[MSTA ] Fwd: Science Teaching During Coronavirus School Closures--NSTA Is Here to Help

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Tue Mar 17 19:02:54 CDT 2020


  Sheila SmithNSTA District VII Director, 2017-2020   -----Original Message-----
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