Hi Dawn - Welcome aboard! I wanted to tell you a little about MSP2 - we are using this NING network as a place where educators can connect with each other (through answers to profile questions and the advanced Members search) and also as a way to connect educators with exemplary resources and professional development opportunities.
If you look on the Main page - you'll see MSP2 resources in the upper left hand box - we have resource guides where we have sifted and sorted and contextualized resources on topics important to middle school math and science teachers, an archive of all of our past webinars, the ability to search the MSP2 collection, and pages of teacher and student opportunities and grants. Our newest resource guide is about Teaching With Trade Books and includes lessons for science AND math classes.
The MSP2 bookclub is reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - we'll meet online October 19 at 7pm - hope you'll join us.
We have on the right side of the page our two project blogs - Resources for Math and Science and Connecting News. We also RSS feed the Free Technology for Teachers, Teach Engineering, and Science and Technology NYT blog feeds.
Please don't hesitate to post a question or comment. We are always looking for feedback and new ideas for PD opportunities and people who would like to present. Don't know if you thought about going to the National Middle School Association annual meeting, but we are also giving away free registrations to the meeting in Baltimore November 4-6. Click here for more information.