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In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class focuses on Global Science Teaching. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles. To view the middle level and high school editions of Science Class, please click on the links at left. If you have any comments about this issue, send them to: enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

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Science teachers worldwide share many of the same challenges, aspirations, and demands. Teachers everywhere have limited budgets and increasing pressure to improve students' test scores. This issue is devoted to sharing the experiences and efforts of science teachers in countries other than the United States. Gaining perspective on how we are alike and how we are different can bring a better understanding of how we all teach science.

NSTA's international efforts will be reported to you through a new column Global Science Teaching, which will appear monthly in Science Class beginning in September. This month NSTA President Anne Tweed was the keynote speaker at the 8th annual GLOBE conference in Boulder, Colorado. She spoke on NSTA's efforts to engage an
international community of science educators. To learn more about GLOBE, visit http://www.globe.gov/fsl/html/aboutglobe.cgi?intro?&lang=en&nav=1&.

Global Science Teaching in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for nationwide news for science educators).

International Science Education News Stories

Stories selected for this issue discuss eliminating science labs and chemistry from the curriculum. Two articles report on studies that rank countries in scientific research and compare students' scholastic aptitude in science. Another article discusses the differences in student attitudes toward science.

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International Education News Stories

Educational issues that affect America's teachers are similar to those attracting educators in other countries. Read about a plan in Japan to address the issue of school safety and how Canadian schools are boosting test scores. You can also learn about a unique effort by officials in England to improve students' academic performance—and about how educators in that country feel about the teaching profession.


Global Science Teaching on the Net

NSTA's Position Statement: International Science Education

Science and education play a key role in developing global awareness that leads to appropriate understanding, attitude, and action.

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The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS, formerly known as the Third International Mathematics and Science Study) resulted from the American education community's need for reliable and timely data on mathematics and science achievement of our students compared to that by students in other countries. Offered in 1995, 1999, and 2003, TIMSS provides trend data on students' mathematics and science achievement from an international perspective.

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Books, Books, Books

NSTA has put together a catalog of the latest books for the elementary teacher. To view the catalog, click here:


Professional Development

This month's Research Brief discusses Teacher Professional Development in High-Stakes Accountability Systems.

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NSTA Opportunities

Write for NSTA's Journals

Science & Children (Grades PreK–5) has issued this Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:


Next Month's Theme:

Assessment: Tools and Strategies for Every Teacher

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