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Week of August 25, 2008

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Annual Delta Kappan/Gallup Poll on Education

Americans Speak Out—Are Educators and Policy Makers Listening? is the title of the 40th annual Phi Delta Kappa poll on education. The poll allows PDK members and others to track public opinion on how Americans perceive public schools. The questions (and findings) this year focus on election year politics and policies; school quality; global education comparisons; national education standards; high school to college transitions; student testing and the curriculum; teacher quality and teaching incentives; and No Child Left Behind. Editor’s note: This is a very graphics-heavy PDF, so the download is very slow.

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Court Rules University of California Can Reject Christian School Classes

Last week a California federal judge ruled that the University of California had a "rational basis" for rejecting science and history courses taught at Christian high schools.

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U.S. Dept. of Education Offers Resources to Implement National Math Panel Recommendations

After years of work earlier this year the National Mathematics Advisory Panel released 45 findings and recommendations on a number of math topics including curricular content, learning processes, instruction practices and materials, teachers, assessments and future research priorities.

The Department has developed resources to use in implementing the findings of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, including a short film for schools and teachers to share with parents about what they can do to support their children's math knowledge and skills. A digital workshop for teachers will be offered shortly.

For additional information, go to www.ed.gov/mathpanel.

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NSTA Goes West in November

Come explore the vast array of workshops, presentations, demonstrations and sessions at NSTA’s Portland Conference on Science Education, Nov. 20-22, 2008. Take advantage of professional development opportunities in every discipline, preK-16. Learn new ways to reach your students and improve overall performance in the classroom. Save the most on conference registration when you register by October 10.

Elementary school teachers: are you looking for strategies to integrate science inquiry and literacy? Attend Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading: Integrating Science and Literacy.

Check out Using Science Notebooks Featuring FOSS Middle School, where you’ll learn howthese powerfultools assist with integrating science, writing, and math and assessing student progress.

In Bringing Science to Life with Technology, an interactive lesson that highlights the latest technology trends for middle and high school classroom use will be shared.

Administrators should consider What's Going On In There? to learn how to support and evaluate an inquiry-based science program.

For a complete list of our workshops, presentations and special events or to register visit www.nsta.org/portland. Become the best educator you can be through professional development at NSTA’s Portland conference.

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And Don’t Forget…

Visit our member services web page to ensure that NSTA has your current contact information.

Visit the NSTA Science Store for an outstanding array of bestselling books and teaching resources. Receive 30% off of the August featured book, A Head Start on Science: Encouraging a Sense of Wonder.

NSTA is offering more Web Seminars through the summer months. Visit the website for more information about these upcoming professional development opportunities.

Professional development courses in your future?
Online options give you a world of choice.
Take a look at these groups offering courses for science educators!


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