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Overhaul of High Schools Needed, says Governors, Business Leaders,
A major initiative
to overhaul the nation’s high schools was announced last week
after the two-day National Education Summit on High Schools between
45 of the nation’s governors, business leaders, and educators
came to a close. Six partner foundations—the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Carnegie
Corporation of New York, The Wallace Foundation, The Prudential
Foundation, and the State Farm Foundation—will fund a public-private
partnership to help states create and implement policy strategies
designed to improve graduation and college-readiness rates. A recent
study by The Manhattan Institute on high school graduation and college-readiness
rates, covering 1991 to 2002 finds that the national high school
graduation rate for all public school students remained flat over
the last decade, from 72 percent in 1991 to 71 percent in 2002.
There is a notable disparity in the graduation rates of white and
minority students: in the Class of 2002, 78 percent of white students
graduated from high school with a regular diploma, compared to 56
percent of African-American students and 52 percent of Hispanic
At the close
of summit Achieve, Inc., a bipartisan, nonprofit organization that
helps states raise academic standards, announced that a group of
13 states—Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, and Texas—have agreed to form a new coalition
to improve high schools.
Bill Gates delivered
the opening keynote address to the 2005 National Education Summit
on High Schools, which was sponsored by the National Governors Association
and Achieve, Inc., in partnership with the Business Roundtable,
the James B. Hunt Institute, and the Education Commission of the
States. For more information, go to http://www.nga.org
For information on the Manhattan Institute study, go to http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/ewp_08.htm.
Names 2005 Award Recipients
announces the recipients of its 2005 Teacher Awards, which recognize
K–12 teachers, professors, principals, and others for their
outstanding achievement in and contributions to science education.
The awards will be presented to 22 individuals at a special banquet
and ceremony at the NSTA National Convention in Dallas, March 31-April
most prestigious honor, the Robert H. Carleton Award, will be presented
to Harold Pratt, science education consultant and former NSTA President.
Harold is being honored for his lifelong contributions to and leadership
in science education at the national level and to NSTA.
all of the award winners and extends its appreciation to the sponsors
for their generous support. For a complete list of winners, go to
If you’d like to see your name on this list next year—and
win a trip to the 2006 National Convention—apply for one of
our many 2006 Awards. Stay tuned to NSTA Express for announcements
and updates about next year’s awards program.
Like Spring, New NSTA Press Books are Right Around the Corner…Here’s
a Special Sneak Peek at Great New Resources!
new Spring 2005 NSTA Recommends catalog will be in the mail shortly,
but in the meantime, we’re pleased to introduce our exciting
new titles for spring 2005—exclusively to readers of NSTA
Express in advance of their publication dates, but available
to order right now through our online Science Store at http://store.nsta.org.
Leading the list of new titles is the latest addition to our wildly
popular Stop Faking it! Finally Understanding Science So You
Can Teach It series: Air, Water, & Weather joins
the first five titles as the latest from author Bill Robertson.
The first two
titles in a new Exemplary Science Monograph series edited
by Robert E. Yager of NSES fame, make their debut this spring. Exemplary
Science in Grades 9-12: Standards-Based Success Stories
and Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development
are expected off the presses in time for the NSTA convention in
Dallas, March 31-April 3.
Ecology: 49 Ready-to-Use Activities for Grades 4-8 prepares
you to lead your class into the field and gives you ideas for what
to do when you get there. Anticipated publication is late March.
is a new entry in our popular How to… series; it’s
sure to make you a web wizard: How to…Weave the Web
into K-8 Science is available now.
selections are co-published by NSTA Press: Teaching High School
Science Through Inquiry: A Case Study Approach; Bringing Technology
Education into K-8 Classrooms: A Guide to Curricular Resources
About the Designed World; Curriculum Topic Study:
Bridging the Gap Between Standards and Practice by Page
Keeley; The Nature of Science and the Study of Biological Evolution;
and Galapagos: An Inquiry into Biological Evolution, Student
Click here for complete descriptions and links to these new titles:
You Might Not Know about NSTA’s March 31-April 3 Dallas Convention
(But that Might Help You Get Professional Development Funding to
53rd national convention is an immersion in cost-effective professional
development opportunities almost too numerous to name (although
you actually can see an hour-by-hour list at http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005DAL).
and arrive a day early for NSTA’s highly acclaimed Professional
Development Institutes, presented by six nationally known National
Science Foundation-funded partner providers. For description and
session subject tracks, Go to http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=100&Meeting_Code=2005DAL.
- Peruse the
full convention agenda, and use the Personal Schedule feature
to put together your day-by-day plan to further your professional
skills, then download, print, and present your personal plan with
your request for funding. Find it at http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxpersonal_sched_launch.asp?meeting=2005DAL.
- The Linking
Science & Literacy in the Classroom Conference for K-8
teachers on April 2 presents workshop presentations on the practical
classroom applications of National Science Foundation-funded research
by experts in science education, instructional materials development,
school administration, and research. For a full description, go
- NSTA will
provide professional development certification to any educator
who provides documentation of participation using the form in
the on-site convention program. (Participation can include presentations
and/or workshops, the General Session, other featured presentations,
short courses, exhibitor workshops, and exhibit hall time.)
in Science Education: The Mid-Atlantic Regional Teachers Project
Every few weeks,
we feature a promising new (or not-so-new) idea, strategy, or innovative
program in teaching and learning and/or science and math education
that we think merits the attention of the more than 206,000 NSTA
Express readers. This column is an interactive endeavor, so
send your ideas of a large-scale, innovative program in science
and math education to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week, learn more about a regional collaboration of education
leaders from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia,
and the District of Columbia who are working together to better
prepare, hire, and retain quality teachers. For the story, click
Ocean System Added to American Museum of Natural History's Online
Summer Course Lineup; Early Registration Discount Now Available
you a K-12 educator looking for graduate-level science coursework?
This summer, New York's American Museum of Natural History's award-winning
online professional development program, Seminars on Science, is
presenting eight Standards-based courses, including a new offering
The Ocean System: Integrated Science. This new course will
explore the origin and evolution of the ocean, as well as its vast
diversity of life and ecosystems. Other summer online courses include
The Diversity of Fishes; Earth, Inside and Out;
Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; In the Field with Spiders;
The Link Between Dinosaurs and Birds; Sharks and Rays;
and Space, Time, and Motion. Teachers taking courses will
discuss current scientific ideas and classroom applications with
Museum scientists and educators, and take away lesson plans and
resources. Courses may be taken for up to four graduate credits.
May 6 for any of the Seminars on Science courses and you'll get
an "earlybird" discount; classes begin June 27. For
more information, go to http://learn.amnh.org.
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