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Week of August 12, 2013

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Learning in the Digital Age

Alan Alda at Scientific American and Macmillan Science and Education Executive STEM SummitGoogle opened their NYC offices last week for the Scientific American and Macmillan Science and Education Executive STEM Summit: Learning in the Digital Age. NSTA Executive Director David Evans was invited to represent science teachers as presenters focused on the emerging technologies, groundbreaking initiatives, and leading programs that have the best chance of revolutionizing education. According to Evans, one of the highlights was Alan Alda receiving a lifetime achievement award for his dedication to supporting STEM.

Get the Free Next Generation Science Standards App

NSTA is excited to announce, in partnership with MasteryConnect, a free app for the Next Generation Science Standards.

MasteryConnect, the makers of the most downloaded app for the Common Core (with over 700,000 downloads), has created a great way to get the standards in the palm of your hand … through an app on your tablet or mobile device.

The Next Generation Science Standards app gives you multiple ways to view the standards including DCI and Topic arrangements, and also includes convenient search functionality. The app also makes referencing standards in the Common Core simple by providing a linkage between the NGSS App and MasteryConnect’s Common Core App.

As part of the partnership with MasteryConnect, NSTA is providing additional free resources within the app, including several articles from NSTA’s peer reviewed journals, and free chapters from its line of NGSS-related titles, including The NSTA Reader's Guide to the Next Generation Science Standards and Science for the Next Generation: Preparing for the New Standards.

You can download the Next Generation Science Standards app (as well as MasteryConnect’s other free apps) by searching “MasteryConnect” or “Next Generation Science Standards” in your app store or visiting the iOS Store or Android Marketplace. Look for the app to be available in the Windows Store soon.

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Cuts to Science NAEP Testing

Faced with fiscal cuts because of the federal sequestration, the NAEP governing board last week voted to cut back on the sampling size for the NAEP Science Assessments in grades 4 and 8 and eliminate the NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment, which examines achievement data for 21 big-city school districts.

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Free Airline Tickets to an NSTA Conference

Apply today before it’s too late! For an opportunity to win a round-trip ticket on Southwest Airlines to one of our fall area conferences, write a 150-word essay on what science content, teaching strategy, technique, or topic you are most interested in learning about at our conferences and why.

E-mail your entry to swtravelscholarship@nsta.org. Include your name, school, address, e-mail address, and phone number along with your essay—if you fail to submit any of this information your essay will be disqualified.

The deadline is 5:00 p.m. ET on September 13, 2013. Thirty round-trip airline tickets will be awarded. Winners will be notified on September 20, 2013. Good luck!

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Membership Savings!

Let us help you get ready for your first day back to school with a $15 discount off the price of a one-year membership when you join by August 15.

Click here to join at only $60 – a $15 discount!

For $60, you'll be part of the STEM movement AND get a jump start on your fall semester with these member benefits. Don’t delay, this offer ends soon!

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Inspiring Speakers in Portland, Oregon, This Fall

Why attend? It's simple. This premier conference in Portland, Oregon, October 24–26, will bring together science education leaders and experts with educators who are interested in personal and professional growth. Our sessions, presentations, and workshops are designed to provide you with content, concepts, and strategies that you can take back to your classroom, school, or district.

Check out these dynamic speakers we have lined up at our Portland conference this fall. Register today before the earlybird deadline of September 13. You don't want to miss these inspiring presentations!

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Online Courses from the American Museum of Natural History

Are you interested in learning about evolution? Do you want to know more about Earth or genetics? Are you looking for graduate or professional development credit? If so, check out the Seminars on Science program from the American Museum of Natural History! Online courses run from September 23 to November 3 and include Earth: Inside and Out; Water; Evolution; Space, Time and Motion; and Genetics, Genomics, Genethics.

Each course is available for graduate credit and is co-taught by an experienced educator and a scientist. For more information, or to register, visit www.amnh.org/learn or contact us directly.

Registration deadline: September 9
Registration: www.amnh.org/learn/Register
Phone: 800-649-6715
E-mail: seminfo@amnh.org

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