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NRC Hosts Workshop on Designing High-Quality Science Assessments

On May 6-7, the National Research Council will host a two-day workshop in Washington, D.C. on the design of K-12 science assessment systems. During the workshop, models of high-quality science assessment systems will be presented, and attendees will be asked to provide comment and offer suggestions on how to improve the assessment designs. The National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Test Design for K-12 Science Achievement will then use the suggestions and revised designs in shaping its guidance and in the recommendations it plans to make in a final report to states.  (States must begin mandatory science assessments under No Child Left Behind in 2007-08.) The workshop is open to the public, but space is limited, and registration will be on a first come, first served basis.  For a copy of the agenda, e-mail jpeterson@nsta.org. If you wish to attend the workshop please respond by e-mail to Teresia Wilmore (twilmore@nas.edu), by Friday, April 30.  For more information on the project, and for drafts of the design teams’ work and other relevant papers (available on April 28, 2004) go to  http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bota/Test_Design_K-12_Science.html

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NSTA Legislative Update: Contact Your Members of Congress, Ask Them to Support Science Education
 
There’s still time to help support science education programs on Capitol Hill! Plus the National Council of State Legislators announce plans to study how No Child Left Behind is affecting public education, and 14 chief state school officers send a letter to Secretary Rod Paige seeking additional flexibility under the federal law. Read this, and more, in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update: http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_04_26_extra.htm

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Latest Educator Resources from NSTA Press® Address Safety Challenges of Middle, High School Classrooms, Labs

Safety in the Middle School Science Classroom

Investigating Safely: A Guide for High School Teachers

Middle school science educators can now keep safety guidelines close at hand with Safety in the Middle School Science Classroom, the colorful new hanging flipchart from NSTA Press.  Focusing on the unique needs of grades 6-8, the flipchart features the latest information for preventing safety problems, plus a quick reference on key safety practices, including eye protection; what to do in case of accident; plants in the classroom; first aid; animals in the classroom; field trips; fire prevention and control; and storage and safe use of equipment and materials.  SciLinks notations reference up-to-date web pages on safe science.  For more information, go to  http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB030X3

Just as high school science is more complex, so are the safety issues educators face in classes and labs.  Investigating Safely: A Guide for High School Teachers is aimed at helping reduce the risks to people and place. Written by classroom veterans and well known safety experts Juliana Texley, Terry Kwan, and John Summers, the invaluable book is written with practicality in mind, and concepts are discussed in the context of common situations in real classrooms.  Chapters deal with special safety requirements of specific disciplines.  To preview the entire book online at no cost, go to  http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB166X3   NSTA members receive a 20% discount on all NSTA Press titles.

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Space, Time and Motion - Physical Science Leads Diverse Summer Online Courses from American Museum of Natural History

What would happen if we traveled on a light beam? Would time stop? Explore these kinds of questions and ideas by registering for Space, Time and Motion - Physical Science, an online course from the American Museum of Natural History. The six-week course explores the physical laws that govern our universe and our evolving conceptions of space, time, motion, matter, and energy.

Five different life, Earth and physical science courses will be offered by the Museum beginning June 28. Designed for K-12 educators, all are fully web-based and can be taken for up to four graduate credits.  Courses feature rich media elements and flexible online discussions that include a Museum scientist, an experienced instructor and a networked community of teachers.  For complete descriptions of all five courses, and to register, please go to http://learn.amnh.org/welcome.php?w=NSTAIS04. For more information on the NSTA Institute, of which the museum is a member, please go to http://institute.nsta.org.

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Spring into Savings at the NSTA Career Center

Are you looking for teachers to fill upcoming positions this fall? The NSTA Career Center is the best place to search for qualified science educators for your upcoming vacancies. Start your search now at http://careers.nsta.org/ and take advantage of our $75 spring savings rate for each 30-day job listing. Simply enter code SPRING04 in the promotional code field. And, as an added bonus, when you have an active job posting, you can also search the more than 200 candidate resumes at no charge. Visit http://careers.nsta.org today! Hurry, this special offer ends May 31, 2004.

If you’re looking for a challenging new job or career change, post your resume for free. Visit today.

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Summer PD to Keep You Cool

Ready for a break from the hustle and bustle of the classroom? Then check out the NSTA Calendar filled with dozens of summer professional development programs at your fingertips. You can search by region, category, or grade level to find the program that best meets your needs. Visit http://www.nsta.org/calendar and stay COOL this summer.

NSTA. Working for YOU!

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