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Ed Magazine Asks If School Districts Ready to Meet NCLB Science Requirements
In the August cover story
of District Administration magazine, writer Rebecca Sausner focuses on
the “next wave” of No Child Left Behind requirements for states and districts
in 2005: those related to science. In the article titled “Ready or Not,” she
emphasizes the challenge states face to develop and administer large-scale assessments
that effectively measure student understanding in science. The story explains
why science is different from reading and how states are working to create challenging
standards and methods to test for hands-on learning. The article also draws
attention to the increasing numbers of elementary schools that are putting science
on the back burner to devote more time to English and math instruction. To read
the story, which includes quotes from NSTA Executive Director Gerry Wheeler,
go to http://www.districtadministration.com/page.cfm?p=832.
Is Looking for a Few Good Leaders; Board and Council Nominations To Be Accepted
Through Sept. 10
an NSTA member you believe could be an effective leader in the world’s largest
professional organization for science educators? Could you?
are being accepted from now through Sept. 10 for candidates to assume key roles
with the National Science Teachers Association. Those elected will benefit from
truly unique professional experiences and gain career enhancement as well as
the opportunity to contribute to the science education field.
of Directors offices to be filled—with a required three-year commitment
from June 2005 to May 2008--are as follows:
to President, then to Retiring President in the three-year cycle;
Directors for three areas—Research, Pre-service Teacher Preparation, and Multicultural/Equity;
Offices--District Directors for Districts I, VI, VII, XII, XIII, and XVIII.
Sept. 10 is the absolute deadline for all applications and information,
which must be submitted online. Go to http://www.nsta.org/main/pdfs/2005NominationForm.pdf
for details and nomination forms.
Feedback Sought on New NSTA Position Statement: Scientific Inquiry
Have an opinion about how
NSTA should address the issue of scientific inquiry? Now’s the time to tell
us. You have until August 13 to comment on a new draft position statement
that presents 19 declarations on three central aspects of inquiry: the use of
scientific inquiry as a teaching approach, students' abilities to do
scientific inquiry, and students' understanding of scientific inquiry.
Your feedback is important. To view and comment on this new draft statement,
go to http://www.nsta.org/main/forum/showthread.php?t=1175.
Express Poll—Is There a Science Teacher Shortage in Your Area?
Is your district having
trouble finding and hiring enough qualified teachers to teach science
in your school? Let us know by taking the NSTA Express Poll:
Should Exhibit at NSTA’s Upcoming Conventions?
NSTA is proud to present to our members and friends
an impressive and diverse group of vendors in the Exhibit Halls
of our annual area and national conventions. They’re the brand-name
products and services providers to the science education community
that you know and recognize. But perhaps there are some newcomers
or regional favorites you may purchase from and that we haven’t
yet invited to participate with us this fall at the conventions
in Indianapolis, Seattle, and Richmond or in Dallas this spring
for the 2005 national convention. If so, just send an email to
us at firstname.lastname@example.org with their names,
locations, and any other pertinent identifying information you have
available, and we’ll invite them to be part of NSTA’s exciting exhibit
Not a member
and want to join? Visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp!
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Hope you found
this Monday’s edition of NSTA Express an interesting, quick
read and a worthwhile update on the latest news and information
from the National Science Teachers Association. Our goal is to save
you time by delivering information each week in short "news
bites," so if you'd like to know more, simply select the headline
quick link. NSTA continues to create resources and improve services
for science educators. If you're not already a member, we invite
you to join the crowd by going to http://www.nsta.org/whyjoin!
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