STEM program directors or policy makers. Einstein Fellows may serve in a Congressional office or in one of several government agencies such as the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  Fellows receive a monthly stipend and an allowance for professional travel and relocation. The fellowship year begins in late August 2013.

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. The Einstein Fellowship Program was created in 1990 with support from the MacArthur Foundation; the 1994 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Act gave the DOE federal responsibility for the Program. The Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education administers the Program for the DOE Office of Science in partnership with the other participating federal agencies.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, must be currently employed full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district, and must have been teaching in one or more STEM fields full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years.

For more information about the program and to learn how to apply, visit www.einsteinfellows.org. Applications for the 2013–14 Fellowship program are due by 11:00 p.m. (EST) December 5, 2012.

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Register to Attend NSTA's Conference on Science Education, Atlanta

NSTA is coming to the Peach State, November 1–3. You’re invited to join us and share your passion for science education. Teachers and administrators will join the ranks of attendees at the Conference on Science Education, the premier 2012 event for professional development and networking. Workshops, seminars, symposia, and presentations will open your eyes and inspire your instruction. For the newest science educator to the veteran, we offer a wide range of content to enhance your experience here and in the classroom.

View a sampling of sessions:

  • The Current State of the Next Generation Science Standards—Stephen L. Pruitt (Vice President for Content, Research, and Development, Achieve)
  • The Power of One—Brad Cohen (educator, author, and motivational speaker, Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation)
  • ESP: Unique Features of Programs That Meet “More Emphasis” Features in the NSES—symposium panelists
  • Playing Games to Learn Complex Environmental Science Concepts (High School)
  • Addressing Core Science Standards Through Nanoscale Science for Grades 9–12
  • Lost in Translation: Exploring Protein Synthesis with Interactive Physical Models (High–College)
  • ACS: Equilibrium and Concentration (High School)
  • Be Prepared—Move from Cookbook to Inquiry! (Middle–High)
  • Forensic Science: CSI ATL (High)
  • A Simple Connection Between STEM and Data Logging (High)
  • NASA Brings You Newton's Laws of Motion (Middle–High)
  • Elastic Power: Wind Up Your Engines and Explore (Elementary–Middle)
  • Using the 5Es to Become Next Generation Ready (Elementary–Middle)
  • Math/Science Integration for Earth's Sake
  • Integrating the Dimensions at the Elementary Level: Practices, Concepts, and Core Ideas (Elementary)
  • Connecting Science Across the Elementary Curriculum
  • Custom PD for Georgia Science Educators and Administrators—Georgia Science Standards and the Common Core will be covered, half-day program.

Additional activities for attendees include field trips, socials, full-day programs in Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics, and our finest Exhibit Hall with cutting edge products to test. Bring an extra tote for giveaways. Visit www.nsta.org/atlanta for more information and to register.

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Access Science Content Via the NSTA Learning Center to Build Your Knowledge

How is it that everyone is so different but 99.9 percent the same? It’s in our DNA. Accessing the newly released Heredity and Variation SciPack (SciPacks are approximately 10-hour online learning experiences that you can use to help you better understand the content you teach), you can explore patterns of inheritance and learn how offspring can look similar to their parents yet still possess differences within their genetic code.

How does this affect an organism’s ability to survive? Learn about the practical applications of knowing sequences of genes—e.g., genetic testing. Given that two of the four Core Disciplinary Ideas in Life Science from A Framework for K–12 Science Education are focused on genetics, take this opportunity to get a head start on this essential content. In addition to adding to your content knowledge, you can earn a certificate for completing the PD, ask an e-mentor content questions, and gain access to other resources, interactives, and activities to bring into the classroom. Click here to visit the Learning Center.

Each SciPack is composed of three to five content-based Science Objects and two pedagogy-based Science Objects. Click here if you would like to view a free, content-based Science Object about inheritance. You must register in the NSTA Learning Center by providing your email address to access this content. Click here to register.

Register Now for a New Climate Change Course with WCS's Award-Winning Online Teacher Academy

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s award-winning Online Teacher Academy is pleased to offer a new online course for fall 2012. Hurry—Our Changing Planet: Climate Change and Wildlife Connections starts on October 19.

This fall course runs entirely online from October 19 to December 9, 2012:

  • Our Changing Planet: Climate Change and Wildlife Connections–—Improve your ability to communicate the issues surrounding climate change as they relate to wildlife. Understand how climate change affects natural habitats and explore the mitigation and adaptation strategies being employed by WCS.

Offered at a special rate of $50, a $225 savings, this course explores the pressing environmental issue of climate change. Graduate credits are available for a reasonable additional fee (see “Registration Details” on www.wcs.org/elearning for more information).

Free resources—cutting-edge science: register now at pd.wcs.org. Questions? E-mail teacherinfo@wcs.org or call +1-718-220-5136.

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Visit the NSTA Science Store for an outstanding array of bestselling books and teaching resources. Receive 30% off the price of the October featured book, Start Young: Early Childhood Science Activities.


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