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This issue of the middle level edition of Science Class features the theme Careers in Science. Please tell us what you think of the issue by using the Feedback link on the left of Science Class or by sending an e-mail to us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

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Headlines from across the country, such as "Where are the Future Scientists?" and "Wanted: Young American Scientists," echo the call of business leaders, politicians, and science teachers who are legitimately concerned that students are not choosing careers in the fields of science and math. Recent hearings held by the House Education and the Workforce's 21st Century Competitiveness Subcommittee examined the competitiveness of science and math education in the United States. While some speculated that America is ripe for another Sputnik moment to reinvigorate the nation's efforts in science and math, others, such as chair Howard McKeon (R-CA), suggested that we are "facing a 'pipeline' issue, with too few students who are interested in science and math, too few K–12 teachers who are trained in those fields, and colleges and universities that are not doing enough to recruit and retain science and math majors."

As your school year begins, consider ways that you could encourage your students, regardless of age, to become interested in the fascinating field of science. In this issue, we show you how the opportunities in the field are as varied as the individuals seeking them.

Careers in Science in the News

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

The seven stories selected for this month’s theme can help you inspire your students to pursue careers in science.

Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-08/news_stories_middle.htm to learn more.

Careers in Science on the Net

SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keywords for this issue are

Careers in Science: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565511111022

NSTA's high school journal, The Science Teacher, publishes a Careers in Science column that can help you show your students that science is an important component of many interesting jobs. To read some of the interviews from this column, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-08/careersmiddle.htm.

NSTA Journal Articles on Careers in Science

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Books, Books, Books

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Professional Development

"Desperate for quality teachers who won't flinch at a challenge, educators in one Florida district are offering full scholarships and guaranteed jobs to a local corps of high schoolers," according to the article "Homegrown," by Scott J. Cech, in the May 2005 issue of Teacher magazine.

Visit http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2005/05/01/06homegrown.h16.html to read more.

New Edition of Making Schools Work for Every Child Soon to Be Released

The No Child Left Behind Act makes equity a concern for everyone. The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) and the Eisenhower Regional Consortia have produced a second edition of the CD-ROM Making Schools Work for Every Child. This edition has many new resources, including a section with professional development activities and pathways to help you find exactly the equity resources you need. You can order your free copy of the CD-ROM by registering with ENC at http://www.enc.org/register/?ls=eu. Copies will be shipped in August.

Global Science Teaching

The May 2005 issue of The Science Education Review was a Special Report on the Top Six Ideas in Science Education. Selected from recent international science education literature, the ideas include the 7E Learning Model; The Activity Model for Scientific Inquiry; Inquiry Classroom Management Checklist; Designing a Rubric; Teaching Controversial Issues: An Improved Approach; and Going Beyond STS: Toward a Curriculum for Sociopolitical Action. To read the report, visit http://www.ScienceEducationReview.com and follow the instructions for a free trial.

NSTA Opportunities

Science Scope debuts two new columns: Teacher’s Toolkit and Issues in Depth. The Teacher’s Toolkit will appear in the September issue of Science Scope, and Issues in Depth appeared for the first time in the summer issue. Teacher’s Toolkit will provide how-to strategies and practical advice, as well as updates on research and best practices. Issues in Depth was developed to help busy middle level teachers meet the challenge posed by the Standards of producing students who “are able to engage intelligently in public discourse and debate about important issues that involve science and technology.” To read the first Issues in Depth column, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=50676.

Call for Papers

Science Scope (grades 6–9) has issued a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:


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