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In this issue, the high school edition of Science Class focuses on the Professional Development. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles.

If you are not a member of NSTA, then you receive the high school version of Science Class as a default.

To view the elementary version, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-12/member_elementary.htm, and to view the middle level version, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-12/member_middle.htm of Science Class. If you have any comments about this issue, send them to: enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

If you have a text-only browser or are having any difficulties with our links, please visit: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-12/member_high.htm.


As your career moves along, you focus on different needs at different times. We do the same thing here at Science Class. Although we devote a column to Professional Development in every issue, we think it's a topic that warrants an entire issue on the subject from time to time. Use the resources, ideas, and examples provided in this issue to begin, guide, or continue your professional development plan.

Professional Development in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for nationwide news for science educators).

The following news stories will allow you to discover a variety of programs that can help enhance your career as a science educator.

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Professional Development on the Net

In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members read "One Bottleneck at a Time." The link to that article is:


NSTA Articles on Professional Development

The following NSTA journal articles tell teachers' tales of professional development.

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Books, Books, Books

The NSTA Science Store and catalogs offer NSTA Press books and other outstanding titles for science educators. Selections for this issue are grade appropriate and were chosen for their relevance to the theme of this issue—Professional Development. Click here for recommended titles:


To read about the newest titles available from NSTA press, visit:


To receive the latest NSTA Catalog for your specific grade level, visit:


Professional Development

NCLB Could Alter Science Teaching

When it comes to science instruction, do students learn best by doing, or by "direct instruction?" The federal No Child Left Behind Act provides some powerful incentives for the direct approach, observers say.

Click here to read more: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2004/11/10/11science.h24.html

Global Science Teaching

The International Task Force, chaired by Mike Padilla, President-Elect, held its first meeting in Indianapolis. A broad range of topics was discussed, including the Task Force's input to NSTA's Strategic Goals and Objectives.
Additionally, the Task Force hopes to concludes its work and present its report to the NSTA Board of Directors in August, 2005.

NSTA Opportunities

The Science Teacher is looking for Good Questions!

The Science Teacher, NSTA's journal for secondary science teachers, invites teachers to submit questions for the journal's "Ask the Experts" department. Previous questions include, "Why does the Moon appear larger in winter?" or "Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of its container?" Questions can come from teachers or students. Teachers who submit questions that are published will receive a gift certificate to the NSTA Science Store. To submit questions, e-mail department editor Marc Rosner at MARosner@aol.com.

Write for NSTA's Journals

The Science Teacher (Grades 9–12) has issued a Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:


Next Month's Theme:

Science and Art

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