Week of June 11, 2007
P. John Whitsett, a physics teacher at Fond du Lac High School, began a one-year term on June 1 as the 2007-2008 NSTA President. A dedicated and passionate member of the science education community, Whitsett has spent much of his career helping to improve the quality of science education for educators and students. An active participant and member of NSTA since 1977, Whitsett has worked on several NSTA committees, served as a district director, and was the local arrangements chair for the NSTA regional conference in Milwaukee in 2000. To learn more about John Whitsett, read the press release.
Also on June 1, Page D. Keeley, a senior science program director at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA), began a one-year term as NSTA President-Elect.
The NSTA Board of Directors is also pleased to announce that Harold Pratt has been selected to serve as the NSTA Parliamentarian. In addition, the Board wishes to publicly express its appreciation to Edward Frazier for his many years of tireless and dedicated service.
On May 28, NSTA Executive Director, Gerry Wheeler, conducted an interview with Dale Basler and Brian Bartel from the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers on their weekly podcast, Periodicity. Wheeler spoke about the New Science Teacher Academy, NSTA’s newest program designed to encourage and support new middle and secondary school science educators in their first few years of teaching. To listen to the interview, click on the following link:http://www.wsst.org/labtable.asp?newsID=324.
The National Science Teachers Association is honored to announce Dr. Sally Ride will give the keynote address for the Detroit Conference on Science Education, October 18-20.
Dr. Ride was the first American woman in space and founded Sally Ride Science to encourage interest in science, math and technology by both girls and boys.
To register for the conference click here.
The National Science Teachers Association new title, Resources for Environmental Literacy, will help middle and high school teachers field tough questions about the environment. Teachers will be able to use this resource as a topic foundation, adding news stories and outside experiences as appropriate for their students. This is a supplementary text that helps build students’ critical thinking and analytical skills on a current subject.
The book is broken into five modules: Biodiversity; Global Climate Change; Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis; Genetically Modified Crops; and Radioactive Waste.
The modules can be purchased individually or as a package included in the Resources for Environmental Literacy.
For details visit http://www.nsta.org/environment
Registration closes June 25 for Summer Session Two of Seminars on Science. Sign up today for a graduate course in the life, earth or physical sciences, including The Ocean System. This integrated science course explores the physical characteristics of the ocean and how they frame the amazing ecosystems found within it. Play captain on a ship looking for deep sea vents and explore other free course resources at: http://learn.amnh.org/ocean. Other summer courses include: Evolution; The Ocean System; Sharks and Rays and Genetics, Genomics, Genethics.
Seminars on Science offers award-winning online graduate courses in the life, earth and physical sciences. Designed by the American Museum of Natural History for K-12 educators, each six-week course immerses the learner in an area of contemporary research. Come away from your class with a deeper understanding of both the science and the tools of scientific inquiry. Courses are led by educators and Museum scientists and include rich web-based discussions. Graduate credit is available from several leading institutions.
Summer Session Two runs July 2–August 12. For more information and to register, go to learn.amnh.org or call 800-649-6715.
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