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Week of February 18, 2013

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"Celebrate Awesome"—National Engineers Week

National Engineers WeekCelebrate Awesome by taking part in National Engineers Week scheduled for February 17–23. The week focuses on the work of engineers and the things engineers do every day to make the world a better place.

Learn more about National Engineers Week and the other programs they sponsor that will help you integrate engineering into your classroom and introduce your students to the world of engineering.

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Nominate a Teacher Today for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The 2013 awards will honor math, science and computer science teachers in grades 7–12. Nominations will close on April 1, 2013.

The PAEMST are the nation's highest honors for K–12 teachers of mathematics, science, and computer science. Since 1983, more than 4,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. The National Science Foundation administers the PAEMST on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Learn more at www.paemst.org.

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Patterns are Topic of First Web Seminar in Series Exploring Crosscutting Concepts—Register Now for Feb. 19 Event

Register now for the first web seminar in a series exploring crosscutting concepts described in A Framework for K–12 Science Education. It will be held on February 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time and will explore Patterns.

Teachers will learn more about what patterns have to do with science, why it’s important to learn about patterns in school science, what we want students to learn, and what instruction might look like in the classroom.

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 web seminars or just one. To register for these free events, click here.

Upcoming web seminars in this series, include

  • Cause and Effect—Mechanism and Explanation (March 5)
  • Scale, Proportion, and Quantity (March 19)
  • Systems and System Models (April 16)
  • Energy and Matter—Flows, Cycles, and Conservation (April 30)
  • Structure and Function (May 14)
  • Stability and Change (May 28)

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NSTA Legislative Update: STEM in the SOTU and the Approaching Sequester

STEM education got a nice mention in the State of the Union address last week when President Obama outlined a new Race to the Top competition around high schools and STEM that he plans to unveil later this year. And ED Secretary Arne Duncan and the National Science Foundation both issued dire predictions of the cutbacks that will occur if Congress does not act on the budget sequestration scheduled for March 1. Read more in the latest NSTA Legislative Update.

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Professional Development Enhances Teaching and Learning in the Elementary Classroom

Are you looking for fresh ideas to add to your elementary instruction? Consider attending NSTA's National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio, April 11–14, for personal and professional growth. Through dynamic speakers, educator-leaders, and PD experts, you'll find rich resources and inspiration to take back to your schools. Symposia, hands-on workshops, and presentations on a wide assortment of topics, teachers will find opportunities for content development, strategies for improving student performance, discussion on the issues (Common Core, STEM, and NGSS), and techniques to build science literacy.

Earlybird deadline is February 22. Register now.

Over 500 dedicated  elementary sessions—take a look at a few highlights.

  • Integrating Common Core Writing, Speaking, and Listening Strategies into Science Instruction
  • Common Core + Science Standards = Science Literacy
  • "Bridging" Engineering and Science: Engineering Design Challenges That Inspire Inquiry
  • Effective Strategies for Enhancing Science Learning for Diverse Students
  • Telling the Science Story: Finding a Common Ground Between the Common Core and Frameworks/NGSS
  • STEM Challenges for the Classroom
  • Elementary Extravaganza—April 12, 8:00–10:00 a.m., Ballroom B, Convention Center: Hands-on activities, resources and strategies, best trade books, awards, door prizes, materials to take away

Preconference Full-Day Programs—Professional Development Institutes (12 fee-based  selections): Wednesday, April 11, 2013

 Featured Presentations

  • Beyond the Three Rs: Inspiring Curious Minds—Yvonne M. Spicer (Vice President for Advocacy and Educational Partnerships, National Center for Technological Literacy, Museum of Science: Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Next Generation Science Standards Town Hall Meeting—Stephen L. Pruitt (Vice President for Content, Research, and Development, Achieve, Inc.)
  • My Wild Life—Mireya Mayor (National Geographic Emerging Explorer)

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

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Teaching Scientific Argumentation in Biology

The 30 field-tested activities in NSTA’s new book Scientific Argumentation in Biology will give middle and high school teachers direction in developing students’ understanding of argumentation and evidence-based reasoning in the context of the biology class. Successfully piloted in middle school and high school classrooms across the country, these activities will help students learn to (1) propose, support, and evaluate claims; (2) validate or refute claims on the basis of scientific reasoning; and (3) craft complex written arguments. A Framework for K–12 Science Education has identified these as important skills for students to develop.

Click here for more information on this new release. Also, register today to attend our National Conference in San Antonio for the opportunity to meet the authors at sessions. Leave with some innovative ways to help diverse populations of middle school and high school students learn more about and from scientific argumentation in biology.

$31.16 - Member Price  
$39.95 - Nonmember Price
 
Read a sample chapter: Classifying Birds in the United States

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Special Opportunities for Preservice Teachers at NSTA's National Conference

NSTA has three, that's THREE, opportunities for preservice teachers to enhance their experience during the 2013 National Conference!

2013 NSTA Student/Student Chapter Showcase
For three full days, NSTA will be presenting the second annual Student and Student Chapter Showcase, featuring interactive sessions presented by both NSTA-recognized student chapters and individual preservice teachers. Learn about existing and developing preservice teacher programs at the institution and community level, and participate in hands-on demonstrations and discussion groups. Network with existing NSTA-recognized student chapters to learn about how to develop one at your institution! This year's showcase will be limited to ten (10) sessions and each group will be awarded a $500 stipend (to defray travel and registration costs). To apply, submit contact information and an abstract using this online form: 2013 Student Showcase.

The 2013 Student Essay Contest Is Back!
Once again, NSTA is awarding a limited number of scholarships to preservice teachers planning to attend the 2013 National Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The scholarship will cover the cost of registration and a one (1) year student membership to NSTA. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and be enrolled in an accredited college or university as a student with an interest in science education (only). To apply, submit an essay (500 words or less) on ONE of the following topics: (1) What has inspired you to become a teacher? OR (2) Tell us about a teacher who had a profound influence on you. Submit your contact information and essay using this online form: 2013 Student Essay Contest.

2013 Student Poster Session
Lastly, NSTA is expanding the Student Poster Session, held in conjunction with the Student Showcase. This year, those selected to participate in the poster session will also receive a complimentary student eMembership to NSTA (for one year). To apply, submit contact information and an abstract detailing your poster using this online form: 2013 Student Poster Session.

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