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Hosts Workshop on Designing High-Quality Science Assessments
On May 6-7, the National Research Council will host
a two-day workshop in Washington, D.C. on the design of K-12 science
assessment systems. During the workshop, models of high-quality
science assessment systems will be presented, and attendees will
be asked to provide comment and offer suggestions on how to improve
the assessment designs. The National Academy of Sciences’ Committee
on Test Design for K-12 Science Achievement will then use the suggestions
and revised designs in shaping its guidance and in the recommendations
it plans to make in a final report to states. (States must begin
mandatory science assessments under No Child Left Behind in 2007-08.)
The workshop is open to the public, but space is limited, and registration
will be on a first come, first served basis. For a copy of
the agenda, e-mail email@example.com. If you wish to attend
the workshop please respond by e-mail to Teresia Wilmore (firstname.lastname@example.org),
by Friday, April 30. For more information on the project,
and for drafts of the design teams’ work and other relevant papers
(available on April 28, 2004) go to http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bota/Test_Design_K-12_Science.html
NSTA Legislative Update: Contact
Your Members of Congress, Ask Them to Support Science Education
There’s still time to help support science education programs on Capitol
Hill! Plus the National Council of State Legislators announce plans
to study how No Child Left Behind is affecting public education, and
14 chief state school officers send a letter to Secretary Rod Paige
seeking additional flexibility under the federal law. Read this, and
more, in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update: http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_04_26_extra.htm
Latest Educator Resources from NSTA Press® Address Safety
Challenges of Middle, High School Classrooms, Labs
Middle school science educators can now keep safety guidelines
close at hand with Safety in the Middle School Science Classroom,
the colorful new hanging flipchart from NSTA Press. Focusing on
the unique needs of grades 6-8, the flipchart features the latest
information for preventing safety problems, plus a quick reference
on key safety practices, including eye protection; what to do in
case of accident; plants in the classroom; first aid; animals in
the classroom; field trips; fire prevention and control; and storage
and safe use of equipment and materials. SciLinks notations reference
up-to-date web pages on safe science. For more information, go
Just as high school science is more complex, so are the safety
issues educators face in classes and labs. Investigating Safely:
A Guide for High School Teachers is aimed at helping reduce
the risks to people and place. Written by classroom veterans and
well known safety experts Juliana Texley, Terry Kwan, and John Summers,
the invaluable book is written with practicality in mind, and concepts
are discussed in the context of common situations in real classrooms.
Chapters deal with special safety requirements of specific disciplines.
To preview the entire book online at no cost, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB166X3
NSTA members receive a 20% discount on all NSTA Press titles.
Space, Time and Motion - Physical Science
Leads Diverse Summer Online Courses from American Museum of Natural
What would happen if we traveled on a light beam? Would time stop?
Explore these kinds of questions and ideas by registering for Space,
Time and Motion - Physical Science, an online course from the
American Museum of Natural History. The six-week course explores
the physical laws that govern our universe and our evolving conceptions
of space, time, motion, matter, and energy.
Five different life, Earth and physical science courses will be
offered by the Museum beginning June 28. Designed for K-12 educators,
all are fully web-based and can be taken for up to four graduate
credits. Courses feature rich media elements and flexible
online discussions that include a Museum scientist, an experienced
instructor and a networked community of teachers. For complete
descriptions of all five courses, and to register, please go to
For more information on the NSTA Institute, of which the museum
is a member, please go to http://institute.nsta.org.
Spring into Savings at the NSTA Career Center
Are you looking for teachers to fill upcoming positions this fall?
The NSTA Career Center is the best place to search for qualified
science educators for your upcoming vacancies. Start your search
now at http://careers.nsta.org/ and take advantage
of our $75 spring savings rate for each 30-day job listing.
Simply enter code SPRING04 in the promotional code field.
And, as an added bonus, when you have an active job posting,
you can also search the more than 200 candidate resumes at no charge.
today! Hurry, this special offer ends May 31, 2004.
Summer PD to Keep You Cool
If you’re looking for a challenging new job or career change, post
your resume for free. Visit today.
Ready for a break from the hustle and bustle of the classroom?
Then check out the NSTA Calendar filled with dozens of summer professional
development programs at your fingertips. You can search by region,
category, or grade level to find the program that best meets your
needs. Visit http://www.nsta.org/calendar and stay
COOL this summer.
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