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The annual Phi Delta Kappa (PDK)/Gallup Poll on key education issues shows once again this year that most respondents have a positive opinion of their local public schools, but have an unfavorable view of the quality of schools nationwide. More respondents also claim to have a greater knowledge of No Child Left Behind than in previous years, and nearly 58% feel that the federal education law is hurting or making no difference in education policy. The majority of those polled also believe that that individual student improvement (growth models) should be used to measure a school’s performance.
To read more about the survey, visit http://www.pdkintl.org/kappan/kpollpdf.htm.
With every school year there are changes, so too with publications. NSTA has heard your requests and is happy to announce that Science Scope and Science and Children will now be publishing nine times a year instead of eight. They both will divide their November/December issue into two separate issues. Our popular high school journal, The Science Teacher, had previously been increased to nine times a year.
In addition, the Journal of College Science Teaching will revert back to its normal schedule of six times a year. So watch your mailbox and don’t miss an issue.
The September issues of the NSTA journals are now available online. Science and Children (grades PreK – 6) features teaching investigation skills in the elementary classroom; Science Scope (grades 6 – 9) focuses on improving practice; and The Science Teacher (grades 9 – 12) features a water theme. The Journal of College Science Teaching also features a full line-up of timely articles.
Members can access all articles online using their member number; nonmembers can read one free article from each journal every month. To view the complete table of contents for each journal, visit the links below.
Science Class, your NSTA e-newsletter, explores the same themes and provides additional online resources, such as news stories, SciLinks, and articles from the NSTA journal archives. Look for it in your e-mail inbox the first week of every month. Miss an issue? Visit the Science Class archives at http://www.nsta.org/enewsletter/archives.htm.
When the International Astronomical Union (IAU) reclassified Pluto as a dwarf planet in August, people worldwide responded with strong opinions both positive and negative. But for a change, people were actually thinking about and talking about science. And many pointed out that Pluto's demotion actually has benefits for science education. To read the NSTA News Online story, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=52531. To read the CNN.com article, "Pluto's Demotion Not a Cause for Classroom Panic", visit http://www.newsalerts.com/news/article/pluto-s-demotion-not-a-cause-for-classroom-panic.html:life12:757047.
NSTA Goes Behind the Books continues its podcast series with Tomas Bunk and Arthur Eisenkraft discussing Quantoons: Metaphysical Illustrations.We invite all to listen in by visiting http://www.nsta.org/behindthebooks#quantoons (Note: the interview is in MP3 format, so your computer must have a media player).
Quantoons (http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB198X) combines challenging problems and provocative quotes with intricate drawings that mix Isaac Newton and Marie Antoinette with Romeo, Juliet, and Einstein. The book is a compilation of 58 contest problems that ran between 1991 and 2001 in Quantum magazine, a collaboration between U.S. and Russian scientists that was published by NSTA. The problems and cartoons make inquiring minds think about physics and art in new ways—and have fun doing it.
Registering for the October 19-21 Omaha Midwestern Area Conference? To get the most out of your professional development dollars, add a Symposium! Bill Robertson is presenting Force and Motion: Stop Faking It! (http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxfall06/forces/omaha/symposium.asp) on Thursday, October 19, 2006 from 1:00–5:30 p.m. while NASA will offer a look at Lunar Exploration (http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxfall06/lunar/symposium.asp) on Friday, October 20, 2006 from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Were you on the beach and happen to miss the special August 22 Back-to-School issue of NSTA Express in all your summer e-mails? The issue is full of special offers and resources you can use to start off the new school year, such as classroom materials, professional development opportunities, and more. You can even take advantage of special discounts on NSTA memberships and view the complete new NSTA catalog. To access the issue, visit http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_08_21.htm.
The NSTA WebNews Digest also covers this year’s Back to School issues in the latest WebNews Analysis. Find out what teachers are dealing with around the country as schools are back in session around the country, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=52505.
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