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ExploraVision Student Winners Honored at Washington, D.C., Press Conference
Legislative Update
Research Report Examines Science and Math Instruction
AAAS Hosts Atlas of Science Literacy Workshops in NYC, Chicago and DC
Houston Independent School District Struggles with Science
Award-winning Science Class Delivers Fabulous Freebies in July
Earlybird Fall Conventions Registrants Can Save Up to 44%!

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Student Winners Honored at Washington, D.C., Press Conference

At a press conference and awards banquet held Friday, June 13, leaders from Toshiba, NSTA, along with Bill Nye, the Science Guy, and many others convened in Washington, D.C., to honor the student winners in the 2003 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards program. Eight teams of K–12 students envisioned innovative technologies that could exist 20 years into the future. They received $10,000 and $5,000 savings bonds for their winnings ideas. For a look at Friday’s events, and to learn more about the winning students and their "inventions" (and how your students can participate in the 2004 program) visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=48375.

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NSTA Legislative Update

June 17, 2003

The House of Representatives formally began work on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act last week. The House Education panel approved legislation dealing with teacher education programs (HEA Title II) and okayed a $17,500 loan forgiveness program for science, math and special ed teachers in Title I schools. Also in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update, we examine how states and districts are dealing with No Child Left Behind, and dealing with education budget cuts and layoffs.

  1. House Education Committee Begins Reauthorization of Higher Education Act
  2. No Child Left Behind Implementation Update
  3. Roundup of Education Layoffs and Cuts Affecting Public Schools
  4. NSF to Fund Research on How People Learn

Learn more. http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_06_16_extra.htm

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Research Report Examines Science and Math Instruction

Horizon Research, Inc., has released a new report describing the status of K–12 science and math instruction in the United States.  Looking Inside the Classroom:  A Study of K–12 Mathematics and Science Education in the United States examines the accuracy of science and mathematics content, the intellectual engagement of students with that content, teacher questioning strategies, extent of  "sense-making" in the lessons, and factors that determine teachers' choice of content and instructional strategies. The study was conducted with support from the National Science Foundation and is available for free at http://www.horizon-research.com/insidetheclassroom. Print versions can also be ordered at this site. 

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AAAS Hosts Atlas of Science Literacy Workshops in NYC, Chicago and DC

Professionals dedicated to improving science and mathematics education are invited to participate in an upcoming professional development workshop hosted by AAAS Project 2061.  The 3-day workshops introduce the Atlas of Science Literacy, an exciting educational resource for improving your classroom practices and helping students achieve important learning goals in science, mathematics, and technology.  The three-day Atlas workshop demonstrates how to use the Atlas maps (and related Project 2061 resources) to enhance your understanding of literacy and to improve your curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Workshops are scheduled for June 19–21, 2003, at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY; August 21–23, 2003, at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, IL; and October 15–17, 2003, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC.

Atlas of Science Literacy, a collection of conceptual strand maps for nearly 50 key topics in science, mathematics, and technology, was published in 2001 by Project 2061 and NSTA. Strand maps display the connections among key ideas and skills and the sequence in which students might develop their understanding of topics such as gravity, natural selection, and statistical reasoning in K–12.  (For an animated tour through the Atlas, click on http://www.project2061.org/video/atlas/promo.htm.)
 
For details on the workshops, registration forms and information on accommodations and area attractions for each location, click on http://www.project2061.org/workshops/.  For questions, contact the AAAS Project 2061 staff at 202-326-6666. To purchase a copy of the Atlas, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PA001X

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Houston Independent School District Struggles with Science

A June 9 article in the Houston Chronicle examines the Houston Independent School District’s challenges in teaching science. According to the article, only 52% of the district’s 10th graders and 57% of 11th graders passed the science portion of a recent state-level test. Whether teaching, testing, staffing, accountability measures, or student interest is to blame, many believe science “remains a stepchild of core curricula,” reports the Chronicle.  To read the article, go to http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/metropolitan/1942634

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Award-winning Science Class delivers fabulous freebies in July

NSTA’s Science Class July newsletter will feature a treasure trove of things that teachers can send away for, sign up for, or register online for that are FREE!  So watch for it and use a bit of summertime signing up for free things including, field trip ideas, free products, professional development opportunities, and more—and start the school year off right. 

Just starting its second year, Science Class was recently named the winner in the e-mail newsletter category of The Association of Educational Publishers' Distinguished Achievement Awards.  At the same time, we’re pleased to note that circulation has climbed past the 100,000 mark—a gratifying affirmation from science educators that the grade-specific subject matter and resources are welcome and a worthwhile investment of precious time. 

If you don’t receive content-rich Science Class yet—or do subscribe and want to  recommend it to a friend—click on http://www.nsta.org/ for sign-up information under “NSTA newsletters” on our home page. 

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Earlybird Fall Conventions Registrants Can Save up to 44%

Sept. 12 is your deadline to get maximum registration discounts on NSTA’s Minneapolis fall convention, Oct. 30–Nov. l… but why wait ‘till those hectic early days of the new year?  “Where Great Things Begin!” is the convention theme, with professional development content strands for Teacher as Learner and Professional, Assessment for Standards-based Systems, Enhancing Teaching and Learning, and Science, Technology, and Society.  And it’s not too early to register as an earlybird for our other fall conventions—Kansas City, Mo, Nov. 13–15 and/or Reno, Dec. 4–6.  Go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions for full details and registration.

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