Volume: 02, Issue: 08 04/21/2004 
Earth rising over the Moon.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
Celestial Show Tonight
Mars Rocks Resemble Meteorites Found on Earth
Sedna Mystery Deepens With Hubble Images of Farthest Planetoid
Two Storms Caught in the Act on Saturn

Explore Professional Development Opportunities

As the end of the school year draws near, professional development opportunities become more widely available. Here’s your chance to learn more about some upcoming prospects.

Summer Educator Institutes:

Free Summer Science Institutes with Annenberg/CPB Channel
This summer, the Annenberg/CPB Channel is offering a wide range of free science professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers. Many workshops and courses will be broadcast to accommodate “institute”-style participation, with daily viewings over two weeks. Topics include Assessment in Math and Science: What’s the Point? and Learning Science Through Inquiry. Optional graduate credit is available.

Sally Ride Educator Institutes
Two Sally Ride Educator Institutes for upper elementary/middle school teachers will be held on July 14-15 and July 17-18, 2004 at the Supercomputer Center at the University of California - San Diego. Each two-day institute will focus on planetary science and the search for water and life in our solar system. Each will feature presentations by NASA scientists about the latest Mars Rover findings, hands-on Mars-related classroom activities, and strategies to encourage girls in science and to ensure gender-equitable classrooms. The $25 Institute fee includes a curriculum binder, planetary science resources, pre-institute reception, and continental breakfast and lunch on both days. Optional graduate credit is available.

National Science Education Leadership Association’s Summer Leadership Institute
The National Science Education Leadership Association’s (NSELA) Summer Institute is an annual event for science educators with leadership roles at the national, state, district, and school levels. Held July 18-21, 2004 in Colorado Springs, CO, the 2004 Institute will focus on building professional learning communities to enhance student learning and achievement. Discussion sessions will address the following themes: what are students learning; how do we assess student learning; and what if students are not learning. The registration deadline is April 30, 2004.

Other Professional Development:

NASA’s Earth and Space Science Education Material Reviewing
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), a non-profit education organization, is seeking education reviewers for the summer 2004 independent peer review of NASA’s Earth and space science education materials. Science teachers (elementary-secondary, and undergraduate), educators with expertise in national education standards (science, mathematics, geography, or technology), science curriculum designers, and teacher trainers are encouraged to apply as reviewers. Teachers are permitted to keep the materials they assess and will receive an honorarium for their participation.

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