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Kappa (PDK) Releases Annual Poll on Attitudes Toward Public Schools
eight percent of those surveyed for the recently released 36th Annual
PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools
say they know little about the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB),
55 percent say they don’t know enough about the law to view it favorably
or unfavorably, yet 51 percent believe that NCLB will improve the
schools in their area. Read more about the poll at http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_09_07_pdk.htm,
or access the full report at http://www.pdkintl.org.
NSTA Express Poll Results Are In:
Shortage of Science Teachers Prevails in Many Schools
Results are in from the NSTA Express poll on a shortage of
science teachers and 70 percent of you said that your school or
school district is experiencing difficulty finding and hiring qualified
science teachers. When asked if the problem has increased or decreased
in recent years, 48 percent said that it has worsened. More than
600 teachers responded to the survey. For complete results, go to
to read a press release issued about the survey, go to http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_09_07_poll.htm.
Nov. 17 Linking Science and Literacy in the Classroom Conference
Open to preK-8 Teachers, Administrators
to the current interest in interdisciplinary instruction, NSTA will
present a daylong conference on Linking Science and Literacy
in the Classroom on Nov. 17, in Seattle—in conjunction with
NSTA's 2004 Area Convention there (Nov. 18-20). Designed for preK-8
teachers, administrators, and professional development providers,
the conference will disseminate National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded
research and focus on the needs of practitioners currently grappling
with the appropriate roles of literacy in the science classroom.
The conference will include
plenary sessions and multiple, concurrent, small-group workshops focused on
practical applications, such as criteria for selecting high-quality science
literature resources; the roles of writing in the teaching and learning of science;
current research on students' science learning in a literature-rich environment;
and creating a school culture that supports the integration of literacy in the
science curriculum. Teachers and their principals or science supervisors are
encouraged to participate as a school team, and teams of three or more that
include at least one administrator will receive a 20% discount on the conference
registration fee. Participating teachers—but not administrators—are required
to also register for the NSTA Seattle Convention.
For information on NSF-funded
speakers and additional agenda details, as well as registration forms, go to
Deadline for registration is Nov. 1.
NSTA Press Book, Clones, Cats, and Chemicals, Opens Up Debatable Topics
human cloning present a threat or an opportunity? Do common cats constitute
a major threat to wildlife? Clones, Cats and Chemicals, by Irwin L.
Slesnick, is now available from NSTA Press. The book provides the facts and
framework to provoke classroom debates in grades 6—12 classrooms on the science
behind some of today’s toughest controversies. The author examines 10 dilemmas
from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, Earth science, technology, and
mathematics and helps teachers challenge students to confront scientific and
social problems that offer few black-and-white solutions.
standards recommend that students grapple with science-related issues that society
debates on a regular basis. The classroom-ready activities in this provocative
book will encourage students to explore the pros and cons of difficult decisions.
Clones, Cats and Chemicals is available for browsing online at the NSTA
Science Store website at http://store.nsta.org.
Back to School with the JASON Academy Online—In Your
Free JASON T-shirt
Do you need to brush up
on your content background? Learn new strategies and activities
for teaching science? Earn graduate credit or CEUs for recertification
and meeting highly qualified standards? JASON Academy online five-week
courses in life, physical, and Earth sciences; science teaching
pedagogy; and mathematics, begin Oct. 4. Courses require 6–10 hours
per week depending on the number of credits. Information on JASON’s
newest courses—Chemistry through Inquiry and Learning
Reading Strategies through Middle School Science—is available
online along with a complete course listing and registration at http://www.jason.org/academy.
Plus, as a special limited-time,
back-to-school offer, you’ll receive a JASON long-sleeve t-shirt, free-of-charge,
if you register for a course by Sept. 30. In addition, NSTA members receive
10% off the registration fee. Register online at http://store.jason.org;
enter discount code NSTA10; send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
with your name, shipping address, enrolled course, and preferred t-shirt size.
Your Job-Seeking Skills with Tips from NSTA’s Career Center
Have you ever wondered…What
career is right for me? What should I include in my cover letter? What questions
can be (and should be) asked in an interview?
At http://careers.nsta.org, you'll get fast and
reliable answers to dozens of questions like these. And at
no cost to you.
For instance, let's say
you've landed an interview and want to make the most of the opportunity.
Go to the career advice:
Topics will appear, offering wise counsel on everything from preparing for a
career in science education to formatting your resume to asking the right questions
on an interview.
Check out new job listings
as well as the full range of services created to help you locate—and
land—the job you want. Log on to http://careers.nsta.org
And if you are looking for
a new employee, don’t miss the Back-to-School Special!
Receive a $50 discount on each of your job postings through September
30! Enter “B2S04” in the Promotional Code box when posting
each new listing at http://careers.nsta.org.
Not a member
and want to join? Visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp!
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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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