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Where else?

I had an email from a former colleague who said that the conference must be a science teacher’s paradise. She’s right. Where else can you update your content knowledge get new teaching ideas and interact with the presenters meet thousands of science teachers have your picture taken with Bill Nye get the latest information on […]

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More of what attendees are saying

I have talked to conference attendees and presenters who have come to San Francisco from all over the country. California, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and everywhere in between. Some are here for their first conference, others are attending their first conference in several years. But they all seem eager to get the most out of […]

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Getting an early start

It’s not quite 7 a.m. here in San Francisco, but it looks like a number of people are getting an early start. When I arrived at the conference center a few minutes ago, I saw several people headed in, apparently on their way to some early sessions—many with coffee in hand. Talk about dedication!

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Conference first-timers

I went to a session this morning for conference first-timers, as a veteran conference-attender.  NSTA staff and office holders welcomed the “newbies” and guided them through a discussion of the many options for sessions and events. Each table had a conference veteran to offer advice and answer questions. At my table, there were teachers from […]

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Discussing standards

A panel discussion on the Next Generation of Science Education Standards with NSTA executive director Francis Eberle; Helen Quinn, chair of the board on Science Education, The National Academies in Menlo Park, California; and Stephen Pruitt, vice president, Achieve, Inc., wrapped up a few minutes ago. The trio shared an overview of how the draft […]

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Talking about science education

It’s been a busy morning at the national conference. Although the exhibit hall didn’t open until 10 a.m., many sessions started much earlier. I had to chance to talk to some attendees between sessions and it sounds like everyone is looking for something a little bit different, but all with the same goal—to be a […]

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And the award goes to…

I just had the honor of being a guest at the NSELA breakfast—a star-studded event if I ever saw one in the science education community! At the breakfast, Jason Painter of North Carolina was named this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award, given by Pearson Publishing Company and the National Science […]

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At the conference

I’m finding it hard to believe that it was 25 years ago that I attended my first NSTA conference—here in San Francisco. I remember going home with lots of new ideas to improve my teaching, a ton of materials (no charge for checked bags then), and many new friends. Fast forward to today where a […]

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One day to go

Only one day to go until the national conference opens in San Francisco. On my way out I overheard some folks talking, apparently on their way to San Francisco for the conference. They were discussing what topics the conference needs more of, with quite divergent opinions.  Chemistry, engineering, and more. This got me wondering, are there other topics NSTA […]

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Your first conference?

With the conference being two weeks away, I’ll review some suggestions for first-timers. At this point, you should be registered, have arrangements for lodging and transportation, and have your lesson plans ready for the substitute. Consider attending the first-timers session on the first day. This year, Dr. Christine Royce is hosting the session twice on […]

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