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Week of March 18, 2013

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Professional Development for Science Educators: NSTA’s 2013 National Conference

With nearly 2,000 sessions to choose from, educators who attend NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education, San Antonio, Texas, April 11–14, can count on rigorous content, hands-on workshops, new products and technologies, nationally known speakers, and a network of peers for sharing your passion for teaching science. The conference provides a perfect venue to talk about the issues: Common Core, best practices, NGSS, Crosscutting Concepts, STEM, ELL and assessment strategies, to name just a few. Join thousands for this exceptional professional development opportunity. Register now. Have a look at some of our events.

  • Icons and Innovation in Paleontology—Louis L. Jacobs (Professor of Earth Sciences, and President, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, Southern Methodist University)
  • The Climate Science Debate—Andrew Dessler (Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University)
  • Next Generation Science Standards Town Hall Meeting (NGSS @ NSTA)—Stephen L. Pruitt (Vice President for Content, Research, and Development, Achieve)
  • Making the Most of a Math and Science Night (Elem)
  • Using Evidence to Construct a Scientific Explanation (Elem–Middle School)
  • Uncovering Student Science Ideas as a Springboard to Deeper Understanding (Elem–Middle School)
  • Creating Integrated STEM Programs, Full day 4/10/13, K–2—Using the Common Core State Standards, the Standards for Technological Literacy, and the Grand Challenges for Engineering, participants will understand the integrative nature of K–12 STEM.
  • It’s Not JUST Science: Integration Across the Elementary Curriculum—Full day 4/10/13 (K–6)
  • DIY Forensics (Middle-High School)
  • Engineering for Space (Middle/Informal)
  • Literacy in High School Science? How We Made It Work (Middle–High School)
  • Promoting Disciplinary Literacy in the Science Classroom: Active Reading of Science Text with Digital Supports (Middle School)
  • Hit the Ground Running! An Authentic Approach to Units and Measurement (High School)
  • Using a Project-based Science Unit to Link Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Standards, and Student Engagement (High School)
  • Integrating Common Core State Standards in STEM-based Courses (Middle-High School)
  • Bridge Data Activity: Sea Level Trends (Middle–College)

Visit www. nsta.org/SanAntonio and check out the program scheduler to view all the sessions.

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Teacher Evaluations Coming to a State Near You?

“Even though 34 states and the District of Columbia have No Child Left Behind Act waivers in hand, many of them are still negotiating with the U.S. Department of Education over their teacher-evaluation systems—a crucial component if they want to keep their newfound flexibility,” writes reporter Michele McNeil in this Education Week article.

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Yearlong Free Professional Development for New Science Teachers

Administrators who want to retain and nurture new teachers should learn more about NSTA’s exemplary program, the New Science Teacher Academy. Special experiences and support for second- through fifth-year middle and high school science teachers is available and virtually cost-free.

Hundreds of teachers will be chosen to participate in the 2013–2014 Academy to take advantage of consistent, online professional development activities, mentoring, and face-to-face educational experiences. Candidates should apply for one of hundreds of scholarships by completing an application.

The Academy provides each teacher with

A recent Academy Fellow said, “The New Science Teacher Academy has made a huge impact on my teaching and my ability to cope with the stresses of teaching. I believe my third year is going much smoother and easier because of my participation in the Academy. It’s been awesome!”

To find out more about the Academy and how to apply for a scholarship, visit www.nsta.org/academy or contact the project director, Damaries Blondonville, at dblondonville@nsta.org.

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Become a Responsive Science Teacher in the High School Classroom

NSTA’s new book Becoming a Responsive Science Teacher offers a philosophical framework for understanding the beginnings of scientific thinking in high school students. 
Teachers will find five real-life case studies—four of which are captured on videos on NSTA’s website—to help them practice recognizing, interpreting, and responding to the vital nuances of their own students’ thinking in real time. 

Member Price: $23.95 | Nonmember Price: $29.95

Come meet many of your favorite authors at our National Conference in San Antonio, April 11–14. Browse NSTA Press sessions here.

