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Science Tests Come as Teaching Time Falls

The Washington Post recently reported, "Maryland elementary and middle students are being tested this week in science for the first time under No Child Left Behind, a federal law that, in the minds of many educators, has squeezed science instruction to the margins of public education. The results might be sobering, top science educators said." To read the complete article, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/05/AR2007050500987.html.

The Kansas City Star''s recent article "Science Lessons Squeezed by NCLB Focus on Reading, Math" examines how many teachers skip classroom experiments or work to blend science with other subjects. "And that worries experts who say science was getting short shrift in grade school—the very time when children are most likely to get excited about the subject—even before the federal law intensified the focus on math and reading." To read the complete article, visit http://www.kansascity.com/105/story/96934.html.


Teaching Science in the 21st Century: Part 9 in a Series from NSTA Reports

The ninth installment in NSTA Reports’ series is titled “The Science and Mathematics Teacher Shortage: Fact and Myth”. Written by Richard Ingersoll, the piece states “Over the past decade and a half, I have used the best national data available to look closely at issues of teacher supply, demand, and quality. More recently I have focused on the case of mathematics and science teachers in particular. The story the data tell is provocative. Problems of teacher supply and demand indeed are among the most important issues in schools, but they are also among the least understood. A close look at the data shows that the conventional wisdom concerning teacher shortages is largely a case of a wrong diagnosis and a wrong prescription, and that while the above policy efforts may often be worthwhile, they alone will not solve the teacher-staffing problems schools are facing.”

This series offers opinion pieces by many of the leaders in science education today. To read the ninth installment in the series, visit http://www.nsta.org/publications/news/story.aspx?id=53821. To find out more about the book by the same name that inspired the series, visit http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9780873552691.


Apply for NSTA's Teacher Awards and Recognitions

NSTA and its sponsors recognize and reward exemplary teachers (preK-College), principals (middle level and high school), and students (K-12) with cash, trips, workshops, science program materials, and more. These awards offer opportunities to receive professional and personal recognition and to share your school's science education success stories.

Don't miss the application deadline for NSTA's Awards: October 15, 2007. Applications for the SeaWorld Outstanding Environmental Educator Award has a November 30 deadline.

For more details about the awards or to download an application form, consult http://www.nsta.org/about/awards.aspx.


Nominations for NSTA Board of Directors and Council

Are you looking for a challenging leadership position that impacts local, state, and national science education? Would you like to serve the association that serves you? We are currently accepting applications for the 2008 NSTA election. For more information, visit http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2007_05_07_nominations.htm.


Montana State University’s NTEN Program Celebrates its 15th Year

The National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) has a long history of providing quality online science courses developed just for teachers. NTEN courses are created by a collaborative team of scientists and in-service teachers. The courses contain rich science content and emphasize discussion and collaboration among participants. NTEN has recorded a total of nearly 12,000 course enrollments, with teacher-participants from all 50 states and many foreign countries. A spin-off Montana State University graduate degree program, the Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE), is offered largely online and currently graduates about 50 students annually.

Join us this summer with a NTEN or MSSE professional development course developed for science educators at all grade levels. Visit http://www.scienceteacher.org/courses.htm or call 800-282-6062. Most courses offer graduate credit and NSTA members receive a 10% discount on select courses.


Science Leadership Institute Slated For June 28 in California

The National Science Education Leadership Associations' (NSELA) annual Summer Leadership Institute is being held at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove California from June 28–July 2, 2007. NSELA is a member of NSTA's newly formed Alliance of Affiliates. The institute program is high-quality professional development to support both experienced and emerging leaders who serve with schools, school districts, universities, and community colleges, and professional organizations in an instructional and/or leadership capacity. Sessions will be lead by professional organizations, members of the Commission on STEM Education, National Science Foundation, Exploratorium, Lawrence Hall of Science, and many other national leaders in STEM education. Registration is $175.00 for NSELA members. Nonmember registration is $220.00. (Includes all materials, workshops, seminars, fieldtrips, Monterey Bay Aquarium social, sunset BBQ, and ranger tours). Registration deadline is June 15, 2007. Family friendly rates available for fieldtrips and special events. Housing space is limited—early registration and housing reservation is strongly encouraged.

The NSELA Summer Leadership Institute provides a unique networking opportunity for teachers, administrators, and science education leaders and features national experts and practitioners. For more information and registration materials, visit http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/sli2.pdf or go to http://www.nsela.org.

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