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Week of April 8, 2013

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Online Courses from NSTA Help You Gear Up for the New Standards

Are you looking for resources to support implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? Check out two online options from NSTA.

Moving Toward NGSS: Using Formative Assessment to Link Instruction
Page Keeley, Author, Past NSTA President, Instructor
Dates: April 18, 25, May 2
Where: Visit The NSTA Learning Center

Page will lead the discussion on the importance of formative assessment, learning what our students are really thinking and how, only then, can we design learning opportunities that meet individual needs and support conceptual change. The short course covers three synchronous web seminars along with asynchronous discussions. Practicing a variety of classroom strategies and sharing insights with a community of K–12 teachers will help you build your capacity for using formative assessment to its maximum effect.

Moving Toward NGSS: Visualizing K–8 Engineering Education
Dr. Christine Cunningham, Vice President, Museum of Science, Boston; Project Director, Engineering Is Elementary; Martha Davis, Program Manager, Engineering is Elementary
Dates: May 16, 23, 30—Synchronous web seminars and asynchronous discussion
Where: Visit The NSTA Learning Center

With the practical insights offered in this short course, K–8 educators will begin to build a foundation for integrating and implementing engineering practices into their instruction. Participants can expect to

  • Learn more about what the terms technology and engineering mean in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Discover how to integrate engineering concepts with science instruction
  • Watch videos of these concepts in action to better understand how engineering practices manifest themselves in the classroom
  • Discuss pedagogical strategies that can support the development of robust engineering experiences for students

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NSTA Legislative Alert: Support K–12 STEM Education Funding in Immigration Legislation

Educators nationwide are encouraged to speak out in support of Senate Bill 169, the “Immigration Innovation Act of 2013” recently introduced in the Senate and specifically the “American Ingenuity Account” established in this legislation which will create a funding source to support much-needed state initiatives to strengthen K–12 STEM teaching and learning.

The Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 would establish an increased allocation of H-1B STEM visas and recapture unused employment based green cards to meet employers’ hiring needs in the STEM fields. The revenue generated from fees paid by companies seeking to hire highly skilled workers would establish a broad based K–12 STEM education fund administered by the Secretary of Education, who would provide grants to the states specifically to improve K–12 STEM education.

A large number of major corporations, including Microsoft, IBM, and others, support the increased resources for K–12 STEM education and are strongly urging Congress to pass this legislation or ensure this legislation is part of comprehensive immigration reform.  NSTA supports the legislation, as do a number of key education groups including the Council of Chief State School Officers.

To learn more and to speak out in support of the American Ingenuity Fund and this legislation, click here. At this site you send a letter to your elected officials asking them to support the STEM education funding component in the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013. Remember to customize your letter to your elected officials with a personal note about why additional funding for STEM education would benefit your school/classroom or district.

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New Picture Perfect Science Book: A Special Offer

We’re so excited about our new book, Even More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons, K–5, that we're offering you 15% off any Picture-Perfect volume or collection. Enter promo code PP15 at checkout. Offer* is valid until April 17. (*Online only. Cannot be combined with any other offers.)

Even More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons, K–5
This book includes 15 all-new teacher-friendly lessons that deliver strong standards-based science content with connections to both A Framework for K–12 Science Education and the English Language Arts and Literacy Common Core State Standards. The book has a kid-magnet formula that will get your students engrossed in science while they improve their reading skills.

Available May | preorder today
Member Price: $30.36 | Nonmember Price: $37.95

To learn more and to download free sample-lesson chapters, visit NSTA Press's Picture-Perfect Science series page.

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Report Makes Recommendations to Improve Literacy Learning in Science and the Content Areas

NSTA has joined 29 other leading education groups as a stakeholder in the newly formed National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE). 

Science learners need core literacy skills to succeed, including the ability to make thinking and problem solving visible through writing and the ability to read complex texts for meaning. To help bridge the gap between essential literacy and science skills, the NCLE has issued Remodeling Literacy Learning: Making Room for What Works, based upon survey responses drawn from more than 2,400 educators across all grade levels and subject areas. It investigates the connection between professional learning, teacher collaboration, and student learning and provides steps that stakeholders can take to facilitate literacy learning in the content areas.

Read more at www.literacyinlearningexchange.org/remodeling.

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Lab Out Loud: Pick Your Poison

Listen to Lab Out Loud this week as hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler catch up with Deborah Blum. Blum first joined Brian and Dale on Periodicity to talk about science journalism. Since then, Blum has written The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. Blum talks to Lab Out Loud about poisons, forensic medicine, and literacy in the science classroom.

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All About STEM

NSTA STEM Forum & Expo—May 15–18, St. Louis, Missouri

Are you looking to integrate key STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines at your school?

At NSTA's second STEM Forum & Expo in May, school administrators, teachers, and business and public sector partners will find speakers, sessions, and resources critical to the teaching and learning of STEM.
Kicking off the event on the evening of May 15 is an exhibit preview, reception, and keynote speaker Ainissa Ramirez, who will present on "Why We Need Science Superheroes."

On May 16-17 leading thought leaders in STEM education will host panel discussions on

  • What is a STEM School and What Does it Look Like?
  • Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
  • State STEM Networks-How Are They Working to Change STEM Education
  • STEM in Urban Science Education and Engaging and Keeping More Girls and Minorities in STEM
  • Public/Private Partnerships, Out of School and Informal Programs that Excite Students about 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

In addition to the panel discussions, teachers and administrators can select from more than 300 hands-on workshops targeted to PreK, elementary, middle level, high school and leadership partners on a host of STEM-related topics.

Visit www.nsta.org/2013stemforum to view all workshops, noted panel discussion leaders and to register. The advance deadline is April 19. Register now to save the most.

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Reminder: Get Your Proposals in by April 15!

Attention science educators, share your know-how. Only one week left to submit your session proposals for our NSTA 2014 National Conference in Boston, April 3–6. The deadline for submissions is April 15. For strand information and to submit a proposal, go to www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx .

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Lesson Plans for Earth Day and Beyond

Lesson plans for Earth Day and beyond: Core concepts in global change, mass extinction, and biodiversity

Harness the energy of After Earth, the upcoming science-fiction film starring Will and Jaden Smith, to engage students in the science of global change, mass extinction, and biodiversity. Our website, coordinated by Dr. Joe Levine (of Miller/Levine: Biology) offers free downloadable lesson plans on interdisciplinary topics including guided web research and writing activities. Striking images and mesmerizing animations based on satellite data bring core biological concepts to life on Earth Day … and throughout the school year. Teachers can apply for After Earth scholarships to attend Dr. Levine’s Inquiry in Rainforests Course at the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica July 9–24, 2013.

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Popular Science Magazine/Delta Science Fair

Popular Science logoPopular Science magazine in partnership with Delta is hosting its 1st Annual Science Fair, a nationwide contest for the best original science projects in the category of sustainability. The competition is open to elementary, middle school, high school and college students. The Science Fair gives students the opportunity to submit science projects to improve the world we live in.

Do you or one of your students have a genius idea for a science project that could help make the world cleaner and greener? Maybe it’s an original experiment to investigate water conservation, solar power or recycling. Whatever the planet-saving project, Popular Science wants you to submit it. Judges will select one grand prizewinner and runner-up winners in each of the four educational divisions. Prizes include cash awards from $250 to $1000, and a chance to see your project in Popular Science magazine.

To learn more and register, visit www.popsci.com/sciencefair

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