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National Ed Magazine Asks If School Districts Ready to Meet NCLB Science Requirements

In the August cover story of District Administration magazine, writer Rebecca Sausner focuses on the “next wave” of No Child Left Behind requirements for states and districts in 2005: those related to science. In the article titled “Ready or Not,” she emphasizes the challenge states face to develop and administer large-scale assessments that effectively measure student understanding in science. The story explains why science is different from reading and how states are working to create challenging standards and methods to test for hands-on learning. The article also draws attention to the increasing numbers of elementary schools that are putting science on the back burner to devote more time to English and math instruction. To read the story, which includes quotes from NSTA Executive Director Gerry Wheeler, go to http://www.districtadministration.com/page.cfm?p=832.

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NSTA Is Looking for a Few Good Leaders; Board and Council Nominations To Be Accepted Through Sept. 10

Know an NSTA member you believe could be an effective leader in the world’s largest professional organization for science educators? Could you? 

Nominations are being accepted from now through Sept. 10 for candidates to assume key roles with the National Science Teachers Association. Those elected will benefit from truly unique professional experiences and gain career enhancement as well as the opportunity to contribute to the science education field.

Board of Directors offices to be filled—with a required three-year commitment from June 2005 to May 2008--are as follows:

  • President-Elect--leading to President, then to Retiring President in the three-year cycle;
  • Division Directors for three areas—Research, Pre-service Teacher Preparation, and Multicultural/Equity; and
  • Council Offices--District Directors for Districts I, VI, VII, XII, XIII, and XVIII.

Hurry! Sept. 10 is the absolute deadline for all applications and information, which must be submitted online. Go to http://www.nsta.org/main/pdfs/2005NominationForm.pdf for details and nomination forms. 

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Member Feedback Sought on New NSTA Position Statement: Scientific Inquiry

Have an opinion about how NSTA should address the issue of scientific inquiry?  Now’s the time to tell us. You have until August 13 to comment on a new draft position statement that presents 19 declarations on three central aspects of inquiry: the use of scientific inquiry as a teaching approach, students' abilities to do scientific inquiry, and students' understanding of scientific inquiry. Your feedback is important. To view and comment on this new draft statement, go to http://www.nsta.org/main/forum/showthread.php?t=1175.

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NSTA Express Poll—Is There a Science Teacher Shortage in Your Area?

Is your district having trouble finding and hiring enough qualified teachers to teach science in your school? Let us know by taking the NSTA Express Poll: http://science.nsta.org/survey_science_teacher_shortage

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Who Should Exhibit at NSTA’s Upcoming Conventions?

NSTA is proud to present to our members and friends an impressive and diverse group of vendors in the Exhibit Halls of our annual area and national conventions.  They’re the brand-name products and services providers to the science education community that you know and recognize. But perhaps there are some newcomers or regional favorites you may purchase from and that we haven’t yet invited to participate with us this fall at the conventions in Indianapolis, Seattle, and Richmond or in Dallas this spring for the 2005 national convention.  If so, just send an email to us at nstaexpress@nsta.org with their names, locations, and any other pertinent identifying information you have available, and we’ll invite them to be part of NSTA’s exciting exhibit events.

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Hope you found this Monday’s edition of NSTA Express an interesting, quick read and a worthwhile update on the latest news and information from the National Science Teachers Association. Our goal is to save you time by delivering information each week in short "news bites," so if you'd like to know more, simply select the headline quick link. NSTA continues to create resources and improve services for science educators. If you're not already a member, we invite you to join the crowd by going to http://www.nsta.org/whyjoin

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