2061 Connections
An electronic newsletter for the science education community

January/February 2009

In this issue

I. How National Standards Can Improve K-8 Science
A Project 2061 article in The Elementary School Journal considers what national standards and efforts aimed at high-quality curriculum materials have to offer states, districts, and schools seeking to improve teaching and learning in K–8 science. Learn more.

II. 2009 Lineup Features Science for All Americans at 20
On the 20th anniversary of its publication, Project 2061's Science for All Americans will be honored with a featured panel at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference. Other conference presentations this spring will bring you Project 2061's latest research and tools for K–12 science educators. Read the full story.

III. Sign Up Now for 2009 Atlas Workshops
For some new perspectives on making your programs and exhibits more relevant to K–12 teachers and students, please join us for a new workshop designed especially for science center and museum staff who work with school-based audiences. Join us for "Using Atlas of Science Literacy in Informal Science Learning Settings" at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), Chicago, IL, March 11–13. Also on the 2009 schedule is our long-running Atlas of Science Literacy workshop for K–12 science educators and administrators, with sessions in Washington, DC; New York, NY; Madison, WI; and Durham, NC.

Scholarships and Early Bird rates are available, but registration is limited. For more details and a registration form, please visit our workshop information page.

IV. Nominations Sought for AAAS Education Prize
U.S. high school science department chairs and administrators: There is still time for you to nominate teachers for the 2009 AAAS Leadership in Science Education Prize for High School Teachers. The $1,000 prize honors a high school science teacher who has advanced science education by developing and implementing an effective strategy, activity, or program. Access prize details, nomination forms, and application forms. For more information, contact Project 2061’s Lester Matlock. Deadline: 24 April 2009.

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