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The 110th Congress officially began work last week as Democratic committee chairs announced their priorities for the coming year and several new—and not so new—bills that deal with science and math education were introduced. And on the fifth anniversary of the No Child Left Behind law President Bush says the reauthorization of the federal education law will be a priority for the Administration this year. Read more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2007_01_08_legupdate.htm).
From whales speaking in dialect to the Red Sea parting again, read Live Science’s list of the Weirdest Science Stories of 2006 (http://www.livescience.com/bestimg/index.php?url=weirdest_2006_dolphins_03.jpg&cat=weirdest2006).
A panel of experts has reviewed and updated the NSTA position statement, Laboratory Science, adopted by the NSTA Board of Directors in 1990. The new statement, now titled the Integral Role of Laboratory Science Investigations in Science Instruction, reaffirms NSTA’s position about the central role laboratory investigations play in quality science instruction at all levels.
According to guidelines, NSTA members are given an opportunity to review and comment on these important documents. NSTA encourages you to view the new draft statement and give us your input. Visit http://www.nsta.org/main/forum/showthread.php?t=1882 and click on Post Reply. (Note: You must register to use the NSTA Discussion Board before posting comments.) Comments must be received by Wednesday, January 17.
Don’t miss an opportunity to present a session at NSTA’s area conferences this fall. Submit an online proposal for one of the following conferences and share your teaching experience with our attendees! To submit your proposal, visit http://www.nsta.org/conferences and click on “Presenting at Conferences” on the right.
By popular demand, we are releasing the eighth book in the Stop Faking It! series now! Chemistry Basics will provide teachers with a deeper understanding of such topics as the periodic table, how atoms behave, why carbon is a building block of organic compounds, and so much more!
As an added bonus, for the month of January, you can purchase Chemistry Basics for 30% off the list price! Just visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2.
If you’re stuck in a rut and need a new perspective on your science class lessons, come to NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, Missouri March 29-April 1. Not only will you hear presentations by well noted scientists and fellow educators, you’ll get to network with your colleagues from across the country, learn new pedagogy, get the latest scientific information, and so much more! To get more details about specific topics and to register visit http://www.nsta.org/stlouis. To view the St. Louis advance program, visit http://ecommerce.nsta.org/2007STL_advance_program.
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