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Week of May 20, 2013

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Professional Development Scholarships for New Science Teachers—Apply by August 1

Plan for the next school year before the summer has begun. New science teachers can take advantage of NSTA’s finest offer—cost free, yearlong professional development for those educators during their most vulnerable career years, their second through fifth year of teaching. The New Science Teacher Academy, a career-enhancing program for middle and high school science teachers in their second through fifth year of teaching provides mentoring with unique support and resources intending to heighten teaching skills and content knowledge, and ease the often difficult initial years as a novice teacher. Hundreds of teachers will be chosen to participate in the 2013–2014 Academy and take advantage of cost-free, consistent online professional development activities along with face-to-face educational experiences. A simple application is all it takes. Middle and high school principals should consider making this a top priority for their newest science teachers.

The Academy provides each teacher with:

To find out more about the Academy and how to apply for a scholarship, visit www.nsta.org/academy. The application deadline is August 1.

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Recognition for Outstanding Science Teachers and Principals

Did you know that NSTA awards many teachers invaluable prizes and citations for their excellent work? More than eighteen awards are available for teachers and principals. Today, we’ll describe the prestigious Robert H. Carleton Award, sponsored by Dow Chemical Co., for a K-college NSTA member who has provided leadership and made outstanding contributions to science education at the national level and to NSTA. Prizes include $5,000, a formal citation, and an all-expenses paid trip to NSTA’s National Conference. Download an application and check out the other awards and dare to compete.

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Special on NSTA Press Books: Last Day to Save on Our Extended Teacher Appreciation Week Offer

Today is the last chance to save on our extended special Teacher Appreciation Week offer. We can't thank our educators enough; to shower our teachers with well-deserved gratitude, we're offering $15 off orders of $50 or more on NSTA Press books, as seen in our recent Spring catalog. Browse the Science Store to view and make purchases. You can also download free sample chapters in the Science Store.

Enter promo code DESERVED at checkout. If purchasing e-books, use promo code EDESERVEOffer ends midnight Monday, May 20.

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NGSS@NSTA: May 28 Web Seminar Explores NGSS Crosscutting Concept: Stability and Change

Register now for the May 28 web seminar focusing on the crosscutting concept of Stability and Change. The seminar will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. EDT and will be presented by Brett Moulding, director of the Utah Partnership for Effective Science Teaching and Learning. The web seminar is the fifth in a series of seven on crosscutting concepts, an important new dimension of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Don’t miss this free professional development experience hosted by NSTA. To register, go to the NSTA Learning Center.

Plan ahead for the final two web seminars in the series, including Structure and Function on June 6 and Systems and System Models on June 11.

Check out all of NSTA’s resources on NGSS at www.nsta.org/ngss.

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Planned NSTA Website Outage: May 29–June 3

The NSTA website will be out of service from Wednesday, May 29, at 9 a.m. EDT until 9 a.m. Monday, June 3, as we migrate to a new data management system.

We encourage you to take this into account if you plan to make purchases in the online Science Store, renew your membership, or engage in any other activities at the NSTA website. The NSTA Learning Center will also be offline; the Help Desk, however, will remain open.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Funding for STEM Education Included in Senate Immigration Bill

Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee approved an amendment to the Senate Immigration bill that would include addition funding of up to $100 million for (STEM) education.

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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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Professional development courses in your future?
Online options give you a world of choice.
Take a look at these groups offering courses for science educators!
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