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Funding for FY2006 Science and Math Education Programs
As Members of
Congress work to determine their priorities for FY2006 programs,
our champions in Congress are circulating three Dear Colleague letters--one
in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate--asking for
increased funding for science and math education. Read more, and
learn what you can do to help get increased funding, by reading
this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update: http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_03_21_leg.htm
Battle Over Evolution Intensifies, Says The
The battle over evolution is intensifying,
according to a front-page story in the March 14 edition of The Washington
Post. Writer Peter Slevin examines the increased efforts to weaken the teaching
of evolution by using a well-crafted strategy that appeals to the nationís conservative
population. According to the article, "policymakers in 19 states are weighing
proposals that question the science of evolution."
The Seattle-based Discovery
Institute--led by President Bruce Chapman and Senior Fellow Stephen Meyer--is
at the center of the movement. The team "settled on the current approach that
stresses open debate and evolution's ostensible weakness, but does not require
students to study design."
According to Barry W. Lynn, executive
director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, "The movement
is a veneer over a certain theological message. Every one of these groups is
now actively engaged in trying to undercut sound science education by criticizing
To read the entire article,
go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32444-2005Mar13.html.
(posted online for free until March 28). To read the discussion that
followed, consult http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33790-2005Mar14.html.
ExploraVision Names Regional Winners--Students
Envision Innovative Ideas for the Future
A system to detect tsunamis weeks
before they occur, an "endangered fish protector" that prevents underwater boat
collisions, a nonsurgical treatment for appendicitis, and a cuddly teddy bear
that can take a childís temperature--these are just a few of the award-winning
ideas for the future envisioned by 24 regional finalist student teams in this
yearís Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards Program. A total of 4,405 K-12 teams
entered the competition, representing nearly 14,000 students from the United
States and Canada. The winners were selected for their innovative ideas for
technologies that could exist 20 years from now.
Now in its
13th year, ExploraVision is underwritten by Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America
Group Companies, and Toshiba America Foundation and administered by NSTA.
The regional winners now progress
to the second phase of the competition, in which they will create web pages
illustrating their ideas. Eight finalist teams will be selected as national
winners and will be invited to attend the gala awards weekend in Washington,
D.C., where they will be presented with $5,000 and $10,000 savings bonds.
To read the
press release announcing the winners, go to http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/regional_release_final.doc.To
view the winning ideas, see http://www.exploravision.org/2004/regional_winners.htm.
Convention PDIs for Administrators, Too; "Analyzing Instructional
Materials Aligned to Standards" Informs Better Materials
NSTAís highly regarded Professional
Development Institutes (PDIs) will offer in-depth learning opportunities for
teachers and administrators on the day before the opening of the March 31-April
3 Dallas convention. Providers are presenting programs developed with funding
from the National Science Foundation.
The March 30 full-day PDI
sessions will be followed by additional optional sessions daily throughout the
convention in each of six important subject areas. Administrators will be particularly
interested in "Analyzing Instructional Materials Aligned to Standards and Frameworks
(K-12)," offered by West Ed. Other presenters include BSCS Center
for Professional Development on "Inquiring into Inquiry"; The Center
for Science Education/Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) on "The Role
of Literacy in Developing Student Scientific Understanding"; First Hand
Learning, Inc., on "Exploring the Processes of Inquiry by Examining Questions
Arising from Firsthand Investigations of the Natural World"; Lawrence Hall of
Science on "Understanding Student Learning Through Assessment in Science";
and Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) on "Designing
Effective Science Lessons!" For details and to preregister for the ticketed
PDIs, access http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=100&Meeting_Code=2005DAL;
for complete information on the Dallas convention, visit† http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005DAL.
Feedback Sought on New Position Statement: Responsible Use of Live
Animals and Dissection in the Science Classroom
An NSTA panel recently updated
the associationís position statement on the use of live animals and dissection
in the science classroom. The NSTA Board approved the draft and now seeks input
from members. Please take a minute to review this statement and give us your
comments and suggestions. All feedback will be submitted to the panel members
for consideration. To review and comment on the statement, visit the NSTA Discussion
Board at http://www.nsta.org/main/forum/showthread.php?t=1364.
Comments must be received by March 31.
Science" Online to Take Teachers "Into the Field" This Summer;
19 NTEN Courses Offer Diversity, Challenge, and Credits
Headlining this summer's online course
offerings from the National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) is a powerful
new course for teachers of grades 8-12-- "Streamside Science: Hands-On Approaches
to Water Quality Education," which asks teachers to adopt a local stream
and perform lab assignments "in the field" to better understand hands-on
water quality monitoring techniques. Participants will develop a better
understanding and working knowledge of the characterization and quantification
of water quality as it relates to secondary school science curriculum and environmental
issues on a global scale. Registration is open, and teachers can choose
from 19 online courses in nine disciplines, including biology, chemistry, Earth
science, entomology, education, land resources and environmental science, math,
microbiology, and physics.
For more details about
Streamside Science and all of NTEN's Summer 2005 professional
development course offerings for science educators at all grade levels, refer
or call 800-282-6062. Most courses offer graduate credit, and NSTA members
receive a 10% discount on select courses.
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