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It Won't Make It in Science; Education Week Talks With NSTA
article in the December 1 issue of Education Week by reporter
Sean Cavanagh explores the subject matter expertise of science teachers
and the work of Bill Robertson, author of the NSTA book series Stop
Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It,
to help teachers better understand core science concepts. Read the
entire article online at http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2004/12/01/14faking.h24.html
(free registration is required.) To browse the Stop Faking It!
books, go to http://store.nsta.org/searchBasic.asp?searchTerm=Stop+Faking+It%21&x=19&y=11.
Trims Money for Science Agency Reports New York Times
The recent budget
cuts to FY2005 programs at the National Science Foundation were
the subject of a November 30 article in the New York Times. Reporter
Robert Pear writes, "Supporters of scientific research, in
government and at universities, noted that the cut came as lawmakers
earmarked more money for local projects like the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame in Cleveland and the Punxsutawney Weather Museum in Pennsylvania."
To read the entire article, go to http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/30/politics/30spend.html
(free registration is required).
Makes Headlines Nationwide
to the teaching of evolution have gained national attention in the
news media once again. Local school boards in Dover, Pennsylvania,
and Grantsburg, Wisconsin have opened the door for nonscientific
viewpoints in the science classroom by making statements regarding
the study of "alternative theories" of evolution. In Georgia,
residents await a court decision about whether an antievolution
disclaimer can continue to be placed in science textbooks. Read
more about these cases in this week's Evolution
Roster of Featured Speakers, PD Institutes, and More Highlight 2005
NSTA Dallas Convention
National Convention convenes in Dallas on March 31, with over 1,200
learning sessions, the resource-rich products and services Exhibit
Hall, field trips, networking opportunities, and a growing list
of world-renown speakers and presenters, before closing on April
3. Early confirmations for the speakers' roster include:
of the Food Network show Good Eats, and author of several award-winning
cookbooks exploring the science behind bakingwill address
the CESI/NSTA Elementary Science Luncheon on April 2 on "Blinded
By Science: How a guy who failed chemistry three times and biology
twice learned to stop worrying and love the lab through food."
E. Wirth Professor of Learning Technologies at Harvard's Graduate
School of Educationwill discuss using emerging media to
aid science learning.
Busch Gardens animal ambassador Julie Scardina, who shares
her life-long love of animals and the park's commitment to wildlife
conservation with audiences ranging from a few children in a classroom
to millions of viewers on national television.
and Bilingual Educator Dr. Terry Tafoya, executive director
of Tamanawit LLC., who will incorporate basic elements of clinical
techniques and learning acquisition in working with students,
colleagues, and communities. In addition, Dr Tafoya will explore
issues and strategies that assist educators in fostering achievement
by Native American students.
there's year two of NSTA's very popular Professional Development
Institutes, which kick-off on March 30 with a full-day session followed
by additional optional daily sessions during the convention itself.
You'll find all the details of the convention agenda online at http://www.nsta.org/conventions
and look for more details to come, so browse, use the personal agenda
feature, and register now at earlybird rates.
Science Teacher Seeking a Few Good Questions!
Teacher, NSTA's journal for secondary science educators, invites
teachers to submit questions for the journal's "Ask the Experts"
department. Previous questions asked and answered include "Why
does the Moon appear larger in winter?" and "Why doesn't
glue stick to the inside of its container?" Questions are welcome
from students as well as teachers, and those who submit questions
selected for publication will receive a gift certificate to the
NSTA Science Store. To look at the current issue's "Ask the
Experts" column, go to http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/science_teacher.php?category_ID=88&news_story_ID=50014.
To submit questions, e-mail department editor Marc Rosner at MARosner@aol.com.
Solutions for Your Recruiting Needs Are Just a Click Away--And at
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to reach the science education community. Our online service attracts
more than 25,000 page views per month and offers a database of nearly
300 resumes of science educators actively seeking new career opportunities.
Learn more at http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_12_06_careers.htm.
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