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Science Class celebrates its third anniversary with this issue. Thank you to all of our readers for making the past year such a success. Science Class now reaches more than 230,000 science educators every month! Your feedback on how we can better serve you—our readers—has been invaluable. As we enter our fourth year of "publication," please continue to let us know how we are doing. Use the Feedback link or e-mail us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

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

To view the elementary version featuring Plants—Tools for Inquiry, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-04/member_elementary.htm; to view the high school version featuring Successful Community Collaborations, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-04/member_high.htm.

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/2005-04/member_middle.htm.


Middle level science teachers, students, and their communities can team up in many ways to simultaneously enrich the quality of science education and improve communities. Many are doing just that with great success. Let the examples provided in this issue inspire you and your students to form new partnerships with others in your community.

Partnerships in the News

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

Discover how schools partner with medical institutes, forensic experts, and television stations to enhance science lessons for students: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-04/news_stories_middle.htm

Partnerships on the Net

In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA members can read "The Prairie Science Class." The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=50383

SciLinks, a web-based service from NSTA, provides online content chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keyword for this issue is

Community Actions: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=926356551010441055

NSTA Articles on Partnerships

The following NSTA journal articles provide examples of how different types of partnerships are helping teachers in the science classroom.

Click here to read more:


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 this month's theme: Partnerships. Click here for this issue's recommended titles:


To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, select


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


Professional Development

How Do the New Teachers Measure Up? (The Christian Science Monitor)

The "high-aptitude" women who once chose to teach are no longer filling America's classrooms, a study suggests.


Global Science Teaching

As exam time approaches, countries around the world report different trends. Discover how the competitive nature of exams are driving many students in India to seek memory enhancers, even though the effectiveness of such "aids" are in dispute.

Pop the Magic Pill (The Times of India)


NSTA Opportunities

SciLinks: Bringing Vetted Websites to Your Classroom

Use SciLinks, NSTA's premier internet technology product, to harness the resources of the internet.


Call for Papers

Science Scope (Grades 6–9) has issued a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:


NSTA is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year! To find out more about the history of NSTA, visit our online timeline at http://www.nsta.org/timeline.

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