for Grant Money This Summer?
Education Reform Group Publishes Its Take on Teacher
National Science Board Seeks Public Comment on Major
Reach for the Stars This Summer… Online with NTEN Astronomy
Fall Convention Workshops Can Help Grade 3–8
Teachers Stop Faking It!
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Looking for Grant Money This Summer?
Then take a
minute to check these informational grant resources that can assist
with your search for funding for classroom projects, resources,
or equipment: http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_06_23_extra.htm
Thanks to the Public Education Network (http://www.publiceducation.org) for
providing a number of these resources.
Reform Group Publishes Its Take on Teacher Salaries
An article in
the Spring 2003 issue of Education Next, an education reform
journal published by the Hoover Institution, examines the NEA and
AFT surveys of public school teacher salaries, along with statistics
from the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, to argue that teachers
are not underpaid.
Because of their
shorter work year and workday, teachers actually earn more than
many other professionals in the private sector, asserts author Michael
Podgursky, chair of the Department of Economics at the University
of Missouri–Columbia. He points out that public school
teachers earn approximately $30 per hour when salary is computed
on an hourly basis, compared to $22 per hour for private accountants
and auditors, $24 per hour for private computer programmers, and
$27 per hour for engineers and other professionals. The Education
Next article can be found at http://www.educationnext.org/20033/71.html,
or read a Salt Lake City Tribune article about the study
Science Board Seeks Public Comment on Major Report
Science Board (NSB), the governing body for the National Science
Foundation, is seeking public comment on its Science and Engineering
(S&E) Workforce Report. In the draft report, the NSB “finds
it imperative that the federal government reassess its role and
step forward with an aggressive effort to better prepare the nation’s
S&E workforce starting with the earliest years of education.”
The NSB recommendation on the pre-college teaching workforce for
mathematics, science, and technology states, “In partnership with
other stakeholders, the federal government should act now to attract
and retain an adequate cadre of well-qualified pre-college teachers
of mathematics, science, and technology.” Public comment
will be accepted until July 1, 2003; go to www.nsf.gov/nsb.
for the Stars This Summer… Online with NTEN Astronomy Course
an online graduate-level Astronomy course this summer? Are you an
elementary school science teacher? The National Teachers Enhancement
Network (NTEN) is offering a one-credit course—NTEN Elementary–Space
Science (PHYS 580-02). The course starts June 28, so go to http://www.scienceteacher.org/su03/phys58002.htm
or call (800) 461-9635 for details and to register.
Elizabeth Roettger notes, "I like the distance learning format
because participants can say as much as they wish. Everyone participates
in the discussions, not just the loudest or the fastest. I think
participants learn from each other much more than they would even
in a highly interactive face-to-face workshop. In this course, teachers
learn astronomy by using the same activities that their students
will use. Most of the activities can be exploited to gain a much
deeper understanding than we'd expect of K–12 students. I
love to see the discussions ranging from the science to the teaching
methods and back again, sometimes without any discernable difference
between the two."
Convention Workshops Can Help Grades 3–8 Teachers Stop
Do you know
what rubber bands and the Earth's tides have in common, what musical
metal rods have to do with speeding tickets, why yellow and blue
don't make green, and why gases don't expand when heated? Maybe
you’re teaching grades 3–8 science without fully understanding
it all—so it’s not as much fun as it could be. Bill Robertson,
Ph.D. in science education, online teacher, K–12 science curriculum
developer, and author of the popular NSTA Press® series
Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach
It, will present a hands-on workshop at each of NSTA’s fall
conventions: Minneapolis, Oct. 30–Nov. 1; Kansas City, Missouri,
Nov. 13–15; and Reno, Nevada, Dec. 4–6. Visit http://www.nsta.org/conventions for
a look at the fall convention agendas and to register at earlybird
prices. And like the books (visit http://store.nsta.org
to browse them online), the workshops promise to be as entertaining
as they are informative.
Banking Hours Here—Access NSTA Anytime Right From Your Computer!
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to serve you 24/7. Simply visit www.nsta.org,
where you can access an archive of journal articles http://www.nsta.org/journals
from as far back as 1996 (members only) packed with teaching
ideas and lesson plans; professional development courses http://institute.nsta.org;
the SciLinks http://www.nsta.org/scilinks
database of teacher approved websites (members only); the
Science Store http://store.nsta.org; and much more.
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