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Department of Education Announces Cities for Best Practices Summer Workshops

The U.S. Department of Education has named 22 cities as sites for its annual summer regional workshops for teachers to learn best practices from fellow educators successful in raising student achievement. This year's co-hosts include two federal government agencies—the National Park Service (NPS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); a number of TechNet partners, including Microsoft, EMC, AMD, Symantec, the University of Nevada, and Motorola; as well as Target, General Motors Corp., Siemens Foundation, and MATHCOUNTS.

The workshops are part of the Department's Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative, which supports teachers in various ways, including keeping them informed about the latest strategies and research for closing the achievement gap and helping all students meet high standards. Each workshop will include numerous breakout sessions featuring effective teachers and practitioners sharing strategies that have been successful in their classrooms, schools and districts. Agendas for each workshop will be posted at http://www.ed.gov/teacherinitiative. Registration for the 2007 Summer Workshops will open on April 8, 2007.


Teaching Science in the 21st Century: Part 5 in a Series from NSTA Reports

The fifth installment in NSTA Reports’ series is titled “Teaching the Nature of Science: Five Crucial Themes”. Written by Nancy Moreno, the piece begins “Many candidate races and ballot initiatives in the November 2006 United States elections highlighted science-related issues and debates. Stem cell research, alternative fuels, and climate change were topics considered in regional and national discussions. To understand and choose among conflicting viewpoints, voters needed to possess two aspects of scientific literacy: (1) comprehending science concepts and (2) understanding how science builds knowledge. Unfortunately, statistics compiled by the National Science Foundation indicate little headway in improving the second aspect of science literacy—understanding the nature of science. In 2004, for example, only 23% of adult respondents could correctly 'explain in their own words what it means to study something scientifically' (NSB 2006)."

This series offers opinion pieces by many of the leaders in science education today. To read the fifth installment in the series, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=53152. To find out more about the book by the same name that inspired the series, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB195X.


NSTA Career Center—This Week's Featured Opportunity!

Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, Illinois, seeks a chemistry teacher for 2007-08. This teaching position will include Advanced Placement chemistry. Glenbrook South is located in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago and sends approximately 95% of its students on to four-year colleges and universities. For more information regarding Glenbrook South and this teaching position, please visit our website at http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us. Click on the Human Resources icon.To read a full description, visit the NSTA Career Center at http://careers.nsta.org/job_detail.asp?jobid=557.


National Conference to Include Science for English Language Learners RDC

Looking for an effective means to teach a diverse student population? Want the latest research on teaching Science to English Language Learners? Pressed for time and need to integrate your lessons? The third Research Dissemination Conference (RDC) has what you need!

Hear top educators explain the latest research with practical applications! The RDC will be held on Saturday, March 31, and is an all-day event. To attend, you must register for NSTA's National Conference on Science Education. The conference takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, from March 29 to April 1.

For more details visit http://www.nsta.org/ell.


Membership Means You Belong!

Join NSTA for these essential benefits that will enhance your marketability in the teaching profession and build your professional knowledge. Being a member of NSTA means you’re part of an international community of practitioners dedicated to improving science education. For more information on NSTA membership, visit http://www.nsta.org/memcategories.


And Don’t Forget…




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