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Follow-on to "The Secret of Life"—Application for the Classroom

Join MIT professors and NSTA authors who will together lead discussions related to “The Secret of Life,” MIT’s free biology course for K–12 science educators. Complimentary 60-minute web seminars (March 27, April 17, and May 15) offer supplementary pedagogical content to the biology course with a focus on practical classroom applications, additional resources, and moderated community forums. Collaboration between the two institutions offers a wonderful learning opportunity at no cost and access to rich and vibrant discussion on issues related to teaching biology across the K–12 spectrum. Renowned NSTA authors Susan Koba, Anne Tweed, and Page Keeley will support the web seminars and share resources that comprise content from their respective bestsellers. Details about each web seminar can be found through the NSTA Learning Center. Register for one or more seminars today.

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NGSS @ NSTA

Your search for NGSS resources and learning opportunities supporting STEM starts here.

Don’t Miss March 19 Web Seminar on Crosscutting Concept of Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
Register now for the next web seminar in a series of seven exploring the crosscutting concepts described in A Framework for K–12 Science Education. The free event for science educators will focus on scale, proportion, and quantity and will be held on March 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Amy Taylor and Kelly Riedinger will help teachers learn more about scale, proportion, and quantity, why it's important to learn about it 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 web seminars in the series or just one. To register for these free events, visit the NSTA Learning Center.

Mark your calendar for more web seminars in this series, including

  • 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's STEM Forum & Expo

Join us May 15–18, in St. Louis, Missouri, for this important and thoughtful discourse on STEM education. This unique event, NSTA’s STEM Forum & Expo, will bring together administrators, teachers in the key disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math) and public and private sector partners.  Eight panels will convene to kick off the Forum morning agenda on May 16 and 17 with nationally renowned panelists from all stakeholder groups to lead the discussions on the following critical topics:

  • What is a STEM School and What Do STEM Schools Look Like?
  • Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
  • STEM X: The New State STEM Networks-How are They Working to Change STEM Education
  • STEM in Urban Science Education: Engaging and Keeping More Girls and Minorities into STEM
  • Public/Private Partnerships and Out of School and Informal Programs that Excite Students to the World of STEM
  • Putting the T and E in Your STEM Program
  • A Whole School Approach to STEM-What You Need to Know
  • Promising STEM Programs: Three to Watch
Six strands are organized around K–12 educators (preK–2, grades 3–5, grades 6–9, grades 10–12), administrators, and business and public partners. Workshops will support each group with hands-on, practical applications. Ainissa Ramirez, scientist, educator, and science evangelist will be the keynote speaker. Additional agenda activities include exhibitor workshops, roundtable discussions, “family” night and a “welcome reception with expo preview.” Check out the details at www.nsta.org/2013stemforum and learn more. Put this event on your calendar today.

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I2I in San Antonio: NSTA Teacher Award Recipients

The Inquiry-to-Insight (I2I) climate change science education project team is thrilled to announce the winners of our travel awards, providing partial support for five extraordinary high school teachers to attend the annual NSTA conference in San Antonio. The winners are: David Vern Black (Walden School of Liberal Arts, Provo, Utah); Lindsay Knippenberg (Mooresville High School, Mooreseville, North Carolina); Nick LaFave (Clover High School, Clover, South Carolina); Bhavna Rawal (Quest High School, Houston, Texas); and Susan Tate (Whitehall District Schools, Whitehall, Michigan). Our warmest congratulations!

The I2I project team hails from Stanford University and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and is dedicated to bringing high-quality, interactive, free online resources on climate change and ocean acidification into the classroom. In our International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC), classes use our student footprint calculator, compare their footprints with other classes worldwide, and participate in online, international peer-to-peer discussions about their footprints, envisioning solutions to the broader climate change problem.

The NSTA teacher awardees will join I2I staff and a group of I2I partner teachers from the U.S. and Sweden at a free, half-day I2I "Teacher Summit" on Sunday, April 14, during the afternoon immediately following the completion of the conference. We welcome all interested NSTA teachers to join us! The goals of the Summit will be to exchange ideas and best practices about climate change education in the classroom.

For more details on the Teacher Summit, and to find out more about I2I and the ISCFC (next session: late April 2012), please visit i2i.stanford.edu.

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Science of Innovation

NBC Learn, in partnership with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, looks at the Science of Innovation. More than just a single event or brilliant idea, innovation is a process that anyone from a garage tinkerer to a federally-funded scientist can take to discover new solutions. This 11-part series, narrated by NBC’s Ann Curry, highlights top innovators from across the country working on innovative projects in industries such as healthcare, energy, transportation, and agriculture. Free lesson plans are provided by NSTA.

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