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Child Left Behind Marks Second Anniversary
Amid growing concerns from state and district officials and continued
criticisms from Democrats that funding for the new federal law is
woefully inadequate, President Bush marked the second anniversary
of No Child Left Behind last week during two stops to schools in St.
Louis and in Tennessee. Read the January 6 New York Times article
(free registration required) at www.nytimes.com
about the visit to St. Louis. And in a January 7 speech to the American
Enterprise Institute marking the 50th anniversary of Brown
v. the Board of Education, U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige said
of No Child Left Behind, “I find it staggering that the very critics
and organizations that fought so hard for civil rights could leave
our African American, Hispanic American, and special needs children
behind. Some of the very people and organizations that applauded Brown
and worked to implement it are now opposing No Child Left Behind:
unions, teachers, civil libertarians, liberal politicians, and education
advocates. Why? Because it exposes their special interests. Their
opposition is about power, politics and pride, not the best interests
of our children.” His remarks are available at the Department of Education
website (front page under Headlines) at www.ed.gov.
Advocacy Conference Set for March 15
Add your voice to the call for increased support for science education, and
learn about the myriad of federal initiatives developed for science, mathematics,
and technology education at the March 15 Triangle Coalition advocacy conference
“Informing Policy in Support of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education.”
At the one-day event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., you’ll hear from policymakers,
Hill staffers, and representatives from NSF and the Department of Education
about key legislative issues such as No Child Left Behind and the Math and Science
Partnerships. Then plan to spend some quality time with your elected representative
and let him or her know about how these issues really affect you and your school.
NSTA is a co-sponsor of the annual advocacy conference. For more information
or to register, go to www.triangle-coalition.org.
NSTA Professional Development Institutes Set to Debut at Atlanta
’04 Convention—Now… Read Details Online
In response to the growing
need for new models of professional development, NSTA will debut an important
and innovative initiative at our 2004 national convention in Atlanta, April
1-4, 2004: the NSTA Professional Development Institutes. In partnership with
well-known professional development providers—EDC, McREL, WestEd and BSCS Center
for Professional Development—the Institutes will offer four program strands
of focused, content-based sessions exploring key topics in significant depth,
with an ongoing, year-long online follow-up relationship--up to and optionally
including--the ’05 NSTA Dallas national convention.
Development Center, Inc.) will focus on building students’ science
skills while enhancing critical literacy skills (pre-K–8); McREL
will address designing high quality science lessons (K–12); WestEd
will explore analyzing materials and aligning curriculum with Standards
(K–12); BSCS will study the role of inquiry in promoting student
achievement through challenging curricula and courses as specified
in NCLB. Now you’ll find complete details posted on NSTA’s Atlanta
Convention Web site… For full descriptions of the courses, the facilitators,
and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/profdevinstitutes.
And if you’ve already registered to attend the convention, you can
still add your choice of the four Institutes… but don’t delay as
the providers will soon begin pre-convention communications with
Participants will receive
professional development certificates, and optional college credit is available.
Participation will require separate registration (in addition to Convention
registration) at a special introductory-year fee. Course sizes are limited,
and sessions will meet beginning March 31 for a session each day throughout
the April 1–4 convention event.
For the full 52nd
NSTA national convention agenda, including speakers, sessions, field trips,
and more, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004ATL.
15 Deadline for Session Proposals for NSTA ’04 Indianapolis, Seattle, and Richmond
Proposals for sessions
and presentations at NSTA’s 2004 fall conventions must be submitted—online only—at
January 15, 2004. Professional development strands, which unify and guide
sessions, workshops, and short courses for NSTA’s fall conventions are as follows:
Nov. 4-6, 2004
- Assessment and Evaluation
- Science Outside the Box
Seattle, WA, Nov.
- Leadership in Science Education
- Building the Capacity of
- How People Learn
- Applications of Science and
- Teacher of Teachers
Richmond, VA, Dec.
- Maximizing Resources in Standards-Based
- Technology Integration
- Biotechnology: Applications
- Interdisciplinary Study of
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Center Spotlight— Rhode Island College, Department of Elementary Education Seeks
Science Education Specialist
The Rhode Island College,
Department of Elementary Education in Providence, RI is in search of two Science
Education Specialists (Assistant Professor; Tenure Track). Candidates must have
doctorate degree and at least three years of teaching experience in an early
childhood, elementary, or middle-level education setting. For complete details
regarding this position and a full list of other available job opportunities,
visit http://careers.nsta.org. Whether you're seeking
a new position or need to fill a vacancy, the NSTA Career Center is the premier
location for science education careers. Post your resume or current job opening
Time to Cast Your Vote in the NSTA 2004 Election
You only have until February 20 to vote in the NSTA 2004 election.
Cast your vote now for President-Elect and three Division Directors:
High School, College, and Coordination & Supervision. Members
in six districts will also select new directors. Get your membership
number and a ballot control number handy and visit http://www.intelliscaninc.com/nsta.htm.
Complete voting instructions were included in the paper ballots
mailed to NSTA members the week of December 8, 2003. Those wishing
to vote by mail ballot can still do so. Ballots must be received
by February 20, so drop them in the mail now. If you have any questions,
contact Lori Pinson at email@example.com, or (703) 312-9217.
Not a member
and want to join? Visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp!
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