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Week of July 2, 2007

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NSTA Executive Director Gerry Wheeler Announces Plans to Retire in August 2008

Dr. Gerald F. Wheeler, NSTA executive director since 1996, will transition out of a day-to-day role in the organization, effective August 2008, but will remain active in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education community. Read more.

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Teacher Dropout Problem “Spiraling Out of Control” Says New NCTAF Report

A report from the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future puts the cost of teacher turnover in the United States at more than $7 billion a year. Based on extrapolations from a study of five school systems, the findings “are a clear indication that America’s teacher dropout problem is spiraling out of control,” the report said.

District costs associated with teacher turnover include advertising, traveling to job fairs, hiring incentives, administrative processing, training, mentoring and professional development, salaries for substitutes, and separation costs for teachers who quit.

The report includes examples of successful efforts by some school systems to reduce teacher turnover. Read more of the report at http://www.nctaf.org. At the site you will also find the Teacher Turnover Cost Calculator, which helps estimate the cost of teacher turnover to a school or district.

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Birmingham Conference on Science Education Personal Scheduler Now Open

The Personal Scheduler is now available for NSTA’s Conference on Science Education in Birmingham (December 6–8). This handy tool allows you to plan for and present your proposed professional development itinerary when requesting funding support. Use it as a calendar to organize your conference experience and you’ll get the most from your participation when you're with us in Birmingham!

At NSTA Conferences on Science Education you can update your content knowledge and teaching techniques, network with other science professionals, hear from world-renowned experts, and pick up the latest goodies from hundreds of exhibitors.

The Personal Scheduler is available at http://www.nsta.org/conferences/schedule.aspx?id=2007BIR.

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VSP Vision Care “Vision of Science” Award Now Available to K–12 Science Educators

NSTA is pleased to announce that K–12 science educators will now be eligible to receive the VSP Vision Care “Vision of Science” Award, previously only available to K–8 science teachers. The award recognizes and honors one outstanding classroom science teacher who has developed creative and inventive science lessons that encourage students to learn and understand eye health and vision. The winning teacher will receive a one-year membership to NSTA, a check for $2,000, and an additional check for $500 to be used toward travel expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. Additionally, the winning teacher’s school will receive a check for $3,000 to be used exclusively toward furthering the study, teaching, and learning of eye health and vision. To download an application for this award, go to http://www.nsta.org/pdfs/awards/VSP.pdf. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2007. See more.

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Goin’ Fishing, Be Back July 16

Next week we will be off, but NSTA Express will return Monday, July 16. Have a safe and relaxing Fourth of July holiday!

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