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Changes to Science Education Necessary, Says New Report
is to sustain its international competitiveness, its national security,
and the quality of life for its citizens, then it must move quickly
to achieve significant improvements in the participation of all
students in mathematics and science,” begins a report issued
on February 16 by the Business-Higher Education Forum titled A
Commitment to America’s Future: Responding to the Crisis in
Mathematics and Science Education. The report calls for business,
higher education, and policy leaders to organize and implement a
nationwide plan that addresses the quality of the mathematics and
science education provided to all students, "in collaboration
with classroom teachers and school administrators and taking advantage
of the promising work they have already initiated.” Read more
NSTA Standards-Based Service Will Assess School’s Science
Instruction Program; Provide Recommendations
NSTA is putting
the finishing touches on a new professional development initiative
that will soon be available to help teachers and administrators
evaluate—then strengthen—the science instruction being
provided to their students. The NSTA Science Program Improvement
Review (SPIR) is a standards-based strategy that culminates in a
comprehensive written assessment of a school’s science instructional
program as well as recommendations for improvement as needed.
SPIR program is designed to assess a school’s complete science
instructional program across all grade levels. NSTA-trained SPIR
facilitators will work with the school’s teachers and administrators
to align the science instruction more closely to the standards for
teaching, professional development, assessment, content, and program.
The first SPIR facilitator teams are expected to be in the field
this fall, after completing the intern phase of their training and
certification program. For additional information, go to http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_02_22_spir.htm.
Schools interested in learning more about SPIR, are invited to fill
out the short inquiry form http://science.nsta.org/survey_spir
or contact Amy Bluestein at Amy_b@nsta.org
or by calling 703-312-9227.
53rd National Convention, March 31-April 3 in Dallas: Ten Reasons
You’ll Want to Register NOW!
1. 1,200+ plus
presentations and workshops within strands highlighting
today’s most pressing classroom issues: Biomedical/Biotechnology,
Technology Showcase, Assessment, and Safety. Browse the agenda and
use the personal scheduler at http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxpersonal_sched_launch.asp?meeting=2005DAL
to set up your hour-by-hour convention schedule.
featured speakers—our keynote speakers are cutting-edge
medical researchers, Nobel laureates, FBI terrorism experts, nationally
recognized education analysts—and more. Go to http://science.nsta.org/2005dal/advance_program.asp
to read about these notables and their topics in the advance program.
3. March 4 Advance
Registration deadline to register at a reduced fee; go
March 4 deadline to register for Linking Science
& Literacy in the Classroom NSTA/NSF April 2 Conference-within-the-Convention;
read all about it when you go to http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=101&Meeting_Code=2005DAL.
4. March 1
deadline for going “the cheapest route” for hotels;
check out special deals for airline transportation too, at http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=98&Meeting_Code=2005DAL.
Development Institutes as only NSTA can offer them: Come
early for the March 30 start. Continue your journey during the Convention
under the guidance of six well-known national professional development
providers. For information, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=100&Meeting_Code=2005DAL.
‘em—51 Short Courses—from three hours
to a full day, provide in-depth investigation into a wide variety
of topics. Included are always popular NSTA/NASA Symposia plus three
new short courses by authors of best-selling NSTA Press books. For
more on the NSTA events, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=102&Meeting_Code=2005DAL;
for the entire menu of short courses, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=104&Meeting_Code=2005DAL.
Exposition of Science Teaching Materials presents hundreds
of exhibitors and workshops with the latest and greatest products
and services…from butterflies to online courses to NSTA’s
Science Store for books and more! To get a feel for the excitement,
take a quick video tour of 2004’s Exhibit Hall, click here
feel welcome with planned events for preservice teachers,
new teachers, new NSTA members, first-time attendees, and many more
special groups. Check your advance program or search the sessions
online at http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005DAL.
9. NSTA will
raffle off a 2005 Prius donated by Toyota! Tickets for
the drawing will be sold at the Dallas Convention Center, March
31-April 3 (until 10 a.m.).
a jam-packed agenda of sessions, social events, field trips,
and old-fashioned peer networking certain to send you back to your
classroom energized, excited, informed, and motivated! Come for
the full convention, or take advantage of special one-day-only or
last-day-only registration rates.
Teachers Experience the Power of NSTA Student Chapter Involvement
Much of the
success of NSTA’s student chapter program is due to the growing
amount of collaborative events among chapters and chapter leadership
opportunities, which creates a rich mix of professional activities.
For example, members of eight NSTA Student Chapters, consisting
of 80 preservice teachers and faculty members, throughout the Midwest
conducted a virtual workshop as a means to collaborate and share
ideas. The live virtual broadcast also served as a wonderful demonstration
of how technology can be used in the classroom. “Through their
chapter activities, preservice science teachers could be better
prepared for the transition to the science classroom,” noted
NSTA Executive Director Gerry Wheeler. For the complete story, visit
NSTA also selected
Elegan Lee, a third-year science education student at the University
of Missouri-Columbia and member of the University of Missouri—Columbia
NSTA student chapter as the first Preservice Teacher Member of NSTA’s
Teacher Preparation Committee. This marks the first time a student
has served in a leadership role on an NSTA committee. For more details,
involvement, such as those mentioned above, can make a difference
for preservice science teachers preparing for the classroom. For
more information about starting an NSTA Student Chapter at your
college or university, download the Student
Chapter Procedures Manual (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/student.pdf)
or visit http://www.nsta.org/studentchapters.
And Don't Forgetů
a moment and use this form to submit suggestions for NSTA Express
to the NSTA Express team:
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NSTA Career Center: http://careers.nsta.org
For the latest collected education and science news from across
the country, see the NSTA Web News Digest at http://www.nsta.org/mainnews