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NEA Files Lawsuit Over No Child Left Behind Funding

The nation’s largest teachers union and school districts in Michigan, Texas, and Vermont filed suit in a U.S. District Court in Michigan last week seeking to force the Bush administration to pay the costs of the rules and regulations under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Read this and more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_04_25_legupdate.htm).

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NSTA Welcomes Five New Student Chapters to Fast-Growing Program

NSTA recently chartered five university and college student organizations as official NSTA Student Chapters. The list includes University of California—Santa Barbara, Binghamton University (State University of New York), Wartburg College (IA), Georgia State University, and the College of William & Mary.

Providing excellent networking and professional development opportunities, the NSTA Student Chapter Program is growing strong with more than 75 active student chapters. The groups hold face-to-face meetings as well as virtual get togethers. For more information or a complete list of student chapters, visit http://www.nsta.org/chapters or download a copy of the Student Chapter Procedures Manual (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/manual.pdf).

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First Two Titles in New Exemplary Science Monograph Series Now Available from NSTA Press

Eight years after passage of the National Science Education Standards (NSES), how well are science educators actually using them to plan content, define improved teaching, and assess real learning? Robert E. Yager, an active contributor to the development of the NSES and editor of two new books from NSTA Press, looks at that question from two perspectives.

Exemplary Science in Grades 9-12: Standards-based Success Stories is a collection of 15 essays from educators describing successful programs they’ve developed to fulfill the NSES vision for the reform of teaching, assessment, professional development, and content at the high school level, “providing evidence that the new directions are feasible and worth the energy and effort needed for others to implement changes.” Browse this title at http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB192X3.

Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development, comprises 16 essays directed to staff development providers, district supervisors, lead teachers, principals, and preservice science methods instructors. Each essay describes a specific program designed to train teachers to carry out the constructivist, inquiry-based approach of the Standards, and have taken place in universities and school districts from Florida to Alaska, in rural and urban areas, as summer institutes to on-site support programs. For more details and to sample this new title, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB192X4.

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MSU/Bozeman Online Summer Courses for Master of Science in Science Education Open for Registration

Montana State University (MSU) Bozeman’s Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) degree program has been designed specifically for practicing science teachers. The program meets their needs in important ways: personalized student communication; up to 80% of classes are offered over the internet; online courses were developed by the National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN); the Burns Telecommunication Center (BTC) provides important technical support; and the 30-credit program is flexible with courses in 12 departments. Registration is open for summer graduate credit courses, with several beginning in May including PRAXIS Preparation for Middle School Science Teachers for 7-8 grade teachers; Environmental Science Education: Summer Ecological Field Studies for K-14 teachers, and a diverse selection of other courses starting throughout the summer months. To learn more about the MSSE program, go to http://www.montana.edu/msse; for course information and registration, http://www.scienceteacher.org/courses.htm.

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Preview Hartford, CT, NSTA Convention, Oct. 20-22; Start Quest for Funding Early

Previews of coming attractions are now online for “Connections for Student Achievement,” NSTA’s important fall convention in Hartford, CT, October 20-22, and new information is added as it becomes final. Browse the impressive array of workshops and presentations, for all grade level educators, and in all your special interest subjects. Our convention Personal Scheduler feature--the perfect tool to prepare a convention professional development agenda to support your funding request--is now available at http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxpersonal_sched.asp, and online registration is on the way, shortly. Watch for updates and new information in upcoming issues of NSTA Express. To browse a preliminary schedule of Hartford convention events, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005HAR. And to peek at the preliminary schedules for the other fall events in Chicago (November 10-12) and Nashville (December 1-3), go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions.

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Free Web Seminars Explore Convention Topics; Thursday’s Picture-Perfect Science Lessons is First in Diverse Summer Series

The NSTA Institute presents the next phase of professional development enhancement opportunities with NASA and NSTA Press, begun at the recent national convention, and continuing with open-to-all Web Seminars. These engaging online events will be presented at no cost to participants, and the full summer calendar of topics and dates is at http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspx#webseminar. First in the series, Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry, will be presented on Thursday, April 28, from 6:30-8 p.m. EST, by the book’s authors, Karen Rohrich Ansberry and Emily Morgan. For more information and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxseminar_reg.asp.

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